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National Escargot Day

Posted on May 24, 2013

National Escargot Day

Five Food Finds about Escargot

  • Escargot – French – An edible snail, especially one prepared as an appetizer or entree.
  • The French consume 40,000 metric tons of snails each year.
  • Heliculture is the science of growing snails for food.
  • Snails have been eaten as food since at least ancient Roman times. Apicius, the author of the oldest surviving cookbook (1st century B.C – 2 century A.D.) has a recipe for snails in his cookbook.
  • Restaurants serve about 1 billion snails annually.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1686 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was born. He developed the Fahrenheit temperature scale, and invented the mercury thermometer.

1883 R.I.P. Gabriel Gustav Valentin. This German-Swiss physiologist was the first to discover the digestive activity of pancreatic juice. (Oh Boy!).

1883 The Brooklyn Bridge opened. It took 14 years to build at a cost of $18 million, and was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time.

1893 The Anti-Saloon League was founded by Howard H. Russell at Oberlin, Ohio.

1929 The first Marx Brothers film, ‘Cocoanuts’ premiered.

1941 Robert Allen Zimmerman was born.

1945 The first Food-O-Mat was installed in a Grand Union Company store in New Jersey

1976 In Paris, two California wines won top honors at a blind wine tasting by the best of France’s wine experts. The French were shocked, and the wine world was changed forever.

2007 R.I.P. Kelly Jo Dowd. She was one of the original ‘Hooters’ Girls’ at the first Hooters’ restaurant which opened in 1983 in Clearwater Florida.

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

Posted on May 14, 2013

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

Five Food Finds about Biscuits

  • In the United Kingdom, the word “biscuit” is used to refer to what we in the United States would call a “cookie”.
  • White flour, commonly used to bake biscuits, is almost instantly metabolized into sugar.  Biscuits will quickly spike your blood-sugar level.
  • Mustard is a common condiment to use on biscuits in the south, especially to accompany ham.
  • Most biscuit recipes call for a healthy dose of butter in the baking process.  Despite this, many people butter their biscuits after they are served as well.
  • The main difference between biscuits and rolls is the leavening agent.  Biscuits use baking soda.  Rolls use yeast.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1686 Gabriel Fahrenheit was born. Fahrenheit was a German physicist who invented the Fahrenheit temperature scale thermometer. It was the first thermometer to use mercury instead of alcohol, which also extended the temperature range of thermometers.

1853 Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.

1878 Vaseline petroleum jelly was trademarked by Robert August Chesebrough.

1896 The coldest May temperature ever recorded in the U.S. lower 48 states: Minus 10 F at Climax, Colorado.

1919 R.I.P. Henry John Heinz. Founder of the H.J. Heinz company and creator of its slogan ’57 varieties.’

1943 Jack Bruce of the music group ‘Cream’ was born.

1985 The first McDonald’s restaurant, in Des Plains, Illinois, became the first fast food museum.

1991 World’s largest burrito created, 1,126 pounds

1994 The FDA announced that the ‘Flavr Savr’ tomato, a biotech developed food, is safe.

2008 The Chicago City Council repealed its ban on the sale of Foie Gras.

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