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January 22 is National Southern Food Day

Posted on January 22, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Southern Food:

  1. The most notable influences on southern cooking come from English, Scottish, Irish, German, French, Native American, and African American cuisines.
  2. Many items such as squash, tomatoes, corn (and its derivatives, including grits), as well as the practice of deep pit barbecuing were inherited from the southeastern American Indian tribes such as the Caddo, Choctaw, and Seminole.
  3. The South’s propensity for a full breakfast (as opposed to a Continental one with a simple bread item and drink) is derived from the English fry up, although it was altered substantially.
  4. A traditional Southern meal is pan-fried chicken, field peas (such as black-eyed peas), greens (such as collard greens or mustard), mashed potatoes, cornbread or corn pone, sweet tea, and a dessert that is usually a pie (sweet potato, chess, shoofly, pecan, and peach are traditional southern pies), or a cobbler (peach, blackberry, or mixed berry are traditional cobblers).
  5. At least a dozen soups also have their origins in the American South.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

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Today’s Food History

  • 1521 Emperor Charles V opens the Diet of Worms.
  • 1892 Coca-Cola was incorporated.
  • 1939 Chef, Jeff Smith,The Frugal Gourmet was born
  • 1985 A cold wave damaged 90 percent of the Florida citrus crop.
  • 1997 A weekend freeze cost Florida farmers at least 100 million dollars in crop losses. Winter vegetables in south Dade County and southwest Florida were hardest hit
  • 2008 The Jewish Holiday, Tu B’Shevat, celebrated by planting trees that bears fruits, is permitted work

National Croissant Day

Posted on January 30, 2013

National Croissant Day

Five Food Finds about Croissants

  • Each croissant rolls are made of 50 or more thin layers of pastry & butter.
  • According to legend, it was Marie Antoinette (Austrian Princess who married Louis XVI), introduced the croissant to France.
  • The Kipferl – ancestor of the croissant – has been documented in Austria going back at least as far as the 13th century, in various shapes.
  • The “birth” of the croissant itself – that is, its adaptation from the plainer form of Kipferl, before the invention of Viennoiserie – can be dated with some precision to at latest 1839 (some say 1838), when an Austrian artillery officer, August Zang, founded a Viennese Bakery (“Boulangerie Viennoise”) at 92, rue de Richelieu in Paris.
  • Uncooked croissant can also be wrapped around any praline, almond paste or chocolate before it is baked (in the last case, it becomes like pain au chocolat, which has a different, non-crescent, shape), or sliced to admit sweet or savoury fillings.

On This Day in Food History…

1649 Charles I, king of England, Scotland and Ireland Died. Ice cream is said to have come from France when he married Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henri IV, and sister of Louis XIII.

1868 Charles Darwin’s ‘Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication.’ was published.

1969 The Beatles perform for the last time in public, on the roof of Apple Studios.

2009 RIP Restaurateur Milton; age of 90. Owner of New York’s famous Carnegie Deli from 1976 until his retirement in 2002.

January 18 – National Gourmet Coffee Day

Posted on January 18, 2012

National Gourmet Coffee Day

Daily Trivia: Until the invention of vacuum packed coffee tins in 1900 by Hill Bros. Coffee,

almost every city or large town in America had their own local coffee roasters

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1778 Captain Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands. He named them the Sandwich Islands, after Lord Sandwich, who was then first Lord of the Admiralty.
  • 1799 Joseph Dixon was born. An American inventor and manufacturer. Among his many accomplishments, he produced the first pencil made in the U.S.
  • 1813 Joseph Farwell Glidden was born. Glidden, an Illinois farmer, received a patent for the first commercial barbed wire on November 24, 1874. The beginning of the end to open range and the cowboy. Glidden formed the Barb Fence Company with his partner Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.
  • 1818 George Palmer was born. Palmer, of Huntley and Palmer biscuit manufacturers, introduced the first biscuit tins.
  • 1882 Alan Alexander Milne was born. Creator of Winnie the Pooh, the honey loving bear.
  • 1943 Pre-sliced bread was banned in the U.S. for the duration of World War II, to conserve metal from spare parts that might be needed.
  • 1990 The first McDonald’s in Moscow opened.

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January 1 – National Bloody Mary Day

Posted on January 1, 2012

National Bloody Mary Day

Five Food Finds about the Bloody Mary

  • The drink’s namesake is Mary of England, whose 16th-century persecution of Protestants earned her the nickname.
  • Some drink aficionados believe the inspiration for the name was Hollywood star Mary Pickford.
  • The Bloody Mary is sometimes mistakenly believed to alleviate hangovers when it is served in the morning.  While it will temporarily alleviate some of the symptoms, it will also further dehydrate the drinker, causing the symptoms to worsen later.
  • The Bloody Mary is the US’s most popular alcoholic drink for brunch.
  • This drink has been called “The world’s most complex cocktail.”

On This Day in Food History…

45 BC New Year’s Day was celebrated for the first time on January 1 when the Julian calendar took effect.

1449 Lorenzo de Medici (The Magnificent) of Florence was born. Many in this Italian noble family were patrons of learning and the arts.  Lorenzo’s great granddaughter, Catherine, is known as the ‘mother of French haute cuisine’ because when she married the French king Henry II, she brought the finest Italian chefs, and her passion for fine food, with her to France. (With apologies to my French readers. Reasonable rebuttals accepted for future publication).

1735 Paul Revere was born. A silversmith and American Revolutionary folk hero, he also made surgical instruments and false teeth.

1772 The London Credit Exchange Company issued the first traveler’s checks.

1800 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton died. A French naturalist, he was a pioneer in several fields including plant physiology. He conducted many agricultural experiments and introduced Merino sheep to France. First director of the Museum of Natural History in Paris.

1863 Daniel Freeman is the first to submit a claim under the new Homestead Act, for 160 acres near Beatrice, Nebraska.

1876 The first world’s oldest trademark is the red triangle registered for Bass Pale Ale. (Some sources say 1883 or 1890)

1876 The first agricultural experiment station was established at Middleton, Connecticut.

1895 C.W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan introduced Postum Food Coffee, a coffee substitute made from wheat, bran and molasses.

1896 Alfred Ely Beach died. American inventor and publisher of Scientific American magazine.

1898 Post Grape Nuts are introduced by C. W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan. (There are no grapes or nuts in Grape Nuts).

1905 The New York Times builds the Times Tower at Long Acre Square, has the name changed to Times Square and celebrated the event with a New Year’s Eve Fireworks show. The beginning of an American tradition at Times Square.

1907 The Times introduced the New Years Eve Ball on their building at Times Square in New York. Descending to mark the end of the old and the beginning of the New Year ever since.

1909 Marcel Proust had a flashback. 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 named Swann has a similar experience when he bites into a lemon cookie (a ‘Madeleine’) which brings on a similar flood of memories.

1935 In Miami, the first Orange Bowl was played on this day in 1935. Bucknell University wins over the University of Miami, 26-0.

1935 The first Sugar Bowl football game was played on this day in 1935 in New Orleans.

1935 B. (Barnard) Kliban was born. A satirical cartoonist, best known for his cat cartoons. A few of his cartoon book titles: ‘Never Eat Anything Larger Than Your Head’, ‘The Biggest Tongue in Tunisia’.

1942 Country Joe McDonald of ‘Country Joe and the Fish’ was born.

1958 The agreements establishing the European Economic Community (EEC or Common Market) went into effect.

1994 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

1996 The last Polynesian tree snail, species Partula turgida, died at the London Zoo. They lived on the South Pacific island of Raiatea, where the residents imported predatory snails from Florida to eat a pest snail, originally imported from Africa. Instead they ate the native Tree Snail to extinction. We never seem to learn about the consequences of introducing nonnative species.

1998 Smoking is banned in California restaurants and bars.

January 31

Posted on January 31, 2011

National Hot Chocolate Day

also:National Popcorn Day

What’s the difference between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa?

 Hot Chcolate uses milk or milk chocolate while Hot Cocoa uses only powdered cocoa

Daily Fact: Chocolate is the 3rd most traded commodity in the world. 1st is oils, 2nd is coffee.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1893 The Coca-Cola trademark was recorded.

  • 1930 Scotch tape was developed by Richard Drew of the 3M Company.

  • 1980 Due to record high sugar prices, Coca Cola begins substituting high fructose corn syrup for half of the sucrose (sugar) used in Coca Cola.

  • 1990 The first McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow, Russia opens.

  • 2001 Germany announced plans to destroy 400k cattle due to the mad cow crises. We know it now as Mad Cow Disease


January 30

Posted on January 30, 2011

National Croissant Day

Daily Facts: Each croissant rolls are made of 50 or more thin layers of pastry & butter.

According to legend, it was Marie Antoinette (Austrian Princess who married Louis XVI), introduced the croissant to France.

French Proverb: “You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs”

On ne fait pas d’omelette sans casser des œufs.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1649 Charles I, king of England, Scotland and Ireland Died. Ice cream is said to have come from France when he married Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henri IV, and sister of Louis XIII.

  • 1868 Charles Darwin’s ‘Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication.’ was published.

  • 1969 The Beatles perform for the last time in public, on the roof of Apple Studios.

  • 2009 RIP Restaurateur Milton; age of 90. Owner of New York’s famous Carnegie Deli from 1976 until his retirement in 2002.


January 29

Posted on January 29, 2011

National Corn Chips Day

Daily Facts: The “original” corn chip is  the Fritos Corn Chip, first sold in the 1930’s

Frito Chili Pie” was invented in the 1960’s by Teresa Hernández, a cook at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Santa Fe

Famous Last Words: “I just wish I had time for one more bowl of chili.”~Kit Carson(American frontiersman)

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1878 The 1st patent for a glass milk container was issued to George Lester.

  • 1924 Carl R. Taylor  patented the 1st ice cream cone rolling machine.

  • 1978 Sweden banned aerosol cans. (Think Redi-Whip or Cheez-Whiz)


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