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April 19 is National Rice Ball Day

Posted on April 19, 2015

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Here are today’s five things to know about Rice Balls

  1. The rice balls preserve very well, and can even be used to preserve meats or other foods within its airtight seal.
  2. The rice ball is traditionally Japanese.
  3. Typically the rice is soaked in vinegar and made to stick together.  Dipping it in soy sauce will cause it to fall apart again.
  4. Rice balls date back at least as far as the 11th century.
  5. Another word for the rice ball is “Onigiri”, a word commonly misused to refer to sushi.

Fun Fact:

Popular onigiri fillings include tuna salad, salmon flakes, seafood salad, konbu (a type of sea vegatable), umeboshi (a sour bright-red pickled Japanese plum), tempura, and even natto (eat this one at your own risk!).

“Onigri” literally means “to hold on to”.

It was believed that onigiri could not be mass-produced as the hand-rolling technique was considered too difficult for a machine to replicate. In the 1980s, however, a machine that made triangular onigiri was devised. 

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

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Today’s Food History

  • 1877 Ole Evinrude was born. He invented the first practical outboard motor in 1909. The idea came to him while rowing a boat to a picnic one day. He decided there must be an easier way to move a small boat on the water.
  • 1882 Charles Darwin Died. Pioneering English naturalist who developed the theory of evolution. His works include ‘Origin of Species’ and ‘The Descent of Man.’
  • 1904 Richard Pough was born. An American ecologist he was the founding president of the Nature Conservancy and helped found the World Wildlife Fund. In 1945, he was one of the first to warn about the dangers of DDT to fish and birds.
  • 1933 Jayne Mansfield was born. American beauty contest winner, stage and screen actress. Supposedly the only title she ever turned down was ‘Miss Roquefort Cheese,’ because she believed it “just didn’t sound right.”
  • 1947 Mark Volman of the music group ‘The Turtles’ was born.
  • 1968 ‘Honey’ by Bobby Goldsboro is #1 on the charts.
  • 1975 Percy L. Julian died. An African American chemist, he worked on synthesizing various compounds from soy beans. One of his creations was a foam fire extinguisher refined from soya protein.
  • 1995 The Supreme Court ruled that alcohol content could be listed on beer labels, overturning a 1935 law which had prohibited it.

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April 18 is National Animal Crackers Day

Posted on April 18, 2015

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Here are today’s five things to know about Animal Crackers

  1. The famous Barnum’s animal crackers box was originally a Christmas ornament hung by a string.  The string can still be found on boxes.
  2. A box of Animal Crackers sold for 5 cents in 1902.
  3. Animal Crackers originated in England where they were known as animal biscuits.
  4. 54 different animals have been created as animal crackers. The most popular brand, Barnum’s Animal Crackers, has featured 37 different animals since 1902.
  5. The most recent addition to the Barnum’s animal crackers is the Koala bear.

Fun Fact:

Over the years, the only ones that have survived the entire lifetime of the product are bears, elephants, lions and tigers.

Shirley Temple sang “Animal crackers in my soup, Monkeys and rabbits loop the loop,”, but rabbits never found their way into a box of Barnum’s Animal Crackers.

The name referred to P. T. Barnum (1810-1891), the famous circus owner and showman.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

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Today’s Food History

  • 1834 William Lamb became prime minister of England. (I know it’s a stretch, but his name is Lamb!).
  • 1904 ‘Pigmeat’ Markham was born. American actor, comedian. (“Here comes the Judge.”).
  • 1906 San Francisco was hit by a devastating earthquake at 5:12 a.m.
  • 1907 The Fairmont hotel reopened in San Francisco, one year after being severely damaged by the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
  • 1944 Skip Spence of the music group ‘Moby Grape’ was born.

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April 16 is National Eggs Benedict Day

Posted on April 16, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Egg Benedict:

  1. Eggs Blackstone substitutes streaky bacon for the ham and adds a tomato slice.
  2. Huevos Benedict substitutes avocado for the ham, and is topped with both salsa and hollandaise sauce.
  3. Eggs Sardou substitutes artichoke bottoms and crossed anchovy fillets for the English muffin and ham, then tops the hollandaise sauce with chopped ham and a truffle slice. The dish was created at Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans in honor of the French playwright Victorien Sardou. A more widespread version of the dish starts with a base of creamed spinach, substitutes artichoke bottoms for the English muffin, and eliminates the ham.
  4. Portobello Benedict substitutes Portobello mushrooms for the ham, and is a popular alternative for Catholics observing the Friday Fast.
  5. Eggs Provençal replaces the Hollandaise sauce with Béarnaise Sauce.

Fun Fact:

Historians attribute the invention of Eggs Benedict to two different events.

Origin Story 1:  In the 1860’s, a regular patron of the restaurant, Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, finding nothing to her liking and wanting something new to eat for lunch, discussed this with Chef Charles Ranhofer(1936-1899), Ranhofer came up with Eggs Benedict.

Origin Story 2:  In 1894, Lemuel Benedict, a Wall Street broker, who was suffering from a hangover, ordered “some buttered toast, crisp bacon, two poached eggs, and a hooker of hollandaise sauce” at the Waldorf Hotel in New York. The Waldorf’s legendary chef, Oscar Tschirky, was so impressed that he put the dish on his breakfast and luncheon menus after substituting Canadian bacon for crisp bacon and a toasted English muffin for toasted bread.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

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Today’s Food History

  • 1521 Martin Luther arrived at the Diet of Worms. This was NOT the first fad diet.
  • 1906 William James Farrer died. An Australian agriculturist, he developed new varieties of wheat.
  • 1924 Henry Mancini was born. Oscar winning music composer, he wrote many songs and film scores, including the score for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’
  • 1928 Ellsworth Milson Statler died. American hotel owner, founder of Statler Hotels. His Statler Hotel in Buffalo, New York was the first hotel in the U.S. to have running water and private baths in each room.
  • 1941 The original Elsie the Cow died. Elsie the cow was originally a cartoon character appearing in ads for Borden Milk. At the 1939 New York World’s Fair, when people began asking where Elsie was, Borden’s picked a cow originally named ‘You’ll do Lobelia’ from their herd to be Elsie. Elsie stared in commercials, made personal appearances, and even starred in an RKO movie, ‘Little Men.’ Elsie was injured in a truck accident in 1941 and had to be put to sleep. She is buried in Plainsboro, New Jersey.
  • 1956 On the ‘I Love Lucy’ show, Lucy stomped grapes in Rome, and wrestled with another female grape stomper. An inspiration for future ‘food wrestling’ entrepreneurs. Actually, this is one of the funniest sitcom episodes ever made.

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April 19 is National Rice Ball Day

Posted on April 19, 2014

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Interesting Food Facts about Rice Balls

  1. The rice balls preserve very well, and can even be used to preserve meats or other foods within its airtight seal.
  2. The rice ball is traditionally Japanese.
  3. Typically the rice is soaked in vinegar and made to stick together.  Dipping it in soy sauce will cause it to fall apart again.
  4. Rice balls date back at least as far as the 11th century.
  5. Another word for the rice ball is “Onigiri”, a word commonly misused to refer to sushi.

Fun Fact:

Popular onigiri fillings include tuna salad, salmon flakes, seafood salad, konbu (a type of sea vegatable), umeboshi (a sour bright-red pickled Japanese plum), tempura, and even natto (eat this one at your own risk!).

“Onigri” literally means “to hold on to”.

It was believed that onigiri could not be mass-produced as the hand-rolling technique was considered too difficult for a machine to replicate. In the 1980s, however, a machine that made triangular onigiri was devised. 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1877 Ole Evinrude was born. He invented the first practical outboard motor in 1909. The idea came to him while rowing a boat to a picnic one day. He decided there must be an easier way to move a small boat on the water.
  • 1882 Charles Darwin Died. Pioneering English naturalist who developed the theory of evolution. His works include ‘Origin of Species’ and ‘The Descent of Man.’
  • 1904 Richard Pough was born. An American ecologist he was the founding president of the Nature Conservancy and helped found the World Wildlife Fund. In 1945, he was one of the first to warn about the dangers of DDT to fish and birds.
  • 1933 Jayne Mansfield was born. American beauty contest winner, stage and screen actress. Supposedly the only title she ever turned down was ‘Miss Roquefort Cheese,’ because she believed it “just didn’t sound right.”
  • 1947 Mark Volman of the music group ‘The Turtles’ was born.
  • 1968 ‘Honey’ by Bobby Goldsboro is #1 on the charts.
  • 1975 Percy L. Julian died. An African American chemist, he worked on synthesizing various compounds from soy beans. One of his creations was a foam fire extinguisher refined from soya protein.
  • 1995 The Supreme Court ruled that alcohol content could be listed on beer labels, overturning a 1935 law which had prohibited it.

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April 18 is National Animal Crackers Day

Posted on April 18, 2014

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Interesting Food Facts about Animal Crackers

  1. The famous Barnum’s animal crackers box was originally a Christmas ornament hung by a string.  The string can still be found on boxes.
  2. A box of Animal Crackers sold for 5 cents in 1902.
  3. Animal Crackers originated in England where they were known as animal biscuits.
  4. 54 different animals have been created as animal crackers. The most popular brand, Barnum’s Animal Crackers, has featured 37 different animals since 1902.
  5. The most recent addition to the Barnum’s animal crackers is the Koala bear.

Fun Fact:

Over the years, the only ones that have survived the entire lifetime of the product are bears, elephants, lions and tigers.

Shirley Temple sang “Animal crackers in my soup, Monkeys and rabbits loop the loop,”, but rabbits never found their way into a box of Barnum’s Animal Crackers.

The name referred to P. T. Barnum (1810-1891), the famous circus owner and showman.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1834 William Lamb became prime minister of England. (I know it’s a stretch, but his name is Lamb!).
  • 1904 ‘Pigmeat’ Markham was born. American actor, comedian. (“Here comes the Judge.”).
  • 1906 San Francisco was hit by a devastating earthquake at 5:12 a.m.
  • 1907 The Fairmont hotel reopened in San Francisco, one year after being severely damaged by the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
  • 1944 Skip Spence of the music group ‘Moby Grape’ was born.

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April 17 is National Cheeseball Day

Posted on April 17, 2014

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Interesting Food Facts about Cheese Ball

  1. Cheese is a generic term for a diverse group of milk-based food products. Cheese is produced throughout the world in wide-ranging flavors, textures, and forms.  There are over 2000 varieties.
  2. Cheddar cheese is dyed orange to give it an appealing color.  White cheddar is closer to its natural color.
  3. Cheese is one of the oldest foods in history, dating back 4000 years to the ancient Egyptians.
  4. Cheese takes up about 1/10 the volume of the milk it was made from.
  5. The terms “Big Wheel” and “Big Cheese” originally referred to those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.

Fun Fact:

The term “cheese ball” can also refer to the puffed air orange snack that can be purchased in the snack aisle.

The earliest mention was found in a 1944 cookbook called “Food of My Friends”. The recipe came from a Minnesota housewife.

A “cheeseball” also refers to someone trying to be funny or corny.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1629 The first horses were imported to the American colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1790 R.I.P. Benjamin Franklin. American diplomat, publisher, inventor, etc. Among his inventions were the Franklin stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He also published ‘Poor Richard’s Almanac.’
  • 1810 Lewis M. Norton of Troy, Pennsylvania was issued the first U.S. patent for pineapple cheese.
  • 1917 The first Del Monte brand national advertisement appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.
  • 1937 Daffy Duck makes his debut appearance in ‘Porky,s Duck Hunt’
  • 1996 R.I.P. Arnold Neustadter. He was the inventor of the Rolodex rotating card file.

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April 16 is National Eggs Benedict Day

Posted on April 16, 2014

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Interesting Food Facts about Eggs Benedict

  1. Eggs Blackstone substitutes streaky bacon for the ham and adds a tomato slice.
  2. Huevos Benedict substitutes avocado for the ham, and is topped with both salsa and hollandaise sauce.
  3. Eggs Sardou substitutes artichoke bottoms and crossed anchovy fillets for the English muffin and ham, then tops the hollandaise sauce with chopped ham and a truffle slice. The dish was created at Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans in honor of the French playwright Victorien Sardou. A more widespread version of the dish starts with a base of creamed spinach, substitutes artichoke bottoms for the English muffin, and eliminates the ham.
  4. Portobello Benedict substitutes Portobello mushrooms for the ham, and is a popular alternative for Catholics observing the Friday Fast.
  5. Eggs Provençal replaces the Hollandaise sauce with Béarnaise Sauce.

Fun Fact:

Historians attribute the invention of Eggs Benedict to two different events.

Origin Story 1:  In the 1860’s, a regular patron of the restaurant, Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, finding nothing to her liking and wanting something new to eat for lunch, discussed this with Chef Charles Ranhofer(1936-1899), Ranhofer came up with Eggs Benedict.

Origin Story 2:  In 1894, Lemuel Benedict, a Wall Street broker, who was suffering from a hangover, ordered “some buttered toast, crisp bacon, two poached eggs, and a hooker of hollandaise sauce” at the Waldorf Hotel in New York. The Waldorf’s legendary chef, Oscar Tschirky, was so impressed that he put the dish on his breakfast and luncheon menus after substituting Canadian bacon for crisp bacon and a toasted English muffin for toasted bread.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1521 Martin Luther arrived at the Diet of Worms. This was NOT the first fad diet.
  • 1906 William James Farrer died. An Australian agriculturist, he developed new varieties of wheat.
  • 1924 Henry Mancini was born. Oscar winning music composer, he wrote many songs and film scores, including the score for ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’
  • 1928 Ellsworth Milson Statler died. American hotel owner, founder of Statler Hotels. His Statler Hotel in Buffalo, New York was the first hotel in the U.S. to have running water and private baths in each room.
  • 1941 The original Elsie the Cow died. Elsie the cow was originally a cartoon character appearing in ads for Borden Milk. At the 1939 New York World’s Fair, when people began asking where Elsie was, Borden’s picked a cow originally named ‘You’ll do Lobelia’ from their herd to be Elsie. Elsie stared in commercials, made personal appearances, and even starred in an RKO movie, ‘Little Men.’ Elsie was injured in a truck accident in 1941 and had to be put to sleep. She is buried in Plainsboro, New Jersey.
  • 1956 On the ‘I Love Lucy’ show, Lucy stomped grapes in Rome, and wrestled with another female grape stomper. An inspiration for future ‘food wrestling’ entrepreneurs. Actually, this is one of the funniest sitcom episodes ever made.

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