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July 28 is National Hamburger Day

Posted on July 28, 2012

National Hamburger Day

On this Day in 1900 the first ‘hamburgers’ were served at Louis’ Lunch diner in New Haven, Connecticut.

Five Food Finds about Hamburgers

  • The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921.
  • The people of America eat more burgers out at restaurants or on the go than they do at home.
  • The largest hamburger ever created was over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin.
  • However, the hamburger in its current form, with ground beef and a bun, is a decidedly American creation.
  • Hamburgers are made of beef, not ham, and there is much debate over whether they actually originated in Hamburg.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1586 The potato was introduced to England. It is claimed that Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to England on this day. (Some sources give December 3 as the date).

1852 Andrew Jackson Downing died. An American horticulturist, he was the author of ‘The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America’ (1845) and editor of the ‘Horticulturist’ periodical.

1866 The metric system was authorized to standardize weights and measures in the U.S. (Authorized, yes, but we still don’t use it very much).

1900 One of the many claims to the origin of the hamburger, is that Louis Lassing (or Lassen) first served hamburgers on a bun in his diner in New Haven, Connecticut.

1907 Earl S. Tupper was Born. The inventor of Tupperware. (Tupperware makes the containers used to conduct mold and bacterial experiments in the back of refrigerator shelves).

1977 At 11:02 p.m. the first oil from Prudhoe Bay arrived at Valdez in the trans-Alaskan pipeline. It took 38 days to travel the 800 miles.

1989 The largest halibut (Atlantic) caught with rod and reel weighed over 255 pounds. It was caught in Gloucester, Massachusetts by Sonny Manley

December 21 – National Hamburger Day

Posted on December 21, 2011

Today’s Food History

National French Fried Shrimp Day

1883 Laurence M. Klauber was born. Klauber was an American herpetologist and inventor who was a rattlesnake expert. If you want to know anything or everything about rattlesnakes, see his book ‘Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories and Influence on Mankind.’

1913 The ‘New York World’ published the first crossword puzzle. Don’t forget to check the various Food theme Crosswords on the Food Reference Website!

1937 Walt Disney’s first full length animated film ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ opened in Los Angeles, California. It ran for 83 minutes and cost $1.5 million to make.

1998 Adelaide Hawley Cumming died. She was television’s original Betty Crocker on the Betty Crocker Show premiering in 1949.

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March 9th is National Crab Day! 🦀

Posted on March 9, 2019

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5 food facts about crab cakes


A crab cake is an American dish composed of crab meat and various other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, yellow onions, and seasonings.

The two most common styles of Maryland crab cakes are known as Boardwalk and Restaurant.

Boardwalk crabcakes are typically breaded and deep-fried, and are often filled with stuffing of various sorts and served on a hamburger bun.

Restaurant crab cakes, which are sometimes called gourmet crab cakes, are often prepared with no filler, and are composed of all-lump crab meat served on a platter or open-faced sandwich.

Many restaurants that offer Maryland crab cakes will offer to have the cakes fried or broiled.

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1822 Charles Graham of New York received a patent for artificial teeth.

1839 Famous Food Fights

The Great Pastry War ended this day. A brief conflict began on November 30, 1838, between Mexico and France caused by a French pastry cook who claimed that some Mexican Army soldiers had damaged his restaurant. The Mexican government refused to pay for damages. Several other countries had asked the Mexican government for similar claims in the past due to civil unrest in Mexico, without any resolution. France decided to do something about it, and sent a fleet to Veracruz and fired on the fortress outside the harbor. They occupied the city on April 16, 1838, and through the mediation of Great Britain were promised payment of 600,000 pesos for the damages. They withdrew on March 9, 1839.


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February 16th is National Almond Day! #NationalAlmondDay

Posted on February 16, 2019

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Five Food Finds about Almonds

1. Almonds are mentioned several times in the New and Old Testaments. They are revered as symbols of divine approval.

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2. Almonds are actually fruits, related to cherries and plums.

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3. Raw Almonds contain prussic acids, the eating of more than a handful can be lethal.

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4. A key indicator of cyanide poisoning was the faint smell of roasted almonds on the victim.

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5.  Greek mythology tells of the beautiful princess Phyllis, who was left waiting at the altar on her wedding day by her intended, Demophon. Phyllis waited for years for him to return, but finally died of a broken heart. In sympathy, the gods transformed Phyllis into an almond tree, which became a symbol of hope.

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    • 1909 Richard McDonald was born. He was one of the brothers who founded McDonald’s fast food restaurants. Richard also designed the golden arches logo.
    • 1932 James E. Markham of Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards in Mississippi, received the first patent for a fruit tree. It was for a peach tree whose fruit ripened later than other varieties.
    • 1937 Dr. Wallace Hume Carothers received a patent for Nylon. (Which he discovered in 1935). One of its first uses was to replace the hog bristles that had been used in toothbrushes. Think about it: people used to brush their teeth with pigs hair.
    • 1959 Rap singer ‘Ice T’ was born (Tracy Morrow).
    • 2009 Burgers & Beer on the Road: A truck carrying 40,000 pounds of frozen hamburger patties hit the center median, and dumped thousands of pounds of burgers onto Interstate 15 near Salt Lake City. A few hours later on Interstate 84, also in Utah, a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of Fat Tire Beer hit the center median and spilled its load on the highway. Neither driver was injured.

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January 8th is National Toffee Day!

Posted on January 8, 2019

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Here are today’s five thing to know about English Toffee:

Toffee and Caramel are sometimes interchangeable.

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Toffees consist of mainly sugar and water, while caramels use dairy products in their production, making them softer

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Almond butter treats are toffee from England.

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Michigan toffee comes in varies styles, some hard and some chewy, some chocolate covered with nut sprinkles.

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Tafia, a West Indian rum of molasses or sugarcane juice, is theorized to be the source of the word “toffee.”

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Today’s Food History

  • 1676 Charles II of England revoked his previous proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses due to public response.
  • 1800 The first soup kitchens in London were opened to serve the poor.
  • 1823 Alfred Russel Wallace was born. Wallace was a British naturalist who developed a theory of natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. He sent his conclusions to Darwin, and their findings were both presented to the Linnaean Society in 1858.
  • 1825 Eli Whitney died. Inventor of the cotton gin, but more important he developed the concept of mass producing interchangeable parts.
  • 1872 African American inventor Thomas Elkins received his second patent. It was for a ‘Chamber Commode’ – a combination “bureau, mirror, book-rack, washstand, table, easy chair, and earth-closet or chamber-stool.”
  • 1894 Pierre Joseph van Beneden died. A Belgian parasitologist, he discovered the life cycle of tapeworms.
  • 1926 Comedian ‘Soupy Sales’ was born. Most of his routines ended with Soupy receiving a pie in the face.
  • 1992 President George H.W. Bush becomes ill on a trip to Japan and vomits on Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi.
  • 1998 Walter E. Diemer died. While working for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company, he experimented with recipes for chewing gum as a hobby. (He really liked his gum!). He invented bubble gum in 1928.
  • 2002 Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s Hamburger chain, died.

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January 5th is National Whipped Cream Day!

Posted on January 5, 2019

 

Here are today’s five things to know about Whipped Cream:

Whipped cream existed since the 16th century.

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It was included in recipes that date back to 1549 in Italy and 1604 in France.

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Normal creams consist of 30 percent of milk fat but heavy cream on the other hand consist of 36 percent fat.

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“Whipped topping” is an imitation of whipped cream.

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Until the 19th century, recipes for whipped cream called for whipping the cream with a willow or rush branch.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1589 Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henry II of France died. She is sometimes called the ‘mother of French haute cuisine’ because the Italian chefs she brought with her from Florence had a strong influence on the development of French cuisine. One of the things they brought with them was ice cream.
  • 1786 Thomas Nuttall was born. English naturalist and botanist. He also collected and studied plants in the United States, especially around the Chesapeake Bay area.
  • 1794 Edmund Ruffin born. The father of soil chemistry in the U.S.
  • 1889 According to the ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ the word ‘hamburger’ first appeared in print on this day in a Walla Walla, Washington newspaper.
  • 1914 Aaron ‘Bunny’ Lapin was born. Lapin was the inventor of whipped cream in an aerosol can (Reddi-Wip) in 1947. It was first sold by milkmen in St. Louis in 1948.
  • 1943 George Washington Carver died. African American agricultural scientist and innovator. He developed hundreds of uses for peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes. He founded the George Washington Carver Research Foundation at Tuskegee, for agricultural research.
  • 2007 Momofuku Ando died in Osaka, Japan. Mr. Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products, and invented ‘Instant Ramen’ noodles.
  • 2009 A locally caught bluefin tuna weighing 282 1/2 pounds sold for $104,700 ($371 lb) at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market auction. Prized by sushi lovers, the normal price for bluefin tuna is about $25 – $50 per pound. A dramatic bluefin population decline, lower quotas and bad weather are affecting prices.
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November 28th is National French Toast Day! / #NationalFrenchToastDay

Posted on November 28, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about French Toast:

French toast was not invented in France. In fact, French toast was around long before France even existed as a country.

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The earliest reference to French toast dates all the way back to 4th century Rome.The name for French toast in France is “pain perdu”, which means “lost bread.”

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French toast was created by medieval European cooks who needed to use every bit of food they could find to feed their families.  They knew day-old bread could be revived when moistened and heated.  They also added eggs for additional moisture and protein.

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In Scotland, French toast is traditionally served with sausage between two slices of French toast, eaten as a sandwich.

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Medieval recipes for French toast suggest this meal was enjoyed by the wealthy.

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1837 John Wesley Hyatt was born. He developed the process for making celluloid, the first synthetic plastic. He also invented a water purifying system and a sugar cane mill.
  • 1863 Thanksgiving was first celebrated as a regular American Holiday.
  • 1869 F. Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was issued the first chewing gum patent in 1869.
  • 1930 After a sandstorm in Morocco, there was a rain of mud in Paris and yellow sand fell in Spain.
  • 1942 Coffee rationing began in the U.S.
  • 1948 The first Polaroid Land Camera went on sale in Boston. This was the first successful self-developing camera; it took a photo about 1 minute to develop.
  • 2006 Texas Republican state Rep. Betty Brown filed a bill (HCR 15) in the Texas legislature which would declare Athens, Texas as the “original home of the hamburger.” Residents of New Haven, Connecticut strongly objected.

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November 16th is National Fast Food Day! / #NationalFastFoodDay

Posted on November 16, 2018

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Happy National Fast Food Day

 

Here are today’s five things to know about fast food:

During the early 1900s, the hamburger was thought to be polluted, unsafe to eat, and food for the poor. Street carts, not restaurants, typically served them.

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Every month, approximately nine out of 10 American children visit a McDonald’s restaurant.

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By 2020, Americans are expected to spend over $223 billion on fast food.

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There are more than 300,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S. alone

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In the 1990s, cupholders were first introduced into car design. Although the 60’s For Falcon had the first built in cupholder.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1620 The first corn (maize) was supposedly discovered (by European settlers) by some Pilgrims led by Myles Standish, while exploring the area near Provincetown, Massachusetts. They named the spot Corn Hill.
  • 1867 Leon Daudet was born. French journalist and novelist, well known gastronome of his time.
  • 1913 The first volume of Marcel Proust’s ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ was published. On January 1, 1909, he ate a piece of tea-soaked toast whose taste caused a flood of childhood memories. In his 7 volume allegorical novel Remembrance of Things Past,’ the character Swann has a similar experience when he bites into a lemon cookie (a madelaine) which brings on a similar flood of memories. This is one of the most widely quoted allusions in literature.

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It time! November 15th is National Clean Out Your Fridge Day / #ThursdayThoughts

Posted on November 15, 2018

Suggested Five Tasks Involved in Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day:

Discard opened jars of things that you know you aren’t going to use in the foreseeable future.

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Wash down & disinfect the inside walls of the refrigerator, shelves, & all along the door seals.

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Wash everything going back in – racks, bins & even the outsides of jars;

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Vacuum the coils at the back or bottom of the fridge, if your model has them.

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Clean the floor underneath the fridge and the top of fridge.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1660 Asser Levy from Portugal, applied for a license to sell kosher meat. He was the first kosher butcher in New Amsterdam (New York).
  • 1849 The first poultry show in the U.S. was held on November 15-16 in Boston, Massachusetts.  1,423 birds were exhibited by 219 exhibitors.
  • 1868 James Mayer de Rothschild died (born May 15, 1792).  European banker and founder of the French branch of the Rothschild family.  In 1868 he acquired the famous Chateau Lafite vineyards in Bordeaux, France.
  • 1882 Felix Frankfurter, U. S. Supreme Court justice, was born.
  • 1904 King Camp Gillette was issued U.S. patent No. 775,134 for his disposable razor (applied for on Dec 3, 1901).
  • 1952 Jambalaya (On The Bayou)’ by Hank Williams was number one on the country music charts.
  • 1964 Bernard Frank died (born March 7, 1902). American forester and conservationist, he was one of the eight co-founders of the Wilderness Society.
  • 1967 Elmer McCollum died. He was a chemist who discovered vitamins A, B and D.
  • 1969 The first color TV commercial in Britain was aired, for Birdseye Peas.
  • 1969 Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s Hamburger restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

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November 15th is National Raisin Bran Day!

Posted on November 15, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Raisin Bran Cereal:

“Skinner’s Raisin Bran” was the first bran brand on the market, introduced in the United States in 1926 by U.S. Mills.

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During his incarceration, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein preferred Raisin Bran cereal for breakfast given by his American prison guards.


The first cold breakfast cereal, Granula, was invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson, operator of Our Home on the Hillside which was later replaced by the Jackson Sanatorium in Dansville, New York.

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Twenty-six percent of Americans snack on cereal during the day; 61 percent of that group is women.


Kellogg’s was the first company to advertise on the Times Square billboard in New York.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1660 Asser Levy from Portugal, applied for a license to sell kosher meat. He was the first kosher butcher in New Amsterdam (New York).
  • 1849 The first poultry show in the U.S. was held on November 15-16 in Boston, Massachusetts.  1,423 birds were exhibited by 219 exhibitors.
  • 1868 James Mayer de Rothschild died (born May 15, 1792).  European banker and founder of the French branch of the Rothschild family.  In 1868 he acquired the famous Chateau Lafite vineyards in Bordeaux, France.
  • 1882 Felix Frankfurter, U. S. Supreme Court justice, was born.
  • 1904 King Camp Gillette was issued U.S. patent No. 775,134 for his disposable razor (applied for on Dec 3, 1901).
  • 1952 Jambalaya (On The Bayou)’ by Hank Williams was number one on the country music charts.
  • 1964 Bernard Frank died (born March 7, 1902). American forester and conservationist, he was one of the eight co-founders of the Wilderness Society.
  • 1967 Elmer McCollum died. He was a chemist who discovered vitamins A, B and D.
  • 1969 The first color TV commercial in Britain was aired, for Birdseye Peas.
  • 1969 Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s Hamburger restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

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October 25th is National Greasy Food Day! / #NationalGreasyFood

Posted on October 25, 2018

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Here are today’s five craziest, most delectably greasy foods:

1. Deep-fried hamburger:

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2. The Fat Darrell

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3. French fry-coated bacon

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4. Monster grilled cheese

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5. Deep-fried pizza

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Today’s Food History

1955 The first microwave oven for home use was introduced by the Tappan Stove Company. It cost about $1,300.

1962 Chad Smith of the music group ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’ was born.

1975 On the ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ Chuckles the Clown is killed by an Elephant while he is dressed in a peanut suit.

2001 It was reported that the remains of a crocodile that lived 110 million years ago was found in Niger. It could grow up to 40 feet long and weigh more than 8 tons!


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October 5th is National 🍎 Apple Betty Day! 🍎

Posted on October 5, 2018

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

  1. The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae).
  2. It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans.
  3. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees.
  4. The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today.
  5. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1582 If you lived in Italy and many other Catholic countries, this day and the next 10 days did not exist due to the Gregorian Calendar Adjustment (it corrected an accumulated 11 day discrepancy). The day following Thursday, October 4, 1582 was Friday, October 15, 1582. It was effective in most Catholic countries. The old Julian calendar continued in use in Britain and its colonies until 1752, in Japan until 1873, in China until 1912, in Russia until 1918, in Greece until 1923, and in Turkey until 1925.
  • 1902 Ray Kroc is born in Oak Park, Illinois. Ray Kroc sold blenders for milkshakes, and one of his customers was a restaurant in San Bernardino, California owned by Maurice and Richard McDonald. Kroc set up a chain of drive-in restaurants based on their efficient assembly line production kitchen. He opened his first restaurant on April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. By 1961 he had 228 restaurants and he bought out the McDonald brothers. When he died in 1984 there were over 7,500 McDonald’s restaurants.
  • 1948 Brian Connolly of the music group ‘Sweet’ was born.
  • 1983 Earl Silas Tupper died. The inventor of Tupperware. (Tupperware makes the containers used to conduct mold and bacterial experiments in the back of refrigerator shelves).
  • 2007 One week after recalling almost 22 million pounds of ground beef products, Topps Meat Company announced it was going out of business. Topps had to recall the meat after samples tested positive for E. colibacteria, and at least 30 people had become ill since July. Topps was one of the country’s largest manufacturers of frozen hamburgers.

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September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day! / #NationalCheeseburgerDay

Posted on September 18, 2018

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

  • The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921.
  • The people of America eat more burgers out at restaurants or on the go than they do at home.
  • The largest hamburger ever created was over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin.
  • However, the hamburger in its current form, with ground beef and a bun, is a decidedly American creation.
  • Hamburgers are made of beef, not ham, and there is much debate over whether they actually originated in Hamburg.

Today’s Food History

  • 1709 Samuel Johnson, dictionary author, was born. I have read somewhere that he served his cat fresh shucked oysters.
  • 1851 The first edition of the New York Times was published.
  • 1883 Elmer Maytag was born. Founder of the Maytag Co., washing machine manufacturer. One of his descendants was Fred Maytag II, whose Maytag Dairy Farms manufactures Maytag Blue Cheese.
  • 1990 A 500 pound, 6 foot high Hershey Chocolate Kiss was put on display at Times Square in New York City.

August 27th is National Burger Day! / #NationalBurgerDay

Posted on August 27, 2018

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Today’s burger trivia:

  1. The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921.
  2. The people of America eat more burgers out at restaurants or on the go than they do at home.
  3. The largest hamburger ever created was over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin.
  4. However, the hamburger in its current form, with ground beef and a bun, is a decidedly American creation.
  5. Hamburgers are made of beef, not ham, and there is much debate over whether they actually originated in Hamburg.

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1940 The London production of ‘Apple Sauce’ opened at the Holborn Empire Theatre.
  • 1944 Tim Bogert of the Rock group Vanilla Fudge was born.
  • 1949 Jeff Cook of the music group ‘Alabama’ was born.
  • 1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War is #1 on the charts

July 28th is National Milk Chocolate Day /#NationalMilkChocolateDay

Posted on July 28, 2018

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Five Facts about Chocolate:

  1. More than 50 percent of adults in the US prefer chocolate to any other flavor.
  2.  Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of candy annually. About half of it is chocolate.
  3. The word chocolate comes from “Xocolatl,” the Aztec word that means “bitter water.”
  4. Eating chocolate can help prevent tooth decay and works as an anti-bacterial agent.
  5. The Ivory Coast produces more cocoa than any country in the world which makes for 37 percent of it.

Today’s Food History

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1586 The potato was introduced to England. It is claimed that Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to England on this day. (Some sources give December 3 as the date).

1852 Andrew Jackson Downing died. An American horticulturist, he was the author of ‘The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America’ (1845) and editor of the ‘Horticulturist’ periodical.

1866 The metric system was authorized to standardize weights and measures in the U.S. (Authorized, yes, but we still don’t use it very much).

1900 One of the many claims to the origin of the hamburger, is that Louis Lassing (or Lassen) first served hamburgers on a bun in his diner in New Haven, Connecticut.

1907 Earl S. Tupper was Born. The inventor of Tupperware. (Tupperware makes the containers used to conduct mold and bacterial experiments in the back of refrigerator shelves).

1977 At 11:02 p.m. the first oil from Prudhoe Bay arrived at Valdez in the trans-Alaskan pipeline. It took 38 days to travel the 800 miles.

1989 The largest halibut (Atlantic) caught with rod and reel weighed over 255 pounds. It was caught in Gloucester, Massachusetts by Sonny Manley

May’s Complete Food Holiday List!

Posted on May 1, 2018

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National Beef Month
National Barbecue Month
National Loaded Potato Month
National Egg Month
National Hamburger Month
National Salad Month
National Salsa Month
National Strawberry Month
May 1-7: National Raisin Week
May 3-9: National Herb Week
First Saturday in May: National Homebrew Day
The 3rd Monday of May and the rest of the week: American Craft Beer Week
Daily Holidays

May 2
National Chocolate Truffle Day
May 3
National Raspberry Popover Day
National Raspberry Tart Day
National Chocolate Custard Day
May 4 
National Candied Orange Peel Day
National Homebrew Day
National Hoagie Day
May 5
National Enchilada Day – Happy Cinco de Mayo!
May 6 
National Crepe Suzette Day
May 7 
National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
May 8 
National Coconut Cream Pie Day
May 9
National Shrimp Day
May 10
National Liver and Onions Day
May 11
National “Eat What You Want” Day
May 12 
National Nutty Fudge Day
May 13 
National Apple Pie Day
National Fruit Cocktail Day
National Hummus Day
May 14 
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
May 15
National Chocolate Chip Day
May 16
National Barbecue Day
May 17 
National Cherry Cobbler Day
May 18 
National Cheese Souffle Day
I love Reese’s Day
May 19
National Devil’s Food Cake Day
May 20 
National Quiche Lorraine Day
National Pick Strawberries Day
May 21
National Strawberries and Cream Day
May 22 
National Vanilla Pudding Day
May 23 
National Taffy Day
May 24 
National Escargot Day
May 25
National Brown-Bag-It Day
National Wine Day
May 26 
National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
National Cherry Dessert Day
National Italian Beef Day
National Grape Popsicle Day


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April 15th is National Ham Day

Posted on April 15, 2018

 

Happy National Ham Day!

Here are today’s five thing to know about Glazed Ham:

  1. The Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota sold the first canned ham in 1926.
  2. Hams are produced by almost every country in the world.
  3. Mainz ham is a German ham that is brined, soaked in brandy or wine lees (or a mixture of both) and then smoked for a long period.
  4. A country ham is much drier than injected-cured hams and has a sharper flavored due to its high salt content.
  5. A pig scratches himself with his right leg, which uses the muscles more often, so the meat will be tougher.  Aim for the left leg if you can.

Fun Fact:

On the Apollo 13 mission, the crew managed to create a functioning CO2 filter out of duct tape and glazed ham.

Chicago artist Dwight Kalb made a statue of Madonna from 180 pounds of ham.

Names of some of the better known hams of the world include: Smithfield, prosciutto, Westphalian, Parma, Virginia, Kentucky, Country, Canned, Bayonne, York, Mainz, Prague, Asturias, Toulouse, Dijon, Black Forest, Bohemian, Serrano, presunto, Bradenham, Estremadura, Prazska sunks, and szynka.

Today’s Food History

  • 1710 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo was born. Born in Belgium, this ballerina danced with the Paris Opera. Escoffier named many gourmet dishes in her honor.
  • 1854 New York became the first state to fund a study of insects harmful to plants.
  • 1874 George Harrison Shull was born. An American botanist, frequently called the ‘father of hybrid corn.’
  • 1878 Harley Proctor created Ivory Soap.
  • 1912 John Jacob Astor IV died. Great grandson of John Jacob Astor, who founded the family fortune. John Jacob IV built the Astoria section of what would become the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (1897) in New York city (this was on the site that were the Empire State building would be built in 1929). He also built the Knickerbocker and the St. Regis hotels. He died on the Titanic.
  • 1951 Household hints columnist, Heloise, was born in Waco, Texas.
  • 1955 The first franchised McDonald’s was opened in Des Plaines, Illinois, by Ray Kroc, who bought the hamburger restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers. On opening day a 2 patty hamburger was 15 cents and French Fries were 10 cents


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March 9th is National Crab Day! 🦀

Posted on March 9, 2018

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5 food facts about crab cakes


A crab cake is an American dish composed of crab meat and various other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, yellow onions, and seasonings.

The two most common styles of Maryland crab cakes are known as Boardwalk and Restaurant.

Boardwalk crabcakes are typically breaded and deep-fried, and are often filled with stuffing of various sorts and served on a hamburger bun.

Restaurant crab cakes, which are sometimes called gourmet crab cakes, are often prepared with no filler, and are composed of all-lump crab meat served on a platter or open-faced sandwich.

Many restaurants that offer Maryland crab cakes will offer to have the cakes fried or broiled.

On This Day in Food History…

1822 Charles Graham of New York received a patent for artificial teeth.

1839 Famous Food Fights

The Great Pastry War ended this day. A brief conflict began on November 30, 1838, between Mexico and France caused by a French pastry cook who claimed that some Mexican Army soldiers had damaged his restaurant. The Mexican government refused to pay for damages. Several other countries had asked the Mexican government for similar claims in the past due to civil unrest in Mexico, without any resolution. France decided to do something about it, and sent a fleet to Veracruz and fired on the fortress outside the harbor. They occupied the city on April 16, 1838, and through the mediation of Great Britain were promised payment of 600,000 pesos for the damages. They withdrew on March 9, 1839.


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February 16th is National Almond Day!

Posted on February 15, 2018

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Five Food Finds about Almonds

1. Almonds are mentioned several times in the New and Old Testaments. They are revered as symbols of divine approval.

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2. Almonds are actually fruits, related to cherries and plums.

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3. Raw Almonds contain prussic acids, the eating of more than a handful can be lethal.

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4. A key indicator of cyanide poisoning was the faint smell of roasted almonds on the victim.

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5.  Greek mythology tells of the beautiful princess Phyllis, who was left waiting at the altar on her wedding day by her intended, Demophon. Phyllis waited for years for him to return, but finally died of a broken heart. In sympathy, the gods transformed Phyllis into an almond tree, which became a symbol of hope.

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    • 1909 Richard McDonald was born. He was one of the brothers who founded McDonald’s fast food restaurants. Richard also designed the golden arches logo.
    • 1932 James E. Markham of Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards in Mississippi, received the first patent for a fruit tree. It was for a peach tree whose fruit ripened later than other varieties.
    • 1937 Dr. Wallace Hume Carothers received a patent for Nylon. (Which he discovered in 1935). One of its first uses was to replace the hog bristles that had been used in toothbrushes. Think about it: people used to brush their teeth with pigs hair.
    • 1959 Rap singer ‘Ice T’ was born (Tracy Morrow).
    • 2009 Burgers & Beer on the Road: A truck carrying 40,000 pounds of frozen hamburger patties hit the center median, and dumped thousands of pounds of burgers onto Interstate 15 near Salt Lake City. A few hours later on Interstate 84, also in Utah, a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of Fat Tire Beer hit the center median and spilled its load on the highway. Neither driver was injured.

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January 8th is National Toffee Day!

Posted on January 8, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about English Toffee:

Toffee and Caramel are sometimes interchangeable.

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Toffees consist of mainly sugar and water, while caramels use dairy products in their production, making them softer

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Almond butter treats are toffee from England.

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Michigan toffee comes in varies styles, some hard and some chewy, some chocolate covered with nut sprinkles.

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Tafia, a West Indian rum of molasses or sugarcane juice, is theorized to be the source of the word “toffee.”

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Today’s Food History

  • 1676 Charles II of England revoked his previous proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses due to public response.
  • 1800 The first soup kitchens in London were opened to serve the poor.
  • 1823 Alfred Russel Wallace was born. Wallace was a British naturalist who developed a theory of natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. He sent his conclusions to Darwin, and their findings were both presented to the Linnaean Society in 1858.
  • 1825 Eli Whitney died. Inventor of the cotton gin, but more important he developed the concept of mass producing interchangeable parts.
  • 1872 African American inventor Thomas Elkins received his second patent. It was for a ‘Chamber Commode’ – a combination “bureau, mirror, book-rack, washstand, table, easy chair, and earth-closet or chamber-stool.”
  • 1894 Pierre Joseph van Beneden died. A Belgian parasitologist, he discovered the life cycle of tapeworms.
  • 1926 Comedian ‘Soupy Sales’ was born. Most of his routines ended with Soupy receiving a pie in the face.
  • 1992 President George H.W. Bush becomes ill on a trip to Japan and vomits on Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi.
  • 1998 Walter E. Diemer died. While working for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company, he experimented with recipes for chewing gum as a hobby. (He really liked his gum!). He invented bubble gum in 1928.
  • 2002 Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s Hamburger chain, died.

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January 5th is National Whipped Cream Day!

Posted on January 5, 2018

 

Here are today’s five things to know about Whipped Cream:

Whipped cream existed since the 16th century.

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It was included in recipes that date back to 1549 in Italy and 1604 in France.

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Normal creams consist of 30 percent of milk fat but heavy cream on the other hand consist of 36 percent fat.

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“Whipped topping” is an imitation of whipped cream.

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Until the 19th century, recipes for whipped cream called for whipping the cream with a willow or rush branch.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1589 Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henry II of France died. She is sometimes called the ‘mother of French haute cuisine’ because the Italian chefs she brought with her from Florence had a strong influence on the development of French cuisine. One of the things they brought with them was ice cream.
  • 1786 Thomas Nuttall was born. English naturalist and botanist. He also collected and studied plants in the United States, especially around the Chesapeake Bay area.
  • 1794 Edmund Ruffin born. The father of soil chemistry in the U.S.
  • 1889 According to the ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ the word ‘hamburger’ first appeared in print on this day in a Walla Walla, Washington newspaper.
  • 1914 Aaron ‘Bunny’ Lapin was born. Lapin was the inventor of whipped cream in an aerosol can (Reddi-Wip) in 1947. It was first sold by milkmen in St. Louis in 1948.
  • 1943 George Washington Carver died. African American agricultural scientist and innovator. He developed hundreds of uses for peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes. He founded the George Washington Carver Research Foundation at Tuskegee, for agricultural research.
  • 2007 Momofuku Ando died in Osaka, Japan. Mr. Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products, and invented ‘Instant Ramen’ noodles.
  • 2009 A locally caught bluefin tuna weighing 282 1/2 pounds sold for $104,700 ($371 lb) at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market auction. Prized by sushi lovers, the normal price for bluefin tuna is about $25 – $50 per pound. A dramatic bluefin population decline, lower quotas and bad weather are affecting prices.
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November 28th is National French Toast Day!

Posted on November 28, 2017

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Here are today’s five things to know about French Toast:

French toast was not invented in France. In fact, French toast was around long before France even existed as a country.

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The earliest reference to French toast dates all the way back to 4th century Rome.The name for French toast in France is “pain perdu”, which means “lost bread.”

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French toast was created by medieval European cooks who needed to use every bit of food they could find to feed their families.  They knew day-old bread could be revived when moistened and heated.  They also added eggs for additional moisture and protein.

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In Scotland, French toast is traditionally served with sausage between two slices of French toast, eaten as a sandwich.

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Medieval recipes for French toast suggest this meal was enjoyed by the wealthy.


Today’s Food History

  • 1837 John Wesley Hyatt was born. He developed the process for making celluloid, the first synthetic plastic. He also invented a water purifying system and a sugar cane mill.
  • 1863 Thanksgiving was first celebrated as a regular American Holiday.
  • 1869 F. Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was issued the first chewing gum patent in 1869.
  • 1930 After a sandstorm in Morocco, there was a rain of mud in Paris and yellow sand fell in Spain.
  • 1942 Coffee rationing began in the U.S.
  • 1948 The first Polaroid Land Camera went on sale in Boston. This was the first successful self-developing camera; it took a photo about 1 minute to develop.
  • 2006 Texas Republican state Rep. Betty Brown filed a bill (HCR 15) in the Texas legislature which would declare Athens, Texas as the “original home of the hamburger.” Residents of New Haven, Connecticut strongly objected.

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November 16th is National Fast Food Day!

Posted on November 16, 2017

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Here are today’s five things to know about fast food:

During the early 1900s, the hamburger was thought to be polluted, unsafe to eat, and food for the poor. Street carts, not restaurants, typically served them.

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Every month, approximately nine out of 10 American children visit a McDonald’s restaurant.

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By 2020, Americans are expected to spend over $223 billion on fast food.

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There are more than 300,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S. alone

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In the 1990s, cupholders were first introduced into car design. Although the 60’s For Falcon had the first built in cupholder.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1620 The first corn (maize) was supposedly discovered (by European settlers) by some Pilgrims led by Myles Standish, while exploring the area near Provincetown, Massachusetts. They named the spot Corn Hill.
  • 1867 Leon Daudet was born. French journalist and novelist, well known gastronome of his time.
  • 1913 The first volume of Marcel Proust’s ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ was published. On January 1, 1909, he ate a piece of tea-soaked toast whose taste caused a flood of childhood memories. In his 7 volume allegorical novel Remembrance of Things Past,’ the character Swann has a similar experience when he bites into a lemon cookie (a madelaine) which brings on a similar flood of memories. This is one of the most widely quoted allusions in literature.

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November 15th is National Raisin Bran Day!

Posted on November 15, 2017

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Here are today’s five things to know about Raisin Bran Cereal:

“Skinner’s Raisin Bran” was the first bran brand on the market, introduced in the United States in 1926 by U.S. Mills.

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During his incarceration, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein preferred Raisin Bran cereal for breakfast given by his American prison guards.


The first cold breakfast cereal, Granula, was invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson, operator of Our Home on the Hillside which was later replaced by the Jackson Sanatorium in Dansville, New York.

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Twenty-six percent of Americans snack on cereal during the day; 61 percent of that group is women.


Kellogg’s was the first company to advertise on the Times Square billboard in New York.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1660 Asser Levy from Portugal, applied for a license to sell kosher meat. He was the first kosher butcher in New Amsterdam (New York).
  • 1849 The first poultry show in the U.S. was held on November 15-16 in Boston, Massachusetts.  1,423 birds were exhibited by 219 exhibitors.
  • 1868 James Mayer de Rothschild died (born May 15, 1792).  European banker and founder of the French branch of the Rothschild family.  In 1868 he acquired the famous Chateau Lafite vineyards in Bordeaux, France.
  • 1882 Felix Frankfurter, U. S. Supreme Court justice, was born.
  • 1904 King Camp Gillette was issued U.S. patent No. 775,134 for his disposable razor (applied for on Dec 3, 1901).
  • 1952 Jambalaya (On The Bayou)’ by Hank Williams was number one on the country music charts.
  • 1964 Bernard Frank died (born March 7, 1902). American forester and conservationist, he was one of the eight co-founders of the Wilderness Society.
  • 1967 Elmer McCollum died. He was a chemist who discovered vitamins A, B and D.
  • 1969 The first color TV commercial in Britain was aired, for Birdseye Peas.
  • 1969 Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s Hamburger restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

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October 25th is National Greasy Food Day!

Posted on October 25, 2017

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Here are today’s five craziest, most delectably greasy foods:

1. Deep-fried hamburger:

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2. The Fat Darrell

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3. French fry-coated bacon

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4. Monster grilled cheese

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5. Deep-fried pizza

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Today’s Food History

1955 The first microwave oven for home use was introduced by the Tappan Stove Company. It cost about $1,300.

1962 Chad Smith of the music group ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’ was born.

1975 On the ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ Chuckles the Clown is killed by an Elephant while he is dressed in a peanut suit.

2001 It was reported that the remains of a crocodile that lived 110 million years ago was found in Niger. It could grow up to 40 feet long and weigh more than 8 tons!


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October 5th is National Apple Betty Day!

Posted on October 5, 2017

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

  1. The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae).
  2. It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans.
  3. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees.
  4. The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today.
  5. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1582 If you lived in Italy and many other Catholic countries, this day and the next 10 days did not exist due to the Gregorian Calendar Adjustment (it corrected an accumulated 11 day discrepancy). The day following Thursday, October 4, 1582 was Friday, October 15, 1582. It was effective in most Catholic countries. The old Julian calendar continued in use in Britain and its colonies until 1752, in Japan until 1873, in China until 1912, in Russia until 1918, in Greece until 1923, and in Turkey until 1925.
  • 1902 Ray Kroc is born in Oak Park, Illinois. Ray Kroc sold blenders for milkshakes, and one of his customers was a restaurant in San Bernardino, California owned by Maurice and Richard McDonald. Kroc set up a chain of drive-in restaurants based on their efficient assembly line production kitchen. He opened his first restaurant on April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. By 1961 he had 228 restaurants and he bought out the McDonald brothers. When he died in 1984 there were over 7,500 McDonald’s restaurants.
  • 1948 Brian Connolly of the music group ‘Sweet’ was born.
  • 1983 Earl Silas Tupper died. The inventor of Tupperware. (Tupperware makes the containers used to conduct mold and bacterial experiments in the back of refrigerator shelves).
  • 2007 One week after recalling almost 22 million pounds of ground beef products, Topps Meat Company announced it was going out of business. Topps had to recall the meat after samples tested positive for E. colibacteria, and at least 30 people had become ill since July. Topps was one of the country’s largest manufacturers of frozen hamburgers.

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September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day!

Posted on September 18, 2017

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

  • The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921.
  • The people of America eat more burgers out at restaurants or on the go than they do at home.
  • The largest hamburger ever created was over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin.
  • However, the hamburger in its current form, with ground beef and a bun, is a decidedly American creation.
  • Hamburgers are made of beef, not ham, and there is much debate over whether they actually originated in Hamburg.

Today’s Food History

  • 1709 Samuel Johnson, dictionary author, was born. I have read somewhere that he served his cat fresh shucked oysters.
  • 1851 The first edition of the New York Times was published.
  • 1883 Elmer Maytag was born. Founder of the Maytag Co., washing machine manufacturer. One of his descendants was Fred Maytag II, whose Maytag Dairy Farms manufactures Maytag Blue Cheese.
  • 1990 A 500 pound, 6 foot high Hershey Chocolate Kiss was put on display at Times Square in New York City.

September 15th is National Double-Cheeseburger Day!

Posted on September 15, 2017

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Here are today’s five thing to know about double cheeseburgers:

  1. The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921.
  2. The people of America eat more burgers out at restaurants or on the go than they do at home.
  3. The largest hamburger ever created was over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin.
  4. However, the hamburger in its current form, with ground beef and a bun, is a decidedly American creation.
  5. Hamburgers are made of beef, not ham, and there is much debate over whether they actually originated in Hamburg.

Today’s Food History

  • 1885 Jumbo, an African elephant exhibited by in France, the London Zoo, and finally in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, died after being hit by a locomotive in Ontario, Canada. Jumbo was supposedly 12 feet tall at the time of his death.
  • 1898 William S. Burroughs died. An American inventor, Burroughs invented and manufactured  the first adding machine with a printer.
  • 1962 The Four Seasons ‘Sherry’ hits number 1 on the charts.
  • 1965 Green Acres TV show debuted.
  • 1971 Greenpeace founded.
  • 1981 The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program.
  • 1995 Tan M&Ms are replaced by the new blue M&Ms. The tan ones originally replaced violet M&Ms in 1949.

July 28th is National Milk Chocolate Day

Posted on July 28, 2017

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Five Facts about Chocolate:

  1. More than 50 percent of adults in the US prefer chocolate to any other flavor.
  2.  Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of candy annually. About half of it is chocolate.
  3. The word chocolate comes from “Xocolatl,” the Aztec word that means “bitter water.”
  4. Eating chocolate can help prevent tooth decay and works as an anti-bacterial agent.
  5. The Ivory Coast produces more cocoa than any country in the world which makes for 37 percent of it.

Today’s Food History

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1586 The potato was introduced to England. It is claimed that Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to England on this day. (Some sources give December 3 as the date).

1852 Andrew Jackson Downing died. An American horticulturist, he was the author of ‘The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America’ (1845) and editor of the ‘Horticulturist’ periodical.

1866 The metric system was authorized to standardize weights and measures in the U.S. (Authorized, yes, but we still don’t use it very much).

1900 One of the many claims to the origin of the hamburger, is that Louis Lassing (or Lassen) first served hamburgers on a bun in his diner in New Haven, Connecticut.

1907 Earl S. Tupper was Born. The inventor of Tupperware. (Tupperware makes the containers used to conduct mold and bacterial experiments in the back of refrigerator shelves).

1977 At 11:02 p.m. the first oil from Prudhoe Bay arrived at Valdez in the trans-Alaskan pipeline. It took 38 days to travel the 800 miles.

1989 The largest halibut (Atlantic) caught with rod and reel weighed over 255 pounds. It was caught in Gloucester, Massachusetts by Sonny Manley

April 15th is National Glazed Ham Day!

Posted on April 15, 2017

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Here are today’s five things to know about Glazed Ham:

 

  • The Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota sold the first canned ham in 1926.
  • Hams are produced by almost every country in the world.

 

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  • Mainz ham is a German ham that is brined, soaked in brandy or wine lees (or a mixture of both) and then smoked for a long period.
  • A country ham is much drier than injected-cured hams and has a sharper flavored due to its high salt content.

 

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  • A pig scratches himself with his right leg, which uses the muscles more often, so the meat will be tougher.  Aim for the left leg if you can.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1710 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo was born. Born in Belgium, this ballerina danced with the Paris Opera. Escoffier named many gourmet dishes in her honor.
  • 1854 New York became the first state to fund a study of insects harmful to plants.
  • 1874 George Harrison Shull was born. An American botanist, frequently called the ‘father of hybrid corn.’
  • 1878 Harley Proctor created Ivory Soap.
  • 1912 John Jacob Astor IV died. Great grandson of John Jacob Astor, who founded the family fortune. John Jacob IV built the Astoria section of what would become the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (1897) in New York city (this was on the site that were the Empire State building would be built in 1929). He also built the Knickerbocker and the St. Regis hotels. He died on the Titanic.
  • 1951 Household hints columnist, Heloise, was born in Waco, Texas.
  • 1955 The first franchised McDonald’s was opened in Des Plaines, Illinois, by Ray Kroc, who bought the hamburger restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers. On opening day a 2 patty hamburger was 15 cents and French Fries were 10 cents.

 

March 9th is National Crab Day! 🦀

Posted on March 8, 2017

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 5 food facts about crab cakes


A crab cake is an American dish composed of crab meat and various other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, yellow onions, and seasonings.

The two most common styles of Maryland crab cakes are known as Boardwalk and Restaurant.

Boardwalk crabcakes are typically breaded and deep-fried, and are often filled with stuffing of various sorts and served on a hamburger bun.

Restaurant crab cakes, which are sometimes called gourmet crab cakes, are often prepared with no filler, and are composed of all-lump crab meat served on a platter or open-faced sandwich.

Many restaurants that offer Maryland crab cakes will offer to have the cakes fried or broiled.

On This Day in Food History…

1822 Charles Graham of New York received a patent for artificial teeth.

1839 Famous Food Fights

The Great Pastry War ended this day. A brief conflict began on November 30, 1838, between Mexico and France caused by a French pastry cook who claimed that some Mexican Army soldiers had damaged his restaurant. The Mexican government refused to pay for damages. Several other countries had asked the Mexican government for similar claims in the past due to civil unrest in Mexico, without any resolution. France decided to do something about it, and sent a fleet to Veracruz and fired on the fortress outside the harbor. They occupied the city on April 16, 1838, and through the mediation of Great Britain were promised payment of 600,000 pesos for the damages. They withdrew on March 9, 1839.

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