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June 30th is National Mai Tai Day!

Posted on June 30, 2018

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Five Food Finds about Mai Tai

  • The Zombie was the Cosmopolitan of its day. The Zombie was the drink that put tiki on the map.
  • In 1959 the Mai Tai knocked the Zombie off its pedestal.
  • That’s the year Hawaii became a state.
  • Hawaii became a tourist mecca almost overnight.
  • All the tourists went to luaus and sere served a fruity drink called the Mai Tai.

 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1895 A U.S. patent was issued for an electric stove.

1906 The Pure Food & Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act were passed by Congress.

1930 Judge Joseph F. Crater of the New York State Supreme Court, walked out of a 45th Street restaurant in New York City on his way to the theater. He was never heard from again.

1936 Congress approved the 40-hour work week.

1966 Mike Tyson was born. On June 28, 1997, Tyson bit off a big chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.

1985 James A. Dewar, died. The creator of the Twinkie (1930),

1996 Dr. Edward Anton Asselbergs died. (Exact date uncertain). He developed the process for making instant mashed potato flakes, the patent that is still used world-wide today

 

June 30th is National Mai Tai Day!

Posted on June 30, 2017

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Five Food Finds about Mai Tai

  • The Zombie was the Cosmopolitan of its day. The Zombie was the drink that put tiki on the map.
  • In 1959 the Mai Tai knocked the Zombie off its pedestal.
  • That’s the year Hawaii became a state.
  • Hawaii became a tourist mecca almost overnight.
  • All the tourists went to luaus and sere served a fruity drink called the Mai Tai.

 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1895 A U.S. patent was issued for an electric stove.

1906 The Pure Food & Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act were passed by Congress.

1930 Judge Joseph F. Crater of the New York State Supreme Court, walked out of a 45th Street restaurant in New York City on his way to the theater. He was never heard from again.

1936 Congress approved the 40-hour work week.

1966 Mike Tyson was born. On June 28, 1997, Tyson bit off a big chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.

1985 James A. Dewar, died. The creator of the Twinkie (1930),

1996 Dr. Edward Anton Asselbergs died. (Exact date uncertain). He developed the process for making instant mashed potato flakes, the patent that is still used world-wide today

 

June 30th is National Mai Tai Day!

Posted on June 30, 2016

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Five Food Finds about Mai Tai

  • The Zombie was the Cosmopolitan of its day. The Zombie was the drink that put tiki on the map.
  • In 1959 the Mai Tai knocked the Zombie off its pedestal.
  • That’s the year Hawaii became a state.
  • Hawaii became a tourist mecca almost overnight.
  • All the tourists went to luaus and sere served a fruity drink called the Mai Tai.

 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1895 A U.S. patent was issued for an electric stove.

1906 The Pure Food & Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act were passed by Congress.

1930 Judge Joseph F. Crater of the New York State Supreme Court, walked out of a 45th Street restaurant in New York City on his way to the theater. He was never heard from again.

1936 Congress approved the 40-hour work week.

1966 Mike Tyson was born. On June 28, 1997, Tyson bit off a big chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.

1985 James A. Dewar, died. The creator of the Twinkie (1930),

1996 Dr. Edward Anton Asselbergs died. (Exact date uncertain). He developed the process for making instant mashed potato flakes, the patent that is still used world-wide today

 

June 30 is National Mai Tai Day

Posted on June 30, 2015

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Five Food Finds about the Mai Tai

  • The Mai Tai is an alcoholic cocktail based on rum, Curaçao liqueur, and lime juice
  • Victor J. Bergeron claimed to have invented the Mai Tai in 1944 at his eponymous restaurant, Trader Vic’s, in Oakland, California
  • “Maita’i” is the Tahitian word for “good”
  • There are many recipes for Mai Tais. Eleven of them, including three different versions of Trader Vic’s, as well as the recipe of Don the Beachcomber, can be found at Wikibooks Mai Tai.
  • The Mai Tai is synonymous with ‘Tiki culture‘ both past and present.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1895 A U.S. patent was issued for an electric stove.

1906 The Pure Food & Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act were passed by Congress.

1930 Judge Joseph F. Crater of the New York State Supreme Court, walked out of a 45th Street restaurant in New York City on his way to the theater. He was never heard from again.

1936 Congress approved the 40-hour work week.

1966 Mike Tyson was born. On June 28, 1997, Tyson bit off a big chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.

1985 James A. Dewar, died. The creator of the Twinkie (1930),

1996 Dr. Edward Anton Asselbergs died. (Exact date uncertain). He developed the process for making instant mashed potato flakes, the patent that is still used world-wide today

National Mai Tai Day

Posted on June 30, 2013

National Mai Tai Day

Five Food Finds about Mai Tai

  • The Zombie was the Cosmopolitan of its day. The Zombie was the drink that put tiki on the map.
  • In 1959 the Mai Tai knocked the Zombie off its pedestal.
  • That’s the year Hawaii became a state.
  • Hawaii became a tourist mecca almost overnight.
  • All the tourists went to luaus and sere served a fruity drink called the Mai Tai.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1895 A U.S. patent was issued for an electric stove.

1906 The Pure Food & Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act were passed by Congress.

1930 Judge Joseph F. Crater of the New York State Supreme Court, walked out of a 45th Street restaurant in New York City on his way to the theater. He was never heard from again.

1936 Congress approved the 40-hour work week.

1966 Mike Tyson was born. On June 28, 1997, Tyson bit off a big chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.

1985 James A. Dewar, died. The creator of the Twinkie (1930),

1996 Dr. Edward Anton Asselbergs died. (Exact date uncertain). He developed the process for making instant mashed potato flakes, the patent that is still used world-wide today

September 1st is National Gyro Day!

Posted on September 1, 2019

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

  1. A gyro is a dish of meat roasted on a vertical spit. It is usually served as a sandwich, also called a gyros, with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce, wrapped in pita bread.
  2. To make gyros, pieces of meat are placed on a tall vertical spit, which turns in front of a source of heat, usually an electric broiler.
  3.  If the meat is not fatty enough, strips of fat are added so that the roasting meat remains always moist and crisp.
  4. The rate of roasting can be adjusted by varying the strength of the heat and the distance between the heat and the meat, allowing the cook to adjust to varying rates of consumption.
  5. The outside of the meat is sliced vertically in thin, crisp shavings when done. It is generally served in an oiled, lightly grilled piece of pita, rolled up with various salads and sauces.

Today’s Food History

  • 1819 J.J. Wood patented a plow with interchangeable parts.
  • 1826 Alfred Ely Beach was born. American inventor and publisher of Scientific American magazine.
  • 1906 Karl August Folkers was born. He was the first to isolate vitamin B12.
  • 1914 Martha, the last surviving Passenger Pigeon died on September 1, 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo, the species having been commercially hunted to extinction.
  • 1940 Lillian D. Wald died. She was a scientist and nurse, and among her activities, she helped initiate the enactment of pure food laws in the U.S.
  • 1951 The Premier, the first supermarket in Britain, opened it’s doors.

March 6th is National Oreo Day! / #NationalOreoDay

Posted on March 6, 2019

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Five Food Facts about Oreos

In 1912, Nabisco had a new idea for a cookie – two chocolate disks with a creme filling in between.

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The first Oreo cookie looked very similar to the Oreo cookie of today, with only a slight difference in the design on the chocolate disks.

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Little did they know that the Oreo cookie would become the largest selling cookie of all time.

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The origin of the name Oreo is unknown, but there are many theories. ‘Or’ means golden in French or the Greek word ‘Oreo’, meaning beautiful, nice or well done.

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Starting in January 2006, Oreo cookies replaced the trans fat in the cookie with non-hydrogenated vegetable oil.

On This Day in Food History…

  • 1899 Aspirin was patented by Felix Hoffman of the German company, Bayer. Aspirin was originally developed by Charles Frederic Gerhardt in 1853, but he never thought it important enough to patent.
  • 1912 Nabisco debuts the Oreo cookie. The Oreo is considered largest selling cookie of all time.
  • 1930 Retail frozen foods go on sale for the first time in Springfield, Massachusetts. Various fruits, vegetables, meat and fish were offered for sale. Clarence Birdseye had developed the method used to successfully freeze foods on a commercial scale.

February 20th is National Muffin Day!

Posted on February 20, 2019

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Happy National Muffin Day!

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

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

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

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

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

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The blueberry muffin is the official state muffin of Minnesota.

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The corn muffin is the official state muffin of Massachusetts.

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Today’s Food History

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

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January 17th is National Hot Buttered Rum Day!

Posted on January 17, 2019

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Happy Hot Buttered Rum Day!

Perhaps the Perfect Winter drink.

Here are today’s five things to know about Hot Buttered Rum:

Hot Buttered Rum is a mixed drink containing rum, butter, hot cider, sugar, & spice (usually cinnamon).

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It’s considered one of the oldest “mixed drinks” in American History.

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Mention of this drink dates as far back as the 1600’s.

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A notable variation is the so-called “Jay’s Famous Hot Buttered Rum,” in which the hot drink is “creamed together with vanilla ice cream and chilled into a paste.”

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After molasses began being imported to Colonial America from Jamaica, and distilleries opened in New England in the 1650’s, colonists began adding distilled rum to hot beverages such as toddies and nogs.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1501 Leonhard Fuchs was born. A German botanist who compiled the first modern glossary of botanical terms. From which the flowering plant & color fuchsia were named.
  • 1706 Benjamin Franklin was born. American publisher,diplomat & inventor. Penned the name for male turkeys, Tom, as a dig to Thomas Jefferson, who helped appoint the Bald Eagle, NOT the turkey, as the National Bird.
  • 1775 Nine women in Kalisk, Poland were burned as “witches” for causing a series of bad harvests.
  • 1890 Scottish-American scientist Peter Henderson died, considered the “Father of America Horticulture.”
  • 1893 Hawaii’s Queen Liliuokalana, the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, leaves the throne, bowing to pressure from sugar planters .
  • 1904 Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre.
    1944 WWII’s first “Tin Can Day” was held. One of the largest recycling efforts in American history
  • 2001 Norway lifted a ban on whale meat exports.

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January 12th is National Glazed Doughnut Day!

Posted on January 12, 2019

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It’s National Glazed Doughnut Day!

Here are today’s five food find about doughnuts:

The word “doughnut” comes from the Dutch origin of olykoeck or “oily cake”.

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 The two most common types of doughnuts are the flattened sphere (you know…the ones that are injected with jelly or custard) and the ring donut.

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Internationally, Dunkin’ Donuts has over 1700 locations in 29 countries and over 6,000 stores in 30 countries world-wide! In the U.S. there are over 4,400 locations across 36 states.

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Krispy Kreme is probably best known for their fresh, hot, glazed, yeast-raised doughnuts. The company’s “Hot Doughnuts Now” flashing sign is an integral part of the brands appeal and fame.

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Jelly-filled and Chocolate frosted also rank as their top sellers.

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Americans consume 10 billion doughnuts annually.

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On This Day in Food History…

1833 Marie-Antoine Carême died in Paris at the young age of 48. Carême was known as “the cook of kings and the king of cooks”. He is the founder and architect of French haute cuisine.

1885 John Bloomfield Jarvis died. A civil engineer, he designed and built the Boston Aqueduct and the 41 mile long Croton Aqueduct (New York City’s water supply for over 50 years from 1842).

1899 Paul Hermann Muller was born. A Swiss chemist who discovered that DDT was a potent insecticide. It was the most widely used insecticide for more than 20 years, and helped to increase food production around the world. Due mainly to its accumulation in animals that eat insects, and its toxic effects on them and those further up the food chain, it has been banned in the U.S. since 1972. DDT residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002.

1916 Ruth Rogan Benerito was born. American chemist who was a pioneer in the development of wash and wear fabrics. She also helped develop cotton fabrics that are stain resistant.

1948 The opening of Britain’s first supermarket, at Manor Park, run by the London Co-Op.

2001 William Hewlett died. Founder with David Packard of Hewlett Packard Company. Before they became famous for computers and printers etc., one early invention; a weight loss shock machine.

January 6th is National Shortbread Day!

Posted on January 6, 2019

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

 Scottish shortbread evolved from medieval biscuit bread. Eventually butter was substituted for yeast, and shortbread was born.

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Since butter was such an important ingredient, the word “shortbread” derived from shortening.

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Shortbread may have been made as early as the 12th Century.

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It’s invention is often attributed to Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th Century.

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Petticoat Tails were a traditional form of shortbread said to be enjoyed by the queen.

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Traditional round shortbread was flavored with caraway seeds, baked and cut into triangular wedges.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1884 Gregor Johann Mendel died. Mendel was an Austrian botanist whose work was the foundation of the science of genetics. Working mainly with garden peas (some 28,000 plants over 7 years), he discovered what was to become known as the laws of heredity.
  • 1901 Philip Danforth Armour, died. American industrialist who pioneered the use of refrigeration and meat canning. Armour & Co. became the largest meatpacker in the world and this helped Chicago become the meatpacking capital of the world. (The fact that Chicago is the ‘Windy City’ may have helped also).
  • 1910 ‘Kid Chocolate’ (Elgio Saldana) was born. He became Cuba’s first world boxing champion in 1931 after defeating Benny Bass for the Jr. Lightweight Championship.
  • 1929 Sheffeld Farms of New York began using wax paper cartons instead of glass bottles for milk delivery.
  • 1936 Warner Bros. Loony Tunes character ‘Porky Pig’ makes his debut.
  • 1988 The famous Paris restaurant ‘La Coupole’ was sold and eventually replaced by an office building. It was famous for its Welsh rarebit, and had been frequented by James Joyce, Henry Miller and many other notable Americans.

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December 31st is National Vinegar Day! / #ToTheBitterEnd #2018ByeFolicia

Posted on December 31, 2018

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Five Food Finds about Vinegar

Vinegar has been used for 10,000 years. It just might be the world’s oldest ingredient.

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The main uses for white distilled vinegar are cooking/food preparation and cleaning/disinfecting.

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The International Vinegar Museum is in Roslyn, South Dakota.

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Consumers in the South buy and use more white distilled vinegar than in any other region of the country.

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Adding vinegar to baking soda produces a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide. This combination is often used to make a do-it-yourself erupting volcano.

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Today’s Food History

1600 The British East India Company was incorporated by royal charter. It was created to compete in the East Indian spice trade.

1841 Alabama becomes the first state to issue dental licenses.

1853 A New Years Eve dinner party for 21 scientists was held inside a life size model of an Iguanodon dinosaur on the grounds of the Crystal palace in London. Sculpture Benjamin W. Hawkins had teamed up with paleontologist Richard Owen to create more than 2 dozen lifesize models of dinosaurs for a special exhibit.

1879 Thomas Alva Edison made the first public demonstration of his electric light bulb in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

1917 Sugar rationing began in Britain as a result of WW I

1929 Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played ‘Auld Lang Syne’ as their New Years Eve song for the first time.

1938 The Harger ‘Drunkometer’, the first alcohol breath testing device, was introduced in Indiana.

1977 ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar’ closed at the ANTA Playhouse in NYC after 766 performances.


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December 15th is National Lemon Cupcake Day!

Posted on December 15, 2018

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Here are today’s five food things to know about lemons and cupcakes:

 

The lemon is native to Asia.

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 In Britain, cupcakes are called “fairy cakes.”

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Lemons are considered to be a hybrid between a sour orange and a citron.

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Because lemons are high in vitamin C they are often used to prevent scurvy on British Navel Ships even today.

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The world’s largest cupcake weighed over 1,200 lbs and had over 2 million calories.

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Today’s Food History

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1686 Isaak Walton died. He is mainly known for ‘The Compleat Angler, or, the Contemplative Man’s Recreation,’ which is one of the most frequently published books in English literature. It is a literary discourse on the pleasures of fishing.

1902 Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet died. A French botanist, he saved the vineyards of France from total destruction by the grape phylloxera, a small greenish-yellow insect which sucks the fluid from grapevines. He did so by grafting the French vines on American rootstock, which was resistant to phylloxera. He also developed the first widely used plant fungicide.

1903 Italo Marchiony received a patent for an ice cream cup mold. Initially, he would fold warm waffles into a cup shape. He then developed the 2-piece mold that would make 10 cups at a time.

1946 Carmine Appice of the music group ‘Vanilla Fudge’ was born.

1964 Canada adopted the maple leaf as the official symbol for its national flag


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November 14th is National Pickle Appreciation Day! / #PickleDay

Posted on November 14, 2018

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

Cleopatra claimed pickles made her beautiful.

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The Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American eats 8.5 lbs of pickles a year.

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If it weren’t for pickles, Christopher Columbus might never have “discovered” America. In his famous 1492 voyage, Columbus rationed pickles to his sailors to keep them from getting scurvy. He even grew cucumbers during a pitstop in Haiti to restock for the rest of the voyage.

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Napoleon was also a big fan of pickle power. In fact, he put up the equivalent of $250,000 as a prize to whoever could figure out the best way to pickle and preserve foods for his troops.

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Berrien Springs, Michigan, has dubbed itself the “Christmas Pickle Capital of the World.” In early December, they host a parade, led by the Grand Dillmeister, who tosses out fresh pickles to parade watchers.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1851 Herman Melville’s novel ‘Moby Dick’ was published. Captain Ahab’s search for the white whale.
  • 1863 Leo Hendrik Baekeland was born. He was a chemist who invented Bakelite, the first plastic that did not soften when heated. Those black plastic knobs on stoves were made of bakelite.
  • 1865 Prosper Montagne was born. Montagne was one of the great French chefs of all time. He is mainly remembered as the creator of ‘Larousse Gastronomique’ (1938), a comprehensive encyclopedia of French gastronomy.
  • 1889 George S. Kaufman was born. A playwright, he wrote ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner,’ and the script for ‘Cocoanuts’ for the Marx Brothers.
  • 1889 Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochran), began her successful attempt to beat the record of Jules Verne’s fictional Phileas Fogg to go ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. Bly was a U.S. newspaper reporter and completed the journey in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.
  • 1922 The BBC officially began  daily radio broadcasting with the 6 p.m. news.
  • 1964 Nic Dalton of the music group ‘Lemonheads’ was born.

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September 23rd is National White Chocolate Day!

Posted on September 23, 2018

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

  1. White chocolate originates from the cocoa (cacao) plant, but it is not ‘chocolate.’
  2. According to the FDA, to be called ‘chocolate’ a product must contain chocolate liquor, which is what gives it the biter intense chocolate flavor (and color) to dark and milk chocolates.
  3. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar, lecithin and flavorings (usually including vanilla). Cocoa butter is the fat from cocoa beans, extracted from the cocoa beans during the process of making chocolate and cocoa powder. Cocoa butter has very little ‘chocolate’ flavor.
  4. Cocoa butter is one of the ingredients used to make real chocolate, it is gives chocolate the ability to remain solid at room temperature, yet melt easily in the mouth.
  5. Cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats known, containing natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity and give it a storage life of 2 to 5 years.  It is used for its smooth texture in foods (including chocolate) and in cosmetics and soaps.

 Today’s Food History

  • 1777 John Bartram died. An American botanist, and considered the ‘father of American botany,’ he established a botanical garden in Philadelphia in 1728.
  • 1877 Victor Shelford was born. An American zoologist and ecologist, he was one of the first to treat ecology as a separate science. He was active and influential in several ecological organizations, including the Nature Conservancy formed in 1951.
  • 1903 Italo Marchiony applied for a patent for an ice cream cup mold. Initially, he would fold warm waffles into a cup shape. He then developed the 2-piece mold that would make 10 cups at a time. (The patent was granted on December 15).
  • 1955 The first British commercial TV station began broadcasting. The first advertisement was for Gibbs SR toothpaste.
  • 1967 The Queen Mary began her last Atlantic crossing.
  • 1982 First Farm Aid Concert was held at Champaign, Illinois.
  • 2002 William Rosenberg founder of Dunkin’ Donuts died.
  • 2003 Actor Gordon Jump died. The ‘Matag Repairman’ in commercials, also Arthur Carlson on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’

September 16th is National Guacamole Day! / #NationalGaucamoleDay

Posted on September 16, 2018

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

Avocados are native to Central and South America.

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They have been cultivated for over 10,000 years.

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Another name for the avocado is the “alligator pear.”

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The Aztec word for avocado was ahuacatl, which means “testicle tree”.


Spanish explorers could not pronounce ahuacatl, so they called the avocado, “aguacate.” This is the origin of the word guacamole.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1851 Herman Melville’s novel ‘Moby Dick’ was published. Captain Ahab’s search for the white whale.
  • 1863 Leo Hendrik Baekeland was born. He was a chemist who invented Bakelite, the first plastic that did not soften when heated. Those black plastic knobs on stoves were made of bakelite.
  • 1865 Prosper Montagne was born. Montagne was one of the great French chefs of all time. He is mainly remembered as the creator of ‘Larousse Gastronomique’ (1938), a comprehensive encyclopedia of French gastronomy.
  • 1889 George S. Kaufman was born. A playwright, he wrote ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner,’ and the script for ‘Cocoanuts’ for the Marx Brothers.
  • 1889 Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochran), began her successful attempt to beat the record of Jules Verne’s fictional Phileas Fogg to go Around the World in Eighty Days’. Bly was a U.S. newspaper reporter and completed the journey in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.
  • 1922 The BBC officially began  daily radio broadcasting with the 6 p.m. news.
  • 1964 Nic Dalton of the music group ‘Lemonheads’ was born.

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September 2nd is National “Grits for Breakfast” Day!

Posted on September 2, 2018

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

  1. Grits (also sometimes called sofkee or sofkey from the Muskogee word) are a food of Native American origin common in the Southern United States and mainly eaten at breakfast.
  2. They consist of coarsely ground corn, or sometimes alkali-treated corn (hominy).
  3. Grits are similar to other thick maize-based porridges from around the world, such as polenta, or the thinner farina.
  4. Grits are usually prepared by adding one part grits to two-to-three parts boiling water, sometimes seasoned with salt or sugar.
  5. They are usually cooked for 5–10 minutes for “quick” grits or 20 or more minutes for whole kernel grits, or until the water is absorbed and the grits become a porridge-like consistency.

Today’s Food History

  • 1666 The Great Fire of London began in the shop of the King’s baker. After burning for four days, more than 13,000 buildings had been destroyed.
  • 1752 Tomorrow was September 14. The Gregorian Calendar went into effect in Great Britain and its colonies, to correct an accumulated 11 day discrepancy. Most of the rest of the world had switched from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar in 1582.
  • 1935 The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 hit the Florida Keys. Over 400 were killed and the Railroad to Key West was destroyed. It was the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the U.S., with winds estimated at 200 mph.
  • 1969 The first ATM is installed at the Chemical Bank in  Rockville Centre, New York.
  • 1973 J.R.R. Tolkien died. Author of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Food and hospitality play important roles in both.
  • 1985 The wreckage of the British luxury liner ‘Titanic’ was located 73 years after it sank. This inspired a new interest in the menu and last meals that were served on the ship.

September 1st is National Gyro Day!

Posted on September 1, 2018

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

  1. A gyro  is a dish of meat roasted on a vertical spit. It is usually served as a sandwich, also called a gyros, with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce, wrapped in pita bread.
  2. To make gyros, pieces of meat are placed on a tall vertical spit, which turns in front of a source of heat, usually an electric broiler.
  3.  If the meat is not fatty enough, strips of fat are added so that the roasting meat remains always moist and crisp.
  4. The rate of roasting can be adjusted by varying the strength of the heat and the distance between the heat and the meat, allowing the cook to adjust to varying rates of consumption.
  5. The outside of the meat is sliced vertically in thin, crisp shavings when done. It is generally served in an oiled, lightly grilled piece of pita, rolled up with various salads and sauces.

Today’s Food History

  • 1819 J.J. Wood patented a plow with interchangeable parts.
  • 1826 Alfred Ely Beach was born. American inventor and publisher of Scientific American magazine.
  • 1906 Karl August Folkers was born. He was the first to isolate vitamin B12.
  • 1914 Martha, the last surviving Passenger Pigeon died on September 1, 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo, the species having been commercially hunted to extinction.
  • 1940 Lillian D. Wald died. She was a scientist and nurse, and among her activities, she helped initiate the enactment of pure food laws in the U.S.
  • 1951 The Premier, the first supermarket in Britain, opened it’s doors.

August 31st is National Trail Mix Day! / #TrailMixDay

Posted on August 31, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Trail Mix:

  1. Trail mix is a combination of dried fruit, grains, nuts, and sometimes chocolate, developed as a snack food to be taken along on outdoor hikes.
  2. Trail mix is considered an ideal snack food for hikes, because it is tasty, lightweight, easy to store, and nutritious, providing a quick boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit and/or granola, and sustained energy from the mono- and polyunsaturated fats in nuts.
  3. Many claim that trail mix was first invented in 1968 by two California surfers who blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack.
  4. However, trail mix is also mentioned in Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel The Dharma Bums as the two main characters describe their planned meals in their preparation for a hiking trip.
  5. The recipe for trail mix is most likely European in origin, where it has been known as a snack under various names  in various countries since the 17th century.

Today’s Food History

  • 1742 A plague of grasshoppers destroyed crops in Pennsylvania.
  • 1900 Sir John Bennet Lawes died. An English agronomist, he founded the artificial fertilizer industry. Together with Sir Joseph Gilbert, they conducted agricultural experiments at Rothamsted Experimental Station, the oldest agricultural research station in the world. They are considered the founding fathers of agricultural sciences.
  • 1900 Coca-Cola goes on sale for the first time in Britain.
  • 1921 The first successful demonstration of aerial crop dusting was performed in Ohio by Lt. John A. Macready. He was flying a Curtiss JN-6H (Jenny).
  • 1960 The National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame established.
  • 1995 The summer was so hot in Missouri, that at the end of August, methane gas emitted within large bales of freshly-cut hay began to spontaneously combust.

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 9th is National Rice Pudding Day!

Posted on August 9, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Rice Pudding:

  1. Hundreds of millions of the poor spend half to three fourths of their incomes on rice and only rice.
  2. Rice is the staple diet of half the world’s population.
  3. More than 90 percent of the world’s rice is grown and consumed in Asia, where people typically eat rice two or three times a daily.
  4. Rice farming has been traced back to around 5,000 BC.
  5. To plow 1 hectare of land in the traditional way, a farmer and his water buffalo must walk 80 km.

Today’s Food History

  • 1593 Isaak Walton was born. He is mainly known for ‘The Compleat Angler, or, the Contemplative Man’s Recreation,’ which is one of the most frequently published books in English literature. It is a literary discourse on the pleasures of fishing.
  • 1762 Mary Randolph was born. She was a Southern U.S. cookbook author, whose ‘The Virginia Housewife’ (1824) is considered the first cookbook of the American South, and one of the most influential cookbooks of the 19th century. It contains hints of the influence of African cooking on the cooking of the American South. Mrs. Randolph was also one of the first to use measurements in her recipes, rather than just a list of ingredients.
  • 1910 Alva J. Fisher of Chicago, Illinois patented the electric washing machine.
  • 1911 John Gates died. Gates was an inventor, promoter and barbed wire manufacturer.

July 19th is National Daiquiri Day

Posted on July 19, 2018

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Five Food Finds about Daiquiris:

  1. The Daiquiri cocktail, made of rum, lime juice and sugar, takes its name from the village and iron mines of Daiquiri near Santiago, Cuba, where the cocktail  originated around 1900.
  2. It was named either by American engineers working there, or by the U.S. troops who arrived there in 1898.
  3.  At least one source claims it did not appear until after World War I.
  4. Thirsty partygoers and responsible parents lookin’ for a frosty, fruity thrill can find drive-thru strawberry daiquiri stands just about anywhere in New Orleans.
  5. Drive-thrus now limit customers to only one straw per visit, and they can no longer pack adult-strength strawberry daiquiris with kids’ meals.

Today’s Food History

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1104 Flitch Day. A married couple who can prove to a mock court with a jury of bachelors and maidens, that they have ‘not wished themselves unwed,’ are awarded a ‘flitch’ of bacon (half a pig). The origins of this custom are in Dunmow, Essex, England, details are not certain, but references to it go back to 1104. It has been a regular civic event in Dunmow since 1855. Now held every 4 years, and frequently televised.

1863 Curtis Fletcher Marbut was born. An American geologist and one of the founders of modern soil science. He was with the U.S. Bureau of Soils for 25 years.

1947 Bernie Leadon of the music group ‘Flying Burrito Brothers’ was born

1996 Mervyn Hugh Cowie R.I.P. Cowie was a British wildlife conservationist, founder and director of Kenya’s Royal National Parks.

July 10th is National Pina Colada Day / #NationalPinaColadaDay

Posted on July 10, 2018

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Happy Pina Colada Day!

Five Food Finds about Pina Coladas

  1. The piña colada, a drink created in Puerto Rico (Spanish: piña, pineapple + colada, strained) is a sweet, rum-based cocktail made with rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice.
  2. The piña colada was created on August 16, 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by its alleged creator, Ramón “Monchito” Marrero.
  3.  Apparently, the hotel management had expressly requested Monchito to mix a new signature drink that would delight the demanding palates of its star-studded clientele.
  4. Monchito accepted the challenge, and after three intense months of blending, shaking and experimenting, the first piña colada was born.
  5. This story is more credible because the piña colada contains coconut cream as one of the primary ingredients, and the coconut cream of “Coco López” (which is the pioneer) was invented in 1954 in the University of Puerto Rico by Ramón López Irizarry.

Today’s Food History

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1720 Mrs. Clements invented a method of preparing mustard flour or powder, which was known for a long time as Durham Mustard. Until then, mustard was made into balls with honey and or vinegar, and then mixed with more vinegar when needed. (Some sources give the date as June 10).

1839 or 1842 Adolphus Busch was born in either 1839 or 1842 near Mainz, Germany. He founded Annheuser Busch in 1866 with his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser. Annheuser Busch is the world’s largest brewer.

1866 The indelible pencil was patented by Edson P. Clark of Northhampton, Massachusetts. This was the equivalent of the ball point pen of the time. It was non-erasable, and you didn’t need an ink well. Used for bills, prices, etc., you could also place a damp sheet of tissue paper over the writing to get a mirror image. It must have been time consuming to get a receipt from a restaurant.

1871 Marcel Proust was born. Marcel Proust was a French writer. On January 1, 1909, he ate a piece of tea-soaked toast whose taste caused on a series 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 evokes a similar torrent of memories. This is one of the most ubiquitous (i.e., widely-quoted) allusions in literature.

1892 The first concrete paved street is built in Bellefountaine, Ohio. This makes food shopping much easier. They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot for the supermarket. We have lots of paved parking lots (no more oyster shell parking lots), but paved sidewalks are still not very common here in Key West, nor are Street name signs at corners. For a small island, we are not very pedestrian friendly.

1913 The highest temperature every recorded in the U.S., 134 F. in Death Valley, California.

1920 Edward H. Lowe born. He invented Kitty Litter in 1947.

1941 Musician ‘Jelly Roll’ Morton died.

1947 Arlo Guthrie was born. Woody Guthrie’s son, he is most known for his ballad/story ‘Alice’s Restaurant.’

1958 The first parking meters are installed in England.

1985 Coca-Cola announced it was bringing back the old formula ‘Coke’ as Coca-Cola Classic, but would continue to sell the ‘New Coke.’

1989 Mel Blanc (Melvin Jerome Blanc) died. Blanc was a voice actor for Warner Bros. (and other) cartoon characters. Some of the characters he ‘voiced’ include Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Sylvester the Cat.

1999 Aaron ‘Bunny’ Lapin died. Lapin was the inventor of whipped cream in an aerosol can (‘Reddi-Wip’) in 1948.

July 9th is National Sugar Cookie Day

Posted on July 9, 2018

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Five Food Finds about Cookies:

  1. American cookie jars evolved from British biscuit jars and first appeared on the scene during the Depression in the 1930s when housewives began making more cookies at home, rather than buying them at the bakery, and needed containers for them.
  2. Early American tinsmiths began making cookie cutters by hand back in the 1700s.
  3. The U.S. has a National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum located within the Joplin Museum Complex in Joplin, Missouri.
  4. In 1989, New Mexico named the ‘bizcochito’ its official state cookie. Bizcochito, derived from the spanish word ‘bizcocho’ which means biscuit, is a delicious shortbread cookie flavored with anise and topped with cinnamon sugar.
  5. The U.S. leads the world as the biggest cookie bakers and eaters, spending more than $550 million annually on Oreos alone.

Today’s Food History

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1766 Jacob Perkins was born. Perkins was issued the first U.S. patent for a refrigerating machine. It used sulfuric ether compression.

1792 S.L. Mitchell was named as the first Professor of Agriculture, at Columbia College, New York City.

1815 The first natural gas well in the U.S. was discovered by accident, near Charleston, West Virginia. They had been digging a salt brine well.

1850 U.S. president Zachary Taylor died. He supposedly developed peritonitis after eating too much of a new dessert treat, strawberry ice cream, at a 4th of July celebration.

1869 Henry Tibbe invented the corncob pipe. The pipe was made from a white kernel corn that was used to make taco and tortilla flour. (But can you roll a cigar with a taco wrapper?)

1872 John F. Blondel of Thomason (Thomaston?), Maine, patented the first doughnut cutter.

1887 John Dickenson introduced paper napkins at his company’s annual dinner.

1894 Percy Le Baron Spencer was born. Spencer developed the microwave oven in 1946, after he noticed that some chocolate in his pocket had melted after being accidentally exposed to radiation from a magnetron tube he was working on at the time.

1957 Actress Kelly McGillis was born. McGillis has a restaurant here in Key West, Florida called Kelly’s Place

1982 Diet Coke was introduced.

2004 Jeff Smith, TV’s ‘Frugal Gourmet,’ died at age 65

June 20th is National Vanilla Milkshake Day / The most popular flavor in the world, of course!

Posted on June 20, 2018

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Five Food Finds about Vanilla Milkshakes:

  1. The first known printed reference to a “milkshake” dates back to 1885. It contained one part whiskey, ‘for medicinal purposes’.
  2. ‘Shakes’ got their name from being served in bars. If the customer enjoyed the specialty drink, he shook hands with the bartender. If not, the bartender wouldn’t get a tip.
  3. The first diner milkshakes were made with a mixture of milk, malt and a flavoring(vanilla, chocolate, etc.). The malt added an ‘ice cream’ texture to the drink.
  4. The electric blender was invented in 1922 JUST for the making of milkshakes. amilkshake are referred to as a “frappe” (the e is silent)
  5.  In parts of New England, a milkshake is often referred to as a “frappe” (the e is silent)

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Today’s Food History

  • 1861 Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins was born. He discovered what we now call ‘vitamins,’ essential nutrients needed to maintain health.
  • 1948 The TV show ‘Toast of the Town’ premiers on CBS with Ed Sullivan as the host.
  • 1964‘Chapel of Love’ by Dixie Cups is #1 on the charts
  • 1977 The trans-Alaska oil pipeline opened. It takes oil 38 days to travel 800 miles from the fields in Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez.

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May 19th National Devil’s Food Cake Day!

Posted on May 19, 2018

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Here are today’s five food finds about Devil’s Food Cake:

  •  Devil’s food cake is considered a counterpart to the white or yellow angel food cake.
  • Devil’s food cake is generally more moist and airy than other chocolate cakes, and often uses cocoa as opposed to chocolate for the flavor as well as coffee.

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  • Devil’s food cake was introduced in the United States in the early 20th century with the recipe in print as early as 1905.

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  • A similar cake, the red velvet cake, is closely linked to a devil’s food cake, and in some turn of the century cookbooks the two names may have been interchangeable.
  • Devil’s food cake incorporates butter (or a substitute), egg whites, flour (while some chocolate cakes are flourless) and less egg than other chocolate cakes.

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Today’s Food History

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1834 Catharine Furbish was born. An American botanist, she spent almost 40 years traveling and painting watercolors of the flora of the state of Maine.

1910 The Earth passed through the tail of Halley’s Comet and nothing happened.  There had been dire predictions that everyone would die, and many hucksters sold ‘comet pills’ to counter the effects of the ‘comet gas.’

1962 Marilyn Monroe sings ‘Happy Birthday’ at a birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.

2006 Nicole Belinda Franzen Reese was chosen as the 59th ‘Alice in Dairyland’ by the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She will be the spokesperson for the states agriculture industry.

May 18th is National Cheese Souffle Day!

Posted on May 18, 2018

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Happy National Cheese Soufflé Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Soufflé:

  • A souffle is essentially a simple white sauce enriched with egg yolk. Stiff egg whites are folded right into the mixture. At this point, you can add whatever flavor you like: cheese, vegetables, chocolate or fruit.

 

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  • The secret to a great souffle is to beat the egg whites into stiff white peak consistency and to fold them carefully into the sauce to keep as much air in the mixture as possible.

 

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  • Savory souffles are often too light for a main course, but the addition of chicken and spinach here bolsters this into a substantial main course. When you break into it with your fork, the seductive aroma of cheese, chicken and spinach pours out. It’s elegant, airy and fluffy.

 

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  • The secret to success is making sure your timing is just right. So plan ahead carefully; figure out what you will be serving first — such as a salad or soup — and time the souffle to go into the oven as you sit down for your first course.

 

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  • You can wait for a souffle, but a souffle waits for no one. You don’t want to serve a deflated souffle.
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Today’s Food History

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1808 Elijah Craig died. A Baptist minister in Kentucky, he is an important figure in the invention of Bourbon Whiskey. He ran a paper mill and started a distillery in 1789. Legend credits him with being the first to use new charred oak barrels to age corn whiskey, which is a key step in making bourbon.

1935 Allan Burns was born.  Screenwriter and producer, co-creator of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda.  He also created the character Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch for Quaker Oats ‘Cap’n Crunch’  breakfast cereal.

1955 Chow Yun-Fat was born. Internationally famous Hong Kong actor.

1995 Elisha Cook Jr. died. A well known character actor in films and TV. I remember him mainly in his role as Wilmer, in the ‘Maltese Falcon’.

2001 Hong Kong ordered more than 1 million chickens and other poultry killed to halt the spread of another bird flu epidemic.

May 16th is National Barbecue Day ! #BBQ

Posted on May 16, 2018

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Happy National Barbecue Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Barbecue:

 

  • Grilling is no longer considered a male dominated activity. While 51 percent of males cha-cha with the charcoal, 49 percent of women flamenco with the flames.
  • 263,000 moist towelettes will wipe up BBQ sauce covering fingers and faces.

 

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  • The most common ingredient added to barbecue sauce is garlic, followed by brown sugar.

 

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  • The original barbecue sauce, dating back hundreds of years, consisted of vinegar and pepper.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, hosted the first barbecue at the White House that featured Texas-style barbecued ribs.

 

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Today’s Food History

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  • 1832 Philip Danforth Armour was born. An American industrialist, he was a pioneer in use of refrigeration and meat canning. Armour & Co. helped make Chicago the meatpacking capital of the world.
  • 1861 John Stevens Henslow died. This British clergyman and botanist was a mentor of Charles Darwin. To get farmers to apply scientific methods, he gave lectures on the fermentation of manure. He also showed Irish farmers how to get starch from rotten potatoes during the potato famine of 1845-1846.
  • 1866 Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer.
  • 1947 Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins died. He discovered what we now call ‘vitamins,’ essential nutrients needed to maintain health.
  • 2005 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Michigan and New York could not prohibit people from buying wine online from out of state wineries. Some 23 other states have similar laws that presumably would also be affected by the ruling.

Yum! May 4th is National Hoagie Day!

Posted on May 4, 2018

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Happy National Hoagie Day!

Here are five food finds about Hoagies:

 

  • The original “hoagie” is what is now referred to as an “Italian Hoagie” which includes a variety of traditional Italian lunch meats, including dry salami, mortadella, capicolla, and provolone served with lettuce, tomato and onions with a light vinegar and oil dressing.

 

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  • Former Philadelphia mayor (also once Pennsylvania governor) Ed Rendell declared the hoagie the “Official Sandwich of Philadelphia”.

 

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  • Most hoagie shops offer single-meat hoagies (for example, ham or salami hoagies) as well as premium hoagies with upscale ingredients: prosciutto, imported Italian lunchmeats (cotechino, mortadella, sopressata, etc.). A popular variant is the grinder or cosmo, which is essentially a hoagie that has been toasted under a broiler.

 

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  • Many takeout shops in Chicago sell a “hoagy” (sic.), usually containing steak and other ingredients, with the option of being “heated.” They also sell cheesesteak, referred to most often as “Philly Steak.”

 

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  • In many areas the default cheese on a hoagie is Provolone, while in others it is white American cheese. Cheese-only hoagies (Provolone, American, or Mixed) replace the meat with extra slices of cheese.

 

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Today’s Food History

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  • 1494 Columbus landed at Jamaica and met the Arawak Indians. The Arawak used Jamaican pimento (allspice) to season and smoke meat (usually pigs), the foundation upon which Jamaican Jerk developed.
  • 1854 Asa Fitch was appointed as New York state entomologist, the first such in the U.S. He studied insects and their effects on agricultural crops.
  • 1942 War time food rationing began in the U.S.

April 26th is National Pretzel Day

Posted on April 26, 2018

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Happy National Pretzel Day! 

Here is today’s five food finds about Pretzels:

 

  • The first pretzel was created in 610 A.D. by a monk in southern France or northern Italy. It was originally called a ‘pretiola’ and was renamed ‘pretzel’ later when the idea migrated to Germany and Austria.

 

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  •  In 1861, pretzel twisting was the second highest-paying job in the Philadelphia region. Today, machines do the twisting, although at some artisan shops, tourists can still see it done the old-fashioned way.
  • The birthplace of the hard pretzel was Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The pretzel, or bretzel as it was called then, first came to America in 1710 with Palatine German immigrants (from the Rhineland) who settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and became known, incorrectly, as the “Pennsylvania Dutch.”

 

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  •  In the 18th century, German children would wear pretzel necklaces at the beginning of a new year for prosperity, health and good fortune.

 

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  • In the 17th century, pretzels were known as a marriage knot. During a wedding ceremony, a couple would wish upon a pretzel, break it (like a wishbone), and eat it to signify their oneness. It is speculated that the term, “tying the knot,” originated in Switzerland in 1614 during a wedding between two prominent families.
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Today’s Food History

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1785 John James Audubon was born. Ornithologist, naturalist and artist, known mainly for his paintings and sketches of North American birds.

1877 Minnesota held a state day of prayer to plead for an end to a 4 year plague of Rocky Mountain locusts. In southwestern Minnesota, locusts had been eating crops, trees, tobacco, fence posts, leather, dead animals, sheep’s wool – everything but the mortgage. Two days later a snowstorm moved through and the locusts were never seen again. No one knows what caused the locust plague, nor why the Rocky Mountain locust became extinct after the plague.

1947 Pete Ham of the music group ‘Badfinger’ was born

1962‘Mashed Potato Time’ by Dee Dee Sharp is #1 on the charts.

1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine explodes. The worst nuclear disaster in history. In addition to the human toll, agriculture  and livestock was contaminated by radiation in large areas of Europe for years to come.

1989 Lucille Ball died. Two of the funniest food related comedy routines ever done were the chocolate factory and the grape stomping episodes from her TV show, ‘I Love Lucy.’

2005 A herd of buffalo escaped from a farm and wandered around a Baltimore, Maryland suburb disrupting traffic, and shutting down several major highways. Police eventually herded them onto a nearby tennis court.

2006 Chicago banned the sale of foie gras.

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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