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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.


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


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


What is lox? Lox is thinly sliced smoked salmon.


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


Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 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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November 5th is National Chinese Take-Out Day!

Posted on November 5, 2017

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Chinese take-out:

The foundations for what we know as Chinese food were laid in the mid-1800s, when a huge influx of Chinese immigrants came to California during the Gold Rush.


When American Chinese restaurants first stepped out into mainstream culture, restaurants offered two menus: a Chinese menu and an American menu. The American  menu soon became the only menu due to the crowds of young Americans hungry for savory sauces found in the American Chinese dishes.


The folded paper boxes that have now become a staple of American Chinese food were traditionally used to transport oysters.


Despite their popularity in American Chinese dishes, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, and yellow onions aren’t typically found in actual Chinese restaurants because they aren’t vegetables native to China.

Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

Today’s Food History

  • 1714 Bernardino Ramazzini died. An Italian physician, he was the first to note the relationship between worker’s illnesses and their work environment. Considered the founder of occupational medicine.
  • 1854 Paul Sabatier was born. Organic chemist who researched catalytic organic synthesis. The margarine, oil hydrogenation and methanol industries grew out of his research.
  • 1893 Raymond Loewy was born. An American design engineer, he designed the Coca Cola bottle, the 1934 Sears Coldspot refrigerator, toothbrushes, etc.
  • 1946 Musician Gram Parsons was born. Member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.
  • 1963 Viking ruins were found by archaeologists in Newfoundland, dated to about the year 1,000. Leif Ericson had landed at ‘Vinland’ – 500 years before Columbus ‘discovered’ the New World.
  • 2000 David Ross Brower died. Brower was the founder of many environmental organizations including the Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute.

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March 14th is National Potato Chip Day!

Posted on March 13, 2017

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Interesting Food Facts about Potato Chip

  1. The first potato “chips” appeared in 1853. Served at the Lodge at Saratoga Springs, New York. They were referred to for decades as “Saratoga Chips”
  2. Native American chef, George Crum is credited with creating & first serving the “Saratoga Chips”
  3. The average potato chip is .04 to.08 of an inch thick.
  4. During WWII production of potato chips halted because they were deemed an “unessential food”
  5. in Great Britain and many other parts of the world Potato Chips are referred to as “crisps”. Chips, to them are French Fried potatoes.

Fun Fact:

George Crum created the first potato chip from being  annoyed by a customer’s  complain on  his thick french fries.

It takes 1,000 pounds of potatoes to make 350 pounds of potato chips.

 The most popular US Potato Chip flavours are Regular, Barbecue and Sour Cream and Onion.

Today’s Food History

  • 1794 Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin.
  • 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the first U.S. national bird sanctuary to protect pelicans and herons nesting on Pelican Island, near Sebastian, Florida.
  • 1958‘Tequila’ by The Champs is #1 on the charts.
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