Tuesday, January 21, 2014

National Granola Bar Day - January 21st

January 21st is Granola Bar Day, and/or New England Clam Chowder Day -- pick your poison!

There are so many varieties of clam chowder that it seems foolish to lump all of New England together, when so many areas there have their specialty. And they take it pretty seriously: Maine made it illegal to add tomatoes to it in 1939!

If your family has hotly-contested variations in their chowders, be sure to include all of them in your cookbook. Neglecting to do so could cause hurt feelings or even anger.

Granola bars have their variations, too, both in the ingredients and in the texture, chewy or crunchy. The whole-grain mixture has been around for well over a century, but granola became popular in the 1960s as a health food with the hippie movement. The granola bar is basically granola cereal that has been pressed into a bar shape. Chewy varieties are not baked, or have had the baking time significantly reduced.

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