Posts from the “February food holidays” Category

February 28

Posted on February 28, 2011

National Chocolate Souffle Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1553 Michel de Montaigne was born. French essayist. There are a few of his quotes about food and dining listed on the Food Reference website. (“A man should not so much respect what he eats, as with whom he eats.”)
  • 1935 At the DuPont Corporation, Dr. Wallce Hume Carothers invented nylon. A patent was issued in 1937, and nylon stockings soon followed.
  • 1979‘Mr. Ed’, the talking horse, died. This was not the horse who actually starred on the TV show, but another horse who did publicity work as Mr. Ed. The original Mr. Ed (Bamboo Harvester) died in 1970.
  • 2006 Chicago’s oldest restaurant, the 107 year old Berghoff Restaurant closed today.
  • 2009 Reduced demand for butter & cheese and falling milk prices are forcing dairy farmers in the U.S. to sell hundreds of thousands of dairy cows to be slaughtered for meat. Estimates are that more than 15% of the 9.3 million dairy cows may be sold for meat.

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February 27

Posted on February 27, 2011

National Strawberry Day

also: National Chocolate Cake Day
National Kahlua Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 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 Ivan Petrovich Pavlov died. Pavlov’s work with dogs actually started as a study of digestion.  He theorized that digestion was controlled in part by sensory inputs of sight, smell and taste – and as he discovered, ding-ding – sound; ‘conditioned reflex.’

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February 26

Posted on February 26, 2011

National Pistachio Day

Today’s Food Hostory

on this day in…

  • 1829 Levi Strauss was born. Inventor and manufacturer of jeans.  He originally planned to make canvas tents for miners in the California gold rush, but soon found that durable pants sold better.
  • 1852 John Harvey Kellogg was born. A surgeon, vegetarian and health food pioneer, while superintendent at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, he developed the first breakfast cereals for his patients, Granose (flaked wheat) and toasted corn flakes. His brother, William K. Kellogg founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. to produce cornflakes for sale to the public.
  • 1857 Emile Coue was born. A French pharmacist, he was an advocate of autosuggestion. He suggested repeating the following sentence 15 to 20 times in the morning and evening: “Every day, and in every way, I am becoming better and better.”
  • 1895 Michael Joseph Owens of Toledo, Ohio patented an automatic glass blowing machine that could make multiple bottles at the same time. A big advance in bottle making. He founded the Owens Bottle Machine Co., and the Libbey-Owens Glass Company.
  • 1903 Richard Jordan Gatling died. Before inventing the Gatling Gun, he developed a machine for sowing rice, wheat, and other grains, and invented a steam plow.
  • 1928 Fats Domino (Antoine Domino) was born in New Orleans. One of rock-and-roll’s earliest stars, one of his early hits was ‘Blueberry Hill’ which reached number 2 in 1956.
  • 1945 Bob Hite of the music group ‘Canned Heat’ was born.

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February 25

Posted on February 25, 2011

National Clam Chowder Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1904 Adelle Davis was born.  Nutritionist, and author of ‘Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit.’ She promoted many theories that have been labeled as unfounded and dangerous by the medical community.
  • 1918 Wartime food rationing began in parts of England
  • 1922 Donald McLean was born. McLean was a Scottish potato expert who supposedly had the world’s largest private collection of potatoes, with 367 varieties.
  • 1934 Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton died. An American botanist, she helped establish the New York Botanical Gardens.
  • 1950 George Richard Minot died. An American physician, Minot was one of the developers of a raw-liver diet used to treat pernicious anemia. Mmmm, good!

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February 24

Posted on February 24, 2011

National Tortilla Chip Day

Today’s Food History

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  • 1874 John Bachman died. A Naturalist who wrote some of the text for John James Audubon’s albums of birds and mammals of North America. He also published his own works on botany, agriculture and southern animals.
  • 1924 Abe Vigoda was born. American character actor. One of his well known TV characters was ‘Fish’ on ‘Barney Miller’.
  • 1938 DuPont begins production of nylon toothbrush bristles. A patent had been granted in 1937. The nylon bristles replaced hog bristles. No more brushing your teeth with hog hair!
  • 1955 Steven Jobs was born, co-founder of Apple computer company. According to the company, he “grew up in the apricot orchards which later became known as Silicon Valley.”
  • 1989 A fossil egg was found in Utah that was 150 million years old.

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National Tortilla Chip Day

Posted on February 24, 2011

Five Facts about Tortilla Chips

1. Most tortilla chips are triangular shaped because they cut formed from round tortilla.

2. In Mexico, Tortilla Chips are called tostados, toasted chipsOutside of North America they are called “corn chips”

3. Doritos brand is the first toasted tortilla chip launched nationally in the U.S.(1966)

4. Tortilla chips are considered the most fattening item sold in Mexican restaurants with as much as 2 grams of fat per chip.

5. Nachos, chips topped with a variation of shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, etc., are said to be created by Ignacia Anaya in 1943, account for 30% of all restaurant tortilla chips

Daily Quote:

“Why is it so hard to find an exercise bike with a basket for my tortilla chips?“~Roseanne Barr

Events of February 24

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1874 RIP John Bachman, A Naturalist who wrote some of the text for John James Audubon’s albums of birds and mammals of North America.
  • 1938 DuPont begins production of nylon toothbrush bristles. A patent had been granted in 1937. The nylon bristles replaced hog bristles. Yes, toothbrushes used to be made with hog bristles.
  • 1955 Steven Jobs was born, co-founder of Apple computer company. According to the company, he “grew up in the apricot orchards which later became known as Silicon Valley.”
  • 1989 A fossil egg was found in Utah that was 150 million years old.


February 23

Posted on February 23, 2011

National Banana Bread Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1603 Andrea Cesalpino died. An Italian philosopher and botanist, he helped establish botany as a separate science. He concentrated on fruits and seeds, and he classified them by logical principles, instead of their supposed medical properties.
  • 1850 Cesar Ritz was born in Niederwald, Switzerland. He managed the Grand Hotel in Monte Carlo and the Grand Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland. He also worked with Escoffier at the Savoy and Carlton in London. In 1898 he opened the first hotel with his name, The Ritz Hotel in Paris. His name and his hotels became synonymous with the luxury.
  • 1879 Agnes Arber was born. She was a British botanist, who wrote ‘Herbals: Their Origin and Evolution’ (1912) and ‘The Gramineae: A Study of Cereal, Bamboo and Grass.’
  • 1884 Casimir Funk was born. Funk was a Polish-American biochemist who came up with the word ‘vitamine’ later changed to ‘vitamin.’
  • 1896 Leo Hirshfield introduced the Tootsie Roll at his small store in New York City. It was supposedly named after his 5 year old daughter, whose nickname was ‘Tootsie.’
  • 1931 Helen Porter Mitchel died. You probably do not recognize that name, but you may recognize her stage name, Nellie Melba. A world famous operatic soprano born in Australia, Melba Toast and Peach Melba were named for her. Escoffier is thought to have been involved with the creation and/or naming of both dishes
  • 1944 Leo Hendrik Baekeland was born. He was a chemist who invented Bakelite, the first plastic that did not soften when heated. Those black plastic knobs on stoves were made of bakelite.
  • 1997 Scientists in Scotland announced the first successful cloning of an adult mammal, Dolly, a sheep.

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