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February 9 is National Bagel and Lox Day

Posted on February 9, 2016

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

  1. The word Bagel is often thought to have derived from the ‘buckle‘ shape it has, but actually it is from a Yiddish word ‘beygl‘ meaning ring or hole.
  2. Bagels are one of the few breads that are boiled then baked. creating the sought inside while retaining a crisp exterior.
  3. Over a Billion dollars a year are spent on bagels in the US alone.
  4. The top selling bagels are Plain(#1), Whole Wheat(#2) and Sesame Seed(#3)
  5. Originally bagels were baked and sold by street vendors. They would have been carried around on a long string draped over the sellers’ shoulders. (Link to drawing)

What’s a lox? Lox is thinly sliced smoked salmon

Bagel & Lox are typically bagels with cream cheese, onions,  and smoked salmon. Other variations often include  tomatoes, cucumbers, capers, and/or scrambled eggs

Daily Quote: “Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise”~Dixie Carter

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Today’s Food History

  • 1870 The creation of the U.S. Weather Service (National Weather Service) was authorized by Congress
  • 1889 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was established as a Cabinet level agency.
  • 1899 Minnesota’s all time record low temperature: 59 degrees F below zero at Leech Lake Dam.
  • 1894 Hershey’s Chocolate Company was founded as a subsidiary of Milton S. Hershey’s Lancaster Caramel Company.
  • 1901 RIP Fred Harvey Born in 1835 in London, Frederick Henry Harvey, was an American restaurateur who operated a chain of restaurants called the ‘Harvey House,’ and a series of railroad dining cars and hotels. The restaurants were opened along the route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, and were staffed by ‘Harvey Girls’, who over the years numbered in the thousands. Will Rogers said Harvey “kept the West in food and wives.”
  • 1909 Carmen Miranda was born. Brazilian singer and actress. Appeared in many Hollywood movies, she was known as “the Brazilian bombshell” and also “the lady in the tutti-frutti hat.”
  • 2001 The American submarine USS Greenville accidentally strikes and sinks a Japanese fishing & high school training ship, the Ehime-Maru. Nine crew members of the Ehime Maru and 4 high school students were drowned. The submarine was practicing an emergency rapid surfacing maneuver at the time.



February 26 is National Pistachio Day

Posted on February 26, 2015

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

  1. Pistachio nuts are a member of the cashew family, related closely to mangos, sumac and even poison ivy.
  2. Iran produces more pistachios than any other country in the world with over 200k tons per year.
  3. In Asia they are often referred to as ‘green almonds & the ‘happy nut’. In Iran they are called the ‘smiling nut’
  4. Male pistachio trees are alternate bearing, meaning they produce heavier crops every other year.
  5. All pistachio shells are naturally beige in color. Many companies dye inferior nuts red or green.

Daily Quote: 

“Today’s mighty oak was once a single nut who held it’s ground.”~Mark Twain

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Today’s Food History

  • 1852 John Harvey Kellogg was born. A health food pioneer, developed the first breakfast cereals for his patients, Granose (flaked wheat) and toasted corn flakes.
  • 1857 Emile Coue was born. A French pharmacist, he was an advocate of autosuggestion. He suggested repeating the following sentence 15 to 20 times in the morning and evening: “Every day, and in every way, I am becoming better and better.” It is said that 20% claim it works.
  • 1895 Michael Joseph Owens patented an automatic glass blowing machine that could make multiple bottles at the same time. A big advance in bottle making, spurring the mass sale of beer, alcohol and sodas.
  • 1903 RIP Richard Jordan Gatling, inventor of the Gatling Gun.  He also developed machines for sowing rice, wheat, and other grains, and the steam plow.
  • 1928 Fats Domino (Antoine Domino) was born in New Orleans. One of rock-and-roll’s earliest stars, one of his early hits was ‘Blueberry Hill’ in 1956.

February 25 is National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day

Posted on February 25, 2015

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

  1. The original  chocolate covered peanut candy are Goobers first sold in 1925. The word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut.
  2. Peanut M & M’s were not introduced until 1954. They were tan until 1960 when colors were first introduced.(yellow, green, & red)
  3. Rapper, Eminem’s original stage name was M & M, his name was eventually changed for obvious trademark issues.
  4. The initials M & M stand for the Forrest Mars from Mars Candies and Bruce Murrie from Hershey Chocolates.
  5. In 1976 red M & M’s were replaced with orange. The red dye(red #2) was ruled to be a potential carcinogen. Red did not return until 1987.

Daily Quote:

“M & M’s, the chocolates that melt in your mouth nor in your hand” first used in 1954

Extra: It is said that M & M’s were tan in color for decades because if they DID melt in your hand it would not show

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Today’s Food History

  • 1904 Adelle Davis was born.  Nutritionist, and author of ‘Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit.’ She promoted many theories that have been labeled as unfounded and dangerous by the medical community.
  • 1918 Wartime food rationing began in parts of England
  • 1922 Donald McLean was born. McLean was a Scottish potato expert who supposedly discovered the world’s largest private collection of potatoes, with 367 varieties.
  • 1934 RIP Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton, an American botanist, she helped establish the New York Botanical Gardens.
  • 1950 RIP George Richard Minot, American physician, Minot was one of the developers of the ” raw-liver diet ” used to treat pernicious anemia.

February 20 is National Muffin Day

Posted on February 20, 2015

 
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Originally today was celebrated as 'National Margarita Day' - worry not it's now February 22

Here are today’s five thing to know about 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. Muffins come in both savory varieties, such as corn or cheese muffins, or sweet varieties such as blueberry or banana
  4. American muffins are similar to a cupcake in size and cooking methods, the difference, cupcakes almost always are made with cake batter
  5. The blueberry muffin is the official state muffin of Minnesota. The corn muffin is the official state muffin of Massachusetts.

Fun Fact:

The term Muffin-top originated as Australian slang in mid-2003. Soon it became popular throughout the English speaking world.

The word roughly “describes the roll of excess flesh spilling out primarily in front but possibly all around ones waist”

The Oxford English Dictionary added the term to its revised online edition in March 2011.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1829 Yuengling Brewery in Pennsylvania opened. It is the oldest brewery still operating in the U.S.
  • 1872 Cyrus W. Baldwin received a patent for an electric elevator. It was installed in the Stephens Hotel in New York City.
  • 1872 Silas Noble and J.Cooley of Massachusetts were issued a patent on a toothpick manufacturing machine.
  • 1872 Luther Childs Crowell of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was granted a patent for a machine which made square bottom paper bags. It is the same basic design still used today.
  • 1890  Hershel Geguzin was born in Lithuania, Known openly in America as a professional impostor and Hollywood restaurateur. He posed as Russian Prince Michael Alexandrovich Dmitri Oblensky Romanoff. Opening Romanoff’s restaurant in Beverly Hills in the 1930s, attracting Hollywood movie stars and millionaires
  • 1985 Clarence Nash died. The original voice of Donald Duck.
  • 2001 Foot-and-mouth disease ravages livestock in Britain in the worst epidemic since 1967. By March it has spread to mainland Europe. Millions of animals are destroyed.
  • 2009 Hershey’s, the largest U.S. candy maker, closed its candy factory in Reading, Pennsylvania. The factory produced among others, the Zagnut, York Peppermint Pattie, and 5th Avenue candy bars. Production was moved to their new factory in Monterey, Mexico.

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February 19 is National Chocolate Mint Day

Posted on February 19, 2015

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

  1.  In tea houses and dinner halls of the early 1900’s  mint sprigs and dark chocolates served after desserts for patrons to ‘chew for good breath and aid digestion’.  Soon thin mints, layered mint and dark chocolate candies appeared in many forms.
  2. Thin Mints, a Girl Scout cookie first sold in 1951, accounts for over 25% of the annual Girl Scout cookie sales.
  3. After Eights, introduced in 1962, were considered a classier version of the classic thin mint, with dark chocolate and rich mint center, considered at the time the perfect after dinner mint.
  4. Andes chocolate mints, created in 1921, have little to do with the Andes mountains. They were once called “Andy’s Candies”  but the owner ‘found that men did not like giving boxes of candies with another man’s name on them to their wives and girlfriends’ so he changed the name.
  5. Frango Mints, perhaps the first chocolate mints, were first patented in 1918. They were sold in tea houses and sold frozen to emphasize the sharp mint flavor.

 Daily Quote:

“A wise man knows that if someone offers you a breath mint, accept it.”~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1764 Gottlieb Sigismund Kirchhof was born. He developed a method for refining vegetable oil, and also improved brewing & fermentation.
  • 1855 Bread Riots in Liverpool.
  • 1906 Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company (W.K. Kellogg Company) was founded by Will Keith Kellogg to manufacture breakfast cereals (cornflakes).
  • 1913 Cracker Jack began to put prizes in each box.
  • 1976 Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Great Britain when the two couldn’t settle their disagreement on the ‘cod war’ fishing rights issue.
  • 1985 Cherry Coke was introduced nation-wide
  • 1999 The world’s largest strawberry shortcake was created in McCall Park, Plant City, Florida, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. The city holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, over 6,000 pounds.


February 18 is National ‘Drink Wine’ Day

Posted on February 18, 2015

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

  1. It takes around 2 1/2 pounds of grapes to make one bottle of wine.
  2. Before corks were broadly used in wine bottles, wooden stoppers wrapped in oil-soaked rags were common. These would need to be changed at least once a year.
  3. Even though corks were commonly used since the 1600’s it wasn’t until 1795 that the corkscrew was patented. Before then the corks would have caps, similar to champagne corks.
  4. An average bottle of wine is about 25 fluid ounces( officially  750 milliliters)
  5. Most ancients urns found in greece, egypt, and the Mediterranean are ‘casks’ that held wine.  The sealed elongated box that holds them are called ‘caskets’

Wine Quotes:

“Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” ~ Winston Churchill

“Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!“~Dom Perignon upon drinking Champagne the 1st time

“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.”~Joan Collins

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Today’s Food History

  • 1871 Harry Brearley was born. Brearley was an English metallurgist who invented stainless steel in 1912.
  • 1885 The ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain was published.
  • 1901 Hubert Cecil Booth patented the vacuum cleaner. Because of its large size, he mounted the machine on a horse carriage, with a long hose to reach inside a house
  • 1930 At the St. Louis International Air Exposition, a cow supposedly flew in an airplane for the first time, and this same cow became the first cow to be milked while flying.
  • 1968 Actress Molly Ringwald was born. Two of her movies were ‘The Breakfast Club’ (1985) and ‘In the Weeds’ (2000).

 

February 8 is National “Potato Lovers” Day

Posted on February 8, 2015

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

  1. The word , potato, is derived from a Native American word “Batata”
  2. The first cultivated potatoes date back to 500o BC in Peru. Originally, they were purple. When cooked they turn a deep blue color.
  3. Most of the nutrients found in potatoes are in the skin.
  4. Sweet potatoes are distant relatives of the common potato, while Yams are not potatoes at all, they botanically are considered lilies.
  5. The word spud actually means “to dig a small hole in the grown, similar to spade, a tool to dig small holes.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1795 Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was born. A German chemist who developed a method for obtaining sugar from beet juice.
  • 1886 Wilhelm Koppers was born. This cultural anthropologist developed theories on the origins of society based on studies of hunter-gatherer tribes.
  • 1898 John Sherman of Worcester, Massachusetts received a patent for the first machine to fold and seal envelopes.
  • 1925 Actor Jack Lemmon was born. A couple of his film titles: ‘The Fortune Cookie’ and ‘Days of Wine and Roses’
  • 1946 Adolfo De La Parra of the music group ‘Canned Heat’ was born.

February 5 is World Nutella Day

Posted on February 5, 2015

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

  1. Nutella, a chocolate & hazelnut spread, outsells ALL brands of peanut butter worldwide
  2. Hazelnuts were originally used as an inexpensive filler. sales increased and soon became it’s trademark flavor.
  3. In the aftermath of World War 2 Italian stores offered a service called “smearing”, which allowed local children to bring in a slice of bread on which they could have some Nutella spread.
  4. In Europe the Nutella jar is usually made of glass, whereas in North America it is made of plastic.
  5. One jar of Nutella is sold every 2.5 seconds worldwide.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1872 Lafayette Benedict Mendel was born. An American biochemist who published various papers on nutrition. His work on vitamins and proteins helped establish modern concepts about nutrition.
  • 1884 Willis Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio, received a patent for an egg beater.
  • 1914 William Burroughs, novelist, was born. He wrote ‘Naked Lunch.’
  • 1967 Tom Smothers fell into a vat of chocolate today. (The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour premiered).

February 4 is National Homemade Soup Day

Posted on February 4, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Homemade Soup:

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  1. Women are more than twice as likely to eat soup as men, 9.67% vs. 4.0%.
  2. The Middle English word soupen meant “to drink in sips”, which is how most soups were consumed. The words “soup,” “supper,” “sip,” and “sop” are derived from  this term.
  3. Andy Warhol(who’s real name was Andrew Warhola) is famous for his Campbell ‘s soup can art of the 1960’s. Did you know his first works sold for around 100 dollars?  Today they sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  4. We ‘eat’ and don’t drink soup. In most cultures, soup is had as a part of the meal. According to etiquette experts, since we consume soup with a spoon as opposed to sipping it from a bowl, we ‘eat’ it.
  5. The word soup is of Sanskrit origin! It is derived from the su and po, which means good nutrition.

Daily Quote: “Of soup and love, the first is the best.” ~ Spanish proverb

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Today’s Food History

  • 1906 Clyde W. Tombaugh was born. An American astronomer who discovered the planet Pluto in 1930. His first telescopes were  made from old farm equipment parts
  • 1930 Candy maker Frank C. Mars of Minnesota introduced the Snickers bar in 1930. Did you know? Snickers was the name of his prized race horse.
  • 1941 Roy J. Plunkett received a U.S. patent for Teflon. He accidentally discovered it in 1938.
  • 1983 RIP Karen Carpenter from complications associated with anorexia nervosa.

February 3 is National Carrot Cake Day

Posted on February 3, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Carrot Cake:

  1. Carrots were first cultivated in north Africa & the Mediterranean. They originally were purple or grey in color. Introduced to Europe around 1000 years ago.
  2. The weed/flower Queen Anne’s Lace is actually a wild carrot. Many say carrots were planted in colonial gardens; went to seed & soon spread across North America.
  3. Jello in the 1930’s offered ‘carrot pie’ flavored gelatin.
  4. People first grew carrots as medicine, not food, for a variety of ailments.
  5. Carrots are one of the rare vegetables which are more nutritious cooked than raw
Daily Quote:  “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.”

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Today’s Food History

  • 1468 RIP Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of moveable type printing. Inspired by the screw presses used in winemaking.
  • 1815 The world’s 1st commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland.
  • 1913 The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It gave Congress the power to levy taxes on income.  In 1913 less than 1% of the population paid income tax at the rate of 1%. Before this taxes were acquired primarily on food, merchandise sales, etc.
  • 1916 The Cafe Voltaire opened in Zurich, Switzerland, a meeting place for members of what was to be known as the Dada movement.
  • 1959 The day the music died. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) are killed in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa.

February 1 is National Cake Pops Day

Posted on February 1, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Cake Pops:

  1. A cake pop is cake, baked in an appealing shape, hand dipped in frosting, and decorated to taste, all on a stick to be eaten as candy.
  2. While there is no recorded date for the creation of cake pops. Most people say that Bakerella, a popular baking blog, helped make then a “pop” phenomenon. See Pinterest below
  3. In 2011, cake pops were considered the newest and most popular confectionery food trends.
  4. Other variations of cake pops are cake balls, cakesicles, cupcake pops, and cake-on-a-stick.
  5. Cake pops in recent years have become ubiquitous to Starbucks coffee shops.
* Bakerella celebrates National Cake Pop Day on Feb 1

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Today’s Food History

  • 1856 Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College, a primarily agricultural college.
  • 1867 Bricklayers first started working 8-hour days
  • 1884 The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is publish(including 23 recipes & cooking tips)
  • 1913 New York City’s Grand Central Terminal opens. The world’s largest train station including several restaurants & food stalls.
  • 1960 Four students stage the first civil rights “sit-in” at the lunch counter of the Greensboro, NC, Woolworth

  

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