Today is a good day. In addition to it being National Cherry Turnover Day (and really, who didn’t see that coming? By now, I’m fairly certain that every dessert has it’s own day), August 28th is also St. Augustine of Hippo’s Day. No, St. Augustine isn’t the patron saint of actual hippos – he’s the patron saint of brewers. How nice.
In more alcohol-related news, today in 1798, the first vineyard in America was planted in that hotbed of wine production, Lexington, Kentucky. While the bluegrass state is no longer known for its wines, the act of planting certainly did start a respected tradition.
Several years later, in 1837, John Lea and William Perrins started manufacturing a sauce named after their hometown of Worcester, England, and for this I am thankful. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce is a key ingredient in so much of what I cook.
Beer, wine and Worcestershire – all staples chez Pollard. Oh, and cherry turnovers, of course. Of course.