Welcome June! Here’s to great weather and lots of time spent with family around the barbecue grill! Throw a steak on the grill to celebrate National Beef Steak Month. Or get creative and dream up the ultimate burger with a chance to win $50,000 in the “Build a Better Burger with Sutter Home” contest http://www.buildabetterburger.com/ now through August 18. What could be better with the ultimate burger than a cold glass of iced tea (yep, it’s National Iced Tea Month). If your sweet tooth is calling you, go ahead, have a donut on the first Friday in June – it’s the Salvation Army’s National Donut Day. You may well ask “why donuts?” Back during World War I, the Salvation Army offered its service to then President Woodrow Wilson. They created a War Service League, enabling many on the homefront to assist in the war effort by knitting, sewing, etc. However, some Salvation Army personnel, including women, were sent to the front lines in Europe. They conducted religious services, held concerts, and provided a “home away from home” for our soldiers. From limited rations, they chose to make donuts as a special treat, frying up to 9,000 each day. During subsequent wars, a donut from the Salvation Army has been a comforting treat for many a soldier.
Speaking of our soldiers, let us all remember to proudly raise the Stars and Stripes on National Flag Day – June 14.
Chef Glenn Burgess