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January 25 is National Irish Coffee Day

Posted on January 25, 2014

National Irish Coffee Day

Daily Quote: 

“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat”~Alex Levin

A great article about Irish Coffee’s History.

Did you know Irish Coffee and Airports are closely linked?

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1799 The first US patent for a seeding machine was issued to Eliakim Spooner of Vermont

  • 1858 Mendelssohn’s “The Wedding March” was first played at Queen Victoria’s daughter’s wedding
  • 1945 Grand Rapids, Michigan became the 1st U.S. city to fluoridate its drinking water an effort to reduce tooth deca

January 18 is National Gourmet Coffee Day

Posted on January 18, 2014

National Gourmet Coffee Day

Five Food Finds about Coffee

  • Until the invention of vacuum packed coffee tins in 1900 by Hill Bros. Coffee, almost every city or large town in America had their own local coffee roasters.
  • In East Africa and Yemen, coffee was used in native religious ceremonies that were in competition with the Christian Church. As a result, the Ethiopian Church banned its secular consumption until the reign of Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia.
  • Coffee berries, which contain the coffee seeds, are produced by several species of small evergreen bush of the genus Coffea. The two most commonly grown are also the most highly regarded Coffea arabica, and the “robusta” form of the hardier Coffea canephora.
  • An important export commodity, coffee was the top agricultural export for twelve countries in 2004.
  • Preparing coffee in a French press leaves more oils in the drink compared with coffee prepared with a paper coffee filter.

On This Day in Food History…

1778 Captain Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands. He named them the Sandwich Islands, after Lord Sandwich, who was then first Lord of the Admiralty.

1799 Joseph Dixon was born. An American inventor and manufacturer. Among his many accomplishments, he produced the first pencil made in the U.S.

1813 Joseph Farwell Glidden was born. Glidden, an Illinois farmer, received a patent for the first commercial barbed wire on November 24, 1874. The beginning of the end to open range and the cowboy. Glidden formed the Barb Fence Company with his partner Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.

1818 George Palmer was born. Palmer, of Huntley and Palmer biscuit manufacturers, introduced the first biscuit tins.

1882 Alan Alexander Milne was born. Creator of Winnie the Pooh, the honey loving bear.

1943 Pre-sliced bread was banned in the U.S. for the duration of World War II, to conserve metal from spare parts that might be needed.

1990 The first McDonald’s in Moscow opened.

 

January 18 – National Gourmet Coffee Day

Posted on January 18, 2013

National Gourmet Coffee Day

Five Food Finds about Coffee

  • Until the invention of vacuum packed coffee tins in 1900 by Hill Bros. Coffee, almost every city or large town in America had their own local coffee roasters.
  • In East Africa and Yemen, coffee was used in native religious ceremonies that were in competition with the Christian Church. As a result, the Ethiopian Church banned its secular consumption until the reign of Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia.
  • Coffee berries, which contain the coffee seeds, are produced by several species of small evergreen bush of the genus Coffea. The two most commonly grown are also the most highly regarded Coffea arabica, and the “robusta” form of the hardier Coffea canephora.
  • An important export commodity, coffee was the top agricultural export for twelve countries in 2004.
  • Preparing coffee in a French press leaves more oils in the drink compared with coffee prepared with a paper coffee filter.

On This Day in Food History…

1778 Captain Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands. He named them the Sandwich Islands, after Lord Sandwich, who was then first Lord of the Admiralty.

1799 Joseph Dixon was born. An American inventor and manufacturer. Among his many accomplishments, he produced the first pencil made in the U.S.

1813 Joseph Farwell Glidden was born. Glidden, an Illinois farmer, received a patent for the first commercial barbed wire on November 24, 1874. The beginning of the end to open range and the cowboy. Glidden formed the Barb Fence Company with his partner Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.

1818 George Palmer was born. Palmer, of Huntley and Palmer biscuit manufacturers, introduced the first biscuit tins.

1882 Alan Alexander Milne was born. Creator of Winnie the Pooh, the honey loving bear.

1943 Pre-sliced bread was banned in the U.S. for the duration of World War II, to conserve metal from spare parts that might be needed.

1990 The first McDonald’s in Moscow opened.

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January 25 – National Irish Coffee Day

Posted on January 25, 2012

National Irish Coffee Day

Daily Quote: 

“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat”~Alex Levin

A great article about Irish Coffee’s History.

Did you know Irish Coffee and Airports are closely linked?

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1799 The first US patent for a seeding machine was issued to Eliakim Spooner of Vermont

  • 1858 Mendelssohn’s “The Wedding March” was first played at Queen Victoria’s daughter’s wedding
  • 1945 Grand Rapids, Michigan became the 1st U.S. city to fluoridate its drinking water an effort to reduce tooth decay

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January 8 – National English Toffee Day

Posted on January 8, 2012

toffeeNational Toffee Day

Fact: Toffee and Caramel are sometimes interchangeable.

The difference between the two?

Toffees consist of mainly sugar and water, while caramels use dairy products in their production, making them softer

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1676 Charles II of England revoked his previous proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses due to public response.
  • 1800 The first soup kitchens in London were opened to serve the poor.
  • 1823 Alfred Russel Wallace was born. Wallace was a British naturalist who developed a theory of natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. He sent his conclusions to Darwin, and their findings were both presented to the Linnaean Society in 1858.
  • 1825 Eli Whitney died. Inventor of the cotton gin, but more important he developed the concept of mass producing interchangeable parts.
  • 1872 African American inventor Thomas Elkins received his second patent. It was for a ‘Chamber Commode’ – a combination “bureau, mirror, book-rack, washstand, table, easy chair, and earth-closet or chamber-stool.”
  • 1894 Pierre Joseph van Beneden died. A Belgian parasitologist, he discovered the life cycle of tapeworms.
  • 1926 Comedian ‘Soupy Sales’ was born. Most of his routines ended with Soupy receiving a pie in the face.
  • 1992 President George H.W. Bush becomes ill on a trip to Japan and vomits on Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi.
  • 1998 Walter E. Diemer died. While working for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company, he experimented with recipes for chewing gum as a hobby. (He really liked his gum!). He invented bubble gum in 1928.
  • 2002 Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s Hamburger chain, died.

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