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June 11th is National German Chocolate Cake Day/ Fact: It’s not really German at all. #NationalGermanChocolateCakeDay

Posted on June 11, 2018

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Happy National German Chocolate Cake Day!

Fact:

German Chocolate cake isn’t German at all. It’s named after the recipe on German’s Chocolate box.It was first published in June 3, 1957.

Today’s five facts about cakes:

  1. The Celtics celebrate a festival by name Beltane festival. During this festival, they lit bonfires atop a hill and will roll down round cakes from the hill. If the cake doesn’t break, they believe it will bring good fortune.
  2. Cakes definitely play a major role during wedding, but how these wedding ceremonies were completed during ancient times? They either break a big bread loaf on top of the bride’s head or simply throw pieces of bread on her.
  3. It is believed that these cakes are present since the bygone era. During the first Olympic Games, athletes were given cheesecakes.
  4. During the 17th century, in England, people believed that keeping fruitcakes under the pillow of those who are unmarried will give them sweet dreams about their fiancée. Wow…isn’t this really a sweet dream!
  5. Long ago, a women ate “red velvet cake’ in a restaurant and she liked it very much. She asked for the recipe and the restaurant promptly sent the recipe to her. She got furious when she received the recipe that she asked for; do you know why? She was charged $100 for asking this recipe. You know what she did? She sent this recipe as chain mail to hundreds and thousands of people she knew as revenge. Ha ha ha…

Today’s Food History

  • 1742 Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin Stove. He purposely did not patent it, so that others could freely copy the design.
  • 1793 The first American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick
  • 1842 Carl Paul Gottfried Linde was born. A German engineer who invented mechanical refrigeration. He developed it so beer could be brewed year round. (Brewing requires low temperatures.)
  • 1860 Mary Jane Rathbun was born. A marine zoologist and crustacean expert.
  • 1901 New Zealand annexed the Cook Islands.
  • 1910 Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.
  • 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England during their 1939 visit to the United States. It was the first time they had tried this American gourmet treat.
  • 1947 Sugar rationing ends in the U.S.
  • 1996 The record Pacific halibut weighed 459 pounds and was caught in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

June 11th is National German Chocolate Cake Day

Posted on June 11, 2017

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Fact:

German Chocolate cake isn’t German at all. It’s named after the recipe on German’s Chocolate box.It was first published in June 3, 1957.

Today’s five facts about cakes:

  1. The Celtics celebrate a festival by name Beltane festival. During this festival, they lit bonfires atop a hill and will roll down round cakes from the hill. If the cake doesn’t break, they believe it will bring good fortune.
  2. Cakes definitely play a major role during wedding, but how these wedding ceremonies were completed during ancient times? They either break a big bread loaf on top of the bride’s head or simply throw pieces of bread on her.
  3. It is believed that these cakes are present since the bygone era. During the first Olympic Games, athletes were given cheesecakes.
  4. During the 17th century, in England, people believed that keeping fruitcakes under the pillow of those who are unmarried will give them sweet dreams about their fiancée. Wow…isn’t this really a sweet dream!
  5. Long ago, a women ate “red velvet cake’ in a restaurant and she liked it very much. She asked for the recipe and the restaurant promptly sent the recipe to her. She got furious when she received the recipe that she asked for; do you know why? She was charged $100 for asking this recipe. You know what she did? She sent this recipe as chain mail to hundreds and thousands of people she knew as revenge. Ha ha ha…

Today’s Food History

  • 1742 Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin Stove. He purposely did not patent it, so that others could freely copy the design.
  • 1793 The first American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick
  • 1842 Carl Paul Gottfried Linde was born. A German engineer who invented mechanical refrigeration. He developed it so beer could be brewed year round. (Brewing requires low temperatures.)
  • 1860 Mary Jane Rathbun was born. A marine zoologist and crustacean expert.
  • 1901 New Zealand annexed the Cook Islands.
  • 1910 Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.
  • 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England during their 1939 visit to the United States. It was the first time they had tried this American gourmet treat.
  • 1947 Sugar rationing ends in the U.S.
  • 1996 The record Pacific halibut weighed 459 pounds and was caught in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

June 11th is National German Chocolate Cake Day

Posted on June 4, 2017

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Fact:

German Chocolate cake isn’t German at all. It’s named after the recipe on German’s Chocolate box.It was first published in June 3, 1957.

Today’s five facts about cakes:

  1. The Celtics celebrate a festival by name Beltane festival. During this festival, they lit bonfires atop a hill and will roll down round cakes from the hill. If the cake doesn’t break, they believe it will bring good fortune.
  2. Cakes definitely play a major role during wedding, but how these wedding ceremonies were completed during ancient times? They either break a big bread loaf on top of the bride’s head or simply throw pieces of bread on her.
  3. It is believed that these cakes are present since the bygone era. During the first Olympic Games, athletes were given cheesecakes.
  4. During the 17th century, in England, people believed that keeping fruitcakes under the pillow of those who are unmarried will give them sweet dreams about their fiancée. Wow…isn’t this really a sweet dream!
  5. Long ago, a women ate “red velvet cake’ in a restaurant and she liked it very much. She asked for the recipe and the restaurant promptly sent the recipe to her. She got furious when she received the recipe that she asked for; do you know why? She was charged $100 for asking this recipe. You know what she did? She sent this recipe as chain mail to hundreds and thousands of people she knew as revenge. Ha ha ha…

Today’s Food History

  • 1742 Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin Stove. He purposely did not patent it, so that others could freely copy the design.
  • 1793 The first American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick
  • 1842 Carl Paul Gottfried Linde was born. A German engineer who invented mechanical refrigeration. He developed it so beer could be brewed year round. (Brewing requires low temperatures.)
  • 1860 Mary Jane Rathbun was born. A marine zoologist and crustacean expert.
  • 1901 New Zealand annexed the Cook Islands.
  • 1910 Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.
  • 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England during their 1939 visit to the United States. It was the first time they had tried this American gourmet treat.
  • 1947 Sugar rationing ends in the U.S.
  • 1996 The record Pacific halibut weighed 459 pounds and was caught in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

June 11th is National German Chocolate Cake Day

Posted on June 11, 2016

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Today’s five facts about cakes:

  1. The Celtics celebrate a festival by name Beltane festival. During this festival, they lit bonfires atop a hill and will roll down round cakes from the hill. If the cake doesn’t break, they believe it will bring good fortune.
  2. Cakes definitely play a major role during wedding, but how these wedding ceremonies were completed during ancient times? They either break a big bread loaf on top of the bride’s head or simply throw pieces of bread on her.
  3. ? It is believed that these cakes are present since the bygone era. During the first Olympic Games, athletes were given cheesecakes.
  4. During the 17th century, in England, people believed that keeping fruitcakes under the pillow of those who are unmarried will give them sweet dreams about their fiancée. Wow…isn’t this really a sweet dream!
  5. Long ago, a women ate “red velvet cake’ in a restaurant and she liked it very much. She asked for the recipe and the restaurant promptly sent the recipe to her. She got furious when she received the recipe that she asked for; do you know why? She was charged $100 for asking this recipe. You know what she did? She sent this recipe as chain mail to hundreds and thousands of people she knew as revenge. Ha ha ha…

Today’s Food History

  • 1742 Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin Stove. He purposely did not patent it, so that others could freely copy the design.
  • 1793 The first American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick
  • 1842 Carl Paul Gottfried Linde was born. A German engineer who invented mechanical refrigeration. He developed it so beer could be brewed year round. (Brewing requires low temperatures.)
  • 1860 Mary Jane Rathbun was born. A marine zoologist and crustacean expert.
  • 1901 New Zealand annexed the Cook Islands.
  • 1910 Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.
  • 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England during their 1939 visit to the United States. It was the first time they had tried this American gourmet treat.
  • 1947 Sugar rationing ends in the U.S.
  • 1996 The record Pacific halibut weighed 459 pounds and was caught in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

June 11 is National German Chocolate Cake Day

Posted on June 11, 2015

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German chocolate cake has layers of chocolate filled with buttery frosting.

Most people are unaware the original recipe was named after German’s brand chocolate, not Germany, the country.

Today’s five facts about cakes:

  1. Have you heard of Celtic people? They celebrate a festival by name Beltane festival. During this festival, they lit bonfires atop a hill and will roll down round cakes from the hill. If the cake doesn’t break, they believe it will bring good fortune.
  2. Cakes definitely play a major role during wedding, but how these wedding ceremonies were completed during ancient times? They either break a big bread loaf on top of the bride’s head or simply throw pieces of bread on her.
  3. Do you like cheesecakes? I love them…yummy, delicious; how old are these cheesecakes? It is believed that these cakes are present since the bygone era. During the first Olympic Games, athletes were given cheesecakes.
  4. During the 17th century, in England, people believed that keeping fruitcakes under the pillow of those who are unmarried will give them sweet dreams about their fiancée. Wow…isn’t this really a sweet dream!
  5.  A ‘cakewalk’ originally referred to a dance in the Southern United States; a competition in graceful walking, with cake awarded as a prize.

Today’s Food History

  • 1742 Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin Stove. He purposely did not patent it, so that others could freely copy the design.
  • 1793 The first American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick
  • 1842 Carl Paul Gottfried Linde was born. A German engineer who invented mechanical refrigeration. He developed it so beer could be brewed year round. (Brewing requires low temperatures.)
  • 1860 Mary Jane Rathbun was born. A marine zoologist and crustacean expert.
  • 1901 New Zealand annexed the Cook Islands.
  • 1910 Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.
  • 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England during their 1939 visit to the United States. It was the first time they had tried this American gourmet treat.
  • 1947 Sugar rationing ends in the U.S.
  • 1996 The record Pacific halibut weighed 459 pounds and was caught in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

National German Chocolate Cake Day

Posted on June 11, 2013

National German Chocolate Cake Day

Five Food Finds about Cake

  • Have you heard of Celtic people? They celebrate a festival by name Beltane festival. During this festival, they lit bonfires atop a hill and will roll down round cakes from the hill. If the cake doesn’t break, they believe it will bring good fortune.
  • Cakes definitely play a major role during wedding, but how these wedding ceremonies were completed during ancient times? They either break a big bread loaf on top of the bride’s head or simply throw pieces of bread on her.
  • Do you like cheesecakes? I love them…yummy, delicious; how old are these cheesecakes? It is believed that these cakes are present since the bygone era. During the first Olympic Games, athletes were given cheesecakes.
  • During the 17th century, in England, people believed that keeping fruitcakes under the pillow of those who are unmarried will give them sweet dreams about their fiancée. Wow…isn’t this really a sweet dream!
  • Long ago, a women ate “red velvet cake’ in a restaurant and she liked it very much. She asked for the recipe and the restaurant promptly sent the recipe to her. She got furious when she received the recipe that she asked for; do you know why? She was charged $100 for asking this recipe. You know what she did? She sent this recipe as chain mail to hundreds and thousands of people she knew as revenge. Ha ha ha…

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1742 Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin Stove. He purposely did not patent it, so that others could freely copy the design.

1793 The first American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick

1842 Carl Paul Gottfried Linde was born. A German engineer who invented mechanical refrigeration. He developed it so beer could be brewed year round. (Brewing requires low temperatures.)

1860 Mary Jane Rathbun was born. A marine zoologist and crustacean expert.

1901 New Zealand annexed the Cook Islands.

1910 Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.

1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England during their 1939 visit to the United States. It was the first time they had tried this American gourmet treat.

1947 Sugar rationing ends in the U.S.

1996 The record Pacific halibut weighed 459 pounds and was caught in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

June 11 – National German Chocolate Cake Day

Posted on June 11, 2012

National German Chocolate Cake Day

Five Food Finds about Cake

  • Have you heard of Celtic people? They celebrate a festival by name Beltane festival. During this festival, they lit bonfires atop a hill and will roll down round cakes from the hill. If the cake doesn’t break, they believe it will bring good fortune.
  • Cakes definitely play a major role during wedding, but how these wedding ceremonies were completed during ancient times? They either break a big bread loaf on top of the bride’s head or simply throw pieces of bread on her.
  • Do you like cheesecakes? I love them…yummy, delicious; how old are these cheesecakes? It is believed that these cakes are present since the bygone era. During the first Olympic Games, athletes were given cheesecakes.
  • During the 17th century, in England, people believed that keeping fruitcakes under the pillow of those who are unmarried will give them sweet dreams about their fiancée. Wow…isn’t this really a sweet dream!
  • Long ago, a women ate “red velvet cake’ in a restaurant and she liked it very much. She asked for the recipe and the restaurant promptly sent the recipe to her. She got furious when she received the recipe that she asked for; do you know why? She was charged $100 for asking this recipe. You know what she did? She sent this recipe as chain mail to hundreds and thousands of people she knew as revenge. Ha ha ha…

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1742 Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin Stove. He purposely did not patent it, so that others could freely copy the design.

1793 The first American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick

1842 Carl Paul Gottfried Linde was born. A German engineer who invented mechanical refrigeration. He developed it so beer could be brewed year round. (Brewing requires low temperatures.)

1860 Mary Jane Rathbun was born. A marine zoologist and crustacean expert.

1901 New Zealand annexed the Cook Islands.

1910 Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.

1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England during their 1939 visit to the United States. It was the first time they had tried this American gourmet treat.

1947 Sugar rationing ends in the U.S.

1996 The record Pacific halibut weighed 459 pounds and was caught in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

February 20th is National Muffin Day!

Posted on February 20, 2019

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Happy National Muffin Day!

Here are today’s five thing to know about Muffins:

American muffins are referred  to baked breads in small tins while “English” Muffins are oven-baked, then cooked in a griddle.

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The word Muffin likely derives its name from the an Old German word Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake.

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The Muffin Man was a real guy! He delivered muffins to homes along Drury Lane in England.

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American muffins are similar to a cupcake in size and cooking methods but cupcakes are almost always made with cake batter.

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The blueberry muffin is the official state muffin of Minnesota.

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The corn muffin is the official state muffin of Massachusetts.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1829 Yuengling Brewery in Pennsylvania opened. It is the oldest brewery still operating in the U.S.
  • 1872 Cyrus W. Baldwin received a patent for an electric elevator. It was installed in the Stephens Hotel in New York City.
  • 1872 Silas Noble and J.Cooley of Massachusetts were issued a patent on a toothpick manufacturing machine.
  • 1872 Luther Childs Crowell of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was granted a patent for a machine which made square bottom paper bags. It is the same basic design still used today.
  • 1890  Hershel Geguzin was born in Lithuania, Known openly in America as a professional impostor and Hollywood restaurateur. He posed as Russian Prince Michael Alexandrovich Dmitri Oblensky Romanoff. Opening Romanoff’s restaurant in Beverly Hills in the 1930s, attracting Hollywood movie stars and millionaires
  • 1985 Clarence Nash died. The original voice of Donald Duck.
  • 2001 Foot-and-mouth disease ravages livestock in Britain in the worst epidemic since 1967. By March it has spread to mainland Europe. Millions of animals are destroyed.
  • 2009 Hershey’s, the largest U.S. candy maker, closed its candy factory in Reading, Pennsylvania. The factory produced among others, the Zagnut, York Peppermint Pattie, and 5th Avenue candy bars. Production was moved to their new factory in Monterey, Mexico.

Check out my book!

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November 23rd is National Espresso Day! / #NationalEspressoDay

Posted on November 23, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about espresso:

It takes approximately 42 coffee beans to make an average serving of espresso.

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Coffee contains more caffeine than espresso. Strong tasting coffee has no more caffeine than weak-tasting coffee.

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Espresso is not referring to a particular type of bean, it is a type of coffee brewing method.E

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Espresso originated in Italy in the early 20th century with Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing plant who wanted to speed up the time it took to make coffee.

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Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world second to only oil.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1534 Otto Brunfels died. A German botanist, author of ‘Herbarum vivae eicones’ (‘Living Pictures of Herbs’), one of the first great herbals. His work is considered to be a bridge between ancient and modern botany.
  • 1553 Prospero Alpini was born. An Italian physician and botanist, he is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe and to have been the first to artificially fertilize date palms.
  • 1835 Henry Burden was granted the first U.S. patent for a horseshoe manufacturing machine.
  • 1869 The 3 masted clipper ship ‘Cutty Sark’ was launched at Dunbarton, Scotland. It was one of the last to be built and is the only one surviving today. It is 212 feet long and 36 feet wide. It was initially used in the English/Chinese tea trade. Fully restored in 1957, it is in dry berth in Greenwich, London as a sailing museum.
  • 1894 Donald Deskey was born. An industrial designer, he designed the packaging for Tide laundry detergent and Crest toothpaste among others.
  • 1921 President Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, which prohibits doctors from prescribing beer or liquor.
  • 1945 Wartime rationing ended in the U.S.
  • 1990 Roald Dahl died. British author, one of his most popular books was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ the film version was titled ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Some of his other books are ‘A Piece of Cake,’ ‘Pig,’ ‘Royal Jelly,’ ‘Smell’ and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter.’

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Today’s Pinterest Board at : Foodimentary


March 28th is National Black Forest Cake Day!

Posted on March 28, 2018

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Happy National Black Forest Cake Day!

Here are today’s interesting food facts about Black Forest Cake:

  • Typically, Black Forest cake consists of several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer.
  • In some European traditions sour cherries are used both between the layers and for decorating the top.

 

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  • Traditionally, Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake, although other liquors are also used.
  • The cake is named not directly after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany. The forests in “Hansel and Gretel”, “Snow White”, and “Rapunzel” are based on the Black Forest.
  • The record for the world’s largest authentic black forest cake, weighing 3000 kg, was set at Europa Park, Germany on 16 July 2006, by K&D Bakery.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1797 The first U.S. patent for a ‘washing machine’ was issued (possibly to Nathaniel Briggs).  It was called a scrub board or wash board.
  • 1819 Sir Joseph William Bazalgette was born.  A British civil engineer, he designed the main sewer system for London.
  • 1897 Victor Mills was born.  He was a chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble.  He improved Duncan Hines cake mixes, improved Jif peanut butter, and invented Pampers disposable diapers.
  • 1968 ‘Whiskey On A Sunday was recorded by the Irish Rovers.
  • 1996 John Leonard submitted an order form along with ‘Pepsi Points’ and a check to Pepsi for a Harrier Jump Jet.  The Harrier had been featured in a Pepsi commercial as one of the items that could be redeemed for ‘points,’ or a combination of cash and points. Pepsi subsequently refused to send Leonard the Harrier Jump Jet (actual cost: $23 million).  Leonard then sued, and finally a judge ruled that the Harrier Jump Jet had obviously been mentioned in the promotion as a joke.

Check out my book!

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February 20th is National Muffin Day!

Posted on February 20, 2018

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Happy National Muffin Day!

Here are today’s five thing to know about Muffins:

American muffins are referred  to baked breads in small tins while “English” Muffins are oven-baked, then cooked in a griddle.

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The word Muffin likely derives its name from the an Old German word Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake.

chocolate-muffins-158662668

The Muffin Man was a real guy! He delivered muffins to homes along Drury Lane in England.

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American muffins are similar to a cupcake in size and cooking methods but cupcakes are almost always made with cake batter.

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The blueberry muffin is the official state muffin of Minnesota.

mapofminnesota

The corn muffin is the official state muffin of Massachusetts.

cornmuffin

Today’s Food History

  • 1829 Yuengling Brewery in Pennsylvania opened. It is the oldest brewery still operating in the U.S.
  • 1872 Cyrus W. Baldwin received a patent for an electric elevator. It was installed in the Stephens Hotel in New York City.
  • 1872 Silas Noble and J.Cooley of Massachusetts were issued a patent on a toothpick manufacturing machine.
  • 1872 Luther Childs Crowell of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was granted a patent for a machine which made square bottom paper bags. It is the same basic design still used today.
  • 1890  Hershel Geguzin was born in Lithuania, Known openly in America as a professional impostor and Hollywood restaurateur. He posed as Russian Prince Michael Alexandrovich Dmitri Oblensky Romanoff. Opening Romanoff’s restaurant in Beverly Hills in the 1930s, attracting Hollywood movie stars and millionaires
  • 1985 Clarence Nash died. The original voice of Donald Duck.
  • 2001 Foot-and-mouth disease ravages livestock in Britain in the worst epidemic since 1967. By March it has spread to mainland Europe. Millions of animals are destroyed.
  • 2009 Hershey’s, the largest U.S. candy maker, closed its candy factory in Reading, Pennsylvania. The factory produced among others, the Zagnut, York Peppermint Pattie, and 5th Avenue candy bars. Production was moved to their new factory in Monterey, Mexico.

Check out my book!

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November 23rd is National Espresso Day!

Posted on November 23, 2017

High-res version

Here are today’s five things to know about espresso:

It takes approximately 42 coffee beans to make an average serving of espresso.

coffee-beans-1

Coffee contains more caffeine than espresso. Strong tasting coffee has no more caffeine than weak-tasting coffee.

giphy48

Espresso is not referring to a particular type of bean, it is a type of coffee brewing method.E

espresso-002

Espresso originated in Italy in the early 20th century with Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing plant who wanted to speed up the time it took to make coffee.

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Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world second to only oil.

giphy49

Today’s Food History

  • 1534 Otto Brunfels died. A German botanist, author of ‘Herbarum vivae eicones’ (‘Living Pictures of Herbs’), one of the first great herbals. His work is considered to be a bridge between ancient and modern botany.
  • 1553 Prospero Alpini was born. An Italian physician and botanist, he is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe and to have been the first to artificially fertilize date palms.
  • 1835 Henry Burden was granted the first U.S. patent for a horseshoe manufacturing machine.
  • 1869 The 3 masted clipper ship ‘Cutty Sark’ was launched at Dunbarton, Scotland. It was one of the last to be built and is the only one surviving today. It is 212 feet long and 36 feet wide. It was initially used in the English/Chinese tea trade. Fully restored in 1957, it is in dry berth in Greenwich, London as a sailing museum.
  • 1894 Donald Deskey was born. An industrial designer, he designed the packaging for Tide laundry detergent and Crest toothpaste among others.
  • 1921 President Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, which prohibits doctors from prescribing beer or liquor.
  • 1945 Wartime rationing ended in the U.S.
  • 1990 Roald Dahl died. British author, one of his most popular books was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ the film version was titled ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Some of his other books are ‘A Piece of Cake,’ ‘Pig,’ ‘Royal Jelly,’ ‘Smell’ and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter.’

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Today’s Pinterest Board at : Foodimentary


 

March 28th is National Black Forest Cake Day!

Posted on March 28, 2017

High-res version

Here are today’s interesting food facts about Black Forest Cake:

  • Typically, Black Forest cake consists of several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer.
  • In some European traditions sour cherries are used both between the layers and for decorating the top.

 

black_forest_gateau

 

  • Traditionally, Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake, although other liquors are also used.
  • The cake is named not directly after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany. The forests in “Hansel and Gretel”, “Snow White”, and “Rapunzel” are based on the Black Forest.
  • The record for the world’s largest authentic black forest cake, weighing 3000 kg, was set at Europa Park, Germany on 16 July 2006, by K&D Bakery.

 

dsc_2376

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1797 The first U.S. patent for a ‘washing machine’ was issued (possibly to Nathaniel Briggs).  It was called a scrub board or wash board.
  • 1819 Sir Joseph William Bazalgette was born.  A British civil engineer, he designed the main sewer system for London.
  • 1897 Victor Mills was born.  He was a chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble.  He improved Duncan Hines cake mixes, improved Jif peanut butter, and invented Pampers disposable diapers.
  • 1968 ‘Whiskey On A Sunday was recorded by the Irish Rovers.
  • 1996 John Leonard submitted an order form along with ‘Pepsi Points’ and a check to Pepsi for a Harrier Jump Jet.  The Harrier had been featured in a Pepsi commercial as one of the items that could be redeemed for ‘points,’ or a combination of cash and points. Pepsi subsequently refused to send Leonard the Harrier Jump Jet (actual cost: $23 million).  Leonard then sued, and finally a judge ruled that the Harrier Jump Jet had obviously been mentioned in the promotion as a joke.

February 20th is National Muffin Day!

Posted on February 20, 2017

Here are today’s five thing to know about the Muffin:

American muffins are referred  to baked breads in small tins while “English” Muffins are oven-baked, then cooked in a griddle.

 

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The word Muffin likely derives its name from the an Old German word Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake.

 

chocolate-muffins-158662668

The Muffin Man was a real guy! He delivered muffins to homes along Drury Lane in England.

 

the20muffin20man201

 

American muffins are similar to a cupcake in size and cooking methods but cupcakes are almost always made with cake batter.

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The blueberry muffin is the official state muffin of Minnesota.

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The corn muffin is the official state muffin of Massachusetts.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1829 Yuengling Brewery in Pennsylvania opened. It is the oldest brewery still operating in the U.S.
  • 1872 Cyrus W. Baldwin received a patent for an electric elevator. It was installed in the Stephens Hotel in New York City.
  • 1872 Silas Noble and J.Cooley of Massachusetts were issued a patent on a toothpick manufacturing machine.
  • 1872 Luther Childs Crowell of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was granted a patent for a machine which made square bottom paper bags. It is the same basic design still used today.
  • 1890  Hershel Geguzin was born in Lithuania, Known openly in America as a professional impostor and Hollywood restaurateur. He posed as Russian Prince Michael Alexandrovich Dmitri Oblensky Romanoff. Opening Romanoff’s restaurant in Beverly Hills in the 1930s, attracting Hollywood movie stars and millionaires
  • 1985 Clarence Nash died. The original voice of Donald Duck.
  • 2001 Foot-and-mouth disease ravages livestock in Britain in the worst epidemic since 1967. By March it has spread to mainland Europe. Millions of animals are destroyed.
  • 2009 Hershey’s, the largest U.S. candy maker, closed its candy factory in Reading, Pennsylvania. The factory produced among others, the Zagnut, York Peppermint Pattie, and 5th Avenue candy bars. Production was moved to their new factory in Monterey, Mexico.

November 23rd is National Espresso Day!

Posted on November 23, 2016

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Here are today’s five things to know about espresso:

It takes approximately 42 coffee beans to make an average serving of espresso.

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Coffee contains more caffeine than espresso. Strong tasting coffee has no more caffeine than weak-tasting coffee.

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Espresso is not referring to a particular type of bean, it is a type of coffee brewing method.E

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Espresso originated in Italy in the early 20th century with Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing plant who wanted to speed up the time it took to make coffee.

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Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world second to only oil.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1534 Otto Brunfels died. A German botanist, author of ‘Herbarum vivae eicones’ (‘Living Pictures of Herbs’), one of the first great herbals. His work is considered to be a bridge between ancient and modern botany.
  • 1553 Prospero Alpini was born. An Italian physician and botanist, he is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe and to have been the first to artificially fertilize date palms.
  • 1835 Henry Burden was granted the first U.S. patent for a horseshoe manufacturing machine.
  • 1869 The 3 masted clipper ship ‘Cutty Sark’ was launched at Dunbarton, Scotland. It was one of the last to be built and is the only one surviving today. It is 212 feet long and 36 feet wide. It was initially used in the English/Chinese tea trade. Fully restored in 1957, it is in dry berth in Greenwich, London as a sailing museum.
  • 1894 Donald Deskey was born. An industrial designer, he designed the packaging for Tide laundry detergent and Crest toothpaste among others.
  • 1921 President Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, which prohibits doctors from prescribing beer or liquor.
  • 1945 Wartime rationing ended in the U.S.
  • 1990 Roald Dahl died. British author, one of his most popular books was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ the film version was titled ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Some of his other books are ‘A Piece of Cake,’ ‘Pig,’ ‘Royal Jelly,’ ‘Smell’ and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter.’

 


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March 28th is National Black Forest Cake Day

Posted on March 28, 2016

Here are today’s five thing to know about Black Forest Cake:

  1. Typically, Black Forest cake consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer.
  2. In some European traditions sour cherries are used both between the layers and for decorating the top.
  3. Traditionally, Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake, although other liquors are also used
  4. The cake is named not directly after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany but rather from the specialty liquor of that region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch(wasser) and distilled from tart cherries.
  5. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte was first mentioned in writing in 1934.

Fun Fact:

The record for the world’s largest authentic black forest cake, weighing 3000 kg, was set at Europa Park, Germany on 16 July 2006, by K&D Bakery.

In the history of black forest cake, it was not in the form of a cake but instead as a dessert recipe.

The forests in “Hansel and Gretel”, “Snow White”, and “Rapunzel” are based on the Black Forest. They are all German fairy tales.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1797 The first U.S. patent for a ‘washing machine’ was issued (possibly to Nathaniel Briggs).  It was called a scrub board or wash board.
  • 1819 Sir Joseph William Bazalgette was born.  A British civil engineer, he designed the main sewer system for London.
  • 1897 Victor Mills was born.  He was a chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble.  He improved Duncan Hines cake mixes, improved Jif peanut butter, and invented Pampers disposable diapers.
  • 1968 ‘Whiskey On A Sunday’ was recorded by the Irish Rovers.
  • 1996 John Leonard submitted an order form along with ‘Pepsi Points’ and a check to Pepsi for a Harrier Jump Jet.  The Harrier had been featured in a Pepsi commercial as one of the items that could be redeemed for ‘points,’ or a combination of cash and points. Pepsi subsequently refused to send Leonard the Harrier Jump Jet (actual cost: $23 million).  Leonard then sued, and finally a judge ruled that the Harrier Jump Jet had obviously been mentioned in the promotion as a joke.

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November 27th is National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

Posted on November 26, 2015

 

Here are today’s five thing to know about Bavarian Cream Pie:

  1. Bavarian cream was originally a French (or German) cold dessert of egg custard stiffened with gelatin, mixed with whipped cream (sometimes with fruit purée or other flavors), then set in a mold, or used as a filling for cakes and pastries.
  2. No one is sure about the origin of Bavarian cream, but during the late 17th and early 18th centuries many French chefs worked at the court of the Wittelsbach Princes (a German family that ruled Bavaria from the 12th century to 1918).
  3. Before the advent of refrigeration, Bavarian cream represented a culinary triumph. In order to set the dish, the Bavarian cream would have had to be chilled in an ice-filled bowl.
  4. The suffix ‘crème’ in German speaking lands, is the term for the  gelatin mold – (Schokolatencreme, Weincreme, etc.) and there are many variations,  flavored with chocolate, lemon, kirsch, etc.
  5. Escoffier declared that Bavarois would be more properly Moscovite, owing to its preparation, in the days before mechanical refrigeration, by being made in a “hermetically sealed” mold that was plunged into salted, crushed ice to set—hence “Muscovite”.
  6. True Bavarian creams first appeared in the U.S. in Boston Cooking School cookbooks, by Mrs D.A. Lincoln, 1884, and by Fannie Merritt Farmer, 1896. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook offers a “Bavarian Cream”.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1811 Andrew Meikle died. A Scottish millwright, he invented the drum threshing machine.
  • 1826 John Walker invented the friction match (strike anywhere).
  • 1924 The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was originally called a Christmas Parade.
  • 1944 Musician Eddie Rabbitt was born.
  • 1984 Sylvan N. Goldman died. Goldman ran a successful chain of grocery stores, and while a major owner of the Piggly-Wiggly supermarket chain he invented the shopping cart. He hired fake shoppers to wheel them around the store to encourage his customers to see how useful they could be.

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November 23rd is National Espresso Day

Posted on November 23, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Espresso:

  1. It takes approximately 42 coffee beans to make an average serving of espresso.
  2. Coffee contains more caffeine than espresso. Strong tasting coffee has no more caffeine than weak-tasting coffee.
  3. Espresso is not referring to a particular type of bean, it is a type of coffee brewing method
  4. Espresso originated in Italy in the early 20th century with Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing plant who wanted to speed up the time it took to make coffee.
  5. In the early 1940s, Achille Gaggia created a piston-based espresso machine that improved the taste by eliminating the burnt flavor and giving espresso a thicker consistency.

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Today’s Food History

    • 1534 Otto Brunfels died. A German botanist, author of ‘Herbarum vivae eicones’ (‘Living Pictures of Herbs’), one of the first great herbals. His work is considered to be a bridge between ancient and modern botany.
    • 1553 Prospero Alpini was born. An Italian physician and botanist, he is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe and to have been the first to artificially fertilize date palms.
    • 1835 Henry Burden was granted the first U.S. patent for a horseshoe manufacturing machine.
    • 1869 The 3 masted clipper ship ‘Cutty Sark’ was launched at Dunbarton, Scotland. It was one of the last to be built and is the only one surviving today. It is 212 feet long and 36 feet wide. It was initially used in the English/Chinese tea trade. Fully restored in 1957, it is in dry berth in Greenwich, London as a sailing museum.
    • 1894 Donald Deskey was born. An industrial designer, he designed the packaging for Tide laundry detergent and Crest toothpaste among others.
    • 1921 President Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, which prohibits doctors from prescribing beer or liquor.
    • 1945 Wartime rationing ended in the U.S.
    • 1990 Roald Dahl died. British author, one of his most popular books was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ the film version was titled ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Some of his other books are ‘A Piece of Cake,’ ‘Pig,’ ‘Royal Jelly,’ ‘Smell’ and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter.’

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June 8 is National Jelly Donut Day

Posted on June 8, 2015

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Did you know…

  1. The donut or doughnut is a deep-fried piece of dough or batter. It comes from the Dutch origin of olykoeck or “oily cake”. The two most common types of donuts are the flattened sphere (you know…the ones that are injected with jelly or custard) and the ring donut.
  2.  Internationally, Dunkin’ Donuts has over 1700 locations in 29 countries and over 6,000 stores in 30 countries world-wide! In the U.S. there are over 4,400 locations across 36 states.
  3. Krispy Kreme is probably best known for their fresh, hot, glazed, yeast-raised doughnuts. The company’s “Hot Doughnuts Now” flashing sign is an integral part of the brands appeal and fame.
  4.  Jelly-filled and Chocolate frosted also rank as their top sellers. Coconut Crunch, although not a number one seller, still remains one of the over 52 varieties of donuts the chain produces on a yearly basis.
  5. Americans consume 10 billion doughnuts annually. It really is too big of a number when you consider that as of 1997, there were 6,792 doughnut shops in the U.S. alone. In 2005, I can only imagine that the number of doughnut shops has increased dramatically. Unfortunately, 1997 was the last year that all overall statistics and data is available on this subject (or at least that I can find!).

Today’s Food History

  • 1784 Marie-Antoine Carême was born in Paris, France. Marie Antoine Carême was known as “the cook of kings and the king of cooks”. He is the founder and architect of French haute cuisine. His story is one out of a Dickens novel.
  • He was one of 25 (?) children born to an impoverished family who put him out on the street at the age of about 10 to make his own way in the world. Lucky for the world he knocked on the door of a restaurant for a job. He might have knocked on the door of a blacksmith!
  • By the age of 21 Carême was chef de cuisine to Talleyrand. He also served as head chef to the future George IV of England, Emperor Alexander I of Russia, and Baron James de Rothschild. He wrote several large books on cookery, with hundreds of recipes and menus, a history of French cooking, instructions for organizing kitchens, and directions for elaborate architectural constructions of food for display (pièces montées). Carême died at the age of 48.
  • 1786 In New York City, the first commercially made ice cream is offered for sale.
  • 1824 A washing machine was patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec. This was the first Canadian patent ever issued.
  • 1848 Franklin Hiram King was born. American agricultural scientist and inventor of the cylindrical tower silo.
  • 1859 Walter Hunt died. Hunt invented the first safety pin (‘dress pin’) in 1849.
  • 1869 The first American patent for a sweeping machine was issued to Ives W. McGaffney of Chicago.
  • 1871 Louisa Tetrazzini born. Italian operatic soprano. Chicken Tetrazzini, created by an American chef (San Francisco?), was named in her honor.
  • 1880 At the 1st International Miller’s Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio, Washburn Crosby Co. of Minnesota (forerunner of General Mills) won 3 top medals for their flour, including the ‘Gold Medal’ for Superlative Flour. They adopted ‘Gold Medal’ as the name of their best flour.
  • 1926 Dame Nelle Melba gave her farewell performance. Melba toast and Peach Melba were named in her honor.
  • 1937 World’s largest flower blooms in NY Botanical Garden, a 12 foot calla lily.
  • 1985 Creme Fraiche won the Belmont Stakes, ridden by Jockey Eddie Maple.

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April 24 is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day

Posted on April 24, 2015

 

Here are today’s five things to know about Pigs-in-a-Blanket

  1. The first written record of pigs in a blanket occurs in Betty Crocker’s Cooking for Kids in 1957.
  2. Pigs in a blanket are also known as devils on horsebacks, kilted sausages, and wiener winks.
  3. In the United Kingdom, pigs in blankets are small sausages, or chipolatas wrapped up in bacon.
  4. In America, pigs in a blanket often refers to hot dogs, Vienna sausages, or breakfast sausages wrapped in biscuit dough, croissant dough or a pancake and then baked.
  5. You can combine these dishes by wrapping your sausage in bacon, then cooking them into a biscuit or croissant.

Fun Fact:

Pigs in a blanket are usually different from sausage rolls, which are a larger, more filling item served for breakfast and lunch in parts of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and, more rarely, the United States and Canada.

The name can also refer to klobasnek (a kind of kolache filled with sausage or ham slices). The German Würstchen im Schlafrock (“sausage in a dressing gown“) uses sausages wrapped in puff pastryor, more rarely, pancakes. Cheese and bacon are sometimes present.

In Russia, this dish is named Сосиска в тесте (Sosiska v teste, “sausage in dough“).

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Today’s Food History

  • 1766 Robert Bailey Thomas was born. He was the founder and long time editor of the ‘Farmer’s Almanac’ now known as the ‘Old Farmer’s Almanac.’
  • 1833 Jacob Ebert and George Dulty patented the first soda fountain.
  • 1914 Justin Wilson, Cajun chef and humorist was born. He wrote five cookbooks, hosted several cooking shows, including ‘Louisiana Cookin’ and ‘Cookin’ Cajun.’
  • 1949 Chocolate rationing ended in Britain.
  • 1994 The world’s largest lollipop, 3,011 pounds, is made in Denmark.

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March 28 is National Black Forest Cake Day

Posted on March 28, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Black Forest Cake:

  1. Typically, Black Forest cake consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer.
  2. In some European traditions sour cherries are used both between the layers and for decorating the top.
  3. Traditionally, Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake, although other liquors are also used
  4. The cake is named not directly after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany but rather from the specialty liquor of that region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch(wasser) and distilled from tart cherries.
  5. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte was first mentioned in writing in 1934.

Fun Fact:

The record for the world’s largest authentic black forest cake, weighing 3000 kg, was set at Europa Park, Germany on 16 July 2006, by K&D Bakery.

In the history of black forest cake, it was not in the form of a cake but instead as a dessert recipe.

The forests in “Hansel and Gretel”, “Snow White”, and “Rapunzel” are based on the Black Forest. They are all German fairy tales.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1797 The first U.S. patent for a ‘washing machine’ was issued (possibly to Nathaniel Briggs).  It was called a scrub board or wash board.
  • 1819 Sir Joseph William Bazalgette was born.  A British civil engineer, he designed the main sewer system for London.
  • 1897 Victor Mills was born.  He was a chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble.  He improved Duncan Hines cake mixes, improved Jif peanut butter, and invented Pampers disposable diapers.
  • 1968 ‘Whiskey On A Sunday’ was recorded by the Irish Rovers.
  • 1996 John Leonard submitted an order form along with ‘Pepsi Points’ and a check to Pepsi for a Harrier Jump Jet.  The Harrier had been featured in a Pepsi commercial as one of the items that could be redeemed for ‘points,’ or a combination of cash and points. Pepsi subsequently refused to send Leonard the Harrier Jump Jet (actual cost: $23 million).  Leonard then sued, and finally a judge ruled that the Harrier Jump Jet had obviously been mentioned in the promotion as a joke.

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November 27 is National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

Posted on November 27, 2014

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Bavarian Cream Pie:

  1. Bavarian cream was originally a French (or German) cold dessert of egg custard stiffened with gelatin, mixed with whipped cream (sometimes with fruit purée or other flavors), then set in a mold, or used as a filling for cakes and pastries.
  2. No one is sure about the origin of Bavarian cream, but during the late 17th and early 18th centuries many French chefs worked at the court of the Wittelsbach Princes (a German family that ruled Bavaria from the 12th century to 1918).
  3. Before the advent of refrigeration, Bavarian cream represented a culinary triumph. In order to set the dish, the Bavarian cream would have had to be chilled in an ice-filled bowl.
  4. The suffix ‘crème’ in German speaking lands, is the term for the  gelatin mold – (Schokolatencreme, Weincreme, etc.) and there are many variations,  flavored with chocolate, lemon, kirsch, etc.
  5. Escoffier declared that Bavarois would be more properly Moscovite, owing to its preparation, in the days before mechanical refrigeration, by being made in a “hermetically sealed” mold that was plunged into salted, crushed ice to set—hence “Muscovite”.
  6. True Bavarian creams first appeared in the U.S. in Boston Cooking School cookbooks, by Mrs D.A. Lincoln, 1884, and by Fannie Merritt Farmer, 1896. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook offers a “Bavarian Cream”.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1811 Andrew Meikle died. A Scottish millwright, he invented the drum threshing machine.
  • 1826 John Walker invented the friction match (strike anywhere).
  • 1924 The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was originally called a Christmas Parade.
  • 1944 Musician Eddie Rabbitt was born.
  • 1984 Sylvan N. Goldman died. Goldman ran a successful chain of grocery stores, and while a major owner of the Piggly-Wiggly supermarket chain he invented the shopping cart. He hired fake shoppers to wheel them around the store to encourage his customers to see how useful they could be.

November 23 is National Espresso Day

Posted on November 23, 2014

Here are today’s five thing to know about Espresso:

  1. It takes approximately 42 coffee beans to make an average serving of espresso.
  2. Coffee contains more caffeine than espresso. Strong tasting coffee has no more caffeine than weak-tasting coffee.
  3. Espresso is not referring to a particular type of bean, it is a type of coffee brewing method
  4. Espresso originated in Italy in the early 20th century with Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing plant who wanted to speed up the time it took to make coffee.
  5. In the early 1940s, Achille Gaggia created a piston-based espresso machine that improved the taste by eliminating the burnt flavor and giving espresso a thicker consistency.

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Today’s Food History

    • 1534 Otto Brunfels died. A German botanist, author of ‘Herbarum vivae eicones’ (‘Living Pictures of Herbs’), one of the first great herbals. His work is considered to be a bridge between ancient and modern botany.
    • 1553 Prospero Alpini was born. An Italian physician and botanist, he is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe and to have been the first to artificially fertilize date palms.
    • 1835 Henry Burden was granted the first U.S. patent for a horseshoe manufacturing machine.
    • 1869 The 3 masted clipper ship ‘Cutty Sark’ was launched at Dunbarton, Scotland. It was one of the last to be built and is the only one surviving today. It is 212 feet long and 36 feet wide. It was initially used in the English/Chinese tea trade. Fully restored in 1957, it is in dry berth in Greenwich, London as a sailing museum.
    • 1894 Donald Deskey was born. An industrial designer, he designed the packaging for Tide laundry detergent and Crest toothpaste among others.
    • 1921 President Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, which prohibits doctors from prescribing beer or liquor.
    • 1945 Wartime rationing ended in the U.S.
    • 1990 Roald Dahl died. British author, one of his most popular books was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ the film version was titled ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Some of his other books are ‘A Piece of Cake,’ ‘Pig,’ ‘Royal Jelly,’ ‘Smell’ and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter.’

April 24 is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day

Posted on April 24, 2014

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Interesting Food Facts about Pigs-in-a-Blanket

  1. The first written record of pigs in a blanket occurs in Betty Crocker’s Cooking for Kids in 1957.
  2. Pigs in a blanket are also known as devils on horsebacks, kilted sausages, and wiener winks.
  3. In the United Kingdom, pigs in blankets are small sausages, or chipolatas wrapped up in bacon.
  4. In America, pigs in a blanket often refers to hot dogs, Vienna sausages, or breakfast sausages wrapped in biscuit dough, croissant dough or a pancake and then baked.
  5. You can combine these dishes by wrapping your sausage in bacon, then cooking them into a biscuit or croissant.

Fun Fact:

Pigs in a blanket are usually different from sausage rolls, which are a larger, more filling item served for breakfast and lunch in parts of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and, more rarely, the United States and Canada.

The name can also refer to klobasnek (a kind of kolache filled with sausage or ham slices). The German Würstchen im Schlafrock (“sausage in a dressing gown“) uses sausages wrapped in puff pastryor, more rarely, pancakes. Cheese and bacon are sometimes present.

In Russia, this dish is named Сосиска в тесте (Sosiska v teste, “sausage in dough“).

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Today’s Food History

  • 1766 Robert Bailey Thomas was born. He was the founder and long time editor of the ‘Farmer’s Almanac’ now known as the ‘Old Farmer’s Almanac.’
  • 1833 Jacob Ebert and George Dulty patented the first soda fountain.
  • 1914 Justin Wilson, Cajun chef and humorist was born. He wrote five cookbooks, hosted several cooking shows, including ‘Louisiana Cookin’ and ‘Cookin’ Cajun.’
  • 1949 Chocolate rationing ended in Britain.
  • 1994 The world’s largest lollipop, 3,011 pounds, is made in Denmark.

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March 28 is National Black Forest Cake Day

Posted on March 28, 2014

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Interesting Food Facts about Black Forest Cake

  1. Typically, Black Forest cake consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer.
  2. In some European traditions sour cherries are used both between the layers and for decorating the top.
  3. Traditionally, Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake, although other liquors are also used
  4. The cake is named not directly after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany but rather from the specialty liquor of that region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch(wasser) and distilled from tart cherries.
  5. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte was first mentioned in writing in 1934.

Fun Fact:

The record for the world’s largest authentic black forest cake, weighing 3000 kg, was set at Europa Park, Germany on 16 July 2006, by K&D Bakery.

In the history of black forest cake, it was not in the form of a cake but instead as a dessert recipe.

The forests in “Hansel and Gretel”, “Snow White”, and “Rapunzel” are based on the Black Forest. They are all German fairy tales.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1797 The first U.S. patent for a ‘washing machine’ was issued (possibly to Nathaniel Briggs).  It was called a scrub board or wash board.
  • 1819 Sir Joseph William Bazalgette was born.  A British civil engineer, he designed the main sewer system for London.
  • 1897 Victor Mills was born.  He was a chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble.  He improved Duncan Hines cake mixes, improved Jif peanut butter, and invented Pampers disposable diapers.
  • 1968 ‘Whiskey On A Sunday’ was recorded by the Irish Rovers.
  • 1996 John Leonard submitted an order form along with ‘Pepsi Points’ and a check to Pepsi for a Harrier Jump Jet.  The Harrier had been featured in a Pepsi commercial as one of the items that could be redeemed for ‘points,’ or a combination of cash and points. Pepsi subsequently refused to send Leonard the Harrier Jump Jet (actual cost: $23 million).  Leonard then sued, and finally a judge ruled that the Harrier Jump Jet had obviously been mentioned in the promotion as a joke.

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The History of Black Forest Cake

Posted on March 28, 2013

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National Black Forest Cake

Typically, Black Forest cake consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings. In some European traditions sour cherries are used both between the layers and for decorating the top.

The cake is named not directly after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany but rather from the specialty liquor of that region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch(wasser) and distilled from tart cherries. This is the ingredient, with its distinctive cherry pit flavor and alcoholic content, that gives the cake its flavor. Cherries, cream, and Kirschwasser were first combined in the form of a dessert in which cooked cherries were served with cream and Kirschwasser, while a cake combining cherries, cookies / biscuits and cream (but without Kirschwasser) probably originated in Germany.

Other versions :

A Swedish cake called Schwarzwaldtårta is related to the traditional Black Forest cake only by name. It consists of layers of meringue with whipped cream in between. The whole cake is also covered with whipped cream and decorated with chocolate

Origins:

Today, the Swiss canton of Zug is world-renowned for its Zuger Kirschtorte, a cookie / biscuit-based cake which formerly contained no Kirschwasser. A version from the canton of Basel also exists. The confectioner Josef Keller (1887–1981) claimed to have invented Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in its present form in 1915 at the then prominent Café Agner in Bad Godesberg, now a suburb of Bonn about 500 km north of the Black Forest


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November 23 – National Cashew Day

Posted on November 23, 2012

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Today’s Food History

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1534 Otto Brunfels died. A German botanist, author of ‘Herbarum vivae eicones’ (‘Living Pictures of Herbs’), one of the first great herbals. His work is considered to be a bridge between ancient and modern botany.
1553 Prospero Alpini was born. An Italian physician and botanist, he is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe and to have been the first to artificially fertilize date palms.
1835 Henry Burden was granted the first U.S. patent for a horseshoe manufacturing machine.
1869 The 3 masted clipper ship ‘Cutty Sark’ was launched at Dunbarton, Scotland. It was one of the last to be built and is the only one surviving today. It is 212 feet long and 36 feet wide. It was initially used in the English/Chinese tea trade. Fully restored in 1957, it is in dry berth in Greenwich, London as a sailing museum.
1894 Donald Deskey was born. An industrial designer, he designed the packaging for Tide laundry detergent and Crest toothpaste among others.
1921 President Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, which prohibits doctors from prescribing beer or liquor.
1945 Wartime rationing ended in the U.S.
1990 Roald Dahl died. British author, one of his most popular books was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ the film version was titled ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Some of his other books are ‘A Piece of Cake,’ ‘Pig,’ ‘Royal Jelly,’ ‘Smell’ and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter.’

March 6 – National Oreo Day

Posted on March 6, 2012

In 1912, Nabisco had a new idea for a cookie – two chocolate disks with a creme filling in between. The first Oreo cookie looked very similar to the Oreo cookie of today, with only a slight difference in the design on the chocolate disks. Little did they know that the Oreo cookie would become the largest selling cookie of all time.

National Oreo Cookie Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1899 Aspirin was patented by Felix Hoffman of the German company, Bayer. Aspirin was originally developed by Charles Frederic Gerhardt in 1853, but he never thought it important enough to patent.

1912 Nabisco debuts the Oreo cookie. The Oreo is considered largest selling cookie of all time.

1930 Retail frozen foods go on sale for the first time in Springfield, Massachusetts. Various fruits, vegetables, meat and fish were offered for sale. Clarence Birdseye had developed the method used to successfully freeze foods on a commercial scale.

November 23 – Today’s Food History

Posted on November 23, 2011

National Cashew Day

also: National Eat a Cranberry Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1534 Otto Brunfels died. A German botanist, author of ‘Herbarum vivae eicones’ (‘Living Pictures of Herbs’), one of the first great herbals. His work is considered to be a bridge between ancient and modern botany.
  • 1553 Prospero Alpini was born. An Italian physician and botanist, he is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe and to have been the first to artificially fertilize date palms.
  • 1835 Henry Burden was granted the first U.S. patent for a horseshoe manufacturing machine.
  • 1869 The 3 masted clipper ship ‘Cutty Sark’ was launched at Dunbarton, Scotland. It was one of the last to be built and is the only one surviving today. It is 212 feet long and 36 feet wide. It was initially used in the English/Chinese tea trade. Fully restored in 1957, it is in dry berth in Greenwich, London as a sailing museum.
  • 1894 Donald Deskey was born. An industrial designer, he designed the packaging for Tide laundry detergent and Crest toothpaste among others.
  • 1921 President Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, which prohibits doctors from prescribing beer or liquor.
  • 1945 Wartime rationing ended in the U.S.
  • 1990 Roald Dahl died. British author, one of his most popular books was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ the film version was titled ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Some of his other books are ‘A Piece of Cake,’ ‘Pig,’ ‘Royal Jelly,’ ‘Smell’ and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter.’

June Holidays

Posted on November 10, 2009

National Candy Month National Dairy Month National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month National Iced Tea Month National Papaya Month First Friday in June: National Donut Day Daily Holidays June 1 National Hazelnut Cake Day June 2 National Rocky Road Day National Rotisserie Chicken Day June 3 National Chocolate Macaroon Day National Egg Day June 4 National Cheese Day June 5 National Ketchup / Catsup Day June 6 National Gingerbread Day June 7 National Chocolate Ice Cream Day June 8 National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day June 9 National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day June 10 National Iced-Tea Day   June 11 National German Chocolate Cake Day June 12 National Peanut Butter Cookie Day International Falafel Day June 13 Cupcake Lover’s Day June 14 National Strawberry Shortcake Day June…

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