March 30 is National Turkey Neck Soup Day
Interesting Food Facts about Turkey Neck Soup
- The turkey is named “Tom”, because Ben Franklin always teased “Tom” Jefferson for not picking the turkey as the national bird
- The turkey was never a staple for native Americans because they were seen as weak. They were only eaten in times of famine.
- Turkey chicks have a tendency to drown on rainwater. They become curious about the phenomenon above their heads, and look until they drown.
- “Legend has it” in the 1800’s they cross-bred turkey and chicken into “turken”.
- All major documents signed in the founding of the United States used the quill (feather) of a turkey for their signing.
An old American way to celebrate the end of Winter and the promise of Spring.
Turkey Neck Soup is pretty much what it says – a soup whose stock is made from turkey necks.
The tough neck meat helps make soups richer.
Today’s Food History
- 1843 Napoleon E. Guerin received the first U.S. patent for an egg incubator.
- 1858 Hyman Lipman patented the first pencil with an eraser attached.
- 1868 The Pullman Palace Car Company introduced the first railroad dining car.
- 1911 RIP Ellen Swallow Richards, one of the founders of the home economics movement in the U.S.
- 1945 Eric ‘Slowhand’ Clapton, singer & songwriter was born. A member of the rock groups the Yardbirds and Cream.
- 1987 ‘Sunflowers’ by Vincent Van Gogh is sold to a Japanese buyer for $39.9 million. There has been some controversy on whether it is possibly a fake. During the 1990s more than 2 dozen Van Gogh’s have been labeled as fakes or copies. Vincent Van Gogh was also born on this day in 1853.