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Here’s the Official December Food Holiday List / #FoodHolidays

Posted on December 21, 2018

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National Pear Month
National Egg Nog Month
National Fruit Cake Month
Daily Holidays

December 2
National Fritters Day
Feast of St. Bibiana
December 3
National Peppermint Latte Day**
December 4
National Cookie Day
December 5
National Comfort Food Day
Repeal of Prohibition Day*
December 6
National Gazpacho Day
National Microwave Oven Day
National “Cook for Christmas” Day**
December 7
National Cotton Candy Day
 Ferry Floss Day(Great Britain)
December 8
National Brownie Day
December 9
National Pastry Day
December 10
National Lager Day
National Cocoa Day
National Ambrosia Day*
December 13
National Popcorn String Day
December 14
National Biscuits and Gravy Day**
National Bouillabaisse Day
National Gingerbread Latte Day**
National Lemon Cupcake Day
December 16
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day**
December 17
National Maple Syrup Day
December 18
National “I Love Honey” Day
 National Roast Suckling Pig Day*
National Hard Candy Day
National Oatmeal Muffin Day
National Sangria Day
December 21
National French Fried Shrimp Day
December 22
National Date Nut Bread Day
December 23
National Bake Day
 National Pfeffernuesse Day*
National Egg Nog Day
December 25
National Pumpkin Pie Day
National “Kiss the Cook” Day
December 26
National Candy Cane Day
December 27
National Fruitcake Day
December 28
National Box of Chocolates Day
December 29
National “Get on the Scales” Day
National Pepper Pot Day*
National Bacon Day
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day*
Baking Soda Day
National Champagne Day
National Vinegar Day*
*A Traditional Food Holiday or a day with Historic significance 
**A Foodimentary First- A new or newly discovered food holiday

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Here’s the Official December Food Holiday List / #FoodHolidays

Posted on December 12, 2018

High-res version
National Pear Month
National Egg Nog Month
National Fruit Cake Month
Daily Holidays

December 2
National Fritters Day
Feast of St. Bibiana
December 3
National Peppermint Latte Day**
December 4
National Cookie Day
December 5
National Comfort Food Day
Repeal of Prohibition Day*
December 6
National Gazpacho Day
National Microwave Oven Day
National “Cook for Christmas” Day**
December 7
National Cotton Candy Day
 Ferry Floss Day(Great Britain)
December 8
National Brownie Day
December 9
National Pastry Day
December 10
National Lager Day
National Cocoa Day
National Ambrosia Day*
December 13
National Popcorn String Day
December 14
National Biscuits and Gravy Day**
National Bouillabaisse Day
National Gingerbread Latte Day**
National Lemon Cupcake Day
December 16
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day**
December 17
National Maple Syrup Day
December 18
National “I Love Honey” Day
 National Roast Suckling Pig Day*
National Hard Candy Day
National Oatmeal Muffin Day
National Sangria Day
December 21
National French Fried Shrimp Day
December 22
National Date Nut Bread Day
December 23
National Bake Day
 National Pfeffernuesse Day*
National Egg Nog Day
December 25
National Pumpkin Pie Day
National “Kiss the Cook” Day
December 26
National Candy Cane Day
December 27
National Fruitcake Day
December 28
National Box of Chocolates Day
December 29
National “Get on the Scales” Day
National Pepper Pot Day*
National Bacon Day
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day*
Baking Soda Day
National Champagne Day
National Vinegar Day*
*A Traditional Food Holiday or a day with Historic significance 
**A Foodimentary First- A new or newly discovered food holiday

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Celebrate!! The Official December Food Holiday List / #FoodHolidays

Posted on December 3, 2018

High-res version
National Pear Month
National Egg Nog Month
National Fruit Cake Month
Daily Holidays

December 2
National Fritters Day
Feast of St. Bibiana
December 3
National Peppermint Latte Day**
December 4
National Cookie Day
December 5
National Comfort Food Day
Repeal of Prohibition Day*
December 6
National Gazpacho Day
National Microwave Oven Day
National “Cook for Christmas” Day**
December 7
National Cotton Candy Day
 Ferry Floss Day(Great Britain)
December 8
National Brownie Day
December 9
National Pastry Day
December 10
National Lager Day
National Cocoa Day
National Ambrosia Day*
December 13
National Popcorn String Day
December 14
National Biscuits and Gravy Day**
National Bouillabaisse Day
National Gingerbread Latte Day**
National Lemon Cupcake Day
December 16
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day**
December 17
National Maple Syrup Day
December 18
National “I Love Honey” Day
 National Roast Suckling Pig Day*
National Hard Candy Day
National Oatmeal Muffin Day
National Sangria Day
December 21
National French Fried Shrimp Day
December 22
National Date Nut Bread Day
December 23
National Bake Day
 National Pfeffernuesse Day*
National Egg Nog Day
December 25
National Pumpkin Pie Day
National “Kiss the Cook” Day
December 26
National Candy Cane Day
December 27
National Fruitcake Day
December 28
National Box of Chocolates Day
December 29
National “Get on the Scales” Day
National Pepper Pot Day*
National Bacon Day
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day*
Baking Soda Day
National Champagne Day
National Vinegar Day*
*A Traditional Food Holiday or a day with Historic significance 
**A Foodimentary First- A new or newly discovered food holiday

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The OFFICIAL December Food Holiday List

Posted on November 26, 2017

High-res version
National Pear Month
National Egg Nog Month
National Fruit Cake Month
Daily Holidays

December 2
National Fritters Day
Feast of St. Bibiana
December 3
National Peppermint Latte Day**
December 4
National Cookie Day
December 5
National Comfort Food Day
Repeal of Prohibition Day*
December 6
National Gazpacho Day
National Microwave Oven Day
National “Cook for Christmas” Day**
December 7
National Cotton Candy Day
 Ferry Floss Day(Great Britain)
December 8
National Brownie Day
December 9
National Pastry Day
December 10
National Lager Day
National Cocoa Day
National Ambrosia Day*
December 13
National Popcorn String Day
December 14
National Biscuits and Gravy Day**
National Bouillabaisse Day
National Gingerbread Latte Day**
National Lemon Cupcake Day
December 16
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day**
December 17
National Maple Syrup Day
December 18
National “I Love Honey” Day
 National Roast Suckling Pig Day*
National Hard Candy Day
National Oatmeal Muffin Day
National Sangria Day
December 21
National French Fried Shrimp Day
December 22
National Date Nut Bread Day
December 23
National Bake Day
 National Pfeffernuesse Day*
National Egg Nog Day
December 25
National Pumpkin Pie Day
National “Kiss the Cook” Day
December 26
National Candy Cane Day
December 27
National Fruitcake Day
December 28
National Box of Chocolates Day
December 29
National “Get on the Scales” Day
National Pepper Pot Day*
National Bacon Day
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day*
Baking Soda Day
National Champagne Day
National Vinegar Day*
*A Traditional Food Holiday or a day with Historic significance 
**A Foodimentary First- A new or newly discovered food holiday

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December 31 is National Vinegar Day

Posted on December 31, 2014

Here are today’s five thing to know about Vinegar:

A day to reflect on the years gone by

  1. Vinegar has been used for 10,000 years. It just might be the world’s oldest ingredient.
  2. The main uses for white distilled vinegar are cooking/food preparation and cleaning/disinfecting.
  3. The International Vinegar Museum is in Roslyn, South Dakota.
  4. Consumers in the South buy and use more white distilled vinegar than in any other region of the country.
  5. Adding vinegar to baking soda produces a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide. This combination is often used to make a do-it-yourself erupting volcano.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1600 The British East India Company was incorporated by royal charter. It was created to compete in the East Indian spice trade.
  • 1841 Alabama becomes the first state to issue dental licenses.
  • 1853 A New Years Eve dinner party for 21 scientists was held inside a life size model of an Iguanodon dinosaur on the grounds of the Crystal palace in London. Sculpture Benjamin W. Hawkins had teamed up with paleontologist Richard Owen to create more than 2 dozen lifesize models of dinosaurs for a special exhibit.
  • 1879 Thomas Alva Edison made the first public demonstration of his electric light bulb in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
  • 1917 Sugar rationing began in Britain as a result of WW I
  • 1929 Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played ‘Auld Lang Syne’ as their New Years Eve song for the first time.
  • 1938 The Harger ‘Drunkometer’, the first alcohol breath testing device, was introduced in Indiana.
  • 1977 ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar’ closed at the ANTA Playhouse in NYC after 766 performances.

December 30 is National Baking Soda Day

Posted on December 30, 2014

Here are today’s five thing to know about Soda:

  1. Drinkable carbonated water was first produced in 1767 by J.B. Priestley.
  2. Jacob Schweppes began producing carbonated water commercially in 1783.
  3. The first soda pop was marketed in the U.S. in 1807.
  4. Carbonation results from releasing pressurized carbon dioxide in liquids.
  5. Sometimes sodium or potassium salts are added to produce specific tastes.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1781 John Turberville Needham died. He was an English naturalist, and one of those who believed in the spontaneous generation of life. He boiled some mutton broth, sealed it in glass containers and when he found living organisms present after a few days, he believed they came from nonliving matter. He was wrong – boiling does not destroy all bacterial and fungal spores.
  • 1817 The first coffee is planted in Hawaii.
  • 1851 Asa Griggs Candler was born. In 1887, Asa Candler (1851-1929) a wholesale druggist, purchased the formula for Coca-Cola from John S. Pemberton an Atlanta pharmacist for $ 2,300. He sold the company in 1919 for $25 million.
  • 1982 A second full moon occurred during the month ( a ‘blue moon’). What makes this one even more unusual was that it was also a total lunar eclipse in the U.S. (A ‘blue moon’ occurs once every 2.7 years)
  • 2003 The FDA banned the use of ‘downer’ cattle from the human food supply, due to ‘Mad Cow’ fears.

December 29 is National “Get on the Scales Day”

Posted on December 29, 2014

Here are today’s five fitness tips:

  • Instead of eating straight out of the box, pre-portion your snacks into small individual baggies.
  • Skip dessert and instead have a roll in the hay with your honey. Healthy sex may also help control the amount of food you eat.
  • Be sure to stock some red pepper flakes to your pantry. When eaten early in the day, red pepper can reduce the amount of food you consumer later.
  • Many of us hit the gym and eat right during the week but cut loose on the weekends by indulging in fried foods and trading in workouts for sleep. Be healthy seven days a week by planning your weekend ahead of time.
  • Who said healthy foods have to be boring? Puree peaches, pears and berries and spread them on wheat pita for a healthy and delish treat that’s perfect for spring and summer!

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Today’s Food History

  • 1800 Charles Goodyear was born. He invented the process named ‘vulcanization’ which made the commercial use of rubber possible. Vulcanized rubber didn’t become brittle in winter and turn gummy in summer as natural rubber did.
  • 1837 A threshing machine powered by a horse on a treadmill was patented in Winthrop, Maine, by Hiram A. and John A. Pitts.
  • 1921 Robert C. Baker was born. While a Poultry and Food Science professor at Cornell University from 1949-1989 he developed chicken nuggets (keeping the breading on was the key), turkey ham, poultry hot dogs and many other products. He founded Cornell’s Institute of Food Science and Marketing in 1970, and in 2004 was inducted into the American Poultry Hall of Fame.
  • 1947 Ted Danson, American actor, was born. Best known for his role as bartender Sam Malone on the TV series ‘Cheers’.
  • 1997 Fear of the ‘bird flu’ led Hong Kong to order its entire population of chickens, over 1 million birds, to be killed.
  • 2005 Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans reopened exactly 4 months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

December 28 is National Eat Chocolate Day

Posted on December 28, 2014

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolate:

  1. The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word, “Xocolatl”, which ironically means “bitter water”.
  2. The biggest bar of chocolate ever made was created in 2000 and weighed 5,000 pounds.  Turin is the city in Italy that can be proud of this accomplishment.
  3. While the US produces the most chocolate and consume the most pounds every year, the Swiss consume the most per capita,  followed closely by the English.
  4. Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40% of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts.
  5. Every Russian and American space voyage has included chocolate bars.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1763 John Molson was born. Founder of Molson Brewery, Montreal, Canada.
  • 1869 William Finley Semple patented the first chewing gum, although he never commercially manufactured any gum.
  • 1886 Josephine Garis Cochran patented the first commercially successful dish washing machine. It became a huge hit at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Her company eventually evolved into KitchenAid.
  • 1897 Edmond Rostand’s romantic, dramatic play ‘Cyarano de Bergerac’ premiers in Paris. A unique combination of love, swordplay, comedy, pathos and proboscis.

December 25 is National Pumpkin Pie Day

Posted on December 25, 2014

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Pumpkin Pie:

  1. The American colonists used pumpkin in pie crusts, but not in the filling.
  2. The type of pumpkin pie we know today was not made until the 1700s.
  3. Every year, 50 million pumpkin pies are made using Libby’s canned product.
  4. Nestle bought Libby’s in 1971.
  5. The world’s largest pumpkin pie weighed over 350 pounds and was made with 80 pounds of pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, and 144 eggs.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1213 King John of England ordered 3,000 capons, 1,000 salted eels, 400 hogs, 100 pounds of almonds and 24 casks of wine for his Christmas feasts.
  • 1252 Henry III hosts 1,000 knights and nobels at York. 600 oxen are consumed.
  • 1415 England’s Henry V orders food distributed to the citizens of Rouen who are trapped by his siege. Henry himself dines on roast porpoise.
  • 1512 The Duke of Northumberland was served 5 swans for Christmas dinner.
  • 1580 The Christmas feasts of Sir William Petrie includes 17 oxen, 14 steers, 29 calves, 5 hogs, 13 bucks, 54 lambs, 129 sheep and one ton of cheese.
  • 1642 Sir Isaac Newton was born. Newton was an English mathematician famous for being hit on the head by a falling apple (probably a ‘Flower of Kent’ variety). He also wrote ‘Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy’ in 1687.
  • 1714 England’s King George I has his first Christmas pudding, made with 5 pounds of suet and 1 pound of plums.
  • 1741 Anders Celsius developed the Centigrade temperature scale. Originally he had the freezing point of water at 100 and the boiling point at 0. This was reversed after his death to match the other temperature scales.
  • 1805 American explorer Zebulon Pike celebrated Christmas by allowing “two pounds extra of meat, two pounds extra of flour, one gill of whiskey, and some tobacco, to each man, in order to distinguish Christmas Day.”
  • 1852 A 446 pound baron of beef was served to Queen Victoria and the royal family.
  • 1887 Conrad Nicholson Hilton was born. Founder of one of the largest hotel chains. It all began when he and his father turned their large New Mexico house into an inn for traveling salesmen.
  • 1944 Henry Vestine of the music group ‘Canned Heat’ was born.
  • 1946 Jimmy Buffet, musician, was born. ‘Cheesburger in Paradise,’ ‘Margaritaville’ etc.
  • 1954 Liberty Hyde Bailey died. He was an American botanist who studied cultivated plants and developed horticulture into an applied science.
  • 1958 ‘The Chipmunk Song’ becomes the only Christmas song in U.S. in history to be Number #1 on Christmas Day.
  • 1960 Dr. Irving Cooper received a wine bottle opener for Christmas. It injected carbon dioxide gas into the bottle to force the cork out. He noticed the gas was extremely cold coming out from the needle like device. This gave him the idea to develop a brain surgery technique using liquid nitrogen to freeze tiny areas of brain cells or tumors.
  • 1971 Neil Hogan of the musical group The Cranberries was born.

December 23 is National Pfeffernusse Day

Posted on December 23, 2014

Here are today’s five thing to know about Pfeffernusse:

  1. Pfeffernusse is a variant of German Lebkuchen, or gingerbread.
  2. Pferffernusse cookies differ from regular German gingerbread is that they are rolled into balls and then glazed with powdered sugar after baking.
  3. Pferffernusse literally means “pepper”.
  4. A traditional Pfeffernusse cookie will be too hard to eat without dipping in liquid for the first few days.
  5. The cookies do soften with age and more modern recipe adaptations have been made to make them soft from the start.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1675 On December 23, 1675, Charles II of England, issued a proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses. The public response was so negative that he revoked it on January 8, 1676.
    A Proclamation for the Suppression of Coffee Houses.
    “Whereas it is most apparent that the multitude of Coffee Houses of late years set up and kept within this Kingdom…and the great resort of idle and disaffected persons to them, have produced very evil and dangerous effects; as well for that many tradesmen and others, do herein misspend much of their time, which might and probably would be employed in and about their Lawful Calling and Affairs; but also for that in shcu houses…divers, false, malitious, and scandalous reports are devised and spread abroad to the Defamation of His Majesty’s Government, and to the disturbance of the Peace and Quiet of the Realm; his Majesty hath though it fit and necessary, that the said Coffee Houses be (for the Future) put down and suppressed…”
  • 1901 Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert died. An English chemist, he is the co-inventor (with John Bennet Lawes) of superphosphate fertilizer.
  • 1940 Jorma Kaukonen of the music group ‘Hot Tuna’ was born.

December 21 is National Fried Shrimp Day

Posted on December 21, 2014

Here are today’s five thing to know about Fried Shrimp:

  1. Every shrimp is born male, then some mature into females.
  2. It takes 2 pounds of wild fish to produce one pound of farmed shrimp.
  3. Shrimp is the favorite seafood of Americans.
  4. The “Pistol Shrimp” can fire water like a bullet from its claw, producing an incredibly loud pop.
  5. The “Ghost Shrimp” is transparent, and therefore practically invisible in the water.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1883 Laurence M. Klauber was born. Klauber was an American herpetologist and inventor who was a rattlesnake expert. If you want to know anything or everything about rattlesnakes, see his book ‘Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories and Influence on Mankind.’
  • 1913 The ‘New York World’ published the first crossword puzzle. Don’t forget to check the various Food theme Crosswords on the Food Reference Website!
  • 1937 Walt Disney’s first full length animated film ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ opened in Los Angeles, California. It ran for 83 minutes and cost $1.5 million to make.
  • 1998 Adelaide Hawley Cumming died. She was television’s original Betty Crocker on the Betty Crocker Show premiering in 1949.

December 20 is National Sangria Day

Posted on December 20, 2014

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Sangria:

  1. Sangria is not a cocktail with a specific recipe. Sangria makes cheap wine, as well as other inexpensive and easily accessible ingredients, taste better and eases the consumption.
  2. Sangria in the Spanish language means ‘bloody’
  3. The country with the highest per-capita wine consumption in the world is…. wait for it…. Vatican City.
  4. The word Alcohol is derived from the Arabic language (al kohl or alkuhl). Strange consider that a large proportion of the Arabic population is forbidden from consuming alcohol for religious reasons.
  5. Poor soil quality tends to produce better wines. The trick is to “challenge” the vines by making them “work” harder.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1928 Harry Ramsden opened what would become the most famous fish and chips restaurant in the world.
  • 1968 John Steinbeck died. American novelist, some of his titles were: ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ ‘Tortilla Flats’ and ‘Cannery Row.’

December 19 is National Oatmeal Muffin Day

Posted on December 19, 2014

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Oatmeal Muffin:

  1. ‘Muffins’ in the Americas are referred  to baked breads in small tins while “English” Muffins are oven-baked, then cooked in a griddle
  2. The word Muffin likely derives its name from the an Old German word Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake.
  3. Oatmeal is still a bargain at less than 15 cents a serving.
  4. An 18-ounce package of Old Fashioned Quaker® Oats contains about 26,000 rolled oats.
  5. Seventy-five percent of U.S. households have oatmeal in their cupboard.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1732 First issue of ‘Poor Richard’s Almanac’ was published.
  • 1809 Pierre Joseph van Beneden was born. A Belgian parasitologist, he discovered the life cycle of tapeworms.
  • 1863 Frederick Walton of London patented Linoleum. The standard kitchen flooring.
  • 1871 Albert L. Jones patented corrugated paper which could be used to make boxes.

December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day

Posted on December 17, 2014

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Maple Syrup Day:

  1. Maple syrup is boiled even further to produce maple cream, maple sugar, and maple candy.
  2. Usually a maple tree is at least 30 years old and 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped
  3. The maple season may last eight to 10 weeks, but sap flow is heaviest for about 10-20 days in the early spring.
  4. It takes 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.
  5. It takes one gallon of maple syrup to produce eight pounds of maple candy or sugar.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1843 Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ was published. It contains numerous and elaborate descriptions of Christmas food and dinners.
    “Oh! All that steam! The pudding had just been taken out of the cauldron. Oh! That smell! The same as the one which prevailed on washing day! It is that of the cloth which wraps the pudding. Now, one would imagine oneself in a restaurant and in a confectioner’s at the same time, with a laundry nest door. Thirty seconds later, Mrs. Cratchit entered, her face crimson, but smiling proudly, with the pudding resembling a cannon ball, all speckled, very firm, sprinkled with brandy in flames, and decorated with a sprig of holly stuck in the centre. Oh! The marvelous pudding!”
  • 1892 The first performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ in St. Petersburg.
  • 1940 ‘Corn Silk’ was recorded by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians.
  • 1948 Jim Bonfanti of the music group ‘The Raspberries’ was born

December 14 is National Bouillabaisse Day

Posted on December 14, 2014

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Bouillabaisse:

  1. Bouillabaisse is the most famous fish stew of the Mediterranean, and its home is considered to be Marseilles.
  2. Bouillabaisse was originally the fare of the local fishermen who on returning from a fishing expedition sorted heir catch : some to be sold on the local market , some to be kept to be eaten at home.
  3. When making bouillabaisse at least four of the following fish should be included: rascasse, white rascasse – fielas (congre), araignée (vive) – chapon (scorpène), galinette (rouget grondin) * facultative, Saint-Pierre cigale de mer, langouste.
  4. According to Curnonsky, there is a legend that bouillabaisse was first brought by angels to the Three Marys of the Gospel, when they were shipwrecked in the marshes between the two branches of the Rhone River near Arles.
  5. One of the earliest uses of the word bouillabaisse was in the 1830s as a term expressing the rapidity of the cooking.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1503 Nostradamus was born. Astrologer and cookbook author. He is best known for his book of prophecies ‘Centuries Asrtologiques’ published in 1555. However, in the same year he also published ‘Excellent er Moult Utile Opuscule a tous necessaire qui desirent avoir connaissance de plusieurs exq uises recettes’ (‘An excellent and most useful little work essential to all who wish to become acquainted with some exquisite recipes’).
  • 1795 John Bloomfield Jarvis was born. A civil engineer, he designed and built the Boston Aqueduct and the 41 mile long Croton Aqueduct (New York City’s water supply for over 50 years from 1842).
  • 1943 John Harvey Kellogg died. A physician, vegetarian and health food pioneer. He was superintendent of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, where he developed the first breakfast cereals for his patients, Granose (granola) and toasted flakes. His brother, William K. Kellogg founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. to produce cornflakes.
  • 1968 ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ by Marvin Gaye hits number 1 on the charts.
  • 2006 A bar owner in Bethalto, Illinois was charged with violating the liquor code and obscenity laws. The bar filled a children’s inflatable pool with mashed potatoes and staged wrestling matches. The violations came about when several of the female ‘wrestlers’ were rumored to have lost some of their garments to the surrounding carbohydrates.

December 13 is National Popcorn String Day

Posted on December 13, 2014

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Here are Four Steps of How to String Popcorn on a Christmas Tree:

  1. Make at least one large size bowl of popcorn.
  2. Thread the needle without cutting the thread from the spool.
  3. Start stringing one popcorn at a time by inserting the tip of the needle into the center of each piece.
  4. Carefully hang the garland onto your Christmas tree.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1779 The Smithfield Cattle and Sheep Society held the first Smithfield Show in London. It is now the leading agriculture show in the UK.
  • 1827 John & Peter Delmonico opened their first restaurant in New York, Delmonico & Brother Cafe at 23 William Street.
  • 1838 Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet was born. A French botanist, he saved the vineyards of France from total destruction by the grape phylloxera, a small greenish-yellow insect which sucks the fluid from grapevines. He did so by grafting the French vines on American rootstock, which was resistant to phylloxera. He also developed the first widely used plant fungicide.
  • 1856 Charles Dickens wrote in ‘Household Words,’ “Aluminum may probably send tin to the right about face, drive copper saucepans into penal servitude, and blow up German-silver sky high into nothing.” He was pretty accurate in his prediction, even though aluminum had only been discovered in 1808, and had only been used commercially since 1854.
  • 1884 Percy Everitt patented a coin operated scale.
  • 1981 ‘Pigmeat’ Markham died. American actor, comedian. (“Here comes the Judge.”).

December 11 is National Have a Bagel’s Day

Posted on December 11, 2014

Also: National Noodle Ring Day

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Bagel:

  1. Bagel is originated from Poland and it was designed for Lent. It is normally a ring shaped bread product.
  2. Its name derives from the Yiddish word ‘bengal’, meaning ‘ring’ or ‘bracelet’.
  3. Immigrant Polish-Jews brought bagel to the United States.
  4. Automated production and distribution of frozen bagels started in the 1960s with bagel baker Harry Lender, Murray Lender, and Florence Sender.
  5. The hole in the center of the bagel is for multiple bagels to be threaded onto a dowel, which allows bakers to transport the bagel more easily.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1686 Prince Louis II de Condé, known as the Great Condé, died. He was a French general who loved to hunt and had a passion for rice. Several dishes have been named for him, including Consommé Condé and Creme Condé.
  • 1874 James Lewis Kraft was born. Founder of Kraft Co. a wholesale cheese distributor and producer. In 1916 he patented pasteurized process cheese, a low cost cheese that would not spoil. Not a great hit with the public, but the U.S. army purchased over 6 million tins of it during WW I. During the depression, it became popular because of its low cost.
  • 1940 David Gates of the music group ‘Bread’ was born.

December 1 is National Fried Pie Day

Posted on December 1, 2014

Here are today’s five thing to know about Fried Pie:

  1. Fried pies are small fried dessert pastries, which have fruit fillings wrapped in the dough.
  2. Fried apple pies were first introduced in McDonald’s in 1968, originally fried in lard.
  3. New Hampshire fried pies(blue berry or blackberry flavored variations) were the favorite dessert of U.S. president Franklin Pierce.
  4. The two most popular flavors of fried pies in the deep South are apple and peach.
  5. Roadside stands in the South often refer to fried pies as “Crab Lanterns”

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Fried Pies

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Today’s Food History

  • 1878 The first telephone was installed in the White House in Washington, D.C. Alexander Graham Bell installed it himself. Rutherford B. Hayes was president.
  • 1885 Dr. Pepper is sold for the first time.
  • 1886 Rex Stout, American crime writer was born. More than 70 of his novels and stories feature the fictional gourmand/gourmet detective, Nero Wolfe. Archie Goodwin, the detective’s assistant, described him as weighing “one seventh of a ton” (about 286 pounds). Shad Roe and Duck were two of Wolfe’s favorites, and he also consumed copious amounts of beer. Stout also published ‘The Nero Wolfe Cookbook’ in 1973.
  • 1936 The first patent was issued for a commercial scale hydroponic system for plant culture (a ‘hydroponicum’). Ernest Walfrid Brundin and Frank F. Lyon received the patent on the system they had set up the previous year.
  • 1944 Eric Bloom of the music group ‘Blue Oyster Cult’ was born.
  • 1990 British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel from their respective countries drilled through a final piece of rock and shook hands,  22.3 km from the UK, 15.6 km from France.
  • 1999 The Russian Duma passed an animal rights bill that prohibits people from eating their pets.

December 21 is National Fried Shrimp Day

Posted on December 20, 2013

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National French Fried Shrimp Day

Five Food Finds about Shrimp

  • Every shrimp is born male, then some mature into females.
  • It takes 2 pounds of wild fish to produce one pound of farmed shrimp.
  • Shrimp is the favorite seafood of Americans.
  • The “Pistol Shrimp” can fire water like a bullet from its claw, producing an incredibly loud pop.
  • The “Ghost Shrimp” is transparent, and therefore practically invisible in the water.
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Today’s Food History

1883 Laurence M. Klauber was born. Klauber was an American herpetologist and inventor who was a rattlesnake expert. If you want to know anything or everything about rattlesnakes, see his book ‘Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories and Influence on Mankind.’

1913 The ‘New York World’ published the first crossword puzzle. Don’t forget to check the various Food theme Crosswords on the Food Reference Website!

1937 Walt Disney’s first full length animated film ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ opened in Los Angeles, California. It ran for 83 minutes and cost $1.5 million to make.

1998 Adelaide Hawley Cumming died. She was television’s original Betty Crocker on the Betty Crocker Show premiering in 1949.

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December 20 is National Sangria Day

Posted on December 19, 2013

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National Sangria Day

Five Food Finds about Sangria

  • Sangria is not a cocktail with a specific recipe. Sangria makes cheap wine, as well as other inexpensive and easily accessible ingredients, taste better and eases the consumption.
  • Sangria in the Spanish language means ‘bloody’
  • The country with the highest per-capita wine consumption in the world is…. wait for it…. Vatican City.
  • The word Alcohol is derived from the Arabic language (al kohl or alkuhl). Strange consider that a large proportion of the Arabic population is forbidden from consuming alcohol for religious reasons.
  • Poor soil quality tends to produce better wines. The trick is to “challenge” the vines by making them “work” harder.

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1928 Harry Ramsden opened what would become the most famous fish and chips restaurant in the world.

1968 John Steinbeck died. American novelist, some of his titles were: ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ ‘Tortilla Flats’ and ‘Cannery Row.’
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December 18 is National “I Love Honey” Day

Posted on December 18, 2013

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National “I Love Honey” Day

Five Food Finds about Honey

  • Greeks and Roman referred to honey as a food fit for the gods.
  • A honey wine was developed, and largely consumed by many. Its given name was mead.
  • Honey was so in demand in the eleventh century that it was a stipulation for German peasants to offer their feudal lords payment in honey and beeswax.
  • Have allergies? Take a teaspoon a day of a honey made from the region where you reside and it will aid in developing resistance to pollen thereby reducing your allergies.
  • Have chapped lips? Apply honey!

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Today’s Food History

1829 Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck died. A French naturalist, he believed in the inheritance of acquired traits. He was the first to draw an evolutionary diagram. Some of his ideas influenced Darwin.

1965 ‘Taste Of Honey’ by Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass is #1 on the charts.

1988 Pillsbury Co. is acquired by the British company Grand Metropolitan PLC, a food and spirits conglomerate.

1991 The ‘International Project to Save the Brazilian Rainforests’ was launched.

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December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day

Posted on December 17, 2013

National Maple Syrup Day

Five Food Finds about Maple Syrup

  • Maple syrup is boiled even further to produce maple cream, maple sugar, and maple candy.
  • Usually a maple tree is at least 30 years old and 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped
  • The maple season may last eight to 10 weeks, but sap flow is heaviest for about 10-20 days in the early spring.
  • It takes 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup
  • It takes one gallon of maple syrup to produce eight pounds of maple candy or sugar

Today’s Food History

1843 Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ was published. It contains numerous and elaborate descriptions of Christmas food and dinners.
“Oh! All that steam! The pudding had just been taken out of the cauldron. Oh! That smell! The same as the one which prevailed on washing day! It is that of the cloth which wraps the pudding. Now, one would imagine oneself in a restaurant and in a confectioner’s at the same time, with a laundry nest door. Thirty seconds later, Mrs. Cratchit entered, her face crimson, but smiling proudly, with the pudding resembling a cannon ball, all speckled, very firm, sprinkled with brandy in flames, and decorated with a sprig of holly stuck in the centre. Oh! The marvelous pudding!”

1892 The first performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ in St. Petersburg.

1940 ‘Corn Silk’ was recorded by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians.

1948 Jim Bonfanti of the music group ‘The Raspberries’ was born

December 21 – National Fried Shrimp Day

Posted on December 21, 2012

frenchfriedshrimp

National French Fried Shrimp Day

Five Food Finds about Shrimp

  • Every shrimp is born male, then some mature into females.
  • It takes 2 pounds of wild fish to produce one pound of farmed shrimp.
  • Shrimp is the favorite seafood of Americans.
  • The “Pistol Shrimp” can fire water like a bullet from its claw, producing an incredibly loud pop.
  • The “Ghost Shrimp” is transparent, and therefore practically invisible in the water.
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Today’s Food History

1883 Laurence M. Klauber was born. Klauber was an American herpetologist and inventor who was a rattlesnake expert. If you want to know anything or everything about rattlesnakes, see his book ‘Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories and Influence on Mankind.’

1913 The ‘New York World’ published the first crossword puzzle. Don’t forget to check the various Food theme Crosswords on the Food Reference Website!

1937 Walt Disney’s first full length animated film ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ opened in Los Angeles, California. It ran for 83 minutes and cost $1.5 million to make.

1998 Adelaide Hawley Cumming died. She was television’s original Betty Crocker on the Betty Crocker Show premiering in 1949.

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December 20 – National Sangria Day

Posted on December 20, 2012

sangria

National Sangria Day

Five Food Finds about Sangria

  • Sangria is not a cocktail with a specific recipe. Sangria makes cheap wine, as well as other inexpensive and easily accessible ingredients, taste better and eases the consumption.
  • Sangria in the Spanish language means ‘bloody’
  • The country with the highest per-capita wine consumption in the world is…. wait for it…. Vatican City.
  • The word Alcohol is derived from the Arabic language (al kohl or alkuhl). Strange consider that a large proportion of the Arabic population is forbidden from consuming alcohol for religious reasons.
  • Poor soil quality tends to produce better wines. The trick is to “challenge” the vines by making them “work” harder.

divtToday’s Food History

1928 Harry Ramsden opened what would become the most famous fish and chips restaurant in the world.

1968 John Steinbeck died. American novelist, some of his titles were: ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ ‘Tortilla Flats’ and ‘Cannery Row.’
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December 19 – National Oatmeal Muffin Day

Posted on December 19, 2012

5 Star Recipe from MyRecipes.com

5 Star Recipe from MyRecipes.com

National Oatmeal Muffins Day

Today’s Food History

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1732 First issue of ‘Poor Richard’s Almanac’ was published.

1809 Pierre Joseph van Beneden was born. A Belgian parasitologist, he discovered the life cycle of tapeworms.

1863 Frederick Walton of London patented Linoleum. The standard kitchen flooring.

1871 Albert L. Jones patented corrugated paper which could be used to make boxes.

December 18 – National “I Love Honey” Day

Posted on December 18, 2012

honey

National “I Love Honey” Day

Five Food Finds about Honey

  • Greeks and Roman referred to honey as a food fit for the gods.
  • A honey wine was developed, and largely consumed by many. Its given name was mead.
  • Honey was so in demand in the eleventh century that it was a stipulation for German peasants to offer their feudal lords payment in honey and beeswax.
  • Have allergies? Take a teaspoon a day of a honey made from the region where you reside and it will aid in developing resistance to pollen thereby reducing your allergies.
  • Have chapped lips? Apply honey!

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Today’s Food History

1829 Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck died. A French naturalist, he believed in the inheritance of acquired traits. He was the first to draw an evolutionary diagram. Some of his ideas influenced Darwin.

1965 ‘Taste Of Honey’ by Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass is #1 on the charts.

1988 Pillsbury Co. is acquired by the British company Grand Metropolitan PLC, a food and spirits conglomerate.

1991 The ‘International Project to Save the Brazilian Rainforests’ was launched.

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December 17 – National Maple Syrup Day

Posted on December 17, 2012

National Maple Syrup Day

Five Food Finds about Maple Syrup

  • Maple syrup is boiled even further to produce maple cream, maple sugar, and maple candy.
  • Usually a maple tree is at least 30 years old and 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped
  • The maple season may last eight to 10 weeks, but sap flow is heaviest for about 10-20 days in the early spring.
  • It takes 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup
  • It takes one gallon of maple syrup to produce eight pounds of maple candy or sugar

Today’s Food History

1843 Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ was published. It contains numerous and elaborate descriptions of Christmas food and dinners.
“Oh! All that steam! The pudding had just been taken out of the cauldron. Oh! That smell! The same as the one which prevailed on washing day! It is that of the cloth which wraps the pudding. Now, one would imagine oneself in a restaurant and in a confectioner’s at the same time, with a laundry nest door. Thirty seconds later, Mrs. Cratchit entered, her face crimson, but smiling proudly, with the pudding resembling a cannon ball, all speckled, very firm, sprinkled with brandy in flames, and decorated with a sprig of holly stuck in the centre. Oh! The marvelous pudding!”

1892 The first performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ in St. Petersburg.

1940 ‘Corn Silk’ was recorded by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians.

1948 Jim Bonfanti of the music group ‘The Raspberries’ was born

  

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