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April 10 is National Cinnamon Roll Day

Posted on April 10, 2014

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Interesting Food Facts about Cinnamon Roll

  1. True cinnamon, or Ceylon cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka.
  2. In Ancient Egypt, cinnamon was used in the embalming process.
  3. Two teaspoons of cinnamon has about 12 calories.
  4. Cinnamon has many health benefits. It has shown promise in the treatment of diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, memory function, and even leukemia and lymphoma.
  5. In the Middle Ages, cinnamon was only affordable by the wealthy elite of society. A person’s social rank could be determined by the number of spices they could afford.

Fun Fact:

Cinnamon rolls are known in Sweden as “kanelbulle.” This word literally means cinnamon bun. Other than kanelbulle, cinnamon roll and cinnamon bun, they are also known as sticky rolls and sticky buns.

“Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known. It was mentioned in the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt not only as a beverage flavoring and medicine, but also as an embalming agent. It was so highly treasured that it was considered more precious than gold.”

Philadelphia-style cinnamon rolls date back to the 18th century. It contains honey, sugar, cinnamon and raisins.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1633 Bananas were supposedly displayed in the shop window of merchant Thomas Johnson. This was the first time the banana had ever been seen in Great Britain. It would be more than 200 years before they were regularly imported. In 1999 remains of a banana were found at a Tudor archaeological site on the banks of the Thames River. This would seem to date it 150 years earlier than Thomas Johnson’s banana. A classic food mystery!
  • 1752 William Cheselden died. An English surgeon and teacher, he was one of the first to describe the role of saliva in digestion.
  • 1766 Sir John Leslie was born. A Scottish physicist and mathematician, he was the first to freeze water  artificially (create ice artificially). He used an air pump apparatus.
  • 1849 Walter Hunt of New York patented the safety pin. However, safety pins existed prior to this patent.
  • 1872 The first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska. It was proposed by J. Sterling Morton and publicized by the State Board of Agriculture as a tree-planting holiday. Nebraska at that time was a treeless plain, with nothing to break the wind other than the normal digestive functions of mammals. Trees were also needed for fuel, shade, building houses, etc. Estimates are that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first Arbor Day. It was proclaimed an official state day in 1874. Other states have since adopted the idea, and several U.S. presidents have declared national Arbor Days, usually the last Friday in April. The idea has also spread to other countries. The National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 1894 African American inventor G. W. Murray received 2 patents for a Furrow Opener & Stalk Knocker and a Cultivator & Marker.
  • 1944 Synthetic quinine was made for the first time at Harvard University.
  • 1982 Saturday Night Live had viewers vote whether to boil ‘Larry the Lobster’ or not. The audience voted to free him.
  • 1991 The last remaining Horn & Hardart Automat closed its doors. It was located at Third Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City. Frank Hardart and Joe Horn opened the first Automat on June 9, 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The birth date of modern fast food.
  • 1995 A smoking ban in New York for restaurants with more than 35 seats began today.

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December 14 is National Bouillabaisse Day

Posted on December 12, 2013

5 Star Recipe from MyRecipes.com

National Bouillabaisse Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1503 Nostradamus was born. Astrologer and cookbook author. He 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’).

1795 John Bloomfield Jarvis was born. A civil engineer, he designed and built the Boston Aqueduct and the 41 mile long Croton Aqueduct (New York City’s water supply for over 50 years from 1842).

1943 John Harvey Kellogg died. A physician, vegetarian and health food pioneer. He was superintendent of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, where he developed the first breakfast cereals for his patients, Granose (granola) and toasted flakes. His brother, William K. Kellogg founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. to produce cornflakes.

1968 ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ by Marvin Gaye hits number 1 on the charts.

2006 A bar owner in Bethalto, Illinois was charged with violating the liquor code and obscenity laws. The bar filled a children’s inflatable pool with mashed potatoes and staged wrestling matches. The violations came about when several of the female ‘wrestlers’ were rumored to have lost some of their garments to the surrounding carbohydrates.

National Pecan Torte Day

Posted on August 22, 2013

National Pecan Torte Day

Five Food Finds about Pecans

  • If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women.  Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
  • It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  • Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.  In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
  • Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
  • Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher.  Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1647 Denis Papin is born. The French physicist who invented the pressure cooker (Papin’s Digester) in 1679

1865 William Sheppard of New York City received a patent for liquid soap.

1867 Charles Francis Jenkins was born. An inventor who is best known as an early television pioneer. Among his many inventions was a cone-shaped drinking cup.

1867 Maximilian Bircher-Benner was born. He was a Swiss doctor who developed the cereal product ‘Muesli,’ which is similar to Granola.

1939 The first U.S. patent was issued for a disposable whipped cream aerosol container. Julius S. Kahn’s patent was titled “An Apparatus for Mixing a Liquid with a Gas” and was specifically concerned with making whipped cream, using a ordinary soda bottle.

1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War hit number 3 on the charts.

2004 Sonya Thomas won $500 and a trophy belt at the World Lobster Eating Contest in Kennebunkport, Maine. She ate 9.76 pounds of lobster meat (38 lobsters) in 12 minutes.  She also holds the record for hard boiled eggs, and pork & beans (8.4 pounds in 2 minutes 47 seconds). She weighs only 105 pounds.

2007 A 12 year-old boy in Manchester, England was charged with assault for throwing a cocktail sausage at a 74 year-old man.

National Julienne Fries Day

Posted on August 12, 2013

National Julienne Fries Day

Five Food Finds about Fries

  • French fries are, perhaps, poorly-named, since they originate in Belgium and are most popular in America.
  • In England these are referred to as “chips”
  • Though French fries were invented in Europe, the potatoes, from which they are made, originated in the Americas and were imported.
  • Leaving the potato skin on French fries actually leaves in important vitamins that are lost if the skins are peeled away.
  • The first occurrence of French fries in America may have been at a diplomatic dinner hosted by Thomas Jefferson.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1759 Thomas Andrew Knight was born. British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism. (We all know our tropisms, don’t we?).

1856 James Buchanan (‘Diamond Jim’) Brady was born. American financier and philanthropist Diamond Jim Brady was known for his collection of diamond jewelry, and for his gargantuan appetite. He was known to eat 6 or 7 giant lobsters, dozens of oysters, clams and crabs, 2 ducks, steak and desserts at a single sitting. He would also mix a pound of caviar into a baked potato. George Rector, a New York restaurateur said he was ‘the best twenty-five customers I ever had.’

1883 The quagga, a zebra-like mammal of southern Africa became extinct when the last mare at Amsterdam Zoo died. They had been hunted to extinction.

1948 Harry Brearley died. Brearley was an English metallurgist who invented stainless steel in 1912.

1955 The U.S. minimum wage was raised from 75 cents to $1.00

1981 IBM introduced its Personal Computer (PC) and PC-DOS 1.0

1990 B. (Barnard) Kliban died. 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’.

International Waffle Day – 5 Waffle Facts

Posted on March 25, 2013

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International Waffle Day

Also: National Lobster Newburg Day

Five things you should know about

Waffles

  1. International Waffle day originated in Sweden.
  2. Vårfrudagen, a Swedish name for “Our Lady’s Day” sounds (in Swedish) like Våffel-dagen (waffle day).
  3. Waffles are descended from the flat cakes baked in ancient Greece. These cakes were prepared with cheese and herbs and cooked between two metal plates.
  4. The waffles we know today first appeared in the Middle Ages.
  5. Thomas Jefferson’s Belgian cook brought one of the first waffle irons to the US.

On This Day in Food History….

1775 Pecan Day. George Washington planted pecan trees (some of which still survive) at Mount Vernon. The trees were supposedly a gift to Washington from Thomas Jefferson.
1848 William Keith Brooks was born.  An American zoologist, he was a champion for the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay oyster.  Author of ‘The Oyster‘ (1891).
1867 R.I.P. Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge.  A German chemist who developed a method for obtaining sugar from beet juice.
1867 The 2 mile long, 5 foot diameter Chicago Lake Tunnel was activated.  It was the first water supply tunnel for a U.S. city.
1914 Norman Ernest Borlaug was born.  American agronomist, Nobel Peace Prize winner for efforts to overcome world hunger.  Developed the wheat/rye hybrid called ‘triticale’ with higher yield and protein content.
1995 Pizza Hut introduced its Stuffed Crust Pizza.
2008 R.I.P. Herb Peterson, creator of McDonald’s Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich.

National Peppermint Patty Day

Posted on February 11, 2013

February 11

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National Peppermint Patty Day

Five things you should know about 

Peppermint Patties

  1. In 1940 York Cone Co. produces the first Peppermint Patties.
  2. Peppermint Patties were sold only in northeastern states until 1975.
  3. Peppermint Patties have one of the least about of calories and fat compared to other nationally popular candy bars.
  4. Charles Schulz introduced “Peppermint Patty” to his Peanuts comic strip on August 22, 1966
  5. Patricia Reichardt is Peppermint Patty’s actual name.

On This Day in Food History…

1785 The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture was founded. It is the oldest active agricultural organization in the U.S.

1847 Thomas Alva Edison was born. Chefs use his inventions everyday, including light and music to work by.

1926 Paul Bocuse, French chef, was born at Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, France. He is known as one of the founders of ‘nouvelle cuisine’.

1963 Julia Child’s ‘The French Chef’ premiered on TV.

1977 The heaviest lobster known was caught off Nova Scotia, weighing in at 44 lb 6 oz (20.14 kg).

1994 Use of the genetically engineered growth hormone for cows, rBGH begins.

December 14 – National Bouillabaisse Day

Posted on December 14, 2012

5 Star Recipe from MyRecipes.com

National Bouillabaisse Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1503 Nostradamus was born. Astrologer and cookbook author. He 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’).

1795 John Bloomfield Jarvis was born. A civil engineer, he designed and built the Boston Aqueduct and the 41 mile long Croton Aqueduct (New York City’s water supply for over 50 years from 1842).

1943 John Harvey Kellogg died. A physician, vegetarian and health food pioneer. He was superintendent of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, where he developed the first breakfast cereals for his patients, Granose (granola) and toasted flakes. His brother, William K. Kellogg founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. to produce cornflakes.

1968 ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ by Marvin Gaye hits number 1 on the charts.

2006 A bar owner in Bethalto, Illinois was charged with violating the liquor code and obscenity laws. The bar filled a children’s inflatable pool with mashed potatoes and staged wrestling matches. The violations came about when several of the female ‘wrestlers’ were rumored to have lost some of their garments to the surrounding carbohydrates.

August 22 – National Pecan Torte Day

Posted on August 22, 2012

National Pecan Torte Day

Five Food Finds about Pecans

  • If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women.  Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
  • It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  • Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.  In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
  • Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
  • Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher.  Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.

 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1647 Denis Papin is born. The French physicist who invented the pressure cooker (Papin’s Digester) in 1679

1865 William Sheppard of New York City received a patent for liquid soap.

1867 Charles Francis Jenkins was born. An inventor who is best known as an early television pioneer. Among his many inventions was a cone-shaped drinking cup.

1867 Maximilian Bircher-Benner was born. He was a Swiss doctor who developed the cereal product ‘Muesli,’ which is similar to Granola.

1939 The first U.S. patent was issued for a disposable whipped cream aerosol container. Julius S. Kahn’s patent was titled “An Apparatus for Mixing a Liquid with a Gas” and was specifically concerned with making whipped cream, using a ordinary soda bottle.

1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War hit number 3 on the charts.

2004 Sonya Thomas won $500 and a trophy belt at the World Lobster Eating Contest in Kennebunkport, Maine. She ate 9.76 pounds of lobster meat (38 lobsters) in 12 minutes.  She also holds the record for hard boiled eggs, and pork & beans (8.4 pounds in 2 minutes 47 seconds). She weighs only 105 pounds.

2007 A 12 year-old boy in Manchester, England was charged with assault for throwing a cocktail sausage at a 74 year-old man.

August 12 – National Julienne Fries Day

Posted on August 12, 2012

National Julienne Fries Day

Five Food Finds about Fries

  • French fries are, perhaps, poorly-named, since they originate in Belgium and are most popular in America.
  • In England these are referred to as “chips”
  • Though French fries were invented in Europe, the potatoes, from which they are made, originated in the Americas and were imported.
  • Leaving the potato skin on French fries actually leaves in important vitamins that are lost if the skins are peeled away.
  • The first occurrence of French fries in America may have been at a diplomatic dinner hosted by Thomas Jefferson.

 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1759 Thomas Andrew Knight was born. British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism. (We all know our tropisms, don’t we?).

1856 James Buchanan (‘Diamond Jim’) Brady was born. American financier and philanthropist Diamond Jim Brady was known for his collection of diamond jewelry, and for his gargantuan appetite. He was known to eat 6 or 7 giant lobsters, dozens of oysters, clams and crabs, 2 ducks, steak and desserts at a single sitting. He would also mix a pound of caviar into a baked potato. George Rector, a New York restaurateur said he was ‘the best twenty-five customers I ever had.’

1883 The quagga, a zebra-like mammal of southern Africa became extinct when the last mare at Amsterdam Zoo died. They had been hunted to extinction.

1948 Harry Brearley died. Brearley was an English metallurgist who invented stainless steel in 1912.

1955 The U.S. minimum wage was raised from 75 cents to $1.00

1981 IBM introduced its Personal Computer (PC) and PC-DOS 1.0

1990 B. (Barnard) Kliban died. 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’.

April 10 – National Cinnamon Roll Day

Posted on April 10, 2012

National Cinnamon Roll Day

Five Food Finds about Cinnamon

  • True cinnamon, or Ceylon cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka.
  • In Ancient Egypt, cinnamon was used in the embalming process.
  • Two teaspoons of cinnamon has about 12 calories.
  • Cinnamon has many health benefits. It has shown promise in the treatment of diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, memory function, and even leukemia and lymphoma.
  • In the Middle Ages, cinnamon was only affordable by the wealthy elite of society. A person’s social rank could be determined by the number of spices they could afford.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1633 Bananas were supposedly displayed in the shop window of merchant Thomas Johnson. This was the first time the banana had ever been seen in Great Britain. It would be more than 200 years before they were regularly imported.
In 1999 remains of a banana were found at a Tudor archaeological site on the banks of the Thames River. This would seem to date it 150 years earlier than Thomas Johnson’s banana. A classic food mystery!

1752 William Cheselden died. An English surgeon and teacher, he was one of the first to describe the role of saliva in digestion.

1766 Sir John Leslie was born. A Scottish physicist and mathematician, he was the first to freeze water  artificially (create ice artificially). He used an air pump apparatus.

1849 Walter Hunt of New York patented the safety pin. However, safety pins existed prior to this patent.

1872 The first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska. It was proposed by J. Sterling Morton and publicized by the State Board of Agriculture as a tree-planting holiday. Nebraska at that time was a treeless plain, with nothing to break the wind other than the normal digestive functions of mammals. Trees were also needed for fuel, shade, building houses, etc. Estimates are that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first Arbor Day.
It was proclaimed an official state day in 1874. Other states have since adopted the idea, and several U.S. presidents have declared national Arbor Days, usually the last Friday in April. The idea has also spread to other countries.
The National Arbor Day Foundation

1894 African American inventor G. W. Murray received 2 patents for a Furrow Opener & Stalk Knocker and a Cultivator & Marker.

1944 Synthetic quinine was made for the first time at Harvard University.

1982 Saturday Night Live had viewers vote whether to boil ‘Larry the Lobster’ or not. The audience voted to free him.

1991 The last remaining Horn & Hardart Automat closed its doors. It was located at Third Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City. Frank Hardart and Joe Horn opened the first Automat on June 9, 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The birth date of modern fast food.

1995 A smoking ban in New York for restaurants with more than 35 seats began today.

International Waffle Day – Trivia

Posted on March 25, 2012

International Waffle Day

Also: National Lobster Newburg Day

Five Food Finds about International Waffle Day

  • International Waffle day originated in Sweden.
  • Vårfrudagen, a Swedish name for “Our Lady’s Day” sounds (in Swedish) like Våffel-dagen (waffle day).
  • Waffles are descended from the flat cakes baked in ancient Greece. These cakes were prepared with cheese and herbs and cooked between two metal plates.
  • The waffles we know today first appeared in the Middle Ages.
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Belgian cook brought one of the first waffle irons to the US.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1775 Pecan Day. George Washington planted pecan trees (some of which still survive) at Mount Vernon. The trees were supposedly a gift to Washington from Thomas Jefferson.
  • 1848 William Keith Brooks was born.  An American zoologist, he was a champion for the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay oyster.  Author of ‘The Oyster‘ (1891).
  • 1867 R.I.P. Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge.  A German chemist who developed a method for obtaining sugar from beet juice.
  • 1867 The 2 mile long, 5 foot diameter Chicago Lake Tunnel was activated.  It was the first water supply tunnel for a U.S. city.
  • 1914 Norman Ernest Borlaug was born.  American agronomist, Nobel Peace Prize winner for efforts to overcome world hunger.  Developed the wheat/rye hybrid called ‘triticale’ with higher yield and protein content.
  • 1995 Pizza Hut introduced its Stuffed Crust Pizza.
  • 2008 R.I.P. Herb Peterson, creator of McDonald’s Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich.

February 11 – National Peppermint Patty Day

Posted on February 11, 2012

Events of February 11

Five Food Finds about Peppermint Patties

1.  In 1940 York Cone Co. produces the first Peppermint Patties.

2.  Peppermint Patties were sold only in northeastern states until 1975.

3.  Peppermint Patties have one of the least about of calories and fat compared to other nationally popular candy bars.

4. Charles Schulz introduced “Peppermint Patty” to his Peanuts comic strip on August 22, 1966

5.  Patricia Reichardt is Peppermint Patty’s actual name.

Daily Quote : “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.”~Ogden Nash

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1785 The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture was founded. It is the oldest active agricultural organization in the U.S.
  • 1847 Thomas Alva Edison was born. Chefs use his inventions everyday, including light and music to work by.
  • 1926 Paul Bocuse, French chef, was born at Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, France. He is known as one of the founders of ‘nouvelle cuisine’.
  • 1963 Julia Child’s ‘The French Chef’ premiered on TV.
  • 1977 The heaviest lobster known was caught off Nova Scotia, weighing in at 44 lb 6 oz (20.14 kg).
  • 1994 Use of the genetically engineered growth hormone for cows, rBGH begins.


January Holidays

Posted on January 26, 2012

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 January 13 National Gluten-Free Day National…

August 22 – Today’s Food History

Posted on August 22, 2011

Events of August 22

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1647 Denis Papin is born. The French physicist who invented the pressure cooker (Papin’s Digester) in 1679

1865 William Sheppard of New York City received a patent for liquid soap.

1867 Charles Francis Jenkins was born. An inventor who is best known as an early television pioneer. Among his many inventions was a cone-shaped drinking cup.

1867 Maximilian Bircher-Benner was born. He was a Swiss doctor who developed the cereal product ‘Muesli,’ which is similar to Granola.

1939 The first U.S. patent was issued for a disposable whipped cream aerosol container. Julius S. Kahn’s patent was titled “An Apparatus for Mixing a Liquid with a Gas” and was specifically concerned with making whipped cream, using a ordinary soda bottle.

1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War hit number 3 on the charts.

2004 Sonya Thomas won $500 and a trophy belt at the World Lobster Eating Contest in Kennebunkport, Maine. She ate 9.76 pounds of lobster meat (38 lobsters) in 12 minutes.  She also holds the record for hard boiled eggs, and pork & beans (8.4 pounds in 2 minutes 47 seconds). She weighs only 105 pounds.

2007 A 12 year-old boy in Manchester, England was charged with assault for throwing a cocktail sausage at a 74 year-old man.

August 12 – Today’s Food History

Posted on August 12, 2011

Events of August 12

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1759 Thomas Andrew Knight was born. British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism. (We all know our tropisms, don’t we?).

1856 James Buchanan (‘Diamond Jim’) Brady was born. American financier and philanthropist Diamond Jim Brady was known for his collection of diamond jewelry, and for his gargantuan appetite. He was known to eat 6 or 7 giant lobsters, dozens of oysters, clams and crabs, 2 ducks, steak and desserts at a single sitting. He would also mix a pound of caviar into a baked potato. George Rector, a New York restaurateur said he was ‘the best twenty-five customers I ever had.’

1883 The quagga, a zebra-like mammal of southern Africa became extinct when the last mare at Amsterdam Zoo died. They had been hunted to extinction.

1948 Harry Brearley died. Brearley was an English metallurgist who invented stainless steel in 1912.

1955 The U.S. minimum wage was raised from 75 cents to $1.00

1981 IBM introduced its Personal Computer (PC) and PC-DOS 1.0

1990 B. (Barnard) Kliban died. 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’.

March 25 – Today’s Food History

Posted on March 25, 2011

National Lobster Newburg Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1775 Pecan Day. George Washington planted pecan trees (some of which still survive) at Mount Vernon. The trees were supposedly a gift to Washington from Thomas Jefferson.  (Some sources date this planting at 1799).
  • 1848 William Keith Brooks was born.  An American zoologist, he was a champion for the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay oyster.  Author of ‘The Oyster‘ (1891).
  • 1867 Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge died.  A German chemist who developed a method for obtaining sugar from beet juice.
  • 1867 The 2 mile long, 5 foot diameter Chicago Lake Tunnel was activated.  It was the first water supply tunnel for a U.S. city.
  • 1914 Norman Ernest Borlaug was born.  American agronomist, Nobel Peace Prize winner for efforts to overcome world hunger.  Developed the wheat/rye hybrid called ‘triticale’ with higher yield and protein content.
  • 1995 Pizza Hut introduced its Stuffed Crust Pizza.
  • 2008 Herb Peterson, creator of McDonald’s Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, died.

February 11 – Today’s Food History

Posted on February 11, 2011

Events of February 11

Five Food Finds: Peppermint Patties

1.  In 1940 York Cone Co. produces the first Peppermint Paddies.

2.  Peppermint Patties were sold only in northeastern states until 1975.

3.  Peppermint Patties have one of the least about of calories and fat compared to other nationally popular candy bars.

4. Charles Schulz introduced “Peppermint Patty” to his Peanuts comic strip on August 22, 1966

5.  Patricia Reichardt is Peppermint Patty’s actual name.

Daily Quote : “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.”~Ogden Nash

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1785 The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture was founded. It is the oldest active agricultural organization in the U.S.
  • 1847 Thomas Alva Edison was born. Chefs use his inventions everyday, including light and music to work by.
  • 1926 Paul Bocuse, French chef, was born at Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, France. He is known as one of the founders of ‘nouvelle cuisine’.
  • 1963 Julia Child’s ‘The French Chef’ premiered on TV.
  • 1977 The heaviest lobster known was caught off Nova Scotia, weighing in at 44 lb 6 oz (20.14 kg).
  • 1994 Use of the genetically engineered growth hormone for cows, rBGH begins.


National Peppermint Patty Day

Posted on February 11, 2011

Events of February 11

Five Food Finds: Peppermint Patties

1.  In 1940 York Cone Co. produces the first Peppermint Paddies.

2.  Peppermint Patties were sold only in northeastern states until 1975.

3.  Peppermint Patties have one of the least about of calories and fat compared to other nationally popular candy bars.

4. Charles Schulz introduced “Peppermint Patty” to his Peanuts comic strip on August 22, 1966

5.  Patricia Reichardt is Peppermint Patty’s actual name.

Daily Quote : “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.”~Ogden Nash

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1785 The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture was founded. It is the oldest active agricultural organization in the U.S.
  • 1847 Thomas Alva Edison was born. Chefs use his inventions everyday, including light and music to work by.
  • 1926 Paul Bocuse, French chef, was born at Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, France. He is known as one of the founders of ‘nouvelle cuisine’.
  • 1963 Julia Child’s ‘The French Chef’ premiered on TV.
  • 1977 The heaviest lobster known was caught off Nova Scotia, weighing in at 44 lb 6 oz (20.14 kg).
  • 1994 Use of the genetically engineered growth hormone for cows, rBGH begins.


June Holidays

Posted on November 10, 2009

National Candy Month National Dairy Month National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month National Iced Tea Month National Papaya Month First Friday in June: National Donut Day Daily Holidays June 1 National Hazelnut Cake Day June 2 National Rocky Road Day National Rotisserie Chicken Day June 3 National Chocolate Macaroon Day National Egg Day June 4 National Cheese Day June 5 National Ketchup / Catsup Day June 6 National Gingerbread Day June 7 National Chocolate Ice Cream Day June 8 National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day June 9 National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day June 10 National Iced-Tea Day   June 11 National German Chocolate Cake Day June 12 National Peanut Butter Cookie Day International Falafel Day June 13 Cupcake Lover’s Day June 14 National Strawberry Shortcake Day June…

March 25

Posted on March 25, 2011

National Lobster Newburg Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1775 Pecan Day. George Washington planted pecan trees (some of which still survive) at Mount Vernon. The trees were supposedly a gift to Washington from Thomas Jefferson.  (Some sources date this planting at 1799).
  • 1848 William Keith Brooks was born.  An American zoologist, he was a champion for the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay oyster.  Author of ‘The Oyster‘ (1891).
  • 1867 Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge died.  A German chemist who developed a method for obtaining sugar from beet juice.
  • 1867 The 2 mile long, 5 foot diameter Chicago Lake Tunnel was activated.  It was the first water supply tunnel for a U.S. city.
  • 1914 Norman Ernest Borlaug was born.  American agronomist, Nobel Peace Prize winner for efforts to overcome world hunger.  Developed the wheat/rye hybrid called ‘triticale’ with higher yield and protein content.
  • 1995 Pizza Hut introduced its Stuffed Crust Pizza.
  • 2008 Herb Peterson, creator of McDonald’s Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, died.

Quotes about Meals

Posted on January 27, 2011

“I seem to you cruel and too much addicted to gluttony, when I beat my cook for sending up a bad dinner. If that seems to you too trifling a cause, pray tell for what cause you would have a cook flogged?” Marcus Valerius Martialis Roman poet 1st century B.C. ~~~ “When the waitress puts the dinner on the table the old men look at the dinner. The young men look at the waitress.” Gelett Burgess ‘Look Eleven Years Younger’ (1937). ~~~ “Americans are just beginning to regard food the way the French always have. Dinner is not what you do in the evening before something else. Dinner is the evening.” Art Buchwald ~~~ “There is nothing like a morning funeral for sharpening the…

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