Most of us think of holidays as one of those few days our employer actually pays us to stay home. We all know the big ones: New Year's, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. And yes, some employers are a little more generous but most likely you'll have no more than 7 days a year that you consider a holiday. Depending on your religious beliefs you may add a few more to that annual list, and find that you're up to a dozen or so.
For a day to be considered a "National Holiday" it needs to be declared so by Congress. And then of course we have the "commercial holidays" that we all love, which in effect are simply days that have become popular over the years. We all love them, but for some of us that just isn't enough. Organizations, corporation, and even loosely connected groups of people can "declare" a day for any reason they choose. Some of these days catch on and become popular with the general population, some remain only recognized by their creator, and some fizzle out and become a mere memory after only a year or two.
The point is - Every day, somewhere someone is celebrating something.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 29, 2010 - National Chili Dog Day

I've been unable to determine the origins of National Chili Dog Day, but I did find a few eateries that will be celebrating the day with some nice discounts on this epicurean delight.  For those of you unfamiliar with the chili dog, although I can't imagine there is someone who hasn't tried it at least once, the chili dog is popular lunch or dinner time treat that will stay with you long after the meal is over.

Of course I see no better way to celebrate is day than with a great hot chili dog and an icy cold beer.  Whether you get it from a street vendor, the corner bar, a fancy restaurant, or you decide to go for something homemade, the best chili dogs are always loaded with toppings and extremely messy.  Hmmm, could it be that the paper napkin companies had something to do with this holiday.  I tend to be a glutton for punishment and like mine on the spicy side; starting with a great dog (I'm from Jersey so a Sabrett is my favorite), followed by just a bit of spicy brown mustard (Kosciusko if I can find it), a rich meaty chili (I'm not crazy about beans), add a handful of diced raw onions, and cover the whole thing with some melted cheddar cheese.  On second though, it could have been anti-acid manufactures that made up the day.

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