There was a time when my oldest son knew every last detail about the U.S. Presidents. He was 6 years old and knowing this trivia was his passion; their pets, their kids, their hobbies, the shortest in stature, the heaviest, the assassinated, the bachelor.
Number of Farmers: 7
Broccoli Hater: Bush
Left a Horticultural Legacy: Jefferson
Former President who is now a vegan: Clinton
George Washington’s birthday was widely celebrated even when he was in office. It wasn’t until 1885 that it became a federal holiday. His actual birthday is February 22nd however, in 1971, the U.S. Congress established the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The Act moved several holidays celebrated throughout the year to Mondays creating 3-day weekends for many and calendar mayhem for all.
While Washington’s birthday was one of the days moved to Monday celebrations, it also started being referred to as President’s Day. Miss the apostrophe and what happens? The popular belief that the day was created in order to combine the Washington’s birth with that of President Lincoln – also born in February. While Lincoln’s birthday is recognized in some states, it has largely fallen off as a celebration.
The other compelling reason for this holiday shift is that the well-oiled marketing departments of national retailers rolled up their research sleeves and determined that President’s or Presidents Day actually begs more of us to market than does the memorialization of our First Farmer and President, George Washington. Go figure.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan added yet another celebration to the calendar by signing Martin Luther King Jr. Day into effect. This day also fell under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act but is celebrated in January. While the King holiday is widely recognized, productivity consultants were not as keen as the 3-day weekend retailers. Most government workers can sleep in on both holidays but many companies have chosen to celebrate one or the other.
I didn’t have a holiday today but with a friend in town, decided to take the day off to enjoy good company and the most glorious of desert hikes. We began our day with breakfast using vast quantities of CSA goodness and honoring the great men who have led this nation.
Broccoli Egg Pie
Yields: One 9 or 10 inch pie
Adapted from Seasoned with the Sun
For those of you like me who might have dough “issues”, this simple quiche like dish creates it’s own crust.
- 1 Tbs olive oil (used a harissa flavored oil with success)
- 1 bunch of green onions, minced
- 1 bunch green garlic (2 or 3 stalks), minced
- 1 large bunch of broccoli florets, chopped small
- crushed red pepper
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- 5 eggs
- 4 Tbs flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup grated cheese (we used an asiago variation)
Preheat the oven to 450ºF. In a skillet, heat olive oil. Add onion and garlic and stir until softened. Add broccoli florets and continue to stir until bright green. Add crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
In a bowl, beat eggs well, adding flour gradually. Continue beating and gradually add milk, butter, and cheese. Stir in broccoli mixture. Turn into a buttered pie pan and bake for 30 minutes. The torte will swell and have a golden crusty top. Serve with fresh squeezed orange juice and sweet potato hash browns!
Do you enjoy 3-day weekends or would you prefer to celebrate on the day the event actually occurred?