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November

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    In Corsica, on All Saints Day, people place milk and chestnuts (of the châtaigne type) on window sills for the visiting dead to eat.
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    This is All Saints Day in Mexico, the first of two days to honour the dead. This first day focusses on dead children and babies.
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    A day to celebrate an ingredient that we all take for granted -- vinegar! The 1st of November appears to have the most recognition and backing as being Vinegar Day, though there are renegade groups backing the 16th and 20th of August. In late June, the town of Spilamberto, (near Modena, Emilia-Romagna) in Italy, holds a Balsamic Vinegar Day to promote the locally made balsamic vinegar as part of its St John the Baptist celebrations.
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    All Soul's Day was started in the 900s by the Church, being designated as the day on which you can help those in purgatory with your prayers. It came to be in people's minds the day when the dead could visit the living.
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    With the distraction of Hallowe'en at the end of October, it's easy to overlook how quickly the truly big day creeps up on you: that's right, Devilled Egg Day, on the 2nd of November each year. Don't feel badly; it catches so many people unprepared for it.
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    This is All Souls Day in Mexico, the second day of Día de los Muertos. While the first day focussed on the spirits of dead children and babies, this day focusses on dead adults who may have returned to visit.
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    Men Make Dinner Day is celebrated on the first Thursday of every November. Gals, make sure notice of this gets spread around in plenty of time, so there's no excuses.
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    November 3rd is the birthday of John Montagu (3 November 1718 – 3 April 1792), who became the 4th Earl of Sandwich in 1729. Popular myth credits him with having invented the sandwich.
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    There are so many different kinds of mustard, that it's a rare person indeed who doesn't like at least one of them. Too often, however, jars of mustard languish in our fridges, pushed further and further back by other bottles, and getting crusty inside around the edges.
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    In 1605, Catholics in England were angry. Under Queen Elizabeth I, harsh laws had been passed against Catholics in England.
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    It's a myth that nachos weren't invented in Mexico. They actually were -- just across the border with Texas in a Mexican town called Piedras Negras.
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    On this day in 1953, the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (27 October 1914 - 9 November 1953) expired in New York at St Vincent's Hospital. Both The White Horse Tavern and the Chelsea Hotel in New York lay claim to the fame of being where Dylan Thomas drank himself to death.
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    Martinmas is on the 11th of November. Martinmas was traditionally the day on which pigs and geese were slaughtered.
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    Canned Pineapple Anniversary Day, the 13th of November, marks the first shipment of canned pineapple from Hawaii in 1895. CooksInfo.com is uncertain, though, if this is actually true.
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    The 15th of November is a day dedicated to fridges filled with USO's -- unidentified shrivelled objects. It's not such a bad time of year to tackle it, actually.
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    If Homemade Bread Day happens to fall on a work day, it can be tricky to manage making bread in between doing everything else. If you work from a home office, or are a stay at home person, then you can perhaps manage making bread by hand if it's a slow day.
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    The fifth Sunday before Christmas [1], has in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer the following collect: Stir up we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people... Consequently, it has become the day on which people stir up their Christmas puddings and Christmas cakes.
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    Pumpkin Pie Day falls just before the American Thanksgiving holiday. Perhaps it's a reminder to cooks to get everything they need for their pies before the store shelves are picked clean at this time of year.
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    Cashews are some of the oddest nuts. They grow hanging off the bottom of fruits that look like apples, and are toxic to handle unless the shells on the nuts are treated properly.
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    American Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November. Though many people who are weary of Turkey for Thanksgiving and Turkey for Christmas try to persuade their family to accept something else for Thanksgiving, it's very hard to change what people expect.
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    St Catherine was a popular French saint, one of the saints that Joan of Arc frequently struck up conversations with. Children get served taffy on this day.
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    The 30th of November is marked in honour of St Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland. You might consider serving fish on this day because St Andrew was a fisherman.
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