#NationalBagelfestDay

This is NOT to be confused with National Bagel Day, which was back in February. Excuse me, the mountains of snow had me otherwise occupied then.

Lately there’s been a  little push back to all these daily  ‘holidays’ .Who says it’s a holiday? Why so many?

But Bagelfest Day actually has some juice behind it, although bagels are better with cream cheese and lox then juice:

Murray Lender.

FILE - In this July 24, 1998 photo, Murray Lender kisses the world's largest bagel while baker Larry Wilkerson, left, and Lender's Bagel Bakery manager Jim Cudahy watch after the weight of the bagel was revealed during Bagelfest in Mattoon, Ill.  Murray Lender, who helped turn his father's small Connecticut bakery into a national company that introduced bagels to many Americans for the first time, has died in Florida. He was 81. Lender's wife, Gillie Lender, tells The Associated Press that her husband died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at a hospital in Miami from complications from a fall he suffered 10 weeks ago. The couple lived in both Aventura, Fla., and Woodbridge, Conn.  (AP Photo/Journal Gazette, Doug Lawhead)

FILE – In this July 24, 1998 photo, Murray Lender kisses the world’s largest bagel while baker Larry Wilkerson, left, and Lender’s Bagel Bakery manager Jim Cudahy watch after the weight of the bagel was revealed during Bagelfest in Mattoon, Ill. Murray Lender, who helped turn his father’s small Connecticut bakery into a national company that introduced bagels to many Americans for the first time, has died in Florida. He was 81. Lender’s wife, Gillie Lender, tells The Associated Press that her husband died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at a hospital in Miami from complications from a fall he suffered 10 weeks ago. The couple lived in both Aventura, Fla., and Woodbridge, Conn. (AP Photo/Journal Gazette, Doug Lawhead)

Murray Lender began this celebration back in 1986.

Because of Murray Lender many of us have bagel memories…..because he sold them frozen, so a bagel could be in any supermarket freezer, not just at the local bagel shop.

bagels Lenders plain

And of course, once bagels got in the All-American kitchen, the All-American fiddling followed….

Bagel Pizza - the hole in the center is a real design flaw with HOT melted cheese.

Bagel Pizza – the hole in the center is a real design flaw with HOT melted cheese. Stick to English Muffin Pizzas!

And then the bagels themselves were fiddled…..

Fiddlebow Knife and Bagel slicer

Fiddle-bow Knife and Bagel Slicer

and then the bagel types were fiddled….

Once a Blueberry enters, I'm pretty sure it's no longer a bagel.

Once a Blueberry enters, I’m pretty sure it’s no longer a bagel.

To celebrate this holiday I had breakfasted at my fave coffee shop on a pumpernickel bagel with bacon scallion cream cheese, a combination I first tried at the urging of a friend who had steered to really good food in the past. Not traditional, but excellent good.

Murray lender even got bagels on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Murray Lender even got bagels on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Murray Lender didn’t just make the bagels – he made the commercials for them .

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