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February 8th is National Potato Lover’s Day! / #PotatoDay

Posted on February 8, 2019

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Here are today’s food finds about potatoes:

The word potato is derived from a Native American word “Batata”

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The first cultivated potatoes date back to 500o BC in Peru. Originally, they were purple and when cooked they turn a deep blue color.

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Most of the nutrients found in potatoes are in its skin.

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The average American eats 140 pounds of potatoes per year.

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The word spud actually means “to dig a small hole in the ground, similar to spade, a tool to dig small holes.

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  • 1795 Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was born. A German chemist who developed a method for obtaining sugar from beet juice.
  • 1886 Wilhelm Koppers was born. This cultural anthropologist developed theories on the origins of society based on studies of hunter-gatherer tribes.
  • 1898 John Sherman of Worcester, Massachusetts received a patent for the first machine to fold and seal envelopes.
  • 1925 Actor Jack Lemmon was born. A couple of his film titles: ‘The Fortune Cookie’ and ‘Days of Wine and Roses’
  • 1946 Adolfo De La Parra of the music group ‘Canned Heat’ was born.

 

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Celebrate! January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day! / #NationalPeanutButterDay

Posted on January 24, 2019

Here are today’s five thing to know about Peanut Butter:

  1. 60% of people like creamy peanut butter over crunchy.
  2. Women & children prefer creamy, while most men like crunchy.
  3. Peanut butter is a source of incomplete protein.
  4. A common combination to provide a complete protein is pairing peanut butter with whole wheat bread.
  5. The two foods need only be consumed within 24 hours of each other to complete the protein.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1920 Eskimo Pie Patent Date. The Eskimo Pie was patented by Christian K. Nelson, first sold in 1922 as “I-Scream Bars”
  • 1935 The first beer can was introduced by the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company
  • 1939 Maximilian Bircher-Benner died. He was a Swiss doctor who developed the granola-like cereal product ‘Muesli’
  • 1959 Coors launched the 7 ounce seamless, recyclable aluminum beer can.
  • 1988 RIP Charles Glen King,a biochemist who discovered vitamin C in 1932. He first extracted & isolated it from lemon juice.

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Posted on January 1, 2019

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November 30th is National Mousse Day!

Posted on November 30, 2018

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

The word mousse is French and translates as “froth” or “foam.”

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Cold dessert mousses are often poured into decorative glasses and garnished with fruit, sweet sauces, or whipped cream.

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Savory mousses can be made from fish, shellfish, meat, foie gras, etc.

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There are three key constituents to a mousse: base, binder, and aerator.

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Chocolate mousse really came into the public eye in the U.S. in the 1930’s, about the time as chocolate pudding mixes were introduced.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1835 Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) was born. American author, pen name Mark Twain, who wrote ‘Tom Sawyer’, ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’, etc. There are many quotes and descriptions about food and dining in his works. An example is: “A man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe, but I think he would gradually waste away, and eventually die.” (From ‘A Tramp Abroad’).
  • 1838 The Great Pastry War.  A brief conflict began between Mexico and France caused by a French pastry cook who claimed that some Mexican Army soldiers had damaged his restaurant. The Mexican government refused to pay for damages. Several other countries had pressed the Mexican government for similar claims in the past due to civil unrest in Mexico.  France decided to do something about it, and sent a fleet to Veracruz and fired on the fortress outside the harbor.  They occupied the city on April 16, 1838, and through the mediation of Great Britain were promised payment of 600,000 pesos for the damages.  They withdrew on March 9, 1839.
  • 1858 John Landis Mason patented the Mason Jar.
  • 1875 P. Ashbourne patented a biscuit cutter.
  • 1875 J. Ehrrichson patented an oat-crushing machine.
  • 1944 Rob Grill of the music group ‘Grassroots’ was born.
  • 1967 Casimir Funk died. Funk was a Polish-American biochemist who came up with the word ‘vitamine’later changed to ‘vitamin.’
  • 1983 Alfred Heineken, president of Heinken (the beer) was kidnapped. He was freed after a ransom was paid 3 weeks later.

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November 29th is National Chocolates Day!

Posted on November 29, 2018

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

Chocolate comes from the Aztec word “xocolatl” which means “bitter water”.

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Switzerland is one of the top countries for chocolate consumption. The Swiss consume about 22 lbs of chocolate, per person, per year.

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Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Perhaps this is where they saying “Money grows on trees” came from.

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Allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth produces the same or even stronger reactions as passionately kissing.

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Most cocoa comes from West Africa.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1627 John Ray (Wray) was born. A leading 17th century English naturalist and botanist. He contributed to the advancement of taxonomy, and established the species as the basic unit of taxonomy.
  • 1968 The Who release ‘The Who Sell Out.’ One of my favorite Who albums, with commercials for some real and some fictitious products, including Heinz Baked Beans.
  • 1997 Plastic bags are a serious danger to marine mammals. A 65 foot, 70 ton finback whale died off the coast of Spain. Its digestive tract had been blocked by 30 plastic bags, and several hard plastic objects.
  • 1997 Reports from Chile about giant rats, that had been feeding on the droppings of hormone fattened poultry, were attacking farm animals near Santiago.

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November 28th is National French Toast Day! / #NationalFrenchToastDay

Posted on November 28, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about French Toast:

French toast was not invented in France. In fact, French toast was around long before France even existed as a country.

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The earliest reference to French toast dates all the way back to 4th century Rome.The name for French toast in France is “pain perdu”, which means “lost bread.”

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French toast was created by medieval European cooks who needed to use every bit of food they could find to feed their families.  They knew day-old bread could be revived when moistened and heated.  They also added eggs for additional moisture and protein.

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In Scotland, French toast is traditionally served with sausage between two slices of French toast, eaten as a sandwich.

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Medieval recipes for French toast suggest this meal was enjoyed by the wealthy.

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1837 John Wesley Hyatt was born. He developed the process for making celluloid, the first synthetic plastic. He also invented a water purifying system and a sugar cane mill.
  • 1863 Thanksgiving was first celebrated as a regular American Holiday.
  • 1869 F. Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was issued the first chewing gum patent in 1869.
  • 1930 After a sandstorm in Morocco, there was a rain of mud in Paris and yellow sand fell in Spain.
  • 1942 Coffee rationing began in the U.S.
  • 1948 The first Polaroid Land Camera went on sale in Boston. This was the first successful self-developing camera; it took a photo about 1 minute to develop.
  • 2006 Texas Republican state Rep. Betty Brown filed a bill (HCR 15) in the Texas legislature which would declare Athens, Texas as the “original home of the hamburger.” Residents of New Haven, Connecticut strongly objected.

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November 27th is National Bavarian Cream Pie Day!

Posted on November 27, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Bavarian cream pie:

Bavarian cream was originally a cold dessert of egg custard stiffened with gelatin, mixed with whipped cream (sometimes with fruit purée or other flavors), then set in a mold, or used as a filling for cakes and pastries.

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No one is sure about the origin of Bavarian cream, but during the late 17th and early 18th centuries many French chefs worked at the court of the Wittelsbach Princes (a German family that ruled Bavaria from the 12th century to 1918).

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Before the advent of refrigeration, Bavarian cream represented a culinary triumph. In order to set the dish, the Bavarian cream would have had to be chilled in an ice-filled bowl.

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The suffix ‘crème’ in German speaking lands, is the term for the gelatin mold used to make it.

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True Bavarian creams first appeared in the U.S. in Boston Cooking School cookbooks, by Mrs D.A. Lincoln, 1884, and by Fannie Merritt Farmer, 1896. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook offers a “Bavarian Cream”.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1811 Andrew Meikle died. A Scottish millwright, he invented the drum threshing machine.
  • 1826 John Walker invented the friction match (strike anywhere).
  • 1924 The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was originally called a Christmas Parade.
  • 1944 Musician Eddie Rabbitt was born.
  • 1984 Sylvan N. Goldman died. Goldman ran a successful chain of grocery stores, and while a major owner of the Piggly-Wiggly supermarket chain he invented the shopping cart. He hired fake shoppers to wheel them around the store to encourage his customers to see how useful they could be.

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Let Them Eat…!!! November 26th is National Cake Day! / #NationalCakeDay

Posted on November 26, 2018

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Five Food Facts about the cake:

In Roman times, eggs and butter were often added to basic bread to give a consistency that we would recognize as cake-like, and honey was used as a sweetener.

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The famous saying, ‘let them eat cake’, was attributed to Marie Antoniette upon learning that her people had no bread, but the saying was probably much older.

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In Scotland, and parts of Wales and northern England, cake took on the specific meaning of ‘a thick, hard biscuit made from oatmeal’.

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From the 17th to 19th centuries, Scotland was humorously known as the ‘Land of Cakes’ and until comparatively recently. Hogmanay was also known as ‘Cake Day’ from the custom of calling on people’s houses at New Year and having cake.

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The ‘cakewalk’ dance originated in African American communities in the Southern United States and was originally a competition in graceful walking, with cake awarded as a prize.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1836 John Loudon McAdam died. He invented macadam pavement for roads. The Macadamia Nut was named for him.
  • 1867 B. Sutherland patented the refrigerated railroad car.
  • 1876 Willis Haviland Carrier was born. He invented the first practical air conditioner.
  • 1915 Atlee Burpee died. Founder of the world’s largest mail-order seed company in 1876.
  • 1922 Charles M. Schulz was born. American cartoonist, best known for the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.
  • 1942 ‘Casablanca’, the movie, premiers in New York City on Thanksgiving Day.
  • 1968 Rock group Cream’s last concert (Albert Hall).
  • 1991 Japan agrees to stop using drift nets in commercial fishing.
  • 2002 Verne H. Winchell died. Founder of Winchell’s Donuts in 1948; known as ‘The Donut King.’

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November 25th is National Parfait Day!

Posted on November 25, 2018

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

Parfait is a French word that means perfect.

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It is often served in a tall, clear glass and topping creation with whipped cream and fruit.

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The oldest recipe with the name parfait comes from a French cookbook dated 1869.

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The original parfait recipe was a frozen coffee-flavoured French ice dessert constructed in parfait-shaped (tall and thin) ice cream moulds.

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French style parfait is served on decorated plates instead of tall, thin glassware.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1715 American Sybilla Masters was the first American granted an English patent. It was for a method of processing corn.
  • 1846 Carry Amelia Nation was born. Well known temperance movement activist, she was famous for destroying saloons with a hatchet.
  • 1884 John Mayenberg, of St. Louis, Missouri, patented evaporated milk.
  • 1940 Woody Woodpecker made his debut in the cartoon ‘Knock Knock.’
  • 1967‘ Incense and Peppermint’by Strawberry Alarm Clock hits number one on the charts.

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November 24th is National Sardines Day! / #NationalSardineDay

Posted on November 24, 2018

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

Sardines live short lives, and grow quite quickly. They can reach a length of about 23cm in two years.

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Sardines are the most plentiful, edible fish in the world.
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The main ingredient in Worcestershire sauce is fermented sardines.

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The term sardine was first used in English during the early 15th century and may come from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, around which sardines were once abundant.

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The original ‘secret’ ingredient in Caesar Salad is crushed sardines.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1762 The first written record of the word ‘sandwich’. Edward Gibbons Journal, 11/24/1762: ‘I dined at the Cocoa Tree….That respectable body affords every evening a sight truly English. Twenty or thirty of the first men in the kingdom….supping at little tables….upon a bit of cold meat, or a Sandwich.’
  • 1859  ‘The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’was published in England.
  • 1864 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born. French artist who documented Parisian night life in the 1890s with his insightful posters.
  • 1873 Patent issued to Joseph F. Glidden for barbed wire. The beginning of the end of cowboys and the open range.
  • 1916 Sir Hiram Maxim died. An American born inventor. Among his hundreds of inventions were a hair curling iron, a mousetrap, an automatic sprinkling system, gas motors, and a machine gun.

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November 23rd is National Espresso Day! / #NationalEspressoDay

Posted on November 23, 2018

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

It takes approximately 42 coffee beans to make an average serving of espresso.

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Coffee contains more caffeine than espresso. Strong tasting coffee has no more caffeine than weak-tasting coffee.

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Espresso is not referring to a particular type of bean, it is a type of coffee brewing method.E

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Espresso originated in Italy in the early 20th century with Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing plant who wanted to speed up the time it took to make coffee.

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Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world second to only oil.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1534 Otto Brunfels died. A German botanist, author of ‘Herbarum vivae eicones’ (‘Living Pictures of Herbs’), one of the first great herbals. His work is considered to be a bridge between ancient and modern botany.
  • 1553 Prospero Alpini was born. An Italian physician and botanist, he is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe and to have been the first to artificially fertilize date palms.
  • 1835 Henry Burden was granted the first U.S. patent for a horseshoe manufacturing machine.
  • 1869 The 3 masted clipper ship ‘Cutty Sark’ was launched at Dunbarton, Scotland. It was one of the last to be built and is the only one surviving today. It is 212 feet long and 36 feet wide. It was initially used in the English/Chinese tea trade. Fully restored in 1957, it is in dry berth in Greenwich, London as a sailing museum.
  • 1894 Donald Deskey was born. An industrial designer, he designed the packaging for Tide laundry detergent and Crest toothpaste among others.
  • 1921 President Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, which prohibits doctors from prescribing beer or liquor.
  • 1945 Wartime rationing ended in the U.S.
  • 1990 Roald Dahl died. British author, one of his most popular books was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ the film version was titled ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Some of his other books are ‘A Piece of Cake,’ ‘Pig,’ ‘Royal Jelly,’ ‘Smell’ and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter.’

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Celebrate! November 22nd is National Cranberry Relish Day

Posted on November 22, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about cranberry relish:

A barrel of cranberries weighs 100 pounds. Give or take a few, there are about 450 cranberries in a pound and 4,400 cranberries in one gallon of juice.cranberry-juice1

Contrary to popular belief, cranberries do not grow in water. A perennial plant, cranberries grow on low-running vines in sandy bogs and marshes.

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If you strung all the cranberries produced in North America last year, they would stretch from Boston to Los Angeles more than 565 times.

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Legend has it that Pilgrims served cranberries, along with wild turkey and succotash, at the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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In the 1880s, a New Jersey grower named John “Peg Leg” Webb discovered that cranberries bounce.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1808 Thomas Cook was born. In 1841 Cook hired a special excursion train between Leicester and Loughborough in England for a temperance meeting. The beginning of Thomas Cook & Son, the worldwide travel agency.
  • 1862 Dr. Alexander P. Anderson was born. He developed Puffed Rice in NYC in 1902, which was introduced to the world at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
  • 1967 Arlo Guthrie’s ballad/song ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ was released.
  • 1992 Actor Sterling Holloway died. He was also the voice of Winnie The Pooh, the honey loving bear in Disney’s animated version.

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Nuts! November 22nd is National Cashew Day! /#NationalCashewDay

Posted on November 22, 2018

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

Pistachio, mango, cashew and poison ivy are in the same family.

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Cashews are native to Costa Rica and most of Central America.

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Cashews are seeds. Because they grow out of apples, they are technically a seed not a nut.

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Raw cashews are green. Before the seed is roasted, cashews are a beautiful shade of green.

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A freshly picked cashew nut is highly flammable and can even be explosive.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1808 Thomas Cook was born. In 1841 Cook hired a special excursion train between Leicester and Loughborough in England for a temperance meeting. The beginning of Thomas Cook & Son, the worldwide travel agency.
  • 1862 Dr. Alexander P. Anderson was born. He developed Puffed Rice in NYC in 1902, which was introduced to the world at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
  • 1967 Arlo Guthrie’s ballad/song ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ was released.
  • 1992 Actor Sterling Holloway died. He was also the voice of Winnie The Pooh, the honey loving bear in Disney’s animated version.

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November 21st is National Cranberry Day! / #NationalCranberryDay

Posted on November 21, 2018

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

Another name for cranberries is “bounceberries” because they bounce when ripe.

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Some Native Americans called the cranberry “ibimi” which means “bitter berry.”

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Native Americans and Pilgrims used cranberries as a red dye.

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The cranberry is one of only a handful of major fruits native to North America. Others include the blueberry and Concord grape.

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During the days of wooden ships and iron men, American vessels carried cranberries. It was the cranberry’s generous supply of vitamin C that prevented scurvy.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1941 ‘King Biscuit Time’ radio show was first broadcast from Helena, Arkansas. It is the longest running daily radio program in history, broadcasting live blues music, interviews, etc. It is named for its sponsor, King Biscuit Flour.  The ‘King Biscuit Flour Hour’ rock and roll radio program took its name from ‘King Biscuit Time.’
  • 1970 ‘I Think I Love You’ by the Partridge Family is #1 on the charts.
  • 1980 28,000 Canada geese spend a few nights on Silver Lake in Rochester, Minnesota.

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November 20th is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day!

Posted on November 20, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Peanut Butter Fudge:

Fudge was invented in the United States more than 100 years ago.

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The exact origin is disputed, but most stories claim that the first batch of fudge resulted from a bungled (“fudged”) batch of caramels made on February 14, 1886—hence the name “fudge.”

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Georgia is the #1 peanut producing state.

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The most popular American fudge flavor is chocolate.

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The average peanut farm is 100 acres.

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1820 A whaling ship, the Essex, was rammed twice by a sperm whale and eventually sank.
1967 The U.S. population passed 200 million, according to the Census Clock at the Department of Commerce.
1969 DDT was banned for residential use as part of a total phase out of its use in the U.S.
2009 Kellogg’s reports there will be a nationwide shortage of Eggo Frozen Waffles until the summer of 2010. Production has been interrupted at 2 of Eggo’s four production plants due to repairs.


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November 19th is National Macchiato Day! / #NationalMacchiatoDay

Posted on November 19, 2018

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

Macchiato is milk added to freshly brewed espresso.

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Macchiatos are known for having more foam, rather than simply hot milk.

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Two of the most common variations are:  macchiato clado (served hot) and the macchiato freddo (served cold).

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When Starbuck’s introduced the ‘Macchiato’ on their menu in 1987 it quickly became one of their most popular beverages on the menu

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Some Italians only drink cappuccinos in the morning and macchiatos in the afternoon.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1600 Charles I, king of England, Scotland and Ireland was born. Ice cream is said to have come from France when he married Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henri IV, and sister of Louis XIII.
  • 1961 Michael Rockefeller, son of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, disappeared, and was presumed eaten by the cannibals of New Guinea.
  • 1977 The largest albacore weighed 88 pounds and was caught off the Canary Islands.
  • 2009 Nestle, one of the largest producers of canned pumpkin products, reports there may be a shortage of its products because heavy rains interrupted the pumpkin harvest.

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November 18th is National Apple Cider Day!

Posted on November 18, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Apple Cider:

Kids were baptized in cider during the 14th century because it was believed that cider was more sanitary than water.

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President John Adams drank cider every morning because he believed it promoted good health. Adams lived to 90 years old.

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Some cider apple names: “Hangdown,” “Kentish Fill-Basket,” “Glory of the West.”

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It takes about 36 apples to make one gallon of apple cider.

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Caesar’s troops brought back apple cider after storming England in 55 BCE.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1307 The legendary William Tell shot an apple from his son’s head.
  • 1810 Asa Gray was born. A leading American botanist of his time a a strong supporter of Darwin, he co-authored ‘Flora of North America’ with John Torrey.
    1857 Rose Markwood Knox was born. Rose and her husband Charles Knox developed the world’s first pre-granulated gelatin, eliminating the long difficult process of making gelatin at home. When her husband died in 1908, Rose took over and ran the company for more than 40 years. Mrs. Knox died in 1950 at age 93, still serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the company.
  • 1874 Women’s Christian Temperance Union was formed in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 1922Marcel Proust died. Marcel Proust was a French writer. On January 1, 1909, he ate a piece of tea-soaked toast whose taste caused on a series of childhood memories. In his 7 volume allegorical novel ‘Remembrance of Things Past,’ the character Swann has a similar experience when he bites into a lemon cookie (a madelaine) which evokes a similar torrent of memories. This is one of the most ubiquitous (i.e., widely-quoted) allusions in literature.
  • 1956 Fats Domino performed ‘Blueberry Hill’ on the Ed Sullivan Show.
  • 1966 American Roman Catholics are no longer required to abstain from eating meat on Fridays.
  • 1970 Linus Pauling declares that large doses of Vitamin C will keep the common cold at bay.

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November 17th is National Baklava Day!

Posted on November 17, 2018

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

Baklava is the ancestor of strudel.

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It was brought to Hungary by Turkish invaders in the 16th century.

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The dessert cake was created sometime before the 16th century.

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Baklava consists of 30 or more sheets of phyllo dough brushed with lots of butter, and layered with finely chopped pistachios, walnuts, and/or almonds.

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The origin of the name is still up for dispute: Turkish etymologists claim an old Turkish origin while others argue that the word “baklava” may come from a Mongolian root.


Today’s Food History

  • 1749 Nicolas Appert was born.  Appert was a French cook and inventor who developed the method of preserving food that we call canning. He originally used glass jars sealed with wax and reinforced with wire.
  • 1869 The Suez Canal opened, linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea.
  • 1967‘ Incense And Peppermints’by Strawberry Alarm Clock is #1 on the charts
  • 1988 Wal-Mart opened its first Super Center at Wheeler, Oklahoma. It carries fresh meat, produce, dairy products, and baked goods, in addition to other standard supermarket products and discount store merchandise.
  • 1996 The World Food Summit concluded. Delegates promised full efforts to ease world hunger.

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November 16th is National Fast Food Day! / #NationalFastFoodDay

Posted on November 16, 2018

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Happy National Fast Food Day

 

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

During the early 1900s, the hamburger was thought to be polluted, unsafe to eat, and food for the poor. Street carts, not restaurants, typically served them.

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Every month, approximately nine out of 10 American children visit a McDonald’s restaurant.

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By 2020, Americans are expected to spend over $223 billion on fast food.

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There are more than 300,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S. alone

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In the 1990s, cupholders were first introduced into car design. Although the 60’s For Falcon had the first built in cupholder.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1620 The first corn (maize) was supposedly discovered (by European settlers) by some Pilgrims led by Myles Standish, while exploring the area near Provincetown, Massachusetts. They named the spot Corn Hill.
  • 1867 Leon Daudet was born. French journalist and novelist, well known gastronome of his time.
  • 1913 The first volume of Marcel Proust’s ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ was published. On January 1, 1909, he ate a piece of tea-soaked toast whose taste caused a flood of childhood memories. In his 7 volume allegorical novel Remembrance of Things Past,’ the character Swann has a similar experience when he bites into a lemon cookie (a madelaine) which brings on a similar flood of memories. This is one of the most widely quoted allusions in literature.

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November 15th is National Raisin Bran Day!

Posted on November 15, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Raisin Bran Cereal:

“Skinner’s Raisin Bran” was the first bran brand on the market, introduced in the United States in 1926 by U.S. Mills.

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During his incarceration, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein preferred Raisin Bran cereal for breakfast given by his American prison guards.


The first cold breakfast cereal, Granula, was invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson, operator of Our Home on the Hillside which was later replaced by the Jackson Sanatorium in Dansville, New York.

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Twenty-six percent of Americans snack on cereal during the day; 61 percent of that group is women.


Kellogg’s was the first company to advertise on the Times Square billboard in New York.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1660 Asser Levy from Portugal, applied for a license to sell kosher meat. He was the first kosher butcher in New Amsterdam (New York).
  • 1849 The first poultry show in the U.S. was held on November 15-16 in Boston, Massachusetts.  1,423 birds were exhibited by 219 exhibitors.
  • 1868 James Mayer de Rothschild died (born May 15, 1792).  European banker and founder of the French branch of the Rothschild family.  In 1868 he acquired the famous Chateau Lafite vineyards in Bordeaux, France.
  • 1882 Felix Frankfurter, U. S. Supreme Court justice, was born.
  • 1904 King Camp Gillette was issued U.S. patent No. 775,134 for his disposable razor (applied for on Dec 3, 1901).
  • 1952 Jambalaya (On The Bayou)’ by Hank Williams was number one on the country music charts.
  • 1964 Bernard Frank died (born March 7, 1902). American forester and conservationist, he was one of the eight co-founders of the Wilderness Society.
  • 1967 Elmer McCollum died. He was a chemist who discovered vitamins A, B and D.
  • 1969 The first color TV commercial in Britain was aired, for Birdseye Peas.
  • 1969 Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s Hamburger restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

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November 14th is National Pickle Appreciation Day! / #PickleDay

Posted on November 14, 2018

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

Cleopatra claimed pickles made her beautiful.

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The Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American eats 8.5 lbs of pickles a year.

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If it weren’t for pickles, Christopher Columbus might never have “discovered” America. In his famous 1492 voyage, Columbus rationed pickles to his sailors to keep them from getting scurvy. He even grew cucumbers during a pitstop in Haiti to restock for the rest of the voyage.

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Napoleon was also a big fan of pickle power. In fact, he put up the equivalent of $250,000 as a prize to whoever could figure out the best way to pickle and preserve foods for his troops.

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Berrien Springs, Michigan, has dubbed itself the “Christmas Pickle Capital of the World.” In early December, they host a parade, led by the Grand Dillmeister, who tosses out fresh pickles to parade watchers.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1851 Herman Melville’s novel ‘Moby Dick’ was published. Captain Ahab’s search for the white whale.
  • 1863 Leo Hendrik Baekeland was born. He was a chemist who invented Bakelite, the first plastic that did not soften when heated. Those black plastic knobs on stoves were made of bakelite.
  • 1865 Prosper Montagne was born. Montagne was one of the great French chefs of all time. He is mainly remembered as the creator of ‘Larousse Gastronomique’ (1938), a comprehensive encyclopedia of French gastronomy.
  • 1889 George S. Kaufman was born. A playwright, he wrote ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner,’ and the script for ‘Cocoanuts’ for the Marx Brothers.
  • 1889 Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochran), began her successful attempt to beat the record of Jules Verne’s fictional Phileas Fogg to go ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. Bly was a U.S. newspaper reporter and completed the journey in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.
  • 1922 The BBC officially began  daily radio broadcasting with the 6 p.m. news.
  • 1964 Nic Dalton of the music group ‘Lemonheads’ was born.

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November 13th is National Chicken Nuggets Day! / #NationalChickenNuggetDay

Posted on November 13, 2018

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

Usain Bolt ate nothing but chicken nuggets while he was in Beijing because that was “the only thing he knew”. He won 3 gold medals in the Beijing.

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A chicken nugget is a chicken product made from either meat slurry or chicken breasts cut to shape.

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The chicken nugget was invented in the 1950s by Robert C. Baker, a food science professor at Cornell University,

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The largest recorded chicken nugget weighed 51.1 pounds.

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Baker died in 2006, but his technique for making chicken pieces that could be fried without the breading falling off was developed in 1963.

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The ‘Official’ 2018 November Food Holiday List / #FoodHolidays

Posted on November 12, 2018

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Here’s the 2018 Complete November Food Holiday List
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National Georgia Pecan Month
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
National Pepper Month
National Stuffing Month
National Raisin Bread Month
November 1-7: National Fig Week
Daily Holidays

November 1
November 5
National Doughnut Day
November 9
November 13
National Indian Pudding Day
Feast of St. Diego Alacala
National Pickle ‘Appreciation’ Day
 National Vichyssoise Day
November 19
November 21
November 23
November 25
National Parfait Day
National “Eat with a Friend” Day
November 26
National Cake Day
November 29
National Chocolates Day
National Lemon Creme Pie Day
National Rice Cake Day
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Deal with it! November 12th is National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day! / #MondayMotivation

Posted on November 12, 2018

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

Anchovies are preyed upon by almost every predatory fish in their environments.

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Anchovies have teeth, described as “small and sharp,” in both the upper and lower jaws. Their diet consists of plankton and small fry of other fish.

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94 percent of Americans eat pizza regularly.

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Saturday night is the most popular night to eat pizza.

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In Latin languages, such as Italian, the equivalent word for “anchovy” is used to describe a particularly thin person who is all skin and bones.


Today’s Food History

  • 1908 William Keith Brooks died. An influential zoologist, he was a champion for the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay oyster.
  • 1926 Jack Ryan was born. Before helping to develop the Barbie Doll for Mattell, Ryan worked for the Pentagon designing missiles!
  • 1947 Buck Dharma of the music group ‘Blue Oyster Cult’ was born.
  • 1956 Ice cubes, anyone? The largest iceberg was reported, in the South Pacific, 208 miles long by 60 miles wide.
  • 1974 After more than 125 years, salmon returned to the River Thames in England.

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November 11th is National Sundae Day! / #NationalSundaeDay

Posted on November 11, 2018

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Happy National Sundae Day

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Five Food Finds about Ice Cream

In 1985, the biggest Ice Cream sundae was made in California. It stood 12ft tall and was made with 4,667 gallons of ice Cream.


It takes 12 lbs. of milk to make just one gallon of ice cream.


At a price of $1,000, the most expensive ice cream sundae is the Serendipity Golden Opulence Sundae, sold by Serendipity in New York City.


The average American eats about 20 quarts of ice cream a year―the world’s highest per capita consumption, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.

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Marco Polo brought back a sherbet dessert recipe from China.


Chocolate syrup is the world’s most popular ice cream topping.


Today’s Food History

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1790 Chrysanthemums were introduced to England from China. Both the greens and blossoms are edible, and are particularly popular in Japan, China and Vietnam.
1918 Karen Hess, culinary historian, died. Some of her books were ‘The Taste of America’ (1977) and ‘Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection’ (1992). She also annotated Mary Randolph’s ‘Virginia Housewife’ (1983).
1933 The first great dust storm occurred on the Great Plains.
1938 Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon) died at North Brother Island, New York City. She was an infamous household cook who was responsible for major outbreaks of typhoid in the New York City area in 1904, 1907, and 1914. She was immune to typhoid, but was a carrier of the bacillus, and spread it wherever she worked as a household cook.
1945 Vincent Martell of the music group ‘Vanilla Fudge’ was born.
2006 A Hong Kong real estate tycoon and his wife paid $160,000 for a 3.3 pound Italian Alba white truffle.


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November 10th is National Vanilla Cupcake Day

Posted on November 10, 2018

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Happy National Vanilla Cupcake Day

The world’s favorite cupcake flavor!

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Vanilla & Cupcakes:

 Vanilla is the only fruit-bearing member of the orchid family.

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The flower that produces the vanilla bean lasts only one day. The beans are hand-picked and then cured, wrapped, and dried in a process that takes 4 to 6 months.

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The first mention of a cupcake recipe goes as far back as 1796. Amelia Simms wrote a recipe in “American Cookery” which referenced, “a cake to be baked in small cups”.

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 However, it wasn’t until 1828 that the actual word cupcake was used by Eliza Leslie in her cookbook “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats”.


Today’s Food History

  • 1683 Robert Morison died. A Scottish botanist whose work, together with that of others, helped lead to the modern system of plant classification.
  • 1793 Dr. Jared Kirtland was born. A physician, naturalist, botanist and teacher, he is credited with developing 26 varieties of cherries and 6 varieties of pears.
  • 1871 Journalist Henry Morton Stanley finds missing explorer Dr. David Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika – “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”
  • 1876 The Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition closed.1930 The play ‘Light Wines and Beer’ opened at the Waldorf Theatre in New York City.
  • 1951 As of this day in history, you could call from New York and make a reservation for dinner at a California restaurant without operator assistance. Coast to coast, direct dialing began.
  • 1969 The children’s TV show, Sesame Street debuted, with the Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and many more characters.
  • 1974 The discovery of the ‘charmed quark‘, a subatomic particle, was announced.
  • 1978 Sir Edward Salisbury died (born April 16, 1886). English botanist and ecologist. Director of Royal Botanical Gardens (1943-1956).  His books include ‘The Living Garden’ (1935), ‘The Biology of Garden Weeds’ (1962).

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November 9th is National Greek Yogurt Day / #NationalGreekYogurtDay

Posted on November 9, 2018

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Here are your five food facts about greek yogurt:

It’s actually Turkish.

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It happened on accident: primitive milk storage created yogurt.

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Yogurt contains high amounts of lactic acid which is good for your skin!

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It’s gaining in popularity: more than a third of the yogurt carried by grocery stores is greek yogurt.


Yogurt contains “good bacteria” which promotes healthy digestion and supports your immune system!


Today’s Food History

  • 1801 Gail Borden born. Inventor of process for making condensed milk, and founder of New York Condensed Milk Co. (later renamed Borden Co).
  • 1857 The first issue of the Atlantic Monthly was published. It contained the first installment of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ ‘The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table.’
  • 1891 George A. Hormel opened his packinghouse in Austin, Minnesota.
  • 1911 George Claude applied for a patent for an electric neon sign. It was issued on January 19, 1915.
  • 1938 Edward Murray East died. An American botanist and chemist he helped with the development of hybrid corn. Specifically, he concentrated on controlling the protein and fat content of possible hybrids.
  • 1948‘More Beer’ is recorded by the Ames Brothers.
  • 1953 Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet, died at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. He had consumed 18 straight martinis.
  • 1961 During lunchtime, Brian Epstein heard the Beatles for the first time at The Cavern in Liverpool.
  • 1963 The enigmatic ‘Louie Louie’ was released by the Kingsmen.
  • 1965 At 5:15 p.m. a 13 hour blackout of the northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada began when the electric grid failed.

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November 8th is National Cappuccino Day! ☕️ / #NationalCappuccinoDay

Posted on November 8, 2018

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Happy National Cappuccino Day

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

Cappuccino was invented in Italy.

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It was first patented by a man named Luigi Bezzera in 1901.

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In Italy, cappuccino is traditionally consumed once a day with breakfast.

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The steamed foam served with capuccino serves as an insulator and allows the liquid to retain its heat for a longer period of time.

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Capuccino is rumored to have been named after Marco d’Aviano: a friar who led the resistance to the Turkish seige of Vienna in 1683. This rumor has not been supported by any historical evidence.


Today’s Food History

  • 1789 Elijah Craig distilled the first bourbon whiskey from corn, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
  • 1910 This is one for those who think the electric insect ‘zapper is a relatively new device. A patent for the first electric insect ‘zapper’ was issued to William H. Frost of Spokane, Washington.
  • 1974 London’s famous flower and vegetable market moves from Covent Garden.

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November 7th is National Chocolate Almonds Day!

Posted on November 7, 2018

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Happy National Chocolate Almonds Day!

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

Almonds are in the peach family. Seriously, the pits DO look similar:

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Americans collectively eat about 100 pounds of chocolate every second.

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Raw almonds are best for you!

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Chocolate business matters was the reason Milton Hershey cancelled his Titanic trip last minute.

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Eating dark chocolate reduces the risk of heart disease.

Today’s Food History

  • 1857 H.N. Wadsworth received the first American toothbrush patent.
  • 1872 The ‘Mary Celeste’ sailed for Genoa from New York with a cargo of 1700 barrels of alcoholic spirits. The ship was found abandoned near the Azores, the captain, his wife and daughter and 7 crewmen missing, and no sign of violence. The captain, his family and the crew were never seen again.
  • 1913 Alfred Russel Wallace died. Wallace was a British naturalist who developed a theory of natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. He sent his conclusions to Darwin, and their findings were both presented to the Linnaean Society in 1858.
  • 1965 The Pillsbury Doughboy, ‘Poppin’ Fresh,’ was born. He made his debut in a commercial for crescent rolls.
  • 2006 The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act was approved by state voters. It bans smoking in all bars and restaurants. It becomes effective on December 8.

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November 6th is National Nachos Day! / No Really!! #NationalNachoDay

Posted on November 6, 2018

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Happy Nacho Day!

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Five Food Facts about Nachos:

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Nachos were invented near the Amercian/Mexican border in Piedras Negras, Mexico.

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The term “Nacho” is a common nickname for Ignacio. It was invented in 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya.

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Nachos as we know them aren’t Mexican food, they’re Tex-Mex.

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The first known appearance of the word “nachos” in English dates to 1949, from the book A Taste of Texas.

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Today’s Food History

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1814 Antoine-Joseph (Adolphe) Sax was born.  A musical instrument maker, he invented the saxophone.
1923 HyperInflation ran rampant in Europe. A loaf of bread cost 140 Billion German Marks.
1991‘Cream’ by Prince & The NPG is #1 on the charts.
1993 The world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich was created in Peanut, Pennsylvania.  It was almost 40 feet long and used 150 pounds of peanut butter and 50 pounds of jelly.


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