February 13 is National Italian Food Day
Here are today’s five thing to know about Italian Food:
- It was not until the 1700’s that tomatoes were first found in Italian dishes.
- The ‘essential’ ingredients in Italian food include: olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, mozzarella, ricotta, parmigiana, capers, tomatoes, sausage and of course pasta
- An average Italian meal is divided in two parts, primo piatto & secondo piatto; the primo include a pasta or risotto; the secondi includes any meat and fish meals, complemented by a contorno, a side dish of vegetables.
- The Italian dessert, Tiramisu, (ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with mascarpone cheese and egg yolks then flavored with liquor and cocoa) roughly translates to “pick-me-up.” Did you know that this dessert did not appear until the late 1960’s and in the U.S. by the early 1980’s.
- Italians prefer their pasta cooked ‘al dente’ literally meaning “to the tooth.” The pasta should be a bit firm, offering some resistance to the tooth, but tender.
“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.” ~ Yogi Berra
Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary
Today’s Food History
- 1837 Riot in New York over high price of flour
- 1933 The House of Commons defeated a bill that would have prohibited the sale of alcohol in the U.K.
- 1967 The Beatles single ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ is released.
- 2000 The last original ‘Peanuts’ comic strip is published.