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May, 2012

Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day and Memorial Day... Fiesta's and Celebrations of May!

Cinco de Mayo
May is a fun-filled month for everyone. It starts off with the huge fiesta of Cinco de Mayo. Here is some background on Cinco de Mayo:

Gucamole

On May 5, 1862, in Puebla, Mexico, about 2,000 Mexican soldiers under the command of General Ignacio de Zaragoza, defeated invading French forces of 6,000 men. During this important national holiday, parades and mock battles — using fruits as ammunition — are the highlight of the day. Dances, parties, fireworks, and patriotic foods, all celebrate the victory at Puebla. Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo as if it was one of their personal triumphs, but it is not. It is merely another day of fun, food and festivities. Melissa's has some great food suggestions to create a delicious holiday from mole to guacamole! We have some great products to make your fiesta easy and delicious. Try our Guacamole Kit that contains everything you need to make delicious, fresh guacamole. Our new tomatillo sauce is perfect to make fresh green salsa; you decide how hot you want it by adding the heat! Fresh Chiles, Soyrizo, Soy Taco and other fresh Melissa’s ingredients will also help make your Cinco de Mayo delicious!!

Mother's Day
The most important holiday in May is Mother’s Day. Everyone has a Mother! Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. This year it is May 13th. It is a nationwide celebration with food, flowers and gifts. Mother’s Day is credited to Anna M. Jarvis. Most historians believe that Mother's Day was first celebrated at a church in West Virginia in 1907. It was a special service arranged by Anna M. Jarvis to honor the memory of her own mother. Seven years later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day a national holiday.

Mother’s everywhere will be showered with hand-made gifts and cards from children and wondering pampering from everyone in the family. Special meals are prepared to celebrate this once a year holiday. From breakfast in bed, to a family cooked meal, mom’s are not supposed to do anything but what they want on this holiday. From leaving mom alone all day, to taking her to dinner, restaurants are the busiest on Mother’s Day! We have the simple solution: check out our recipe section for a stress-free menu to prepare for mom.

Memorial Day
Steamed Baby Beets

Memorial Day is Monday, May 28, 2012. This is an important holiday celebrated in the United States honoring US men and women who died while serving in the military service. Families and groups gather at cemeteries and decorate the graves of those who have fallen. Others celebrate at home or the beach with friends, families and plenty of fun and food. Simple picnic-type recipes are perfect for Memorial Day! The latest and the greatest ancient grain farro makes a wonderful salad with our ready to eat Steamed Baby Beets.

There is no reason your celebration cannot be healthy AND delicious! Try our Baby Dutch® Greek Potato recipe for another twist on traditional potato salad. Don’t forget the fresh cut fruits and vegetables…they are always a hit, too!