While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Now don't get all puffed up - December 9 is National Pastry Day!
From croissants to cream puffs, éclairs to strudel and baklava to brioche, one of these sweet, flaky bites is bound to get your mouth watering.
Pastries and pastry dough have been around since ancient times in the Mediterranean when baklava, made with paper-thin, butter filo pastry dough, was king. During the Renaissance, French and Italian chefs created puff and choux pastry. So be sure to say a word of thanks to these ingenious individuals the next time you take a bit of cream puff, éclair, Napoleon or brioche.
Whether you choose to go sweet or savory with your fillings, pastry or anything made with puff pastry are the ultimate shining stars at your holiday party - or just a party for yourself. Treat yourself to éclairs and cream puffs, or if you can't handle the sugar coma, throw together a puff pastry cheese tray or spinach-artichoke puff pastry.
And always remember, even though it can be finicky, there's no need to get huffy over puffy pastry.