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February 15th is National Chewing Gum Day!

Posted on February 15, 2019

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Five Food Find about Chewing Gum

Kids in North America spend approximately half a billion dollars on bubble gum every year.

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100,000 tons of bubble gum is chewed every year all around the world.

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Scientists found a 9,000-year- old wad of chewing gum in Sweden.

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A mathematician once calculated and figured out that the energy Americans expend everyday when chewing bubble gum was enough to light a city of ten million people.

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It is believed that ancient Greeks found relief from stress by chewing a gum that was made from a resin.

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1758 Benjamin Jackson advertised mustard for sale for the first time in America. The advertisement was in the Philadelphia Chronicle, and claimed Jackson was the first and only manufacturer of mustard in America
  • 1809 Cyrus Hall McCormick was born. McCormick is credited with the development of the first mechanical reaper.
  • 1957 ‘The Banana Boat Song’ (Day-O) by Harry Belafonte is number one on the charts.
  • 1965 Canada adopted its new red & white flag with a red maple leaf in the center.

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February 14th is National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day! #ValentinesDay

Posted on February 14, 2019

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Five Food Find about Valentine’s Day Candy

In the 1800’s, physicians commonly advised their lovelorn patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining.

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More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

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At one time, conversation candies were made into shapes including horseshoes, baseballs, and watches.

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At least 10 new conversation heart sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions include “Yeah Right,” “Call Home” and “Puppy Love.”

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It is believed that Madame Du Barry served chocolate to all her suitors; Casanova consumed chocolate instead of champagne to induce romance; and Montezuma, the king of the ancient Aztecs, believed chocolate would make him virile.

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1779 RIP Captain James Cook, British explorer who charted and named many Pacific Islands, including the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).
  • 1803 Moses Coats patented an apple parer.
  • 1838 Margaret E. Knight was born. An American inventor, she invented an improved paper bag machine to make bags with flat bottoms.
  • 1886 California oranges were first shipped East by rail.
  • 1903 The U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor was established.
  • 2003 Dolly the sheep died. Dolly was the first animal cloned from an adult animal. (Born July 5, 1996)

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February 13th is National Italian Food Day / #NationalItalianFoodDay

Posted on February 13, 2019

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Five Food Finds about Italian Food

 It was not until the 1700’s that tomatoes were first found in Italian dishes.

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The ‘essential’ ingredients in Italian food include: olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, mozzarella, ricotta, parmigiana, capers, tomatoes, sausage and of course pasta.

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An average Italian meal is divided in two parts, primo piatto & secondo piatto; the primo include a pasta or risotto; the secondi  includes any meat and fish meals, complemented by a contorno, a side dish of vegetables.

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The Italian dessert, Tiramisu, (ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with mascarpone cheese and egg yolks then flavored with liquor and cocoa) roughly translates to “pick-me-up.”  Did you know that this dessert did not appear in the U.S. until the early 1980’s?

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Italians prefer their pasta cooked ‘al dente’  literally meaning “to the tooth.” The pasta should be a bit firm, offering some resistance to the tooth, but tender.

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1837 Riot in New York over high price of flour
  • 1933 The House of Commons defeated a bill that would have prohibited the sale of alcohol in the U.K.
  • 1967 The Beatles single ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ is released.
  • 2000 The last original ‘Peanuts’ comic strip is published.

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February 11th is National Peppermint Patty Day! / #PeppermintPattyDay

Posted on February 11, 2019

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Happy National Peppermint Patty Day!

Five Food Finds about the Peppermint Patty:

1. In 1940 York Cone Co. produced the first Peppermint Patties.


2. Peppermint Patties were sold only in northeastern states until 1975.


3. Peppermint Patties have one of the least about of calories and fat compared to other nationally popular candy bars.

4. Charles Schulz introduced “Peppermint Patty” to his Peanuts comic strip on August 22, 1966

5. Patricia Reichardt is Peppermint Patty’s actual name.


Today’s Food History
on this day in…

  • 1785 The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture was founded. It is the oldest active agricultural organization in the U.S.
  • 1847 Thomas Alva Edison was born. Chefs use his inventions everyday, including light and music to work by.
  • 1926 Paul Bocuse, French chef, was born at Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, France. He is known as one of the founders of ‘nouvelle cuisine’.
  • 1963 Julia Child’s ‘The French Chef’ premiered on TV.
  • 1977 The heaviest lobster known was caught off Nova Scotia, weighing in at 44 lb 6 oz (20.14 kg).
  • 1994 Use of the genetically engineered growth hormone for cows, RBGH begins.

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February 10th is National “Have a Brownie” Day! / #BrownieDay

Posted on February 10, 2019

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

  1. It is said that the brownie was created at the Palmer House Hotel during the 1893 Columbian Exposition( The largest World’s Fair of it’s time) when the owner Bertha Palmer asked the chef to make a ‘ladies dessert’.
  2. The word ‘brownie’ became so popular that soon after the Expedition even Kodak named one of it’s first hand held cameras after them, the little ‘brownie.’
  3. Brownies were one of the very first prepackaged food ‘mixes’ ever sold. First appearing in the Sears, Roebuck catalogue in 1897.
  4. Fannie Farmer, the First Lady of American Cookery, published the first written recipe for brownies in 1896.
  5. A popular turn of the century alternative was considered of equal importance, the ‘blondie‘, which used many of the same ingredients except chocolate. Many believed chocolate to be a ‘vice’ on the same level as alcohol and even coffee.

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“A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.”
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Today’s Food History

  • 1846 Ira Remsen was born. He was an American chemist, co-discoverer of saccharin, the artificial sweetener.
  • 1933 The Postal Telegraph Co. of New York City delivers the first singing telegram with a box of chocolates.
  • 1944 Author Frances Moore Lappe was born. Author of the best selling ‘Diet for a Small Planet’ (1971) The first best seller to encourage a vegetarian diet. Her premise was that the raising of animals was wasteful & potentially harmful to the environment.
  • 1945 The Andrews Sisters recording of ‘Rum and Coca Cola’ hit #1 on the popular music charts.
  • 1957 The ‘Styrofoam’ cooler was invented.

 

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February 7th is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day / #NationalFettuccineDay

Posted on February 7, 2019

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Happy National Fettuccine Alfredo Day!

Here are today’s food finds about fettuccine:

Fettuccine  is a flat, thick noodle made of flour and egg.(literally meaning “little ribbons” in Italian)

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 The original recipe for Fettuccine “Alfredo” is pasta made from fettucine noodles tossed with one part parmesan cheese and 3 parts butter.

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It was named by an Italian restaurateur at his restaurant Alfredo on the Via della Scrofa in Rome in 1914.

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Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, early movie stars, fell in love with the dish while on their honeymoon in 1927. This helped to make the dish and Alfredo world famous.

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There are authentic “Alfredo’s” restaurants in the US, Alfredo’s at Rockefeller Center in New York City is the most well known.

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1804 John Deere was born. Inventor and manufacturer, he developed the first steel plow in 1838. The mass production of the plow helped make farm yields per acre increase 10 fold within two decades.
  • 1894 Antoine-Joseph (Adolphe) Sax died.  A musical instrument maker, he invented the saxophone. The shape was said to have been patterned after plumbing pipes and first constructed by a pipe fitter.
  • 1989 It was reported that a “rain of sardines” fell in Ipswich, Australia. The rain was said to have taken place for over 15 minutes littering the town and countryside with fish and frogs.

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February 5th is National Frozen Yogurt Day!

Posted on February 5, 2019

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Happy National Yogurt Day!

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

While regular yogurt has been around for 5000 years, frozen yogurt was originated in New England in the 1970s.

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When frozen yogurt first hit the market in the 1970s, it was not as popular as it is today. Many consumers felt that the dessert was too tart and similar to room temperature yogurt.

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In the ’80s, frozen yogurt manufacturers began to play with the dessert’s recipe, adding flavor and changing the texture.

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They were able to create the frozen yogurt we are familiar with today, something a bit more palatable to the public.

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The health conscious crowds began to eat up the product, skyrocketing sales to $25 million. The growth did not stop there; by the ’90s, the product had reached $330 million in sales.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1872 Lafayette Benedict Mendel was born. An American biochemist who published various papers on nutrition. His work on vitamins and proteins helped establish modern concepts about nutrition.
  • 1884 Willis Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio, received a patent for an egg beater.
  • 1914 William Burroughs, novelist, was born. He wrote ‘Naked Lunch.’
  • 1967 Tom Smothers fell into a vat of chocolate today. (The Smo

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