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March 21 – National French Bread Day

Posted on March 21, 2012

National French Bread Day

also:

National California Strawberry Day

Five Food Finds about French Bread

  • French national law dictates that ‘French’ bread should contain only combinations of flour, yeast, salt and water.
  • French bread is a simple low-fat white flour bread, which is baked into long slender loaves called baguettes.
  • Most baguettes are around 2-3’ in length, and 3-5” in thickness.
  • While a regular baguette is made with a direct addition of baker’s yeast, it is not unusual for artisan-style loaves to be made with a poolish, “biga” or other bread pre-ferments to increase flavor complexity and other characteristics.
  • Outside France, baguettes are also made with other doughs; for example, the Vietnamese bánh mì uses a high proportion of rice flour, while many North American bakeries make whole wheat, multigrain, and sourdough baguettes alongside French-style loaves.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1925 Teaching the theory of evolution became illegal in Tennessee.

1984 A section of Central Park is renamed ‘Strawberry Fields’ to honor John Lennon.

1994 Due to bad harvests, there is a shortage of Japanese grown rice.  Japan’s Imperial Palace begins serving royal meals to the Emperor & Empress with rice grown in the U.S., China and Thailand.

1999 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones landed in the Egyptian desert, having completed the 1st ‘Around the World’ hot air balloon flight.  According to the BBC, they carried fresh food, including bread, cheese and pre-cooked steaks to last for 6 or 7 days, after which they made due with dried foods such as cereals and powdered milk.  The flight began in the Swiss Alps, took 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes, and covered 29,056 non-stop miles.

January 21 – National New England Clam Chowder Day

Posted on January 21, 2012

National New England Clam Chowder Day

Daily Fact: An old French word chaudière, pronounced “chowda”, is a  large pot for cooking.

The likely origin of the word chowder.

Today’s Food History

Feast Day of St. Agnes, patron saint of gardeners(Catholic)

  • 1338 Charles V of France was born. He commissioned Taillevent to write what is considered the first professional “cookery” book in French, ‘Le Viandier’.
  • 1937  BBC first aired the Cook’s Night Out with Marcel Boulestin, the first television cook
  • 1908 New York City NY regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke or drink in public
  • 1912 Konrad (Emil) Bloch was born. Nobel prize winner for his work on cholesterol & fatty acids. Discovering that high levels of cholesterol may lead to an increased risk of heart attacks.
  • 1942 Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines in bars and eating establishments illegal
  • 1985 James Beard, American culinary expert & cookbook author, died at age 81.

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January 21 – Today’s Food History

Posted on January 21, 2011

National New England Clam Chowder Day

Daily Fact: An old French word chaudière, pronounced “chowda”, is a  large pot for cooking.

The likely origin of the word chowder.

Today’s Food History

  • 1338 Charles V of France was born. He commissioned Taillevent to write what is considered the first professional “cookery” book in French, ‘Le Viandier’.
  • 1937  BBC first aired the Cook’s Night Out with Marcel Boulestin, the first television cook
  • 1912 Konrad (Emil) Bloch was born. Nobel prize winner for his work on cholesterol & fatty acids. Discovering that high levels of cholesterol may lead to an increased risk of heart attacks.
  • 1985 James Beard, American culinary expert & cookbook author, died at age 81.

some content is courtesy of www.FoodReference.com, used with permission

January 21

Posted on January 21, 2011

National New England Clam Chowder Day

Daily Fact: An old French word chaudière, pronounced “chowda”, is a  large pot for cooking.

The likely origin of the word chowder.

Today’s Food History

  • 1338 Charles V of France was born. He commissioned Taillevent to write what is considered the first professional “cookery” book in French, ‘Le Viandier’.
  • 1937  BBC first aired the Cook’s Night Out with Marcel Boulestin, the first television cook
  • 1912 Konrad (Emil) Bloch was born. Nobel prize winner for his work on cholesterol & fatty acids. Discovering that high levels of cholesterol may lead to an increased risk of heart attacks.
  • 1985 James Beard, American culinary expert & cookbook author, died at age 81.

some content is courtesy of www.FoodReference.com, used with permission

  

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