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January 16 is National Hot and Spicy Food Day

Posted on January 16, 2014

International Hot & Spicy Food Day

Five Food Finds about Spicy Food

  • People who are regality eat spicy food are considered pyro-gourmaniacs.
  • People have been using hot and spicy seasonings in their food for more than 6,000 years according to archaeologists.
  • Christopher Columbus discovered chili peppers when he  ‘discovered’  the Americas in 1493.
  • Capsaicin, the chemical in peppers that makes them hot,  isn’t found in any other plant and is potent enough that people can identify it even when the concentration is as little as one part per million.
  • The best way to ease the burn of flaming hot peppers or overly-spicy mustard of horseradish is with cold milk or yogurt.  Avoid water as it won’t mix with the oil and will only result in moving the heat to other parts of your mouth.

On This Day in Food History…

1868 William Davis, received a patent for a refrigerated railway car. First used to ship fish. Later ushering in the age of portable cold produced & foods.

1920 Prohibition began in the U.S., banning the sale of all alcoholic beverages. Allowances were made to produce wine for “religious purposes.”

1965  Searchers’ “Love Potion #9” peaks at #3

1958 A grasshopper plague causes serious damage across the state of Colorado & neighboring states. This “plagued” farmer’s crops; costing millions of dollars in damage.

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National Pumpkin Pie Day

Posted on October 12, 2013

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National Pumpkin Pie Day 

Today’s Food History

–Florida: Farmer’s Day
–St. Edwin, patron of tramps and parents of large families.

1492 Columbus Day. Christopher Columbus arrived at the Bahamas

1810 The first Oktoberfest is celebrated in Munich. Oktoberfest originated as a horse race to celebrate the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria (later King Louis I) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Today it is a 2 week festival ending on the 1st Sunday in October, during which more than 1 million gallons of beer are consumed at the Munich festival.

1849 In Great Britian, Charles Rowley patented a safety pin. (However, safety pins existed prior to his patent)

1914 Margaret E. Knight died. American inventor, she invented an improved paper bag machine to make bags with flat bottoms.

1923 Jean Nidetch was born. founder of ‘Weight Watchers’, offering dieting products and services. It began as a discussion group for weight loss.

1950 Takeshi Kaga was born. A Japanese actor, he is best known as the host of the very successful TV show, ‘Iron Chef.’ It has been shown around the world dubbed or subtitled. There is an American version of the show on the Food Network, hosted by Kaga’s nephew, Mark Dacascos.

1963 ‘Sugar Shack’ by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs, hits number 1 on the charts.

1965 Paul Hermann Muller died. A Swiss chemist who discovered that DDT was a potent insecticide. It was the most widely used insecticide for more than 20 years, and helped to increase food production around the world. Due mainly to its accumulation in animals that eat insects, and its toxic effects on them and those further up the food chain, it has been banned in the U.S. since 1972. However its residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002!

1983 The last wringer washer machine was made by Maytag.


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