June 25, 2012

National Strawberry Parfait Day

"The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream." - Wallace Stevens

It's National Strawberry Parfait Day!

Today seems vaguely familiar.

Oh, that's right. Because it wasn't that long ago that we celebrated Chocolate Parfait Day. Someone had a serious love for parfaits when they were making these food holidays up, don't you think? Like, seriously, I think one is plenty, but that's fine... I'll indulge and celebrate a second time.

A quick recap of what a parfait is: unlike sundaes, parfaits can use anything from hard or soft serve ice cream to frozen custards or whipped creams as the "base." Generally, they're also served in smaller glasses made with fresh fruit and sometimes liqueur; unlike sundaes, which have oozing sauces and sprinkles on them.

Today also seems to be one of the more appropriately timed food holidays (I'm still not over celebrating strawberry ice cream in the middle of January; yes!, I love ice cream, but I much would have preferred, on a 12 degree day, hot molten lava cake or something). Here in Maine, it's strawberry season (which is a little early this year, but it works), so I'm fortunate enough to be able to use locally-grown berries for my parfait today.

I hope wherever you're located you're also able to use berries that were grown practically in your own back yard. It'll make your parfait taste that much more awesome!

Happy National Strawberry Parfait Day!