30 Recipes to Help You Celebrate Every Food Holiday in April

Because we don't take enough time to celebrate food

Celebrate a different food holiday everyday in April

Can you believe it’s already April. And by almost spring, I mean almost summer. T-minus 20 days until Pepperdine students (or at least abroad students) are set free to populate the beaches, trendy restaurants and overpopulate our favorite healthy acai bowl shop, SunLife Organics.

I think this the end of the year calls for a celebration. Kick off the countdown to summer with this awesome guide to honor every food holiday this month.

April 1 – National Sourdough Bread Day

Sourdough bread calls for sandwiches and sandwiches mean grilled cheeses! Try this bombass grilled cheese to kick off the month.

April 2 – National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

There’s nothing better than PB&J sandwich. Oh wait, there is, this loaded PB&J banana just one-uped your lunchtime sammie.

April 3 – National Chocolate Mousse Day

chocolate mousse

Photo by Danielle Cahoon

This mousse is perfect for that late-night chocolate craving that you want to satisfy but don’t want the extra sugar/calories. Healthy, chocolatey and worth the midnight snack.

April 4 – National Cordon Bleu Day


Photo courtesy of Skinnymom.com

Ham, wrapped in cheese, wrapped in chicken and then breaded. If you don’t want all the additional calories, try this healthier version of a chicken class.

April 5 – National Caramel Day

Because even bacon can make this sweet day even little better.

April 6 – National Caramel Popcorn Day


Photo by Alex Furuya

Your roommates will love you when they walk in the door and smell this delicious chai caramel popcorn.

April 7 – Coffee Cake Day

coffee cake

Photo by Nicola Haubold

This cake will leave you dorm smelling like bakery and your stomach feeling #blessed.

April 8 – National Empanada Day


Photo by Julia McKellar

Nothing compares to the taste of sweet, spiced sweet potatoes and warm gooey brie cheese.

April 9 – Chinese Almond Cookie Day

chinese almond cookie

Photo courtesy of chinasichuanfood.com

This traditional Chinese almond cookie is perfect for Chinese New Year and those aesthetically pleasing Instagrams.

April 10 – National Cinnamon Crescent Day


Photo by Hannah Cooper

Got crescent rolls but don’t know what to do with them? Try filling them with cinnamon-sugar for a sweet and gooey breakfast treat.

April 11 – National Cheese Fondue Day

cheese fondue

Photo courtesy of melaniemakes.com

Pimp out your traditional cheese fondue recipe with beer and onions to make a flavor blasted fondue.

April 12 – Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

grilled cheese

Photo by Kylie Kinder

Easy, breezy and super duper cheesy.

April 13 – National Peach Cobbler Day


Photo by Cameron Young

Personal size with all the flavor of a full-size cobbler.

April 14 – National Pecan Day


Photo by Jessica Payne

Grandma always knows how to make the best pecan pie around.

April 15 – National Glazed Spiral Ham Day


Photo by Lily Chin

Although you probably won’t be cooking a whole ham today, try adding a little ham to your normal breakfast with this ham & cheese egg nest.

April 16 – National Eggs Benedict Day

eggs benedict

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Kennedy

This spicy eggs Benedict will definitely get you over hump day.

April 17 – National Cheese Ball Day

cheese ball

Photo by Natalie Choy

Instead of a full cheese ball, make individual cheezy garlic herb bombs.

April 18 – Raw Milk Appreciation Day

raw milk

Photo by Yonatan Soler

Make your own almond milk using raw ingredients to show your appreciation today.

April 19 – Garlic Day

garlic bread

Photo by Luna Zhang

The perfect garlic bread for the perfect pasta dinner.

April 20 – National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

pineapple upside down

Photo courtesy of grandbaby-cakes.com

Because cake should be eaten for breakfast too, specifically in the form of these pancakes.

April 21 –  Chocolate-Covered Cashew Day

chocolate drink

Photo by Grace Bodkin

Skip the extra sugar and make a delicious chocolate mint cashew milk instead.

April 22 – National Jelly Bean Day

jelly bean

Photo by Devon Russell

Make sure to check out the perfect jelly bean flavor combinations to celebrate today properly.

April 23 – National Picnic Day


Photo by Lily Allen

Don’t skip out on having a picnic, we’ve got you covered for an easy prep and pack list.

April 24 – National Pigs-In-A-Banket Day

pigs in a blanket

Photo by Maddie Lanier

The only acceptable way to eat hot dogs are in the form of flaky pastry blankets (and in a bun at a baseball game).

April 25 – National Zucchini Bread Day


Photo by Natsuko Mazany

I bet your friends won’t be able to tell you squeezed in some extra fiber into this loaf.

April 26 – National Pretzel Day


Photo by Natsuko Mazany

Can’t make it to Oktoberfest? That’s okay, these pretzel bites will satisfy your craving and won’t bust a hole in your wallet.

April 27 – National Prime Rib Day

prime rib

Photo by Michael Schietroma

Prime rib can be quite expensive, I’d say save your money and try this short rib pasta dish instead.

April 28 – National Blueberry Pie Day

blueberry pie

Photo courtesy of savingdessert.com

Make sure to use Maine wild blueberries for this pie, you won’t regret it.

April 29 – National Shrimp Scampi Day

shrimp scampi

Photo by Natsuko Mazany

Step up your dinner game and impress your friends with this easy shrimp scampi dish.

April 30 – National Raisin Day


Photo by Kristine Mahan

Celebrate the end of the month with these chewy oatmeal raisin cookies.


This article was originally published by Hannah Cooper at Pepperdine University March 24, 2016