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September 25th is National Lobster Day / #NationalLobsterDay

Posted on September 25, 2018

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Today’s Lobster facts:

  1. In Colonial times, servants and slaves were the only people allowed to eat lobsters regularly .
  2. Lobsters aren’t all red. They can be many different colors, including bright blue, white and brilliant gold tones.
  3. Lobsters can be right-handed, left-handed, or ambidextrous.
  4. Many lobster species can live to be over 100 years old.
  5. Most lobsters travel over 100 miles a year and have migratory patterns

Today’s Food History

  • 1752 Benjamin Franklin flew a kite.
  • 1851 Jacob Fussell, a Baltimore dairyman, opens the first commercial ice-cream factory.
  • 1869 R.I.P. Joseph Dixon. An American inventor and manufacturer. Among his many accomplishments, he produced the first pencil made in the U.S.
  • 1969 ‘Ice Cube’ (O’Shea Jackson) singer and actor, was born.
  • 1992 SPELLING LESSONS – At a spelling bee in a Trenton, New Jersey school, U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, corrects a student’s spelling of ‘potato’ by telling him it should have an ‘e’ at the end.
  • 1999 Nicholas Vitalich is arrested for assaulting his girlfriend with a large tuna, outside a San Diego supermarket. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

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June 15th is National Lobster Day

Posted on June 15, 2018

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Today’s Lobster facts:

  1. In Colonial times, servants and slaves were the only people allowed to eat lobsters regularly .
  2. Lobsters aren’t all red. They can be many different colors, including bright blue, white and brilliant gold tones.
  3. Lobsters can be right-handed, left-handed, or ambidextrous.
  4. Many lobster species can live to be over 100 years old.
  5. Most lobsters travel over 100 miles a year and have migratory patterns

Today’s Food History

  • 1752 Benjamin Franklin flew a kite.
  • 1851 Jacob Fussell, a Baltimore dairyman, opens the first commercial ice-cream factory.
  • 1869 R.I.P. Joseph Dixon. An American inventor and manufacturer. Among his many accomplishments, he produced the first pencil made in the U.S.
  • 1969 ‘Ice Cube’ (O’Shea Jackson) singer and actor, was born.
  • 1992 SPELLING LESSONS – At a spelling bee in a Trenton, New Jersey school, U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, corrects a student’s spelling of ‘potato’ by telling him it should have an ‘e’ at the end.
  • 1999 Nicholas Vitalich is arrested for assaulting his girlfriend with a large tuna, outside a San Diego supermarket. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

June 15th is National Lobster Day

Posted on June 15, 2016

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Today’s Lobster facts:

  1. In Colonial times, servants and slaves were the only people allowed to eat lobsters regularly .
  2. Lobsters aren’t all red. They can be many different colors, including bright blue, white and brilliant gold tones.
  3. Lobsters can be right-handed, left-handed, or ambidextrous.
  4. Many lobster species can live to be over 100 years old.
  5. Most lobsters travel over 100 miles a year and have migratory patterns

Today’s Food History

  • 1752 Benjamin Franklin flew a kite.
  • 1851 Jacob Fussell, a Baltimore dairyman, opens the first commercial ice-cream factory.
  • 1869 R.I.P. Joseph Dixon. An American inventor and manufacturer. Among his many accomplishments, he produced the first pencil made in the U.S.
  • 1969 ‘Ice Cube’ (O’Shea Jackson) singer and actor, was born.
  • 1992 SPELLING LESSONS – At a spelling bee in a Trenton, New Jersey school, U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, corrects a student’s spelling of ‘potato’ by telling him it should have an ‘e’ at the end.
  • 1999 Nicholas Vitalich is arrested for assaulting his girlfriend with a large tuna, outside a San Diego supermarket. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

June 15 is National Lobster Day

Posted on June 15, 2015

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Did you know?

In the past 100 years Lobsters went from being a ‘poor man’s food’ to a ‘delecacy’

Today’s Lobster facts:

  1. In Colonial times, servants and slaves were the only people allowed to eat lobsters regularly .
  2. Lobsters aren’t all red. They can be many different colors, including bright blue, white and brilliant gold tones.
  3. Lobsters can be right-handed, left-handed, or ambidextrous.
  4. Many lobster species can live to be over 100 years old.
  5. Most lobsters travel over 100 miles a year and have migratory patterns

Today’s Food History

  • 1752 Benjamin Franklin flew a kite.
  • 1851 Jacob Fussell, a Baltimore dairyman, opens the first commercial ice-cream factory.
  • 1869 R.I.P. Joseph Dixon. An American inventor and manufacturer. Among his many accomplishments, he produced the first pencil made in the U.S.
  • 1969 ‘Ice Cube’ (O’Shea Jackson) singer and actor, was born.
  • 1992 SPELLING LESSONS – At a spelling bee in a Trenton, New Jersey school, U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, corrects a student’s spelling of ‘potato’ by telling him it should have an ‘e’ at the end.
  • 1999 Nicholas Vitalich is arrested for assaulting his girlfriend with a large tuna, outside a San Diego supermarket. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

February 11th is National Peppermint Patty Day! / #PeppermintPattyDay

Posted on February 11, 2019

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Happy National Peppermint Patty Day!

Five Food Finds about the Peppermint Patty:

1. In 1940 York Cone Co. produced the first Peppermint Patties.


2. Peppermint Patties were sold only in northeastern states until 1975.


3. Peppermint Patties have one of the least about of calories and fat compared to other nationally popular candy bars.

4. Charles Schulz introduced “Peppermint Patty” to his Peanuts comic strip on August 22, 1966

5. Patricia Reichardt is Peppermint Patty’s actual name.


Today’s Food History
on this day in…

  • 1785 The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture was founded. It is the oldest active agricultural organization in the U.S.
  • 1847 Thomas Alva Edison was born. Chefs use his inventions everyday, including light and music to work by.
  • 1926 Paul Bocuse, French chef, was born at Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, France. He is known as one of the founders of ‘nouvelle cuisine’.
  • 1963 Julia Child’s ‘The French Chef’ premiered on TV.
  • 1977 The heaviest lobster known was caught off Nova Scotia, weighing in at 44 lb 6 oz (20.14 kg).
  • 1994 Use of the genetically engineered growth hormone for cows, RBGH begins.

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The official January ‘Food Holidays’

Posted on January 1, 2019

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National Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
National Baking Month
National Fat Free Living Month
Fat Free Living Month
Daily Holidays

January 1
National Bloody Mary Day
National Black Eyed Pea Day
January 2
National Buffet Day
National Cream Puff Day
January 3
National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
January 4
National Spaghetti Day
January 5
National Whipped Cream Day
January 6
National Shortbread Day
National Bean Day
January 7
National Tempura Day
January 8
National English Toffee Day
January 9
National Apricot Day
January 10
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 11
National Hot Toddy Day
National Milk Day
January 12
National Marzipan Day
National Curried Chicken Day
National Glazed Doughnut Day
National Gluten-Free Day
National Peach Melba Day
January 14
National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
 National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 17
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Peking Duck Day
January 19
National Popcorn Day
January 20
National Buttercrunch Day
National Cheese Lover’s Day
January 21
National Granola Bar Day
National New England Clam Chowder Day
January 22
National Blonde Brownie Day
National Southern Food Day
January 23
National Pie Day
National Rhubarb Pie Day
Lobster Thermidor Day
January 25
National Irish Coffee Day
January 26
National Peanut Brittle Day
January 27
National Chocolate Cake Day
January 28
National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29
National Corn Chip Day
January 30
National Croissant Day
January 31
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2019’s January Food Holiday List is Here!

Posted on December 29, 2018

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National Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
National Baking Month
National Fat Free Living Month
Fat Free Living Month
Daily Holidays

January 1
National Bloody Mary Day
National Black Eyed Pea Day
January 2
National Buffet Day
National Cream Puff Day
January 3
National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
January 4
National Spaghetti Day
January 5
National Whipped Cream Day
January 6
National Shortbread Day
National Bean Day
January 7
National Tempura Day
January 8
National English Toffee Day
January 9
National Apricot Day
January 10
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 11
National Hot Toddy Day
National Milk Day
January 12
National Marzipan Day
National Curried Chicken Day
National Glazed Doughnut Day
National Gluten-Free Day
National Peach Melba Day
January 14
National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
 National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 17
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Peking Duck Day
January 19
National Popcorn Day
January 20
National Buttercrunch Day
National Cheese Lover’s Day
January 21
National Granola Bar Day
National New England Clam Chowder Day
January 22
National Blonde Brownie Day
National Southern Food Day
January 23
National Pie Day
National Rhubarb Pie Day
Lobster Thermidor Day
January 25
National Irish Coffee Day
January 26
National Peanut Brittle Day
January 27
National Chocolate Cake Day
January 28
National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29
National Corn Chip Day
January 30
National Croissant Day
January 31
National Hot Chocolate Day**

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October 19th is National Seafood Bisque Day!

Posted on October 19, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Seafood Bisque:

  1.  Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth of crustaceans.
  2. It can be made from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish.
  3. It is thought the name is derived from Biscay, as in Bay of Biscay, but the crustaceans are certainly bis cuites“twice cooked” (by analogy to abiscuit) for they are first sautéed lightly in their shells, then simmered in wine and aromatic ingredients, before being strained, followed by the addition of cream.
  4. Bisque is a method of extracting every bit of flavor from imperfect crustaceans not good enough to send to market. In an authentic bisque, the shells are ground to a fine paste and added to thicken the soup.
  5.  Bisque is also sometimes used to refer to cream-based soups that do not contain seafood, in which the sometimes pre-cooked ingredients are pureed or processed in a food processor or a food mill.

Today’s Food History

  • 1688 William Cheselden was born. An English surgeon and teacher, he was one of the first to describe the role of saliva in digestion.
  • 1917 In France, Salvation Army volunteer Helen Purviance made the first doughnuts for homesick U.S. soldiers. The doughnuts became a symbol of the spirit of the Salvation Army’s work to ease the hardship of WW I soldiers on the frontline.
  • 1937 ‘Woman’s Day’ magazine began publishing.
  • 1962 Boxer Evander Holyfield was born. On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.

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August 22nd is National Pecan Torte Day!

Posted on August 22, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Pecan Torte:

  1. If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women.  Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
  2. It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  3. Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.  In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
  4. Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
  5. Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher.  Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.

Today’s Food History

  • 1647 Denis Papin is born. The French physicist who invented the pressure cooker (Papin’s Digester) in 1679
  • 1865 William Sheppard of New York City received a patent for liquid soap.
  • 1867 Charles Francis Jenkins was born. An inventor who is best known as an early television pioneer. Among his many inventions was a cone-shaped drinking cup.
  • 1867 Maximilian Bircher-Benner was born. He was a Swiss doctor who developed the cereal product ‘Muesli,’ which is similar to Granola.
  • 1939 The first U.S. patent was issued for a disposable whipped cream aerosol container. Julius S. Kahn’s patent was titled “An Apparatus for Mixing a Liquid with a Gas” and was specifically concerned with making whipped cream, using a ordinary soda bottle.
  • 1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War hit number 3 on the charts.
  • 2004 Sonya Thomas won $500 and a trophy belt at the World Lobster Eating Contest in Kennebunkport, Maine. She ate 9.76 pounds of lobster meat (38 lobsters) in 12 minutes.  She also holds the record for hard boiled eggs, and pork & beans (8.4 pounds in 2 minutes 47 seconds). She weighs only 105 pounds.
  • 2007 A 12 year-old boy in Manchester, England was charged with assault for throwing a cocktail sausage at a 74 year-old man.

August 12th is National Julienne Fries Day!

Posted on August 12, 2018

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

  1. Leaving the potato skin on French fries actually leaves in important vitamins that are lost if the skins are peeled away.
  2. In England these are referred to as “chips”
  3. French fries are, perhaps, poorly-named, since they originate in Belgium and are most popular in America.
  4. Though French fries were invented in Europe, the potatoes, from which they are made, originated in the Americas and were imported.
  5. The first occurrence of French fries in America may have been at a diplomatic dinner hosted by Thomas Jefferson.

Today’s Food History

  • 1759 Thomas Andrew Knight was born. British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism. (We all know our tropisms, don’t we?).
  • 1856 James Buchanan (‘Diamond Jim’) Brady was born. American financier and philanthropist Diamond Jim Brady was known for his collection of diamond jewelry, and for his gargantuan appetite. He was known to eat 6 or 7 giant lobsters, dozens of oysters, clams and crabs, 2 ducks, steak and desserts at a single sitting. He would also mix a pound of caviar into a baked potato. George Rector, a New York restaurateur said he was ‘the best twenty-five customers I ever had.’
  • 1883 The quagga, a zebra-like mammal of southern Africa became extinct when the last mare at Amsterdam Zoo died. They had been hunted to extinction.
  • 1948 Harry Brearley died. Brearley was an English metallurgist who invented stainless steel in 1912.
  • 1955 The U.S. minimum wage was raised from 75 cents to $1.00
  • 1981 IBM introduced its Personal Computer (PC) and PC-DOS 1.0
  • 1990 B. (Barnard) Kliban died. A satirical cartoonist, best known for his cat cartoons. A few of his cartoon book titles: ‘Never Eat Anything Larger Than Your Head’, ‘The Biggest Tongue in Tunisia’.

 

April 10th is National Cinnamon Roll Day

Posted on April 10, 2018

Happy National Cinnamon Roll Day!

Today’s Food Facts about Cinnamon

  1. True cinnamon, or Ceylon cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka.
  2. In Ancient Egypt, cinnamon was used in the embalming process.
  3. Two teaspoons of cinnamon has about 12 calories.
  4. Cinnamon has many health benefits. It has shown promise in the treatment of diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, memory function, and even leukemia and lymphoma.
  5. In the Middle Ages, cinnamon was only affordable by the wealthy elite of society. A person’s social rank could be determined by the number of spices they could afford.

Fun Fact:

Cinnamon rolls are known in Sweden as “kanelbulle.” This word literally means cinnamon bun. Other than kanelbulle, cinnamon roll and cinnamon bun, they are also known as sticky rolls and sticky buns.

“Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known. It was mentioned in the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt not only as a beverage flavoring and medicine, but also as an embalming agent. It was so highly treasured that it was considered more precious than gold.”

Philadelphia-style cinnamon rolls date back to the 18th century. It contains honey, sugar, cinnamon and raisins.

Today’s Food History

  • 1633 Bananas were supposedly displayed in the shop window of merchant Thomas Johnson. This was the first time the banana had ever been seen in Great Britain. It would be more than 200 years before they were regularly imported. In 1999 remains of a banana were found at a Tudor archaeological site on the banks of the Thames River. This would seem to date it 150 years earlier than Thomas Johnson’s banana. A classic food mystery!
  • 1752 William Cheselden died. An English surgeon and teacher, he was one of the first to describe the role of saliva in digestion.
  • 1766 Sir John Leslie was born. A Scottish physicist and mathematician, he was the first to freeze water  artificially (create ice artificially). He used an air pump apparatus.
  • 1849 Walter Hunt of New York patented the safety pin. However, safety pins existed prior to this patent.
  • 1872 The first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska. It was proposed by J. Sterling Morton and publicized by the State Board of Agriculture as a tree-planting holiday. Nebraska at that time was a treeless plain, with nothing to break the wind other than the normal digestive functions of mammals. Trees were also needed for fuel, shade, building houses, etc. Estimates are that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first Arbor Day. It was proclaimed an official state day in 1874. Other states have since adopted the idea, and several U.S. presidents have declared national Arbor Days, usually the last Friday in April. The idea has also spread to other countries. The National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 1894 African American inventor G. W. Murray received 2 patents for a Furrow Opener & Stalk Knocker and a Cultivator & Marker.
  • 1944 Synthetic quinine was made for the first time at Harvard University.
  • 1982 Saturday Night Live had viewers vote whether to boil ‘Larry the Lobster’ or not. The audience voted to free him.
  • 1991 The last remaining Horn & Hardart Automat closed its doors. It was located at Third Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City. Frank Hardart and Joe Horn opened the first Automat on June 9, 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The birth date of modern fast food.
  • 1995 A smoking ban in New York for restaurants with more than 35 seats began today.


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February 11th is National Peppermint Patty Day! 

Posted on February 11, 2018

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Happy National Peppermint Patty Day!

Five Food Finds about the Peppermint Patty:

1. In 1940 York Cone Co. produced the first Peppermint Patties.


2. Peppermint Patties were sold only in northeastern states until 1975.


3. Peppermint Patties have one of the least about of calories and fat compared to other nationally popular candy bars.

4. Charles Schulz introduced “Peppermint Patty” to his Peanuts comic strip on August 22, 1966

5. Patricia Reichardt is Peppermint Patty’s actual name.


Today’s Food History
on this day in…

  • 1785 The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture was founded. It is the oldest active agricultural organization in the U.S.
  • 1847 Thomas Alva Edison was born. Chefs use his inventions everyday, including light and music to work by.
  • 1926 Paul Bocuse, French chef, was born at Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, France. He is known as one of the founders of ‘nouvelle cuisine’.
  • 1963 Julia Child’s ‘The French Chef’ premiered on TV.
  • 1977 The heaviest lobster known was caught off Nova Scotia, weighing in at 44 lb 6 oz (20.14 kg).
  • 1994 Use of the genetically engineered growth hormone for cows, RBGH begins.

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2018’s January Food Holiday List is Here!

Posted on December 26, 2017

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National Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
National Baking Month
National Fat Free Living Month
Fat Free Living Month
Daily Holidays

January 1
National Bloody Mary Day
National Black Eyed Pea Day
January 2
National Buffet Day
National Cream Puff Day
January 3
National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
January 4
National Spaghetti Day
January 5
National Whipped Cream Day
January 6
National Shortbread Day
National Bean Day
January 7
National Tempura Day
January 8
National English Toffee Day
January 9
National Apricot Day
January 10
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 11
National Hot Toddy Day
National Milk Day
January 12
National Marzipan Day
National Curried Chicken Day
National Glazed Doughnut Day
National Gluten-Free Day
National Peach Melba Day
January 14
National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
 National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 17
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Peking Duck Day
January 19
National Popcorn Day
January 20
National Buttercrunch Day
National Cheese Lover’s Day
January 21
National Granola Bar Day
National New England Clam Chowder Day
January 22
National Blonde Brownie Day
National Southern Food Day
January 23
National Pie Day
National Rhubarb Pie Day
Lobster Thermidor Day
January 25
National Irish Coffee Day
January 26
National Peanut Brittle Day
January 27
National Chocolate Cake Day
January 28
National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29
National Corn Chip Day
January 30
National Croissant Day
January 31
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October 19th is National Seafood Bisque Day!

Posted on October 19, 2017

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Seafood Bisque:

  1.  Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth of crustaceans.
  2. It can be made from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish.
  3. It is thought the name is derived from Biscay, as in Bay of Biscay, but the crustaceans are certainly bis cuites“twice cooked” (by analogy to abiscuit) for they are first sautéed lightly in their shells, then simmered in wine and aromatic ingredients, before being strained, followed by the addition of cream.
  4. Bisque is a method of extracting every bit of flavor from imperfect crustaceans not good enough to send to market. In an authentic bisque, the shells are ground to a fine paste and added to thicken the soup.
  5.  Bisque is also sometimes used to refer to cream-based soups that do not contain seafood, in which the sometimes pre-cooked ingredients are pureed or processed in a food processor or a food mill.

Today’s Food History

  • 1688 William Cheselden was born. An English surgeon and teacher, he was one of the first to describe the role of saliva in digestion.
  • 1917 In France, Salvation Army volunteer Helen Purviance made the first doughnuts for homesick U.S. soldiers. The doughnuts became a symbol of the spirit of the Salvation Army’s work to ease the hardship of WW I soldiers on the frontline.
  • 1937 ‘Woman’s Day’ magazine began publishing.
  • 1962 Boxer Evander Holyfield was born. On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.

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September Food Holidays

Posted on September 18, 2017

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National Chicken Month
National Honey Month
National Mushroom Month
National Papaya Month
National Potato Month
National Rice Month
Daily Holidays

September 1
National Gyro Day
September 2
National “Grits for Breakfast” Day
International Bacon Day
 
September 4
National Macadamia Nut Day
September 5
National Cheese Pizza Day
September 6
National Coffee Ice Cream Day
September 7
National Beer Lover’s Day
September 8
National Date-Nut Bread Day
September 9
National “I Love Food” Day
September 10
National Hot Dog Day
September 11
National Hot Cross Bun Day
September 12
National Chocolate Milkshake Day
September 13
National Peanut Day
September 14
National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day
September 15
National Double Cheeseburger Day
National Creme de Menthe Day
National Linguini Day
National Monte Cristo Day
September 18
National Play-Dough Day
National Cheeseburger Day
September 19
National Butterscotch Pudding Day
September 20
National Punch Day / Rum Punch Day
September 21
National Pecan Cookie Day
September 22
National Ice Cream Cone Day
September 24
National Cherries Jubilee Day
National Lobster Day
National Food Service Workers Day
September 26
National Key Lime Pie Day
September 27
National Chocolate Milk Day
National Drink a Beer Day
National Coffee Day
National Mocha Day
September 30
National Mulled Cider Day
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Here’s September Complete ‘Food Holiday’ List:

Posted on August 31, 2017

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National Chicken Month
National Honey Month
National Mushroom Month
National Papaya Month
National Potato Month
National Rice Month
Daily Holidays

September 1
National Gyro Day
September 2
National “Grits for Breakfast” Day
International Bacon Day
 
September 4
National Macadamia Nut Day
September 5
National Cheese Pizza Day
September 6
National Coffee Ice Cream Day
September 7
National Beer Lover’s Day
September 8
National Date-Nut Bread Day
September 9
National “I Love Food” Day
September 10
National Hot Dog Day
September 11
National Hot Cross Bun Day
September 12
National Chocolate Milkshake Day
September 13
National Peanut Day
September 14
National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day
September 15
National Double Cheeseburger Day
National Creme de Menthe Day
National Linguini Day
National Monte Cristo Day
September 18
National Play-Dough Day
National Cheeseburger Day
September 19
National Butterscotch Pudding Day
September 20
National Punch Day / Rum Punch Day
September 21
National Pecan Cookie Day
September 22
National Ice Cream Cone Day
September 24
National Cherries Jubilee Day
National Lobster Day
National Food Service Workers Day
September 26
National Key Lime Pie Day
September 27
National Chocolate Milk Day
National Drink a Beer Day
National Coffee Day
National Mocha Day
September 30
National Mulled Cider Day
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August 22nd is National Pecan Torte Day!

Posted on August 22, 2017

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Pecan Torte:

  1. If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women.  Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
  2. It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  3. Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.  In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
  4. Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
  5. Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher.  Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.

Today’s Food History

  • 1647 Denis Papin is born. The French physicist who invented the pressure cooker (Papin’s Digester) in 1679
  • 1865 William Sheppard of New York City received a patent for liquid soap.
  • 1867 Charles Francis Jenkins was born. An inventor who is best known as an early television pioneer. Among his many inventions was a cone-shaped drinking cup.
  • 1867 Maximilian Bircher-Benner was born. He was a Swiss doctor who developed the cereal product ‘Muesli,’ which is similar to Granola.
  • 1939 The first U.S. patent was issued for a disposable whipped cream aerosol container. Julius S. Kahn’s patent was titled “An Apparatus for Mixing a Liquid with a Gas” and was specifically concerned with making whipped cream, using a ordinary soda bottle.
  • 1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War hit number 3 on the charts.
  • 2004 Sonya Thomas won $500 and a trophy belt at the World Lobster Eating Contest in Kennebunkport, Maine. She ate 9.76 pounds of lobster meat (38 lobsters) in 12 minutes.  She also holds the record for hard boiled eggs, and pork & beans (8.4 pounds in 2 minutes 47 seconds). She weighs only 105 pounds.
  • 2007 A 12 year-old boy in Manchester, England was charged with assault for throwing a cocktail sausage at a 74 year-old man.

August 12th is National Julienne Fries Day!

Posted on August 12, 2017

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

  1. Leaving the potato skin on French fries actually leaves in important vitamins that are lost if the skins are peeled away.
  2. In England these are referred to as “chips”
  3. French fries are, perhaps, poorly-named, since they originate in Belgium and are most popular in America.
  4. Though French fries were invented in Europe, the potatoes, from which they are made, originated in the Americas and were imported.
  5. The first occurrence of French fries in America may have been at a diplomatic dinner hosted by Thomas Jefferson.

Today’s Food History

  • 1759 Thomas Andrew Knight was born. British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism. (We all know our tropisms, don’t we?).
  • 1856 James Buchanan (‘Diamond Jim’) Brady was born. American financier and philanthropist Diamond Jim Brady was known for his collection of diamond jewelry, and for his gargantuan appetite. He was known to eat 6 or 7 giant lobsters, dozens of oysters, clams and crabs, 2 ducks, steak and desserts at a single sitting. He would also mix a pound of caviar into a baked potato. George Rector, a New York restaurateur said he was ‘the best twenty-five customers I ever had.’
  • 1883 The quagga, a zebra-like mammal of southern Africa became extinct when the last mare at Amsterdam Zoo died. They had been hunted to extinction.
  • 1948 Harry Brearley died. Brearley was an English metallurgist who invented stainless steel in 1912.
  • 1955 The U.S. minimum wage was raised from 75 cents to $1.00
  • 1981 IBM introduced its Personal Computer (PC) and PC-DOS 1.0
  • 1990 B. (Barnard) Kliban died. A satirical cartoonist, best known for his cat cartoons. A few of his cartoon book titles: ‘Never Eat Anything Larger Than Your Head’, ‘The Biggest Tongue in Tunisia’.

 

April 10th is National Cinnamon Crescent Day!

Posted on April 10, 2017

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Interesting Food Facts about Cinnamon Crescents:

True cinnamon, or Ceylon cinnamon, is native to Sri Lanka.

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In Ancient Egypt cinnamon was used in the embalming process.

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Two teaspoons of cinnamon has about 12 calories.

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Cinnamon has many health benefits. It has shown promise in the treatment of diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, memory function, and even leukemia and lymphoma.

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In the Middle Ages, cinnamon was only affordable by the wealthy elite of society. A person’s social rank could be determined by the number of spices they could afford.

Today’s Food History

  • 1633 Bananas were supposedly displayed in the shop window of merchant Thomas Johnson. This was the first time the banana had ever been seen in Great Britain. It would be more than 200 years before they were regularly imported. In 1999 remains of a banana were found at a Tudor archaeological site on the banks of the Thames River. This would seem to date it 150 years earlier than Thomas Johnson’s banana. A classic food mystery!
  • 1752 William Cheselden died. An English surgeon and teacher, he was one of the first to describe the role of saliva in digestion.
  • 1766 Sir John Leslie was born. A Scottish physicist and mathematician, he was the first to freeze water  artificially (create ice artificially). He used an air pump apparatus.
  • 1849 Walter Hunt of New York patented the safety pin. However, safety pins existed prior to this patent.
  • 1872 The first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska. It was proposed by J. Sterling Morton and publicized by the State Board of Agriculture as a tree-planting holiday. Nebraska at that time was a treeless plain, with nothing to break the wind other than the normal digestive functions of mammals. Trees were also needed for fuel, shade, building houses, etc. Estimates are that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first Arbor Day. It was proclaimed an official state day in 1874. Other states have since adopted the idea, and several U.S. presidents have declared national Arbor Days, usually the last Friday in April. The idea has also spread to other countries. The National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 1894 African American inventor G. W. Murray received 2 patents for a Furrow Opener & Stalk Knocker and a Cultivator & Marker.
  • 1944 Synthetic quinine was made for the first time at Harvard University.
  • 1982 Saturday Night Live had viewers vote whether to boil ‘Larry the Lobster’ or not. The audience voted to free him.
  • 1991 The last remaining Horn & Hardart Automat closed its doors. It was located at Third Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City. Frank Hardart and Joe Horn opened the first Automat on June 9, 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The birth date of modern fast food.
  • 1995 A smoking ban in New York for restaurants with more than 35 seats began today.

February 11 is National Peppermint Patty Day! 

Posted on February 11, 2017

Five Food Finds about the Peppermint Patty:

1. In 1940 York Cone Co. produced the first Peppermint Patties.


2. Peppermint Patties were sold only in northeastern states until 1975.


3. Peppermint Patties have one of the least about of calories and fat compared to other nationally popular candy bars.

4. Charles Schulz introduced “Peppermint Patty” to his Peanuts comic strip on August 22, 1966

5. Patricia Reichardt is Peppermint Patty’s actual name.


Today’s Food History
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  • 1785 The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture was founded. It is the oldest active agricultural organization in the U.S.
  • 1847 Thomas Alva Edison was born. Chefs use his inventions everyday, including light and music to work by.
  • 1926 Paul Bocuse, French chef, was born at Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, France. He is known as one of the founders of ‘nouvelle cuisine’.
  • 1963 Julia Child’s ‘The French Chef’ premiered on TV.
  • 1977 The heaviest lobster known was caught off Nova Scotia, weighing in at 44 lb 6 oz (20.14 kg).
  • 1994 Use of the genetically engineered growth hormone for cows, RBGH begins.

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October 19th is National Seafood Bisque Day!

Posted on October 19, 2016

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Seafood Bisque:

  1.  Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth of crustaceans.
  2. It can be made from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish.
  3. It is thought the name is derived from Biscay, as in Bay of Biscay, but the crustaceans are certainly bis cuites“twice cooked” (by analogy to abiscuit) for they are first sautéed lightly in their shells, then simmered in wine and aromatic ingredients, before being strained, followed by the addition of cream.
  4. Bisque is a method of extracting every bit of flavor from imperfect crustaceans not good enough to send to market. In an authentic bisque, the shells are ground to a fine paste and added to thicken the soup.
  5.  Bisque is also sometimes used to refer to cream-based soups that do not contain seafood, in which the sometimes pre-cooked ingredients are pureed or processed in a food processor or a food mill.

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1688 William Cheselden was born. An English surgeon and teacher, he was one of the first to describe the role of saliva in digestion.
  • 1917 In France, Salvation Army volunteer Helen Purviance made the first doughnuts for homesick U.S. soldiers. The doughnuts became a symbol of the spirit of the Salvation Army’s work to ease the hardship of WW I soldiers on the frontline.
  • 1937 ‘Woman’s Day’ magazine began publishing.
  • 1962 Boxer Evander Holyfield was born. On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.

August 22nd is National Pecan Torte Day!

Posted on August 22, 2016

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Pecan Torte:

  1. If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women.  Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
  2. It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  3. Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.  In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
  4. Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
  5. Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher.  Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.

Today’s Food History

  • 1647 Denis Papin is born. The French physicist who invented the pressure cooker (Papin’s Digester) in 1679
  • 1865 William Sheppard of New York City received a patent for liquid soap.
  • 1867 Charles Francis Jenkins was born. An inventor who is best known as an early television pioneer. Among his many inventions was a cone-shaped drinking cup.
  • 1867 Maximilian Bircher-Benner was born. He was a Swiss doctor who developed the cereal product ‘Muesli,’ which is similar to Granola.
  • 1939 The first U.S. patent was issued for a disposable whipped cream aerosol container. Julius S. Kahn’s patent was titled “An Apparatus for Mixing a Liquid with a Gas” and was specifically concerned with making whipped cream, using a ordinary soda bottle.
  • 1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War hit number 3 on the charts.
  • 2004 Sonya Thomas won $500 and a trophy belt at the World Lobster Eating Contest in Kennebunkport, Maine. She ate 9.76 pounds of lobster meat (38 lobsters) in 12 minutes.  She also holds the record for hard boiled eggs, and pork & beans (8.4 pounds in 2 minutes 47 seconds). She weighs only 105 pounds.
  • 2007 A 12 year-old boy in Manchester, England was charged with assault for throwing a cocktail sausage at a 74 year-old man.

August 12th is National Julienne Fries Day!

Posted on August 12, 2016

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

  1. Leaving the potato skin on French fries actually leaves in important vitamins that are lost if the skins are peeled away.
  2. In England these are referred to as “chips”
  3. French fries are, perhaps, poorly-named, since they originate in Belgium and are most popular in America.
  4. Though French fries were invented in Europe, the potatoes, from which they are made, originated in the Americas and were imported.
  5. The first occurrence of French fries in America may have been at a diplomatic dinner hosted by Thomas Jefferson.

Today’s Food History

  • 1759 Thomas Andrew Knight was born. British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism. (We all know our tropisms, don’t we?).
  • 1856 James Buchanan (‘Diamond Jim’) Brady was born. American financier and philanthropist Diamond Jim Brady was known for his collection of diamond jewelry, and for his gargantuan appetite. He was known to eat 6 or 7 giant lobsters, dozens of oysters, clams and crabs, 2 ducks, steak and desserts at a single sitting. He would also mix a pound of caviar into a baked potato. George Rector, a New York restaurateur said he was ‘the best twenty-five customers I ever had.’
  • 1883 The quagga, a zebra-like mammal of southern Africa became extinct when the last mare at Amsterdam Zoo died. They had been hunted to extinction.
  • 1948 Harry Brearley died. Brearley was an English metallurgist who invented stainless steel in 1912.
  • 1955 The U.S. minimum wage was raised from 75 cents to $1.00
  • 1981 IBM introduced its Personal Computer (PC) and PC-DOS 1.0
  • 1990 B. (Barnard) Kliban died. A satirical cartoonist, best known for his cat cartoons. A few of his cartoon book titles: ‘Never Eat Anything Larger Than Your Head’, ‘The Biggest Tongue in Tunisia’.

 

April 10th is National Cinnamon Roll Day

Posted on April 10, 2016

Interesting Food Facts about Cinnamon Roll

  1. True cinnamon, or Ceylon cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka.
  2. In Ancient Egypt, cinnamon was used in the embalming process.
  3. Two teaspoons of cinnamon has about 12 calories.
  4. Cinnamon has many health benefits. It has shown promise in the treatment of diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, memory function, and even leukemia and lymphoma.
  5. In the Middle Ages, cinnamon was only affordable by the wealthy elite of society. A person’s social rank could be determined by the number of spices they could afford.

Fun Fact:

Cinnamon rolls are known in Sweden as “kanelbulle.” This word literally means cinnamon bun. Other than kanelbulle, cinnamon roll and cinnamon bun, they are also known as sticky rolls and sticky buns.

“Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known. It was mentioned in the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt not only as a beverage flavoring and medicine, but also as an embalming agent. It was so highly treasured that it was considered more precious than gold.”

Philadelphia-style cinnamon rolls date back to the 18th century. It contains honey, sugar, cinnamon and raisins.

Today’s Food History

  • 1633 Bananas were supposedly displayed in the shop window of merchant Thomas Johnson. This was the first time the banana had ever been seen in Great Britain. It would be more than 200 years before they were regularly imported. In 1999 remains of a banana were found at a Tudor archaeological site on the banks of the Thames River. This would seem to date it 150 years earlier than Thomas Johnson’s banana. A classic food mystery!
  • 1752 William Cheselden died. An English surgeon and teacher, he was one of the first to describe the role of saliva in digestion.
  • 1766 Sir John Leslie was born. A Scottish physicist and mathematician, he was the first to freeze water  artificially (create ice artificially). He used an air pump apparatus.
  • 1849 Walter Hunt of New York patented the safety pin. However, safety pins existed prior to this patent.
  • 1872 The first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska. It was proposed by J. Sterling Morton and publicized by the State Board of Agriculture as a tree-planting holiday. Nebraska at that time was a treeless plain, with nothing to break the wind other than the normal digestive functions of mammals. Trees were also needed for fuel, shade, building houses, etc. Estimates are that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first Arbor Day. It was proclaimed an official state day in 1874. Other states have since adopted the idea, and several U.S. presidents have declared national Arbor Days, usually the last Friday in April. The idea has also spread to other countries. The National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 1894 African American inventor G. W. Murray received 2 patents for a Furrow Opener & Stalk Knocker and a Cultivator & Marker.
  • 1944 Synthetic quinine was made for the first time at Harvard University.
  • 1982 Saturday Night Live had viewers vote whether to boil ‘Larry the Lobster’ or not. The audience voted to free him.
  • 1991 The last remaining Horn & Hardart Automat closed its doors. It was located at Third Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City. Frank Hardart and Joe Horn opened the first Automat on June 9, 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The birth date of modern fast food.
  • 1995 A smoking ban in New York for restaurants with more than 35 seats began today.


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October 19th is National Seafood Bisque Day

Posted on October 19, 2015

Here are today’s five things to know about Seafood Bisque:

  1.  Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth of crustaceans.
  2. It can be made from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish.
  3. It is thought the name is derived from Biscay, as in Bay of Biscay, but the crustaceans are certainly bis cuites “twice cooked” (by analogy to abiscuit) for they are first sautéed lightly in their shells, then simmered in wine and aromatic ingredients, before being strained, followed by the addition of cream.
  4. Bisque is a method of extracting every bit of flavor from imperfect crustaceans not good enough to send to market. In an authentic bisque, the shells are ground to a fine paste and added to thicken the soup.
  5.  Bisque is also sometimes used to refer to cream-based soups that do not contain seafood, in which the sometimes pre-cooked ingredients are pureed or processed in a food processor or a food mill.

Today’s Food History

  • 1688 William Cheselden was born. An English surgeon and teacher, he was one of the first to describe the role of saliva in digestion.
  • 1917 In France, Salvation Army volunteer Helen Purviance made the first doughnuts for homesick U.S. soldiers. The doughnuts became a symbol of the spirit of the Salvation Army’s work to ease the hardship of WW I soldiers on the frontline.
  • 1937 ‘Woman’s Day’ magazine began publishing.
  • 1962 Boxer Evander Holyfield was born. On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.

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August 22 is National Pecan Torte Day

Posted on August 22, 2015

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Move over cake.  Pecan torte is in.

Here are today’s five thing to know about Pecan Torte

  1. If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women.  Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
  2. It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  3. Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.  In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
  4. Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
  5. Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher.  Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Pecan Pie

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Today’s Food History

  • 1647 Denis Papin is born. The French physicist who invented the pressure cooker (Papin’s Digester) in 1679
  • 1865 William Sheppard of New York City received a patent for liquid soap.
  • 1867 Charles Francis Jenkins was born. An inventor who is best known as an early television pioneer. Among his many inventions was a cone-shaped drinking cup.
  • 1867 Maximilian Bircher-Benner was born. He was a Swiss doctor who developed the cereal product ‘Muesli,’ which is similar to Granola.
  • 1939 The first U.S. patent was issued for a disposable whipped cream aerosol container. Julius S. Kahn’s patent was titled “An Apparatus for Mixing a Liquid with a Gas” and was specifically concerned with making whipped cream, using a ordinary soda bottle.
  • 1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War hit number 3 on the charts.
  • 2004 Sonya Thomas won $500 and a trophy belt at the World Lobster Eating Contest in Kennebunkport, Maine. She ate 9.76 pounds of lobster meat (38 lobsters) in 12 minutes.  She also holds the record for hard boiled eggs, and pork & beans (8.4 pounds in 2 minutes 47 seconds). She weighs only 105 pounds.
  • 2007 A 12 year-old boy in Manchester, England was charged with assault for throwing a cocktail sausage at a 74 year-old man.

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August 12 is National Julienne Fries Day

Posted on August 12, 2015

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Julienned Fries? Why not?

In laymen’s terms to ‘Julien’ simply means ‘thinly cut’.

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

  1. Leaving the potato skin on French fries actually leaves in important vitamins that are lost if the skins are peeled away.
  2. In England these are referred to as “chips”
  3. French fries are, perhaps, poorly-named, since they originate in Belgium and are most popular in America.
  4. Though French fries were invented in Europe, the potatoes, from which they are made, originated in the Americas and were imported.
  5. The first occurrence of French fries in America may have been at a diplomatic dinner hosted by Thomas Jefferson.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1759 Thomas Andrew Knight was born. British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism. (We all know our tropisms, don’t we?).
  • 1856 James Buchanan (‘Diamond Jim’) Brady was born. American financier and philanthropist Diamond Jim Brady was known for his collection of diamond jewelry, and for his gargantuan appetite. He was known to eat 6 or 7 giant lobsters, dozens of oysters, clams and crabs, 2 ducks, steak and desserts at a single sitting. He would also mix a pound of caviar into a baked potato. George Rector, a New York restaurateur said he was ‘the best twenty-five customers I ever had.’
  • 1883 The quagga, a zebra-like mammal of southern Africa became extinct when the last mare at Amsterdam Zoo died. They had been hunted to extinction.
  • 1948 Harry Brearley died. Brearley was an English metallurgist who invented stainless steel in 1912.
  • 1955 The U.S. minimum wage was raised from 75 cents to $1.00
  • 1981 IBM introduced its Personal Computer (PC) and PC-DOS 1.0
  • 1990 B. (Barnard) Kliban died. A satirical cartoonist, best known for his cat cartoons. A few of his cartoon book titles: ‘Never Eat Anything Larger Than Your Head’, ‘The Biggest Tongue in Tunisia’.

 

April 10 is National Cinnamon Roll Day

Posted on April 10, 2015

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Interesting Food Facts about Cinnamon Roll

  1. True cinnamon, or Ceylon cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka.
  2. In Ancient Egypt, cinnamon was used in the embalming process.
  3. Two teaspoons of cinnamon has about 12 calories.
  4. Cinnamon has many health benefits. It has shown promise in the treatment of diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, memory function, and even leukemia and lymphoma.
  5. In the Middle Ages, cinnamon was only affordable by the wealthy elite of society. A person’s social rank could be determined by the number of spices they could afford.

Fun Fact:

Cinnamon rolls are known in Sweden as “kanelbulle.” This word literally means cinnamon bun. Other than kanelbulle, cinnamon roll and cinnamon bun, they are also known as sticky rolls and sticky buns.

“Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known. It was mentioned in the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt not only as a beverage flavoring and medicine, but also as an embalming agent. It was so highly treasured that it was considered more precious than gold.”

Philadelphia-style cinnamon rolls date back to the 18th century. It contains honey, sugar, cinnamon and raisins.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1633 Bananas were supposedly displayed in the shop window of merchant Thomas Johnson. This was the first time the banana had ever been seen in Great Britain. It would be more than 200 years before they were regularly imported. In 1999 remains of a banana were found at a Tudor archaeological site on the banks of the Thames River. This would seem to date it 150 years earlier than Thomas Johnson’s banana. A classic food mystery!
  • 1752 William Cheselden died. An English surgeon and teacher, he was one of the first to describe the role of saliva in digestion.
  • 1766 Sir John Leslie was born. A Scottish physicist and mathematician, he was the first to freeze water  artificially (create ice artificially). He used an air pump apparatus.
  • 1849 Walter Hunt of New York patented the safety pin. However, safety pins existed prior to this patent.
  • 1872 The first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska. It was proposed by J. Sterling Morton and publicized by the State Board of Agriculture as a tree-planting holiday. Nebraska at that time was a treeless plain, with nothing to break the wind other than the normal digestive functions of mammals. Trees were also needed for fuel, shade, building houses, etc. Estimates are that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first Arbor Day. It was proclaimed an official state day in 1874. Other states have since adopted the idea, and several U.S. presidents have declared national Arbor Days, usually the last Friday in April. The idea has also spread to other countries. The National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 1894 African American inventor G. W. Murray received 2 patents for a Furrow Opener & Stalk Knocker and a Cultivator & Marker.
  • 1944 Synthetic quinine was made for the first time at Harvard University.
  • 1982 Saturday Night Live had viewers vote whether to boil ‘Larry the Lobster’ or not. The audience voted to free him.
  • 1991 The last remaining Horn & Hardart Automat closed its doors. It was located at Third Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City. Frank Hardart and Joe Horn opened the first Automat on June 9, 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The birth date of modern fast food.
  • 1995 A smoking ban in New York for restaurants with more than 35 seats began today.

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October 19 is National Seafood Bisque Day

Posted on October 19, 2014

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Seafood Bisque:

  1.  Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth of crustaceans.
  2. It can be made from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish.
  3. It is thought the name is derived from Biscay, as in Bay of Biscay, but the crustaceans are certainly bis cuites “twice cooked” (by analogy to abiscuit) for they are first sautéed lightly in their shells, then simmered in wine and aromatic ingredients, before being strained, followed by the addition of cream.
  4. Bisque is a method of extracting every bit of flavor from imperfect crustaceans not good enough to send to market. In an authentic bisque, the shells are ground to a fine paste and added to thicken the soup.
  5.  Bisque is also sometimes used to refer to cream-based soups that do not contain seafood, in which the sometimes pre-cooked ingredients are pureed or processed in a food processor or a food mill.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

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Today’s Food History

  • 1688 William Cheselden was born. An English surgeon and teacher, he was one of the first to describe the role of saliva in digestion.
  • 1917 In France, Salvation Army volunteer Helen Purviance made the first doughnuts for homesick U.S. soldiers. The doughnuts became a symbol of the spirit of the Salvation Army’s work to ease the hardship of WW I soldiers on the frontline.
  • 1937 ‘Woman’s Day’ magazine began publishing.
  • 1962 Boxer Evander Holyfield was born. On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.

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