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Posted on February 26, 2019

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Posted on January 1, 2019

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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.

 

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