JANUARY 10, 2018 | NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY | SAVE THE EAGLES DAY | NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY | NATIONAL OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER DAY
NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY
Scheduling an appointment to get your heating system tuned up, would be one of the many ways to participate on January 10 for National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. Did you know that tuning up your heating system can save you up to three to ten percent?
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day encourages people to look for ways to reduce energy costs and save on their energy bills.
It is often in the little things that you do that can save you big money on your energy bill, such as:
- Weatherproof your home
- Replace old windows with new energy-efficient windows
- Replace old furnace with new energy-efficient furnace
- Properly maintain furnace
- Use solar heat if possible
- Turn down thermostats
- Turning off lights when leaving a room
- Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
- Run dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded
- Lower water heater temperature
- Take shorter showers
- Unplug unused appliances
- Carpool whenever possible
The above list is just a few of the many ways to conserve energy. Use these tips, along with others you may already have in practice, many available online and you will be able to create energy and financial savings the entire year.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Do what you can to conserve energy.Use #CutYourEnergyCostsDay to post on social media.
SAVE THE EAGLES DAY
Save the Eagles Day is observed annually on the 10th of January. Some species of eagles are on the endangered list. However, due to the work of scientists and the public, the Bald Eagle was removed from this list in June 2007.
There are more than 70 species of eagles throughout the world. The only exception is Hawaii, where no species of eagles reside. Poaching, pesticides and other dangers continue to threaten eagle populations.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #SaveTheEaglesDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of Save the Eagles Day.
NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY
Chocolate lovers, it is time once again to celebrate as January 10 is annually recognized as National Bittersweet Chocolate Day. (National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day is celebrated on November 7.)
Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao, which has been cultivated for at least three millennia, is grown in Mexico, Central America and Northern South America. The earliest known documentation of use, of cacao seeds, is around 1100 BC. The cacao tree seed has an intensely bitter taste that must be fermented to develop the flavor.
Once the seeds have been fermented, the beans are then dried, cleaned and roasted. After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The cacao nibs are then ground into cocoa mass which is pure chocolate in rough form. The cocoa mass is usually liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients, it is called chocolate liquor. The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.
Bittersweet chocolate is chocolate liquor to which sugar, cocoa butter and vanilla have been added. It does have less sugar and more liquor than semisweet chocolate. However, the two of them may be interchangeable when baking.
Studies have revealed that there are certain health benefits from eating bittersweet chocolate in moderation, such as lowering blood pressure and helping to protect the heart.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Try one of the following recipes:
Bittersweet Brownie Cookies
Bittersweet Chocolate Waffles with Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Bittersweet Chocolate and Stout Beer Ice Cream
Bittersweet Chocolate and Cashew Cookie Brittle
Use #BittersweetChocolateDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Bittersweet Chocolate Day.
NATIONAL OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER DAY
So rich, there was only one man’s name this dish could bear at the time according to the chef who so masterfully created famous recipes in the French Quarter. January 10 recognizes National Oysters Rockefeller Day!
In 1889 in the renowned kitchen of Antoine’s, Jules Alciatore developed a recipe for baked oysters on the half shell with sauce and bread crumbs that would earn the name Oysters Rockefeller. A dish so rich Alciatore himself admitted, “…I know of no other name rich enough for their richness.”
While other restaurants serve similar dishes, only historic Antoine’s (founded by Antoine Alciatore, Jules Alciatore’s father in 1840) serves the original Oysters Rockefeller. Food Network’s Alton Brown even told us on Good Eats that Alciatore took the recipe to his grave. Others have tried to determine the finer ingredients without success. Only Antoine’s and the Alciatore family have the authentic recipe.
Having served over three million, five hundred thousand orders of Oysters Rockefeller and counting, Antoine’s recipe has withstood the test of time and garnered the praises of culinary critics. Each order since 1889 has been numbered. Even today’s customers will receive their privileged number identifying their place in the history of Oysters Rockefeller.
HOW TO OBSERVE
If you are near Antoine’s, stop in to savor a taste of history and use #NationalOystersRockefellerDay to share on social media.
Founded in 2017 by Antoine’s to celebrate the longevity of this acclaimed dish, National Oyster Rockefeller Day was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016.
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