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Welcome to our blog! Here you'll find our weekly dog and cat contest winners along with the inside scoop on some of our favorite calendars and more. 

Meet Callie: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Callie - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest WinnerTwo words best describe Callie: classy and sassy. Her diva alter ego is C.C. Jitters. Callie was rescued when my mom found Callie’s mom (a stray) in her garage, struggling to give birth to Callie and her two brothers. She rushed them to the vet and saved the litter. Callie knows she is a little miracle and behaves accordingly.

Congratulations to Callie, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Lexie: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Lexie, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

Lexie isn’t technically a rescue dog, but I like to say that she is- she was rescued from a life without my love! She was named after a character in Grey’s Anatomy- Lexie Grey. I often call her Little Grey, for those of you who have seen Grey’s Anatomy, you’ll get it. She is a year and a half old. Her pink nose is her most famous trait. She is everything a border collie is known to be- hyper, has ADHD, and never tires. She is starting on learning agility, and it’s a slow process with her. She loves it though!

Congratulations to Lexie, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Tigger: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Tigger - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest WinnerFrom the moment we adopted Tigger on a cold October day seven years ago, we knew that he would be a special cat. Having weighed just 1 pound and been infected with fleas and worms when we first got him, he has come a long way in the years ever since – he now weighs 17 pounds, is flea- and worm-free and is happy as a lark. He purrs all the time and is the perfect “gentleman” to our two other cats (his sisters) Petunia and Kanga, letting them eat his food and even helping them cover their waste in the litter box. When he sees one of his sisters cough up a hairball, he’ll immediately run over to them and not leave until he sees that they are ok. Everyone who has met Tigger immediately takes a liking to him in terms of his lion-like appearance and calm demeanor. Besides serving as a guardian to Petunia and Kanga, Tigger’s hobbies include drinking filtered water (yes, he is picky!); eating all-natural cat food (with a side of tuna on the weekends); playing with a string, milk tops and his mother’s (Christine) scrunchies; snuggling for hours; head-butting the person kissing him; using his lion-sized paws and wrapping them around the person petting him; and silent-meowing. (PLEASE NOTE: It should be noted that this photo was taken by Scott Nolen/American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). James is an employee of the AVMA, and owns the copyright to this photo.)

Congratulations to Tigger, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Caroline: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Caroline - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest WinnerCaroline (born August 2011) arrived with her Sister on Christmas Day 2011. Dear friends had decided we had been a pet-less family for too long. So in comes the box, I joked “it’s a puppy” and out pops Caroline & her Sister Somerset! They have added joy to our lives and home in ways we could never imagine. This is Caroline in her favorite spot – looking out at the birds, leaves, walkers, dogs, squirrels, and anything else that moves. She is gorgeous, she knows it, and she loves to show off. Her other favorite things are sleeping late (in bed), jumping into laundry, running up the stairs after her sister and hitting the wall parallel to the floor with all four paws to then launch to the next set of stairs, practicing her high jump as she tries to catch anything that resembles a ribbon or string, and, mostly, waiting until the cooking has finished and she hears everyone sitting down to eat before she appears!

Congratulations to Caroline, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Hope & Pepsi: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Hope & Pepsi, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

Hope (16 yrs old) is on left, Pepsi (5 yrs) on right. I rescued Pepsi 4 years ago when Hope was 12. Hope helped me pick her at the AZ Humane Society. Pepsi made Hope young again and I knew getting a second dog was the right choice. They both love their daily walks and of course always wanting the same toy or the same dog bed.

Congratulations to Hope & Pepsi, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Piccolo: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Piccolo, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

Piccolo was adopted from Little Shelter Animal Rescue and is approximately 5 years old. She loves belly rubs, looking out the living room window, and chicken!

Congratulations to Piccolo, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Sandie: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Sandie - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest WinnerSandie is a rescue cat, who is now queen of the house. She is an indoor cat (NOT declawed) who enjoys going outside with the family and staying in her own yard.

Congratulations to Sandie, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

July Holidays and Observances. Mark Your Calendars!

Mark Your Calendars - July Holidays and Observances

At Page-A-Day, we don't just want to bring you beautiful, amazing calendars—we also want to help you fill them too! Check out all the exciting holidays and observances coming up in July.

Monthly observances in July:

  • Tour de France Month. While America is celebrating its indepencence, France is hosting the largest annual bike race in the world. Join the fun by dusting off your two-wheeler, and for some inspiration and bike savvy tips, take a look at Just Ride

  • National Grilling Month. Neighborhoods all over the nation are filled with the mouthwatering armoa of barbecue this month! Barbecue Bible expert Steven Raichlen's How to Grill and Beer Can Chicken will add some fun and variety to any master griller's menu.

  • National Ice Cream Month. Keep cool with tasty homemade ice cream—get inspired by Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts

  • National Bison Month. Nothing represents the great frontier of the United States better than the strong, proud Bison. Celebrate America's natural wonders and National Bison Month in July. Get patriotic with the See America! calendar (available next month at pageaday.com), created by the National Parks Converancy.

Just Ride  The Bountiful Container  Jeni's Ice Cream  See America  How to Grill

And, of course, the daily observances to fill your Page-A-Day calendars with some extra excitement!

  • July 4th is Independence Day (USA). Fly the flag high, enjoy some fireworks, and celebrate America! 

  • July 6th is World Kiss Day. Celebrate with Sandra Boynton's Snuggle Puppy: "It starts with an 'oooo,' and ends with a KISS," and it's the perfect board book to bond with your little one this month. 

  • July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day. We've posted tips on our blog to help make sure your pet is safe from household fires. Keep your furry friends fire free!

  • July 17th is the first day of National Zoo Keeper Week. Give a zoo keeper a high-five this week, and say thanks! If there's a special zoo keeper in your life, pick up a copy of You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job to show your apreciation.

  • July 24th is National Cousins Day. Cousins have a special bond. Find the gift that's just right for your cousin's unique interests, whether it's cats, puzzles, gardening, or travel. 

  • July 30th is National Dance Day. No one celebrates dance like Jordan Matter, who finds the extraodinary in the ordinary with his book Dancers Among Us.

  • July 24th is National Parent's Day. If you didn't get it right on Father's Day or Mother's Day, you have another chance on July 26th. Get it right this time! Shop for personal gifts filled with fun, entertainment, and love.

  • July 30th is International Day of Friendship. We're talking furry friends! July 31st is the last day of our huge pet lover's sale, so pick up a copy of 97 Ways to Make a Dog Smile, or 97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You to try some new tricks with your best friends. 

  • July 30th is (also) Paperback Book Day. So get reading! Check out our Book Lover's Calendar for ideas. 

Snuggle Puppy  Unlikely Friendships  Unforgettable Photograph  Dancers Among Us The Book Lover's Calendar

If we missed any holidays and observances that matter to you, please leave them in a comment below! We'd love to celebrate whatever you're celebrating this month.

Meet Annabelle: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Annabelle, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

Annabelle is a 12 year old puppy that loves to bicycle. She has completed 10 MS150 bicycle rides in the past 10 years. They are 150 mi. rides over 2 days and ridden to help support the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is now a member of the 1500 mile club having raised thousands of dollars.

Congratulations to Annabelle, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Sota: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Sota, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

We rescued Sota from a local shelter after he’d been given up 2 times already. But we’re not letting him go! We’ve nicknamed him our “Little Man” and he’s got a great personality. He loves to run so he keeps us busy!

Congratulations to Sota, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Mac: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Mac - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest WinnerMac is an indoor-outdoor cat and a very talented hunter who brings us “gifts” frequently. He hangs out with our dogs and keeps them in line by giving them a good smackeypaw now and then. He loves posing for the camera.

Congratulations to Mac, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Algonquin Books Great Summer Reads Sweepstakes

 
 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to US residents of the 50 states, age 18 years as of 06/20/16. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 06/20/2016 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 07/20/2016. Click here for full rules. Void where prohibited.

Meet Barley: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Barley, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

We call her Tiny but Barley is nothing short of being mighty, and she loves to help us brew our beer. She is such a joy to have in our home. We aren’t sure who rescued who, but we think we are the lucky ones in this situation. Barley has lots of friends and loves to play fetch and run in the snow. She’s part of our family and we love her so so much!

Congratulations to Barley, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Audie: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Audie - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest WinnerAudie is a  rescue kitty from the local shelter, she’s a spunky outdoor cat who loves to snuggle on shoulders.

Congratulations to Audie, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

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Page-A-Day® is your go-to source for the best calendars each year, but did you know we're also the place to go for all the gift books you need during the year: From Father's Day to Graduation, and from birthdays to anniversaries, our books are sure to delight. Use the code 'junesurprise' at checkout.

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Meet Ashley: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Ashley - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest WinnerAshley is a delightful cat! She is friendly, plays with whatever she can find, eats very well with no dislikes at all. She will soon be 3 years old on June 15.

Congratulations to Ashley, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Recipes from Project Smoke, plus the Project Smoke Prize Pack Sweepstakes

Steven Raichlen's Project SmokeAt a time when smoking is quickly becoming the new grilling (over 18 million smokers and grills were sold in the United Statesin 2014 alone!), author Steven Raichlen demystifies the classics, such asbrisket and smoked salmon, but also shows how to smoke vegetables, cocktails, and even desserts onhis PBS show and in his cookbook of the same name PROJECT SMOKE. Find three great recipes from the cookbook below.

Get Dad the best gift! Order the book or any of our Father's Day titles, and save 25% with the discount code BESTDAD.

Enter for a chance to win the Project Smoke Prize Pack Sweepstakes through June 14th!

Smoked EggsSmoked Eggs

Yield: Makes 12 eggs; can be multiplied or reduced as desired
Method: Hot-smoking
Prep time: 11 minutes
Hot-smoking time: 15 to 20 minutes
Fuel: Hickory, apple, or hardwood of your choice—enough for 20 minutes of smoking (see chart on page 6)
gear: A wire rack; an aluminum foil roasting pan
Shop: Organic eggs when possible
What else: You have two options for smoking eggs: hot-smoking or cold-smoking. The former is faster, but you have to smoke the eggs over a pan of ice or the whites will become rubbery. Cold-smoking eliminates this risk, but takes longer. For even more smoke flavor, cut the hard-cooked eggs in half before smoking, as pictured on the facing page.

Eggs may be late-comers to America’s barbecue repertory. But elsewhere on the world’s barbecue trail, grilled and smoked eggs are common currency. Cambodians grill cilantro- and chili-stuffed eggs on bamboo skewers over charcoal braziers. The chef at the Auberge Shulamit in Rosh Pina, Israel, smokes eggs to make the most remarkable egg salad you’ll ever taste, served on, what else, grilled bread. Smoke takes the commonplace egg in gustatory directions you’ve never dreamed of. Hard-boiled egg? Okay. Smoked hard-boiled egg? Inspired.

INGREDIENTS

12 large eggs, preferably organic
Vegetable oil, for oiling the wire rack or grate

1. To hard-cook the eggs, place them in a large saucepan with cold water to cover by 3 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer the eggs for 11 minutes (a few minutes longer if you live at a high altitude). Drain the eggs and fill the pan with cold water. Cool the eggs in the pan until they’re easy to handle but still warm. Peel the eggs. (It’s easier to peel them while they’re still warm.) Return the eggs to the cold water to cool completely, then drain well and blot dry with paper towels. The eggs can be cooked and peeled up to 48 hours ahead, stored in a container covered with plastic wrap, and refrigerated.
2. Set up your smoker following the manufacturer’s directions and preheat to 225°F. Add the wood as specified by the manufacturer.
3. Place the eggs on a lightly oiled wire rack placed over an aluminum foil pan filled with ice (the eggs should not touch the ice). Place in the smoker, and smoke the eggs until bronzed with smoke, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Eat as you would hard-cooked eggs or use to make deviled eggs (page 36) or egg salad.
Variation

Cold-Smoked eggs

If you’d like to cold-smoke the eggs, you’ll need enough fuel for 1½ hours of smoking time. Preheat the cold smoker to 100°F or less. Place the eggs in the smoker and smoke until they’re bronzed in color, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

 

Red Leaf Salad

Red Leaf Lettuce Salad

with Grilled Corn, Peaches, Avocado, and Walnuts

Serves 4 to 6

There's something about this combination of tender red leaf lettuce, corn, sweet peaches, and avocado that feels like summer. It is an excellent side, but even better, it’s a killer meal on its own. The recipe is a good reminder that you can always use lettuce as a base to show off every season’s best ingredients. Just follow this basic formula: greens + seasonal vegetable and/or fruit + cheese and/or egg + nuts. Throughout the year, it is an easy way to elevate a simple green salad to entrée-level status.

2 ears of corn (see Note)
1 large head red leaf lettuce, washed, dried well, and chopped or torn into bite-size pieces
Honey Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
Flaked sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 ripe peaches, pitted and thinly sliced
1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 cup freshly crumbled, good-quality feta cheese

1.    Heat a grill to medium high.
2.    Peel away all but the innermost light green husk of the corn. Cut or pull away the tassel of corn silk at the tip of the cob. Grill the corn until the husk starts to pull away from the tip of the corn, 8 to 10 minutes. Take the corn off the grill and set it aside to cool.
3.    Remove the remaining husk from the cooled corn and slice the kernels off the cob directly into a large bowl (see page 129). Set aside ¼ cup of corn to garnish the top of the salad.
4.    Add the lettuce to the bowl of corn with a drizzle of the vinaigrette. Continue to add vinaigrette, tossing, until the greens and corn are lightly coated. Season the lettuce lightly with salt and pepper to taste. Toss well to combine. Add the peaches, avocado, walnuts, and feta, saving a small handful of each to garnish the salad. Transfer the salad to a large platter and sprinkle the reserved corn, peaches, avocado, walnuts, and feta on top.

Note: Grilled corn adds another dimension to this salad, but if your corn is very fresh, you don’t need to cook it. Shave the kernels off the cob and toss them directly into the salad.

Lemon Vinaigrette (page 40) also pairs well with this salad.

Try thinly sliced apples in place of peaches and substitute pecans for the walnuts.

Honey Vinaigrette

Makes 1 1/2 cups

3 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup champagne or white wine vinegar
Fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grapeseed oil

Whisk together the honey, vinegar, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ¹/₈ teaspoon of pepper in a small bowl until the honey has dissolved. Continue to whisk the mixture while you stream in the oils. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste. The dressing will keep, covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 weeks.

 

Smoked Bacon-Bourbon Apple Crisp

Smoked Bacon-Bourbon Apple Crisp

Yield: Serves 8
Method: Smoke-roasting
Prep time: 30 minutes
Smoking time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Fuel: Apple wood, of course—enough for 1 hour of smoking (see chart on page 6)
Gear: A 10-inch cast-iron skillet
What else: You can cook this crisp low and slow in a traditional smoker, but you’ll get a crisper topping if you work at higher heat. This is a good dish to smoke-roast on a charcoal grill.

For years, I’ve been smoke-roasting blueberry and raspberry crumbles. I even smoked a crumble made with cactus pears on my Primal Grill TV show taped in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Here’s the smoked version of an American classic—apple pie—and it was inspired by a restaurant in my summer stomping grounds, the Outermost Inn on Martha’s Vineyard. “I think apple pie should step on the dark side,” says its one-time chef and the recipe’s creator, Michael Winkelman. “Give me bacon. Give me whiskey. Give me smoke. Give me a dessert that means business.” I give you Winkelman’s smoked apple crisp.

INGREDIENTS

For the filling

2 strips artisanal bacon, like Nueske’s or the Made-from-Scratch Bacon on page 113, cut crosswise into ¼-inch slivers
3 pounds crisp, sweet apples like Honeycrisps or Galas
1/3 cup packed light or dark brown sugar, or to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons bourbon

For the topping

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and placed in the freezer until icy cold
1/2 cup crushed gingersnap cookies or granola
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
Pinch of salt
Smoked Ice Cream (page 240; use vanilla) or regular vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)

 

  1. Set up your grill for indirect grilling (see page 262) and preheat to 400°F.
  2. Make the filling: Fry the bacon in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, stirring with a slotted spoon, until crisp and golden brown, 4 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a large bowl. Pour off and reserve the bacon fat for another use. Don’t wipe out or wash the skillet.
  3. Peel and core the apples and cut them into 1-inch pieces. Add them to the bacon. Stir in the sugar, flour, lemon zest, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the bourbon. Taste the mixture for sweetness, adding sugar as needed. Spoon the filling into the skillet.
  4. Make the topping: Place the butter, cookie crumbs, flour, white and brown sugars, and salt in a food processor. Grind to a coarse mixture, running the processor in short bursts. Don’t overprocess; the mixture should remain loose and crumbly like sand. Sprinkle the topping over the apples.
  5. Place the crisp on the grill or smoker rack away from the heat. Add the wood to the coals and cover the grill. Smoke-roast the crisp until the topping is browned and bubbling, the apples are soft (they should be easy to pierce with a skewer), and the filling is thick, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. Serve the crisp hot off the grill or smoker. Extra points for topping it with Smoked Ice Cream.

Project Smoke Prize Pack Sweepstakes

June Holidays and Observances

June 2015 Holidays and Observances - Page-A-Day

At Page-A-Day, we don't just want to bring you beautiful, amazing calendars—we also want to help you fill them too! Check out all the exciting holidays and observances coming up in June.

First, and foremost, the holiday you want to circle on your calendar right away is Father's Day on June 19th. Browse our gift guide and use the promo code BESTDAD to save 30% off all our great gifts for dads. You can also enter for a chance to win a Project Smoke smoker through June 19th! 

Monthly observances in June:

  • June is Audio Book Appreciation Month. Our sister company Highbridge Audio produces the best audiobooks in the business. If you're on-the-go, multitasking, or otherwise hands-free, audiobooks are the way to go. Start—or celebrate—your audiobook habit this month.

  • June is Adopt A Cat Month (American Human Association and Adopt A Shelter Cat Month (ASPCA). Our cat care titles are the cat's meow! 

  • June is Great Outdoors Month and National Camping Month. Get outside this month, whether you backpack deep into the woods for a camping trip, or just play in the backyard. Browse our Travel & Nature books. 

  • June is International Men's Month and Mens Health Education and Awareness Month. Grilling can be very healthy—and cooking meat over fire is good for many mens' mental health as well. Browse our red-hot, smoking grilling books

June has some exciting weekly celebrations as well:

And, of course, the daily observances to fill your Page-A-Day calendars with some extra excitement!

  • June 1st is National Say Something Nice Day. If you need some direction, take a look at The Book of Nice: A Book about Nice Things for Nice People. 

  • June 2nd is National Leave The Office Early Day. Just go! Where you go is up to you, but today is the day you should get out before the whistle blows. Why? Because You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job. That's why.

  • June 8th is World Oceans Day. Celebrate World Oceans Day and explore the photicular beauty of Ocean. Reading this book is like being on a dive. Open the book, and the reader is swept into the magic of an underwater world.

  • June 19th is Father's Day. We're so thankful for dads! Whether they're there to meet the bus, bringing home the bacon, helping us ride bikes, or giving sage (if a little grumpy) advice, dads are awesome. Treat your dad to just the right gift this year from our new gift guideSave 20% off our gifts for dads with the code DAD15 (ends June 30, 2015).

  • June 24th is Take Your Dog To Work Day. Make sure your pet is dressed appropriately for the workplace—pick up a copy of Menswear Dog Presents the New Classic: Fresh Looks for the Modern Man.

     

Made By Dad - Father's DayYou Are Doing A Freaking Great Job - National Leave The Office Early Day Tasting Whiskey

 

If we missed any, please leave them in a comment below! We'd love to celebrate whatever you're celebrating this month.

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