Posts tagged “Food Facts

A History of Aunt Jemima

Posted on March 25, 2012

Aunt Jemima’s pancake mix was one of the first “mixes” ever sold (from the R.T. Davis Milling Company). Former slave Nancy Green was hired as a spokesperson for the Aunt Jemima pancake mix in 1890. Green  played the Jemima character from 1890 until 1923. The world first “discovered” the real Aunt Jemima (Green)  at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893, where she would make pancakes. Today, most of us know her from the kindly portrait on the label of the American iconic syrup and mixes.

Five Food Finds about Aunt Jemima

  • Most people think of the Aunt Jemima brand as a syrup, but it actually wasn’t introduced as a syrup until 1966.
  • Some view Aunt Jemima as a negative racial stereotype.  Throughout the years, the brand has done some work to create a more empowering image of her.
  • Aunt Jemima’s pancake mix was one of the first “mixes” ever sold.
  • At the World’s Columbian Exposition, Aunt Jemima’ (Nancy Green) demonstrated how to use the new mix.  The exhibit was so popular, police had to control the crowds at the Aunt Jemima booth.
  • Aunt Jemima was the first pancake mix available, and it continues to be one of the best-selling in the world.

 

March 16 – National Artichoke Heart Day

Posted on March 16, 2012

National Artichoke Day

Five Food Finds for Artichokes

  • The artichoke is the unopened “flower” bloom of a thistle plant.
  • A medium sized globe artichoke is fat free and has only 25 calories.
  • 3% of the world’s herbal tea consumption is dried artichoke tea.
  • 40% of the world’s artichokes are canned or jarred.
  • California is known as the artichoke capital of the world.  They supply nearly 100% of North American fresh artichokes.

Daily Food Quote

“After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual “food” out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps.” – Miss Piggy

Today’s Food History

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1915 Absinthe is outlawed in France and several other countries. Absinthe was a licorice/anise flavored liqueur that contained wormwood, and was 132 proof. The high alcohol content, and the presence of the toxic oil thujone from the wormwood, often causing hallucinations, convulsions, and severe mental problems amongst hard core absinthe drinkers.  Absinthe is now legal in the European Union.

1975 RIP T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist

1990 A Third Michelin star was awarded to Restaurant Louis XV in the Hotel de Paris. Chef Alain Ducasse, 33, is the youngest chef ever to have his restaurant receive 3 stars.

Gyros

Posted on August 25, 2010

  Gyros or gyro (pronounced /ˈdʒɪəroʊ/ or /ˈdʒaɪroʊ/, from Greek: γύρος [ˈʝiros] ‘turn’) is a Greek dish, consisting of meat, tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce, and is served with pita bread. Gyros may also refer to the sandwich, which consists of the same ingredients. To make gyros, pieces of meat are placed on a tall vertical spit, which turns in front of a source of heat, usually an electric broiler. If the meat is not fatty enough, strips of fat are added so that the roasting meat remains always moist and crispy at the same time. The rate of roasting can be adjusted by varying the strength of the heat and the distance between the heat and the meat, allowing the cook to adjust…

Chinese Almond Cookies

Posted on April 5, 2010

These light, tender cookies are great served with ice cream as an easy holiday dessert or with simply with a cup of coffee or tea after dinner.  These cookies were traditionally made with lard in China because pork is plentiful. changing the recipe to butter instead might give a richer flavor and slightly crisper texture. They are much more flavorful than the fortune cookie, keep them on hand, baked and ready, in your freezer.

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