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Yes! May 2nd is National Chocolate Truffle Day!

Posted on May 2, 2018

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Happy National Chocolate Truffle Day!

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

 

  • According to the legend, the chocolate truffle was created by Louis Dufour in Chambery, France in 1895.

 

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  • Historians believe that chocolate truffles burst in popularity because across the street from Louis Dufour’s chocolate truffle shop was the Prestat Chocolate Shop.

 

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  • Roald Dahl was a big fan of Prestat truffles!

 

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  • There are three types of truffles: American, European and Swiss.

 

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  • The first recipe for a chocolate truffle appears in a cookbook from the 1920s.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1878 At 7 a.m., the Washburn A flour mill in Minneapolis exploded, sending the roof 500 feet in the air. 18 workers were killed and seven other flour mills were also destroyed.
  • 1885 Good Housekeeping magazine begins publication. Founded by Clark W. Bryan, the magazine was purchased by Hearst publishing in 1911.
  • 1934 Sergey Vasilyevich Lebedev died. A Russian chemist who developed a method for large scale production of synthetic rubber. Production of polybutadiene was begun in 1932 using potatoes and limestone as raw materials.

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.

April 30th is National Raisin Day!

Posted on April 30, 2018

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Happy National Raisin Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Raisins:

 

  • In 1873, a freak hot spell withered the grapes on the vine. One enterprising San Francisco grocer advertised these shriveled grapes as “Peruvian Delicacies” and the rest is history.

 

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  • It takes more than 4 tons of grapes to produce 1 ton of raisins.

 

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  • The finest raisins come from Malaga in Spain.

 

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  • Raisin – comes from the Latin racemus and means “a cluster of grapes or berries”.
  • Fresno, California is the Raisin Capital of the World.
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  • Today’s Food History

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    1792 John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich died. Captain Cook named the Sandwich Islands after him (now known as Hawaii). He is supposed to have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions.

    1904 The Louisiana Purchase Exposition opened in St. Louis (St. Louis World’s Fair). It was at the Fair that the ice cream cone was supposed to have been invented. The hot dog and iced tea were also popularized at the Fair.

    1952 Mr. Potato Head is introduced to the world. Mr. Potato Head is the also the first toy to be advertised on television.

    1955 ‘Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White’ by Perez Prado hits number one on the charts.

    1981 Dunkin Donuts opened its first store in the Philippines.

April 29th is National Shrimp Scampi Day!

Posted on April 29, 2018

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Happy National Shrimp Scampi Day! 

Here are today’s five food finds about Shrimp Scampi:

 

  • The word “scampi” means “shrimp”.  Therefore, “shrimp scampi” is “shrimp shrimp” (or “scampi scampi”).

 

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  • The pistol shrimp can deliver an explosive attack hotter than the surface of the sun and loud enough to rupture a human ear drum.

 

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  • Every shrimp is actually born male, and some develop into females.
  • Some shrimp are actually capable of glowing in the dark.

 

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  • Shrimp can vary in size from 1/2 inch to 12 inches.
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Today’s Food History

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  • 1768 Georg Brandt died. A Swedish chemist, he discovered the element cobalt in 1730. Cobalt is used in steel making, and is an essential part of vitamin B12
  • 1856 A shipment of 33 camels arrived at the Texas port of Indianola. They had been purchased on the North African Coast, for the U.S. army to use in the deserts of the Southwest.
  • 1913 The zipper was patented by Gideon Sundback. Most checked chefs pants still have buttons.
  • 1988 McDonald’s announced it will be opening 20 Moscow restaurants. They will serve Bolshoi Mak instead of Big Macs.
  • 1989 Donald Deskey died. An industrial designer, he designed the packaging for Tide laundry detergent and Crest toothpaste among others.

April 28th is National Blueberry Pie Day !

Posted on April 28, 2018

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Happy National Blueberry Pie Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Blueberries:

 

  • Blueberries are one of the only natural foods that are truly blue in color.

 

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  • The pale, powder-like protective coating on the skin of blueberries is called “bloom.”
  • A blueberry extract diet improves balance, coordination, and short-term memory in aging rats.

 

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  • Blueberries are the official berries of Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

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  • The anthocyanin present in blueberries is good for eyesight.
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Today’s Food History

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1789 The most famous mutiny in history took place on the English ship, ‘Bounty’, against Captain William Bligh. The ship was sailing to Tahiti to bring back breadfruit trees.

1796 ‘American Cookery’ by Amelia Simmons is published in Hartford. It is the first cookbook written by an American. This is one of the classic cookbooks that can be found on the Food Reference Website.

1899 The comedy short ‘Stealing a Dinner’ was filmed by cameraman G.W. ‘Billy’ Bitzer for the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. (Mutoscope were ‘peephole’ motion pictures on cards mounted on a rotating drum turned by hand.)

1940 Italian operatic soprano, Louisia Tetrazzini, died. Chicken Tetrazzini, created by an American chef (San Francisco?), was named in her honor.

1944 Alice Waters was born. Executive Chef and Owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant, opened in 1971 in Berkeley, California

1953 Howard C. Rossin was issued a patent for an overcoat built for two (or Siamese Twins).

2005 Loaded Burrito Scare: Clovis, New Mexicao police were called to a middle school when someone saw what appeared to be a weapon being carried in by a student. Police did not find any weapon, but finally an 8th grader realized that what someone had seen was his extra credit commercial advertising project – a 30 inch long steak burrito wrapped in tin foil and a T-Shirt.

 

April 27th is National Prime Rib Day!

Posted on April 27, 2018

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Happy National Prime Rib Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Prime Rib:

 

  • A standing rib roast is a prime rib consisting of SEVEN ribs.

 

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  • A scooped & tied standing rib roast will have the bones taken off and then tied back on.

 

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  • A rib eye roast is a boneless prime rib.
  • The beef is cut from the rib section, the largest central area of the steer, located in between the chuck and the short loin, just above the plate.

 

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  • If choosing a prime rib at the butcher, look for a cut that has a bright color and milky white fat.
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Today’s Food History

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  • 1773 The British Parliament passed the ‘Tea Act,’ one of the events that led to the American Revolution.
  • 1865 Cornell University was chartered. Cornell is an agricultural land grant university endowed by Ezra Cornell, one of the founders of Western Union Telegraph Co. Today, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, offers many programs, including Agricultural and Life Sciences, Hotel Administration, and Nutritional Sciences.
  • 1871 The American Museum of Natural History in New York City was opened to the public.
  • 1902 Julius Sterling Morton died. He was the founder of Arbor Day, first observed in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. Over one million trees were planted.
  • 1947 Pete Ham of the rock group Badfinger was born.
  • 1965 R. C. Duncan was granted a patent for ‘Pampers’ disposable diapers.
  • 1995 On ‘Seinfeld’ Kramer began sculpting with pasta.

April 26th is National Pretzel Day

Posted on April 26, 2018

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Happy National Pretzel Day! 

Here is today’s five food finds about Pretzels:

 

  • The first pretzel was created in 610 A.D. by a monk in southern France or northern Italy. It was originally called a ‘pretiola’ and was renamed ‘pretzel’ later when the idea migrated to Germany and Austria.

 

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  •  In 1861, pretzel twisting was the second highest-paying job in the Philadelphia region. Today, machines do the twisting, although at some artisan shops, tourists can still see it done the old-fashioned way.
  • The birthplace of the hard pretzel was Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The pretzel, or bretzel as it was called then, first came to America in 1710 with Palatine German immigrants (from the Rhineland) who settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and became known, incorrectly, as the “Pennsylvania Dutch.”

 

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  •  In the 18th century, German children would wear pretzel necklaces at the beginning of a new year for prosperity, health and good fortune.

 

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  • In the 17th century, pretzels were known as a marriage knot. During a wedding ceremony, a couple would wish upon a pretzel, break it (like a wishbone), and eat it to signify their oneness. It is speculated that the term, “tying the knot,” originated in Switzerland in 1614 during a wedding between two prominent families.
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Today’s Food History

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1785 John James Audubon was born. Ornithologist, naturalist and artist, known mainly for his paintings and sketches of North American birds.

1877 Minnesota held a state day of prayer to plead for an end to a 4 year plague of Rocky Mountain locusts. In southwestern Minnesota, locusts had been eating crops, trees, tobacco, fence posts, leather, dead animals, sheep’s wool – everything but the mortgage. Two days later a snowstorm moved through and the locusts were never seen again. No one knows what caused the locust plague, nor why the Rocky Mountain locust became extinct after the plague.

1947 Pete Ham of the music group ‘Badfinger’ was born

1962‘Mashed Potato Time’ by Dee Dee Sharp is #1 on the charts.

1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine explodes. The worst nuclear disaster in history. In addition to the human toll, agriculture  and livestock was contaminated by radiation in large areas of Europe for years to come.

1989 Lucille Ball died. Two of the funniest food related comedy routines ever done were the chocolate factory and the grape stomping episodes from her TV show, ‘I Love Lucy.’

2005 A herd of buffalo escaped from a farm and wandered around a Baltimore, Maryland suburb disrupting traffic, and shutting down several major highways. Police eventually herded them onto a nearby tennis court.

2006 Chicago banned the sale of foie gras.

April 25th is National Zucchini Bread Day!

Posted on April 25, 2018

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Happy National Zucchini Bread Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Zucchini:

 

  • A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
  • The word zucchini comes from ‘zucca’ the Italian word for squash.

 

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  • Biggest is NOT best. The most flavorful zucchinis are small- to medium-sized.

 

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  • According to World’s Healthiest Foods Nutrition info, nutrients and vitamins found in zucchini can help prevent cancer and heart disease.

 

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  • The flower of the zucchini plant is also edible.
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Today’s Food History

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  • 1856 Charles Luttwedge Dodgson met a little girl named Alice Liddell. Alice had a penchant for consuming unknown (and apparently psychoactive) food, pills and liquids that she found while exploring a very large rabbit hole.*
  • 1932 Meadowlark Lemon, basketball star, was born.
  • 1945 Stu Cook of the music group ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival’ was born.
  • 1959 The St. Lawrence Seaway opened. It connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. Its completion opened the heart of Americas industrial and agricultural areas to ocean going vessels for shipping. (The official opening ceremony is June 26)

April 24th is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day!

Posted on April 24, 2018

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Happy Pigs in a Blanket Day!

Here are today’s facts to about Pigs-in-a-Blanket:

 

  • The first written record of pigs in a blanket occurs in Betty Crocker’s Cooking for Kids in 1957.
  • Pigs in a blanket are also known as devils on horsebacks, kilted sausages, and wiener winks.

 

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  • In the United Kingdom, pigs in blankets are small sausages, or chipolatas wrapped up in bacon.

 

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  • In America, pigs in a blanket often refers to hot dogs, Vienna sausages, or breakfast sausages wrapped in biscuit dough, croissant dough or a pancake and then baked.
  • You can combine these dishes by wrapping your sausage in bacon, then cooking them into a biscuit or croissant.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1766 Robert Bailey Thomas was born. He was the founder and long time editor of the ‘Farmer’s Almanac’ now known as the ‘Old Farmer’s Almanac.’
  • 1833 Jacob Ebert and George Dulty patented the first soda fountain.
  • 1914 Justin Wilson, Cajun chef and humorist was born. He wrote five cookbooks, hosted several cooking shows, including ‘Louisiana Cookin’ and ‘Cookin’ Cajun.’
  • 1949 Chocolate rationing ended in Britain.
  • 1994 The world’s largest lollipop, 3,011 pounds, is made in Denmark.

April 23rd is National Picnic Day! 

Posted on April 23, 2018

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Happy National Picnic Day!!

Here are today’s things to know about Picnics: 

Did you know that a “picnic” ham is really not a true ham? It is cut from the upper part of the foreleg of a pig – a true ham is cut from the hind leg.

Italy’s favourite picnic day is Easter Monday. It is called “Angel’s Monday” or Pasquetta (“Little Easter”).


After an ant has visited your picinc, it lays down a scent as it returns to the nest for the other ants to follow!


In the year 2000, a 600-mile-long picnic took place in France to celebrate the first Bastille Day of the new millennium.


The first table designed specifically for picnics (in a style similar to what we know today) appeared in the late 1800s.




Today’s Food History

1564 and 1616 William Shakespeare was born. He passed away on the same date 52 years later. There are many references to food in Shakespeare’s works. “Let the sky rain potatoes.” (‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’). “Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.” (‘Romeo and Juliet’).

1895 Purdy and Peters were issued a patent for a “design for spoons.”

1947 Glenn Cornick of the music group ‘Jethro Tull’ was born.

1982 The Conch Republic (Key West & the Florida Keys) seceded from the United States to protest an INS (Immigration & Naturalization Service) roadblock on the only road into the Keys.

1985 Coca-Cola announced it was changing its 99 year old secret formula. New Coke was a big flop.

1992 The first McDonald’s in Beijing, China opened. It is the world’s largest McDonald’s, with 28,000 square feet, seating for 700 and 1,000 employees.

1993 R.I.P. Cesar Chavez. He was the founder of the United Farm Workers Union.

April 22nd is National Jelly Bean Day! 

Posted on April 22, 2018

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Happy National Jelly bean Day!

Here are today’s five things to know about Jelly Beans! 


They were President Reagan’s favorite candy and he used them to help him quit smoking when he was the governor of California.

Each year in the U.S, there are 16 billion jelly beans manufactured just for Easter. This is enough to circle the Earth more than 3 times if they were laid end to end.


The jelly bean is associated with Easter because of its egg-like shape.


In the early 20th century, a “jelly-bean” was slang for a man of style and no substance.

They were the first candy to be sold by weight rather than unit.
Today’s Food History

1662 John Tradescant died. He succeeded his father as naturalist and gardener to Charles I. 1818 Cadwallader C. Washburn is born in Livermore, Maine. In 1866 he built a flour mill at St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota and his Washburn-Crosby Co. (forerunner of General Mills) would market Gold Medal flour.

1832 Julius Sterling Morton was born. He was the founder of Arbor Day, first observed in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. Over one million trees were planted.

1889 The U.S. opened Oklahoma to homesteaders and the Oklahoma land rush officially began at 12 noon.

1913 Thomas Wright of New Jersey patented a method to load ice on to refrigerator railroad cars.

1948 Prosper Montagne died. Montagne was one of the great French chefs of all time. He is mainly remembered as the creator of Larousse Gastronomique (1938), a comprehensive encyclopedia of French gastronomy.

1964 The New York World’s Fair opens in Flushing Meadows on the same site as the 1939 World’s Fair. I had my first Heineken beer at their exhibition there. As a matter of fact, I spent every weekend there from April to October for the 2 years the Fair was open. I sampled music, food, beer and wine from around the world, and it helped to inspire my interest in cooking and food history.

1970 The first Earth Day was celebrated. Is our environment better or worse today?

April 21st is National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day!

Posted on April 21, 2018

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


The pistachio, mango, cashew and poison ivy are in the same family.

Cashews are native to Costa Rica and Central America.

The fresh cashew nut has a substance inside that produce a big burn and rash in skin and mouth, at the same time this is a highly valuable product known as Cashew Nut Shell Liquid or CNSL, ingredient that have special structural features for transformation into specialty chemicals and high value polymers, this is important considering the fact that, since this is a renewable resource, is better than synthetics.

The cashew nut and the cashew Apple are completely different things! Thank his last one is a kind of fruit to which it’s attached the nut, this fleshy fruit has an aroma some people love while others dislike, the most common way of preparation of this fruit is doing a tasteful juice mixed with water and sugar.

Cashews in Costa Rica are harvested in March and April.


Today’s Food History

1878 The White House hosted the first Easter Egg Roll. Previously, the activities had been held on the Capitol grounds. Congress passed a law banning the practice due to a limited maintenance and landscaping budget (Bah humbug!). President Rutherford B. Hayes was asked if children could hold the activities on the South Lawn of the White House and he enthusiastically agreed. The event has been held there ever since.

1910 R.I.P. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain. American author, pen name Mark Twain, who wrote ‘Tom Sawyer’, ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ etc. There are many quotes and descriptions about food and dining in his works. An example is: “A man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe, but I think he would gradually waste away, and eventually die.” (From ‘A Tramp Abroad’).

1962 The Top Of The Needle restaurant in the Seattle, Washington Space Needle, was officially opened. It was the second revolving restaurant in the U.S. It seats 260 and rotates completely once every hour. (The world’s first revolving restaurant was the La Ronde Restaurant built in 1961 atop the Ala Moana building fronting the Ala Moana shopping center. The restaurant has since closed down.)

1963 The Beatles and the Rolling Stones met for the first time at the Crawdaddy Club.

April 20th is National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day! 

Posted on April 20, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Pineapple Upside-Down Cake:

The term ‘upside down cake’ wasn’t used very much before the 1900s, but the style of baking dates back to the Middle Ages.

Early recipes for fruit upside down cakes were made in cast iron skillets on top of the stove.

The classic American ‘Pineapple Upside Down Cake’ dates to sometime after 1903, when Jim Dole invented canned pineapple.

The Hawaiian Pineapple Co. (now Dole Pineapple) held a pineapple recipe contest in 1925 with judges from Fannie Farmer’s School, Good Housekeeping and McCall’s magazine on the judging panel. The 100 winning recipes would be published in a cookbook the following year.


The Hawaiin Pineapple Company ran an ad campaign in 1926 based on the fact that so many recipes for the cake had been submitted, naturally making the Pineapple Upside Down Cake even more popular!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery in New York, NY. 





Today’s Food History

1770 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo died. Born in Belgium, this ballerina danced with the Paris Opera. Escoffier named many gourmet dishes in her honor.
1841 Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’ was published, the first modern detective story. This has nothing to do with food, but I am an avid fan of both detective fiction and Poe.

April 19th is National Rice Ball Day!

Posted on April 19, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Rice Balls

Rice balls preserve very well, and can even be used to preserve meats or other foods within its airtight seal.

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The rice ball is traditionally Japanese.

Typically the rice is soaked in vinegar and made to stick together.  Dipping it in soy sauce will cause it to fall apart again.

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Rice balls date back at least as far as the 11th century.

Another word for the rice ball is “Onigiri”, a word commonly misused to refer to sushi.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1877 Ole Evinrude was born. He invented the first practical outboard motor in 1909. The idea came to him while rowing a boat to a picnic one day. He decided there must be an easier way to move a small boat on the water.
  • 1882 Charles Darwin Died. Pioneering English naturalist who developed the theory of evolution. His works include ‘Origin of Species’ and ‘The Descent of Man.’
  • 1904 Richard Pough was born. An American ecologist he was the founding president of the Nature Conservancy and helped found the World Wildlife Fund. In 1945, he was one of the first to warn about the dangers of DDT to fish and birds.
  • 1933 Jayne Mansfield was born. American beauty contest winner, stage and screen actress. Supposedly the only title she ever turned down was ‘Miss Roquefort Cheese,’ because she believed it “just didn’t sound right.”
  • 1947 Mark Volman of the music group ‘The Turtles’ was born.
  • 1968 ‘Honey’ by Bobby Goldsboro is #1 on the charts.
  • 1975 Percy L. Julian died. An African American chemist, he worked on synthesizing various compounds from soy beans. One of his creations was a foam fire extinguisher refined from soya protein.
  • 1995 The Supreme Court ruled that alcohol content could be listed on beer labels, overturning a 1935 law which had prohibited it.

April 18th is National Animal Cracker Day

Posted on April 18, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Animal Crackers

The famous Barnum’s animal crackers box was originally a Christmas ornament hung by a string.  The string can still be found on boxes.

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A box of Animal Crackers sold for 5 cents in 1902.

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Animal Crackers originated in England where they were known as animal biscuits.

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54 different animals have been created as animal crackers. The most popular brand, Barnum’s Animal Crackers, has featured 37 different animals since 1902.

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The most recent addition to the Barnum’s animal crackers is the Koala bear.

Fun Fact:

Over the years, the only ones that have survived the entire lifetime of the product are bears, elephants, lions and tigers.

Shirley Temple sang “Animal crackers in my soup, Monkeys and rabbits loop the loop,”, but rabbits never found their way into a box of Barnum’s Animal Crackers.

The name referred to P. T. Barnum (1810-1891), the famous circus owner and showman.

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1834 William Lamb became prime minister of England. (I know it’s a stretch, but his name is Lamb!).
  • 1904 ‘Pigmeat’ Markham was born. American actor, comedian. (“Here comes the Judge.”).
  • 1906 San Francisco was hit by a devastating earthquake at 5:12 a.m.
  • 1907 The Fairmont hotel reopened in San Francisco, one year after being severely damaged by the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
  • 1944 Skip Spence of the music group ‘Moby Grape’ was born.

April 17th is National Malbec Day!

Posted on April 17, 2018

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 Here are today’s five interesting things to know about Malbec:

 

  • Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine.
  • Malbec is one of the Argentine favorites.

 

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  • On April 17, 1853, the President of Argentina put legislature in place for the foundation of an agricultural school in Argentina, with the goal of transforming the country’s wine industry. Several vines were brought over from France, including Malbec, which flourished in Argentina.

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  • Terrazas de los Andes is an Argentine winemaker that embodies the best of Malbec by combining Argentinian terroir with French know-how to ensure quality grapes.

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  • Argentina’s most highly rated Malbec wines originate from Mendoza’s high altitude wine regions of Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley.
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Today’s Food History

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

April 16th is National Eggs Benedict Day!

Posted on April 16, 2018

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Happy National Eggs Benedict Day!

Here are today’s five food facts to know about Egg Benedict:

  • Eggs Blackstone substitutes streaky bacon for the ham and adds a tomato slice.
  • Huevos Benedict substitutes avocado for the ham, and is topped with both salsa and hollandaise sauce.
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  • Eggs Sardou substitutes artichoke bottoms and crossed anchovy fillets for the English muffin and ham, then tops the hollandaise sauce with chopped ham and a truffle slice. The dish was created at Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans in honor of the French playwright Victorien Sardou. A more widespread version of the dish starts with a base of creamed spinach, substitutes artichoke bottoms for the English muffin, and eliminates the ham.
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  • Portobello Benedict substitutes Portobello mushrooms for the ham, and is a popular alternative for Catholics observing the Friday Fast.
  • Eggs Provençal replaces the Hollandaise sauce with Béarnaise Sauce.
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Today’s Food History:

  • 1521 Martin Luther arrived at the Diet of Worms. This was NOT the first fad diet.
  • 1906 William James Farrer died. An Australian agriculturist, he developed new varieties of wheat.
  • 1924 Henry Mancini was born. Oscar winning music composer, he wrote many songs and film scores, including the score for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’
  • 1928 Ellsworth Milson Statler died. American hotel owner, founder of Statler Hotels. His Statler Hotel in Buffalo, New York was the first hotel in the U.S. to have running water and private baths in each room.
  • 1941 The original Elsie the Cow died. Elsie the cow was originally a cartoon character appearing in ads for Borden Milk. At the 1939 New York World’s Fair, when people began asking where Elsie was, Borden’s picked a cow originally named ‘You’ll do Lobelia’ from their herd to be Elsie. Elsie stared in commercials, made personal appearances, and even starred in an RKO movie, ‘Little Men.’ Elsie was injured in a truck accident in 1941 and had to be put to sleep. She is buried in Plainsboro, New Jersey.
  • 1956 On the ‘I Love Lucy’ show, Lucy stomped grapes in Rome, and wrestled with another female grape stomper. An inspiration for future ‘food wrestling’ entrepreneurs. Actually, this is one of the funniest sitcom episodes ever made.

April 15th is National Ham Day

Posted on April 15, 2018

 

Happy National Ham Day!

Here are today’s five thing to know about Glazed Ham:

  1. The Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota sold the first canned ham in 1926.
  2. Hams are produced by almost every country in the world.
  3. Mainz ham is a German ham that is brined, soaked in brandy or wine lees (or a mixture of both) and then smoked for a long period.
  4. A country ham is much drier than injected-cured hams and has a sharper flavored due to its high salt content.
  5. A pig scratches himself with his right leg, which uses the muscles more often, so the meat will be tougher.  Aim for the left leg if you can.

Fun Fact:

On the Apollo 13 mission, the crew managed to create a functioning CO2 filter out of duct tape and glazed ham.

Chicago artist Dwight Kalb made a statue of Madonna from 180 pounds of ham.

Names of some of the better known hams of the world include: Smithfield, prosciutto, Westphalian, Parma, Virginia, Kentucky, Country, Canned, Bayonne, York, Mainz, Prague, Asturias, Toulouse, Dijon, Black Forest, Bohemian, Serrano, presunto, Bradenham, Estremadura, Prazska sunks, and szynka.

Today’s Food History

  • 1710 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo was born. Born in Belgium, this ballerina danced with the Paris Opera. Escoffier named many gourmet dishes in her honor.
  • 1854 New York became the first state to fund a study of insects harmful to plants.
  • 1874 George Harrison Shull was born. An American botanist, frequently called the ‘father of hybrid corn.’
  • 1878 Harley Proctor created Ivory Soap.
  • 1912 John Jacob Astor IV died. Great grandson of John Jacob Astor, who founded the family fortune. John Jacob IV built the Astoria section of what would become the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (1897) in New York city (this was on the site that were the Empire State building would be built in 1929). He also built the Knickerbocker and the St. Regis hotels. He died on the Titanic.
  • 1951 Household hints columnist, Heloise, was born in Waco, Texas.
  • 1955 The first franchised McDonald’s was opened in Des Plaines, Illinois, by Ray Kroc, who bought the hamburger restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers. On opening day a 2 patty hamburger was 15 cents and French Fries were 10 cents


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April 14th is National Pecan Day!

Posted on April 14, 2018

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Happy National Pecan Day!

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

  • Pecans come in a variety of sizes – mammoth, extra large, large, medium, small and midget.
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  • Before a shelled pecan is ready to be sold, it must first be cleaned, sized, sterilized, cracked and finally, shelled.
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  • There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans.  Many are named for Native American Indian tribes, including Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw and Shawnee.
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  • Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.
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  • 2 Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.

Today’s Food History

  • 1828 The first edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary is copyrighted.
  • 1912 The British luxury liner Titanic struck an iceberg shortly before midnight. It sank at 2:20 a.m. on April 15.
  • 1927 Clarence Birdseye of Massachusetts received a U.K. patent for frozen fish fingers.
  • 1939 ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck was published.
  • 1964 Rachel Louise Carson died. An American biologist and author of ‘Silent Spring,’ about environmental pollution, especially the dangers of DDT.
  • 1989 ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ by Fine Young Cannibals is #1 on the charts

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April 13th is National Peach Cobbler Day!

Posted on April 13, 2018

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Happy National Peach Cobbler Day!

*Created in the 1950’s to sell Canned Peaches for Spring Celebrations.

Here are today’s interesting five food facts to know about Peach Cobbler:

 

  • Peach Cobblers are an American deep-dish fruit dessert or pie with a thick crust (usually a biscuit crust) and peach filling.

 

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  • Peach Cobbler day was created by the Georgia Peach Council in the 1950’s to sell canned peaches.
  • The rough look of the pie gives the dish its name. It looks “cobbled” together.

 

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  • There are 419 calories in 1 cup of Peach Cobbler.
  • Peach cobbler was invented by early American settlers.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1748 Joseph Bramah was born. An English engineer, among his many inventions was a beer engine, used to deliver beer from keg to glass without artificial carbonation being added.
  • 1796 The first elephant to be brought to the U.S. arrived from Bengal, India. It was exhibited in New York, and its diet was described as: “thirty pounds of rice besides hay and straw…. all kinds of wine and spiritous liquors….and every kind of vegetable; it will also draw a cork from a bottle in its trunk.”
  • 1883 Alfred Packer was convicted of cannibalism in Colorado. (Actually he was convicted of murder, since cannibalism was not against the law). He was sentenced to death, but was retried in 1886 and sentenced to 40 years. He was paroled in 1901, and died in 1907.
  • 1902 Baron Philippe de Rothschild was born. (Wine producer).
  • 1909 Mervyn Hugh Cowie was born. Cowie was a British wildlife conservationist, founder and director of Kenya’s Royal National Parks.
  • 1916 Funk Brothers Seed Company sold the first U.S. shipment of hybrid seed corn to Samuel Ramsay of Jacobsburg, Ohio. Todayinsci.com
  • 1916 Edna Lewis was born, southern chef and author of ‘The Taste of Southern Cooking’ (1976).
  • 1917 James Buchanan (‘Diamond Jim’) Brady died. An American financier and philanthropist, Diamond Jim was known for his diamond jewelry and his huge appetite.
  • 1944 Jack Casady of the music group ‘Hot Tuna’ was born.
  • 1976 The $2 bill is reintroduced by the U.S. Treasury.
  • 2008 The National Meats Institute in Uruguay organized a record Largest BBQ, grilling about over 26,000 pounds of beef on a mile long bbq grill using 6 tonnes of charcoal.

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April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Day!

Posted on April 12, 2018

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Happy Grilled Cheese Day!

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

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

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

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April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day!

Posted on April 11, 2018

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Happy National Cheese Fondue Day!

Here are five interesting food facts about Cheese Fondue:

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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Today’s Food History

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

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April 9th is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day!

Posted on April 9, 2018

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Happy National Chinese Almond Cookie Day!

The Cookie of Good Luck.

Here are today’s five food facts to know about Chinese Almond Cookies:

 

  • In Mandarin Chinese, these are more literally called “Almond Cakes.”
  • The Chinese Almond Cookie is native to southern and southeast China.
  • There is no record of these cookies before the 1900’s.

 

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  • The Chinese commonly prepared Almond milk and Almond tea.
  • An American variation exists using pecans.

 

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Fun Fact:

Typical to southern and southeastern China, these almond cookies are usually enjoyed around Chinese New Year, and are given as gifts to family and friends.

In some Chinese restaurants, they are served to cleanse the palate after several courses, rather than being regarded as a dessert.

Yuan-Shan Chi declared these cookies “as Chinese as blueberry pie.”

 

Today’s Food History

o    1626 R.I.P. Sir Francis Bacon. An English statesman, philosopher and author of ‘Novum Organum’, a work on scientific inquiry. Some also claim he wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare. He died after having stuffed a dressed chicken with snow to see how long the flesh could be preserved by the extreme cold. He caught cold and died from complications about a month later.

o    1682 Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed the whole Mississippi Basin for France. He named it Louisiana, in honor of Louis XIV of France.

o    1770 Capt. James Cook discovered Botany Bay on the Australian continent.

o    1850 R.I.P William Prout.  An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions – carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

o    1872 Samuel R. Percy of New York received a patent for dried milk.

o    1965 The entire cast of the comic strip ‘Peanuts’ was featured on the cover of TIME magazine


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April 8th is National Empanada Day!

Posted on April 8, 2018

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Happy National Empanada Day!

Here are today’s five food facts to know about Empanadas:

  • The Spanish word for bread is “pan”.  “Empanar” is a verb form that means “to bread”.  Emapanada is the past-participle, “breaded”.
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  • It’s basically a single-serving turnover.  It can be filled with sweet foods like fruits, sugars, and syrups, or savory foods like meats, cheeses, and oils.
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  • They originated in northwest Spain, in a region known as Galicia.
  • Today they are most popular in Spanish-speaking countries across Europe and South America.
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  • Originally they were made with bread dough, but now they are made with pastries as well.
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Today’s Food History

o    1513 Ponce de Leon landed in Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth. He thought it was just another island of the Bahamas.

o    1862 John D. Lynde of Philadelphia patented the first aerosol dispenser.

o    1873 Alfred Paraf received a patent for the first commercially viable margarine manufacturing process.

o    1879 The Echo Farms Dairy of New York began selling milk in glass bottles, the first in the U.S.

o    1946 ‘Catfish’ Hunter, baseball pitcher, was born.

o    1992 R.I.P. Benjamin Eisenstadt. He invented the artificial sweetener, ‘Sweet ‘n Low’ (granulated saccharin and dextrose).


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April 7th is National Coffee Cake Day!

Posted on April 7, 2018

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Happy Coffee Cake Day 

Here are today’s five food facts to know about Coffee Cake:

  • Coffee cake was not invented, rather it evolved from a variety of different types of cakes.
  • Cakes in their various forms have been around since biblical times, the simplest varieties made from honey or dates and other fruits.
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  • The Danish came up with the earliest versions of coffee cake.  Around the 17th century in Europe, it became the custom to enjoy a delicious sweet and yeasty type of bread when drinking coffee beverages.
  • There are many available combinations, everything from blueberry coffee cakes to cinnamon walnut coffee cake and more.
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  • The hole in the center of most coffee cakes is a relatively recent innovation—it became popular in the 1950’s.  This “bundt pan” was invented to allowed heavier batters to get cooked all the way through without any dough left unbaked in the center.

 

Fun Fact:

The first coffee cakes are thought to have originated in Germany. These were more like sweet breads than cakes.

 

Today’s Food History

o    1727 Michel Adanson was born. Adanson was a French botanist who developed a system of plant classification based on physical characteristics. His system was opposed by Carolus Linnaeus, and was not widely used.

o    1857 A cold front barrels over the U.S. and snow falls in every state in the country.

o    1860 Will Kieth Kellogg was born. Founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. (later the W.K. Kellogg Company) to manufacture cereals (cornflakes were the first) developed by his brother John Harvey Kellogg.

o    1869 David Grandison Fairchild was born. An American botanist and agriculturalist, he was responsible for introducing many useful plants to the U.S. Author of ‘The World Was My Garden,’ and ‘Exploring for Plants’.

o    1933 The beginning of the end of Prohibition. On this day 3.2 percent beer sales were allowed in advance of Prohibition’s ratification.

o    1943 Mick Abrahams of the music group ‘Jethro Tull’ was born.

o    1948 The World Health Organization (WHO) was established.

o    1967 ‘Happy Together’ by Turtles is #1 on the charts.

April 6th is National New Beer’s Eve !

Posted on April 6, 2018

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

  • Germany serves beer ice cream in popsicle form. Its alcoholic content is less than that found in “classic” beer.
  • In 1962, Iron City beer was the brand used to test-market the concept of tab opening aluminum cans. By 1970, over 90% of all beer cans were self-opening.
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  • Prohibition, beginning on January 16, 1920, lasted 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours, and 32-1/2 minutes, and was rescinded on December 5, 1933, at 3:32 p.m.
  • Centuries ago in England, pub visitors used a novel innovation that enabled them to get their beer served quickly. They used mugs with a whistle baked into the rim, the whistle being used to summon the barmaid. It has been suggested this practice gave birth to the phrase “wet your whistle.”
  • A beer lover or enthusiast is called a cerevisaphile.

 

Today’s Food History

o    1859 Massachusetts created the first Inspector of Milk position in the U.S.

o    1869 John Wesley Hyatt patented celluloid, the first synthetic plastic.

o    1896 Opening day of the first modern Olympic games. The last Olympics were held 1,500 years ago.

o    1930 ‘Twinkies’ go on sale for the first time.

o    1932 C. Glen King, at the University of Pittsburgh, isolated vitamin C from lemon juice.

o    1938 Roy J. Plunkett accidentally discovered Teflon.

o    1947 John Ratzenberger, actor, was born. He played ‘Cliff Clavin, Jr.’ on the TV series ‘Cheers.’

o    1954 TV dinners are introduced. C.A. Swanson & Sons introduced the first TV dinner: roast turkey with stuffing and gravy, sweet potatoes and peas. It sold for 98 cents and came in an aluminum tray, so you could just open the box and heat the dinner in the oven. (No microwave ovens back then).

o    Supposedly executive Gerald Thomas came up with the idea when the company had tons of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving (Didn’t we all?). The idea for the aluminum trays came from the trays used for airline food. They were an immediate success, and Turkey dinners are still the most popular Swanson frozen dinner. Swanson stopped calling them TV dinners in 1962.

o    1988 McDonald’s opened its 10,000th restaurant in Dale City, Virginia.


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April 5th is National Caramel Day!

Posted on April 5, 2018

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Here are today’s five food facts about Caramel Candy:

 

  • The word “caramel” comes from the late latin root “calamellus” meaning “sugar cane.”

 

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  • While the origin is unknown, it’s speculated that American setllers in 1650 were making hard toffee candies in kettles.

 

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  • In 1960, Vito Raimondi, with the help of his uncle William Raimondi, invented and patented the first caramel apple machine.

 

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  • Toffee, or in the US “caramel candy”, is a soft, dense, chewy candy made by boiling a mixture of milk or cream, sugar(s), glucose, butter, and vanilla (or vanilla flavoring).

 

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  • Caramel coloring, a dark, bitter-tasting liquid, is the highly concentrated product of near total caramelization, bottled for commercial use. It is used as food coloring and in beverages, such as cola.

Today’s Food History

o 1764 The Sugar Act passed in Britain, placing new restrictions on the import of molasses to America.

o 1806 Isaac Quintard patented the apple cider mill.

o 1858 W. Atlee Burpee was born. Founder of the world’s largest mail-order seed company in 1876.

o 1881 Edwing Houston and Elihu Thomson patented a centrifugal separator, which could be used in separating milk.

o 1981 Bob Hite died. Singer with Canned Heat.

o 1994 Andre Tchelistcheff died. Tchelistcheff was a Russian-born U.S. enologist, was a pivotal figure in the revitalization of the California wine industry following Prohibition (1919-33) and used his Paris training in viticulture and wine making to pioneer such techniques as cold fermentation and the use of American oak barrels for aging. He was also an authority on the types of soil suitable for growing various grape varieties.

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o 1998 The Spice Girls first U.K. concert in Glasgow


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April 3rd is National Chocolate Mousse Day

Posted on April 3, 2018

Happy Chocolate Mousse Day!

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

  1. The word mousse is French and translates as “froth” or “foam.”
  2. Cold dessert mousses are often poured into decorative glasses and garnished with fruit, sweet sauces, or whipped cream.
  3. Savory mousses can be made from fish, shellfish, meat, foie gras, etc.
  4. There are three key constituents to a mousse: base, binder, and aerator.
  5. They may be hot or cold and are often squeezed through a piping bag onto some kind of platform to be used as hors d’oeuvres.

Fun Fact:

Savory mousse dishes were an 18th century French achievement. Dessert mousses (generally fruit mousses) began to appear much later, in the second half of the 19th century.

The first written record of chocolate mousse in the United States comes from a Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892.

Chocolate mousse came into the public eye in the U.S. in the 1930s, about the time as chocolate pudding mixes were introduced.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1829 James Carrington of Connecticut patented a coffee mill.
  • 1845 William James Farrer was born. An Australian agriculturist, he developed several new cultivars of wheat.
  • 1860 The first Pony Express mail delivery service by horse and rider between St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California began. The 1,800 mile run took 10 days.
  • 1956 Elvis Presley sings ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ on the ‘Milton Berle Show.’ An estimated 25% of the American population tuned in to hear him.
  • 1959 The Coasters song ‘Charlie Brown’ is banned by the BBC because it refers to “throwin’ spitballs.” The ban only lasted 2 weeks.
  • 1974 The Super Tornado Outbreak. 148 tornadoes in 13 states in 26 hours. The world’s largest tornado outbreak in recorded history. It included six F5 tornadoes and 30 F4 tornadoes. The first tornado hit at 1 p.m. and the final tornado hit at 2 a.m. the following morning.
  • 1982 The temperature in Lamberton, Minnesota dropped from 78 degrees F to 7 degrees F in 24 hours.  The 71 degree drop in temperature is a Minnesota record.
  • 1985 The Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, California closed after 57 years. Robert Cobb, owner of the Brown Derby, created the Cobb Salad there in 1936.
  • 2010 Students at a Utah high school created a replica of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ using 2 tons of Malt-O-Meal cereal.

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April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Posted on April 2, 2018

Happy Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!

Interesting Food Facts about Peanut Butter & Jelly

  1. Studies show that there is a 75% chance that if you drop a slice of peanut buttered bread, it will fall face down.
  2. 50 percent of all the peanuts grown around the world are used to make peanut butter.
  3. It is estimated that the average American school child will have munched through 1500 Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches before graduation.
  4. An 18 ounce jar of peanut butter will contain about 850 peanuts.
  5. The largest recorded peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the world was lovingly crafted in Peanut, Pennsylvania in 1993. It was 40 ft long and contained 150lbs of peanut butter and 50lbs of jelly.

Fun Fact:

By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.

Peanut butter was first introduced to the USA in 1904 at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis by C.H. Sumner, who sold $705.11 of the “new treat” at his concession stand.

A 2002 survey showed the average American will have eaten 2,500 of these sandwiches before graduating from high school.

Today’s Food History

  • 742 Charlemagne was born. Charlemagne, Charles I, Charles the Great, King of the Franks, Charles le Grand, Carolus Magnus, Karl Der Grosse, King of the Lombards, master of Western Europe, Emperor. Some of the food related ‘facts’ I have come across related to Charlemagne:

* the peacock was first served in Europe during his reign;
* Sauerbraten was invented by Charlemagne;
* Roquefort cheese was a favorite of his;
* the knife began to be used to eat food for the first time during his reign (rather than the fingers);
* Roses were used to cover tables for meals.

I have no real corroboration for any of these ‘facts’ think ‘truthy’

  • 1819 The periodical, ‘American Farmer’ was founded by John Skinner
  • 1827 Joseph Dixon began manufacturing the first lead (graphite) pencils. Necessary to write recipes and menus
  • 1840 Emile Zola was born. 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.”
  • 1863 THE RICHMOND BREAD RIOTS – Shortages of food caused hundreds of angry women gathered in Richmond, Virginia to march on the governor’s office and then on the government commissary to demand bread. It ended in a riot when they broke into the commissary and then other shops & buildings and carried out anything they could carry. Even the hospital reported losing over 300 pounds of beef.  Arrests were made, but at the request of authorities, the newspapers downplayed the incident, and records were later destroyed when the Confederate government fled and burned much of the town behind them.


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