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December 24th is National Eggnog Day! / #NationalEggnogDay #ChristmasEve

Posted on December 24, 2018

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Here are today’s Five Food Finds about Eggnog

For a serving of eggnog (one cup), you will be consuming approximately 342 calories. Of those calories, 167 are from fat.

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The word eggnog comes from a Middle English term meaning a small, wooden, carved mug used to serve alcohol.

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Gelatin can be found in some eggnog, though it is typically cream, milk, sugar, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Eggnog became popular in America around the 18th century when it made its way across the Atlantic Ocean, though there is debate exactly when and where it originated.

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It is difficult to find eggnog year round. It typically becomes available around Thanksgiving. Sales for eggnog drop tremendously after the New Year’s holiday.

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1809 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, was born. When he died May 23, 1868, his last words were supposedly “Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili.”

1826 ‘Eggnog Riot’ at West Point military academy. When informed that their Christmas eggnog would be alcohol free, cadets in North Barrack No. 5 decided to make their own eggnog with alcohol, for a Christmas eve late night/early morning celebration. Of course it got noisy and they were caught. Shouting and general disorder developed, some swords were drawn, firewood crashed through windows, and at least one shot was fired. The artillery unit stationed at West Point had to be called in to quell the disturbance. In the aftermath 6 cadets resigned, 19 were court marshaled, and many, including a young Jefferson Davis, were confined to quarters for more than a month.

1914 John Muir died. Muir was a naturalist who was largely responsible for the establishment of Sequoia and Yosemite national parks in California in 1890.

1968 ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ by Marvin Gaye is #1 on the charts.

2006 In the Chicago suburb of Villa Park, thieves stole a semi tractor trailer filled with broccoli. It was valued at $50,000.


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December 14th is National Biscuits and Gravy Day!

Posted on December 14, 2018

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Here are today’s five food things to know about biscuits and gravy:

Biscuits and gravy is a popular breakfast dish in the South. It consists of a doughy biscuit covered in sausage or sawmill gravy, made for the drippings of cooked pork sausage and flavored with black pepper.

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The meal emerged after the American Revolutionary War, when food stock was in short supply. 

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It became a popular dish for Southern plantation workers because the ingredients were cheap and in abundance. 

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The word “biscuit” comes from a Latin word “bis” which means to cook. 

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It’s also known as a “gravy biscuit.” 

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Today’s Food History

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  • 1554 Hieronymus Bock died. A German botanist whose work contributed to the transition from medieval beliefs to modern science.
  • 1741 Jethro Tull died. He was an English agriculturalist and inventor whose ideas were instrumental in the development of modern English agriculture. One of his inventions was a horse drawn seed planting drill that sowed 3 even rows of seeds at once. (1701). The music group ‘Jethro Tull’ was named for him.
  • 1858 Edwin T. Holmes sells the first electric burglar alarm in the U.S., in Boston, Massachusetts. His workshop was later used by Alexander Graham Bell.
  • 1895 Carl Peter Henrik Dam was born. Dam was a Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K in 1939.
  • 1927 Erma Bombeck was born. Writer, humorist, you will find some of her quotes about family and food.
  • 1931 Alka Seltzer was introduced.
  • 1985 Nathan Pritikin died. A nutritionist who believed that exercise and a low fat, high unrefined carbohydrate diet helped reverse his own heart disease. He founded the Pritikin Longevity Center in 1976.
  • 1989 The USDA approved ‘Simplesse,’ a low calorie fat substitute.
  • 1994 Whirlpool began manufacturing a refrigerator that was significantly more efficient, and did not use freon.

December 8th is National Brownie Day! / #NationalBrownieDay

Posted on December 8, 2018

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

It is said that the brownie was created at the Palmer House Hotel during the 1893 Columbian Exposition when the owner Bertha Palmer asked the chef to make a ‘ladies dessert’.

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The word ‘brownie’ became so popular that soon after the Expedition even Kodak named one of it’s first hand held cameras after them, the little ‘brownie.’

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Brownies were one of the very first prepackaged food ‘mixes’ ever sold. First appearing in the Sears, Roebuck catalogue in 1897.

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Fannie Farmer, the First Lady of American Cookery, published the first written recipe for brownies in 1896.

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A popular turn of the century alternative was considered of equal importance, the ‘blondie‘, which used many of the same ingredients except chocolate. Many believed chocolate to be a ‘vice’ on the same level as alcohol and even coffee.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1846 Ira Remsen was born. He was an American chemist, co-discoverer of saccharin, the artificial sweetener.
  • 1933 The Postal Telegraph Co. of New York City delivers the first singing telegram with a box of chocolates.
  • 1944 Author Frances Moore Lappe was born. Author of the best selling ‘Diet for a Small Planet’ (1971) The first best seller to encourage a vegetarian diet. Her premise was that the raising of animals was wasteful & potentially harmful to the environment.
  • 1945 The Andrews Sisters recording of ‘Rum and Coca Cola’ hit #1 on the popular music charts.
  • 1957 The ‘Styrofoam’ cooler was invented.

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November 27th is National Bavarian Cream Pie Day!

Posted on November 27, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Bavarian cream pie:

Bavarian cream was originally a cold dessert of egg custard stiffened with gelatin, mixed with whipped cream (sometimes with fruit purée or other flavors), then set in a mold, or used as a filling for cakes and pastries.

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No one is sure about the origin of Bavarian cream, but during the late 17th and early 18th centuries many French chefs worked at the court of the Wittelsbach Princes (a German family that ruled Bavaria from the 12th century to 1918).

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Before the advent of refrigeration, Bavarian cream represented a culinary triumph. In order to set the dish, the Bavarian cream would have had to be chilled in an ice-filled bowl.

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The suffix ‘crème’ in German speaking lands, is the term for the gelatin mold used to make it.

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True Bavarian creams first appeared in the U.S. in Boston Cooking School cookbooks, by Mrs D.A. Lincoln, 1884, and by Fannie Merritt Farmer, 1896. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook offers a “Bavarian Cream”.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1811 Andrew Meikle died. A Scottish millwright, he invented the drum threshing machine.
  • 1826 John Walker invented the friction match (strike anywhere).
  • 1924 The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was originally called a Christmas Parade.
  • 1944 Musician Eddie Rabbitt was born.
  • 1984 Sylvan N. Goldman died. Goldman ran a successful chain of grocery stores, and while a major owner of the Piggly-Wiggly supermarket chain he invented the shopping cart. He hired fake shoppers to wheel them around the store to encourage his customers to see how useful they could be.

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November 23rd is National Espresso Day! / #NationalEspressoDay

Posted on November 23, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about espresso:

It takes approximately 42 coffee beans to make an average serving of espresso.

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Coffee contains more caffeine than espresso. Strong tasting coffee has no more caffeine than weak-tasting coffee.

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Espresso is not referring to a particular type of bean, it is a type of coffee brewing method.E

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Espresso originated in Italy in the early 20th century with Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing plant who wanted to speed up the time it took to make coffee.

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Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world second to only oil.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1534 Otto Brunfels died. A German botanist, author of ‘Herbarum vivae eicones’ (‘Living Pictures of Herbs’), one of the first great herbals. His work is considered to be a bridge between ancient and modern botany.
  • 1553 Prospero Alpini was born. An Italian physician and botanist, he is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe and to have been the first to artificially fertilize date palms.
  • 1835 Henry Burden was granted the first U.S. patent for a horseshoe manufacturing machine.
  • 1869 The 3 masted clipper ship ‘Cutty Sark’ was launched at Dunbarton, Scotland. It was one of the last to be built and is the only one surviving today. It is 212 feet long and 36 feet wide. It was initially used in the English/Chinese tea trade. Fully restored in 1957, it is in dry berth in Greenwich, London as a sailing museum.
  • 1894 Donald Deskey was born. An industrial designer, he designed the packaging for Tide laundry detergent and Crest toothpaste among others.
  • 1921 President Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, which prohibits doctors from prescribing beer or liquor.
  • 1945 Wartime rationing ended in the U.S.
  • 1990 Roald Dahl died. British author, one of his most popular books was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ the film version was titled ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Some of his other books are ‘A Piece of Cake,’ ‘Pig,’ ‘Royal Jelly,’ ‘Smell’ and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter.’

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November 14th is National Pickle Appreciation Day! / #PickleDay

Posted on November 14, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about pickles:

Cleopatra claimed pickles made her beautiful.

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The Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American eats 8.5 lbs of pickles a year.

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If it weren’t for pickles, Christopher Columbus might never have “discovered” America. In his famous 1492 voyage, Columbus rationed pickles to his sailors to keep them from getting scurvy. He even grew cucumbers during a pitstop in Haiti to restock for the rest of the voyage.

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Napoleon was also a big fan of pickle power. In fact, he put up the equivalent of $250,000 as a prize to whoever could figure out the best way to pickle and preserve foods for his troops.

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Berrien Springs, Michigan, has dubbed itself the “Christmas Pickle Capital of the World.” In early December, they host a parade, led by the Grand Dillmeister, who tosses out fresh pickles to parade watchers.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1851 Herman Melville’s novel ‘Moby Dick’ was published. Captain Ahab’s search for the white whale.
  • 1863 Leo Hendrik Baekeland was born. He was a chemist who invented Bakelite, the first plastic that did not soften when heated. Those black plastic knobs on stoves were made of bakelite.
  • 1865 Prosper Montagne was born. Montagne was one of the great French chefs of all time. He is mainly remembered as the creator of ‘Larousse Gastronomique’ (1938), a comprehensive encyclopedia of French gastronomy.
  • 1889 George S. Kaufman was born. A playwright, he wrote ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner,’ and the script for ‘Cocoanuts’ for the Marx Brothers.
  • 1889 Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochran), began her successful attempt to beat the record of Jules Verne’s fictional Phileas Fogg to go ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. Bly was a U.S. newspaper reporter and completed the journey in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.
  • 1922 The BBC officially began  daily radio broadcasting with the 6 p.m. news.
  • 1964 Nic Dalton of the music group ‘Lemonheads’ was born.

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November 8th is National Cappuccino Day! ☕️ / #NationalCappuccinoDay

Posted on November 8, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Cappuccino:

Cappuccino was invented in Italy.

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It was first patented by a man named Luigi Bezzera in 1901.

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In Italy, cappuccino is traditionally consumed once a day with breakfast.

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The steamed foam served with capuccino serves as an insulator and allows the liquid to retain its heat for a longer period of time.

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Capuccino is rumored to have been named after Marco d’Aviano: a friar who led the resistance to the Turkish seige of Vienna in 1683. This rumor has not been supported by any historical evidence.


Today’s Food History

  • 1789 Elijah Craig distilled the first bourbon whiskey from corn, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
  • 1910 This is one for those who think the electric insect ‘zapper is a relatively new device. A patent for the first electric insect ‘zapper’ was issued to William H. Frost of Spokane, Washington.
  • 1974 London’s famous flower and vegetable market moves from Covent Garden.

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November 6th is National Nachos Day! / No Really!! #NationalNachoDay

Posted on November 6, 2018

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Happy Nacho Day!

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Five Food Facts about Nachos:

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Nachos were invented near the Amercian/Mexican border in Piedras Negras, Mexico.

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The term “Nacho” is a common nickname for Ignacio. It was invented in 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya.

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Nachos as we know them aren’t Mexican food, they’re Tex-Mex.

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The first known appearance of the word “nachos” in English dates to 1949, from the book A Taste of Texas.

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Today’s Food History

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1814 Antoine-Joseph (Adolphe) Sax was born.  A musical instrument maker, he invented the saxophone.
1923 HyperInflation ran rampant in Europe. A loaf of bread cost 140 Billion German Marks.
1991‘Cream’ by Prince & The NPG is #1 on the charts.
1993 The world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich was created in Peanut, Pennsylvania.  It was almost 40 feet long and used 150 pounds of peanut butter and 50 pounds of jelly.


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October 26th is National Mincemeat Pie Day!

Posted on October 26, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Mincemeat Pie:

  1. Mincemeat was originally a medieval (England) sweet, spicy mixture of chopped (minced) lean meat (usually beef, or beef tongue), suet and fruit.
  2. It was generally served as an entree.
  3. Gradually the meat content was reduced, and today the mixture contains nuts, dried fruit (raisins, apples, pears, citrus peel, etc.), beef suet, spices and brandy or rum, but no beef.
  4. Mincemeat is used primarily in pies and tarts.
  5. Mince pies date back to medieval times and possibly long before. They are descended from a huge pie baked on Christmas Eve containing chopped beef, suet, nuts, spices and fruit of which whole dried plums were an important constituent.

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1825 The 363 mile long Erie Canal was finished. Connecting the Great Lakes to the Hudson River at Albany, It provided a water route from the Great Lakes to New York City and the Atlantic Ocean, and began the great canal building era in the U.S. (1825-1840).

1854 C. W. Post (Charles William) was born. He founded the Postum Cereal Co. in 1895 (renamed General Foods Corp. in 1922) to manufacture Postum cereal beverage; 1897 Grape Nuts, 1904 Post Toasties (originally called Elijah’s Mana).

1918 Cesar Ritz died in Kussnacht, Switzerland. World renowned hotelier who managed various resort hotels, including the Grand Hotel in Monte Carlo where he met chef Auguste Escoffier. Ritz then managed the Savoy Hotel in London, with Escoffier as his chef. Eventually he opened The Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1898, and was part owner in many other hotels and restaurants, including the Carlton in London. His name became a synonym for luxury.

1979 The largest bluefin tuna weighed 1,496 pounds. It was caught in Nova Scotia.

2007 ‘Chef Tell’ (Friedman Paul Erhardt) died of heart failure. A European trained chef, he was one of the earliest celebrity TV chefs. He made appearances on Saturday Night Live, numerous talk shows, the PBS show ‘In the Kitchen With Chef Tell’ and was the inspiration for the Muppet’s ‘Swedish Chef.’ He was also a restaurant owner, cookbook author and culinary educator.


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October 21st is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!

Posted on October 21, 2018

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

  1. Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake uses a slightly tangy type of cheese with larger curds and less water content, called pot or farmer’s cheese.
  2. Philadelphia-style cheesecake is lighter in texture, yet richer in flavor than New York style cheesecake.
  3. Farmer’s cheese cheesecake is the contemporary implementation for the traditional use of baking to preserve fresh cheese and is often baked in a cake form along with fresh fruit like a tart.
  4. Country-style cheesecake uses buttermilk to produce a firm texture while decreasing the pH (increasing acidity) to extend shelf life.
  5. Lactose free cheesecake may be made either with lactose-free cream cheese or as an imitation using Vegan recipes combining non-dairy cream cheese alternatives with other lactose-free ingredient

Today’s Food History

  • 1422 Charles VI of France died. It was during Charles VI rule that Taillevent was made Master of the King’s kitchens. Charles VI also gave sole rights for the aging of Roquefort cheese to the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, and all Roquefort must still be aged in the caves there today.
  • 1449 George Plantagenet, duke of Clarence was born. Brother of Edward IV whom he was accused of plotting against. He was thrown into prison and secretly executed in the Tower of London. The rumor is that he was drowned in a butt (large cask) of malmsey wine.
  • 1879 Thomas Edison demonstrated the first commercially practical light bulb at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
  • 1990 Tom Carvel died. He was the inventor of the soft-serve ice cream machine, and founder of the Carvel ice cream chain.

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October 18th is National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Posted on October 18, 2018

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Today’s Cupcake Trivia

Cupcakes were originally baked in teacups, hence the name Cup-cake


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

  1.  Cupcake liners do more than make it easy to remove them from the pan. Traditionally, sides of tins are greased for easy removal, but also floured because the batter needs to have something to cling to. A cupcake liner takes care of both.
  2. On August 15, 2009 GourmetGiftBaskets.com broke the world record for largest cupcake ever made. The cupcake was 1,224 pounds, 4 foot tall by 10 foot wide, and had 2 million calories.
  3. One of the most popular cupcake bakery’s in the U.S. is Crumbs in New York City. They have reported $23.5 million in cupcake revenue last year alone!
  4. The first mention of a cupcake recipe goes as far back as 1796. Amelia Simms wrote a recipe in “American Cookery” which referenced, “a cake to be baked in small cups”.
  5.  However, it wasn’t until 1828 that the actual word cupcake was used by Eliza Leslie in her cookbook “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats”.

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 Today’s Food History

  • 1753 Jean Jacques Regis de Cambaceres was born. A French politician and gourmet. A gastronomic contemporary and rival of Talleyrand and Carême. The dinners he gave were famous, and Cambaceres closely supervised the food preparation. He refused to admit late-comers, and was also said to have demanded complete silence while dining.
  • 1871 Charles Babbage died. He invented the adding machine, and among his other inventions is the cowcatcher, the V shaped front end on locomotives.
  • 1878 Thomas Edison made electricity available for household usage.
  • 1892 The first long distance telephone line between Chicago and New York City was put in service.
  • 1919 William Waldorf Astor Born. William Waldorf Astor was a cousin of John Jacob Astor IV, the great grandson of John Jacob Astor. He built the Waldorf section (1893) of what would become the Waldorf Astoria (1897). The Empire State Building (1929) now stands on the site.
  • 1931 Thomas Alva Edison, “the wizard of Menlo Park” died.
  • 1945 James T. Ehler, Chef and food writer, was born. 
  • 1969 Cyclamate, a non-caloric sweetener, was banned. Discovered in 1937, and widely used in the food industry, cyclamate was found to cause cancer in laboratory rats. Cyclamate is still used in many countries around the world.

 


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October 6th is National Noodle Day! 🍜🍜

Posted on October 6, 2018

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Today’s food fact:

The difference between a noodle and pasta?

Noodles are usually made from common wheat, while pasta is mainly made with durum flour. Generally Noodles are Asian while Pasta is of European decent.


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

  1. Australians consume more than 18 million kilograms of noodles every year – that’s almost one kilogram per person!
  2. In Japan, it is considered good form to loudly slurp your noodles as a way of telling your host that you are enjoying the meal.
  3. Noodles symbolize longevity in China.
  4. Noodles have been created from flour and water since 1000BC and today they are more popular than ever.
  5. Noodles are low in fat and have a very low sodium content.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1790 Jacob Schweppe demonstrated his process for making artificial mineral water.
  • 1893 Cream of Wheat was developed by Nabisco Foods
  • 1951 Will Keith Kellogg died. He founded Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. (W.K. Kellogg Company) to manufacture cereals (cornflakes were the first) developed by his brother John Harvey Kellogg.

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September 19th is National Butterscotch Pudding Day

Posted on September 19, 2018

BeFunky DesignHere are today’s five thing to know about Butterscotch Pudding:

  1. Food historians have several theories regarding the name and origin of this confectionery, but none are conclusive. One explanation is the meaning “to cut or score” for the word “scotch”, as the confection must be cut into pieces, or “scotched”, before hardening. It is also possible that the “scotch” part of its name was derived from the word “scorch”.
  2. In 1855 F. K. Robinson’s Glossary of Yorkshire Words, explained Butterscot as “a treacle ball with an amalgamation of butter in it”.
  3. “Doncaster Butterscotch” was known at least as early as 1848 and sold commercially by rival confectioners S. Parkinson & Sons (still trading as Parkinson’s), Henry Hall, and Booth’s, all of Doncaster, via agents in Yorkshire. Internationally, Parkinson’s was recognised as the inventor but others tried to claim the product for themselves, Parkinson’s started to use and advertise the Doncaster Church as their trademark.
  4. It was advertised as “Royal Doncaster Butterscotch”, or “The Queen’s Sweetmeat”, and said to be “the best emollient for the chest in the winter season”. Parkinson’s Butterscotch was by appointment to the Royal household and was presented to the Queen in 1948 and to Princess Anne, The Princess Royal in 2007. Doncaster Butterscotch is still sold today by Parkinson’s.
  5. The term butterscotch is also often used for the flavour of brown sugar and butter together even where actual confection butterscotch is not involved, e.g. butterscotch pudding.

Today’s Food History

  • 1783 The Montgolfier brothers successfully sent up some live animals in a hot air balloon, including a sheep and a rooster.
  • 1839 George Cadbury was born. He took over his father’s chocolate business and built it into a major chocolate manufacturer.
  • 1851 William Hesketh Lever, first Viscount Leverhulme, was born. British entrepreneur who founded Lever Brothers, the soap and detergent manufacturer.
  • 1876 Melville Bissell patented the carpet sweeper.
  • 1911 English author William Golding was born. His first novel was ‘Lord of the Flies’ (1954).
  • 1941 Mama Cass Elliot, singer (The Mamas and the Papas) was born. The rumor that she choked to death on a ham sandwich in 1974 is not true. She actually died of a heart attack.
  • 1949 Lesley Hornsby, aka ‘Twiggy’ was born. Not exactly a poster girl for French Haute Cuisine!
  • 1960 ‘The Twist’ by Chubby Checker reached Number 1 on the charts. Great music to exercise to.
  • 1975 The first episode of ‘Fawlty Towers’ premiered.
  • 1995 Orville Redenbacher of popcorn fame died.

 

August 24th is National Peach Pie Day! / #NationalPeachPieDay

Posted on August 24, 2018

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

  1. Did you know?  Peaches were once known as Persian apples.
  2. “You’re a real peach” originated from the tradition of giving a peach to the friend you liked.
  3. Peaches were mentioned as early as 79 A.D. in literature.
  4. Most peaches are cultivated by grafting different combinations of rootstocks to scions; not raised from seed
  5. There are over 700 varieties of peaches-some Chinese varieties are even flat like hockey pucks.

Today’s Food History

  • 79 R.I.P. Pliny The Elder. A Roman scholar and naturalist, he was the author of the 37 volume ‘Historia Naturalis’ (Natural History). This was a compilation of thousands of ancient books by hundreds of authors. It is an invaluable record of ancient theories on countless scientific subjects.
  • 1853 The month and day are uncertain, but the year is correct. Native American Chef George Crum invented potato chips at Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York.
  • 1869 Cornelius Swarthout received the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron.
  • 1918 Ray McIntire was born. A chemical engineer who worked for Dow Chemical Company, he invented Styrofoam.
  • 1969 The movie version of Arlo Guthrie’s ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ premiered in New York and Los Angeles.

August 21st is National Sweet Tea Day! ?#NationalSweetTeaDay

Posted on August 21, 2018

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Here’s 5 facts about Tea:

  1. Many say iced tea was ‘invented’ at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair where ice was added to hot tea to cool down the visitors.
  2. Thomas Sullivan ‘accidentally’ invented the teabag when he sent out tea samples in small silk pouches to customers in 1904. The pouches proved much less messy thatn raw tea leaves. The rest is history.
  3. Tea is believed to have arrived in Europe thanks to a Portuguese Jesuit priest named Jasper de Cruz after visiting China in 1590
  4.  Drinking tea helps boost the immune system do to its natural antibacterial properties.
  5. Tea can also help regulate cholesterol.

Today’s Food History

  • 1814 Benjamin Thompson, Count von Rumford died. American physician who invented the percolator, a pressure cooker and a kitchen stove. He is frequently credited with creating baked Alaska.
  • 1988 Pubs are now allowed to stay open 12 hours each day (except Sunday) in the U.K.
  • 1997 The largest food recall in U.S. history. Hudson Foods closed its Nebraska plant and recalled 25 million pounds of ground beef that were potentially contaminated with E. coli 01557:H7

August 18th is National Ice-Cream Pie Day!

Posted on August 19, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Ice Cream:

  1. An average dairy cow can produce enough milk in her lifetime to make a little over 9,000 gallons of ice cream.
  2. A cow has only 1 stomach with 4 areas where food is digested: the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and the abdomen.
  3. The udder of a cow can hold between 25-50 lbs. of milk.
  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. Sorbet, has no milk at all!

Today’s Food History

  • 1850 Honore de Balzac died. French author. Balzac would lock himself away during creative bursts, drinking coffee and eating only fruit and eggs. When he finally took a break, he was known to consume huge quantities of food. One report recalls that at the Véry restaurant he consumed at one sitting ‘a hundred Ostend oysters, twelve cutlets of salt-meadow mutton, a duck with turnips, two partridges and a Normandy sole,’ not to mention the desserts, fruit and liqueurs he finished up with.
  • 1953 Four cows in Stearns county Minnesota were picked up by a tornado and set down unharmed.
  • 2004 It was reported that it rained fish at about 2:30 p.m. in Shropshire, western England.

August 11th is National Panini Day! / #NationalPaniniDay

Posted on August 11, 2018

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Happy National Panini Day!

Celebrate the Panini!

  1. August 11, 2015 is the first ‘official, National Panini Day*
  2. The first U.S. reference to panini, a ‘pan warmed Italian sandwich’ dates to 1956 in an article about an Italian street fair.
  3. Panini’s are said to have originated in Lombardy, Italy, in response to the demand among Milanese office workers for a quick lunch without sacrifice in flavor and quality
  4. In the late 1970s & 1980s. Trendy U.S. restaurants, particularly in New York, began selling panini’s.
  5. In many English-speaking countries, a panino , from Italian, meaning “small bread, bread roll” is a grilled sandwich made from baked roll or any thing other than sliced bread.
*A day proclaimed by Foodimentary, the source for Food Holidays & 
celebrations since 2006

Today’s Food History

  • 1858 Christiaan Eijkman was born. A Dutch physician who discovered that beriberi was caused by a poor diet (a lack of vitamin B1), which eventually led to the discovery of vitamins.
  • 1874 Harry S. Parmelee of New Haven, Connecticut patented the sprinkler head.
  • 1949 Eric Carmen of the music group ‘The Raspberries’ was born.
  • 1962 Booker T and the MG’s released their instrumental single ‘Green Onions’.
  • 1992 The Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minnesota. It was the largest shopping mall in the U.S.

July 29th is National Lasagna Day / #NationalLasganaDay

Posted on July 29, 2018

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Happy National Lasagna Day!

Five Food Finds about Lasagna: 

  1. Lasagna is made with either flat noodles or rippled noodles. Rippled noodles are common in southern Italy but rarely used in Northern Italy. Rippled noodles are also popular in the United States.
  2. The word lasagna originally referred to the pot in which the dish was cooked rather than the food itself as it does today. In fact, it is believed by some that the word is derived from the Greek word for “chamber pot” (lasanon).
  3. The plural of lasagna is lasagne. In Italy, the plural form, lasagne, is always used when referring to lasagna.
  4. The word lasagna originally referred to the pot in which the dish was cooked rather than the food itself as it does today. In fact, it is believed by some that the word is derived from the Greek word for “chamber pot” (lasanon).
  5. The Forme of Cury, a 14th century cookbook that was the first to be published in England, featured lasagna.
  6. Lasagna is often called “losyns” in Middle English.

Today’s Food History

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1796 Walter Hunt was born. He invented the first safety pin in 1849, which he called a ‘dress pin.’

1878 Don Marquis, American journalist and poet was born. He wrote ‘archy and mehitabel,’ a book of poems written by a cockroach who couldn’t use the shift key.

1914 Baron Marcel Bich was born. French inventor of the Bic Pen in 1949.

1974 Mama Cass Elliot (The Mamas and the Papas) died today in London. The rumor that she choked to death on a ham sandwich is not true. She actually died of a heart attack.

1977 Buffalo, New York declared this day ‘Chicken Wing Day’ in honor of the famous Buffalo Chicken Wings, created by Teressa Bellissimo in October, 1964. Buffalo Wings were created by Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, for her son and some friends for a midnight snack.

1984 Fred Waring, musician, died. Frederick Osius worked on improving the electric blender, and went to Waring for financial backing. Waring backed its development, in part, so he could puree raw vegetables for the ulcer diet his doctors prescribed. The Waring Blender (originally called the Miracle Mixer) debuted in 1937 and sold for $29.75.  By 1954 one million Waring Blendors had been sold.

July 26th is National Bagelfest

Posted on July 26, 2018

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Happy National Bagelfest!

Five Food Finds about Bagels

  1. Bagel history dates back to 1783, according to popular belief. They were created to honor King John III Sobieski of Poland, after he protected Austria’s people from an attack by Turkish invaders.  Rumor has it a local Austrian baker created the bagel in the shape of a stirrup to honor the renowned horseman, and named it a “beugel” (the Austrian word for stirrup).
  2. Bagels are the only bread that are boiled before baked. Once the bagel dough is shaped into a circle, they are dipped in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. After that, they are drained and baked for about 10 minutes.
  3. That little hole in the center isn’t just for looks. Rumor has it the age old “role with the hole” design is rather efficient! The bagel hole comes in handy to thread multiple bagels onto a dowel, making transport easily, especially for street vendors selling the doughy delights.
  4. Too busy to down breakfast and your morning cuppa Joe? Try combing your caffeine fix with your breakfast bite with a Buzzed Bagel! Molecular biologist Robert Bohannon created a bagel that actually contains the caffeine equivalent of one to two cups of coffee.
  5. Believe it or not, despite the myriad bagel flavors available from blueberry to the “everything” bagel, the most popular choice is plain, followed closely by sesame.

Today’s Food History

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1856 George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, was born. You will find many food related quotes from his works on the Food Reference Website. Quote: “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”

1866 Beatrix Potter was born. English author of children’s books, her first and most famous story is ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit,’ originally written as an illustrated letter to a sick child.

1922 Blake Edwards, American film director and producer. Among his films are ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ ‘Days of Wine and Roses,’ and ‘The Tamarind Seed.’

1926 Roquefort cheese is the first cheese designated with an appellation d’origine controlee. Only cheese that is processed in Roquefort, France and aged in the caves there may be called ‘Roquefort Cheese.’

1989 Leslie Merry was hit with a turnip thrown from a passing vehicle in London. He was knocked down and suffered a broken rib and a ruptured spleen. He died of respiratory failure, due to the accident.

July 25th is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Posted on July 25, 2018

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Happy National Hot Fudge Sundae Day🍨! #NationalHotFudgeSundaeDay

Today’s 5 Facts 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 19th is National Daiquiri Day

Posted on July 19, 2018

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Five Food Finds about Daiquiris:

  1. The Daiquiri cocktail, made of rum, lime juice and sugar, takes its name from the village and iron mines of Daiquiri near Santiago, Cuba, where the cocktail  originated around 1900.
  2. It was named either by American engineers working there, or by the U.S. troops who arrived there in 1898.
  3.  At least one source claims it did not appear until after World War I.
  4. Thirsty partygoers and responsible parents lookin’ for a frosty, fruity thrill can find drive-thru strawberry daiquiri stands just about anywhere in New Orleans.
  5. Drive-thrus now limit customers to only one straw per visit, and they can no longer pack adult-strength strawberry daiquiris with kids’ meals.

Today’s Food History

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1104 Flitch Day. A married couple who can prove to a mock court with a jury of bachelors and maidens, that they have ‘not wished themselves unwed,’ are awarded a ‘flitch’ of bacon (half a pig). The origins of this custom are in Dunmow, Essex, England, details are not certain, but references to it go back to 1104. It has been a regular civic event in Dunmow since 1855. Now held every 4 years, and frequently televised.

1863 Curtis Fletcher Marbut was born. An American geologist and one of the founders of modern soil science. He was with the U.S. Bureau of Soils for 25 years.

1947 Bernie Leadon of the music group ‘Flying Burrito Brothers’ was born

1996 Mervyn Hugh Cowie R.I.P. Cowie was a British wildlife conservationist, founder and director of Kenya’s Royal National Parks.

July 10th is National Pina Colada Day / #NationalPinaColadaDay

Posted on July 10, 2018

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Happy Pina Colada Day!

Five Food Finds about Pina Coladas

  1. The piña colada, a drink created in Puerto Rico (Spanish: piña, pineapple + colada, strained) is a sweet, rum-based cocktail made with rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice.
  2. The piña colada was created on August 16, 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by its alleged creator, Ramón “Monchito” Marrero.
  3.  Apparently, the hotel management had expressly requested Monchito to mix a new signature drink that would delight the demanding palates of its star-studded clientele.
  4. Monchito accepted the challenge, and after three intense months of blending, shaking and experimenting, the first piña colada was born.
  5. This story is more credible because the piña colada contains coconut cream as one of the primary ingredients, and the coconut cream of “Coco López” (which is the pioneer) was invented in 1954 in the University of Puerto Rico by Ramón López Irizarry.

Today’s Food History

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1720 Mrs. Clements invented a method of preparing mustard flour or powder, which was known for a long time as Durham Mustard. Until then, mustard was made into balls with honey and or vinegar, and then mixed with more vinegar when needed. (Some sources give the date as June 10).

1839 or 1842 Adolphus Busch was born in either 1839 or 1842 near Mainz, Germany. He founded Annheuser Busch in 1866 with his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser. Annheuser Busch is the world’s largest brewer.

1866 The indelible pencil was patented by Edson P. Clark of Northhampton, Massachusetts. This was the equivalent of the ball point pen of the time. It was non-erasable, and you didn’t need an ink well. Used for bills, prices, etc., you could also place a damp sheet of tissue paper over the writing to get a mirror image. It must have been time consuming to get a receipt from a restaurant.

1871 Marcel Proust was born. Marcel Proust was a French writer. On January 1, 1909, he ate a piece of tea-soaked toast whose taste caused on a series of childhood memories. In his 7 volume allegorical novel ‘Remembrance of Things Past,’ the character Swann has a similar experience when he bites into a lemon cookie (a madelaine) which evokes a similar torrent of memories. This is one of the most ubiquitous (i.e., widely-quoted) allusions in literature.

1892 The first concrete paved street is built in Bellefountaine, Ohio. This makes food shopping much easier. They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot for the supermarket. We have lots of paved parking lots (no more oyster shell parking lots), but paved sidewalks are still not very common here in Key West, nor are Street name signs at corners. For a small island, we are not very pedestrian friendly.

1913 The highest temperature every recorded in the U.S., 134 F. in Death Valley, California.

1920 Edward H. Lowe born. He invented Kitty Litter in 1947.

1941 Musician ‘Jelly Roll’ Morton died.

1947 Arlo Guthrie was born. Woody Guthrie’s son, he is most known for his ballad/story ‘Alice’s Restaurant.’

1958 The first parking meters are installed in England.

1985 Coca-Cola announced it was bringing back the old formula ‘Coke’ as Coca-Cola Classic, but would continue to sell the ‘New Coke.’

1989 Mel Blanc (Melvin Jerome Blanc) died. Blanc was a voice actor for Warner Bros. (and other) cartoon characters. Some of the characters he ‘voiced’ include Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Sylvester the Cat.

1999 Aaron ‘Bunny’ Lapin died. Lapin was the inventor of whipped cream in an aerosol can (‘Reddi-Wip’) in 1948.

June 28th is National Tapioca Day

Posted on June 28, 2018

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Happy National Tapioca Day!

Here’s Today’s Tapioca Trivia:

  • Tapioca is obtained from the fleshy root of the bitter cassava .
  • Tapioca is sold in flake or flour form and as the pellet pearl tapioca.
  • Tapioca flour is widely used in place of wheat flour in regions where it is grown, e.g., South and Central America, Africa, the West Indies, and parts of India.
  • When cooked it becomes transparent and increases in size.
  • It is used to thicken puddings and soups.

 

Today’s Food History

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1491 Henry VIII of England born. He had a reputation for being self indulgent, and was frequently represented eating a large drumstick.

1887 Coca-Cola syrup and extract were patented.

1932 Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita was born. A Japanese American actor, one of his roles was Arnold, cook and owner of Arnold’s Drive In restaurant on the TV show ‘Happy Days’ (1974-1984).

1988 The poisoned olive oil trial. The longest trial in Spanish history ended after 15 months. 1,500 witnesses were questioned to help decide who was responsible for poisoning 25,000 Spaniards in the toxic olive oil case. More than 600 died from the cheap olive oil, and thousands more were left partially paralyzed or suffering from other ailments in one of the worst public health disasters in modern history.

1997 Boxer Mike Tyson bites a big chunk off Evander Holyfield’s ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. He was disqualified.

 

June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day 🍓 + 🍰 = 😋

Posted on June 14, 2018

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Did you know…

  1. Shortcake is a sweet biscuit (in the American sense: that is, a crumbly, baking soda- or baking powder-leavened bread).
  2. Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs.
  3. The most famous dessert made with shortcake is strawberry shortcake.
  4. Though today’s shortcakes are usually of the biscuit or sponge-cake variety, earlier American recipes called for pie crust in rounds or broken-up pieces, which was a variety still being enjoyed in the 20th century, particularly in the South.
  5. Though strawberry is the most widely known shortcake dessert, peach shortcake, blueberry shortcake, chocolate shortcake and other similar desserts are made along similar lines. It is also common to see recipes where the shortcake itself is flavored; coconut is a common addition. The term “shortcake” often refers to shortbread in the UK.

Today’s Food History

  • 1800 Chicken Marengo was supposedly created by Napoleon’s Swiss chef to commemorate the occasion of Napoleon’s victory over the Austrians in the Battle of Marengo on this day.
  • 1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick patented his reaping machine.
  • 1972 The EPA banned DDT in the USA. DDT residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002.
  • 1988Unusual uses for peanut butter sandwiches: In New Jersey, students in a school were kept in an extra 45 minutes by a six-foot black bear that had wandered into the playground. They kept it at bay by tossing out peanut butter sandwiches until the game warden arrived to take him away.
  • 1994 R.I.P. Henry Mancini. Oscar winning music composer, he wrote many songs and film scores, including the score for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s

June 12th is National Peanut-Butter Cookie Day

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Fun Fact:

No-one is truly clear what mast Peanut Butter cookies have for marks on their tops. 

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Today’s topic:5 facts about Cookies

  1. The first commercial cookie in the U.S. was the Animal Cracker, introduced in 1902.
  2. The Oreo, the best-selling cookie of the 20th century, was developed and introduced by the American company Nabisco, in 1912.
  3. The U.S. leads the world as the biggest cookie bakers and eaters, spending more than $550 million annually on Oreos alone.
  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. has a National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum located within the Joplin Museum Complex in Joplin, Missouri.

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Today’s Pinterest Board: Every Peanuts

On This day in Food History

  • 1873 Rocky Mountain locusts enter southwestern Minnesota. The beginning of a 4 year crop destroying locust (grasshopper) plague.
  • 1897 Carl Elsener patented the Swiss Army Knife.
  • 1963 “Cleopatra” premiered in New York, staring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. It is rumored that the caterers were the only ones who made money on this movie.
  • 1965 The Rolling Stones recorded the frustrated diners lament, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
  • 2004 A federal judge upheld a rule issued by the USDA on June 2, 2003 which declared that frozen, batter coated french fries are fresh vegetables. The judge stated that the term ‘fresh vegetables’ was ambiguous.
  • In 1981 the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) had unsuccessfully tried to classify ketchup and pickle relish as vegetables. Public protest caused them to drop the idea.

June 2nd is National Rocky Road Day!

Posted on June 2, 2018

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Happy National Rocky Road Day!

Today’s Ice Cream Facts…

  1. It takes 12 lbs. of milk to make just one gallon of ice cream.
  2. The U.S. enjoys an average of 48 pints of ice cream per person, per year, more than any other country.
  3. It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone.
  4. The biggest ice cream sundae in history was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1988, and weighed in at over 24 tons.
  5. In 2003, Portland, Oregon bought more ice cream per person than any other U.S. city.

Today’s Food History

  • 1851 Maine was the first state to ban alcohol.
  • 1886 U.S. President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom, with the ceremony taking place in the White House. Cleveland is the only President to be married in the White House.
  • 1920 ‘Chili Bean’ was recorded by Frank Crumit and the Pauld Biese Trio.
  • 1928 Velveeta Cheese was created by Kraft. It was packaged in a tin-foil lined wooden box. When melted, it was as smooth as velvet, hence its name.
  • 1970 Eight species of whale were placed on the Endangered Species List.
  • 1972 ‘The Candy Man’ by Sammy Davis Jr. is #1 on the charts.
  • 2003 The USDA declared that frozen, batter coated french fries are fresh vegetables.  A federal judge upheld the rule in June, 2004, declaring that the term “fresh vegetables” was ambiguous.
  • In 1981 the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) had unsuccessfully tried to classify ketchup and pickle relish as vegetables. Public protest caused them to drop the idea.
  • 2009 Food Fight News: Five students were arrested and taken away in handcuffs after a yogurt and taco salad food fight at a Portage, Wisconsin high school.

May 17th is National Cherry Cobbler Day

Posted on May 17, 2018

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National Cherry Cobbler Day 🍒 + 🥧 = 💃🏼🕺🏼

Five Food Finds about Cobbler

  1. A cobbler is a deep dish (casserole or soufflé dish) fruit pie (peach is most common) with only a top biscuit dough crust.
  2. Fruit cobblers can be made with almost any fruit, singly or in combination.
  3. The cobbler takes its name from the biscuit dough crust on top – it is rough looking or ‘cobbled.’   It originated in the U.S. sometime in the early to mid 19th century.
  4. A Cobbler is also a drink, which probably predates the fruit cobbler pie.
  5. A cobbler usually consisted of whiskey or rum with fruit juice and/or sugar, garnished with mint and/or citrus.

Today’s Food History

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1733 England passes the Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from anyplace other than Britain and its possessions.

1803 John Hawkins & Richard French patent a Reaping Machine.

1838 Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord died. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, known simply as Talleyrand, French statesman, diplomat and grand gourmet, called the ‘first fork of France.’ He served at the top levels of French governments for almost 50 years. During this time his chefs included Bouchee, Careme, and Avice. Many culinary preparations have been created or named for him.

1886 John Deere died. Inventor and manufacturer, he developed the first steel plow in the 1830s, and founded John Deere & Company in 1868.

1967 Tennessee repealed its 1925 law making it illegal to teach evolution in public schools.

1985 The largest salmon, a Chinook salmon, caught with rod and reel weighed over 97 pounds and was caught in Alaska.

1986‘Chicken Song’ by Spitting Image hit #1 in UK.

1992 Lawrence Welk, champagne music-maker, died.

Yum! May 10th National Liver and Onions Day

Posted on May 10, 2018

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Happy National Liver & Onions Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Liver and Onions:

 

  •  Liver and onions is a favorite in the UK and in Germany, where it is usually eaten along with boiled or mashed potatoes.
  •  Lamb’s liver is the usual choice in the UK and is often accompanied by fried bacon.

 

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  • In the French traditional recipe the liver is fried with butter and lard.
  • In Catalan cuisine olive oil is used, instead of butter, and fried garlic is added to the mixture.

 

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  • In the USA, liver and onions as a dish once enjoyed widespread popularity and could usually be found at family diners and American home-style restaurants. This meal is currently more common to the cuisines of the southern and upper mid-western style foods.

 

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Today’s Food History

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1566 Leonhard Fuchs died. He was a German botanist who compiled the first modern, organized listing of plants and botanical terms, ‘Historia Stirpium’ in 1542. The plant and the color fuchsia were named for him.

1818 Paul Revere died. A silversmith and American Revolutionary folk hero, he also made surgical instruments and false teeth.

1850 Sir Thomas Johnston Lipton, grocer and tea merchant, was born.

1898 The first vending machine law was passed in Omaha, Nebraska.

1920 John Wesley Hyatt died. He developed the process for making celluloid, the first synthetic plastic. He also invented a water purifying system and a sugar cane mill. 2010 A 10 year-old 3rd grade student in Texas was given 1 week’s detention for being in possession of a candy bar at lunch time. The candy bar was also confiscated.

May 9th is National Shrimp Day !🍤🍤

Posted on May 9, 2018

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Here are today’s five food finds about Shrimp:

  • The pistol shrimp can deliver an explosive attack hotter than the surface of the sun and loud enough to rupture a human ear drum.

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  • Every shrimp is actually born male, and some develop into females.

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  • Some shrimp are actually capable of glowing in the dark.

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  • Shrimp can vary in size from 1/2 inch to 12 inches.

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  • In some areas, shrimp served with the head still attached is considered a delicacy.

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Today’s Food History

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1785 The beer-pump handle was patented by Joseph Bramah.

1845 Carl Gustaf Patrik de Laval was born. A Swedish scientist and inventor. Among his inventions was the centrifugal cream separator and a vacuum milking machine.

1914 C. W. Post (Charles William) died. He founded the Postum Cereal Co. in 1895 (renamed General Foods Corp. in 1922) to manufacture Postum cereal beverage; 1897 Grape Nuts, 1904 Post Toasties (originally called Elijah’s Mana).

1992 The record brown trout weighed over 40 pounds and was caught in Arkansas.

April 29th is National Shrimp Scampi Day!

Posted on April 29, 2018

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Happy National Shrimp Scampi Day! 

Here are today’s five food finds about Shrimp Scampi:

 

  • The word “scampi” means “shrimp”.  Therefore, “shrimp scampi” is “shrimp shrimp” (or “scampi scampi”).

 

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  • The pistol shrimp can deliver an explosive attack hotter than the surface of the sun and loud enough to rupture a human ear drum.

 

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  • Every shrimp is actually born male, and some develop into females.
  • Some shrimp are actually capable of glowing in the dark.

 

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  • Shrimp can vary in size from 1/2 inch to 12 inches.
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Today’s Food History

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  • 1768 Georg Brandt died. A Swedish chemist, he discovered the element cobalt in 1730. Cobalt is used in steel making, and is an essential part of vitamin B12
  • 1856 A shipment of 33 camels arrived at the Texas port of Indianola. They had been purchased on the North African Coast, for the U.S. army to use in the deserts of the Southwest.
  • 1913 The zipper was patented by Gideon Sundback. Most checked chefs pants still have buttons.
  • 1988 McDonald’s announced it will be opening 20 Moscow restaurants. They will serve Bolshoi Mak instead of Big Macs.
  • 1989 Donald Deskey died. An industrial designer, he designed the packaging for Tide laundry detergent and Crest toothpaste among others.

April 28th is National Blueberry Pie Day !

Posted on April 28, 2018

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Happy National Blueberry Pie Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Blueberries:

 

  • Blueberries are one of the only natural foods that are truly blue in color.

 

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  • The pale, powder-like protective coating on the skin of blueberries is called “bloom.”
  • A blueberry extract diet improves balance, coordination, and short-term memory in aging rats.

 

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  • Blueberries are the official berries of Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

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  • The anthocyanin present in blueberries is good for eyesight.
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Blueberry pie by Petee’s Pies in New York, NY.

 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1789 The most famous mutiny in history took place on the English ship, ‘Bounty’, against Captain William Bligh. The ship was sailing to Tahiti to bring back breadfruit trees.

1796 ‘American Cookery’ by Amelia Simmons is published in Hartford. It is the first cookbook written by an American. This is one of the classic cookbooks that can be found on the Food Reference Website.

1899 The comedy short ‘Stealing a Dinner’ was filmed by cameraman G.W. ‘Billy’ Bitzer for the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. (Mutoscope were ‘peephole’ motion pictures on cards mounted on a rotating drum turned by hand.)

1940 Italian operatic soprano, Louisia Tetrazzini, died. Chicken Tetrazzini, created by an American chef (San Francisco?), was named in her honor.

1944 Alice Waters was born. Executive Chef and Owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant, opened in 1971 in Berkeley, California

1953 Howard C. Rossin was issued a patent for an overcoat built for two (or Siamese Twins).

2005 Loaded Burrito Scare: Clovis, New Mexicao police were called to a middle school when someone saw what appeared to be a weapon being carried in by a student. Police did not find any weapon, but finally an 8th grader realized that what someone had seen was his extra credit commercial advertising project – a 30 inch long steak burrito wrapped in tin foil and a T-Shirt.

 

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