If you are one to join in the observance of Groundhog Day (as a national holiday of sorts) on February 2, then you may also want to join the fun with a Groundhog Day Party. We always look forward to the prognostication of Punxsutawney Phil, the famous resident weather predictor groundhog of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Punxsutawney Phil’s job is to let us know if winter will continue, or if it will end soon. This prediction is based on whether or not he sees his shadow (I’m told if he sees his shadow, we’ll have winter weather another six weeks).
Since groundhogs are vegetarians, with a sweet tooth for berries and human food crops when available, a suitable menu for a Groundhog Day Party would include mostly vegetables, and may look something like this:
Green Herb Salad
Any combination of fresh dandelions, parsley, basil, chives, arugula, cilantro, red onion, and thinly sliced fennel dressed with a simple Dijon vinaigrette.
Hot Sausages (optional)
Befitting the theme, the sausages should be made of ground pork, aka “hog” instead of beef, chicken, or turkey.
Vegetarian style honoring Punxsutawney Phil’s origins in eastern Pennsylvania.
Any kind of corn: fresh, frozen or canned. Served hot or cold.
Wonderful slathered with butter and a sprinkling of grated cheese (maybe quickly broiled would be nice).
Fruit Salad Dessert
Sliced bananas, pineapple, mango, kiwi, orange, and any fresh berry.
All varieties of nuts would be acceptable (Phil is really a woodland creature kind of related to the squirrel).
Cool water like the woodland stream would be appropriate; otherwise your favorite drink(s).
While one doesn’t know if winter will abide by Punxsutawney Phil’s interpretation of the weather on February 2, you’ve got to admit, Groundhog Day is a great excuse for a party. Be sure to add it to your family cookbook or recipe box.