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February 27 is National Strawberry Day! 

Posted on February 26, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about strawberries: 

Strawberries aren’t berries at all, they are considered by botantists to be their own seperate fruit! 

Strawberries are members of the rose family. 

Belgium has a museum dedicated to the strawberry. 

The ancient Romans thought strawberries has medicinal powers to cure depression, kidney stones, and a sore throat. 

California produces nearly 80% of America’s strawberries. 

Today’s Food History

1827 The first Mardi Gras celebration was held in New Orleans.
1879 Saccharin, an artificial sweetener, was discovered by Constantine Fahlberg and Ira Remsen at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The FDA has required warning labels, since 1972, on products using saccharin because it is a suspected carcinogen.
1902 John Steinbeck was born. American novelist, some of his titles were: ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ ‘Tortilla Flats’ and ‘Cannery Row.’
1936 RIP Ivan Petrovich Pavlov died. He first theorized that digestion was controlled in part by sensory inputs of sight, smell and taste . ‘conditioned reflex

January 15th is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day! First celebrated in 1932.

Posted on January 15, 2019

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 Happy National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

A ‘Day’ created in the 1950’s to celebrate a very popular flavor of the time.

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

It is thought that “iced” cream was first served in the White House in the early 1800’s.

strawberry-ice-cream4

Huge chunks of  frozen river ice were stored in basements vaults covered in hay to keep them from melting.

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Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

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Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

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Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) is known to have loved snow flavored strawberries with nectar and honey.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1785 William Prout was born. An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions – carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
  • 1799 John Hetheringoton, a London haberdasher, created the “stove top” hat. A large crowd gathered to see this new hat, and was charged with disturbing the peace (charges later dropped). The “top” hat was an immediate success.
  • 1889 A patent was issued to Daniel Johnson of Kansas City, MO, for a ‘Rotary Dining Table’ for use on ships. The table and attached chairs rotated so that everyone could be served from one spot, making it unnecessary to carry food around the table to serve everyone.
  • 1919 The Great Molasses Flood. On January 15, 1919, a large 50 foot high storage tank in Boston burst and sent a tidal wave of over 2 million gallons of molasses traveling at over 30 miles per hour. Houses, buildings and parts of the elevated rail system were crushed in its path. Twenty-one people died, and over 150 were injured. It took over 6 months to clean up the mess. The damage was in the millions of dollars.
  • 1945 Joan Johnson of the vocal group the ‘Dixie Cups’ was born.
  • 1964 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist died.
  • 1986 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn was introduced by General Mills.
  • 1990 Campbell’s Soup produces its 20 billionth can of tomato soup.
  • 2008 After six years of study, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that meat and milk from cloned pigs, cattle and goats and their offspring is safe and does not need to be labelled as derived from cloned animals.

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September 28th is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day!

Posted on September 28, 2018

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Today’s Food Fact:

Strawberries are few fruits with its seeds on the outside


Five Food Finds about Strawberries

  • The garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid species that is cultivated worldwide for its fruit, the (common) strawberry.
  • The fruit (which is not actually a botanical berry, but an aggregate ‘accessory fruit’)
  • It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, and milkshakes.
  • Artificial strawberry aroma is 3rd most widely used in food products.
  • The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1895 Louis Pasteur died. A French scientist, who showed that microorganisms were responsible for disease, food spoilage and fermentation. He developed the process for killing these organisms by heat, called Pasteurization.

1902 Emile Zola died. French writer and critic who was also known as a gourmand. His detailed descriptions of simple meals, banquets and eating in his novels are among the best to be found anywhere. He was also known for his own luxury dinner parties. “What will be the death of me are bouillabaisses, food spiced with pimiento, shellfish, and a load of exquisite rubbish which I eat in disproportionate quantities.”

1954 George Harrison Shull died. An American botanist, he is frequently called the ‘father of hybrid corn.’


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July 7th is National Strawberry Sundae Day

Posted on July 7, 2018

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Happy National Strawberry Sundae Day!

Five Food Finds about Strawberries:

  1. In a test, subjects who ate nitrate rich foods like strawberries, before exercising burned 100 more calories than those who did not.
  2. Over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.
  3. In France, Strawberries were thought to be an aphrodisiac.  A soup made of strawberries, thinned sour cream, borage, & powered sugar was served to newlyweds.
  4. Folk lore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love.
  5. In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1307 King Edward I of England died. King Edward I of England (ruled: 1272-1307). His coronation feast included 278 bacon hogs, 450 pigs, 440 oxen, 430 sheep and 22,600 hens and capons. I believe he had invited some guests to his coronation.

1550 The first chocolate arrived in Europe.

1568 William Turner died. William Turner, an English naturalist and botanist, is known as the ‘father of English Botany.’ His best known work was ‘A New Herball.’

1862 The first Land Grant Act was passed. Public lands were sold for agricultural education. This was the start of many state universities throughout the United States

1891 The Travelers Cheque was patented.

1912 The first Horn & Hardart Automat in New York City is opened. (The very first Automat Horn & Hardart opened was in Philadelphia on June 9, 1902).

1928 Otto Frederick Rohwedder spent many years working on a bread slicing machine beginning in 1912. He finally perfected it, and the first sliced bread was produced and sold at M.F. Bench’s Chillicothe Baking Company, 100 Elm Street in Chillicothe, Missouri. According to the story, Mr. Bench assisted Rohwedder in the fine tuning the new bread slicing machine. The Chillicothe, Missouri Constitution-Tribune of July 7, 1928 carried a story of the new machines first use.

1930 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died. Creator of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes would go for days without food while working on a case.

1936 Henry F. Phillips patented the Phillips-head screw and screwdriver.

June 25th is National Strawberry Parfait Day

Posted on June 25, 2018

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It’s National Strawberry Parfait Day

Today’s facts about Strawberries :

  1. Strawberries are one of the only fruits with seeds on the outside.
  2. The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  3. The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
  4. To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals.
  5. In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.

Today’s Food History

  • 1630 Massachusetts Bay colony governor John Winthrop supposedly introduced the fork to American dining.
  • 1867 Barbed wire was patented by Lucien B Smith of Kent, Ohio.
  • 1938 The new Federal minimum wage law guaranteed workers 40¢ per hour.
  • 1951 Pabst aired the 1st color beer commercial on TV
  • 1971 Sir John Boyd Orr died. A Scottish scientist and nutrition expert, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to eliminate world hunger.
  • 1974 The first checkout scanner was installed in a supermarket.
  • 1994 The London Times reported a previously unknown species of mammal was discovered in Vietnam, the Vu Quang Ox. It was the first discovery of a new large mammal since the Okapi in 1910. The ox is thought to inhabit an area along the Vietnam-Laos border.
  • 1997 Jacques-Yves Cousteau R.I.P. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.

June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day 🍓 + 🍰 = 😋

Posted on June 14, 2018

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Did you know…

  1. Shortcake is a sweet biscuit (in the American sense: that is, a crumbly, baking soda- or baking powder-leavened bread).
  2. Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs.
  3. The most famous dessert made with shortcake is strawberry shortcake.
  4. Though today’s shortcakes are usually of the biscuit or sponge-cake variety, earlier American recipes called for pie crust in rounds or broken-up pieces, which was a variety still being enjoyed in the 20th century, particularly in the South.
  5. Though strawberry is the most widely known shortcake dessert, peach shortcake, blueberry shortcake, chocolate shortcake and other similar desserts are made along similar lines. It is also common to see recipes where the shortcake itself is flavored; coconut is a common addition. The term “shortcake” often refers to shortbread in the UK.

Today’s Food History

  • 1800 Chicken Marengo was supposedly created by Napoleon’s Swiss chef to commemorate the occasion of Napoleon’s victory over the Austrians in the Battle of Marengo on this day.
  • 1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick patented his reaping machine.
  • 1972 The EPA banned DDT in the USA. DDT residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002.
  • 1988Unusual uses for peanut butter sandwiches: In New Jersey, students in a school were kept in an extra 45 minutes by a six-foot black bear that had wandered into the playground. They kept it at bay by tossing out peanut butter sandwiches until the game warden arrived to take him away.
  • 1994 R.I.P. Henry Mancini. Oscar winning music composer, he wrote many songs and film scores, including the score for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s

January 15th is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!

Posted on January 15, 2018

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 Happy National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

A ‘Day’ created in the 1950’s to celebrate a very popular flavor of the time.

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

It is thought that “iced” cream was first served in the White House in the early 1800’s.

strawberry-ice-cream4

Huge chunks of  frozen river ice were stored in basements vaults covered in hay to keep them from melting.

giphy34

Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

giphy35

Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

giphy36

Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) is known to have loved snow flavored strawberries with nectar and honey.

giphy37

Today’s Food History

  • 1785 William Prout was born. An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions – carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
  • 1799 John Hetheringoton, a London haberdasher, created the “stove top” hat. A large crowd gathered to see this new hat, and was charged with disturbing the peace (charges later dropped). The “top” hat was an immediate success.
  • 1889 A patent was issued to Daniel Johnson of Kansas City, MO, for a ‘Rotary Dining Table’ for use on ships. The table and attached chairs rotated so that everyone could be served from one spot, making it unnecessary to carry food around the table to serve everyone.
  • 1919 The Great Molasses Flood. On January 15, 1919, a large 50 foot high storage tank in Boston burst and sent a tidal wave of over 2 million gallons of molasses traveling at over 30 miles per hour. Houses, buildings and parts of the elevated rail system were crushed in its path. Twenty-one people died, and over 150 were injured. It took over 6 months to clean up the mess. The damage was in the millions of dollars.
  • 1945 Joan Johnson of the vocal group the ‘Dixie Cups’ was born.
  • 1964 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist died.
  • 1986 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn was introduced by General Mills.
  • 1990 Campbell’s Soup produces its 20 billionth can of tomato soup.
  • 2008 After six years of study, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that meat and milk from cloned pigs, cattle and goats and their offspring is safe and does not need to be labelled as derived from cloned animals.

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September 28th is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day!

Posted on September 28, 2017

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Today’s Food Fact:

Strawberries are few fruits with its seeds on the outside


Five Food Finds about Strawberries

  • The garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid species that is cultivated worldwide for its fruit, the (common) strawberry.
  • The fruit (which is not actually a botanical berry, but an aggregate ‘accessory fruit’)
  • It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, and milkshakes.
  • Artificial strawberry aroma is 3rd most widely used in food products.
  • The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1895 Louis Pasteur died. A French scientist, who showed that microorganisms were responsible for disease, food spoilage and fermentation. He developed the process for killing these organisms by heat, called Pasteurization.

1902 Emile Zola died. French writer and critic who was also known as a gourmand. His detailed descriptions of simple meals, banquets and eating in his novels are among the best to be found anywhere. He was also known for his own luxury dinner parties. “What will be the death of me are bouillabaisses, food spiced with pimiento, shellfish, and a load of exquisite rubbish which I eat in disproportionate quantities.”

1954 George Harrison Shull died. An American botanist, he is frequently called the ‘father of hybrid corn.’


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July 7th is National Strawberry Sundae Day

Posted on July 7, 2017

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Five Food Finds about Strawberries:

  1. In a test, subjects who ate nitrate rich foods like strawberries, before exercising burned 100 more calories than those who did not.
  2. Over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.
  3. In France, Strawberries were thought to be an aphrodisiac.  A soup made of strawberries, thinned sour cream, borage, & powered sugar was served to newlyweds.
  4. Folk lore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love.
  5. In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1307 King Edward I of England died. King Edward I of England (ruled: 1272-1307). His coronation feast included 278 bacon hogs, 450 pigs, 440 oxen, 430 sheep and 22,600 hens and capons. I believe he had invited some guests to his coronation.

1550 The first chocolate arrived in Europe.

1568 William Turner died. William Turner, an English naturalist and botanist, is known as the ‘father of English Botany.’ His best known work was ‘A New Herball.’

1862 The first Land Grant Act was passed. Public lands were sold for agricultural education. This was the start of many state universities throughout the United States

1891 The Travelers Cheque was patented.

1912 The first Horn & Hardart Automat in New York City is opened. (The very first Automat Horn & Hardart opened was in Philadelphia on June 9, 1902).

1928 Otto Frederick Rohwedder spent many years working on a bread slicing machine beginning in 1912. He finally perfected it, and the first sliced bread was produced and sold at M.F. Bench’s Chillicothe Baking Company, 100 Elm Street in Chillicothe, Missouri. According to the story, Mr. Bench assisted Rohwedder in the fine tuning the new bread slicing machine. The Chillicothe, Missouri Constitution-Tribune of July 7, 1928 carried a story of the new machines first use.

1930 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died. Creator of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes would go for days without food while working on a case.

1936 Henry F. Phillips patented the Phillips-head screw and screwdriver.

June 25th is National Strawberry Parfait Day

Posted on June 25, 2017

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Today’s facts about Strawberries :

  1. Strawberries are one of the only fruits with seeds on the outside.
  2. The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  3. The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
  4. To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals.
  5. In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.

Today’s Food History

  • 1630 Massachusetts Bay colony governor John Winthrop supposedly introduced the fork to American dining.
  • 1867 Barbed wire was patented by Lucien B Smith of Kent, Ohio.
  • 1938 The new Federal minimum wage law guaranteed workers 40¢ per hour.
  • 1951 Pabst aired the 1st color beer commercial on TV
  • 1971 Sir John Boyd Orr died. A Scottish scientist and nutrition expert, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to eliminate world hunger.
  • 1974 The first checkout scanner was installed in a supermarket.
  • 1994 The London Times reported a previously unknown species of mammal was discovered in Vietnam, the Vu Quang Ox. It was the first discovery of a new large mammal since the Okapi in 1910. The ox is thought to inhabit an area along the Vietnam-Laos border.
  • 1997 Jacques-Yves Cousteau R.I.P. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.

June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Posted on June 14, 2017

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Did you know…

  1. Shortcake is a sweet biscuit (in the American sense: that is, a crumbly, baking soda- or baking powder-leavened bread).
  2. Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs.
  3. The most famous dessert made with shortcake is strawberry shortcake.
  4. Though today’s shortcakes are usually of the biscuit or sponge-cake variety, earlier American recipes called for pie crust in rounds or broken-up pieces, which was a variety still being enjoyed in the 20th century, particularly in the South.
  5. Though strawberry is the most widely known shortcake dessert, peach shortcake, blueberry shortcake, chocolate shortcake and other similar desserts are made along similar lines. It is also common to see recipes where the shortcake itself is flavored; coconut is a common addition. The term “shortcake” often refers to shortbread in the UK.

Today’s Food History

  • 1800 Chicken Marengo was supposedly created by Napoleon’s Swiss chef to commemorate the occasion of Napoleon’s victory over the Austrians in the Battle of Marengo on this day.
  • 1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick patented his reaping machine.
  • 1972 The EPA banned DDT in the USA. DDT residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002.
  • 1988 Unusual uses for peanut butter sandwiches: In New Jersey, students in a school were kept in an extra 45 minutes by a six-foot black bear that had wandered into the playground. They kept it at bay by tossing out peanut butter sandwiches until the game warden arrived to take him away.
  • 1994 R.I.P. Henry Mancini. Oscar winning music composer, he wrote many songs and film scores, including the score for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s

June 9th is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

Posted on June 9, 2017

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 Did you know…

  1. Did you know that even though rhubarb is eaten as a fruit, it is actually a vegetable?
  2. The rhubarb plant was originally from Asia, although it is very widespread in Ireland now.
  3. It is a perennial plant, which means that it lives for more than two years.
  4. It has large triangular green leaves that look very much like cabbage leaves, and very small flowers that are greenish-white to red in colour.
  5. The stalks of the rhubarb plant are thick, firm and stumpy.

Today’s Food History

  • 1822 Paul Henderson was born. A Scottish-American scientist, known as the ‘Father of America Horticulture,’ he published ‘Gardening for Profit’ and ‘Gardening for Pleasure’.
  • 1822 Charles Graham received the first patent for false teeth.
  • 1869 Charles Elmer Hires begins selling his root beer in Philadelphia.
  • 1900 Fred Waring, musician, was born. Frederick Osius worked on improving the electric blender, and went to Waring for financial backing. Waring backed its development, in part, so he could puree raw vegetables for the ulcer diet his doctors prescribed. The Waring Blender (originally called the Miracle Mixer) debuted in 1937 and sold for $29.75. By 1954 one million Waring Blendors had been sold.
  • 1902 Frank Hardart and Joe Horn opened the first Automat on June 9, 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The birth date of modern fast food.
  • 1911 Carry Amelia Nation died. Famous temperance movement activist, she was well known for destroying saloons with a hatchet.
  • 1924 ‘Jelly-Roll Blues’ was recorded by blues great Jelly Roll Morton.
  • 1934 Donald Duck’s first appearance.
  • 1953 John H. Kraft received a patent for the manufacture of soft surface cured cheese.

January 15th is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!

Posted on January 15, 2017

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

It is thought that “iced” cream was first served in the White House in the early 1800’s.

strawberry-ice-cream4

Huge chunks of  frozen river ice were stored in basements vaults covered in hay to keep them from melting.

giphy34

Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

giphy35

Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

giphy36

Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) is known to have loved snow flavored strawberries with nectar and honey.

giphy37

Today’s Food History

  • 1785 William Prout was born. An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions – carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
  • 1799 John Hetheringoton, a London haberdasher, created the “stove top” hat. A large crowd gathered to see this new hat, and was charged with disturbing the peace (charges later dropped). The “top” hat was an immediate success.
  • 1889 A patent was issued to Daniel Johnson of Kansas City, K ansas, for a ‘Rotary Dining Table’ for use on ships. The table and attached chairs rotated so that everyone could be served from one spot, making it unnecessary to carry food around the table to serve everyone.
  • 1919 The Great Molasses Flood. On January 15, 1919, a large 50 foot high storage tank in Boston burst and sent a tidal wave of over 2 million gallons of molasses traveling at over 30 miles per hour. Houses, buildings and parts of the elevated rail system were crushed in its path. Twenty-one people died, and over 150 were injured. It took over 6 months to clean up the mess. The damage was in the millions of dollars.
  • 1945 Joan Johnson of the vocal group the ‘Dixie Cups’ was born.
  • 1964 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist died.
  • 1986 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn was introduced by General Mills.
  • 1990 Campbell’s Soup produces its 20 billionth can of tomato soup.
  • 2008 After six years of study, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that meat and milk from cloned pigs, cattle and goats and their offspring is safe and does not need to be labelled as derived from cloned animals.

Check out my book!

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September 28th is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day!

Posted on September 28, 2016

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Five Food Finds about Strawberries

  • The garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid species that is cultivated worldwide for its fruit, the (common) strawberry.
  • The fruit (which is not a botanical berry, but an aggregate accessory fruit) is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness.
  • It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, and milkshakes.
  • Artificial strawberry aroma is also widely used in many industrialized food products.
  • The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714.

 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1895 Louis Pasteur died. A French scientist, who showed that microorganisms were responsible for disease, food spoilage and fermentation. He developed the process for killing these organisms by heat, called Pasteurization.

1902 Emile Zola died. French writer and critic who was also known as a gourmand. His detailed descriptions of simple meals, banquets and eating in his novels are among the best to be found anywhere. He was also known for his own luxury dinner parties. “What will be the death of me are bouillabaisses, food spiced with pimiento, shellfish, and a load of exquisite rubbish which I eat in disproportionate quantities.”

1954 George Harrison Shull died. An American botanist, he is frequently called the ‘father of hybrid corn.’


Check out my book!

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July 7th is National Strawberry Sundae Day

Posted on July 7, 2016

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Five Food Finds about Strawberries:

  1. In a test, subjects who ate nitrate rich foods like strawberries, before exercising burned 100 more calories than those who did not.
  2. Over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.
  3. In France, Strawberries were thought to be an aphrodisiac.  A soup made of strawberries, thinned sour cream, borage, & powered sugar was served to newlyweds.
  4. Folk lore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love.
  5. In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1307 King Edward I of England died. King Edward I of England (ruled: 1272-1307). His coronation feast included 278 bacon hogs, 450 pigs, 440 oxen, 430 sheep and 22,600 hens and capons. I believe he had invited some guests to his coronation.

1550 The first chocolate arrived in Europe.

1568 William Turner died. William Turner, an English naturalist and botanist, is known as the ‘father of English Botany.’ His best known work was ‘A New Herball.’

1862 The first Land Grant Act was passed. Public lands were sold for agricultural education. This was the start of many state universities throughout the United States

1891 The Travelers Cheque was patented.

1912 The first Horn & Hardart Automat in New York City is opened. (The very first Automat Horn & Hardart opened was in Philadelphia on June 9, 1902).

1928 Otto Frederick Rohwedder spent many years working on a bread slicing machine beginning in 1912. He finally perfected it, and the first sliced bread was produced and sold at M.F. Bench’s Chillicothe Baking Company, 100 Elm Street in Chillicothe, Missouri. According to the story, Mr. Bench assisted Rohwedder in the fine tuning the new bread slicing machine. The Chillicothe, Missouri Constitution-Tribune of July 7, 1928 carried a story of the new machines first use.

1930 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died. Creator of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes would go for days without food while working on a case.

1936 Henry F. Phillips patented the Phillips-head screw and screwdriver.

June 25th is National Strawberry Parfait Day

Posted on June 25, 2016

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Today’s facts about Strawberries :

  1. Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  2. The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  3. The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
  4. To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals.
  5. In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.

Today’s Food History

  • 1630 Massachusetts Bay colony governor John Winthrop supposedly introduced the fork to American dining.
  • 1867 Barbed wire was patented by Lucien B Smith of Kent, Ohio.
  • 1938 The new Federal minimum wage law guaranteed workers 40¢ per hour.
  • 1951 Pabst aired the 1st color beer commercial on TV
  • 1971 Sir John Boyd Orr died. A Scottish scientist and nutrition expert, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to eliminate world hunger.
  • 1974 The first checkout scanner was installed in a supermarket.
  • 1994 The London Times reported a previously unknown species of mammal was discovered in Vietnam, the Vu Quang Ox. It was the first discovery of a new large mammal since the Okapi in 1910. The ox is thought to inhabit an area along the Vietnam-Laos border.
  • 1997 Jacques-Yves Cousteau R.I.P. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.

June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Posted on June 14, 2016

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Did you know…

  1. Shortcake is a sweet biscuit (in the American sense: that is, a crumbly, baking soda- or baking powder-leavened bread).
  2. Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs.
  3. The most famous dessert made with shortcake is strawberry shortcake.
  4. Though today’s shortcakes are usually of the biscuit or sponge-cake variety, earlier American recipes called for pie crust in rounds or broken-up pieces, which was a variety still being enjoyed in the 20th century, particularly in the South.
  5. Though strawberry is the most widely known shortcake dessert, peach shortcake, blueberry shortcake, chocolate shortcake and other similar desserts are made along similar lines. It is also common to see recipes where the shortcake itself is flavored; coconut is a common addition. The term “shortcake” often refers to shortbread in the UK.

Today’s Food History

  • 1800 Chicken Marengo was supposedly created by Napoleon’s Swiss chef to commemorate the occasion of Napoleon’s victory over the Austrians in the Battle of Marengo on this day.
  • 1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick patented his reaping machine.
  • 1972 The EPA banned DDT in the USA. DDT residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002.
  • 1988 Unusual uses for peanut butter sandwiches: In New Jersey, students in a school were kept in an extra 45 minutes by a six-foot black bear that had wandered into the playground. They kept it at bay by tossing out peanut butter sandwiches until the game warden arrived to take him away.
  • 1994 R.I.P. Henry Mancini. Oscar winning music composer, he wrote many songs and film scores, including the score for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s

June 9th is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

Posted on June 9, 2016

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 Did you know…

  1. Did you know that even though rhubarb is eaten as a fruit, it is actually a vegetable?
  2. The rhubarb plant was originally from Asia, although it is very widespread in Ireland now.
  3. It is a perennial plant, which means that it lives for more than two years.
  4. It has large triangular green leaves that look very much like cabbage leaves, and very small flowers that are greenish-white to red in colour.
  5. The stalks of the rhubarb plant are thick, firm and stumpy.

Today’s Food History

  • 1822 Paul Henderson was born. A Scottish-American scientist, known as the ‘Father of America Horticulture,’ he published ‘Gardening for Profit’ and ‘Gardening for Pleasure’.
  • 1822 Charles Graham received the first patent for false teeth.
  • 1869 Charles Elmer Hires begins selling his root beer in Philadelphia.
  • 1900 Fred Waring, musician, was born. Frederick Osius worked on improving the electric blender, and went to Waring for financial backing. Waring backed its development, in part, so he could puree raw vegetables for the ulcer diet his doctors prescribed. The Waring Blender (originally called the Miracle Mixer) debuted in 1937 and sold for $29.75. By 1954 one million Waring Blendors had been sold.
  • 1902 Frank Hardart and Joe Horn opened the first Automat on June 9, 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The birth date of modern fast food.
  • 1911 Carry Amelia Nation died. Famous temperance movement activist, she was well known for destroying saloons with a hatchet.
  • 1924 ‘Jelly-Roll Blues’ was recorded by blues great Jelly Roll Morton.
  • 1934 Donald Duck’s first appearance.
  • 1953 John H. Kraft received a patent for the manufacture of soft surface cured cheese.

January 15 is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Posted on January 15, 2016

Here are today’s five thing to know about Strawberry Ice Cream:

  1. It is thought that the ” iced” cream was served in the White House in the early 1800’s.
  2. Huge chinks of  frozen river ice were stored in basements vaults covered in hay to keep them from melting.
  3. Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  4. Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  5. Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) is known to have loved snow flavored with nectar and honey.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1785 William Prout was born. An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions – carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
  • 1799 John Hetheringoton, a London haberdasher, created the “stove top” hat. A large crowd gathered to see this new hat, and was charged with disturbing the peace (charges later dropped). The “top” hat was an immediate success.
  • 1889 A patent was issued to Daniel Johnson of Kansas City, K ansas, for a ‘Rotary Dining Table’ for use on ships. The table and attached chairs rotated so that everyone could be served from one spot, making it unnecessary to carry food around the table to serve everyone.
  • 1919 The Great Molasses Flood. On January 15, 1919, a large 50 foot high storage tank in Boston burst and sent a tidal wave of over 2 million gallons of molasses traveling at over 30 miles per hour. Houses, buildings and parts of the elevated rail system were crushed in its path. Twenty-one people died, and over 150 were injured. It took over 6 months to clean up the mess. The damage was in the millions of dollars.
  • 1945 Joan Johnson of the vocal group the ‘Dixie Cups’ was born.
  • 1964 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist died.
  • 1986 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn was introduced by General Mills.
  • 1990 Campbell’s Soup produces its 20 billionth can of tomato soup.
  • 2008 After six years of study, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that meat and milk from cloned pigs, cattle and goats and their offspring is safe and does not need to be labelled as derived from cloned animals.

September 28 is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

Posted on September 28, 2015

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

  1. Strawberries are one of very few fruits that have seeds on the outside.
  2. The fruit (which is not a botanical berry) is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness.
  3. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, and milkshakes.
  4. The garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid species that is cultivated worldwide for its fruit, the (common) strawberry.
  5. The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714.

Today’s Food History

  • 1895 Louis Pasteur died. A French scientist, who showed that microorganisms were responsible for disease, food spoilage and fermentation. He developed the process for killing these organisms by heat, called Pasteurization.
  • 1902 Emile Zola died. French writer and critic who was also known as a gourmand. His detailed descriptions of simple meals, banquets and eating in his novels are among the best to be found anywhere. He was also known for his own luxury dinner parties. “What will be the death of me are bouillabaisses, food spiced with pimiento, shellfish, and a load of exquisite rubbish which I eat in disproportionate quantities.”
  • 1954 George Harrison Shull died. An American botanist, he is frequently called the ‘father of hybrid corn.’

June 25 is National Strawberry Parfait Day

Posted on June 25, 2015

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Celebrate!

This dessert screams ‘Summer’

Today’s facts about Strawberries :

  1. Strawberries are one of the only fruita with seeds on the outside.
  2. The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  3. The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
  4. To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals.
  5. In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.

Today’s Food History

  • 1630 Massachusetts Bay colony governor John Winthrop supposedly introduced the fork to American dining.
  • 1867 Barbed wire was patented by Lucien B Smith of Kent, Ohio.
  • 1938 The new Federal minimum wage law guaranteed workers 40¢ per hour.
  • 1951 Pabst aired the 1st color beer commercial on TV
  • 1971 Sir John Boyd Orr died. A Scottish scientist and nutrition expert, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to eliminate world hunger.
  • 1974 The first checkout scanner was installed in a supermarket.
  • 1994 The London Times reported a previously unknown species of mammal was discovered in Vietnam, the Vu Quang Ox. It was the first discovery of a new large mammal since the Okapi in 1910. The ox is thought to inhabit an area along the Vietnam-Laos border.
  • 1997 Jacques-Yves Cousteau R.I.P. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.

June 14 is National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Posted on June 14, 2015

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The perfect dessert for celebrating of the arrival of Summer.

Today’s Shortcake Facts…

  1. Shortcake is a sweet biscuit (in the American sense: that is, a crumbly, baking soda- or baking powder-leavened bread).
  2. Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs.
  3. The most famous dessert made with shortcake is strawberry shortcake.
  4. Though today’s shortcakes are usually of the biscuit or sponge-cake variety, earlier American recipes called for pie crust in rounds or broken-up pieces, which was a variety still being enjoyed in the 20th century, particularly in the South.
  5. Though strawberry is the most widely known shortcake dessert, peach shortcake, blueberry shortcake, chocolate shortcake and other similar desserts are made along similar lines. It is also common to see recipes where the shortcake itself is flavored; coconut is a common addition. The term “shortcake” often refers to shortbread in the UK.

Today’s Food History

  • 1800 Chicken Marengo was supposedly created by Napoleon’s Swiss chef to commemorate the occasion of Napoleon’s victory over the Austrians in the Battle of Marengo on this day.
  • 1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick patented his reaping machine.
  • 1972 The EPA banned DDT in the USA. DDT residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002.
  • 1988 Unusual uses for peanut butter sandwiches: In New Jersey, students in a school were kept in an extra 45 minutes by a six-foot black bear that had wandered into the playground. They kept it at bay by tossing out peanut butter sandwiches until the game warden arrived to take him away.
  • 1994 R.I.P. Henry Mancini. Oscar winning music composer, he wrote many songs and film scores, including the score for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s

June 9 is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

Posted on June 9, 2015

National strawberry rhubarb pie day

The quintessential American summer dessert today!

Now that Strawberries are at their peak,

Add the tart flavor of rhubarb, mix, bake, and enjoy.

Today’s Rhubarb Facts:

  1. Did you know that even though rhubarb is eaten as a fruit, it is actually a vegetable?
  2. The rhubarb plant was originally from Asia, although it is very widespread in Ireland and North America.
  3. It is a perennial plant, which means that it lives for more than two years.
  4. It has large triangular green leaves that look very much like cabbage leaves, and very small flowers that are greenish-white to red in colour.
  5. The stalks of the rhubarb plant are thick, firm, pink in color, and stumpy.

Today’s Food History

  • 1822 Paul Henderson was born. A Scottish-American scientist, known as the ‘Father of America Horticulture,’ he published ‘Gardening for Profit’ and ‘Gardening for Pleasure’.
  • 1822 Charles Graham received the first patent for false teeth.
  • 1869 Charles Elmer Hires begins selling his root beer in Philadelphia.
  • 1900 Fred Waring, musician, was born. Frederick Osius worked on improving the electric blender, and went to Waring for financial backing. Waring backed its development, in part, so he could puree raw vegetables for the ulcer diet his doctors prescribed. The Waring Blender (originally called the Miracle Mixer) debuted in 1937 and sold for $29.75. By 1954 one million Waring Blendors had been sold.
  • 1902 Frank Hardart and Joe Horn opened the first Automat on June 9, 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The birth date of modern fast food.
  • 1911 Carry Amelia Nation died. Famous temperance movement activist, she was well known for destroying saloons with a hatchet.
  • 1924 ‘Jelly-Roll Blues’ was recorded by blues great Jelly Roll Morton.
  • 1934 Donald Duck’s first appearance.
  • 1953 John H. Kraft received a patent for the manufacture of soft surface cured cheese.

January 15 is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Posted on January 15, 2014

National Strawberries & Ice Cream Day

Five Food Finds about Strawberries & Ice Cream

  • It is thought that the ” iced” cream was served in the White House in the early 1800’s.
  • Huge chinks of  frozen river ice were stored in basements vaults covered in hay to keep them from melting.
  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  • Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) is known to have loved snow flavored with nectar and honey.

On This Day in Food History…

1785 William Prout was born. An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions – carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

1799 John Hetheringoton, a London haberdasher, created the “stove top” hat. A large crowd gathered to see this new hat, and was charged with disturbing the peace (charges later dropped). The “top” hat was an immediate success.

1889 A patent was issued to Daniel Johnson of Kansas City, K ansas, for a ‘Rotary Dining Table’ for use on ships. The table and attached chairs rotated so that everyone could be served from one spot, making it unnecessary to carry food around the table to serve everyone.

1919 The Great Molasses Flood. On January 15, 1919, a large 50 foot high storage tank in Boston burst and sent a tidal wave of over 2 million gallons of molasses traveling at over 30 miles per hour. Houses, buildings and parts of the elevated rail system were crushed in its path. Twenty-one people died, and over 150 were injured. It took over 6 months to clean up the mess. The damage was in the millions of dollars.

1945 Joan Johnson of the vocal group the ‘Dixie Cups’ was born.

1964 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist died.

1986 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn was introduced by General Mills.

1990 Campbell’s Soup produces its 20 billionth can of tomato soup.

2008 After six years of study, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that meat and milk from cloned pigs, cattle and goats and their offspring is safe and does not need to be labelled as derived from cloned animals.

some content is courtesy of FoodReference.com, used with permission

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

Posted on September 28, 2013

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

Five Food Finds about Strawberries

  • The garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid species that is cultivated worldwide for its fruit, the (common) strawberry.
  • The fruit (which is not a botanical berry, but an aggregate accessory fruit) is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness.
  • It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, and milkshakes.
  • Artificial strawberry aroma is also widely used in many industrialized food products.
  • The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1895 Louis Pasteur died. A French scientist, who showed that microorganisms were responsible for disease, food spoilage and fermentation. He developed the process for killing these organisms by heat, called Pasteurization.

1902 Emile Zola died. French writer and critic who was also known as a gourmand. His detailed descriptions of simple meals, banquets and eating in his novels are among the best to be found anywhere. He was also known for his own luxury dinner parties. “What will be the death of me are bouillabaisses, food spiced with pimiento, shellfish, and a load of exquisite rubbish which I eat in disproportionate quantities.”

1954 George Harrison Shull died. An American botanist, he is frequently called the ‘father of hybrid corn.’

National Strawberry Parfait Day

Posted on June 25, 2013

National Strawberry Parfait Day

Five Food Finds about Strawberries

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  • The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
  • To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals.
  • In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1630 Massachusetts Bay colony governor John Winthrop supposedly introduced the fork to American dining.

1867 Barbed wire was patented by Lucien B Smith of Kent, Ohio.

1938 The new Federal minimum wage law guaranteed workers 40¢ per hour.

1951 Pabst aired the 1st color beer commercial on TV

1971 Sir John Boyd Orr died. A Scottish scientist and nutrition expert, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to eliminate world hunger.

1974 The first checkout scanner was installed in a supermarket.

1994 The London Times reported a previously unknown species of mammal was discovered in Vietnam, the Vu Quang Ox. It was the first discovery of a new large mammal since the Okapi in 1910. The ox is thought to inhabit an area along the Vietnam-Laos border.

1997 Jacques-Yves Cousteau R.I.P. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.

National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Posted on June 14, 2013

National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Five Food Finds about Shortcake

  • Shortcake is a sweet biscuit (in the American sense: that is, a crumbly, baking soda- or baking powder-leavened bread).
  • Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs.
  • The most famous dessert made with shortcake is strawberry shortcake.
  • Though today’s shortcakes are usually of the biscuit or sponge-cake variety, earlier American recipes called for pie crust in rounds or broken-up pieces, which was a variety still being enjoyed in the 20th century, particularly in the South.
  • Though strawberry is the most widely known shortcake dessert, peach shortcake, blueberry shortcake, chocolate shortcake and other similar desserts are made along similar lines. It is also common to see recipes where the shortcake itself is flavored; coconut is a common addition. The term “shortcake” often refers to shortbread in the UK.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1800 Chicken Marengo was supposedly created by Napoleon’s Swiss chef to commemorate the occasion of Napoleon’s victory over the Austrians in the Battle of Marengo on this day.

1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick patented his reaping machine.

1972 The EPA banned DDT in the USA. DDT residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002.

1988 Unusual uses for peanut butter sandwiches: In New Jersey, students in a school were kept in an extra 45 minutes by a six-foot black bear that had wandered into the playground. They kept it at bay by tossing out peanut butter sandwiches until the game warden arrived to take him away.

1994 R.I.P. Henry Mancini. Oscar winning music composer, he wrote many songs and film scores, including the score for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s

January 15 – National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Posted on January 15, 2013

National Strawberries & Ice Cream Day

Five Food Finds about Strawberries & Ice Cream

  • It is thought that the ” iced” cream was served in the White House in the early 1800’s.
  • Huge chinks of  frozen river ice were stored in basements vaults covered in hay to keep them from melting.
  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  • Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) is known to have loved snow flavored with nectar and honey.

On This Day in Food History…

1785 William Prout was born. An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions – carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

1799 John Hetheringoton, a London haberdasher, created the “stove top” hat. A large crowd gathered to see this new hat, and was charged with disturbing the peace (charges later dropped). The “top” hat was an immediate success.

1889 A patent was issued to Daniel Johnson of Kansas City, K ansas, for a ‘Rotary Dining Table’ for use on ships. The table and attached chairs rotated so that everyone could be served from one spot, making it unnecessary to carry food around the table to serve everyone.

1919 The Great Molasses Flood. On January 15, 1919, a large 50 foot high storage tank in Boston burst and sent a tidal wave of over 2 million gallons of molasses traveling at over 30 miles per hour. Houses, buildings and parts of the elevated rail system were crushed in its path. Twenty-one people died, and over 150 were injured. It took over 6 months to clean up the mess. The damage was in the millions of dollars.

1945 Joan Johnson of the vocal group the ‘Dixie Cups’ was born.

1964 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist died.

1986 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn was introduced by General Mills.

1990 Campbell’s Soup produces its 20 billionth can of tomato soup.

2008 After six years of study, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that meat and milk from cloned pigs, cattle and goats and their offspring is safe and does not need to be labelled as derived from cloned animals.

some content is courtesy of FoodReference.com, used with permission

July 7 – National Strawberry Sundae Day

Posted on July 7, 2012

 

National Strawberry Sundae Day

Five Food Finds about Strawberries

  • In a test, subjects who ate nitrate rich foods like strawberries, before exercising burned 100 more calories than those who did not.
  • Over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.
  • In France, Strawberries were thought to be an aphrodisiac.  A soup made of strawberries, thinned sour cream, borage, & powered sugar was served to newlyweds.
  • Folk lore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love.
  • In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1307 King Edward I of England died. King Edward I of England (ruled: 1272-1307). His coronation feast included 278 bacon hogs, 450 pigs, 440 oxen, 430 sheep and 22,600 hens and capons. I believe he had invited some guests to his coronation.

1550 The first chocolate arrived in Europe.

1568 William Turner died. William Turner, an English naturalist and botanist, is known as the ‘father of English Botany.’ His best known work was ‘A New Herball.’

1862 The first Land Grant Act was passed. Public lands were sold for agricultural education. This was the start of many state universities throughout the United States

1891 The Travelers Cheque was patented.

1912 The first Horn & Hardart Automat in New York City is opened. (The very first Automat Horn & Hardart opened was in Philadelphia on June 9, 1902).

1928 Otto Frederick Rohwedder spent many years working on a bread slicing machine beginning in 1912. He finally perfected it, and the first sliced bread was produced and sold at M.F. Bench’s Chillicothe Baking Company, 100 Elm Street in Chillicothe, Missouri. According to the story, Mr. Bench assisted Rohwedder in the fine tuning the new bread slicing machine. The Chillicothe, Missouri Constitution-Tribune of July 7, 1928 carried a story of the new machines first use.

1930 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died. Creator of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes would go for days without food while working on a case.

1936 Henry F. Phillips patented the Phillips-head screw and screwdriver.

June 25 – National Strawberry Parfait Day

Posted on June 25, 2012

National Strawberry Parfait Day

Five Food Finds about Strawberries

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  • The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
  • To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals.
  • In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1630 Massachusetts Bay colony governor John Winthrop supposedly introduced the fork to American dining.

1867 Barbed wire was patented by Lucien B Smith of Kent, Ohio.

1938 The new Federal minimum wage law guaranteed workers 40¢ per hour.

1951 Pabst aired the 1st color beer commercial on TV

1971 Sir John Boyd Orr died. A Scottish scientist and nutrition expert, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to eliminate world hunger.

1974 The first checkout scanner was installed in a supermarket.

1994 The London Times reported a previously unknown species of mammal was discovered in Vietnam, the Vu Quang Ox. It was the first discovery of a new large mammal since the Okapi in 1910. The ox is thought to inhabit an area along the Vietnam-Laos border.

1997 Jacques-Yves Cousteau R.I.P. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.

June 14 – National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Posted on June 14, 2012

National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Five Food Finds about Shortcake

  • Shortcake is a sweet biscuit (in the American sense: that is, a crumbly, baking soda- or baking powder-leavened bread).
  • Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs.
  • The most famous dessert made with shortcake is strawberry shortcake.
  • Though today’s shortcakes are usually of the biscuit or sponge-cake variety, earlier American recipes called for pie crust in rounds or broken-up pieces, which was a variety still being enjoyed in the 20th century, particularly in the South.
  • Though strawberry is the most widely known shortcake dessert, peach shortcake, blueberry shortcake, chocolate shortcake and other similar desserts are made along similar lines. It is also common to see recipes where the shortcake itself is flavored; coconut is a common addition. The term “shortcake” often refers to shortbread in the UK.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1800 Chicken Marengo was supposedly created by Napoleon’s Swiss chef to commemorate the occasion of Napoleon’s victory over the Austrians in the Battle of Marengo on this day.

1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick patented his reaping machine.

1972 The EPA banned DDT in the USA. DDT residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002.

1988 Unusual uses for peanut butter sandwiches: In New Jersey, students in a school were kept in an extra 45 minutes by a six-foot black bear that had wandered into the playground. They kept it at bay by tossing out peanut butter sandwiches until the game warden arrived to take him away.

1994 R.I.P. Henry Mancini. Oscar winning music composer, he wrote many songs and film scores, including the score for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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