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National Rice Ball Day

Posted on April 19, 2013

National Rice Ball Day

Five Food Finds about Rice Balls

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

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

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.

National Animal Crackers Day

Posted on April 18, 2013

National Animal Crackers Day

Five Food Finds about Animal Crackers

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

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

 

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.

National Cheeseball Day

Posted on April 17, 2013

National Cheese Ball Day

Five Food Finds about Cheese

  • 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.
  • Cheddar cheese is dyed orange to give it an appealing color.  White cheddar is closer to its natural color.
  • Cheese is one of the oldest foods in history, dating back 4000 years to the ancient Egyptians.
  • Cheese takes up about 1/10 the volume of the milk it was made from.
  • The terms “Big Wheel” and “Big Cheese” originally referred to those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

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.

National Eggs Benedict Day

Posted on April 16, 2013

National Eggs Benedict Day

Five Variations of Eggs Benedict

  • Eggs Blackstone substitutes streaky bacon for the ham and adds a tomato slice.
  • Huevos Benedict substitutes avocado for the ham, and is topped with both salsa and hollandaise sauce.
  • 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.
  • Portobello Benedict substitutes Portobello mushrooms for the ham, and is a popular alternative for Catholics observing the Friday Fast.
  • Eggs Provençal replaces the Hollandaise sauce with Béarnaise Sauce.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

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.

April 19 – National Rice Ball Day

Posted on April 19, 2012

National Rice Ball Day

Five Food Finds about Rice Balls

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

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

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.

April 18 – National Animal Crackers Day

Posted on April 18, 2012

National Animal Crackers Day

Five Food Finds about Animal Crackers

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

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

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.

April 17 – National Cheeseball Day

Posted on April 17, 2012

National Cheese Ball Day

Five Food Finds about Cheese

  • 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.
  • Cheddar cheese is dyed orange to give it an appealing color.  White cheddar is closer to its natural color.
  • Cheese is one of the oldest foods in history, dating back 4000 years to the ancient Egyptians.
  • Cheese takes up about 1/10 the volume of the milk it was made from.
  • The terms “Big Wheel” and “Big Cheese” originally referred to those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

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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