By Vic Clevenger
FCE Staff 

The Calendar Inventor was a Foodie


Last updated 1/3/2018 at 8:52pm | View PDF

As I finish our Thanksgiving feast and work on my 2018 travel schedule and contemplating if I should try to get a head start on my New Year’s resolution of losing weight now or just wait until the New Year, I made the wildest discovery. “The calendar Inventor is trying to kill us with one food focused event after another or is just an overzealous foodie.” Either way there’s a lot of cooking and grilling opportunities coming in 2018.

My grandfather always started January 1st by cooking a pot of cabbage with a penny in it. The tradition is, whoever got the penny was assured a prosperous New Year. I hate cooked cabbage, so I smoke ribs while watching college football all day. However, this is just practice for when my pals come over for the Super Bowl party. However, Mr. calendar Inventor couldn’t leave out the romantic foodie which is why there’s Valentine’s Day when we get to take our special someone to a fancy restaurant for some surf and turf. But if you’re like me, February concludes with a Daytona 500 race day cookout.

March Madness takes over with chips, pretzels and assorted wings as St. Patrick’s Day is thrown in for good measure. April gives us grilled hotdogs with the first pitch being tossed out on opening day of America’s favorite pastime. No one can ever get enough hotdogs straight from an open flame. Again Mr. Date Planner didn’t forget about the one who inspired many of us to cook, so Mother’s Day is the second Sunday. Then the last weekend of May allows you to kick off Summer by showing the family why you’re the King of the Grill.

June arrives quietly with the kids buying a “World’s Greatest Dad” mug then steaks at our favorite restaurant. However, outdoor cooking redemption is on the horizon in July when we celebrate America. While the night sky explodes with a multitude of colors, we show the neighborhood how fireworks are meant to be used as we slow cook a pork butt.

August is reserved for fishing trips and family reunions which is why there’s nothing major going on as a reason to fire up the grill but we will anyway. This sets up Labor Day weekend cookouts as summer concludes. But September kicks off college football tailgating just as baseball gets ready for the October playoffs. The calendar Inventor must’ve anticipated how a foodie would make Halloween into more than just candy and costumes as Fall approaches. Can you say, “Bring on the chili?”

November is a whirlwind of planning the biggest meal of the year – Thanksgiving Day! A Table full of mashed potatoes, gravy, yams and homemade rolls, won’t be enough to answer, how will the turkey be cooked, deep fried, smoked or traditional oven roasted? Whatever we choose there has to be enough to make a second (or third) plate for Thanksgiving Day football with another slice of pumpkin pie.

All of this brings us to December and the foodie celebration of the Christmas season. No sooner than we wake up from our Black Friday nap, we begin preparation. Grilling for all the Christmas parties, the homemade cookie social after the kids Christmas pageant. Then the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners. WOW! I’m already hiding my scales.

Whew! What a year of food! Throw in some birthdays, anniversaries along with regular get-togethers and it’s no wonder we know the butcher by name. So you decide if the calendar Inventor is evil or just a foodie looking out for the rest of us.

Happy New Year!


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