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February 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day!

Posted on February 19, 2019

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Happy National Chocolate Mint Day!

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

 In tea houses and dinner halls of the early 1900’s  mint sprigs and dark chocolates served after desserts for patrons to ‘chew for good breath and aid digestion’.

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Thin Mints account for over 25% of the annual Girl Scout cookie sales.

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Andes chocolate mints, created in 1921, have little to do with the Andes mountains. They were once called “Andy’s Candies”  but the owner ‘found that men did not like giving boxes of candies with another man’s name on them to their wives and girlfriends’ so he changed the name.

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Frango Mints, perhaps the first chocolate mints, were first patented in 1918. They were sold in tea houses and sold frozen to emphasize the sharp mint flavor.

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Ancient Greeks believed mint could cure hiccups.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1764 Gottlieb Sigismund Kirchhof was born. He developed a method for refining vegetable oil, and also improved brewing & fermentation.
  • 1855 Bread Riots in Liverpool.
  • 1906 Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company (W.K. Kellogg Company) was founded by Will Keith Kellogg to manufacture breakfast cereals (cornflakes).
  • 1913 Cracker Jack began to put prizes in each box.
  • 1976 Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Great Britain when the two couldn’t settle their disagreement on the ‘cod war’ fishing rights issue.
  • 1985 Cherry Coke was introduced nation-wide
  • 1999 The world’s largest strawberry shortcake was created in McCall Park, Plant City, Florida, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. The city holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, over 6,000 pounds.
 

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The OFFICIAL February ‘Food Holiday’ list

Posted on February 13, 2019

february-calendarCanned Food Month
National Chocolate Lovers Month
National Cherry Month 
National Grapefruit Month
National Snack Food Month
National Potato Lovers Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
!st week of Feb- African Heritage & Health Week
3rd Weekend of February: National Margarita Weekend
“Superbowl Sunday” : National Pork Rind Day (aka National Pork Rind Appreciation Day)
Daily Holidays

Pork Rind Appreciation Day*
February 8
National Molasses Bar Day
February 12
National Plum Pudding Day
(National PB&J Day)
February 13
National Cheddar Day
National Tortellini Day
February 15 
National Gumdrop Day
February 16 
National Almond Day
February 20 
National Cherry Pie Day
 –
February 21 
February 22
February 23 
National Chili Day
National Banana Bread Day
February 27 

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It’s Official! 2019’s February Food Holidays

Posted on January 28, 2019

february-calendarCanned Food Month
National Chocolate Lovers Month
National Cherry Month 
National Grapefruit Month
National Snack Food Month
National Potato Lovers Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
!st week of Feb- African Heritage & Health Week
3rd Weekend of February: National Margarita Weekend
“Superbowl Sunday” : National Pork Rind Day (aka National Pork Rind Appreciation Day)
Daily Holidays

Pork Rind Appreciation Day*
February 8
National Molasses Bar Day
February 12
National Plum Pudding Day
(National PB&J Day)
February 15 
National Gumdrop Day
February 16 
National Almond Day
February 20 
National Cherry Pie Day
 –
February 21 
February 22
February 23 
National Chili Day
National Banana Bread Day
February 27 

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January 10th is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day! #BittersweetDay

Posted on January 10, 2019

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Here are today’s five things to know about Bittersweet Chocolate:

Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened form of dark chocolate that does NOT contain milk.  It’s usually used for baking.

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Dark chocolate is most popular among men.

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More than twice as many women than men eat and crave chocolate.

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The first chocolate bar was produced by Cadbury in England in 1842.

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The word Chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocolatl, meaning, bitter water.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1778 Carolus Linnaeus died. He was a Swedish botanist who developed the modern system for defining and naming plants.
  • 1839 Indian tea became available in Britain for the first time.
    Until this time only tea from China had been available, and that was very expensive.
    The development and import of Indian tea brought the price down so all could afford it, and it quickly became the national drink.
  • 1919 Restaurateur Milton Parker was born. Owner of the famous Carnegie Deli in New York City from 1976 until his retirement in 2002.
  • 1977 Ruth Graves Wakefield died. Inventor of the Toll House Cookie,
    the first chocolate chip cookie, at the Toll House Inn neart Whitman, Massachusetts in the 1930s.
  • 1984 Wendy’s ‘Where’s the Beef?’ ad campaign began. Burgers aren’t just for kids anymore.

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January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day!

Posted on January 3, 2019

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

Cherries were brought to America by ship with early settlers in the 1600s.

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Cherry pie filling is the number one pie filling sold in the US.

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Darker cherries have higher antioxidant and vitamin levels than lighter ones, but sour cherries have far higher levels than sweet.

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The main kinds of cherries can be found growing on tall trees that range between fifteen and thirty meters tall.

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Asian varieties, such as the Japanese Sakura, (known colloquially as the cherry blossom) are well-regarded for their long, weeping branches filled with small pink flowers.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1795 Josiah Wedgwood died. English inventor, artist and world renowned pottery designer and manufacturer. His daughter, Susannah, was the mother of Charles Darwin.
  • 1871 Oleomargarine was patented by Henry Bradley of Binghamton, New York. Hippolyte Mege-Mouries developed margarine in France in 1869, and received a U.S. patent in 1873 for margarine. There were many patents granted for various formulas and manufacturing techniques for margarine in the U.S. beginning in
  • 1871. I can remember, as a kid, kneading a plastic pouch of margarine, with a red dot of food coloring, to distribute the color throughout the margarine. The dairy industry was able to have laws passed that prevented manufacturers from coloring the margarine. (The natural color of margarine is white).
  • 1888 The first patent for wax coated paper drinking straws (made by a spiral winding process) was issued to Marvin C. Stone of Washington, D.C.
  • 1892 John Ronald Reuel Tolkein was born. Author of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Food and hospitality play important roles in both.
  • 1921 Studebaker announced that it would stop making farm wagons. Studebaker began making horse drawn wagons in 1852, and started experimenting with the new ‘horseless carriage’ in 1897.
  • 1979 Conrad Nicholson Hilton died. Founder of one of the most well known and largest hotel chains. It all began when he and his father turned their large New Mexico house into an inn for traveling salesmen.
  • 1980 Joy Adamson died. Naturalist and author of ‘Born Free’ about Elsa, a lion cub. She had also researched culinary and medicinal uses of various plants in Kenya.
  • 2000 Charles Schulz created his last ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.
  • 2002 Alfred Heineken died. Grandson of Gerard Adriaan Heineken, the founder of Heineken Brewery. Alfred was president of the company from 1964 to 1989.

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November 7th is National Chocolate Almonds Day!

Posted on November 7, 2018

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Happy National Chocolate Almonds Day!

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

Almonds are in the peach family. Seriously, the pits DO look similar:

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Americans collectively eat about 100 pounds of chocolate every second.

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Raw almonds are best for you!

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Chocolate business matters was the reason Milton Hershey cancelled his Titanic trip last minute.

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Eating dark chocolate reduces the risk of heart disease.

Today’s Food History

  • 1857 H.N. Wadsworth received the first American toothbrush patent.
  • 1872 The ‘Mary Celeste’ sailed for Genoa from New York with a cargo of 1700 barrels of alcoholic spirits. The ship was found abandoned near the Azores, the captain, his wife and daughter and 7 crewmen missing, and no sign of violence. The captain, his family and the crew were never seen again.
  • 1913 Alfred Russel Wallace died. Wallace was a British naturalist who developed a theory of natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. He sent his conclusions to Darwin, and their findings were both presented to the Linnaean Society in 1858.
  • 1965 The Pillsbury Doughboy, ‘Poppin’ Fresh,’ was born. He made his debut in a commercial for crescent rolls.
  • 2006 The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act was approved by state voters. It bans smoking in all bars and restaurants. It becomes effective on December 8.

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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’

July 3rd is National Chocolate Wafer Day!

Posted on July 3, 2018

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Happy National Chocolate Wafer Day

Five Food Finds about Chocolate

  • Ancient Aztecs thought chocolate had magical powers; like the ability to give them strength.
  • Chocolate was consumed by the ancient Aztecs as a frothy beverage, somewhat like hot chocolate we drink today.
  • Chocolate contains over 300 mineral properties that are beneficial to your health.
  • Chocolate comes from a plant, called Theobroma cacao, which translates “Food of the Gods”.
  • Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than green tea and just as many as blueberries.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1806 Michael Keens presented the first cultivated strawberry combining flavor and appearance, at the Royal Horticultural Society. “…. I have for a considerable time employed myself in raising new varieties from seed, which has been not only a source of great amusement to me, but also very profitable in my profession.”

1844 The last pair of Great Auks was killed near Iceland. They had been hunted to extinction for food and bait. Great Auks (Garefowl) were almost 3 feet tall, with short wings, similar to penguins. They were flightless, which made them vulnerable to hunters.

1890 Idaho became the 43rd state, the Potato State.

1908 M.F.K. Fisher (Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher) was born. Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was an American food critic and writer and the author of various articles, essays and books about food. She also translated Brillat-Savarin’s ‘The Physiology of Taste’ in 1949.

1922 ‘Fruit Garden & Home Magazine’ was founded. Two years later it was renamed ‘Better Homes & Gardens’.

1924 Clarence Birdseye, with the financial backing of W. Hodges, W. Gamage, B. Jones, I.L. Rice and J.J. Barry, founded the General Seafood Corporation. The birth of the frozen food industry.

1929 More unusual uses for kitchen appliances: Foam rubber was developed at Dunlop Laboratories. British scientist E.A. Murphy used a kitchen mixer to whip natural latex rubber.

1954 Rationing finally ended in Britain, almost nine years after the end of World War II.

1985 The honey bee was designated the official state insect of Missouri on July 3, 1985.

May 1st National Chocolate Parfait Day!

Posted on May 1, 2018

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Happy National Chocolate Parfait Day!

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

 

  • Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than green tea and just as many as blueberries.
  • White chocolate really isn’t chocolate. It’s made from cocoa butter, the substance you get by pressing cocoa beans. Cocoa butter is absent of the cocoa solids used to make chocolate.

 

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  • Chocolate was consumed by the ancient Aztecs as a frothy beverage, somewhat like hot chocolate we drink today.
  • Chocolate comes from a plant, called Theobroma cacao, which translates “Food of the Gods”.
  • Eating chocolate can also reduce the symptoms of stress.
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Today’s Food History

  • 1683 Supposedly, a patent for a system of extracting salt from sea water was granted in England.
  • 1841 The first wagon train left Independence, Missouri for California.
  • 1851 London’s Great Exhibition opened in Hyde Park. It was the first international exhibition ever to be held. The Exhibition was housed in the Crystal Palace.
  • 1889 Bayer introduced aspirin powder in Germany.
  • 1927 Imperial Airways became the first British airline to serve hot meals.
  • 1931 Empire State Building opens. It was built on the site of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
  • 1971 ‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones is released.
  • 1991 Charles Elton died. Elton was an English biologist who first developed the idea of a ‘food chain.’
  • 2001 Hindus in Seattle filled suit against McDonald’s restaurant chain for not disclosing the use of beef flavoring in its French Fries.
  • 2005 A 9 foot, 640 pound freshwater catfish was caught by fishermen in northern Thailand on the Mekong River. According to many, this is the largest freshwater fish ever caught.

February 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day!

Posted on February 19, 2018

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Happy National Chocolate Mint Day!

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

 

 In tea houses and dinner halls of the early 1900’s  mint sprigs and dark chocolates served after desserts for patrons to ‘chew for good breath and aid digestion’.

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Thin Mints account for over 25% of the annual Girl Scout cookie sales.

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Andes chocolate mints, created in 1921, have little to do with the Andes mountains. They were once called “Andy’s Candies”  but the owner ‘found that men did not like giving boxes of candies with another man’s name on them to their wives and girlfriends’ so he changed the name.

 

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Frango Mints, perhaps the first chocolate mints, were first patented in 1918. They were sold in tea houses and sold frozen to emphasize the sharp mint flavor.

 

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Ancient Greeks believed mint could cure hiccups.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1764 Gottlieb Sigismund Kirchhof was born. He developed a method for refining vegetable oil, and also improved brewing & fermentation.
  • 1855 Bread Riots in Liverpool.
  • 1906 Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company (W.K. Kellogg Company) was founded by Will Keith Kellogg to manufacture breakfast cereals (cornflakes).
  • 1913 Cracker Jack began to put prizes in each box.
  • 1976 Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Great Britain when the two couldn’t settle their disagreement on the ‘cod war’ fishing rights issue.
  • 1985 Cherry Coke was introduced nation-wide
  • 1999 The world’s largest strawberry shortcake was created in McCall Park, Plant City, Florida, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. The city holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, over 6,000 pounds.
 

 


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It’s Official! Here’s 2018’s February Food Holidays

Posted on January 31, 2018

february-calendarCanned Food Month
National Chocolate Lovers Month
National Cherry Month 
National Grapefruit Month
National Snack Food Month
National Potato Lovers Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
!st week of Feb- African Heritage & Health Week
3rd Weekend of February: National Margarita Weekend
“Superbowl Sunday” : National Pork Rind Day (aka National Pork Rind Appreciation Day)
Daily Holidays

Pork Rind Appreciation Day*
February 8
National Molasses Bar Day
February 12
National Plum Pudding Day
(National PB&J Day)
February 15 
National Gumdrop Day
February 16 
National Almond Day
February 20 
National Cherry Pie Day
 –
February 21 
February 22
February 23 
National Chili Day
National Banana Bread Day
February 27 

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January 10th is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day!

Posted on January 10, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Bittersweet Chocolate:

Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened form of dark chocolate that does NOT contain milk.  It’s usually used for baking.

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Dark chocolate is most popular among men.

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More than twice as many women than men eat and crave chocolate.

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The first chocolate bar was produced by Cadbury in England in 1842.

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The word Chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocolatl, meaning, bitter water.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1778 Carolus Linnaeus died. He was a Swedish botanist who developed the modern system for defining and naming plants.
  • 1839 Indian tea became available in Britain for the first time.
    Until this time only tea from China had been available, and that was very expensive.
    The development and import of Indian tea brought the price down so all could afford it, and it quickly became the national drink.
  • 1919 Restaurateur Milton Parker was born. Owner of the famous Carnegie Deli in New York City from 1976 until his retirement in 2002.
  • 1977 Ruth Graves Wakefield died. Inventor of the Toll House Cookie,
    the first chocolate chip cookie, at the Toll House Inn neart Whitman, Massachusetts in the 1930s.
  • 1984 Wendy’s ‘Where’s the Beef?’ ad campaign began. Burgers aren’t just for kids anymore.

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January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day!

Posted on January 3, 2018

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

Cherries were brought to America by ship with early settlers in the 1600s.

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Cherry pie filling is the number one pie filling sold in the US.

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Darker cherries have higher antioxidant and vitamin levels than lighter ones, but sour cherries have far higher levels than sweet.

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The main kinds of cherries can be found growing on tall trees that range between fifteen and thirty meters tall.

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Asian varieties, such as the Japanese Sakura, (known colloquially as the cherry blossom) are well-regarded for their long, weeping branches filled with small pink flowers.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1795 Josiah Wedgwood died. English inventor, artist and world renowned pottery designer and manufacturer. His daughter, Susannah, was the mother of Charles Darwin.
  • 1871 Oleomargarine was patented by Henry Bradley of Binghamton, New York. Hippolyte Mege-Mouries developed margarine in France in 1869, and received a U.S. patent in 1873 for margarine. There were many patents granted for various formulas and manufacturing techniques for margarine in the U.S. beginning in
  • 1871. I can remember, as a kid, kneading a plastic pouch of margarine, with a red dot of food coloring, to distribute the color throughout the margarine. The dairy industry was able to have laws passed that prevented manufacturers from coloring the margarine. (The natural color of margarine is white).
  • 1888 The first patent for wax coated paper drinking straws (made by a spiral winding process) was issued to Marvin C. Stone of Washington, D.C.
  • 1892 John Ronald Reuel Tolkein was born. Author of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Food and hospitality play important roles in both.
  • 1921 Studebaker announced that it would stop making farm wagons. Studebaker began making horse drawn wagons in 1852, and started experimenting with the new ‘horseless carriage’ in 1897.
  • 1979 Conrad Nicholson Hilton died. Founder of one of the most well known and largest hotel chains. It all began when he and his father turned their large New Mexico house into an inn for traveling salesmen.
  • 1980 Joy Adamson died. Naturalist and author of ‘Born Free’ about Elsa, a lion cub. She had also researched culinary and medicinal uses of various plants in Kenya.
  • 2000 Charles Schulz created his last ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.
  • 2002 Alfred Heineken died. Grandson of Gerard Adriaan Heineken, the founder of Heineken Brewery. Alfred was president of the company from 1964 to 1989.

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November 7th is National Chocolate Almonds Day!

Posted on November 7, 2017

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Happy National Chocolate Almonds Day!

#NationalChocoateAlmondsDay


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

Almonds are in the peach family. Seriously, the pits DO look similar:

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Americans collectively eat about 100 pounds of chocolate every second.

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Raw almonds are best for you!

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Chocolate business matters was the reason Milton Hershey cancelled his Titanic trip last minute.

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Eating dark chocolate reduces the risk of heart disease.

Today’s Food History

  • 1857 H.N. Wadsworth received the first American toothbrush patent.
  • 1872 The ‘Mary Celeste’ sailed for Genoa from New York with a cargo of 1700 barrels of alcoholic spirits. The ship was found abandoned near the Azores, the captain, his wife and daughter and 7 crewmen missing, and no sign of violence. The captain, his family and the crew were never seen again.
  • 1913 Alfred Russel Wallace died. Wallace was a British naturalist who developed a theory of natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. He sent his conclusions to Darwin, and their findings were both presented to the Linnaean Society in 1858.
  • 1965 The Pillsbury Doughboy, ‘Poppin’ Fresh,’ was born. He made his debut in a commercial for crescent rolls.
  • 2006 The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act was approved by state voters. It bans smoking in all bars and restaurants. It becomes effective on December 8.

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September 23rd is National White Chocolate Day!

Posted on September 23, 2017

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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’

July 3rd is National Chocolate Wafer Day!

Posted on July 3, 2017

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National Chocolate Wafer Day

Five Food Finds about Chocolate

  • Ancient Aztecs thought chocolate had magical powers; like the ability to give them strength.
  • Chocolate was consumed by the ancient Aztecs as a frothy beverage, somewhat like hot chocolate we drink today.
  • Chocolate contains over 300 mineral properties that are beneficial to your health.
  • Chocolate comes from a plant, called Theobroma cacao, which translates “Food of the Gods”.
  • Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than green tea and just as many as blueberries.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1806 Michael Keens presented the first cultivated strawberry combining flavor and appearance, at the Royal Horticultural Society. “…. I have for a considerable time employed myself in raising new varieties from seed, which has been not only a source of great amusement to me, but also very profitable in my profession.”

1844 The last pair of Great Auks was killed near Iceland. They had been hunted to extinction for food and bait. Great Auks (Garefowl) were almost 3 feet tall, with short wings, similar to penguins. They were flightless, which made them vulnerable to hunters.

1890 Idaho became the 43rd state, the Potato State.

1908 M.F.K. Fisher (Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher) was born. Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was an American food critic and writer and the author of various articles, essays and books about food. She also translated Brillat-Savarin’s ‘The Physiology of Taste’ in 1949.

1922 ‘Fruit Garden & Home Magazine’ was founded. Two years later it was renamed ‘Better Homes & Gardens’.

1924 Clarence Birdseye, with the financial backing of W. Hodges, W. Gamage, B. Jones, I.L. Rice and J.J. Barry, founded the General Seafood Corporation. The birth of the frozen food industry.

1929 More unusual uses for kitchen appliances: Foam rubber was developed at Dunlop Laboratories. British scientist E.A. Murphy used a kitchen mixer to whip natural latex rubber.

1954 Rationing finally ended in Britain, almost nine years after the end of World War II.

1985 The honey bee was designated the official state insect of Missouri on July 3, 1985.

May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Day !

Posted on May 15, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about Chocolate Chips:

 

  • Originally, chocolate chips were made of semi-sweet chocolate, but today there are many flavors. These include bittersweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and white and dark swirled chocolate chips.

 

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  • Chocolate chips were invented in 1933 when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in the town of Whitman, Massachusetts added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestlé chocolate bar to a cookie recipe.

 

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  • The cookies were a huge success, and Wakefield reached an agreement with Nestlé to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
  • Initially, Nestlé included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars, but in 1939 they started selling the chocolate in chip (or “morsel”) form.

 

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  • The Nestlé brand Toll House cookies is named for the inn.

 

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1923 Listerine was registered as a trademark.
  • 1930 Mrs. Ellen Church, a registered nurse, became the world’s first airline stewardess (flight attendant). The 11 passengers were flying on a United Airlines tri-motor Boeing 80A from San Francisco to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The meal was chicken, fruit salad and rolls.
  • 1940 Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S. in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • 1989 Hershey’s reduces the size of the Hershey bar to 1.55 ounces. The price remains 40 cents.
  • 1991 The famous Paris cooking school, L’Ecole de Cordon Bleu, opens a branch in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 2007 Karen Hess, culinary historian, died. Some of her books were ‘The Taste of America‘ (1977) and ‘Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection‘ (1992). She also annotated Mary Randolph’s ‘Virginia Housewife‘ (1983).

May 1st National Chocolate Parfait Day!

Posted on May 1, 2017

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

 

  • Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than green tea and just as many as blueberries.
  • White chocolate really isn’t chocolate. It’s made from cocoa butter, the substance you get by pressing cocoa beans. Cocoa butter is absent of the cocoa solids used to make chocolate.

 

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  • Chocolate was consumed by the ancient Aztecs as a frothy beverage, somewhat like hot chocolate we drink today.
  • Chocolate comes from a plant, called Theobroma cacao, which translates “Food of the Gods”.
  • Eating chocolate can also reduce the symptoms of stress.
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Today’s Food History

  • 1683 Supposedly, a patent for a system of extracting salt from sea water was granted in England.
  • 1841 The first wagon train left Independence, Missouri for California.
  • 1851 London’s Great Exhibition opened in Hyde Park. It was the first international exhibition ever to be held. The Exhibition was housed in the Crystal Palace.
  • 1889 Bayer introduced aspirin powder in Germany.
  • 1927 Imperial Airways became the first British airline to serve hot meals.
  • 1931 Empire State Building opens. It was built on the site of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
  • 1971 ‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones is released.
  • 1991 Charles Elton died. Elton was an English biologist who first developed the idea of a ‘food chain.’
  • 2001 Hindus in Seattle filled suit against McDonald’s restaurant chain for not disclosing the use of beef flavoring in its French Fries.
  • 2005 A 9 foot, 640 pound freshwater catfish was caught by fishermen in northern Thailand on the Mekong River. According to many, this is the largest freshwater fish ever caught.

February 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day!

Posted on February 19, 2017

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

 

 In tea houses and dinner halls of the early 1900’s  mint sprigs and dark chocolates served after desserts for patrons to ‘chew for good breath and aid digestion’.

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Thin Mints account for over 25% of the annual Girl Scout cookie sales.

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Andes chocolate mints, created in 1921, have little to do with the Andes mountains. They were once called “Andy’s Candies”  but the owner ‘found that men did not like giving boxes of candies with another man’s name on them to their wives and girlfriends’ so he changed the name.

 

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Frango Mints, perhaps the first chocolate mints, were first patented in 1918. They were sold in tea houses and sold frozen to emphasize the sharp mint flavor.

 

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Ancient Greeks believed mint could cure hiccups.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1764 Gottlieb Sigismund Kirchhof was born. He developed a method for refining vegetable oil, and also improved brewing & fermentation.
  • 1855 Bread Riots in Liverpool.
  • 1906 Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company (W.K. Kellogg Company) was founded by Will Keith Kellogg to manufacture breakfast cereals (cornflakes).
  • 1913 Cracker Jack began to put prizes in each box.
  • 1976 Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Great Britain when the two couldn’t settle their disagreement on the ‘cod war’ fishing rights issue.
  • 1985 Cherry Coke was introduced nation-wide
  • 1999 The world’s largest strawberry shortcake was created in McCall Park, Plant City, Florida, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. The city holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, over 6,000 pounds.
 

 

 

 

January 10th is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day!

Posted on January 10, 2017

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Here are today’s five things to know about Bittersweet Chocolate:

Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened form of dark chocolate that does NOT contain milk.  It’s usually used for baking.

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Dark chocolate is most popular among men.

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More than twice as many women than men eat and crave chocolate.

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The first chocolate bar was produced by Cadbury in England in 1842.

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The word Chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocolatl, meaning, bitter water.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1778 Carolus Linnaeus died. He was a Swedish botanist who developed the modern system for defining and naming plants.
  • 1839 Indian tea became available in Britain for the first time.
    Until this time only tea from China had been available, and that was very expensive.
    The development and import of Indian tea brought the price down so all could afford it, and it quickly became the national drink.
  • 1919 Restaurateur Milton Parker was born. Owner of the famous Carnegie Deli in New York City from 1976 until his retirement in 2002.
  • 1977 Ruth Graves Wakefield died. Inventor of the Toll House Cookie,
    the first chocolate chip cookie, at the Toll House Inn neart Whitman, Massachusetts in the 1930s.
  • 1984 Wendy’s ‘Where’s the Beef?’ ad campaign began. Burgers aren’t just for kids anymore.

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January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day!

Posted on January 3, 2017

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

Cherries were brought to America by ship with early settlers in the 1600s.

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Cherry pie filling is the number one pie filling sold in the US.

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Darker cherries have higher antioxidant and vitamin levels than lighter ones, but sour cherries have far higher levels than sweet.

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The main kinds of cherries can be found growing on tall trees that range between fifteen and thirty meters tall.

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Asian varieties, such as the Japanese Sakura, (known colloquially as the cherry blossom) are well-regarded for their long, weeping branches filled with small pink flowers.

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Today’s Food History

1795 Josiah Wedgwood died. English inventor, artist and world renowned pottery designer and manufacturer. His daughter, Susannah, was the mother of Charles Darwin.
1871 Oleomargarine was patented by Henry Bradley of Binghamton, New York. Hippolyte Mege-Mouries developed margarine in France in 1869, and received a U.S. patent in 1873 for margarine. There were many patents granted for various formulas and manufacturing techniques for margarine in the U.S. beginning in 1871. I can remember, as a kid, kneading a plastic pouch of margarine, with a red dot of food coloring, to distribute the color throughout the margarine. The dairy industry was able to have laws passed that prevented manufacturers from coloring the margarine. (The natural color of margarine is white).
1888 The first patent for wax coated paper drinking straws (made by a spiral winding process) was issued to Marvin C. Stone of Washington, D.C.
1892 John Ronald Reuel Tolkein was born. Author of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Food and hospitality play important roles in both.
1921 Studebaker announced that it would stop making farm wagons. Studebaker began making horse drawn wagons in 1852, and started experimenting with the new ‘horseless carriage’ in 1897.
1979 Conrad Nicholson Hilton died. Founder of one of the most well known and largest hotel chains. It all began when he and his father turned their large New Mexico house into an inn for traveling salesmen.
1980 Joy Adamson died. Naturalist and author of ‘Born Free’ about Elsa, a lion cub. She had also researched culinary and medicinal uses of various plants in Kenya.
2000 Charles Schulz created his last ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.
2002 Alfred Heineken died. Grandson of Gerard Adriaan Heineken, the founder of Heineken Brewery. Alfred was president of the company from 1964 to 1989.


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November 7th is National Chocolate Almonds Day!

Posted on November 7, 2016

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

Almonds are in the peach family. Seriously, the pits DO look similar:

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Americans collectively eat about 100 pounds of chocolate every second.

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Raw almonds are best for you!

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Chocolate business matters was the reason Milton Hershey cancelled his Titanic trip last minute.

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Eating dark chocolate reduces the risk of heart disease.

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1857 H.N. Wadsworth received the first American toothbrush patent.
  • 1872 The ‘Mary Celeste’ sailed for Genoa from New York with a cargo of 1700 barrels of alcoholic spirits. The ship was found abandoned near the Azores, the captain, his wife and daughter and 7 crewmen missing, and no sign of violence. The captain, his family and the crew were never seen again.
  • 1913 Alfred Russel Wallace died. Wallace was a British naturalist who developed a theory of natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. He sent his conclusions to Darwin, and their findings were both presented to the Linnaean Society in 1858.
  • 1965 The Pillsbury Doughboy, ‘Poppin’ Fresh,’ was born. He made his debut in a commercial for crescent rolls.
  • 2006 The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act was approved by state voters. It bans smoking in all bars and restaurants. It becomes effective on December 8.

 

 

September 26th is National Key Lime Pie Day!

Posted on September 26, 2016

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Key Lime Pie:

  1. The dish is named for the small Key limes that are naturalized throughout the Florida Keys. 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.
  2. Unlike regular lime juice, Key lime juice is a pale yellow color which combined with the egg yokes results in the yellow pie filling.
  3. Key lime pie was invented by botantist Jack Simons.
  4. On July 1st, 2006 both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate passed legislation selecting the “Key lime pie” as the official pie of the state of Florida.
  5. It is highly likely that the first Key lime pie was created by “Aunt Sally,” the cook of a ship salvager and Key West’s first millionaire. Many of the men onboard his ships would have had access to the basic and non-perishable ingredients required for the early recipe: canned milk, limes and eggs. ,

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’

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September 23rd is National White Chocolate Day!

Posted on September 23, 2016

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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’


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July 3rd is National Chocolate Wafer Day!

Posted on July 3, 2016

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National Chocolate Wafer Day

Five Food Finds about Chocolate

  • Ancient Aztecs thought chocolate had magical powers; like the ability to give them strength.
  • Chocolate was consumed by the ancient Aztecs as a frothy beverage, somewhat like hot chocolate we drink today.
  • Chocolate contains over 300 mineral properties that are beneficial to your health.
  • Chocolate comes from a plant, called Theobroma cacao, which translates “Food of the Gods”.
  • Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than green tea and just as many as blueberries.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1806 Michael Keens presented the first cultivated strawberry combining flavor and appearance, at the Royal Horticultural Society. “…. I have for a considerable time employed myself in raising new varieties from seed, which has been not only a source of great amusement to me, but also very profitable in my profession.”

1844 The last pair of Great Auks was killed near Iceland. They had been hunted to extinction for food and bait. Great Auks (Garefowl) were almost 3 feet tall, with short wings, similar to penguins. They were flightless, which made them vulnerable to hunters.

1890 Idaho became the 43rd state, the Potato State.

1908 M.F.K. Fisher (Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher) was born. Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was an American food critic and writer and the author of various articles, essays and books about food. She also translated Brillat-Savarin’s ‘The Physiology of Taste’ in 1949.

1922 ‘Fruit Garden & Home Magazine’ was founded. Two years later it was renamed ‘Better Homes & Gardens’.

1924 Clarence Birdseye, with the financial backing of W. Hodges, W. Gamage, B. Jones, I.L. Rice and J.J. Barry, founded the General Seafood Corporation. The birth of the frozen food industry.

1929 More unusual uses for kitchen appliances: Foam rubber was developed at Dunlop Laboratories. British scientist E.A. Murphy used a kitchen mixer to whip natural latex rubber.

1954 Rationing finally ended in Britain, almost nine years after the end of World War II.

1985 The honey bee was designated the official state insect of Missouri on July 3, 1985.

May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Day

Posted on May 15, 2016

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National Chocolate Chip Day

Five Food Finds about Chocolate Chips

  1. Originally, chocolate chips were made of semi-sweet chocolate, but today there are many flavors. These include bittersweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and white and dark swirled chocolate chips.
  2. Chocolate chips were invented in 1933 when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in the town of Whitman, Massachusetts added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestlé chocolate bar to a cookie recipe.
  3. The cookies were a huge success, and Wakefield reached an agreement with Nestlé to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
  4. Initially, Nestlé included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars, but in 1939 they started selling the chocolate in chip (or “morsel”) form.
  5. The Nestlé brand Toll House cookies is named for the inn.

 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1923 Listerine was registered as a trademark.

1930 Mrs. Ellen Church, a registered nurse, became the world’s first airline stewardess (flight attendant). The 11 passengers were flying on a United Airlines tri-motor Boeing 80A from San Francisco to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The meal was chicken, fruit salad and rolls.

1940 Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S. in Wilmington, Delaware.

1989 Hershey’s reduces the size of the Hershey bar to 1.55 ounces. The price remains 40 cents.

1991 The famous Paris cooking school, L’Ecole de Cordon Bleu, opens a branch in Tokyo, Japan.

2007 Karen Hess, culinary historian, died. Some of her books were ‘The Taste of America‘ (1977) and ‘Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection‘ (1992). She also annotated Mary Randolph’s ‘Virginia Housewife‘ (1983).

 

May 1 – National Chocolate Parfait Day

Posted on May 1, 2016

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Happy National Chocolate Parfait Day!

Five Food Finds about Parfait: 

  1. Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than green tea and just as many as blueberries.
  2. White chocolate really isn’t chocolate. It’s made from cocoa butter, the substance you get by pressing cocoa beans. Cocoa butter is absent of the cocoa solids used to make chocolate.
  3. Chocolate was consumed by the ancient Aztecs as a frothy beverage, somewhat like hot chocolate we drink today.
  4. Chocolate comes from a plant, called Theobroma cacao, which translates “Food of the Gods”.
  5. Eating chocolate can also reduce the symptoms of stress.

 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1683 Supposedly, a patent for a system of extracting salt from sea water was granted in England.

1841 The first wagon train left Independence, Missouri for California.

1851 London’s Great Exhibition opened in Hyde Park. It was the first international exhibition ever to be held. The Exhibition was housed in the Crystal Palace.

1889 Bayer introduced aspirin powder in Germany.

1927 Imperial Airways became the first British airline to serve hot meals.

1931 Empire State Building opens. It was built on the site of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

1971 ‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones is released.

1991 Charles Elton died. Elton was an English biologist who first developed the idea of a ‘food chain.’

2001 Hindus in Seattle filled suit against McDonald’s restaurant chain for not disclosing the use of beef flavoring in its French Fries.

2005 A 9 foot, 640 pound freshwater catfish was caught by fishermen in northern Thailand on the Mekong River. According to many, this is the largest freshwater fish ever caught.

 

February 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day

Posted on February 19, 2016

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

  1.  In tea houses and dinner halls of the early 1900’s  mint sprigs and dark chocolates served after desserts for patrons to ‘chew for good breath and aid digestion’.  Soon thin mints, layered mint and dark chocolate candies appeared in many forms.
  2. Thin Mints, a Girl Scout cookie first sold in 1951, accounts for over 25% of the annual Girl Scout cookie sales.
  3. After Eights, introduced in 1962, were considered a classier version of the classic thin mint, with dark chocolate and rich mint center, considered at the time the perfect after dinner mint.
  4. Andes chocolate mints, created in 1921, have little to do with the Andes mountains. They were once called “Andy’s Candies”  but the owner ‘found that men did not like giving boxes of candies with another man’s name on them to their wives and girlfriends’ so he changed the name.
  5. Frango Mints, perhaps the first chocolate mints, were first patented in 1918. They were sold in tea houses and sold frozen to emphasize the sharp mint flavor.

 Daily Quote:

“A wise man knows that if someone offers you a breath mint, accept it.”~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1764 Gottlieb Sigismund Kirchhof was born. He developed a method for refining vegetable oil, and also improved brewing & fermentation.
  • 1855 Bread Riots in Liverpool.
  • 1906 Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company (W.K. Kellogg Company) was founded by Will Keith Kellogg to manufacture breakfast cereals (cornflakes).
  • 1913 Cracker Jack began to put prizes in each box.
  • 1976 Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Great Britain when the two couldn’t settle their disagreement on the ‘cod war’ fishing rights issue.
  • 1985 Cherry Coke was introduced nation-wide
  • 1999 The world’s largest strawberry shortcake was created in McCall Park, Plant City, Florida, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. The city holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, over 6,000 pounds.

January 10th is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

Posted on January 10, 2016

A Brief History of Chocolate

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

  1. Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened form of dark chocolate that does NOT contain milk.  It’s usually used for baking.
  2. Dark chocolate is most popular among men.
  3. More than twice as many women than men eat and crave chocolate.
  4. The first chocolate bar was produced by Cadbury in England in 1842.
  5. The word Chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocolatl, meaning, bitter water.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1778 Carolus Linnaeus died. He was a Swedish botanist who developed the modern system for defining and naming plants.
  • 1839 Indian tea became available in Britain for the first time.
    Until this time only tea from China had been available, and that was very expensive.
    The development and import of Indian tea brought the price down so all could afford it, and it quickly became the national drink.
  • 1919 Restaurateur Milton Parker was born. Owner of the famous Carnegie Deli in New York City from 1976 until his retirement in 2002.
  • 1977 Ruth Graves Wakefield died. Inventor of the Toll House Cookie,
    the first chocolate chip cookie, at the Toll House Inn neart Whitman, Massachusetts in the 1930s.
  • 1984 Wendy’s ‘Where’s the Beef?’ ad campaign began. Burgers aren’t just for kids anymore.

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January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day!

Posted on January 3, 2016

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

  1. Cherries were brought to America by ship with early settlers in the 1600s.
  2. Cherry pie filling is the number one pie filling sold in the US.
  3. Darker cherries have higher antioxidant and vitamin levels than lighter ones, but sour cherries, which are generally bright red rather than a darker red-purple in color, have far higher levels than sweet.
  4. The main kinds of cherries can be found growing on tall trees that range between fifteen and thirty meters tall.
  5. Asian varieties, such as the Japanese Sakura, (known colloquially as the cherry blossom) are well-regarded for their long, weeping branches filled with small pink flowers.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1795 Josiah Wedgwood died. English inventor, artist and world renowned pottery designer and manufacturer. His daughter, Susannah, was the mother of Charles Darwin.
  • 1871 Oleomargarine was patented by Henry Bradley of Binghamton, New York. Hippolyte Mege-Mouries developed margarine in France in 1869, and received a U.S. patent in 1873 for margarine. There were many patents granted for various formulas and manufacturing techniques for margarine in the U.S. beginning in 1871. I can remember, as a kid, kneading a plastic pouch of margarine, with a red dot of food coloring, to distribute the color throughout the margarine. The dairy industry was able to have laws passed that prevented manufacturers from coloring the margarine. (The natural color of margarine is white).
  • 1888 The first patent for wax coated paper drinking straws (made by a spiral winding process) was issued to Marvin C. Stone of Washington, D.C.
  • 1892 John Ronald Reuel Tolkein was born. Author of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Food and hospitality play important roles in both.
  • 1921 Studebaker announced that it would stop making farm wagons. Studebaker began making horse drawn wagons in 1852, and started experimenting with the new ‘horseless carriage’ in 1897.
  • 1979 Conrad Nicholson Hilton died. Founder of one of the most well known and largest hotel chains. It all began when he and his father turned their large New Mexico house into an inn for traveling salesmen.
  • 1980 Joy Adamson died. Naturalist and author of ‘Born Free’ about Elsa, a lion cub. She had also researched culinary and medicinal uses of various plants in Kenya.
  • 2000 Charles Schulz created his last ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.
  • 2002 Alfred Heineken died. Grandson of Gerard Adriaan Heineken, the founder of Heineken Brewery. Alfred was president of the company from 1964 to 1989.

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July 8 is National Chocolate with Almonds Day

Posted on July 8, 2015

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National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

Five Food Finds about Almonds

  • The protein in almonds is more like the proteins in human breast milk of all the seeds and nuts, which is why it is the choice of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as the base for its baby formula.
  • Almonds are the most nutrient-dense tree nut. One ounce of almonds (20-25 almonds) contains 160 calories and only 1 gram of saturated fat and no cholesterol.  Almonds are also an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium, and a good source of protein and potassium.
  • The Jordan almond is a large plump variety of almond from Malaga, Spain, considered to be the finest cultivated almond. The are frequently sold with a hard colored sugar coating, or salted.
  • It takes 1000 pounds of almonds to make 1 pint of almond oil.
  • The world’s largest almond factory is in Sacramento, California. It processes 2 million pounds of almonds a day.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1497 Vasco de Gama left Lisbon with four ships, to search for a sea route to India. He was the first European to sail there (notwithstanding Columbus’ valiant try), and he opened the area to Portuguese trade (and colonization).
(Pondering Point: Columbus sailed to America on his way to India. Wrong Way Corrigan flew to Scotland on his way to California).

1810 Gabriel Gustav Valentin was born. This German-Swiss physiologist was the first to discover the digestive activity of pancreatic juice. (Something I’ll bet you always wanted to know!).

1831 John Styth Pemberton was born. Pemberton was the pharmacist who invented Coca-Cola in 1885. (Pharmacists used to have a much more interesting life!)

1844 Mary Johnson Bailey Lincoln was born. She was the author of the original Boston Cooking School Cook Book, before Fanny Farmer took it over.

1887 A riot breaks out at the saloonkeepers picnic in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1881 The Ice Cream Sundae was invented. Edward Berner of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, supposedly invented the Ice Cream Sundae, when he served a customer ice cream topped chocolate syrup (used to flavor ice cream sodas). It was a Sunday, and flavored soda water was not served on Sundays to respectable people.

1886 It rained snails in Cornwall, England. (Sounds like a description of a Monty Python skit). July is one of the best months for raining all sorts of living creatures.

1949 Wolfgang Puck was born. Chef, formerly of Spagos in Los Angeles.

1957 William Cadbury, chocolatier died at age 89.

1989 ‘Good Thing’ by Fine Young Cannibals is #1 on the charts

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