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March 9th is National Crab Day! ūü¶Ä

Posted on March 9, 2019

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5 food facts about crab cakes


A crab cake is an American dish composed of crab meat and various other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, yellow onions, and seasonings.

The two most common styles of Maryland crab cakes are known as Boardwalk and Restaurant.

Boardwalk crabcakes are typically breaded and deep-fried, and are often filled with stuffing of various sorts and served on a hamburger bun.

Restaurant crab cakes, which are sometimes called gourmet crab cakes, are often prepared with no filler, and are composed of all-lump crab meat served on a platter or open-faced sandwich.

Many restaurants that offer Maryland crab cakes will offer to have the cakes fried or broiled.

On This Day in Food History…

1822 Charles Graham of New York received a patent for artificial teeth.

1839 Famous Food Fights

The Great Pastry War ended this day. A brief conflict began on November 30, 1838, between Mexico and France caused by a French pastry cook who claimed that some Mexican Army soldiers had damaged his restaurant. The Mexican government refused to pay for damages. Several other countries had asked the Mexican government for similar claims in the past due to civil unrest in Mexico, without any resolution. France decided to do something about it, and sent a fleet to Veracruz and fired on the fortress outside the harbor. They occupied the city on April 16, 1838, and through the mediation of Great Britain were promised payment of 600,000 pesos for the damages. They withdrew on March 9, 1839.


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March 8th is National Peanut Cluster Day

Posted on March 8, 2019

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Peanut Cluster:

  1. ‘Peanut Cluster’ is referred to a type of candy that mixes melted chocolate and peanuts.
  2. These crunchy treats are a perfect combination of a sweet and salty deliciousness.
  3. There are several versions of peanut clusters including caramel clusters, butterscotch clusters and chocolate peanut clusters.
  4. Peanuts have a higher antioxidant capacity over grapes, green tea, tomatoes, spinach, carrots and many more.
  5. Peanut clusters have been around for many years dating way before 1912 when they were made popular by the Goo Goo Cluster.

Fun Fact:

Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought peanuts with him to the moon.

During World War II the ¬†the Emporia Wholesale Coffee Company¬†“shipped approximately 50,000 pounds of chocolate peanut clusters weekly for consumption by those on the fighting front.”

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Today’s Food History

  • 1824¬†RIP Jean Jacques Regis de Cambaceres, A French politician and gourmet, a contemporary and rival of Talleyrand and Car√™me. The dinners he gave were legendary. He refused to admit late-comers, and was demanded complete silence while dining.
  • 1923¬†The Coca Cola 6 bottle carton was introduced.
  • 1992¬†RIP Christian K. Nelson, inventor of the Eskimo Pie at age 98.

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March 7th is National Cereal Day! / #NationalCerealDay

Posted on March 7, 2019

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Interesting Food Facts about Cereal

The word cereal comes from Cerealia, the name of ancient Roman ceremonies that honored Ceres, the goddess of grain.

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The first ready-to-eat breakfast cereal, Granula was invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson.

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Cereal is often eaten cold with with milk, yogurt, and sometimes fruit, but may be eaten dry.

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Astronauts from Apollo 11 ate cereal during their mission to the moon. The cereal with fruit was compressed into cubes because the lack of gravity made bowls of milk impossible.

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The average American eats 160 bowls of cereal each year.

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Today’s Food History

1804 John Wedgwood, the son of Josiah Wedgwood of pottery fame, founded the Royal Horticultural Society.

1849 Luther Burbank was born. American horticulturist, he developed many new varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the Burbank Potato (1873), the Shasta Daisy, over 100 varieties of plums and prunes and 10 varieties of berries.

1897 Dr. John Kellogg served corn flakes for the first time to his patients at his hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. They wouldn’t be sold commercially until 1906.

1914 The Coca Cola Bottler’s Association was formed.


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March 6th is National Oreo Day! / #NationalOreoDay

Posted on March 6, 2019

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Five Food Facts about Oreos

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

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

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

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

Lawsuit Seeks To Ban Oreo Cookies In California

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

On This Day in Food History…

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

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

Posted on March 5, 2019

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


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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

March 4th is National Pound Cake Day! / #NationalPoundCakeDay

Posted on March 4, 2019

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Happy National Pound Cake Day!

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

 The Pound Cake is a British creation that dates back to the early 1700s.

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Pound cakes are generally baked in either a loaf pan or a Bundt mold, and served either dusted with powdered sugar, lightly glazed, or sometimes with a coat of icing.

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¬†In Britain pound cake is more commonly known as ‚ÄėSponge cake‚Äô or ‚ÄėMadeira cake‚Äô.

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The German “Eischwerkuchen”¬†cake is a recipe very similar to the pound cake.

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 In France pound cake is a traditional and popular cake of the French region of Brittany, and uses the same quantity of the four ingredients but with no added fruit of any kind.

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Today’s Food History
◦ 1634 Samuel Cole supposedly opened the first tavern in the U.S., in Boston.
◦ 1792 Samuel Slocum was born. He invented a machine to make pins with solid heads and a machine for sticking the pins in a paper holder for sale.
◦ 1792 Oranges were said to have been introduced to Hawaii.
◦ 1927 RIP Ira Remsen An American chemist, co-discoverer (with Constantine Fahlberg) of saccharin, the artificial sweetener. (The FDA has required warning labels, since 1972, on products using saccharin because it is a suspected carcinogen).

Um… March 3rd is National Moscow Mule Day! / #MoscowMuleDay

Posted on March 3, 2019

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Here are five food finds about the Moscow Mule:

The original Moscow Mule combined Smirnoff vodka and ginger beer.

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The famous copper mugs were part of the original Moscow Mule recipe.

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Because of the popularity of this cocktail, Smirnoff Vodka took off.

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The Moscow Mule had it’s own jingle!

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Today’s Food History
‚ó¶ 1709¬†Andreas Sigismund Marggraf was born. A German chemist, in 1747 he extracted sugar from the sugar beet and determined it was identical to cane sugar. It wasn’t until 1802 that the first beet sugar refinery would be built.
◦ 1797 The first patent for a washing machine was issued to Nathaniel Briggs
◦ 1855 Congress authorized $30,000 to purchase dromedaries (camels) for the military to use in the Southwest.
◦ 1879 Elmer McCollum was born. He was a chemist who discovered vitamins A, B and D.
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