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The official 2019 ‘Food Holiday’ list

Posted on February 26, 2019

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February 26th is National Pistachio Day!

Posted on February 26, 2019

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

Pistachio nuts are a member of the cashew family and are closely related to mangos, sumac, and even poison ivy.

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Iran produces more pistachios than any other country in the world with over 200k tons per year.

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In Asia they are often referred to as ‘green almonds & the ‘happy nut’. In Iran they are called the ‘smiling nut.’

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Male pistachio trees are alternate bearing, meaning they produce heavier crops every other year.

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All pistachio shells are naturally beige in color. Many companies dye inferior nuts red or green.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1852 John Harvey Kellogg was born. A health food pioneer, developed the first breakfast cereals for his patients, Granose (flaked wheat) and toasted corn flakes.
  • 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.” It is said that 20% claim it works.
  • 1895 Michael Joseph Owens patented an automatic glass blowing machine that could make multiple bottles at the same time. A big advance in bottle making, spurring the mass sale of beer, alcohol and sodas.
  • 1903 RIP Richard Jordan Gatling, inventor of the Gatling Gun.  He also developed machines for sowing rice, wheat, and other grains, and the 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’ in 1956.

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February 25th is National Chocolate Covered Peanut Day

Posted on February 25, 2019

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Happy National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day

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

  1. The original  chocolate covered peanut candy are Goobers first sold in 1925. The word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut.
  2. Peanut M & M’s were not introduced until 1954. They were tan until 1960 when colors were first introduced.(yellow, green, & red)
  3. Rapper, Eminem’s original stage name was M & M, his name was eventually changed for obvious trademark issues.
  4. The initials M & M stand for the Forrest Mars from Mars Candies and Bruce Murrie from Hershey Chocolates.
  5. In 1976 red M & M’s were replaced with orange. The red dye(red #2) was ruled to be a potential carcinogen. Red did not return until 1987.

Daily Quote:

“M & M’s, the chocolates that melt in your mouth nor in your hand” first used in 1954

Extra: It is said that M & M’s were tan in color for decades because if they DID melt in your hand it would not show

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Today’s Food History

  • 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 discovered the world’s largest private collection of potatoes, with 367 varieties.
  • 1934 RIP Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton, an American botanist, she helped establish the New York Botanical Gardens.
  • 1950 RIP George Richard Minot, American physician, Minot was one of the developers of the ” raw-liver diet ” used to treat pernicious anemia.

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February 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day!

Posted on February 19, 2019

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Happy National Chocolate Mint Day!

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

 In tea houses and dinner halls of the early 1900’s  mint sprigs and dark chocolates served after desserts for patrons to ‘chew for good breath and aid digestion’.

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Thin Mints account for over 25% of the annual Girl Scout cookie sales.

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Andes chocolate mints, created in 1921, have little to do with the Andes mountains. They were once called “Andy’s Candies”  but the owner ‘found that men did not like giving boxes of candies with another man’s name on them to their wives and girlfriends’ so he changed the name.

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Frango Mints, perhaps the first chocolate mints, were first patented in 1918. They were sold in tea houses and sold frozen to emphasize the sharp mint flavor.

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Ancient Greeks believed mint could cure hiccups.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1764 Gottlieb Sigismund Kirchhof was born. He developed a method for refining vegetable oil, and also improved brewing & fermentation.
  • 1855 Bread Riots in Liverpool.
  • 1906 Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company (W.K. Kellogg Company) was founded by Will Keith Kellogg to manufacture breakfast cereals (cornflakes).
  • 1913 Cracker Jack began to put prizes in each box.
  • 1976 Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Great Britain when the two couldn’t settle their disagreement on the ‘cod war’ fishing rights issue.
  • 1985 Cherry Coke was introduced nation-wide
  • 1999 The world’s largest strawberry shortcake was created in McCall Park, Plant City, Florida, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. The city holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, over 6,000 pounds.
 

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February 18th is National Drink Wine Day!

Posted on February 18, 2019

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

It takes around 2 1/2 pounds of grapes to make one bottle of wine.

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Before corks were broadly used in wine bottles, wooden stoppers wrapped in oil-soaked rags were common.

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Even though corks were commonly used since the 1600’s it wasn’t until 1795 that the corkscrew was patented. Before then the corks would have caps, similar to champagne corks.

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An average bottle of wine is about 25 fluid ounces( officially  750 milliliters)

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Most ancients urns found in greece, egypt, and the Mediterranean are ‘casks’ that held wine.  The sealed elongated box that holds them are called ‘caskets’

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Today’s Food History

  • 1871 Harry Brearley was born. Brearley was an English metallurgist who invented stainless steel in 1912.
  • 1885 The ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain was published.
  • 1901 Hubert Cecil Booth patented the vacuum cleaner. Because of its large size, he mounted the machine on a horse carriage, with a long hose to reach inside a house
  • 1930 At the St. Louis International Air Exposition, a cow supposedly flew in an airplane for the first time, and this same cow became the first cow to be milked while flying.
  • 1968 Actress Molly Ringwald was born. Two of her movies were ‘The Breakfast Club’ (1985) and ‘In the Weeds’ (2000).

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February 17th is National Café au Lait Day!

Posted on February 17, 2019

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Happy National Café au Lait Day

5 Food Facts about Cafe au Lait Day

 Cafe au lait is coffee with hot milk added.

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In Europe, “café au lait” stems from the same continental tradition as “café con leche” in Spain.

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In Poland it is referred to as “kawa biała” (“white coffee”).

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In Germany it is referred to as “Milchkaffee” (“milk coffee”).

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In The Netherlands “koffie verkeerd” (“incorrect coffee”).

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In the French-speaking areas of Switzerland, a popular variation is the “café renversé” (“reverse coffee”), made by using the milk as a base and adding espresso, in reversal of the normal method of making a “café au lait”.

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Today’s Food History

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  • 1665 Rudolph Jacob Camerarius was born. A German botanist, he showed the existence of sexes in plants, and identified the stamen and pistil as the male and female organs.
  • 1876 Canned sardines went on sale in the U.S. for the first time. They were packed in oil.
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  • 1889 H.L. Hunt, the pioneering Texas oil millionaire (Hunt Oil Company) was born. He carried a brown bag lunch to his office each day and considered himself as ‘just plain folks.’
  • 1958‘Sugartime’ by the McGuire Sister topped the charts.
  • 2002 New regulations to go into effect this year require German pig farmers to spend at least 20 seconds every day with each pig, 10 seconds in the morning and 10 seconds in the afternoon. I do not know about what regulations there might be for spending time with German cows, sheep, chickens and other farm animals.
  • 2008 The USDA announced the largest beef recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse.

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February 16th is National Almond Day! #NationalAlmondDay

Posted on February 16, 2019

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Five Food Finds about Almonds

1. Almonds are mentioned several times in the New and Old Testaments. They are revered as symbols of divine approval.

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2. Almonds are actually fruits, related to cherries and plums.

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3. Raw Almonds contain prussic acids, the eating of more than a handful can be lethal.

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4. A key indicator of cyanide poisoning was the faint smell of roasted almonds on the victim.

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5.  Greek mythology tells of the beautiful princess Phyllis, who was left waiting at the altar on her wedding day by her intended, Demophon. Phyllis waited for years for him to return, but finally died of a broken heart. In sympathy, the gods transformed Phyllis into an almond tree, which became a symbol of hope.

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  • Today’s Food History

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    • 1909 Richard McDonald was born. He was one of the brothers who founded McDonald’s fast food restaurants. Richard also designed the golden arches logo.
    • 1932 James E. Markham of Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards in Mississippi, received the first patent for a fruit tree. It was for a peach tree whose fruit ripened later than other varieties.
    • 1937 Dr. Wallace Hume Carothers received a patent for Nylon. (Which he discovered in 1935). One of its first uses was to replace the hog bristles that had been used in toothbrushes. Think about it: people used to brush their teeth with pigs hair.
    • 1959 Rap singer ‘Ice T’ was born (Tracy Morrow).
    • 2009 Burgers & Beer on the Road: A truck carrying 40,000 pounds of frozen hamburger patties hit the center median, and dumped thousands of pounds of burgers onto Interstate 15 near Salt Lake City. A few hours later on Interstate 84, also in Utah, a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of Fat Tire Beer hit the center median and spilled its load on the highway. Neither driver was injured.

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