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March 2nd is National Banana Cream Pie Day!

Posted on March 2, 2018

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Here are today’s five food finds about banana cream pie: 

Banana cream pie was considered the American soldier’s favorite dessert in 1951. 

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A banana cream pie with a “black bottom” is a banana cream pie with chocolate on the bottom. 

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The english variation of the banana cream pie is called the “Banoffee Pie” and it contains banana and toffee.

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Bananas are proven to be great after a strenuous workout!

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Bananas can help defend against anemia.

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Today’s Food History
◦ 1799 The first U.S. weights and measures law was passed by Congress. Actually it did not set standards, but rather required the surveyor of each port to test and correct the instruments and weights used to calculate duties on imports. Basically each surveyor was on his own in setting the standards to be tested.
◦ 1887 Harry E. Soref was born. Inventor of the laminated steel padlock, founder of the Master Lock Company in 1921. The company became well known in 1928 when it shipped 147,600 padlocks to federal prohibition agents in New York for locking up speakeasies they raided.
◦ 1904 Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) was born. Writer and cartoonist. A few of his childrens books were ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ ‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,’ ‘Scrambled Eggs Super!’ and ‘The Butter Battle Book’

February 9th is National Bagel and Lox Day!

Posted on February 9, 2018

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Here are today’s food finds about bagels and lox:

 The word Bagel is often thought to have derived from the ‘buckle‘ shape it has, but actually it is from a Yiddish word ‘beygl‘ meaning ring or hole.

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Bagels are one of the few breads that are boiled then baked. creating the soft inside while retaining a crisp exterior.

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Over a billion dollars a year are spent on bagels in the US alone.

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What is lox? Lox is thinly sliced smoked salmon.

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Bagel & Lox are typically bagels with cream cheese, onions,  and smoked salmon.

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Today’s Food History

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  • 1870 The creation of the U.S. Weather Service (National Weather Service) was authorized by Congress
  • 1889 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was established as a Cabinet level agency.
  • 1899 Minnesota’s all time record low temperature: 59 degrees F below zero at Leech Lake Dam.
  • 1894 Hershey’s Chocolate Company was founded as a subsidiary of Milton S. Hershey’s Lancaster Caramel Company.
  • 1901 RIP Fred Harvey Born in 1835 in London, Frederick Henry Harvey, was an American restaurateur who operated a chain of restaurants called the ‘Harvey House,’ and a series of railroad dining cars and hotels. The restaurants were opened along the route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, and were staffed by ‘Harvey Girls’, who over the years numbered in the thousands. Will Rogers said Harvey “kept the West in food and wives.”
  • 1909 Carmen Miranda was born. Brazilian singer and actress. Appeared in many Hollywood movies, she was known as “the Brazilian bombshell” and also “the lady in the tutti-frutti hat.”
  • 2001 The American submarine USS Greenville accidentally strikes and sinks a Japanese fishing & high school training ship, the Ehime-Maru. Nine crew members of the Ehime Maru and 4 high school students were drowned. The submarine was practicing an emergency rapid surfacing maneuver at the time.

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January 30th is National Croissant Day

Posted on January 30, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about the croissant:

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

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

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The French newspaper Le Figaro named the croissant from bakery Pierre Hermé the best in Paris in 2013. It also won in 2006.

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Since Starbucks bought French baker Pascal Rigo’s San Francisco-based La Boulange, the chocolate croissant has become the coffee chain’s bestselling pastry.

 

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In 2013, chef Dominque Ansel came up with the cronut — a deep-fried croissant/doughnut combination that became all the rage at his New York bakery.

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Today’s 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.

 

2018’s January Food Holiday List is Here!

Posted on December 26, 2017

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National Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
National Baking Month
National Fat Free Living Month
Fat Free Living Month
Daily Holidays

January 1
National Bloody Mary Day
National Black Eyed Pea Day
January 2
National Buffet Day
National Cream Puff Day
January 3
National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
January 4
National Spaghetti Day
January 5
National Whipped Cream Day
January 6
National Shortbread Day
National Bean Day
January 7
National Tempura Day
January 8
National English Toffee Day
January 9
National Apricot Day
January 10
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 11
National Hot Toddy Day
National Milk Day
January 12
National Marzipan Day
National Curried Chicken Day
National Glazed Doughnut Day
National Gluten-Free Day
National Peach Melba Day
January 14
National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
 National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 17
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Peking Duck Day
January 19
National Popcorn Day
January 20
National Buttercrunch Day
National Cheese Lover’s Day
January 21
National Granola Bar Day
National New England Clam Chowder Day
January 22
National Blonde Brownie Day
National Southern Food Day
January 23
National Pie Day
National Rhubarb Pie Day
Lobster Thermidor Day
January 25
National Irish Coffee Day
January 26
National Peanut Brittle Day
January 27
National Chocolate Cake Day
January 28
National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29
National Corn Chip Day
January 30
National Croissant Day
January 31
National Hot Chocolate Day**

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November 11th is National Sundae Day!

Posted on November 11, 2017

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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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Complete November Food Holiday List

Posted on November 1, 2017

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Here’s the 2017 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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October 14th is National Dessert Day!

Posted on October 14, 2017

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Today’s Dessert Quote:

“A party without dessert is just a meeting”

~Julia Child


Top Five Most Popular Desserts in the US:

  1. Fudge
  2. Chocolate cake
  3. Chocolate chip cookies
  4. Brownies
  5. Ice cream

Today’s Food History

  • 1906 Joseph Farwell Glidden died. 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 Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.
  • 1941 Carmen Miranda recorded ‘The Man with the Lollipop Song.’
  • 1946 ‘The Iceman Cometh’ opened in New York City.
  • 1985 Strawberry Fields, a 2 1/2 acre garden memorial in New York City’s Central Park, was dedicated to John Lennon.
  • 1996 World’s largest grilled cheese sandwich was made, 3,000 pounds.

 


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The ‘Official October Food Holiday for 2017

Posted on September 29, 2017

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National Pumpkin Month

National Apple Month
National Applejack Month
National Caramel Month
National Cookbook Month
National Cookie Month
National Dessert Month
National Pasta Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
National Pizza Month
National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
National Pork Month
National Pretzel Month
National Seafood Month
Second Weekend in October: National Kegger Weekend
Daily Holidays

October 1
World Vegetarian Day
October 2
World Farm Animals Day
October 3
National Soft Taco Day
October 4
National Taco Day
October 5
National Apple Betty Day
Rocky Mountain Oyster Day*

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October 6
National Noodle Day
October 7
National Frappe Day
October 8
National Fluffernutter Day
National Moldy-Cheese Day
National Pizza and Beer Day
National Hoagy Day
National Tic Tac Day
National Angel Food Cake Day
October 11
National Sausage Pizza Day
National Gumbo Day
Pumpkin Pie Day
October 13
National Peanut Festival
National Pumpkin Festival
Yorkshire Pudding Day
National M&M Day
October 14
National Dessert Day
October 15
National Mushroom Day
National Red Wine Day
National Liqueur Day
National World Food Day
October 17
National Pasta Day
October 18
National Chocolate Cupcake Day
October 19
National Seafood Bisque Day
October 20
National Brandied Fruit Day
October 21
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
October 22
National Nut Day
October 23
National Boston Cream Pie Day
October 24
National Bologna Day
Feast of Good & Plenty
October 25
National Greasy Foods Day
October 26
National Mincemeat Day
National Pumpkin Day
October 27
National Potato Day
American Beer Day
October 28
National Chocolate Day
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September 23rd is National White Chocolate Day!

Posted on September 23, 2017

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

  1. White chocolate originates from the cocoa (cacao) plant, but it is not ‘chocolate.’
  2. According to the FDA, to be called ‘chocolate’ a product must contain chocolate liquor, which is what gives it the biter intense chocolate flavor (and color) to dark and milk chocolates.
  3. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar, lecithin and flavorings (usually including vanilla). Cocoa butter is the fat from cocoa beans, extracted from the cocoa beans during the process of making chocolate and cocoa powder. Cocoa butter has very little ‘chocolate’ flavor.
  4. Cocoa butter is one of the ingredients used to make real chocolate, it is gives chocolate the ability to remain solid at room temperature, yet melt easily in the mouth.
  5. Cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats known, containing natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity and give it a storage life of 2 to 5 years.  It is used for its smooth texture in foods (including chocolate) and in cosmetics and soaps.

 Today’s Food History

  • 1777 John Bartram died. An American botanist, and considered the ‘father of American botany,’ he established a botanical garden in Philadelphia in 1728.
  • 1877 Victor Shelford was born. An American zoologist and ecologist, he was one of the first to treat ecology as a separate science. He was active and influential in several ecological organizations, including the Nature Conservancy formed in 1951.
  • 1903 Italo Marchiony applied for a patent for an ice cream cup mold. Initially, he would fold warm waffles into a cup shape. He then developed the 2-piece mold that would make 10 cups at a time. (The patent was granted on December 15).
  • 1955 The first British commercial TV station began broadcasting. The first advertisement was for Gibbs SR toothpaste.
  • 1967 The Queen Mary began her last Atlantic crossing.
  • 1982 First Farm Aid Concert was held at Champaign, Illinois.
  • 2002 William Rosenberg founder of Dunkin’ Donuts died.
  • 2003 Actor Gordon Jump died. The ‘Matag Repairman’ in commercials, also Arthur Carlson on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’

September Food Holidays

Posted on September 18, 2017

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National Chicken Month
National Honey Month
National Mushroom Month
National Papaya Month
National Potato Month
National Rice Month
Daily Holidays

September 1
National Gyro Day
September 2
National “Grits for Breakfast” Day
International Bacon Day
 
September 4
National Macadamia Nut Day
September 5
National Cheese Pizza Day
September 6
National Coffee Ice Cream Day
September 7
National Beer Lover’s Day
September 8
National Date-Nut Bread Day
September 9
National “I Love Food” Day
September 10
National Hot Dog Day
September 11
National Hot Cross Bun Day
September 12
National Chocolate Milkshake Day
September 13
National Peanut Day
September 14
National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day
September 15
National Double Cheeseburger Day
National Creme de Menthe Day
National Linguini Day
National Monte Cristo Day
September 18
National Play-Dough Day
National Cheeseburger Day
September 19
National Butterscotch Pudding Day
September 20
National Punch Day / Rum Punch Day
September 21
National Pecan Cookie Day
September 22
National Ice Cream Cone Day
September 24
National Cherries Jubilee Day
National Lobster Day
National Food Service Workers Day
September 26
National Key Lime Pie Day
September 27
National Chocolate Milk Day
National Drink a Beer Day
National Coffee Day
National Mocha Day
September 30
National Mulled Cider Day
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Here’s September Complete ‘Food Holiday’ List:

Posted on August 31, 2017

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National Chicken Month
National Honey Month
National Mushroom Month
National Papaya Month
National Potato Month
National Rice Month
Daily Holidays

September 1
National Gyro Day
September 2
National “Grits for Breakfast” Day
International Bacon Day
 
September 4
National Macadamia Nut Day
September 5
National Cheese Pizza Day
September 6
National Coffee Ice Cream Day
September 7
National Beer Lover’s Day
September 8
National Date-Nut Bread Day
September 9
National “I Love Food” Day
September 10
National Hot Dog Day
September 11
National Hot Cross Bun Day
September 12
National Chocolate Milkshake Day
September 13
National Peanut Day
September 14
National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day
September 15
National Double Cheeseburger Day
National Creme de Menthe Day
National Linguini Day
National Monte Cristo Day
September 18
National Play-Dough Day
National Cheeseburger Day
September 19
National Butterscotch Pudding Day
September 20
National Punch Day / Rum Punch Day
September 21
National Pecan Cookie Day
September 22
National Ice Cream Cone Day
September 24
National Cherries Jubilee Day
National Lobster Day
National Food Service Workers Day
September 26
National Key Lime Pie Day
September 27
National Chocolate Milk Day
National Drink a Beer Day
National Coffee Day
National Mocha Day
September 30
National Mulled Cider Day
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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

August 19th is National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day!

Posted on August 18, 2017

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Here are today’s 5 amazing Ice Cream facts:

  1. An average dairy cow can produce enough milk in her lifetime to make a little over 9,000 gallons of ice cream.
  2.  The first ice cream recipe was handwritten in the recipe book of Lady Anne Fanshawe in 1665
  3. Chocolate ice cream was invented long before vanilla, and the first documented recipe for it appeared in the book The Modern Steward, published in Italy in 1692.
  4. In the U.S., all ice cream needs to have a minimum of 10% milkfat if it is to be labeled “ice cream”. This includes custard based (French Style) ice creams.
  5.  The Häagen-Dazs brand was established by two Americans – Reuben and Rose Mattus – and the name was made up to sound Danish and sophisticated. The Danish language does not actually use umlauts.

Today’s Food History

  • 1851 Charles E. Hires was born. Manufacturer and inventor of Hires Root Beer.
  • 1856 Gail Borden was granted a patent for a process to make condensed milk, which he developed in 1853.
  • 1887 Spencer Fullerton Baird died. An American naturalist and zoologist, he was the second Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • 1947 J. Arens and D. van Villages synthesized vitamin A.
  • 1996 Miss Universe was told to lose 27 pounds or lose her crown.

July 25th is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Posted on July 25, 2017

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Five Food Finds about Fudge:

  1. Fudge is a type of Western confectionery which is usually very sweet, and extremely rich. It is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk and heating it to the soft-ball stage at 240 °F (116 °C), and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency.
  2. The components of fudge are very similar to the traditional recipe for tablet, which is noted in The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie (1692-1733).
  3.  The term “fudge” is often used in the United Kingdom for a softer variant of the tablet recipe.
  4. American-style fudge (containing chocolate) is found in a letter written by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge, a student at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
  5. Word of this popular confectionery spread to other women’s colleges. For example, Wellesley and Smith have their own versions of a fudge recipe dating from the late 19th or early 20th century.

Today’s Food History

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1871 Seth Wheeler of Albany, New York was issued a patent for perforated wrapping paper.

1872 It was reported to have rained black worms in Bucharest, Rumania.

1874 Sergey Vasilyevich Lebedev was born. Lebedev was a Russian chemist who developed a method to produce synthetic rubber on a commercial scale, which used potatoes and limestone as raw materials.

1948 Bread rationing ends in Britain.

1993 Vincent Schaefer died. A U.S. research chemist, he invented ‘cloud seeding’ with dry ice to cause rain or snow.

2008 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation that will ban trans fats in restaurants and retail food establishments. The ban goes into effect on January 1, 2010. California is the first state to ban trans fats in restaurants.  There are several cities that have banned them, and California and Oregon have previously banned trans fats in school meals.

July 9th is National Sugar Cookie Day

Posted on July 9, 2017

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Five Food Finds about Cookies:

  1. American cookie jars evolved from British biscuit jars and first appeared on the scene during the Depression in the 1930s when housewives began making more cookies at home, rather than buying them at the bakery, and needed containers for them.
  2. Early American tinsmiths began making cookie cutters by hand back in the 1700s.
  3. The U.S. has a National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum located within the Joplin Museum Complex in Joplin, Missouri.
  4. In 1989, New Mexico named the ‘bizcochito’ its official state cookie. Bizcochito, derived from the spanish word ‘bizcocho’ which means biscuit, is a delicious shortbread cookie flavored with anise and topped with cinnamon sugar.
  5. The U.S. leads the world as the biggest cookie bakers and eaters, spending more than $550 million annually on Oreos alone.

Today’s Food History

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1766 Jacob Perkins was born. Perkins was issued the first U.S. patent for a refrigerating machine. It used sulfuric ether compression.

1792 S.L. Mitchell was named as the first Professor of Agriculture, at Columbia College, New York City.

1815 The first natural gas well in the U.S. was discovered by accident, near Charleston, West Virginia. They had been digging a salt brine well.

1850 U.S. president Zachary Taylor died. He supposedly developed peritonitis after eating too much of a new dessert treat, strawberry ice cream, at a 4th of July celebration.

1869 Henry Tibbe invented the corncob pipe. The pipe was made from a white kernel corn that was used to make taco and tortilla flour. (But can you roll a cigar with a taco wrapper?)

1872 John F. Blondel of Thomason (Thomaston?), Maine, patented the first doughnut cutter.

1887 John Dickenson introduced paper napkins at his company’s annual dinner.

1894 Percy Le Baron Spencer was born. Spencer developed the microwave oven in 1946, after he noticed that some chocolate in his pocket had melted after being accidentally exposed to radiation from a magnetron tube he was working on at the time.

1957 Actress Kelly McGillis was born. McGillis has a restaurant here in Key West, Florida called Kelly’s Place

1982 Diet Coke was introduced.

2004 Jeff Smith, TV’s ‘Frugal Gourmet,’ died at age 65

July 8th is National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

Posted on July 8, 2017

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Five Food Finds about Almonds:

  1. The protein in almonds is more like the proteins in human breast milk of all the seeds and nuts, which is why it is the choice of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as the base for its baby formula.
  2. Almonds are the most nutrient-dense tree nut. One ounce of almonds (20-25 almonds) contains 160 calories and only 1 gram of saturated fat and no cholesterol.  Almonds are also an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium, and a good source of protein and potassium.
  3. The Jordan almond is a large plump variety of almond from Malaga, Spain, considered to be the finest cultivated almond. The are frequently sold with a hard colored sugar coating, or salted.
  4. It takes 1000 pounds of almonds to make 1 pint of almond oil.
  5. The world’s largest almond factory is in Sacramento, California. It processes 2 million pounds of almonds a day.

 

Today’s Food History

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1497 Vasco de Gama left Lisbon with four ships, to search for a sea route to India. He was the first European to sail there (notwithstanding Columbus’ valiant try), and he opened the area to Portuguese trade (and colonization).

(Pondering Point: Columbus sailed to America on his way to India. Wrong Way Corrigan flew to Scotland on his way to California).

1810 Gabriel Gustav Valentin was born. This German-Swiss physiologist was the first to discover the digestive activity of pancreatic juice. (Something I’ll bet you always wanted to know!).

1831 John Styth Pemberton was born. Pemberton was the pharmacist who invented Coca-Cola in 1885. (Pharmacists used to have a much more interesting life!)

1844 Mary Johnson Bailey Lincoln was born. She was the author of the original Boston Cooking School Cook Book, before Fanny Farmer took it over. 1887 A riot breaks out at the saloonkeepers picnic in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1881 The Ice Cream Sundae was invented. Edward Berner of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, supposedly invented the Ice Cream Sundae, when he served a customer ice cream topped chocolate syrup (used to flavor ice cream sodas). It was a Sunday, and flavored soda water was not served on Sundays to respectable people.

1886 It rained snails in Cornwall, England. (Sounds like a description of a Monty Python skit). July is one of the best months for raining all sorts of living creatures.

1949 Wolfgang Puck was born. Chef, formerly of Spagos in Los Angeles.

1957 William Cadbury, chocolatier died at age 89.

1989 ‘Good Thing’ by Fine Young Cannibals is #1 on the charts

 

July 7th is National Strawberry Sundae Day

Posted on July 7, 2017

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Five Food Finds about Strawberries:

  1. In a test, subjects who ate nitrate rich foods like strawberries, before exercising burned 100 more calories than those who did not.
  2. Over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.
  3. In France, Strawberries were thought to be an aphrodisiac.  A soup made of strawberries, thinned sour cream, borage, & powered sugar was served to newlyweds.
  4. Folk lore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love.
  5. In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1307 King Edward I of England died. King Edward I of England (ruled: 1272-1307). His coronation feast included 278 bacon hogs, 450 pigs, 440 oxen, 430 sheep and 22,600 hens and capons. I believe he had invited some guests to his coronation.

1550 The first chocolate arrived in Europe.

1568 William Turner died. William Turner, an English naturalist and botanist, is known as the ‘father of English Botany.’ His best known work was ‘A New Herball.’

1862 The first Land Grant Act was passed. Public lands were sold for agricultural education. This was the start of many state universities throughout the United States

1891 The Travelers Cheque was patented.

1912 The first Horn & Hardart Automat in New York City is opened. (The very first Automat Horn & Hardart opened was in Philadelphia on June 9, 1902).

1928 Otto Frederick Rohwedder spent many years working on a bread slicing machine beginning in 1912. He finally perfected it, and the first sliced bread was produced and sold at M.F. Bench’s Chillicothe Baking Company, 100 Elm Street in Chillicothe, Missouri. According to the story, Mr. Bench assisted Rohwedder in the fine tuning the new bread slicing machine. The Chillicothe, Missouri Constitution-Tribune of July 7, 1928 carried a story of the new machines first use.

1930 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died. Creator of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes would go for days without food while working on a case.

1936 Henry F. Phillips patented the Phillips-head screw and screwdriver.

June 24th is National Praline Day

Posted on June 24, 2017

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Did you know that originally praline was roughly a sweet confection made of almonds and caramelized coating?

Food Facts of Pralines:

  1. Praline is a type of candy made from nuts and sugar syrup, whether in whole pieces or a ground powder.
  2.  Although the stories surrounding the creation differ, it is widely agreed that pralines are named after French diplomat from the early 17th century whose name and title was César, duc de Choiseul, comte du Plessis-Praslin.
  3. French settlers brought this recipe to Louisiana, where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection, and thus created what became known throughout the American South as the praline.
  4. In New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast, where there are many communities settled by the French, the pronunciation is prah-leen, with the long aaah sound. Other regions of the country, including parts of Texas, Georgia, and New England have anglicized the term and pronounce it pray-leen.
  5. In Europe, the praline has evolved to an entirely different candy altogether. In Belgium and France, praline is a smooth paste of cocoa blended with finely ground nuts and used to fill chocolate bon-bons, but when it came to New Orleans it took another road.

Today’s Food History

  • 1374 An outbreak of Dancing Mania (sometimes known as ‘St. John’s Dance’) occurred in Aix-la-Chapelle, France. People were overcome with bouts of uncontrollable, manic dancing. Frothing at the mouth, screaming, and sexual frenzy were other symptoms. Ergot (fungus) poisoning (from grain) is now believed to have been the ultimate cause.
  • 1532 Robert Dudley, the earl of Leicester, was born.
  • Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
  • the cow jumped over the moon.
  • The little dog laughed to see such sport,
  • and the dish ran away with the spoon.
  • Dudley was Queen Elizabeth I’s first court favorite. She called him her ‘puppy.’ He is the dog who laughs in the nursery rhyme ‘Hey diddle diddle,’ when the dish runs away with the spoon, i.e., when Lady Elizabeth Throckmorton, one of the Queen’s ladies in waiting, ran away with the Queen’s taster, the Earl of Hereford, since he did not favor the tight reign Elizabeth kept on her court. He was also the step-father of her second lover, the Earl of Essex.
  • 1817 The first coffee was planted in Hawaii on the Kona coast.
  • 1839 Gustavus Franklin Swift was born. Founder of the meat-packing business, Swift & Co., the inventor of the refrigerated railway car, and the first to ship ‘dressed’ beef to eastern markets instead of live animals.
  • 1895 Jack Dempsey was born. He is regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He held the world heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926. He then became a successful restaurateur in New York City.
  • 2003 Richard Pough died. An American ecologist he was the founding president of the Nature Conservancy and helped found the World Wildlife Fund. In 1945, he was one of the first to warn about the dangers of DDT to fish and birds.

June 22nd is National Chocolate Eclair Day

Posted on June 22, 2017

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Five Food Finds about the Chocolate Eclair:

  1. An éclair is an oblong pastry made with choux dough filled with a cream and topped with icing.
  2.  In French, “éclair” the dessert may have gotten its name from the “flash” of frosting that glistens across its top.
  3. When baking the perfect chocolate éclair, sufficient steam is essential to the construction of the inner cavern that will be filled with vanilla cream.
  4. MasterChef India pastry experts spent three days constructing a 26 foot tall chocolate éclair pyramid in 2010, taking the world record, according to Limca.
  5. The éclair originated during the 19th century in France. It was called “pain à la duchesse” or “petite duchesse” until 1850.

Today’s Food History

  • 1633 Galileo was forced by the Inquisition in Rome to renounce his theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun.
  • 1847 Supposedly, Hanson Crockett Gregory, of Rockport, Maine, created the doughnut. His mother’s fry-cakes were not cooked in the center, so he cut the centers out so they would no longer have undercooked centers. (I have doubts about this story)
  • 1947 During the early evening Holt, Missouri received a world record 12 inches (300 mm) of rainfall in 42 minutes.
  • 1947 Howard Kaylan of the music group ‘The Turtles’ was born.
  • 1992 M.F.K. Fisher (Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher) died. Fisher was an American food critic and writer, author of various articles, essays and books about food, and she also translated Brillat-Savarin’s ‘The Physiology of Taste’ in 1949.
  • 2002 Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer died. She wrote the ‘Ann Landers’ advice column. Her twin sister Pauline Esther, under the pen name Abigail Van Buren, wrote the‘Dear Abby’ advice column.

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June 20th is National Vanilla Milkshake Day

Posted on June 20, 2017

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Five Food Finds about Vanilla Milkshakes:

  1. The first known printed reference to a “milkshake” dates back to 1885. It contained one part whiskey, ‘for medicinal purposes’.
  2. ‘Shakes’ got their name from being served in bars. If the customer enjoyed the specialty drink, he shook hands with the bartender. If not, the bartender wouldn’t get a tip.
  3. The first diner milkshakes were made with a mixture of milk, malt and a flavoring(vanilla, chocolate, etc.). The malt added an ‘ice cream’ texture to the drink.
  4. The electric blender was invented in 1922 JUST for the making of milkshakes. amilkshake are referred to as a “frappe” (the e is silent)
  5.  In parts of New England, a milkshake is often referred to as a “frappe” (the e is silent)

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Today’s Food History

  • 1861 Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins was born. He discovered what we now call ‘vitamins,’ essential nutrients needed to maintain health.
  • 1948 The TV show ‘Toast of the Town’ premiers on CBS with Ed Sullivan as the host.
  • 1964 ‘Chapel of Love’ by Dixie Cups is #1 on the charts
  • 1977 The trans-Alaska oil pipeline opened. It takes oil 38 days to travel 800 miles from the fields in Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez.

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June 16th is National Fudge Day

Posted on June 16, 2017

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Fudge facts:

  1. Fudge is a type of Western confectionery which is usually very sweet, and extremely rich. It is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk and heating it to the soft-ball stage at 240 °F (116 °C), and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency. Many variations with other flavorings added are possible.
  2. The components of fudge are very similar to the traditional recipe for tablet, which is noted in The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie (1692-1733). The term “fudge” is often used in the United Kingdom for a softer variant of the tablet recipe.
  3. American-style fudge (containing chocolate) is found in a letter written by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge, a student at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
  4. Word of this popular confectionery spread to other women’s colleges.
  5. Hot fudge in the United States and Canada is usually considered to be a chocolate product often used as a topping for ice cream in a heated form, particularly sundaes and parfaits.

Today’s Food History

 

  • 1794 The first stone was laid for the world’s largest grain windmill in Holland. Known as ‘De Walvisch’ (the whale), it is still in existence.
  • 1855 R.I.P. John Gorrie. Gorrie was received the first U.S. patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851.
  • 1893 R.W. Rueckheim invents ‘Cracker Jack’, a popcorn, peanut and molasses confection. It was introduced at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. R.W.’s brother Louis perfected the secret formula in 1896, which prevents the molasses coated popcorn from sticking together. The prize in each box was introduced in 1912.
  • 1903 A one year old company registered its trade name, Pepsi-Cola. It’s original name was ‘Brad’s Drink’ after Caleb Bradham, the pharmacist who developed the formula. He developed the formula at his drugstore in New Bern, North Carolina. I was the manager of the New Bern Golf & Country Club for a while in the 1980’s.
  • 1909 Archie Fairley Carr was born. An American biologist and authority on turtles. His extensive studies and conservation efforts helped to increase turtle populations around the world.
  • 1937 August Busch III was born, current president and chairman of Anheuser Busch (Budweiser Beer, etc.)

June 8th is National Jelly-Filled Donut Day

Posted on June 8, 2017

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Did you know…

  1. The donut or doughnut is a deep-fried piece of dough or batter. It comes from the Dutch origin of olykoeck or “oily cake”. The two most common types of donuts are the flattened sphere (you know…the ones that are injected with jelly or custard) and the ring donut.
  2.  Internationally, Dunkin’ Donuts has over 1700 locations in 29 countries and over 6,000 stores in 30 countries world-wide! In the U.S. there are over 4,400 locations across 36 states.
  3. Krispy Kreme is probably best known for their fresh, hot, glazed, yeast-raised doughnuts. The company’s “Hot Doughnuts Now” flashing sign is an integral part of the brands appeal and fame.
  4.  Jelly-filled and Chocolate frosted also rank as their top sellers. Coconut Crunch, although not a number one seller, still remains one of the over 52 varieties of donuts the chain produces on a yearly basis.
  5. Americans consume 10 billion doughnuts annually. It really is too big of a number when you consider that as of 1997, there were 6,792 doughnut shops in the U.S. alone. In 2005, I can only imagine that the number of doughnut shops has increased dramatically. Unfortunately, 1997 was the last year that all overall statistics and data is available on this subject (or at least that I can find!).

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Today’s Food History

  • 1784 Marie-Antoine Carême was born in Paris, France. Marie Antoine Carême was known as “the cook of kings and the king of cooks”. He is the founder and architect of French haute cuisine. His story is one out of a Dickens novel.
  • He was one of 25 (?) children born to an impoverished family who put him out on the street at the age of about 10 to make his own way in the world. Lucky for the world he knocked on the door of a restaurant for a job. He might have knocked on the door of a blacksmith!
  • By the age of 21 Carême was chef de cuisine to Talleyrand. He also served as head chef to the future George IV of England, Emperor Alexander I of Russia, and Baron James de Rothschild. He wrote several large books on cookery, with hundreds of recipes and menus, a history of French cooking, instructions for organizing kitchens, and directions for elaborate architectural constructions of food for display (pièces montées). Carême died at the age of 48.
  • 1786 In New York City, the first commercially made ice cream is offered for sale.
  • 1824 A washing machine was patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec. This was the first Canadian patent ever issued.
  • 1848 Franklin Hiram King was born. American agricultural scientist and inventor of the cylindrical tower silo.
  • 1859 Walter Hunt died. Hunt invented the first safety pin (‘dress pin’) in 1849.
  • 1869 The first American patent for a sweeping machine was issued to Ives W. McGaffney of Chicago.
  • 1871 Louisa Tetrazzini born. Italian operatic soprano. Chicken Tetrazzini, created by an American chef (San Francisco?), was named in her honor.
  • 1880 At the 1st International Miller’s Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio, Washburn Crosby Co. of Minnesota (forerunner of General Mills) won 3 top medals for their flour, including the ‘Gold Medal’ for Superlative Flour. They adopted ‘Gold Medal’ as the name of their best flour.
  • 1926 Dame Nelle Melba gave her farewell performance. Melba toast and Peach Melba were named in her honor.
  • 1937 World’s largest flower blooms in NY Botanical Garden, a 12 foot calla lily.
  • 1985 Creme Fraiche won the Belmont Stakes, ridden by Jockey Eddie Maple.

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May 12th is National Nutty Fudge Day

Posted on May 12, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about Fudge:

 

  • The first recorded evidence of fudge being made and sold was a letter written in 1886 and found in the archives of Vasser College by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge who wrote that her schoolmate’s cousin made fudge and sold if for 40 cents a pound in a Baltimore grocery store.
  • Scottish tablet has been around for much longer, the first note of it being made in The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie in the early 18th century which just shows that when it comes to perfecting the art of sweetness, the Scots are way ahead of the game.

 

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  • There are several origin stories floating around about fudge.

 

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  • One says that a young apprentice caramel maker was left stirring the pot while the boss was out serving customers. By the time he returned, the caramel was so grainy it was ruined – but the customers loved it, and named it Fudge after the apprentice who mistakenly made it.
  • Another story goes, that a college lecturer in Virginia, USA, was teaching a class in toffee making, and the temperature was not taken high enough resulting in what we now know as fudge. This, allegedly, is also where the term ‘to fudge something’ comes from.

 

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1777 According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the first ice cream advertisement appeared in the New York Gazette on this date.

1792 Charles-Somon Favart died in Belleville, France. A French playwright and pastry cook, one of the founders of the opera comique.

1878 Catherine Esther Beecher died. An American educator and author of ‘Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt Book’, etc.

1889 John Cadbury died. He was the founder of Cadbury chocolate company.

1912 The Beverly Hills Hotel opened.

1994 Roy J. Plunkett died. He was the inventor of Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene) in 1938. The first nonstick cookware using Teflon was sold in 1960.

 

April 3rd is National Chocolate Mousse Day!

Posted on April 3, 2017

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

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

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

  

 

  • Savory mousses can be made from fish, shellfish, meat, foie gras, etcc

 

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

  

  • They may be hot or cold and are often squeezed through a piping bag onto some kind of platform to be used as hors d’oeuvres.

 

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Fun Fact:

The first written record of chocolate mousse in the United States comes from a Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892.

 

Today’s Food History

o    1829 James Carrington of Connecticut patented a coffee mill.

o    1845 William James Farrer was born. An Australian agriculturist, he developed several new cultivars of wheat.

o    1860 The first Pony Express mail delivery service by horse and rider between St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California began. The 1,800 mile run took 10 days.

o    1956 Elvis Presley sings ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ on the ‘Milton Berle Show.’ An estimated 25% of the American population tuned in to hear him.

o    1959 The Coasters song ‘Charlie Brown’ is banned by the BBC because it refers to “throwin’ spitballs.” The ban only lasted 2 weeks.

o    1974 The Super Tornado Outbreak. 148 tornadoes in 13 states in 26 hours. The world’s largest tornado outbreak in recorded history. It included six F5 tornadoes and 30 F4 tornadoes. The first tornado hit at 1 p.m. and the final tornado hit at 2 a.m. the following morning.

o    1982 The temperature in Lamberton, Minnesota dropped from 78 degrees F to 7 degrees F in 24 hours.  The 71 degree drop in temperature is a Minnesota record.

o    1985 The Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, California closed after 57 years. Robert Cobb, owner of the Brown Derby, created the Cobb Salad there in 1936.

o    2010 Students at a Utah high school created a replica of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ using 2 tons of Malt-O-Meal cereal.

March 26th is National Nougat Day!

Posted on March 26, 2017

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Here are today’s interesting food facts about Nougat:

  • 3 Musketeer bars originally consisted of three flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.  During WWII rationing, they were limited to vanilla flavoring, & they remain this way today.
  • Nougat is commonly found in candy bars; Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Snickers, Polar, etc.
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  • Today’s nougat is a mixture of sucrose and corn syrup with a whipping agent to create its fluffy texture.
  • Nougat was put in candy bars to resemble the texture and flavor of ice cream.  This is why early candy bars with nougat were commonly served frozen.
  • The word nougat comes from Occitan (a southern French dialect) pan nogat, from nux gatum, which means nutbread.
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Today’s Food History

  • 1753 Benjamin Thompson, Count von Rumford was born.  American physician who invented the percolator, a pressure cooker and a kitchen stove.  He is frequently credited with creating the dessert, Baked Alaska.
  • 1937 The cities of Dilley, Texas, and Crystal City, Texas each erected a statue of Popeye, the cartoon character.
  • 1996 David Packard died.  Founder with William Hewlett of Hewlett Packard Company.  Before they became famous for computers and printers etc., some of their early inventions were an automatic urinal flusher and a weight loss shock machine!

March 2nd is National Banana Cream Pie Day!

Posted on March 2, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about banana cream pie: 

Banana cream pie was considered the American soldier’s favorite dessert in 1951. 

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A banana cream pie with a “black bottom” is a banana cream pie with chocolate on the bottom. 

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The english variation of the banana cream pie is called the “Banoffee Pie” and it contains banana and toffee. 

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Bananas are proven to be great after a strenuous workout! 

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Bananas can help defend against anemia. 

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Today’s Food History
◦ 1799 The first U.S. weights and measures law was passed by Congress. Actually it did not set standards, but rather required the surveyor of each port to test and correct the instruments and weights used to calculate duties on imports. Basically each surveyor was on his own in setting the standards to be tested.
◦ 1887 Harry E. Soref was born. Inventor of the laminated steel padlock, founder of the Master Lock Company in 1921. The company became well known in 1928 when it shipped 147,600 padlocks to federal prohibition agents in New York for locking up speakeasies they raided.
◦ 1904 Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) was born. Writer and cartoonist. A few of his childrens books were ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ ‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,’ ‘Scrambled Eggs Super!’ and ‘The Butter Battle Book’

February 9th is National Bagel and Lox Day!

Posted on February 9, 2017

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Here are today’s food finds about bagels and lox:

 The word Bagel is often thought to have derived from the ‘buckle‘ shape it has, but actually it is from a Yiddish word ‘beygl‘ meaning ring or hole.

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Bagels are one of the few breads that are boiled then baked. creating the soft inside while retaining a crisp exterior.

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Over a billion dollars a year are spent on bagels in the US alone.

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What is lox? Lox is thinly sliced smoked salmon.

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Bagel & Lox are typically bagels with cream cheese, onions,  and smoked salmon.

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Today’s Food History

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  • 1870 The creation of the U.S. Weather Service (National Weather Service) was authorized by Congress
  • 1889 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was established as a Cabinet level agency.
  • 1899 Minnesota’s all time record low temperature: 59 degrees F below zero at Leech Lake Dam.
  • 1894 Hershey’s Chocolate Company was founded as a subsidiary of Milton S. Hershey’s Lancaster Caramel Company.
  • 1901 RIP Fred Harvey Born in 1835 in London, Frederick Henry Harvey, was an American restaurateur who operated a chain of restaurants called the ‘Harvey House,’ and a series of railroad dining cars and hotels. The restaurants were opened along the route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, and were staffed by ‘Harvey Girls’, who over the years numbered in the thousands. Will Rogers said Harvey “kept the West in food and wives.”
  • 1909 Carmen Miranda was born. Brazilian singer and actress. Appeared in many Hollywood movies, she was known as “the Brazilian bombshell” and also “the lady in the tutti-frutti hat.”
  • 2001 The American submarine USS Greenville accidentally strikes and sinks a Japanese fishing & high school training ship, the Ehime-Maru. Nine crew members of the Ehime Maru and 4 high school students were drowned. The submarine was practicing an emergency rapid surfacing maneuver at the time.

January 30th is National Croissant Day

Posted on January 30, 2017

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Here are today’s five things to know about the croissant:

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

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

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The French newspaper Le Figaro named the croissant from bakery Pierre Hermé the best in Paris in 2013. It also won in 2006.

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Since Starbucks bought French baker Pascal Rigo’s San Francisco-based La Boulange, the chocolate croissant has become the coffee chain’s bestselling pastry.

 

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In 2013, chef Dominque Ansel came up with the cronut — a deep-fried croissant/doughnut combination that became all the rage at his New York bakery.

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Today’s 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.

 

November 11th is National Sundae Day!

Posted on November 11, 2016

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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

on this day in…

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.

October 26th is National Pumpkin Day!

Posted on October 26, 2016

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

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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.

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In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.

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Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.

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The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.

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The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.

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Celebrate #NationalPumpkinDay with a White Chocolate Chili Pumpkin Martini recipe! Brought to you by our friends at SpicedUP: 

  1. Pour vanilla flavored vodka, Irish cream liqueur, and pumpkin flavored liqueur into a cocktail shaker over ice.
  2. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg to serve.
  4. Rim a martini glass with our Chocolate Chili Sugar to kick up the heat.
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October 14th is National Dessert Day!

Posted on October 14, 2016

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Top Five Most Popular Desserts in the US:

  1. Fudge
  2. Chocolate cake
  3. Chocolate chip cookies
  4. Brownies
  5. Ice cream

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1906 Joseph Farwell Glidden died. 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 Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.
  • 1941 Carmen Miranda recorded ‘The Man with the Lollipop Song.’
  • 1946 ‘The Iceman Cometh’ opened in New York City.
  • 1985 Strawberry Fields, a 2 1/2 acre garden memorial in New York City’s Central Park, was dedicated to John Lennon.
  • 1996 World’s largest grilled cheese sandwich was made, 3,000 pounds.
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