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September 21st is National Pecan Cookie Day!

Posted on September 21, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Pecan Cookie:

  1. If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women.  Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
  2. It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  3. Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.  In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
  4. Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
  5. Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher.  Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.

Today’s Food History

  • 1756 John Loudon McAdam was born. He invented macadam pavement for roads. The Macadamia Nut was named for him.
  • 1760 Olof Swartz was born. A Swedish botanist who collected plants in Jamaica and Hispaniola, and published several books on the plants of the Caribbean.
  • 1937 J.R.R. Tolkein’s ‘The Hobbit’ was published. Hobbits were well known as both gourmets and gourmands.
  • 1961 Earle Dickson died. He invented Band-Aids for his wife, who had frequent kitchen accidents, cutting or burning herself. He worked for Johnson & Johnson, who soon began manufacturing Band-Aids.
  • 1971 Coca Cola introduced the plastic bottle.

September 21st is National Pecan Cookie Day!

Posted on September 21, 2017

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Pecan Cookie:

  1. If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women.  Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
  2. It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  3. Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.  In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
  4. Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
  5. Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher.  Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.

Today’s Food History

  • 1756 John Loudon McAdam was born. He invented macadam pavement for roads. The Macadamia Nut was named for him.
  • 1760 Olof Swartz was born. A Swedish botanist who collected plants in Jamaica and Hispaniola, and published several books on the plants of the Caribbean.
  • 1937 J.R.R. Tolkein’s ‘The Hobbit’ was published. Hobbits were well known as both gourmets and gourmands.
  • 1961 Earle Dickson died. He invented Band-Aids for his wife, who had frequent kitchen accidents, cutting or burning herself. He worked for Johnson & Johnson, who soon began manufacturing Band-Aids.
  • 1971 Coca Cola introduced the plastic bottle.

September 21st is National Pecan Cookie Day!

Posted on September 21, 2016

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Pecan Cookie:

  1. If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women.  Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
  2. It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  3. Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.  In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
  4. Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
  5. Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher.  Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.

Today’s Food History

  • 1756 John Loudon McAdam was born. He invented macadam pavement for roads. The Macadamia Nut was named for him.
  • 1760 Olof Swartz was born. A Swedish botanist who collected plants in Jamaica and Hispaniola, and published several books on the plants of the Caribbean.
  • 1937 J.R.R. Tolkein’s ‘The Hobbit’ was published. Hobbits were well known as both gourmets and gourmands.
  • 1961 Earle Dickson died. He invented Band-Aids for his wife, who had frequent kitchen accidents, cutting or burning herself. He worked for Johnson & Johnson, who soon began manufacturing Band-Aids.
  • 1971 Coca Cola introduced the plastic bottle.

National Pecan Torte Day

Posted on August 22, 2013

National Pecan Torte Day

Five Food Finds about Pecans

  • If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women.  Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
  • It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  • Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.  In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
  • Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
  • Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher.  Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1647 Denis Papin is born. The French physicist who invented the pressure cooker (Papin’s Digester) in 1679

1865 William Sheppard of New York City received a patent for liquid soap.

1867 Charles Francis Jenkins was born. An inventor who is best known as an early television pioneer. Among his many inventions was a cone-shaped drinking cup.

1867 Maximilian Bircher-Benner was born. He was a Swiss doctor who developed the cereal product ‘Muesli,’ which is similar to Granola.

1939 The first U.S. patent was issued for a disposable whipped cream aerosol container. Julius S. Kahn’s patent was titled “An Apparatus for Mixing a Liquid with a Gas” and was specifically concerned with making whipped cream, using a ordinary soda bottle.

1970 ‘Spill The Wine’ by Eric Burdon & War hit number 3 on the charts.

2004 Sonya Thomas won $500 and a trophy belt at the World Lobster Eating Contest in Kennebunkport, Maine. She ate 9.76 pounds of lobster meat (38 lobsters) in 12 minutes.  She also holds the record for hard boiled eggs, and pork & beans (8.4 pounds in 2 minutes 47 seconds). She weighs only 105 pounds.

2007 A 12 year-old boy in Manchester, England was charged with assault for throwing a cocktail sausage at a 74 year-old man.

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

Posted on August 20, 2013

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

Five Food Finds about Pecans

  • If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women.  Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
  • It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  • Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.  In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
  • Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
  • Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher.  Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1913 Stainless steel was cast for the first time in Sheffield, England. Harry Brearly of Thomas Firth & Sons discovered how to make ‘the steel that doesn’t rust’ by accident.

1948 Robert Plant of the music group ‘Led Zeppelin’ was born.

1955 ‘The Popcorn Song’ by Cliffie Stone hit number 14 on the charts.

1968 The largest sea bass caught with a fishing rod weighed over 563 pounds. It was caught off the coast of California.

National Chocolate Parfait Day

Posted on May 1, 2013

National Chocolate Parfait Day

Five Food Finds about Parfait

  • Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than green tea and just as many as blueberries.
  • White chocolate really isn’t chocolate. It’s made from cocoa butter, the substance you get by pressing cocoa beans. Cocoa butter is absent of the cocoa solids used to make chocolate.
  • Chocolate was consumed by the ancient Aztecs as a frothy beverage, somewhat like hot chocolate we drink today.
  • Chocolate comes from a plant, called Theobroma cacao, which translates “Food of the Gods”.
  • Eating chocolate can also reduce the symptoms of stress.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1683 Supposedly, a patent for a system of extracting salt from sea water was granted in England.

1841 The first wagon train left Independence, Missouri for California.

1851 London’s Great Exhibition opened in Hyde Park. It was the first international exhibition ever to be held. The Exhibition was housed in the Crystal Palace.

1889 Bayer introduced aspirin powder in Germany.

1927 Imperial Airways became the first British airline to serve hot meals.

1931 Empire State Building opens. It was built on the site of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

1971 ‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones is released.

1991 Charles Elton died. Elton was an English biologist who first developed the idea of a ‘food chain.’

2001 Hindus in Seattle filled suit against McDonald’s restaurant chain for not disclosing the use of beef flavoring in its French Fries.

2005 A 9 foot, 640 pound freshwater catfish was caught by fishermen in northern Thailand on the Mekong River. According to many, this is the largest freshwater fish ever caught.

National Glazed Ham Day

Posted on April 15, 2013

Photo used with permission from Tennessee Home and Farm


National Glazed Ham Day

Five Food Finds about Ham

  • The Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota sold the first canned ham in 1926.
  • Hams are produced by almost every country in the world.
  • Mainz ham is a German ham that is brined, soaked in brandy or wine lees (or a mixture of both) and then smoked for a long period.
  • A country ham is much drier than injected-cured hams and has a sharper flavored due to its high salt content.
  • A pig scratches himself with his right leg, which uses the muscles more often, so the meat will be tougher.  Aim for the left leg if you can.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1710 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo was born. Born in Belgium, this ballerina danced with the Paris Opera. Escoffier named many gourmet dishes in her honor.

1854 New York became the first state to fund a study of insects harmful to plants.

1874 George Harrison Shull was born. An American botanist, frequently called the ‘father of hybrid corn.’

1878 Harley Proctor created Ivory Soap.

1912 John Jacob Astor IV died. Great grandson of John Jacob Astor, who founded the family fortune. John Jacob IV built the Astoria section of what would become the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (1897) in New York city (this was on the site that were the Empire State building would be built in 1929). He also built the Knickerbocker and the St. Regis hotels. He died on the Titanic.

1951 Household hints columnist, Heloise, was born in Waco, Texas.

1955 The first franchised McDonald’s was opened in Des Plaines, Illinois, by Ray Kroc, who bought the hamburger restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers. On opening day a 2 patty hamburger was 15 cents and French Fries were 10 cents

Photo used with permission from Tennessee Home and Farm

  

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