Every year on Oct. 19, National Seafood Bisque Day serves up a hot, delicious meal for seafood lovers. The day celebrates a luxurious bowl of tasty soup made from the catch of the day.

According to National Day Calendar, seafood bisque is a smooth, creamy and highly seasoned soup of French origin. Recipes call for a strained broth of crustaceans, using seafood such as lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish.

The name “bisque” is likely derived from “Biscay,” as in the Bay of Biscay. However, the crustaceans are certainly “bis cuits,”meaning “twice-cooked.” Recipes require cooks to first sauté the seafood lightly in the shell, then simmer in wine or cognac and aromatic herbs before strained.

This rich and filling soup goes well with a crusty chunk of bread. Serve it as the introduction to a larger meal or as a meal by itself.

Some bisque trivia: In a bisque, the cream is added earlier in the cooking process. A cream soup adds the cream last. The amount of seasoning is also different between the two soups. Bisque soups do not always have seafood in them. Although seafood is traditional, there several kinds of ingredients that are the star in this flavorful soup — chicken, potato or corn bisques are all very popular. I think I am getting hungry, and some bisque soup with buttered French bread and a salad sounds really good right now.

So, did you make your boss(es) feel special on National Boss’s Day this Sunday? Did you let them know how much you appreciate them and your job? Hope so, or it may make a long week feel like a month. It is the little things that count and some bosses may be counting. Everyone likes to be remembered. So, if indeed you truly forgot, surprise them with a belated celebration. The saying goes, “Better late than never.”

Galt High and Liberty Ranch high schools’ homecomings are over. Congratulations to both schools on their preparations of great celebrations during the weeks. Some great memories were created. There was a lot of hard work and late nights, and it showed.

Galt High FFA is having its drive-thru barbecue dinner tonight. Although they are probably sold out for today, there will be another during springtime. The barbecue dinner consists of a barbecue pork loin, rolls, salad, beans and dessert. The meal will generously feed four people. And you get to be the hero because you or your spouse does not have to cook, and you are supporting a great youth program. And yes, I will be picking mine up on the way home.

Also, keep in mind, with Christmas coming, check the FFA website, galtffa.com, for Christmas wreaths and poinsettias. It usually starts selling them before Thanksgiving with pickup the first week of December. Great gifts, and if you are not already, you’ll be in the Christmas spirit in no time.

Flower of the day: Chrysanthemum

Recipe of the day: Seafood Bisque

Dates to remember:

Oct. 31 — Halloween

Nov. 6 — Daylight saving time — Turn the clock back one hour and get an extra hour of sleep.

Nov. 11 — Veterans Day

Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving

Until next week, be strong, be courageous and make a memory.