Yes, it’s National Poundcake Day but, did you ever think about why they call it pound cake?  Old recipes use a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour then mix and bake. It would keep for a week and was considered to many their “daily bread.” Now a-days you would add a tablespoon of vanilla extract and baking soda then bake at 375 until you done. It’s just that simple.

National Poundcake Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1634 Samuel Cole supposedly opened the first tavern in the U.S., in Boston.
  • 1792 Samuel Slocum was born. He invented a machine to make pins with solid heads and a machine for sticking the pins in a paper holder for sale.
  • 1792 Oranges were said to have been introduced to Hawaii.
  • 1927 RIP Ira Remsen  An American chemist, co-discoverer (with Constantine Fahlberg) of saccharin, the artificial sweetener. (The FDA has required warning labels, since 1972, on products using saccharin because it is a suspected carcinogen).