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December 6th is National Gazpacho Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then I hope you're not too cold because it's National Gazpacho Day!  Yep, it's time for another cold soup!  So, let's get right into celebrating National Gazpacho Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, I wouldn't say that this is like most other food holidays, because I've never really heard of gazpacho before. Now, I'm sure there are many people who do love this soup, but perhaps there's a different reason for this holiday. This may actually be an attempt to spread the word about gazpacho and get others to try it. And you know, it's not really a bad thing to get others to consume, as you've seen what the majority of other food holidays celebrate.  But if you saw a bowl of this, you'd probably think it was salsa! It contains a lot of ingredients that you would put in a salsa and it is traditionally served cold, just like salsa. And even though most people wouldn't be all about eating salsa as a soup, a lot of people have been eating it since ancient times. But it is most commonly eaten these days in Southern Spain, during the summer months.

What you do is cut up a bunch of vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, onions and garlic, and then add in things like wine vinegar, salt and maybe even stale bread. And, if you were to do things the traditional way, you'd pound those ingredients with a mortar, but most people just blend them up in a blender. And what you want to end up with is a nicely mixed soup, which is still a bit chunky. It's quite flavorful, it's quite healthy and no one would blame you one bit if you opted to use tortilla chips (or stale bread) instead of a spoon.  Are you interested?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, for all you lazy CeleGREATERS out there, you can attempt to find a restaurant that serves gazpacho and celebrate that way. OK, OK... maybe you're not lazy! Maybe you're just unsure about the soup and don't want to waste more than a bowl of it. I can understand that! Here's a helpful tip though... if you don't like eating it as a soup, then ask them to bring you some tortilla chips and just eat it as an appetizer for a different meal. ;)  But if you're all about the vegetables, raw food or anything along those lines then you might just want to make your own at home. It's really not that hard to make and you'll have an easy option for getting your servings of vegetables for the day. Don't be afraid to pop in your favorite kind of vegetables to add your own twist to the soup either!

But if you want to have a little fun with the holiday, then go ahead and make some gazpacho and get ready to shock some people in public. Take a tall salsa jar, empty it out and wash it so that the inside is clean but the label stays intact. Then pour your gazpacho into it and go out into public, and randomly chug your "salsa" in front of people. I'm sure you'll get a lot of odd looks but you're just being rad... no harm done!  Have a great day and enjoy your chilled soup!





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