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April 8th is National Empanada Day!

Posted on April 8, 2018

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Happy National Empanada Day!

Here are today’s five food facts to know about Empanadas:

  • The Spanish word for bread is “pan”.  “Empanar” is a verb form that means “to bread”.  Emapanada is the past-participle, “breaded”.
  • It’s basically a single-serving turnover.  It can be filled with sweet foods like fruits, sugars, and syrups, or savory foods like meats, cheeses, and oils.
  • They originated in northwest Spain, in a region known as Galicia.
  • Today they are most popular in Spanish-speaking countries across Europe and South America.
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  • Originally they were made with bread dough, but now they are made with pastries as well.


Today’s Food History

o    1513 Ponce de Leon landed in Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth. He thought it was just another island of the Bahamas.

o    1862 John D. Lynde of Philadelphia patented the first aerosol dispenser.

o    1873 Alfred Paraf received a patent for the first commercially viable margarine manufacturing process.

o    1879 The Echo Farms Dairy of New York began selling milk in glass bottles, the first in the U.S.

o    1946 ‘Catfish’ Hunter, baseball pitcher, was born.

o    1992 R.I.P. Benjamin Eisenstadt. He invented the artificial sweetener, ‘Sweet ‘n Low’ (granulated saccharin and dextrose).

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September 9th is National “I Love Food” Day!

Posted on September 9, 2017

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

  1. Buffets are offered at various places including hotels and many social events.
  2.  Sideboards are also known as buffets as they may be used to offer the dishes of a buffet meal to guests.
  3. A buffet can also be referred to as a cafeteria, snack bar, counter and smorgasbord.
  4. The word buffet comes from Fr bufet “bench, stool, sideboard”, from the 12th century. The definition of buffet was extended to mean a “meal served from a buffet” in 1888.
  5. One form of buffet is to have a table filled with plates containing fixed portions of food; customers select plates containing whichever food items they want as they walk along.

Today’s Food History

  • 1754 William Bligh was born. He became captain of the English ship, ‘Bounty,’ and while sailing to Tahiti to bring back breadfruit trees, the most famous mutiny in history took place.
  • 1890 Harland Sanders was born near Henryville, Indiana. Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food restaurant chain.
  • 1901 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec died. French artist who documented Parisian night life in the 1890s with his insightful posters.
  • 1995 Orville Redenbacher died. Founder of gourmet popcorn company.
  • 1999 ‘Catfish’ Hunter, baseball pitcher, died.

Just a few more days to celebrate! Here’s August’s ‘Food Holiday’ list:

Posted on August 21, 2017

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National Catfish Month
National Panini Month
National Peach Month
National Sandwich Month

Daily Holidays

August 1 
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
August 2 
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
National Ice Cream Soda Day
August 3 
National Watermelon Day
August 4 
National Chocolate Chip Day
August 5 
National Mustard Day
National Waffle Day
August 6 
National Root Beer Float Day
August 7 
Raspberries ‘n Cream Day
August 8 
National Frozen Custard Day
August 9 
National Rice Pudding Day
August 10 
National S’mores Day
August 11 
National Raspberry Bombe Day
August 12
National Julienne Fries Day
August 13
National Fillet Mignon Day
August 14 
National Creamsicle Day
August 15 
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
August 16
National Rum Day
August 17 
National Vanilla Custard Day
August 18 
National Ice Cream Pie Day
August 19 
National Soft Ice Cream Day
National Hot & Spicy Food Day
August 20 
National ‘ Bacon Lovers ‘ Day
National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
August 21 
National Spumoni Day
August 22 
National Pecan Torte Day
National “Eat a Peach” Day
August 23 
National Spongecake Day
August 24 
National Peach Pie Day
August 25 
National Banana Split Day
August 26 
National Cherry Popsicle Day
August 27 
National Pots de Creme Day
August 28 
National Cherry Turnovers Day
August 29
National Whiskey Sour Day
August 30 
National Toasted Marshmallow Day
August 31 
National Trail Mix Day
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