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1686 Isaak Walton died. He is mainly known for ‘The Compleat Angler, or, the Contemplative Man’s Recreation,’ which is one of the most frequently published books in English literature. It is a literary discourse on the pleasures of fishing.
1902 Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet died. A French botanist, he saved the vineyards of France from total destruction by the grape phylloxera, a small greenish-yellow insect which sucks the fluid from grapevines. He did so by grafting the French vines on American rootstock, which was resistant to phylloxera. He also developed the first widely used plant fungicide.
1903 Italo Marchiony received a patent for an ice cream cup mold. Initially, he would fold warm waffles into a cup shape. He then developed the 2-piece mold that would make 10 cups at a time.
1946 Carmine Appice of the music group ‘Vanilla Fudge’ was born.
1964 Canada adopted the maple leaf as the official symbol for its national flag
Biscuits and gravy is a popular breakfast dish in the South. It consists of a doughy biscuit covered in sausage or sawmill gravy, made for the drippings of cooked pork sausage and flavored with black pepper.
The meal emerged after the American Revolutionary War, when food stock was in short supply.
It became a popular dish for Southern plantation workers because the ingredients were cheap and in abundance.
The word “biscuit” comes from a Latin word “bis” which means to cook.
It’s also known as a “gravy biscuit.”
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Make at least one large size bowl of popcorn.
Thread the needle without cutting the thread from the spool.
Start stringing one popcorn at a time by inserting the tip of the needle into the center of each piece.
Carefully hang the garland onto your Christmas tree.
Cocoa was first used to make “hot chocolate” by Aztecs. The drink was called “xocolatl”, which means bitter water.
The Swiss consume the most chocolate per capita, which is 22 pounds each compared to 11 pounds each in the United States.
Cocoa grows from cacao trees and the name cocoa bean was from a spelling mistake made by English importers in the 18th century.
Fine chocolate is pricy because every stage of cocoa production is down by hand: planting, irrigating, harvesting, fermenting and drying.
Amsterdam is the world’s most important cocoa port: 500k-600k tonnes of cocoa per day.
The bagel originated in Poland and it was designed for Lent.
Its name derives from the Yiddish word ‘bengal’, meaning ‘ring’ or ‘bracelet’.
Immigrant Polish-Jews brought the bagel to the United States.
Automated production and distribution of frozen bagels started in the 1960s with bagel baker Harry Lender, Murray Lender, and Florence Sender.
The hole in the center of the bagel is for multiple bagels to be threaded onto a dowel, which allows bakers to transport the bagel more easily.
Today’s Food History
1686 Prince Louis II de Condé, known as the Great Condé, died. He was a French general who loved to hunt and had a passion for rice. Several dishes have been named for him, including Consommé Condé and Creme Condé.
1874 James Lewis Kraft was born. Founder of Kraft Co. a wholesale cheese distributor and producer. In 1916 he patented pasteurized process cheese, a low cost cheese that would not spoil. Not a great hit with the public, but the U.S. army purchased over 6 million tins of it during WW I. During the depression, it became popular because of its low cost.
1940 David Gates of the music group ‘Bread’ was born.