As a child, I rated February rather dull when it came to holidays and sweet treats.
While this month now means plenty of king cakes and parades, when I was a youngster, my family’s Carnival season usually began and ended on Mardi Gras day.
That left Valentine’s Day and George Washington’s birthday. Those minor observances did sometimes result in desserts of chocolate and cherries, two of my favorite things.
On Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, you were expected to give everyone in your class either a homemade card or an inexpensive, store-bought card. If you were lucky, your class also got to share chocolate cupcakes or heart-shaped cookies provided by the room mother.
And, as for the birthdays of Presidents Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22), I only recall teachers noting them — certainly no classroom parties. Now, of course, some folks get a three-day weekend for Presidents Day, a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of February. It may not be a major holiday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Think cherries (for George, of course) and serve a simple dessert like Easy Cherry Cobbler which would also be welcome on Valentine’s Day.
Cheramie Sonnier is The Advocate’s food editor. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.