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June 4 is National Cheese Day!

Posted on June 4, 2017

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Did you know…

Daily Fact: Cheeses are more flavorful at room temperature. Let them stand for a half hour before serving.

Today’s Food History

  • 1845 Hatch’s sowing machine for wheat, oats and other grasses was first demonstrated.
  • 1872 Robert Chesebrough of New York patented a method for making Vaseline.
  • 1895 African American inventor Joseph Lee patented a machine for “bread crumbing.” It was intended for use by restaurants to crumb large quantities of bread scraps.
  • 1907 The automatic washer & dryer are introduced.
  • 1936 Sylvan Goldman ran a successful chain of grocery stores, where customers could carry hand baskets while they shopped. In 1936, when he was a major owner of the Piggly-Wiggly supermarket chain, he invented the shopping cart. He got the idea from a wooden folding chair. He designed the cart by putting a basket on the seat, another below and wheels on the legs. He and a mechanic, Fred Young put one together with a metal frame, and wire baskets. The frames could be folded up and the baskets stacked, which took up less storage room. Customers were reluctant to use this new contraption, so Goldman hired fake shoppers to wheel the carts around pretending to shop so people could see how useful the cart could be!
  • They became a hit, and he formed a new company to manufacture the carts. It is hard to imagine a supermarket or discount store without shopping carts today.
  • 1970 At the 43rd National Spelling Bee, Libby Childress wins spelling the word ‘croissant.’
  • 1974 The Cleveland Indians were playing bad, and fewer and fewer fans came to watch them play. They had a ‘Ten Cent Beer Night’ to bring out the fans. Only 22,000 fans turned out in a stadium that could seat 60,000, but they made up for the low numbers by becoming so drunk and unruly, going on the field and disrupting the game, that the Indians had to forfeit the game to the Texas Rangers.
  • 1980 Earle McAusland, publisher/editor of Gourmet magazine died at age 89.
  • 2007 Vincent Sardi Jr. died. He operated the famous Broadway restaurant, ‘Sardi’s’ for 50 years. He retired in 1997.

June 4th is National Cheese Day

Posted on June 4, 2016

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Did you know…

  1. Did you know that there are over 2,000 varieties of cheeses?
  2. The #1 cheese recipe in America is “Macaroni and Cheese”.
  3. What appears to be the remains of cheese has been found in Egyptian tombs over 4,000 years old!
  4. The terms “Big Wheel” and “Big Cheese” originally referred to those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.
  5. Chevre is French for goat and refers to cheese made from goat’s milk.

Today’s Food History

  • 1718 Thomas Chippendale, famous furniture designer and maker was born
  • 1856 The first Vegetarian Community was established in Kansas.
  • 1876 Foil wrapped bananas are sold for a dime at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Bananas become a popular treat for the first time in the U.S. when word spread about how delicious they were.
  • 1877 New York taxed oleomargarine to protect the dairy industry.
  • 1883 Horlick’s developed the process to dehydrate milk, and patented it in 1883, calling it Malted Milk. Horlick’s originally produced a food for babies and invalid’s, that could be shipped without spoiling.
  • 1934 R.I.P. Charles Francis Jenkins. An inventor, Jenkins is best known as an early television pioneer. Among his many inventions was a cone-shaped drinking cup.
  • 1977 The Apple II, the first personal computer went on sale.
  • 1977 Alice Cooper’s pet boa constrictor died after its dinner of a rat bit it first.
  • 2007 Food scientist Edwin Traisman died at age 91. He helped develop Cheez Whiz for Kraft and later helped develop methods to standardize the French fries served at McDonald’s restaurants. He also worked on research into the risks of various strains of E. coli bacteria.

June 4 – National Cheese Day

Posted on June 5, 2012

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Five Food Finds about Cheese

  • Did you know that there are over 2,000 varieties of cheeses?
  • The #1 cheese recipe in America is “Macaroni and Cheese”.
  • What appears to be the remains of cheese has been found in Egyptian tombs over 4,000 years old!
  • The terms “Big Wheel” and “Big Cheese” originally referred to those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.
  • Chevre is French for goat and refers to cheese made from goat’s milk.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1718 Thomas Chippendale, famous furniture designer and maker was born

1856 The first Vegetarian Community was established in Kansas.

1876 Foil wrapped bananas are sold for a dime at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Bananas become a popular treat for the first time in the U.S. when word spread about how delicious they were.

1877 New York taxed oleomargarine to protect the dairy industry.

1883 Horlick’s developed the process to dehydrate milk, and patented it in 1883, calling it Malted Milk. Horlick’s originally produced a food for babies and invalid’s, that could be shipped without spoiling.

1934 R.I.P. Charles Francis Jenkins. An inventor, Jenkins is best known as an early television pioneer. Among his many inventions was a cone-shaped drinking cup.

1977 The Apple II, the first personal computer went on sale.

1977 Alice Cooper’s pet boa constrictor died after its dinner of a rat bit it first.

2007 Food scientist Edwin Traisman died at age 91. He helped develop Cheez Whiz for Kraft and later helped develop methods to standardize the French fries served at McDonald’s restaurants. He also worked on research into the risks of various strains of E. coli bacteria.

March 5th is National Cheese Doodle Day! / #NationalCheeseDoodleDay

Posted on March 5, 2019

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Here are today’s five things to know about the Cheese Doodle:


Cheetos cheese-flavored puffs became a hit in the 1950’s. Soon after, Cheez Doodles appeared.

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 “Cheez Doodles fingers” is the official term used when you get cheese powder on your fingers after eating any cheese flavored snack food.

 

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Cheez Doodles are said to be one of the only packaged snack foods preferred by Julia Child.

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They have recently entered pop culture as the preferred snack of ESPN NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith. They are also the favorite snack of Lincoln Peirce’s comic character Big Nate.

 

 

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Wise (the company that produces Cheez Doodles) recently made their Crunchy Cheez Doodles “cheezier,” more akin to Cheetos’ flavor.

 

 

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Today’s Food History
1836 Charles Goodnight was born. He is said to have devised the first ‘chuck wagon’ from an Army wagon in the 1850s with various shelves and compartments for food, equipment, utensils, medical supplies, etc.
1893 Emmett J. Culligan was born. He was the founder of the water treatment company that carries his name.
1910 Momofuku Ando was born in Taiwan. Mr. Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products, and invented ‘Instant Ramen’ noodles.
1991 Patent # 5,000,000 was issued to Lonnie O. Ingram of the University of Florida. The patent was for a genetically engineered form of the E. coli bacterium that converts plant material into ethanol.

January 20th is National Cheese Lover’s Day! / #CheeseLoversDay

Posted on January 20, 2019

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Here are Five Food Finds about Cheese:

Cheeses are more flavorful at room temperature. Let them stand for a half hour before serving.

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Cheese is an ancient food whose origins predate recorded history.

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Artisan cheese, made in small batches from local sources, is growing at a pace that exceeds even the growth rate of general cheese consumption in America.

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Some studies claim that cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss and American cheeses can help to prevent tooth decay.

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A study by the British Cheese Board in 2005 showed cheese has positive effects on sleep, not nightmares as Ebeneser Scrooge seemed to think.

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On This Day in Food History…

1785 Samuel Ellis advertised to sell his Oyster Island with no takers. Later renamed Ellis Island

1920 The 50-50 Club opened, considered the 1st ‘speakeasy.’

1964 The world’s largest cheese was presented at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, weighing in at over 34,000 pounds. It was presented by the Wisconsin Cheese Foundation, using over 170,000 qts of milk from over 16,000 cows.

1988 Famed vineyard manager Philippe de Rothschild dies.

1998 Researchers in America announced they had cloned calves for use in producing medicinal milk.


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October 21st is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!

Posted on October 21, 2018

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

  1. Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake uses a slightly tangy type of cheese with larger curds and less water content, called pot or farmer’s cheese.
  2. Philadelphia-style cheesecake is lighter in texture, yet richer in flavor than New York style cheesecake.
  3. Farmer’s cheese cheesecake is the contemporary implementation for the traditional use of baking to preserve fresh cheese and is often baked in a cake form along with fresh fruit like a tart.
  4. Country-style cheesecake uses buttermilk to produce a firm texture while decreasing the pH (increasing acidity) to extend shelf life.
  5. Lactose free cheesecake may be made either with lactose-free cream cheese or as an imitation using Vegan recipes combining non-dairy cream cheese alternatives with other lactose-free ingredient

Today’s Food History

  • 1422 Charles VI of France died. It was during Charles VI rule that Taillevent was made Master of the King’s kitchens. Charles VI also gave sole rights for the aging of Roquefort cheese to the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, and all Roquefort must still be aged in the caves there today.
  • 1449 George Plantagenet, duke of Clarence was born. Brother of Edward IV whom he was accused of plotting against. He was thrown into prison and secretly executed in the Tower of London. The rumor is that he was drowned in a butt (large cask) of malmsey wine.
  • 1879 Thomas Edison demonstrated the first commercially practical light bulb at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
  • 1990 Tom Carvel died. He was the inventor of the soft-serve ice cream machine, and founder of the Carvel ice cream chain.

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October 9th is National Moldy Cheese Day! 🧀🧀

Posted on October 9, 2018

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

  1. Did you know that there are over 2,000 varieties of cheeses?
  2. The #1 cheese recipe in America is “Macaroni and Cheese”.
  3. What appears to be the remains of cheese has been found in Egyptian tombs over 4,000 years old!
  4. The terms “Big Wheel” and “Big Cheese” originally referred to those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.
  5. Chevre is French for goat and refers to cheese made from goat’s milk.

Today’s Food History

  • 1906 Joseph Farwell Glidden died. Glidden, an Illinois farmer, received a patent for the first commercial barbed wire on November 24, 1874. The beginning of the end to open range and the cowboy. Glidden formed the Barb Fence Company with Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.
  • 1941 Carmen Miranda recorded ‘The Man with the Lollipop Song.’
  • 1946 ‘The Iceman Cometh’ opened in New York City.
  • 1985 Strawberry Fields, a 2 1/2 acre garden memorial in New York City’s Central Park, was dedicated to John Lennon.
  • 1996 World’s largest grilled cheese sandwich was made, 3,000 pounds.

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September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day! / #NationalCheeseburgerDay

Posted on September 18, 2018

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

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

Today’s Food History

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

September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day!

Posted on September 5, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Cheese Pizza:

  1. About 93% of Americans eat at least one pizza every month.
  2. About 350 slices of pizza are consumed every second in the United States.
  3. The most pizzas are delivered (and eaten) on New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, and Super Bowl Sunday.
  4. The three dots in the Domino’s Pizza logo represent the first three Domino’s Pizza stores.
  5. Pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping in the United States.

Today’s Food History

  • 1643 Louis XIV, King of France (the ‘Sun King’) was born. A gourmet, gourmand and many say a glutton. During his reign food began to be served in courses, rather than placed on the table all at once, and forks came into widespread use.
  • 1698 Tsar Peter I of Russia imposes a tax on beards.
  • 1946 Dean Ford of the music group ‘Marmalade’ was born.
  • 1949 Clem Clempson of the music group ‘Humble Pie’ was born.
  • 2001 Justin Wilson, Cajun chef and humorist died. He wrote five cookbooks, hosted several cooking shows on TV, including ‘Louisiana Cookin’ and ‘Cookin’ Cajun.’

July 30th is National Cheesecake Day 🧀+🍰=😋/ #NationalCheeseCakeDay

Posted on July 30, 2018

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Happy national Cheesecake Day!

Today’s 5 Facts about Cheesecake:

  1. Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake uses a slightly tangy type of cheese with larger curds and less water content, called pot or farmer’s cheese.
  2. Philadelphia-style cheesecake is lighter in texture, yet richer in flavor than New York style cheesecake.
  3. Farmer’s cheese cheesecake is the contemporary implementation for the traditional use of baking to preserve fresh cheese and is often baked in a cake form along with fresh fruit like a tart.
  4. Country-style cheesecake uses buttermilk to produce a firm texture while decreasing the pH (increasing acidity) to extend shelf life.
  5. Lactose free cheesecake may be made either with lactose-free cream cheese or as an imitation using Vegan recipes combining non-dairy cream cheese alternatives with other lactose-free ingredients.

Today’s Food History

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1739 Caspar Wistar founded the first successful large scale glass factory in the U.S. in Allowaystown, New Jersey.

1838 It supposedly rained frogs in London.

1849 Jacob Perkins died. Perkins was issued the first U.S. patent for a refrigerating machine. It used sulfuric ether compression.

1963 Lisa Marie Diane Kudrow was born. American actress, her first major TV role was as the strange waitress on ‘Mad About You.’

May 26th National Blueberry Cheesecake Day!

Posted on May 26, 2018

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Here are today’s five food facts about Cheesecake:

 

  • Cheesecake is a dessert formed of a topping made with soft, fresh cheese upon a base made from biscuit, pastry or sponge. The topping is frequently sweetened with sugar and flavored or topped with a puree or compote of fruit.
  • Savory cheesecakes also exist, served sometimes as hors d’oeuvre or with accompanying salads. Despite their name, cheesecakes are technically tarts; the word ‘cake’ was formerly applied to a much broader category of foods than it is today.

 

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  • Cato the Elder’s De Agri Cultura includes recipes for two cakes for religious uses: libum and placenta. Of the two placenta is most like modern cheesecakes having a crust that is separately prepared and baked.

 

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  • Cheesecakes can be broadly categorised into two basic types – baked and unbaked – and each comes in a variety of styles determined by region.
  • Japanese-style cheesecake relies upon the emulsification of cornstarch and eggs to make a smooth flan-like texture and almost plasticine appearance.
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Today’s Food History

 

  • 1923 James Arness was born. Best known as Marshal Matt Dillon on the TV series ‘Gunsmoke,’ he also played the creature in the 1951 movie ‘The Thing from Another World.’ The creature was a vegetable based alien life form, a “super intellectual carrot.”
  • 1955 Morimoto Masaharu was born in Hiroshima, Japan. Masaharu is a well known Japanese Chef, and was the last Japanese Iron Chef on the TV show, Iron Chef (late 1990s).  He now has his own restaurant, Morimoto in Philadelphia.
  • 1971 Don Maclean recorded ‘American Pie’.
  • 1979‘Reunited’ by Peaches & Herb is #1 on the charts
  • 1999 R.I.P.  Waldo Lonsbury Semon. Semon was an American Inventor who is credited with the invention of Vinyl. Vinyl is the 2nd most used plastic in the world.  Semon held over 100 patents.

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.

April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Day!

Posted on April 12, 2018

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Happy Grilled Cheese Day!

Here are today’s five interesting food facts about Grilled Cheese:

  • Grilled cheese sandwiches originally showed up in America during the roaring 20’s.
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  • It is said that grilled cheese was first served as an open-face sandwich.
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  • A grilled cheese sandwich is often accompanied by tomato soup, a southern delicacy!
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  • Grilled cheese sandwiches can be served with bacon , tomato, and various other additions.  It makes the meal much more filling.
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  • April is national grilled cheese sandwich month.  Be sure to celebrate heartily!
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Today’s Food History

  • 1748 Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu was born. A French botanist whose ideas formed the foundation of a natural plant classification system.
  • 1985 The four ‘unicorns’ of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus were declared to be only goats with surgically implanted horns by federal inspectors. The circus was ordered to stop advertising them as unicorns
  • 1988 The first U.S. patent on an animal life form was issued to Harvard scientists for a genetically engineered mouse.
  • 1989 The USSR issued ration cards for sugar due to a shortage
  • 2001 Maryland banned the farming of genetically modified fish in any waters linked to other bodies of water.

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April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day!

Posted on April 11, 2018

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Happy National Cheese Fondue Day!

Here are five interesting food facts about Cheese Fondue:

 

  • The melted cheese dish known as fondue is Swiss in origin.
  • Cow herders, who had long winters with few provisions, invented the dish.

 

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  • Other nationalities have similar recipes involving things like creamy eggs.
  • The way the Swiss dish obtained a French name is a mystery, though there is a powerful influence of French language speakers in Switzerland even today.

 

 

 

  • The Swiss nobles liked the dish so much that they adapted it from its humble beginnings to make it a dish of the nobility.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1899 Percy L. Julian was born. An African American chemist, he worked on synthesizing various compounds from soy beans. One of his creations was a foam fire extinguisher refined from soya protein.
  • 1926 Luther Burbank died. American horticulturist, he developed many new varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the Burbank Potato (1873), the Shasta Daisy, over 100 varieties of plums and prunes and 10 varieties of berries.
  • 1958 ‘Tequila’ by The Champs is #1 on the charts.
  • 1986 Kellogg’s ended tours of its breakfast cereal plant for fear that industrial spies would obtain company secrets.
  • 1992 The largest Barracuda caught with rod and reel was a great barracuda that weighed 85 pounds. It was caught off Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

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March 5th is National Cheese Doodle Day!

Posted on March 5, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about the Cheese Doodle:


Cheetos cheese-flavored puffs became a hit in the 1950’s. Soon after, Cheez Doodles appeared.

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 “Cheez Doodles fingers” is the official term used when you get cheese powder on your fingers after eating any cheese flavored snack food.

 

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Cheez Doodles are said to be one of the only packaged snack foods preferred by Julia Child.

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They have recently entered pop culture as the preferred snack of ESPN NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith. They are also the favorite snack of Lincoln Peirce’s comic character Big Nate.

 

 

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Wise (the company that produces Cheez Doodles) recently made their Crunchy Cheez Doodles “cheezier,” more akin to Cheetos’ flavor.

 

 

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Today’s Food History
1836 Charles Goodnight was born. He is said to have devised the first ‘chuck wagon’ from an Army wagon in the 1850s with various shelves and compartments for food, equipment, utensils, medical supplies, etc.
1893 Emmett J. Culligan was born. He was the founder of the water treatment company that carries his name.
1910 Momofuku Ando was born in Taiwan. Mr. Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products, and invented ‘Instant Ramen’ noodles.
1991 Patent # 5,000,000 was issued to Lonnie O. Ingram of the University of Florida. The patent was for a genetically engineered form of the E. coli bacterium that converts plant material into ethanol.

January 20th is National Cheese Lover’s Day!

Posted on January 20, 2018

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Here are Five Food Finds about Cheese:

Cheeses are more flavorful at room temperature. Let them stand for a half hour before serving.

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Cheese is an ancient food whose origins predate recorded history.

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Artisan cheese, made in small batches from local sources, is growing at a pace that exceeds even the growth rate of general cheese consumption in America.

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Some studies claim that cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss and American cheeses can help to prevent tooth decay.

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A study by the British Cheese Board in 2005 showed cheese has positive effects on sleep, not nightmares as Ebeneser Scrooge seemed to think.

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On This Day in Food History…

1785 Samuel Ellis advertised to sell his Oyster Island with no takers. Later renamed Ellis Island

1920 The 50-50 Club opened, considered the 1st ‘speakeasy.’

1964 The world’s largest cheese was presented at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, weighing in at over 34,000 pounds. It was presented by the Wisconsin Cheese Foundation, using over 170,000 qts of milk from over 16,000 cows.

1988 Famed vineyard manager Philippe de Rothschild dies.

1998 Researchers in America announced they had cloned calves for use in producing medicinal milk.


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October 21st is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!

Posted on October 21, 2017

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

  1. Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake uses a slightly tangy type of cheese with larger curds and less water content, called pot or farmer’s cheese.
  2. Philadelphia-style cheesecake is lighter in texture, yet richer in flavor than New York style cheesecake.
  3. Farmer’s cheese cheesecake is the contemporary implementation for the traditional use of baking to preserve fresh cheese and is often baked in a cake form along with fresh fruit like a tart.
  4. Country-style cheesecake uses buttermilk to produce a firm texture while decreasing the pH (increasing acidity) to extend shelf life.
  5. Lactose free cheesecake may be made either with lactose-free cream cheese or as an imitation using Vegan recipes combining non-dairy cream cheese alternatives with other lactose-free ingredient

Today’s Food History

  • 1422 Charles VI of France died. It was during Charles VI rule that Taillevent was made Master of the King’s kitchens. Charles VI also gave sole rights for the aging of Roquefort cheese to the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, and all Roquefort must still be aged in the caves there today.
  • 1449 George Plantagenet, duke of Clarence was born. Brother of Edward IV whom he was accused of plotting against. He was thrown into prison and secretly executed in the Tower of London. The rumor is that he was drowned in a butt (large cask) of malmsey wine.
  • 1879 Thomas Edison demonstrated the first commercially practical light bulb at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
  • 1990 Tom Carvel died. He was the inventor of the soft-serve ice cream machine, and founder of the Carvel ice cream chain.

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October 9th is National Moldy Cheese Day!

Posted on October 9, 2017

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

  1. Did you know that there are over 2,000 varieties of cheeses?
  2. The #1 cheese recipe in America is “Macaroni and Cheese”.
  3. What appears to be the remains of cheese has been found in Egyptian tombs over 4,000 years old!
  4. The terms “Big Wheel” and “Big Cheese” originally referred to those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.
  5. Chevre is French for goat and refers to cheese made from goat’s milk.

Today’s Food History

  • 1906 Joseph Farwell Glidden died. Glidden, an Illinois farmer, received a patent for the first commercial barbed wire on November 24, 1874. The beginning of the end to open range and the cowboy. Glidden formed the Barb Fence Company with Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.
  • 1941 Carmen Miranda recorded ‘The Man with the Lollipop Song.’
  • 1946 ‘The Iceman Cometh’ opened in New York City.
  • 1985 Strawberry Fields, a 2 1/2 acre garden memorial in New York City’s Central Park, was dedicated to John Lennon.
  • 1996 World’s largest grilled cheese sandwich was made, 3,000 pounds.

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September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day!

Posted on September 18, 2017

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

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

Today’s Food History

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

September 15th is National Double-Cheeseburger Day!

Posted on September 15, 2017

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

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

Today’s Food History

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

September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day!

Posted on September 5, 2017

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Cheese Pizza:

  1. About 93% of Americans eat at least one pizza every month.
  2. About 350 slices of pizza are consumed every second in the United States.
  3. The most pizzas are delivered (and eaten) on New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, and Super Bowl Sunday.
  4. The three dots in the Domino’s Pizza logo represent the first three Domino’s Pizza stores.
  5. Pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping in the United States.

Today’s Food History

  • 1643 Louis XIV, King of France (the ‘Sun King’) was born. A gourmet, gourmand and many say a glutton. During his reign food began to be served in courses, rather than placed on the table all at once, and forks came into widespread use.
  • 1698 Tsar Peter I of Russia imposes a tax on beards.
  • 1946 Dean Ford of the music group ‘Marmalade’ was born.
  • 1949 Clem Clempson of the music group ‘Humble Pie’ was born.
  • 2001 Justin Wilson, Cajun chef and humorist died. He wrote five cookbooks, hosted several cooking shows on TV, including ‘Louisiana Cookin’ and ‘Cookin’ Cajun.’

July 30th is National Cheesecake Day

Posted on July 30, 2017

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Five Food Finds about Cheesecake:

  1. Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake uses a slightly tangy type of cheese with larger curds and less water content, called pot or farmer’s cheese.
  2. Philadelphia-style cheesecake is lighter in texture, yet richer in flavor than New York style cheesecake.
  3. Farmer’s cheese cheesecake is the contemporary implementation for the traditional use of baking to preserve fresh cheese and is often baked in a cake form along with fresh fruit like a tart.
  4. Country-style cheesecake uses buttermilk to produce a firm texture while decreasing the pH (increasing acidity) to extend shelf life.
  5. Lactose free cheesecake may be made either with lactose-free cream cheese or as an imitation using Vegan recipes combining non-dairy cream cheese alternatives with other lactose-free ingredients.

Today’s Food History

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1739 Caspar Wistar founded the first successful large scale glass factory in the U.S. in Allowaystown, New Jersey.

1838 It supposedly rained frogs in London.

1849 Jacob Perkins died. Perkins was issued the first U.S. patent for a refrigerating machine. It used sulfuric ether compression.

1963 Lisa Marie Diane Kudrow was born. American actress, her first major TV role was as the strange waitress on ‘Mad About You.’

May 26th National Blueberry Cheesecake Day!

Posted on May 26, 2017

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Here are today’s five food facts about Cheesecake:

 

  • Cheesecake is a dessert formed of a topping made with soft, fresh cheese upon a base made from biscuit, pastry or sponge. The topping is frequently sweetened with sugar and flavored or topped with a puree or compote of fruit.
  • Savory cheesecakes also exist, served sometimes as hors d’oeuvre or with accompanying salads. Despite their name, cheesecakes are technically tarts; the word ‘cake’ was formerly applied to a much broader category of foods than it is today.

 

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  • Cato the Elder’s De Agri Cultura includes recipes for two cakes for religious uses: libum and placenta. Of the two placenta is most like modern cheesecakes having a crust that is separately prepared and baked.

 

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  • Cheesecakes can be broadly categorised into two basic types – baked and unbaked – and each comes in a variety of styles determined by region.
  • Japanese-style cheesecake relies upon the emulsification of cornstarch and eggs to make a smooth flan-like texture and almost plasticine appearance.
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Today’s Food History

 

  • 1923 James Arness was born. Best known as Marshal Matt Dillon on the TV series ‘Gunsmoke,’ he also played the creature in the 1951 movie ‘The Thing from Another World.’ The creature was a vegetable based alien life form, a “super intellectual carrot.”
  • 1955 Morimoto Masaharu was born in Hiroshima, Japan. Masaharu is a well known Japanese Chef, and was the last Japanese Iron Chef on the TV show, Iron Chef (late 1990s).  He now has his own restaurant, Morimoto in Philadelphia.
  • 1971 Don Maclean recorded ‘American Pie’.
  • 1979‘Reunited’ by Peaches & Herb is #1 on the charts
  • 1999 R.I.P.  Waldo Lonsbury Semon. Semon was an American Inventor who is credited with the invention of Vinyl. Vinyl is the 2nd most used plastic in the world.  Semon held over 100 patents.

May 18th is National Cheese Souffle Day!

Posted on May 18, 2017

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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.

April 17th is National Cheeseball Day!

Posted on April 17, 2017

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Here are today’s five interesting food facts about CheeseBalls:

 

  • Cheese is a generic term for a diverse group of milk-based food products. Cheese is produced throughout the world in wide-ranging flavors, textures, and forms.  There are over 2000 varieties.
  • Cheddar cheese is dyed orange to give it an appealing color.  White cheddar is closer to its natural color.
  • Cheese is one of the oldest foods in history, dating back 4000 years to the ancient Egyptians.
  • Cheese takes up about 1/10 the volume of the milk it was made from.
  • The terms “Big Wheel” and “Big Cheese” originally referred to those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1629 The first horses were imported to the American colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1790 R.I.P. Benjamin Franklin. American diplomat, publisher, inventor, etc. Among his inventions were the Franklin stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He also published ‘Poor Richard’s Almanac.’
  • 1810 Lewis M. Norton of Troy, Pennsylvania was issued the first U.S. patent for pineapple cheese.
  • 1917 The first Del Monte brand national advertisement appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.
  • 1937 Daffy Duck makes his debut appearance in ‘Porky,s Duck Hunt’
  • 1996 R.I.P. Arnold Neustadter. He was the inventor of the Rolodex rotating card file.

April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Day!

Posted on April 12, 2017

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Here are today’s five interesting food facts about Grilled Cheese:

 

  • Grilled cheese sandwiches originally showed up in America during the roaring 20’s.

 

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  • It is said that grilled cheese was first served as an open-face sandwich.

 

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  • A grilled cheese sandwich is often accompanied by tomato soup, a southern delicacy!

 

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  • Grilled cheese sandwiches can be served with bacon , tomato, and various other additions.  It makes the meal much more filling.

 

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  • April is national grilled cheese sandwich month.  Be sure to celebrate heartily!

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1748 Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu was born. A French botanist whose ideas formed the foundation of a natural plant classification system.
  • 1985 The four ‘unicorns’ of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus were declared to be only goats with surgically implanted horns by federal inspectors. The circus was ordered to stop advertising them as unicorns
  • 1988 The first U.S. patent on an animal life form was issued to Harvard scientists for a genetically engineered mouse.
  • 1989 The USSR issued ration cards for sugar due to a shortage
  • 2001 Maryland banned the farming of genetically modified fish in any waters linked to other bodies of water.

April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day!

Posted on April 11, 2017

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Here are five interesting food facts about Cheese Fondue:

 

  • The melted cheese dish known as fondue is Swiss in origin.
  • Cow herders, who had long winters with few provisions, invented the dish.

 

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  • Other nationalities have similar recipes involving things like creamy eggs.
  • The way the Swiss dish obtained a French name is a mystery, though there is a powerful influence of French language speakers in Switzerland even today.

 

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  • The Swiss nobles liked the dish so much that they adapted it from its humble beginnings to make it a dish of the nobility.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1899 Percy L. Julian was born. An African American chemist, he worked on synthesizing various compounds from soy beans. One of his creations was a foam fire extinguisher refined from soya protein.
  • 1926 Luther Burbank died. American horticulturist, he developed many new varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the Burbank Potato (1873), the Shasta Daisy, over 100 varieties of plums and prunes and 10 varieties of berries.
  • 1958 ‘Tequila’ by The Champs is #1 on the charts.
  • 1986 Kellogg’s ended tours of its breakfast cereal plant for fear that industrial spies would obtain company secrets.
  • 1992 The largest Barracuda caught with rod and reel was a great barracuda that weighed 85 pounds. It was caught off Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

March 5th is National Cheese Doodle Day!

Posted on March 5, 2017

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Here are today’s five things to know about the Cheese Doodle:


Cheetos cheese-flavored puffs became a hit in the 1950’s. Soon after, Cheez Doodles appeared.

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 “Cheez Doodles fingers” is the official term used when you get cheese powder on your fingers after eating any cheese flavored snack food.

 

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Cheez Doodles are said to be one of the only packaged snack foods preferred by Julia Child.

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They have recently entered pop culture as the preferred snack of ESPN NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith. They are also the favorite snack of Lincoln Peirce’s comic character Big Nate.

 

 

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Wise (the company that produces Cheez Doodles) recently made their Crunchy Cheez Doodles “cheezier,” more akin to Cheetos’ flavor.

 

 

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Today’s Food History
1836 Charles Goodnight was born. He is said to have devised the first ‘chuck wagon’ from an Army wagon in the 1850s with various shelves and compartments for food, equipment, utensils, medical supplies, etc.
1893 Emmett J. Culligan was born. He was the founder of the water treatment company that carries his name.
1910 Momofuku Ando was born in Taiwan. Mr. Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products, and invented ‘Instant Ramen’ noodles.
1991 Patent # 5,000,000 was issued to Lonnie O. Ingram of the University of Florida. The patent was for a genetically engineered form of the E. coli bacterium that converts plant material into ethanol.

January 20th is National Cheese Lover’s Day!

Posted on January 20, 2017

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Here are Five Food Finds about Cheese:

Cheeses are more flavorful at room temperature. Let them stand for a half hour before serving.

 

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Cheese is an ancient food whose origins predate recorded history.

 

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Artisan cheese, made in small batches from local sources, is growing at a pace that exceeds even the growth rate of general cheese consumption in America.

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Some studies claim that cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss and American cheeses can help to prevent tooth decay.

 

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A study by the British Cheese Board in 2005 showed cheese has positive effects on sleep, not nightmares as Ebeneser Scrooge seemed to think.

 

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On This Day in Food History…

1785 Samuel Ellis advertised to sell his Oyster Island with no takers. Later renamed Ellis Island

1920 The 50-50 Club opened, considered the 1st ‘speakeasy.’

1964 The world’s largest cheese was presented at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, weighing in at over 34,000 pounds. It was presented by the Wisconsin Cheese Foundation, using over 170,000 qts of milk from over 16,000 cows.

1988 Famed vineyard manager Philippe de Rothschild dies.

1998 Researchers in America announced they had cloned calves for use in producing medicinal milk.


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October 21st is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!

Posted on October 21, 2016

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

  1. Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake uses a slightly tangy type of cheese with larger curds and less water content, called pot or farmer’s cheese.
  2. Philadelphia-style cheesecake is lighter in texture, yet richer in flavor than New York style cheesecake.
  3. Farmer’s cheese cheesecake is the contemporary implementation for the traditional use of baking to preserve fresh cheese and is often baked in a cake form along with fresh fruit like a tart.
  4. Country-style cheesecake uses buttermilk to produce a firm texture while decreasing the pH (increasing acidity) to extend shelf life.
  5. Lactose free cheesecake may be made either with lactose-free cream cheese or as an imitation using Vegan recipes combining non-dairy cream cheese alternatives with other lactose-free ingredient

Today’s Food History

  • 1422 Charles VI of France died. It was during Charles VI rule that Taillevent was made Master of the King’s kitchens. Charles VI also gave sole rights for the aging of Roquefort cheese to the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, and all Roquefort must still be aged in the caves there today.
  • 1449 George Plantagenet, duke of Clarence was born. Brother of Edward IV whom he was accused of plotting against. He was thrown into prison and secretly executed in the Tower of London. The rumor is that he was drowned in a butt (large cask) of malmsey wine.
  • 1879 Thomas Edison demonstrated the first commercially practical light bulb at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
  • 1990 Tom Carvel died. He was the inventor of the soft-serve ice cream machine, and founder of the Carvel ice cream chain.

October 9th is National Moldy Cheese Day!

Posted on October 9, 2016

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

  1. Did you know that there are over 2,000 varieties of cheeses?
  2. The #1 cheese recipe in America is “Macaroni and Cheese”.
  3. What appears to be the remains of cheese has been found in Egyptian tombs over 4,000 years old!
  4. The terms “Big Wheel” and “Big Cheese” originally referred to those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.
  5. Chevre is French for goat and refers to cheese made from goat’s milk.

Today’s Food History

  • 1906 Joseph Farwell Glidden died. Glidden, an Illinois farmer, received a patent for the first commercial barbed wire on November 24, 1874. The beginning of the end to open range and the cowboy. Glidden formed the Barb Fence Company with Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.
  • 1941 Carmen Miranda recorded ‘The Man with the Lollipop Song.’
  • 1946 ‘The Iceman Cometh’ opened in New York City.
  • 1985 Strawberry Fields, a 2 1/2 acre garden memorial in New York City’s Central Park, was dedicated to John Lennon.
  • 1996 World’s largest grilled cheese sandwich was made, 3,000 pounds.

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