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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.


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


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.
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