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August 27th is National Burger Day! / #NationalBurgerDay

Posted on August 27, 2018

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Today’s burger trivia:

  1. The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921.
  2. The people of America eat more burgers out at restaurants or on the go than they do at home.
  3. The largest hamburger ever created was over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin.
  4. However, the hamburger in its current form, with ground beef and a bun, is a decidedly American creation.
  5. Hamburgers are made of beef, not ham, and there is much debate over whether they actually originated in Hamburg.

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1940 The London production of ‘Apple Sauce’ opened at the Holborn Empire Theatre.
  • 1944 Tim Bogert of the Rock group Vanilla Fudge was born.
  • 1949 Jeff Cook of the music group ‘Alabama’ was born.
  • 1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War is #1 on the charts

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.

August 7 is National Raspberries and Cream Day

Posted on August 7, 2018

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Hold the pie!

Raspberries and cream are delicious even outside of a pie crust.

Here are today’s five thing to know about raspberries

  1. Raspberries are rich in Vitamin C and produce more fiber per calorie than any common fruit – even prunes.
  2. There are over 200 species of raspberries.
  3. Raspberries, as well as strawberries, belong to the rose family.
  4. Raspberries can be four different colors, although red and black are the most common.  They can also be yellow or purple.
  5. Don’t wash the berries until they are ready to be used.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Raspberries, Recipes and More

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Today’s Food History

  • 1782 Andreas Sigismund Marggraf died. A German chemist who discovered beet sugar, which led to the development of the modern sugar industry.
  • 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion. Protesting the 1791 federal tax on distilled spirits a large gathering of rebels in western Pennsylvania burned the regional tax inspectors home. President Washington ordered 13,000 troops to the area, but opposition disappeared.
  • 1903 Louis Leakey was born. Anthropologist largely responsible for convincing scientists that Africa was the place to search for human origins, not Java or China. Together with his wife Mary, they made many significant fossil discoveries.
  • 1925 M.S. Swaminathan was born. Swaminathan is an Indian geneticist and a leading figure in India’s Green Revolution, which distributed high yield wheat and rice varieties to poor farmers.
  • 1991 The world’s largest Burger King opened in Budapest.

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August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day!

Posted on August 6, 2018

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Happy National Root Beer Day!

Here are today’s five facts about root beer:

  1. Authentic Root beer is made with up to 16 Roots, & herbs.
  2. Colonist were actually the first people to make root beer.
  3. The A and W in A&W stands for Alan and Wright.
  4. Hires Root beer was introduces by Charles Hires in 1876 Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition.
  5. The most original ingredient was Sassafras. It comes in an alcoholic drink as well.

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Today’s Board:

Root Beer Floats: 50 ways

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1889 The Savoy Hotel opened in London, with Cesar Ritz and Escoffier.
  • 1911 Lucille Ball was born. Two of the funniest food related comedy routines ever done were the chocolate factory and the grape stomping episodes from her TV show.
  • 1928 Andy Warhol was born. American painter of the pop art movement. In the 1960s he made paintings of Campbell’s Soup cans, Coca-Cola cans and other American products.
  • 1954 David Grandison Fairchild died. An American botanist and agriculturalist, he was responsible for introducing many useful plants to the U.S. Author of ‘The World Was My Garden,’ and ‘Exploring for Plants’.

August 5 is National Oyster Day / #NationalOysterDay

Posted on August 5, 2018

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National Oyster Day

The Five Facts you should know about Oysters:

  • The average 3 inch oyster filters about 50 gallons of water a day.
  • Americans eat more oysters than any other country in the world.
  • Most oysters varieties in North America are actually native to Eastern Europe or Asia. Brought here by ships over the centuries
  • The world’s only oyster museum is on Chincoteague Island, Virginia.
  • For centuries, oysters are one of the best known aphrodisiac foods in the culinary world

Today’s Food History

  • 1850 Henry-Rene-Albert-Guy de Maupassant was born. Among the subjects of his short stories are many about the fashionable life of Paris.
  • 1858 Alexis Benoit Soyer died. French chef and author. Chef of the London Reform Club. He opened kitchens in Ireland during the famine to sell food at 1/2 price and was an advisor on food to the British army during the Crimean War. Invented several stoves and kitchen utensils. Wrote ‘The Pantropheon; or, History of Food’ (1853), ‘A Shilling Cookery Book for the People’ (1854), ‘Soyer’s Charitable Cookery’ (1847).
  • 1909 The first corporation tax was passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1914 The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio at Euclid Ave and East 105th Street.
  • 1955 Carmen Miranda died. Brazilian singer and actress.  Miranda appeared in many Hollywood movies, and was known as “the Brazilian bombshell” and also “the lady in the tutti-frutti hat.”
  • 1962 Marilyn Monroe died. American actress, primarily remembered as being crowned Artichoke Queen of 1947 in Castroville, California.
  • 2008 IBM is granted a patent for storing a customers preference for ‘paper or plastic bags’ on the stores customer loyalty card. Does this really deserve a patent?! Our patent system is definitely out of control.

August 3rd is National Watermelon Day! /#NationalWatermelonDay

Posted on August 3, 2018

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Happy National WatermelonDay

Here’s today’s facts about watermelons:

  1. By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
  2. Watermelon is 92% water.
  3. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  4. Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  5. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

Today’s Food History

  • 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain on his first voyage to what he thought were the Indies.
  • 1801 Sir Joseph Paxton was born. Paxton was an English landscape gardener, and hothouse designer. He was the architect of the Crystal Palace at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.
  • 1806 Michel Adanson was born. Adson was a French botanist who developed a system of plant classification based on physical characteristics. His system was opposed by Carolus Linnaeus, and was not widely used.
  • 1811 Elisha Graves Otis was born. He invented the first safe elevator, and opened the door to rooftop restaurants.
  • 1914 The first ships pass through the Panama Canal.
  • 1921 John Macready became the first to crop dust from an airplane (Troy, Ohio).
  • 1941 Martha Stewart was born. Entertaining advisor, cookbook author, etc.
  • 1954 Colette, (Sidonie Gabrielle) died. A French novelist, her novels contain many exact and detailed descriptions of food and the pleasures of the table, and quite a few recipes

August 2nd is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! / #NationalIceCreamSandwitchDay

Posted on August 2, 2018

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Happy National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

Here’s today’s facts about ice cream sandwiches:

  1. The 30-44 age group buys the most ice cream sandwiches.
  2. The average number of ice cream sandwiches eaten per second nationally is 48.
  3. The ice cream sandwich ranks as the second best-selling ice cream novelty in America.
  4. If all the ice cream sandwiches made last year were placed end to end, they would circle Earth 3 1/2 times.
  5. The eastern seaboard consumes almost 50 percent of all ice cream sandwiches.

Today’s Food History

  • 1861 The first U.S. national income tax is passed to aid the Union war effort.
  • 1887 Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire. The beginning of the end of open range in the Old West.
  • 1963 Eric Clapton leaves the ‘Roosters’ to form the band ‘Casey Jones and the Engineers.’
  • 1980 The oldest known goldfish in Great Britain, Frederica, died at the age of 40.
  • 2002 A jury awarded $120 million to 17 bakery workers who sued Interstate Brands for racial discrimination.

August 1st is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day!

Posted on August 1, 2018

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 Five Facts about Raspberries:

  1. Raspberries produce more fiber per calorie than any common fruit – even prunes.
  2. There are over 200 species of raspberries.
  3. Raspberries, as well as strawberries, belong to the rose family.
  4. Raspberries can be four different colors, although red and black are the most common.  They can also be yellow or purple.
  5. Don’t wash the berries until they are ready to be used.

Today’s Food History

  • 10 B.C. Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus was born. (Emperor of Rome A.D. 41-54). Known as Claudius I, supposedly he was poisoned with mushrooms by his wife Agrippina, after her son Nero was named as his heir.
  • 1137 Louis VI “The Fat” died. (King of France).
  • 1733 Richard Kirwan was born. Kirwan was an eccentric Irish chemist who hated flies. He had dysphagia, which is the inability to swallow food without convulsive movements. He always dined alone.
  • 1744 Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck was born. A French naturalist, he believed in the inheritance of acquired traits. Some of his ideas influenced Darwin.
  • 1790 First U.S. census. We had a total of 3,939,214 mouths to feed.
  • 1793 France introduces the first metric weight, the kilogram.
  • 1817 Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert was born. Gilbert and his partner, Sir John Lawes, conducted agricultural experiments at Rothamsted Experimental Station, the oldest agricultural research station in the world. They are considered founding fathers of the agricultural sciences. They are also the co-inventors of superphosphate fertilizer.
  • 1870 Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov was born. Ivanov was a Soviet biologist. Others had previously shown it was possible to artificially inseminate domestic animals, Ivanov developed the practical procedures in 1901. Initially working with horses, by the early 1930s the procedure was being used on other farm animals.
  • 1889 It rained ants at Strasbourg, Germany.
  • 1893 Henry D. Perky and William Ford patented Shredded Wheat. Whole wheat is boiled, dried, pressed into thin shreds and finally baked. They presented it at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois in 1893. When their patent expired in the mid 1930s, the name became generic.
  • 1932 The Mars Bar, candy bar, was introduced.
  • 1960 Chubby Checker’s ‘The Twist’ was released.

Just a few more days to celebrate! Here’s August’s ‘Food Holiday’ list:

Posted on August 21, 2017

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National Catfish Month
National Panini Month
National Peach Month
National Sandwich Month

Daily Holidays

August 1 
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
August 2 
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
National Ice Cream Soda Day
August 3 
National Watermelon Day
August 4 
National Chocolate Chip Day
August 5 
National Mustard Day
National Waffle Day
August 6 
National Root Beer Float Day
August 7 
Raspberries ‘n Cream Day
August 8 
National Frozen Custard Day
August 9 
National Rice Pudding Day
August 10 
National S’mores Day
August 11 
National Raspberry Bombe Day
August 12
National Julienne Fries Day
August 13
National Fillet Mignon Day
August 14 
National Creamsicle Day
August 15 
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
August 16
National Rum Day
August 17 
National Vanilla Custard Day
August 18 
National Ice Cream Pie Day
August 19 
National Soft Ice Cream Day
National Hot & Spicy Food Day
August 20 
National ‘ Bacon Lovers ‘ Day
National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
August 21 
National Spumoni Day
August 22 
National Pecan Torte Day
National “Eat a Peach” Day
August 23 
National Spongecake Day
August 24 
National Peach Pie Day
August 25 
National Banana Split Day
August 26 
National Cherry Popsicle Day
August 27 
National Pots de Creme Day
August 28 
National Cherry Turnovers Day
August 29
National Whiskey Sour Day
August 30 
National Toasted Marshmallow Day
August 31 
National Trail Mix Day

August 11th is National Panini Day!

Posted on August 11, 2017

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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 interest source fore Food Holidays and 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.

August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day!

Posted on August 6, 2017

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Here are today’s five thing to know about root beer:

  1. Authentic Root beer is made with up to 16 Roots, & herbs.
  2. Colonist were actually the first people to make root beer.
  3. The A and W in A&W stands for Alan and Wright.
  4. Hires Root beer was introduces by Charles Hires in 1876 Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition.
  5. The most original ingredient was Sassafras. It comes in an alcoholic drink as well.

 pinterest_logoe589afe69cac

Today’s Board:

Root Beer Floats: 50 ways

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1889 The Savoy Hotel opened in London, with Cesar Ritz and Escoffier.
  • 1911 Lucille Ball was born. Two of the funniest food related comedy routines ever done were the chocolate factory and the grape stomping episodes from her TV show.
  • 1928 Andy Warhol was born. American painter of the pop art movement. In the 1960s he made paintings of Campbell’s Soup cans, Coca-Cola cans and other American products.
  • 1954 David Grandison Fairchild died. An American botanist and agriculturalist, he was responsible for introducing many useful plants to the U.S. Author of ‘The World Was My Garden,’ and ‘Exploring for Plants’.

August 5 is National Oyster Day

Posted on August 5, 2017

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National Oyster Day

The Five Facts you should know about Oysters:

  • The average 3 inch oyster filters about 50 gallons of water a day.
  • Americans eat more oysters than any other country in the world.
  • Most oysters varieties in North America are actually native to Eastern Europe or Asia. Brought here by ships over the centuries
  • The world’s only oyster museum is on Chincoteague Island, Virginia.
  • For centuries, oysters are one of the best known aphrodisiac foods in the culinary world

Today’s Food History

  • 1850 Henry-Rene-Albert-Guy de Maupassant was born. Among the subjects of his short stories are many about the fashionable life of Paris.
  • 1858 Alexis Benoit Soyer died. French chef and author. Chef of the London Reform Club. He opened kitchens in Ireland during the famine to sell food at 1/2 price and was an advisor on food to the British army during the Crimean War. Invented several stoves and kitchen utensils. Wrote ‘The Pantropheon; or, History of Food’ (1853), ‘A Shilling Cookery Book for the People’ (1854), ‘Soyer’s Charitable Cookery’ (1847).
  • 1909 The first corporation tax was passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1914 The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio at Euclid Ave and East 105th Street.
  • 1955 Carmen Miranda died. Brazilian singer and actress.  Miranda appeared in many Hollywood movies, and was known as “the Brazilian bombshell” and also “the lady in the tutti-frutti hat.”
  • 1962 Marilyn Monroe died. American actress, primarily remembered as being crowned Artichoke Queen of 1947 in Castroville, California.
  • 2008 IBM is granted a patent for storing a customers preference for ‘paper or plastic bags’ on the stores customer loyalty card. Does this really deserve a patent?! Our patent system is definitely out of control.

August 3rd is National Watermelon Day!

Posted on August 3, 2017

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Today’s five facts about watermelons:

  1. By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
  2. Watermelon is 92% water.
  3. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  4. Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  5. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

Today’s Food History

  • 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain on his first voyage to what he thought were the Indies.
  • 1801 Sir Joseph Paxton was born. Paxton was an English landscape gardener, and hothouse designer. He was the architect of the Crystal Palace at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.
  • 1806 Michel Adanson was born. Adson was a French botanist who developed a system of plant classification based on physical characteristics. His system was opposed by Carolus Linnaeus, and was not widely used.
  • 1811 Elisha Graves Otis was born. He invented the first safe elevator, and opened the door to rooftop restaurants.
  • 1914 The first ships pass through the Panama Canal.
  • 1921 John Macready became the first to crop dust from an airplane (Troy, Ohio).
  • 1941 Martha Stewart was born. Entertaining advisor, cookbook author, etc.
  • 1954 Colette, (Sidonie Gabrielle) died. A French novelist, her novels contain many exact and detailed descriptions of food and the pleasures of the table, and quite a few recipes

August 2nd is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

Posted on August 2, 2017

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Today’s five facts about ice cream sandwiches:

  1. The 30-44 age group buys the most ice cream sandwiches.
  2. The average number of ice cream sandwiches eaten per second nationally is 48.
  3. The ice cream sandwich ranks as the second best-selling ice cream novelty in America.
  4. If all the ice cream sandwiches made last year were placed end to end, they would circle Earth 3 1/2 times.
  5. The eastern seaboard consumes almost 50 percent of all ice cream sandwiches.

Today’s Food History

  • 1861 The first U.S. national income tax is passed to aid the Union war effort.
  • 1887 Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire. The beginning of the end of open range in the Old West.
  • 1963 Eric Clapton leaves the ‘Roosters’ to form the band ‘Casey Jones and the Engineers.’
  • 1980 The oldest known goldfish in Great Britain, Frederica, died at the age of 40.
  • 2002 A jury awarded $120 million to 17 bakery workers who sued Interstate Brands for racial discrimination.

August 1st is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day!

Posted on August 1, 2017

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 Five Facts about Raspberries:

  1. Raspberries produce more fiber per calorie than any common fruit – even prunes.
  2. There are over 200 species of raspberries.
  3. Raspberries, as well as strawberries, belong to the rose family.
  4. Raspberries can be four different colors, although red and black are the most common.  They can also be yellow or purple.
  5. Don’t wash the berries until they are ready to be used.

Today’s Food History

  • 10 B.C. Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus was born. (Emperor of Rome A.D. 41-54). Known as Claudius I, supposedly he was poisoned with mushrooms by his wife Agrippina, after her son Nero was named as his heir.
  • 1137 Louis VI “The Fat” died. (King of France).
  • 1733 Richard Kirwan was born. Kirwan was an eccentric Irish chemist who hated flies. He had dysphagia, which is the inability to swallow food without convulsive movements. He always dined alone.
  • 1744 Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck was born. A French naturalist, he believed in the inheritance of acquired traits. Some of his ideas influenced Darwin.
  • 1790 First U.S. census. We had a total of 3,939,214 mouths to feed.
  • 1793 France introduces the first metric weight, the kilogram.
  • 1817 Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert was born. Gilbert and his partner, Sir John Lawes, conducted agricultural experiments at Rothamsted Experimental Station, the oldest agricultural research station in the world. They are considered founding fathers of the agricultural sciences. They are also the co-inventors of superphosphate fertilizer.
  • 1870 Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov was born. Ivanov was a Soviet biologist. Others had previously shown it was possible to artificially inseminate domestic animals, Ivanov developed the practical procedures in 1901. Initially working with horses, by the early 1930s the procedure was being used on other farm animals.
  • 1889 It rained ants at Strasbourg, Germany.
  • 1893 Henry D. Perky and William Ford patented Shredded Wheat. Whole wheat is boiled, dried, pressed into thin shreds and finally baked. They presented it at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois in 1893. When their patent expired in the mid 1930s, the name became generic.
  • 1932 The Mars Bar, candy bar, was introduced.
  • 1960 Chubby Checker’s ‘The Twist’ was released.

August 27th is National Burger Day!

Posted on August 27, 2016

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Today’s burger trivia:

  1. The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921.
  2. The people of America eat more burgers out at restaurants or on the go than they do at home.
  3. The largest hamburger ever created was over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin.
  4. However, the hamburger in its current form, with ground beef and a bun, is a decidedly American creation.
  5. Hamburgers are made of beef, not ham, and there is much debate over whether they actually originated in Hamburg.

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1940 The London production of ‘Apple Sauce’ opened at the Holborn Empire Theatre.
  • 1944 Tim Bogert of the Rock group Vanilla Fudge was born.
  • 1949 Jeff Cook of the music group ‘Alabama’ was born.
  • 1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War is #1 on the charts

August 11th is National Panini Day!

Posted on August 11, 2016

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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 interest source fore Food Holidays and 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.

August 3rd is National IPA Day!

Posted on August 7, 2016

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Today’s IPA History:

  1. The first known use of beer, “India pale ale”, IPA, was in the Sydney, Australia 1829/
  2. IPA is consistently the top selling craft beer style in America, representing around 18.4% of total craft beer sales.
  3. Double IPAs (also referred to as Imperial IPAs) are a stronger, very hoppy variant of IPAs that typically have alcohol content above 7.5% by volume
  4. American-style IPA is generally drier and uses American hops to give an intense hop profile with more floral, citrusy, piney, or tropical characteristics.
  5. English-style IPA is generally maltier flavored brew that uses English hops and yeasts, giving a more fruity and herbal aroma with a lower ABV than American IPAs.

Today’s Food History

  • 1782 Andreas Sigismund Marggraf died. A German chemist who discovered beet sugar, which led to the development of the modern sugar industry.
  • 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion. Protesting the 1791 federal tax on distilled spirits a large gathering of rebels in western Pennsylvania burned the regional tax inspectors home. President Washington ordered 13,000 troops to the area, but opposition disappeared.
  • 1903 Louis Leakey was born. Anthropologist largely responsible for convincing scientists that Africa was the place to search for human origins, not Java or China. Together with his wife Mary, they made many significant fossil discoveries.
  • 1925 M.S. Swaminathan was born. Swaminathan is an Indian geneticist and a leading figure in India’s Green Revolution, which distributed high yield wheat and rice varieties to poor farmers.
  • 1991 The world’s largest Burger King opened in Budapest.

August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day!

Posted on August 6, 2016

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Here are today’s five thing to know about root beer:

  1. Root beer is made out of 16 Roots, and herbs.
  2. Colonist were actually the first people to make root beer.
  3. The A and W in A&W stands for Alan and Wright.
  4. Hires Root beer was introduces by Charles Hires in 1876 Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition.
  5. The most original ingredient was Sassafras.It comes in an alcoholic drink also.

Today’s Food History

  • 1889 The Savoy Hotel opened in London, with Cesar Ritz and Escoffier.
  • 1911 Lucille Ball was born. Two of the funniest food related comedy routines ever done were the chocolate factory and the grape stomping episodes from her TV show.
  • 1928 Andy Warhol was born. American painter of the pop art movement. In the 1960s he made paintings of Campbell’s Soup cans, Coca-Cola cans and other American products.
  • 1954 David Grandison Fairchild died. An American botanist and agriculturalist, he was responsible for introducing many useful plants to the U.S. Author of ‘The World Was My Garden,’ and ‘Exploring for Plants’.

August 5th is National Oyster Day!

Posted on August 5, 2016

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The Five Facts you should know about Oysters:

  1. The average 3 inch oyster filters about 50 gallons of water a day.
  2. Americans eat more oysters than any other country in the world.
  3. Most oysters varieties in North America are actually native to Eastern Europe or Asia. Brought here by ships over the centuries
  4. The world’s only oyster museum is on Chincoteague Island, Virginia.
  5. For centuries, oysters are one of the best known aphrodisiac foods in the culinary world

Today’s Food History

  • 1850 Henry-Rene-Albert-Guy de Maupassant was born. Among the subjects of his short stories are many about the fashionable life of Paris.
  • 1858 Alexis Benoit Soyer died. French chef and author. Chef of the London Reform Club. He opened kitchens in Ireland during the famine to sell food at 1/2 price and was an advisor on food to the British army during the Crimean War. Invented several stoves and kitchen utensils. Wrote ‘The Pantropheon; or, History of Food’ (1853), ‘A Shilling Cookery Book for the People’ (1854), ‘Soyer’s Charitable Cookery’ (1847).
  • 1909 The first corporation tax was passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1914 The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio at Euclid Ave and East 105th Street.
  • 1955 Carmen Miranda died. Brazilian singer and actress.  Miranda appeared in many Hollywood movies, and was known as “the Brazilian bombshell” and also “the lady in the tutti-frutti hat.”
  • 1962 Marilyn Monroe died. American actress, primarily remembered as being crowned Artichoke Queen of 1947 in Castroville, California.
  • 2008 IBM is granted a patent for storing a customers preference for ‘paper or plastic bags’ on the stores customer loyalty card. Does this really deserve a patent?! Our patent system is definitely out of control.

August 3rd is National Watermelon Day!

Posted on August 3, 2016

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Today’s five facts about watermelons:

  1. By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
  2. Watermelon is 92% water.
  3. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  4. Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  5. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

Today’s Food History

  • 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain on his first voyage to what he thought were the Indies.
  • 1801 Sir Joseph Paxton was born. Paxton was an English landscape gardener, and hothouse designer. He was the architect of the Crystal Palace at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.
  • 1806 Michel Adanson was born. Adson was a French botanist who developed a system of plant classification based on physical characteristics. His system was opposed by Carolus Linnaeus, and was not widely used.
  • 1811 Elisha Graves Otis was born. He invented the first safe elevator, and opened the door to rooftop restaurants.
  • 1914 The first ships pass through the Panama Canal.
  • 1921 John Macready became the first to crop dust from an airplane (Troy, Ohio).
  • 1941 Martha Stewart was born. Entertaining advisor, cookbook author, etc.
  • 1954 Colette, (Sidonie Gabrielle) died. A French novelist, her novels contain many exact and detailed descriptions of food and the pleasures of the table, and quite a few recipes

August 2nd is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

Posted on August 2, 2016

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Today’s five facts about ice cream sandwiches:

  1. The 30-44 age group buys the most ice cream sandwiches.
  2. The average number of ice cream sandwiches eaten per second nationally is 48.
  3. The ice cream sandwich ranks as the second best-selling ice cream novelty in America.
  4. If all the ice cream sandwiches made last year were placed end to end, they would circle Earth 3 1/2 times.
  5. The eastern seaboard consumes almost 50 percent of all ice cream sandwiches.

Today’s Food History

  • 1861 The first U.S. national income tax is passed to aid the Union war effort.
  • 1887 Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire. The beginning of the end of open range in the Old West.
  • 1963 Eric Clapton leaves the ‘Roosters’ to form the band ‘Casey Jones and the Engineers.’
  • 1980 The oldest known goldfish in Great Britain, Frederica, died at the age of 40.
  • 2002 A jury awarded $120 million to 17 bakery workers who sued Interstate Brands for racial discrimination.

August 1st is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day!

Posted on August 1, 2016

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 Five Facts about Raspberries:

  1. Raspberries produce more fiber per calorie than any common fruit – even prunes.
  2. There are over 200 species of raspberries.
  3. Raspberries, as well as strawberries, belong to the rose family.
  4. Raspberries can be four different colors, although red and black are the most common.  They can also be yellow or purple.
  5. Don’t wash the berries until they are ready to be used.

Today’s Food History

  • 10 B.C. Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus was born. (Emperor of Rome A.D. 41-54). Known as Claudius I, supposedly he was poisoned with mushrooms by his wife Agrippina, after her son Nero was named as his heir.
  • 1137 Louis VI “The Fat” died. (King of France).
  • 1733 Richard Kirwan was born. Kirwan was an eccentric Irish chemist who hated flies. He had dysphagia, which is the inability to swallow food without convulsive movements. He always dined alone.
  • 1744 Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck was born. A French naturalist, he believed in the inheritance of acquired traits. Some of his ideas influenced Darwin.
  • 1790 First U.S. census. We had a total of 3,939,214 mouths to feed.
  • 1793 France introduces the first metric weight, the kilogram.
  • 1817 Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert was born. Gilbert and his partner, Sir John Lawes, conducted agricultural experiments at Rothamsted Experimental Station, the oldest agricultural research station in the world. They are considered founding fathers of the agricultural sciences. They are also the co-inventors of superphosphate fertilizer.
  • 1870 Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov was born. Ivanov was a Soviet biologist. Others had previously shown it was possible to artificially inseminate domestic animals, Ivanov developed the practical procedures in 1901. Initially working with horses, by the early 1930s the procedure was being used on other farm animals.
  • 1889 It rained ants at Strasbourg, Germany.
  • 1893 Henry D. Perky and William Ford patented Shredded Wheat. Whole wheat is boiled, dried, pressed into thin shreds and finally baked. They presented it at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois in 1893. When their patent expired in the mid 1930s, the name became generic.
  • 1932 The Mars Bar, candy bar, was introduced.
  • 1960 Chubby Checker’s ‘The Twist’ was released.

August 31 is National Trail Mix Day

Posted on August 31, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Trail Mix:

  1. Trail mix is a combination of dried fruit, grains, nuts, and sometimes chocolate, developed as a snack food to be taken along on outdoor hikes.
  2. Trail mix is considered an ideal snack food for hikes, because it is tasty, lightweight, easy to store, and nutritious, providing a quick boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit and/or granola, and sustained energy from the mono- and polyunsaturated fats in nuts.
  3. Many claim that trail mix was first invented in 1968 by two California surfers who blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack.
  4. However, trail mix is also mentioned in Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel The Dharma Bums as the two main characters describe their planned meals in their preparation for a hiking trip.
  5. The recipe for trail mix is most likely European in origin, where it has been known as a snack under various names  in various countries since the 17th century.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Trail Mix

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Today’s Food History

  • 1742 A plague of grasshoppers destroyed crops in Pennsylvania.
  • 1900 Sir John Bennet Lawes died. An English agronomist, he founded the artificial fertilizer industry. Together with Sir Joseph Gilbert, they conducted agricultural experiments at Rothamsted Experimental Station, the oldest agricultural research station in the world. They are considered the founding fathers of agricultural sciences.
  • 1900 Coca-Cola goes on sale for the first time in Britain.
  • 1921 The first successful demonstration of aerial crop dusting was performed in Ohio by Lt. John A. Macready. He was flying a Curtiss JN-6H (Jenny).
  • 1960 The National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame established.
  • 1995 The summer was so hot in Missouri, that at the end of August, methane gas emitted within large bales of freshly-cut hay began to spontaneously combust.

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August 30 is National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Posted on August 30, 2015

Where’s a campfire when you need on?

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

  1. This confection is the modern version of a medicinal confection made from Althaea officinalis, the marshmallow plant.
  2. Not all marshmallows are vegan, most marshmallows contain eggs or animal based gelatin.
  3. The marshmallow is a confection that, in its modern form, typically consists of sugar, corn syrup, water, gelatin that has been softened in hot water, dextrose, vanilla flavorings, and sometimes coloring, whipped to a spongy consistency.
  4. The marshmallow probably first came into being as a medicinal substance, since the mucilaginous extracts comes from the root of the marshmallow plant, Althaea officinalis, which were used as a remedy for sore throats.
  5. Concoctions of other parts of the marshmallow plant had medical uses as well.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Marshmallow

Today’s Food History

  • 1812 Agoston Haraszthy de Mokcsa was born. Mokcsa imported 1,400 varieties of grapevines to California in 1862 and planted the first large vineyard in California in the Sonoma Valley. After the devastating blight destroyed much of Europe’s vineyards, some of these same vines, now on resistant root stock, helped rescue the French and German wine industries.
  • 1939 The first Wheaties commercial (live) aired when host Red Barbar promoted it during a Brooklyn Dodgers game (Variety, August 30, 1939). Later the Dodgers did a promotion dressed in street clothes saying ‘Yum, Yum Stuff!’ (‘Variety’, April 24, 1940)
  • 1979 President Jimmy Carter was attacked by a rabbit while on a canoe trip in Georgia. He beat it away with a paddle. (Man eating, aquatic rabbits?)
  • 2007 Michael Jackson, a leading beer critic, died at age 65.He was the author of ‘The World Guide to Beer’ (1977), and wrote for articles for various newspapers and food magazines, etc.

August 28 is National Cherry Turnover Day

Posted on August 28, 2015

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Cherries are in season, so celebrate.

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

  1. Darker cherries have higher antioxidant and vitamin levels than lighter ones.
  2. On average, commercially grown cherry trees produce about 7,000 cherries annually.
  3. Over 75% of the cherries sold in the U.S. come from Michigan.
  4. There are two main species of cultivated cherries; the sweet cherry (also called wild cherry), and the sour cherry (also called tart cherry).
  5. Freezing cherries not only preserves but also concentrates and improves their taste.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Cherry Turnover

Today’s Food History

  • 1809 Oliver Wendell Holmes was born. American physician, poet and humorist. Author of ‘The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table,’ ‘The Professor of the Breakfast Table,’ ‘The Poet of the Breakfast Table,’ and ‘Over the Teacups.’
  • 1896 Supposedly, the Chinese-American dish, chop suey, was created in New York City by the Cantonese chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-Chang.
  • 1905 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist was born.
  • 1915 Nathan Pritikin was born. 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.
  • 1953 Rick Downey of the rock group ‘Blue Oyster Cult’ was born.
  • 2007 Alfred Peet died. He was the founder of Peet’s Coffee & Tea in Berkeley, California in 1966.  The founders of Starbucks were fans, and openly acknowledge his influence.

August 27 is National Pots De Creme Day

Posted on August 27, 2015

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Time to study another French sweet!

Here are today’s five thing to know about Pots De Creme

  1. Pot de crème is a loose French dessert custard dating to the 17th century.
  2. The name means “pot of custard” or “pot of creme”, which also refers to the porcelain cups in which the dessert is served.
  3. It is usually looser than other custards, flans, or crème caramel.
  4. Pot de crème is made with eggs, egg yolks, cream, milk, and a flavor, often vanilla or chocolate.
  5. The milk and cream are heated and flavored, then mixed into the whisked eggs and egg yolks.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Pots De Creme

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1940 The London production of ‘Apple Sauce’ opened at the Holborn Empire Theatre.
  • 1944 Tim Bogert of the Rock group Vanilla Fudge was born.
  • 1949 Jeff Cook of the music group ‘Alabama’ was born.
  • 1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War is #1 on the charts

August 26 is National Cherry Popsicle Day

Posted on August 26, 2015

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Any popsicle will do but today, Cherry ones rule!

Here are today’s five thing to know about Popsicle history.

  1. In 1905 in San Francisco, 11-year-old Frank Epperson was mixing a white powdered flavoring for soda and water out on the porch
  2.  He left it there, with a stirring stick still in it.
  3. That night, temperatures reached a record low, and the next morning, the boy discovered the drink had frozen to the stick, inspiring the idea of a fruit-flavored ‘Popsicle’, a portmanteau of soda pop and icicle.
  4.  Eighteen years later in 1923, Epperson introduced frozen pop on a stick to the public at Neptune Beach, an amusement park in Belmar, New Jersey. Seeing that it was a success, in 1924 Epperson applied for a patent for his “frozen confectionery” which he called “the Epsicle ice pop”.
  5. He renamed it to Popsicle, allegedly at the insistence of his children.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Popsicle / 100’s of ways

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Today’s Food History

  • 1784 Stephen McCormick was born. Inventor and manufacturer of cast iron plow with removable parts.
  • 1800 Felix Archimede Pouchet was born. A French naturalist, he was one of those who believed that life was created from nonliving matter in processes such as fermentation and putrification. Those flies and maggots, fungi, yeast and bacteria just appeared from nowhere. (He was wrong.)
  • 1946 George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ was published.
  • 1972 ‘Coconut’ by Nilsson reached number 8 on the charts.
  • 1978 Frankie Valli’s ‘Grease’ reached number 1 on the charts.

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August 25 is National Whiskey Sour Day

Posted on August 25, 2015

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

  1. Pure ‘malt’ whiskey is produced only from malted barley.
  2. After opening, a half-full bottle of whiskey will remain good for five years.
  3. A closed bottle of whisky can be kept for more than 100 years and it will still be good to drink.
  4. A whiskey stops maturing after it is bottled. It ‘ages’ in wooden barrels not glass.
  5. Around 90 percent of Single Malt Whisky comes from Scotland.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Cocktails / I’ll drink to that

Today’s Food History

  • 1809 Oliver Wendell Holmes was born. American physician, poet and humorist. Author of ‘The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table,’ ‘The Professor of the Breakfast Table,’ ‘The Poet of the Breakfast Table,’ and ‘Over the Teacups.’
  • 1896 Supposedly, the Chinese-American dish, chop suey, was created in New York City by the Cantonese chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-Chang.
  • 1905 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist was born.
  • 1915 Nathan Pritikin was born. 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.
  • 1953 Rick Downey of the rock group ‘Blue Oyster Cult’ was born.
  • 2007 Alfred Peet died. He was the founder of Peet’s Coffee & Tea in Berkeley, California in 1966.  The founders of Starbucks were fans, and openly acknowledge his influence.

August 25 is National Banana Split Day

Posted on August 25, 2015

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Don’t make like a banana and…you know.  Stick around for today’s food facts.

Here are today’s five thing to know about Banana Split

  1. The banana split was invented in 1904 at Strickler’s Drug Store in Pennsylvania.
  2. A banana split starts with a banana split lengthwise, topped with scoops of ice cream, assorted syrups and finally whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.
  3. A banana split is an ice cream-based dessert. In its classic form it is served in a long dish called a boat.
  4. A banana is cut in half lengthwise (hence the split) and laid in the dish.
  5. There are many variations, but the classic banana split is made with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream served in a row between the split banana.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Banana Split

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Today’s Food History

  • 1840 Joseph Gibbons received a patent for a seeding machine.
  • 1910 Arnold Neustadter was born. Inventor of the Rolodex rotating card file.
  • 1935 Curtis Fletcher Marbut died. American geologist and one of the founders of modern soil science. He was with the U.S. Bureau of Soils for 25 years.
  • 2001 In Oslo, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway married  former waitress Mette-Marit.

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August 24 is National Peach Pie Day

Posted on August 24, 2015

A perfect time to celebrate!

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.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Peach Recipes

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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.

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