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April 5th is National Caramel Day!

Posted on April 5, 2018

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Here are today’s five food facts about Caramel Candy:

 

  • The word “caramel” comes from the late latin root “calamellus” meaning “sugar cane.”

 

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  • While the origin is unknown, it’s speculated that American setllers in 1650 were making hard toffee candies in kettles.

 

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  • In 1960, Vito Raimondi, with the help of his uncle William Raimondi, invented and patented the first caramel apple machine.

 

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  • Toffee, or in the US “caramel candy”, is a soft, dense, chewy candy made by boiling a mixture of milk or cream, sugar(s), glucose, butter, and vanilla (or vanilla flavoring).

 

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  • Caramel coloring, a dark, bitter-tasting liquid, is the highly concentrated product of near total caramelization, bottled for commercial use. It is used as food coloring and in beverages, such as cola.

Today’s Food History

o 1764 The Sugar Act passed in Britain, placing new restrictions on the import of molasses to America.

o 1806 Isaac Quintard patented the apple cider mill.

o 1858 W. Atlee Burpee was born. Founder of the world’s largest mail-order seed company in 1876.

o 1881 Edwing Houston and Elihu Thomson patented a centrifugal separator, which could be used in separating milk.

o 1981 Bob Hite died. Singer with Canned Heat.

o 1994 Andre Tchelistcheff died. Tchelistcheff was a Russian-born U.S. enologist, was a pivotal figure in the revitalization of the California wine industry following Prohibition (1919-33) and used his Paris training in viticulture and wine making to pioneer such techniques as cold fermentation and the use of American oak barrels for aging. He was also an authority on the types of soil suitable for growing various grape varieties.

o Encyclopedia Brittanica (CD-2002)

o 1998 The Spice Girls first U.K. concert in Glasgow


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April 13th is National Peach Cobbler Day!

Posted on April 13, 2017

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Here are today’s interesting five food facts to know about Peach Cobbler:

 

  • Peach Cobblers are an American deep-dish fruit dessert or pie with a thick crust (usually a biscuit crust) and peach filling.

 

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  • Peach Cobbler day was created by the Georgia Peach Council in the 1950’s to sell canned peaches.
  • The rough look of the pie gives the dish its name. It looks “cobbled” together.

 

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  • There are 419 calories in 1 cup of Peach Cobbler.
  • Peach cobbler was invented by early American settlers.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1748 Joseph Bramah was born. An English engineer, among his many inventions was a beer engine, used to deliver beer from keg to glass without artificial carbonation being added.
  • 1796 The first elephant to be brought to the U.S. arrived from Bengal, India. It was exhibited in New York, and its diet was described as: “thirty pounds of rice besides hay and straw…. all kinds of wine and spiritous liquors….and every kind of vegetable; it will also draw a cork from a bottle in its trunk.”
  • 1883 Alfred Packer was convicted of cannibalism in Colorado. (Actually he was convicted of murder, since cannibalism was not against the law). He was sentenced to death, but was retried in 1886 and sentenced to 40 years. He was paroled in 1901, and died in 1907.
  • 1902 Baron Philippe de Rothschild was born. (Wine producer).
  • 1909 Mervyn Hugh Cowie was born. Cowie was a British wildlife conservationist, founder and director of Kenya’s Royal National Parks.
  • 1916 Funk Brothers Seed Company sold the first U.S. shipment of hybrid seed corn to Samuel Ramsay of Jacobsburg, Ohio. Todayinsci.com
  • 1916 Edna Lewis was born, southern chef and author of ‘The Taste of Southern Cooking’ (1976).
  • 1917 James Buchanan (‘Diamond Jim’) Brady died. An American financier and philanthropist, Diamond Jim was known for his diamond jewelry and his huge appetite.
  • 1944 Jack Casady of the music group ‘Hot Tuna’ was born.
  • 1976 The $2 bill is reintroduced by the U.S. Treasury.
  • 2008 The National Meats Institute in Uruguay organized a record Largest BBQ, grilling about over 26,000 pounds of beef on a mile long bbq grill using 6 tonnes of charcoal.

April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Day!

Posted on April 12, 2017

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Here are today’s five interesting food facts about Grilled Cheese:

 

  • Grilled cheese sandwiches originally showed up in America during the roaring 20’s.

 

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  • It is said that grilled cheese was first served as an open-face sandwich.

 

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  • A grilled cheese sandwich is often accompanied by tomato soup, a southern delicacy!

 

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  • Grilled cheese sandwiches can be served with bacon , tomato, and various other additions.  It makes the meal much more filling.

 

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  • April is national grilled cheese sandwich month.  Be sure to celebrate heartily!

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1748 Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu was born. A French botanist whose ideas formed the foundation of a natural plant classification system.
  • 1985 The four ‘unicorns’ of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus were declared to be only goats with surgically implanted horns by federal inspectors. The circus was ordered to stop advertising them as unicorns
  • 1988 The first U.S. patent on an animal life form was issued to Harvard scientists for a genetically engineered mouse.
  • 1989 The USSR issued ration cards for sugar due to a shortage
  • 2001 Maryland banned the farming of genetically modified fish in any waters linked to other bodies of water.

April 12th is National Licorice Day!

Posted on April 12, 2017

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Here are today’s five interesting food facts about Licorice:

 

  • The botanical name for licorice translates to “sweet root.”
  • The licorice plant is actually a member of the pea family.

 

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  • Licorice gets its flavor from glycyrrhizic acid, a chemical 50x sweeter than sugar!

 

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  • This flavor is used in many products other than licorice candy, such as alcohol, tobacco, and of course food.
  • Carbenoxolone, a compound derived from licorice root, may help slow the effects of aging on the brain.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1748 Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu was born. A French botanist whose ideas formed the foundation of a natural plant classification system.
  • 1985 The four ‘unicorns’ of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus were declared to be only goats with surgically implanted horns by federal inspectors. The circus was ordered to stop advertising them as unicorns
  • 1988 The first U.S. patent on an animal life form was issued to Harvard scientists for a genetically engineered mouse.
  • 1989 The USSR issued ration cards for sugar due to a shortage
  • 2001 Maryland banned the farming of genetically modified fish in any waters linked to other bodies of water.

April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day!

Posted on April 11, 2017

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Here are five interesting food facts about Cheese Fondue:

 

  • The melted cheese dish known as fondue is Swiss in origin.
  • Cow herders, who had long winters with few provisions, invented the dish.

 

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  • Other nationalities have similar recipes involving things like creamy eggs.
  • The way the Swiss dish obtained a French name is a mystery, though there is a powerful influence of French language speakers in Switzerland even today.

 

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  • The Swiss nobles liked the dish so much that they adapted it from its humble beginnings to make it a dish of the nobility.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1899 Percy L. Julian was born. An African American chemist, he worked on synthesizing various compounds from soy beans. One of his creations was a foam fire extinguisher refined from soya protein.
  • 1926 Luther Burbank died. American horticulturist, he developed many new varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the Burbank Potato (1873), the Shasta Daisy, over 100 varieties of plums and prunes and 10 varieties of berries.
  • 1958 ‘Tequila’ by The Champs is #1 on the charts.
  • 1986 Kellogg’s ended tours of its breakfast cereal plant for fear that industrial spies would obtain company secrets.
  • 1992 The largest Barracuda caught with rod and reel was a great barracuda that weighed 85 pounds. It was caught off Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

April 10th is National Cinnamon Crescent Day!

Posted on April 10, 2017

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Interesting Food Facts about Cinnamon Crescents:

True cinnamon, or Ceylon cinnamon, is native to Sri Lanka.

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In Ancient Egypt cinnamon was used in the embalming process.

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Two teaspoons of cinnamon has about 12 calories.

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Cinnamon has many health benefits. It has shown promise in the treatment of diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, memory function, and even leukemia and lymphoma.

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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

  • 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.

April 9th is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day!

Posted on April 9, 2017

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Here are today’s five food facts to know about Chinese Almond Cookies:

 

  • In Mandarin Chinese, these are more literally called “Almond Cakes.”
  • The Chinese Almond Cookie is native to southern and southeast China.
  • There is no record of these cookies before the 1900’s.

 

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  • The Chinese commonly prepared Almond milk and Almond tea.
  • An American variation exists using pecans.

 

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Fun Fact:

Typical to southern and southeastern China, these almond cookies are usually enjoyed around Chinese New Year, and are given as gifts to family and friends.

In some Chinese restaurants, they are served to cleanse the palate after several courses, rather than being regarded as a dessert.

Yuan-Shan Chi declared these cookies “as Chinese as blueberry pie.”

 

Today’s Food History

o    1626 R.I.P. Sir Francis Bacon. An English statesman, philosopher and author of ‘Novum Organum’, a work on scientific inquiry. Some also claim he wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare. He died after having stuffed a dressed chicken with snow to see how long the flesh could be preserved by the extreme cold. He caught cold and died from complications about a month later.

o    1682 Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed the whole Mississippi Basin for France. He named it Louisiana, in honor of Louis XIV of France.

o    1770 Capt. James Cook discovered Botany Bay on the Australian continent.

o    1850 R.I.P William Prout.  An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions – carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

o    1872 Samuel R. Percy of New York received a patent for dried milk.

o    1965 The entire cast of the comic strip ‘Peanuts’ was featured on the cover of TIME magazine

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