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December 18th is National “I Love Honey” Day! #HoneyDay

Posted on December 18, 2018

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Here are today’s five food things to know about honey:

Greeks and Roman referred to honey as a food fit for the gods.

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A honey wine was developed, and largely consumed by many. Its given name was mead.

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Honey was so in demand in the eleventh century that it was a stipulation for German peasants to offer their feudal lords payment in honey and beeswax.

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Have allergies? Take a teaspoon a day of a honey made from the region where you reside and it will aid in developing resistance to pollen thereby reducing your allergies.

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Have chapped lips? Apply honey!

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Today’s Food History

1829 Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck died. A French naturalist, he believed in the inheritance of acquired traits. He was the first to draw an evolutionary diagram. Some of his ideas influenced Darwin.

1965 ‘Taste Of Honey’ by Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass is #1 on the charts.

1988 Pillsbury Co. is acquired by the British company Grand Metropolitan PLC, a food and spirits conglomerate.

1991 The ‘International Project to Save the Brazilian Rainforests’ was launched.


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December 17th is National Maple Syrup Day! / #NationalMapleSyrupDay #MapleSyrup

Posted on December 17, 2018

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Here are today’s five food things to know about maple syrup:

There’s an International Maple Syrup Institute that was founded in 1975. 

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Canada supplies about 80% of the word’s maple syrup. 

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Koreans usually prefer sap over syrup. 

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One gallon of maple syrup is made of 40 gallons of sap. 

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Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Butterworth syrups aren’t considered authentic maple syrup because of all the high fructose corn syrup they contain.

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Today’s Food History

1843 Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ was published. It contains numerous and elaborate descriptions of Christmas food and dinners.
“Oh! All that steam! The pudding had just been taken out of the cauldron. Oh! That smell! The same as the one which prevailed on washing day! It is that of the cloth which wraps the pudding. Now, one would imagine oneself in a restaurant and in a confectioner’s at the same time, with a laundry nest door. Thirty seconds later, Mrs. Cratchit entered, her face crimson, but smiling proudly, with the pudding resembling a cannon ball, all speckled, very firm, sprinkled with brandy in flames, and decorated with a sprig of holly stuck in the centre. Oh! The marvelous pudding!”

1892 The first performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ in St. Petersburg.

1940 ‘Corn Silk’ was recorded by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians.

1948 Jim Bonfanti of the music group ‘The Raspberries’ was born


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December 16th is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day!

Posted on December 16, 2018

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Here are today’s five food things to know about chocolate:

Theobroma, the scientific name of the tree that chocolate comes from, means “food of the gods.” 

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Chocolate was consumed as a liquid and not a solid for nearly all of it’s history.

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American Revolutionary soldiers were sometimes paid in chocolate. 

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Ruth Wakefield, the inventor of the chocolate chip cookie, sold her recipe to Nestle for a lifetime supply of chocolate. 

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The first chocolate bar was invented in 1847 by Joseph Fry. 

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Today’s Food History

1843 Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ was published. It contains numerous and elaborate descriptions of Christmas food and dinners.
“Oh! All that steam! The pudding had just been taken out of the cauldron. Oh! That smell! The same as the one which prevailed on washing day! It is that of the cloth which wraps the pudding. Now, one would imagine oneself in a restaurant and in a confectioner’s at the same time, with a laundry nest door. Thirty seconds later, Mrs. Cratchit entered, her face crimson, but smiling proudly, with the pudding resembling a cannon ball, all speckled, very firm, sprinkled with brandy in flames, and decorated with a sprig of holly stuck in the centre. Oh! The marvelous pudding!”

1892 The first performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ in St. Petersburg.

1940 ‘Corn Silk’ was recorded by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians.

1948 Jim Bonfanti of the music group ‘The Raspberries’ was born


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December 15th is National Gingerbread Latte Day! / #GingerbreadLatteDay

Posted on December 15, 2018

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Here are today’s five food things to know about the gingerbread latte:

According to Swedish tradition, you can make a wish using gingerbread.

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The first mention of the “latte” was made by William Dean Howells in his 1867 essay, “Italian Journeys.”

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Queen Elizabeth I is credited for creating the first gingerbread men.

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English women in the 1600’s believed that coffee “made men as unfruitful as the deserts.”

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The “Gingerbread Capitol of the World” is Nuremburg, Germany.

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Today’s Food Historyon this day in…
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

December 15th is National Lemon Cupcake Day!

Posted on December 15, 2018

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Here are today’s five food things to know about lemons and cupcakes:

 

The lemon is native to Asia.

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 In Britain, cupcakes are called “fairy cakes.”

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Lemons are considered to be a hybrid between a sour orange and a citron.

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Because lemons are high in vitamin C they are often used to prevent scurvy on British Navel Ships even today.

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The world’s largest cupcake weighed over 1,200 lbs and had over 2 million calories.

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

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


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December 14th is National Biscuits and Gravy Day!

Posted on December 14, 2018

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Here are today’s five food things to know about biscuits and gravy:

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.

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The meal emerged after the American Revolutionary War, when food stock was in short supply. 

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It became a popular dish for Southern plantation workers because the ingredients were cheap and in abundance. 

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The word “biscuit” comes from a Latin word “bis” which means to cook. 

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It’s also known as a “gravy biscuit.” 

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Today’s Food History

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  • 1554 Hieronymus Bock died. A German botanist whose work contributed to the transition from medieval beliefs to modern science.
  • 1741 Jethro Tull died. He was an English agriculturalist and inventor whose ideas were instrumental in the development of modern English agriculture. One of his inventions was a horse drawn seed planting drill that sowed 3 even rows of seeds at once. (1701). The music group ‘Jethro Tull’ was named for him.
  • 1858 Edwin T. Holmes sells the first electric burglar alarm in the U.S., in Boston, Massachusetts. His workshop was later used by Alexander Graham Bell.
  • 1895 Carl Peter Henrik Dam was born. Dam was a Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K in 1939.
  • 1927 Erma Bombeck was born. Writer, humorist, you will find some of her quotes about family and food.
  • 1931 Alka Seltzer was introduced.
  • 1985 Nathan Pritikin died. A nutritionist who believed that exercise and a low fat, high unrefined carbohydrate diet helped reverse his own heart disease. He founded the Pritikin Longevity Center in 1976.
  • 1989 The USDA approved ‘Simplesse,’ a low calorie fat substitute.
  • 1994 Whirlpool began manufacturing a refrigerator that was significantly more efficient, and did not use freon.

December 13th is National Popcorn String Day!

Posted on December 13, 2018

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Here are Four Steps of How to String Popcorn on a Christmas Tree:

Make at least one large size bowl of popcorn.

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Thread the needle without cutting the thread from the spool.

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Start stringing one popcorn at a time by inserting the tip of the needle into the center of each piece.

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Carefully hang the garland onto your Christmas tree.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1779 The Smithfield Cattle and Sheep Society held the first Smithfield Show in London. It is now the leading agriculture show in the UK.
  • 1827 John & Peter Delmonico opened their first restaurant in New York, Delmonico & Brother Cafe at 23 William Street.
  • 1838 Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet was born. 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.
  • 1856 Charles Dickens wrote in ‘Household Words,’ “Aluminum may probably send tin to the right about face, drive copper saucepans into penal servitude, and blow up German-silver sky high into nothing.” He was pretty accurate in his prediction, even though aluminum had only been discovered in 1808, and had only been used commercially since 1854.
  • 1884 Percy Everitt patented a coin operated scale.
  • 1981 ‘Pigmeat’ Markham died. American actor, comedian. (“Here comes the Judge.”).

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