For this week’s column, I started going through the random vacation listings again. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed. It seems like June has some sort of weird food related vacation every few days, and since I love food and love to cook, I jumped at this opportunity.

From June 1, we have the choice between two celebrations! Although honestly I would choose both. On this day we celebrate National Olive Day and National Hazelnut Cake Day, so eat a muffuletta and then treat yourself to dessert. If you’re not a muffuletta fan, stop by one of our local grocery stores with an olive counter and try varieties of olives you’ve never tried before.

If neither appeals to you, why not wait until June 2 and celebrate National Roast Chicken Day or National Rocky Road Day? I checked that Rocky Road involved ice cream and actually wasn’t an off-road celebration (I’m sure it’s a holiday at some point in the year, but I didn’t. not yet met.) we have a tendency of a sweet and a savory, and this time no baking potentially involved, just chocolate ice cream with marshmallow and nuts.

On the third, we celebrate National Egg Day and National Chocolate Macaroon Day. And we seem to have a bit of a chocolate theme going on, as National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is celebrated on June 7th. Another theme you could use is charcuterie boards since we’ve had olives before and National Cheese Day is on June 4th. And who doesn’t love an excuse for a deli board opportunity? Just me?

If it’s just me, why not indulge your donut craving on National Donut Day which falls on June 5th? And for my vegetarian readers, take advantage of this day to treat yourself to a vegetarian burger since it also happens to be National Vegetarian Burger Day; it’s good that there are some really tasty options now, because sometimes a burger and fries is just a comforting meal.

We can’t forget the National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day (June 9), and finally National Iced Tea Day and National Herbs and Spices Day (June 10). There are plenty more that I haven’t even had a chance to since dropping out later in the month, but I hope at least one of these calls you like and you can take advantage of it. to celebrate with a few friends (remember to be safe even with the currently lightened restrictions), and if you need any recipe ideas, check out the A to Z World Food database which you can find at our website and access for free with your library card!

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Library services:

  • All library branches are open for Quick Grab – & – Go services as well as curbside pickup, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 am-6pm
  • Saturday, 10 am-5pm
  • Plain Dealing and Tooke Branch: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Library locations:

• Aulds branch: 3950 Wayne Ave, Bossier City, 318.742.2337

• Benton branch: 115 Courthouse Drive, Benton, 318.965.2751

• Central Library: 2206 Beckett St, Bossier City, 318.746.1693

• Branch 80 East: 1050 Bellevue Rd, Haughton, 318.949.2665

• History Center: 2206 Beckett St, Bossier City, 318.746.7717

• Simple transaction branch: 208 E Mary Lee Ave, Plain Dealing, 318.326.4233

• Tooke branch: 451 Fairview Point Road, Elm Grove, 318.987.3915

New materials in the library:

• Raising Bookmonsters: The Joyful Way to Turn Your Child into a Fearless, Voracious Reader by Amber Ankowski (non-fiction; book)

• Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica (Fiction; book, large print, audiobook, e-book, e-audiobook)

• Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize by Margo Rabb (YA Fiction; Book, eAudiobook)

• The Truth About Lies: The Illusion of Honesty and the Evolution of Deception by Aja Raden (non-fiction, book, eBook)

• Unsettled by Reem Faruqi (Children’s fiction, book, audiobook).

Annie Gilmer is a community engagement librarian at Bossier Parish Public Libraries.

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