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October 22 is National Nut Day

Posted on October 22, 2015

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

  1. Cashews are in the same plant family as poison ivy and poison sumac and their itchy oil is contained almost entirely in the shell of the nut.
  2. Pistachios get their green color from the same pigment (chlorophyll) that lights up your spinach, kale and other fabulous plant based foods.
  3. Walnuts enjoy a distinction like no other — they are the only nut that has omega-3 fatty acids.
  4. A 2008 study found that almonds (and specifically the fat in almonds) may play a role in increasing healthy bacteria in the gut.
  5. Brazil nuts are high in selenium, a mineral that has been found to be effective in the fight against prostate cancer.

Today’s Food History

  • 1843 Stephen Moulton Babcock was born. He developed a test to measure the fat content of milk, which which helped improve the quality of commercial dairy production.
  • 1896 Charles Glen King was born. King was a biochemist who discovered vitamin C in 1932. He extracted and isolated it from lemon juice.
  • 1981 The FDA approved the artificial sweetener Aspartame (NutraSweet) for tabletop use.

October 8 is National Fluffernutter Day

Posted on October 8, 2015

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

  1. A Fluffernutter is a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow creme, usually served on white bread.
  2. Variations of the sandwich include the substitution of wheat bread and the addition of various sweet, salty and savory ingredients.
  3. The term fluffernutter can also be used to describe other food items, primarily desserts, that incorporate peanut butter and marshmallow creme.
  4. The sandwich was first created in the early 20th century after marshmallow creme, a sweet marshmallow-like spread, was invented in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Archibald Query of Somerville, Massachusetts, invented a product he called Marshmallow Creme in 1917, and Emma and Amory Curtis of Melrose, Massachusetts, invented Snowflake Marshmallow Creme in 1913.
  5. During World War I, Emma Curtis published a recipe for a peanut butter and marshmallow creme sandwich, which is the earliest known example of a Fluffernutter.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1871 The Great Chicago Fire broke out and destroyed over 17,000 buildings and left almost 100,000 people homeless. It was usually blamed on Mrs. Kate O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lamp. However in 1997 the Chicago City Council looked into the evidence, both new and old, and passed a resolution exonerating Mrs. O’Leary and her cow. Many still believe the cow was guilty.
  • 1919 Congress passed the Volstead Act, which enforced the ban on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition begins.
  • 1952 ‘The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette’ was published.
  • 1979 ‘Sugar Babies’ opened on Broadway

 

October 1 is National Pumpkin Spice Day

Posted on October 1, 2015

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

  1. The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
  2. In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  3. Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  4. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  5. The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.

Today’s Food History

  • 1795 Robert Bakewell died (born, May 23, 1725).  Bakewell was an agriculturalist who helped revolutionize cattle and sheep breeding in England. He obtained the best animals he could find and then worked with a closed herd, inbreeding only superior animals.
  • 1908 The Model T Ford was introduced at a price of $825. Due to efficient mass production, by 1925 the price of a 2 door Model T was only $260.
  • 1913 A monument to honor sea gulls was erected in Salt Lake City. The gulls had eaten the plague of grasshoppers that threatened the Mormon settlers crops in 1848.
  • 1924 James Earl (Jimmy) Carter was born. He was a peanut farmer, and 39th president of the U.S. (He also claimed to have been attacked by a rabbit while canoeing. He beat the rabbit off with a paddle).
  • 1943 Jerry Martini of the music group ‘Sly & The Family Stone’ was born.
  • 1968 Flesh eating Zombies are on the loose as George Romero’s horror film ‘Night of the Living Dead’ is released.
  • 1971 Disney World opened at Orlando, Florida.
  • 1972 Louis Leakey died. Anthropologist largely responsible for convincing scientists that Africa was the place to search for human origins, not Java or China. Together with his wife Mary, they made many significant fossil discoveries.
  • 1974 The first McDonald’s restaurant opened in London.
  • 1980 European Community countries banned the use of hormones in cattle feed.
  • 2006 Sometime during October 2006 the population of the U.S. will reach 300 million.
  • 2006 The New Orleans  landmark restaurant, Commander’s Palace, reopened. It had been closed since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August, 2005.
  • 2009 McDonald’s closed its 3 locations in Iceland this month due to the ‘complex operational environment.’
  • 2011 World population is expected to hit 7 billion this month.

October 18 is National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Posted on October 18, 2014

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

  1.  Cupcake liners do more than make it easy to remove them from the pan. Traditionally, sides of tins are greased for easy removal, but also floured because the batter needs to have something to cling to. A cupcake liner takes care of both.
  2. On August 15, 2009 GourmetGiftBaskets.com broke the world record for largest cupcake ever made. The cupcake was 1,224 pounds, 4 foot tall by 10 foot wide, and had 2 million calories.
  3. One of the most popular cupcake bakery’s in the U.S. is Crumbs in New York City. They have reported $23.5 million in cupcake revenue last year alone!
  4. 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”.
  5.  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”.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1753 Jean Jacques Regis de Cambaceres was born. A French politician and gourmet. A gastronomic contemporary and rival of Talleyrand and Carême. The dinners he gave were famous, and Cambaceres closely supervised the food preparation. He refused to admit late-comers, and was also said to have demanded complete silence while dining.
  • 1871 Charles Babbage died. He invented the adding machine, and among his other inventions is the cowcatcher, the V shaped front end on locomotives.
  • 1878 Thomas Edison made electricity available for household usage.
  • 1892 The first long distance telephone line between Chicago and New York City was put in service.
  • 1919 William Waldorf Astor Born. William Waldorf Astor was a cousin of John Jacob Astor IV, the great grandson of John Jacob Astor. He built the Waldorf section (1893) of what would become the Waldorf Astoria (1897). The Empire State Building (1929) now stands on the site.
  • 1931 Thomas Alva Edison, “the wizard of Menlo Park” died.
  • 1945 James T. Ehler, Chef and food writer, was born. That’s me – the author of this Culinary Calendar and the Food Reference Website.
  • 1969 Cyclamate, a non-caloric sweetener, was banned. Discovered in 1937, and widely used in the food industry, cyclamate was found to cause cancer in laboratory rats. Cyclamate is still used in many countries around the world.

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October 12 is National Pumpkin Pie Day

Posted on October 12, 2014

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

  1. The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
  2. In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  3. Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  4. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  5. The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.
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Today’s Food History

–Florida: Farmer’s Day
–St. Edwin, patron of tramps and parents of large families.

  • 1492 Columbus Day. Christopher Columbus arrived at the Bahamas
  • 1810 The first Oktoberfest is celebrated in Munich. Oktoberfest originated as a horse race to celebrate the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria (later King Louis I) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Today it is a 2 week festival ending on the 1st Sunday in October, during which more than 1 million gallons of beer are consumed at the Munich festival.
  • 1849 In Great Britian, Charles Rowley patented a safety pin. (However, safety pins existed prior to his patent)
  • 1914 Margaret E. Knight died. American inventor, she invented an improved paper bag machine to make bags with flat bottoms.
  • 1923 Jean Nidetch was born. founder of ‘Weight Watchers’, offering dieting products and services. It began as a discussion group for weight loss.
  • 1950 Takeshi Kaga was born. A Japanese actor, he is best known as the host of the very successful TV show, ‘Iron Chef.’ It has been shown around the world dubbed or subtitled. There is an American version of the show on the Food Network, hosted by Kaga’s nephew, Mark Dacascos.
  • 1963 ‘Sugar Shack’ by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs, hits number 1 on the charts.
  • 1965 Paul Hermann Muller died. A Swiss chemist who discovered that DDT was a potent insecticide. It was the most widely used insecticide for more than 20 years, and helped to increase food production around the world. Due mainly to its accumulation in animals that eat insects, and its toxic effects on them and those further up the food chain, it has been banned in the U.S. since 1972. However its residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002!
  • 1983 The last wringer washer machine was made by Maytag.
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October 4 is National Taquito Day

Posted on October 4, 2014

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

  1. Taquito is a Mexican food dish consisting of a small rolled-up tortilla and some type of filling, usually beef or chicken.
  2. The filled tortilla is crisp-fried. Corn (maize) tortillas are generally used to make taquitos, though flour is sometimes used.
  3. Taquitos as they now exist are claimed to have been invented in San Diego, California, by Ralph Pesqueria, Jr., when customers at his tortilla factory began asking for prepared food items.
  4. The tortilla factory became El Indio Restaurant, where taquitos and other Mexican food are still served.
  5. There are many varieties of taquitos in different regions.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1582 Gregorian Calendar Adjustment (it corrected an accumulated 11 day discrepancy). The day following Thursday, October 4, 1582 was Friday, October 15, 1582. It was effective in most Catholic countries. The old Julian calendar continued in use in Britain and its colonies until 1752, in Japan until 1873, in China until 1912, in Russia until 1918, in Greece until 1923, and in Turkey until 1925.
  • 1879 Edward Murray East was born. 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.
  • 1979 American actress Rachael Leigh Cook was born. She began working as a model at age 10, and her picture is still used on boxes of Milk-Bone Dog Biscuits.
  • 1995 Edward H. Lowe died. He invented Kitty Litter.
  • 2004 American scientists Richard Axel and Linda Buck were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine. They received the award for their work on our sense of smell. Axel and Buck discovered genes that are responsible for our ability to recognize thousands of complex odors, and remember them throughout life.
  • 2006 New York Times journalist and food writer R.W. Apple died at the age of 71.

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October 4 is National Taco Day

Posted on October 3, 2014

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

  1. A taco is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling.
  2. A taco can be made with a variety of fillings, including beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables and cheese, allowing for great versatility and variety.
  3. A taco is generally eaten without utensils and is often accompanied by garnishes such as salsa, avocado or guacamole, cilantro, tomatoes, minced meat, onions and lettuce.
  4. According to the Real Academia Española, publisher of Diccionario de la Lengua Española, the word taco describes a typical Mexican dish of a maize tortilla folded around food (“Tortilla de maíz enrollada con algún alimento dentro, típica de México”).
  5. The original sense of the word is of a “plug” or “wad” used to fill a hole (“Pedazo de madera, metal u otra materia, corto y grueso, que se encaja en algún hueco”).

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Today’s Food History

  • 1582 Gregorian Calendar Adjustment (it corrected an accumulated 11 day discrepancy). The day following Thursday, October 4, 1582 was Friday, October 15, 1582. It was effective in most Catholic countries. The old Julian calendar continued in use in Britain and its colonies until 1752, in Japan until 1873, in China until 1912, in Russia until 1918, in Greece until 1923, and in Turkey until 1925.
  • 1879 Edward Murray East was born. 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.
  • 1979 American actress Rachael Leigh Cook was born. She began working as a model at age 10, and her picture is still used on boxes of Milk-Bone Dog Biscuits.
  • 1995 Edward H. Lowe died. He invented Kitty Litter.
  • 2004 American scientists Richard Axel and Linda Buck were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine. They received the award for their work on our sense of smell. Axel and Buck discovered genes that are responsible for our ability to recognize thousands of complex odors, and remember them throughout life.
  • 2006 New York Times journalist and food writer R.W. Apple died at the age of 71.

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