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Here’s What to Make on Every Food Holiday in August

Make every day a celebration! We rounded up a recipe for every food holiday this month.

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August 1: National Raspberry Cream Pie DayTaste of Home

August 1: National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

This recipe is delicious with either fresh-picked or frozen raspberries. That means you can make it year-round. One bite of raspberry pie will instantly turn winter to summer. —Julie Price, Nashville, Tennessee

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August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich DayTaste of Home

August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

My husband absolutely loves ice cream sandwiches and snickerdoodles, so I combined them into one fun treat. Here’s how we build this cool dessert. —Heather Pilon, Winslow, Maine

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August 3: National Watermelon DayTaste of Home

August 3: National Watermelon Day

I invented this refreshing fruit salad one sultry afternoon while my friends were gathered around my pool. It was quick to prepare and disappeared from their plates even quicker. Even the kids loved it! —Antoinette DuBeck, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

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August 4: National Chocolate Chip Cookie DayTaste of Home

August 4: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

My take on the classic cookie is inspired by a bakery in California called Hungry Bear. It's big, thick and chewy—truly the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. —Irene Yeh, Mequon, Wisconsin

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August 5: National Oyster DayTaste of Home

August 5: National Oyster Day

I love nothing more than a cold beer and a shucked oyster, so when my partners and I opened Saw’s Juke Joint in Birmingham, Alabama, we wanted to add them to the menu. We love making them, we love serving them and our guests love eating them. —Taylor Hicks, Las Vegas, Nevada

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August 6: National Root Beer Float DayTaste of Home

August 6: National Root Beer Float Day

I add root beer to both the cake batter and fluffy frosting of this summery dessert to get that great root beer float taste. Serve this moist cake to a bunch of hungry kids and watch it disappear! —Kat Thompson, Prineville, Oregon

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August 7: National Raspberries and Cream DayTaste of Home

August 7: National Raspberries and Cream Day

Do-ahead and delicious, this dessert is a favorite because of its pretty color, creamy texture and terrific flavor. A light, no-bake filling makes it easy. Try garnishing with fresh berries and sprigs of mint. —Julianne Johnson, Grove City, Minnesota

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August 8: National Zucchini DayTaste of Home

August 8: National Zucchini Day

Fresh zucchini gets a shave and a drizzle of lemony goodness in this fab salad. Sprinkle the goat cheese or feta on top and dive in. —Ellie Martin Cliffe, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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August 9: National Rice Pudding DayTaste of Home

August 9: National Rice Pudding Day

This comforting dessert is a wonderful way to end any meal. As a girl, I always waited eagerly for the first heavenly bite. Today, my husband likes to top his with a scoop of ice cream. —Sandra Melnychenko, Grandview, Manitoba

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August 10: National S'mores DayTaste of Home

August 10: National S'mores Day

Combine marshmallow creme, chocolate, graham crackers and more for a summery delight at any time of year. —Stephanie Tewell, Elizabeth, Illinois

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August 11: National Raspberry Tart DayTaste of Home

August 11: National Raspberry Tart Day

Here’s a delectable dessert that’s simple but feels upscale. With its fresh raspberries and Nutella-covered homemade pastry crust, you and your guests won’t be able to get enough. —Christina Seremetis, Rockland, Massachusetts

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August 12: National Julienne Fries DayTaste of Home

August 12: National Julienne Fries Day

These fries are always popular with my meat-and-potatoes bunch. The cheesy seasoning can easily double as a flavorful baked potato topper, too.—Maribeth Edwards, Follansbee, West Virginia

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August 13: National Filet Mignon DayTaste of Home

August 13: National Filet Mignon Day

Although this is a simple recipe, the filet is rich and elegant enough for a special occasion. Add a salad and rolls, and dinner is done! —Jauneen Hosking, Waterford, Wisconsin

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August 14: National Creamsicle DayTaste of Home

August 14: National Creamsicle Day

Your inner child will love this fun riff on the classic mimosa. Use sparkling cider, ginger ale or sparkling grape juice for a nonalcoholic version. —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

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August 15: National Lemon Meringue Pie DayTaste of Home

August 15: National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

This is the one and only lemon meringue pie recipe you'll ever need. The flaky and tender from-scratch crust is worth the effort. —Lee Bremson, Kansas City, Missouri

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August 16: National Rum DayTaste of Home

August 16: National Rum Day

My mom has made rum balls for as long as I can remember. They look beautiful on a dessert spread and can be packaged in a decorative tin as a gift. I swapped coconut rum for the traditional rum and added shredded coconut. —Jana Walker, Macomb, Michigan

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August 17: National Vanilla Custard DayTaste of Home

August 17: National Vanilla Custard Day

What a simple, delectable way to enjoy fresh raspberries. For a change, also try the custard with strawberries or peaches. —Sarah C. Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire

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August 18: National Ice Cream Pie DayTaste of Home

August 18: National Ice Cream Pie Day

A sugar cone and brickle crust, fresh peaches and ice cream—you can't go wrong! Top with hot caramel for a delectable frozen treat. —Kim Ciepluch, Kenosha, Wisconsin

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August 19: National Potato DayTaste of Home

August 19: National Potato Day

Golden brown and buttery, these spuds live up to their tantalizing name. A sprinkle of fresh herbs when they’re hot out of the oven maximizes the flavor…and the pretty. —Althea Dye, Howard, Ohio

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August 20: National Chocolate Pecan Pie DayTaste of Home

August 20: National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

These yummy pecan bars start with a homemade pastry crust and pile on lots of semisweet chocolate. They’re perfect for a holiday bake sale or casual get-together.—Heather Biedler, Martinsburg, West Virginia

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August 21: National Spumoni DayTaste of Home

August 21: National Spumoni Day

For a refreshing end to a rich meal, try this freezer finale. Its intriguing interior and pretty color scheme are bound to garner oohs and aahs. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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August 22: National Pecan Torte DayTaste of Home

August 22: National Pecan Torte Day

This impressive dessert looks lovely on a buffet table. It takes some time to prepare, but it’s worth the effort. —Lois Schlickau, Haven, Kansas

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August 23: National Sponge Cake DayTaste of Home

August 23: National Sponge Cake Day

This confection’s a real winner—in taste and in looks! It’s impressive, but I think that anyone can prepare it, regardless of baking expertise. I'm the third generation in my family to make it.—LuAnn Heikkila, Floodwood, Minnesota

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August 24: National Peach Pie DayTaste of Home

August 24: National Peach Pie Day

Years ago, I entered this pie in the Park County Fair in Livingston. It won a first-place blue ribbon plus a purple ribbon for best all-around! Family and friends agree with the judges—it's a perfectly peachy pie. —Shirley Olson, Polson, Montana

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August 25: National Banana Split DayTaste of Home

August 25: National Banana Split Day

This lovely and delightful dessert has the classic flavor of a banana split. It's a cool, creamy treat with no last-minute fuss since you just pull it from the freezer. It always solicits praise from our big family. -Marye Franzen, Gothenburg, Nebraska

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August 26: National Cherry Popsicle DayTaste of Home

August 26: National Cherry Popsicle Day

I enjoy these frozen yogurt pops because they double as a healthy snack and a cool, creamy sweet treat. —Colleen Ludovice, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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August 27: National Banana Lovers’ DayTaste of Home

August 27: National Banana Lovers’ Day

My grandmother gave me my first cast iron skillet, and I've been cooking and baking with it ever since. Sometimes I add drained maraschino cherries to this banana skillet dessert and serve it with a ice cream. —Terri Merritts, Nashville, Tennessee

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August 28: National Cherry Turnover DayTaste of Home

August 28: National Cherry Turnover Day

Refrigerated crescent rolls let you make these fruit-filled pastries in a hurry. My family loves these turnovers for breakfast, but they’re so delicious, they’d be welcome any time of the day. Feel free to experiment with other pie fillings as well. —Elleen Oberrueter, Danbury, Iowa

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August 29: National Chop Suey DayTaste of Home

August 29: National Chop Suey Day

If you'd like a little extra crunch with this colorful chop suey, serve with chow mein noddles. —George Utley, South Hill, Virginia

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August 30: National Toasted Marshmallow DayTaste of Home

August 30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day

S'mores are one of my favorite desserts. I wanted to create a cookie to replace the graham cracker—that's when my s'mookie was born. Just as delicious as the classic.—Maria Davis, Hermosa Beach, California

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August 31: National Trail Mix DayTaste of Home

August 31: National Trail Mix Day

A filling blend of nuts, seeds, chocolate chips and dried fruit keeps you healthy by the handful. —Kristin Rimkus, Snohomish, Washington

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.

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