The year is waning, an exhausting election cycle is coming to a close and seasonal affective disorder is on the rise. So what do we do? We eat, and we celebrate the art of eating.
As a precursor to Thanksgiving, November offers monthlong celebrations for stuffing and Georgia pecans, stars of the spread. However, other dedications like National Pepper Month and National Fun with Fondue Month encourage us to warm up our palates.
Thanksgiving isn’t the only November holiday that encourages participants to indulge. November boasts the celebration of vices including National Candy Day, National Fast Food Day and National French Toast Day. This month also offers an autumnal twist on spring cleaning (National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day) and a celebration of non-familial bonds (National “Eat with a Friend” Day).
Sarra Sedghi is Paste Food’s Assistant Editor. She can usually be found arguing about mayonnaise on Twitter.
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In the 1930s, Switzerland proclaimed fondue the national dish to increase cheese consumption. Today, we celebrate cheese (and sometimes chocolate) through National Fun with Fondue Month.
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Despite its nickname, Georgia isn't only famous for peaches. The state is the nation's top producer of pecans, and two of its counties are regarded the "Pecan Capital of the World." In honor of National Georgia Pecan Month, enjoy them raw, roasted or in a pie (ask a Southern nana for a killer recipe).
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The temperatures may be dropping, but you can still put a little fire in your life by celebrating National Pepper Month. Here are a few ways to celebrate.
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If you can't wait until Thanksgiving to swell up from carbohydrates and sodium, go ahead and celebrate stuffing by well, stuffing it in your face. November honors the side dish all month long with National Stuffing Month.
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November 3 marks National Sandwich Day, a celebration of one of the most versatile foods around. Sandwich chains around the country are celebrating with specials ranging from deals to donations to Feed America.
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If you still have leftover Halloween candy or are in the mood to irritate your dentist, celebrate National Candy Day on November 4. Note: National Candy Day takes no responsibility for stomachaches or tooth decay.
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What originated as a poor man's meal now dominates movie theaters, convenience stores and Taco Bell franchises nationwide. November 6, National Nachos Day, is all about the customizable snack -- or meal, if you add enough toppings.
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Pickles sit next to sandwiches and hide under buns, but the briny treats deserve more appreciation. Celebrate National Pickle Day on November 14 by expanding your personal pickle universe -- try other pickled vegetables or fruits or even take a stab at pickling in the kitchen.
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National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, which occurs on November 15, was devised by Whirlpool Home Appliances in 1999. In addition to discarding long-lost takeout boxes and leftovers, it's a prime opportunity to tidy your space before relatives come over for the holidays.
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What would life be like without fast food? Well, probably longer and less commercialized. Regardless, fast food changed and then took over the world, and although you can enjoy it any time, November 16th is the designated day to celebrate.
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