April is all about Easter ham, jelly beans and chocolate eggs, right? Not so fast! There’s lots to look forward to in April. In fact, there are plenty of foodie days to enjoy while flowers bloom and grass greens around us—just one more reason I love spring. And the foodie holidays in April are fun, fun, fun. So, grab your family and tempt your taste buds this month!
April 2 – National PB & J Day
Smooth or crunchy, grape or strawberry — it’s not worth arguing over. Make your PB & J however you like! Just promise me there’s a glass of milk next to your plate because…mmmmm.
April 11 – National Cheese Fondue Day
It would be a fon-don’t to miss fondue day! Thanks to this holiday, it’s totally acceptable to put cheese on anything, or really everything! You can cover all food groups with veggies, fruit (I mean, people put cheddar cheese on apple pie, right?), grains and protein. Food pairings are limited only by your imagination and taste buds. Just don’t forget these rules for fondue fork etiquette.
April 12 – National Grilled Cheese Day
This is one of the gratest days ever (pun intended)! (I’d rather be called cheesy than to not have any cheesiness in my life. True story.) “That’s too much cheese,” said no one ever. If you’re going with the tried and true grilled cheese, that’s a low-key time investment with guaranteed delicious results. If you’re more adventurous, check out this grilled cheese board on Pinterest or these monthly grilled cheese recipes.
April 20 – National Cheddar Fries Day
I nearly dismissed this Friday, I mean fries day. It just seemed a little unimaginative. But when I thought of it as Any Fries Smothered in Cheese Day (not to be confused with National French Fry Day on July 13), well, then. That was something entirely different! Cheese as the critical ingredient? Yes, please. Take a peek at the monstrosities (their words, not mine) that made me reconsider golden, crispy potatoes as a great base, just like pizza crust.
April 30 – National Oatmeal Cookie Day
I’ll raise a glass of milk to this nostalgic cookie of my childhood! My grandfather would generously share his iced oatmeal cookies when I visited. I’ll admit it’s not a cookie I go out of my way to buy at a bakery, but I love that it brings back warm memories. Feel free to add raisins to your oatmeal cookie, if you’re into that sort of thing. (I’ll keep my opinions to myself.)
Sami Carter is an ambassador for dairy farmers and an advocate for enjoying all dairy foods. She works on behalf of 7,400 dairy farm families across 10 states in the Midwest.
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