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National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day

 

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National Burrito Day [RECIPES]

 

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Palm Sunday

 

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National Tartan Day [BONUS: VENISON RECIPE]

 

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National Beer Day

National Coffee Cake Day

 

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National Pet Day

 

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NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH DAY [Bonus Recipes Included]

 

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Day of the Mushroom [BONUS: VEGAN RECIPES]

 

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420 DAY

 

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50 YEARS OF EARTH DAY

 

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National Pretzel Day

 

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Denim Day

 

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International JAZZ Day

 
  

April 6, 2020

National Tartan Day [BONUS: VENISON RECIPE]

It's National Tartan Day, which recognizes Scottish-Americans' contributions to America. Tartan, familiar in Scottish kilts, is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Originally woven wool, it is now made in many other materials, and can even be found as wallpaper.

Nineteen of the 56 delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence came to America from Scotland or were Ulster Scots, who had been living in Ireland. Others, like Thomas Jefferson, had Scottish ancestors. Today, more than 11 million Americans claim Scottish and Scotch-Irish roots, making them the eighth largest ethnic group in the U.S. You dont have to be of Scottish ancestry to celebrate.

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Wondering what to do with that venison loin you have stored in your freezer?!? Try this RECIPE.

LOIN OF PERTHSHIRE VENISON WITH WILD MUSHROOMS, CREAMED POTATOES AND CHESTNUTS

Courtesy of Chef Jeff Bland at The Balmoral in Edinburgh

(8 portions)

Ingredients:
2 1/3 lb Boneless trimmed loin of Venison
3/4 lb Fresh wild mushrooms
1.5 lbs Maris Piper Potatoes
2 3/4 oz Chestnuts (peeled and cooked)
12 baby leaks
1 carrot (cut into 16 ribbons)
2 cloves of crushed garlic
1 3/4 oz Shallots
1 glass red wine
Oil (for cooking)
Butter (for cooking)

Method:

1. Peel and chop the potatoes evenly and boil in a pan in salted water for 15 minutes.
2. Chop the chestnuts into small pieces.
3. Mash the potatoes and add butter to give them a creamy consistency. Add the chopped chestnuts and stir. Keep mixture in the pan and keep warm.
4. Seal the venison in a hot pan and cook on the stove or in the oven for 8 minutes.
5. Remove the venison from the pan and allow it to rest.
6. Add the red wine to the pan and mix with the juices from the venison and simmer gently.
7. Saute the garlic and shallots in another pan and once soft, add the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and add any excess liquid to the venison pan.
8. Cut leek in half and stir fry with butter and a little water and add the carrot ribbons until soft.
9. Slice the venison and arrange it on the dish with the creamed potato, wild mushroom mix, leek and carrot ribbon. Top with a swirl of juice from the venison pan.

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Chocolate with Scotch? Absolutely! Among the many options, you can replace the vodka in a Bloody Mary with Scotch, creating a Highland Mary a.k.a. Bloody Scotsman. How about a Scotch and chocolate tasting. Not into Scotch and chocolate? Celebrate National Tartan Day with an appetizer of Scottish smoked salmon. Try a sprinkling of capers, some snipped fresh dill and a squeeze of lemon or lime. The onions are also welcome.

SCOTCH & CHOCOLATE TASTING PARTY
Pairing chocolates with wine and spirits is even more enjoyable than drinking the Scotch---or eating the chocolates---by themselves.

Here's some tartan trivia from Laphroaig & Wikipedia to share at your festivity:
* Tartan is often called plaid in North America, but in Scotland, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a plain ordinary blanket such as one would have on a bed.
* The best-known tartan patterns are the Black Watch and Royal Stewart.
* Until the mid-19th century, tartan designs were associated with regions or districts, rather than any specific Scottish clan.
* Tartan became popular throughout the English-speaking world after Queen Victoria expressed her fondness for all things Scottish.
* The world's first color photograph was of a tartan ribbon.
* The English word tartan derives from the French tiretain, from the verb tirer which references woven cloth, as opposed to knitted cloth.
* The word plaid derives from the Scottish Gaelic plaide, meaning blanket. The word was first used to describe any rectangular garment, including tartan. In time, plaid was used to describe blankets themselves.
* A belted plaid is a blanket-like piece of fabric that is wrapped around the body with the material loosely gathered and secured at the waist by a belt. A portion of the fabric is wrapped up around the upper body and a portion hangs down to the knees.
* The belted plaid was a standard item of men's Highland dress from the late 16th century until the middle of the 18th century, when it began to evolve into the modern tailored kilt.

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