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July 7th: National Strawberry Sundae Day

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July 7th is National Strawberry Sundae Day and as if that weren’t enough deliciousness for one day, it’s also National Macaroni Day! july-7th-national-strawberry-sundae-day

While it isn’t clear how exactly National Strawberry Sundae came to fruition, the ice cream Sundae was once known as sondhis and sundis. Sundaes were named after the day of the week, but to avoid sending Christians into an offensive tizzy, the spelling was changed slightly.

You see, during the early days of last century many blue laws made consumption on Sundays illegal. Like everything else, ice cream parlors sought out a way to get around these laws and did so by slathering on heaps of various toppings, thereby creating the Sundae.

Make your Own Strawberry Sauce:

You’ll Need:
2 quarts fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and mashed (4 cups total)
6 cups sugar
1 pouch (3 ounces) liquid fruit pectin
1/3 cup chocolate syrup
1/3 cup raspberry liqueur, optional

In a large saucepan combine crushed berries and sugar, bring it to a full rolling boil over medium high heat, add pectin, stirring constantly- boil for exactly 1 minute. Remove from heat and add chocolate syrup and raspberry liqueur.

Skim off any foam, and transfer the hot sauce into prepared mason jars, leaving 1/2″ headspace. Cover with jar lids, cool.

These can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks or frozen for up to 1 year.

Total Yield: 8 Cups

In addition to National Strawberry Sundae Day, it’s also National Macaroni Day! Most macaroni is made using Durham wheat and typically doesn’t contain eggs. It’s not the shape that determines whether or not it’s called macaroni, but rather the dough. You’re probably most to used to seeing “Elbow Macaroni”, but it can come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Try one of these delicious tried and true Macaroni Recipes:

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