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July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Posted on July 23, 2017

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Five Food Finds about Vanilla:

  1. Vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family, the largest family of flowering plants in the world.
  2. It’s a tropical orchid, and there are more than 150 varieties of vanilla, though only two types – Bourbon and Tahitian — are used commercially.
  3. Vanilla grows within the 20-degree band either side of the Equator and is native to the Americas.
  4. The Olmeca people on the Gulf Coast of Mexico were perhaps the first to use vanilla as a flavoring in beverages.
  5. The Totonaca people of the Gulf coast of Mexico were probably the first people to domesticate vanilla.

 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1894 Arthur Treacher, actor, announcer was born. He later founded Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips restaurant franchise.

1904 The Ice Cream cone was invented. Charles E. Minches invents the ice cream cone for his customers convenience at the St. Louis World’s Fair (The Louisiana Purchase Exhibition). This is only one account, there are several other candidates.

1915 Vincent Sardi Jr. was born. Owner, Sardi’s Restaurant, New York, N.Y.

July 2nd is National Anisette Day!

Posted on July 2, 2017

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National Anisette Day

Five Food Finds about Anise

  • This herb is native to Egypt and is mentioned in ancient Egyptian records. The Romans used it in medicine and also in a cake which was possibly the forerunner of the wedding cake.
  • Anise comes as an extract and lozenges and in teas.
  • It produces seeds that are used in both herbal medicine and aromatherapy.
  • This sweet smelling herb is also commonly used to flavor foods and liqueurs such as anisette and ouzo.
  • Anise has been used for many years to disguise the unpleasant taste of medicine.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1566 Michel de Notredame or Nostradamus died.Nostradamus is best known for his book of prophecies ‘Centuries Asrtologiques’ published in 1555. However, in the same year he also published ‘Excellent er Moult Utile Opuscule a tous necessaire qui desirent avoir connaissance de plusieurs exq uises recettes’ (‘An excellent and most useful little work essential to all who wish to become acquainted with some exquisite recipes’).

1843 An alligator reportedly fell from the sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina.

1926 Emile Coue died. 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.”

1931 Stephen Moulton Babcock died. Babcock developed a test to measure the fat content of milk, which helped improve the quality of commercial dairy production.

1932 Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, was born.

1947 An identified or unidentified object crashes near Roswell, New Mexico.

1982 Larry Walters used 45 helium filled weather ballons tied to an aluminum lawn chair to ascend to 16,000 feet above Long Beach. Several very perplexed commercial airline pilots reported seeing Larry sitting in his lawn chair in the sky, to the Long Beach airport. The FAA fined him $4,000, but later settled for $1,500.

July 28th is National Milk Chocolate Day

Posted on July 28, 2016

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Five Facts about Chocolate:

  1. More than 50 percent of adults in the US prefer chocolate to any other flavor.
  2.  Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of candy annually. About half of it is chocolate.
  3. The word chocolate comes from “Xocolatl,” the Aztec word that means “bitter water.”
  4. Eating chocolate can help prevent tooth decay and works as an anti-bacterial agent.
  5. The Ivory Coast produces more cocoa than any country in the world which makes for 37 percent of it.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1586 The potato was introduced to England. It is claimed that Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to England on this day. (Some sources give December 3 as the date).

1852 Andrew Jackson Downing died. An American horticulturist, he was the author of ‘The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America’ (1845) and editor of the ‘Horticulturist’ periodical.

1866 The metric system was authorized to standardize weights and measures in the U.S. (Authorized, yes, but we still don’t use it very much).

1900 One of the many claims to the origin of the hamburger, is that Louis Lassing (or Lassen) first served hamburgers on a bun in his diner in New Haven, Connecticut.

1907 Earl S. Tupper was Born. The inventor of Tupperware. (Tupperware makes the containers used to conduct mold and bacterial experiments in the back of refrigerator shelves).

1977 At 11:02 p.m. the first oil from Prudhoe Bay arrived at Valdez in the trans-Alaskan pipeline. It took 38 days to travel the 800 miles.

1989 The largest halibut (Atlantic) caught with rod and reel weighed over 255 pounds. It was caught in Gloucester, Massachusetts by Sonny Manley

July 24th is National Tequila Day

Posted on July 24, 2016

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Today’s 5 facts about Tequila:

  1. Over 50 million liters of tequila are consumed in America annually.
  2. Studies have shown that consuming tequila can cut your risks of dementia by 37%.
  3. Some tequila is aged in barrels. Many are aged up to 30 years to create the perfect flavor.
  4. It also has a component that can help lower LDL levels, aka bad cholesterol

  5. A 1918 flu epidemic led to a tequila boom in Mexico. Doctors advised ailing patients to drink tequila, lime, and salt as a remedy

National Tequila Day

*Created in 2006 by Foodimentary & The Tequila Regulatory Council

note: before 2006 ‘Tequila Day’ was often celebrated on Jan 15, Oct 3 or Nov 13

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1802 Alexandre Dumas was born. French author (‘The Three Musketeers’, etc.) he was also well known as a gourmet. He also wrote ‘Grand Dictionnaire de la cuisine,’ which he finished a few weeks before his death in 1870, and which was published in 1872.

1910 The first publication of the Paul Bunyan stories of oral folklore, by James MacGillivray in the Detroit News-Tribune. A mythical hero of giant proportions who had an appetite to match his size. His camp stove had a griddle that was greased by men with sides of bacon strapped to their feet.

1936 The Army Subsistence Research Laboratory opened. It was devoted solely to developing foods for the Army. One of its first products was the ‘Logan Bar,’ developed by Paul P. Logan, used in the Army’s emergency ‘D Ration.’

1938 Nestle introduced Nescafe Instant Coffee in Switzerland.

1949 The largest muskellunge (‘Muskie’) caught with rod and reel weighed over 67 pounds and was caught in Hayward, Wisconsin.

1959 Then vice president Richard M. Nixon argued with Soviet Leader Nikita Khruschev while Khruschev was touring the United States. They were touring a kitchen at the time, and the discussion became known as the ‘Kitchen Debate’.

July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Posted on July 23, 2016

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Five Food Finds about Vanilla:

  1. Vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family, the largest family of flowering plants in the world.
  2. It’s a tropical orchid, and there are more than 150 varieties of vanilla, though only two types – Bourbon and Tahitian — are used commercially.
  3. Vanilla grows within the 20-degree band either side of the Equator and is native to the Americas.
  4. The Olmeca people on the Gulf Coast of Mexico were perhaps the first to use vanilla as a flavoring in beverages.
  5. The Totonaca people of the Gulf coast of Mexico were probably the first people to domesticate vanilla.

 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1894 Arthur Treacher, actor, announcer was born. He later founded Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips restaurant franchise.

1904 The Ice Cream cone was invented. Charles E. Minches invents the ice cream cone for his customers convenience at the St. Louis World’s Fair (The Louisiana Purchase Exhibition). This is only one account, there are several other candidates.

1915 Vincent Sardi Jr. was born. Owner, Sardi’s Restaurant, New York, N.Y.

July 2nd is National Anisette Day!

Posted on July 2, 2016

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National Anisette Day

Five Food Finds about Anise

  • This herb is native to Egypt and is mentioned in ancient Egyptian records. The Romans used it in medicine and also in a cake which was possibly the forerunner of the wedding cake.
  • Anise comes as an extract and lozenges and in teas.
  • It produces seeds that are used in both herbal medicine and aromatherapy.
  • This sweet smelling herb is also commonly used to flavor foods and liqueurs such as anisette and ouzo.
  • Anise has been used for many years to disguise the unpleasant taste of medicine.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1566 Michel de Notredame or Nostradamus died.Nostradamus is best known for his book of prophecies ‘Centuries Asrtologiques’ published in 1555. However, in the same year he also published ‘Excellent er Moult Utile Opuscule a tous necessaire qui desirent avoir connaissance de plusieurs exq uises recettes’ (‘An excellent and most useful little work essential to all who wish to become acquainted with some exquisite recipes’).

1843 An alligator reportedly fell from the sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina.

1926 Emile Coue died. 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.”

1931 Stephen Moulton Babcock died. Babcock developed a test to measure the fat content of milk, which helped improve the quality of commercial dairy production.

1932 Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, was born.

1947 An identified or unidentified object crashes near Roswell, New Mexico.

1982 Larry Walters used 45 helium filled weather ballons tied to an aluminum lawn chair to ascend to 16,000 feet above Long Beach. Several very perplexed commercial airline pilots reported seeing Larry sitting in his lawn chair in the sky, to the Long Beach airport. The FAA fined him $4,000, but later settled for $1,500.

July 31 is National Cotton Candy Day

Posted on July 31, 2015

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Happy National Cotton Candy Day

Five facts about Cotton Candy

  • Cotton candy was originally called fairy floss.
  • Cotton candy contains only one main ingredient: sugar. (color is just a trace ingredient)
  • The process by which cotton candy is made has been around for over 100 years .
  • Many believe cotton candy was first introduced to the world at the St Louis world’s fair.
  • A Cotton Candy stick contains about as much sugar as one would get from a can of regular can of soft drink .

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1714 Queen Anne of Britain, the last of the Stuart dynasty died. She had grown so large that her coffin was almost square.

1790 The first U.S. patent was granted to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont. The patent was for a process for producing potash and pearlash . Potash was used in soap and fertilizer. Pearlash was also used in baking. It produced carbon dioxide gas in dough, used in the first ‘quick breads.’ (Commercial baking powder was not available until 1857 [phosphate baking powder]).

1921 There are reports that it rained frogs in Sterling, Connecticut.

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