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January 7th is National Tempura Day!

Posted on January 7, 2019

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Did you know?

Tempura is actually a Portuguese form of cooking. Introduced to Japan in the 1500’s by Jesuit Priests.


Today’s 5 facts about Tempura:


  1. Tempura was considered a local delicacy in Nagasaki, Japan for well over 100 years.
  2. Tokugawa Ieyasu, considered the first Shogun of Japan, reportedly loved tempura.
  3. The word “tempura” comes from the word “tempora”, a Latin word meaning “times.”
  4. Outside Japan there are many nontraditional uses of tempura. Chefs over the world include tempura dishes on their menus, and a wide variety of different batters and ingredients are used, including the nontraditional broccoli, zucchini, sliced sweet potatoes, and asparagus.
  5. No Panko or Breadcrumbs are used in Tempura, as this method of using breadcrumbs is called Furai.


Today’s Food History

  • 1618 Francis Bacon became Lord Chancellor of England.
  • 1827 Sir Sanford Fleming was born. He devised the present system of time zones while working for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
  • 1896 The ‘Fannie Farmer Cookbook’ was published.
    1901 Alfred Packer is released from prison. He served 18 years for cannibalism after being stranded in the Rocky Mountains. (Actually he was convicted of murder, since cannibalism was not against the law).
  • 1958 Ant Farms go on sale. Milton Levine had the idea at a July 4th family picnic. I wonder if he had dreams of fencing them in so they would not bother him at picnics?
    1972 “American Pie” by Don McLean is #1 on the charts.

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January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day! / #NewYearsDay

Posted on January 1, 2019

Here are today’s five things to know about the Bloody Mary:

The drink’s namesake is Mary of England, whose 16th-century persecution of Protestants earned her the nickname.

Bloody Mary Coctail with celery stalk and pitcher.

Bloody Mary Coctail with celery stalk and pitcher.

Some drink aficionados believe the inspiration for the name was Hollywood star Mary Pickford.

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The Bloody Mary is sometimes mistakenly believed to alleviate hangovers when it is served in the morning.  While it will temporarily alleviate some of the symptoms, it will also further dehydrate the drinker, causing the symptoms to worsen later.

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The Bloody Mary is the US’s most popular alcoholic drink for brunch.

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This drink has been called “The world’s most complex cocktail.”

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Today’s Food History

  • 45 BC New Year’s Day was celebrated for the first time on January 1 when the Julian calendar took effect.
  • 1449 Lorenzo de Medici (The Magnificent) of Florence was born. Many in this Italian noble family were patrons of learning and the arts.  Lorenzo’s great granddaughter, Catherine, is known as the ‘mother of French haute cuisine’ because when she married the French king Henry II, she brought the finest Italian chefs, and her passion for fine food, with her to France. (With apologies to my French readers. Reasonable rebuttals accepted for future publication).
  • 1735 Paul Revere was born. A silversmith and American Revolutionary folk hero, he also made surgical instruments and false teeth.
  • 1772 The London Credit Exchange Company issued the first traveler’s checks.
  • 1800 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton died. A French naturalist, he was a pioneer in several fields including plant physiology. He conducted many agricultural experiments and introduced Merino sheep to France. First director of the Museum of Natural History in Paris.
  • 1863 Daniel Freeman is the first to submit a claim under the new Homestead Act, for 160 acres near Beatrice, Nebraska.
  • 1876 The first world’s oldest trademark is the red triangle registered for Bass Pale Ale. (Some sources say 1883 or 1890)
  • 1876 The first agricultural experiment station was established at Middleton, Connecticut.
  • 1895 C.W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan introduced Postum Food Coffee, a coffee substitute made from wheat, bran and molasses.
  • 1896 Alfred Ely Beach died. American inventor and publisher of Scientific American magazine.
  • 1898 Post Grape Nuts are introduced by C. W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan. (There are no grapes or nuts in Grape Nuts).
  • 1905 The New York Times builds the Times Tower at Long Acre Square, has the name changed to Times Square and celebrated the event with a New Year’s Eve Fireworks show. The beginning of an American tradition at Times Square.
  • 1907 The Times introduced the New Years Eve Ball on their building at Times Square in New York. Descending to mark the end of the old and the beginning of the New Year ever since.
  • 1909 Marcel Proust had a flashback. On January 1, 1909, he ate a piece of tea-soaked toast whose taste caused a flood of childhood memories. In his 7 volume allegorical novel ‘Remembrance of Things Past,’ the character named Swann has a similar experience when he bites into a lemon cookie (a ‘Madeleine’) which brings on a similar flood of memories.
  • 1935 In Miami, the first Orange Bowl was played on this day in 1935. Bucknell University wins over the University of Miami, 26-0.
  • 1935 The first Sugar Bowl football game was played on this day in 1935 in New Orleans.
  • 1935 B. (Barnard) Kliban was born. A satirical cartoonist, best known for his cat cartoons. A few of his cartoon book titles: ‘Never Eat Anything Larger Than Your Head’, ‘The Biggest Tongue in Tunisia’.
  • 1942 Country Joe McDonald of ‘Country Joe and the Fish’ was born.
  • 1958 The agreements establishing the European Economic Community (EEC or Common Market) went into effect.
  • 1994 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
  • 1996 The last Polynesian tree snail, species Partula turgida, died at the London Zoo. They lived on the South Pacific island of Raiatea, where the residents imported predatory snails from Florida to eat a pest snail, originally imported from Africa. Instead they ate the native Tree Snail to extinction. We never seem to learn about the consequences of introducing nonnative species.
  • 1998 Smoking is banned in California restaurants and bars.
  • 2002 The ‘euro’ was introduced, the new monetary unit of the European Union.

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November 8th is National Cappuccino Day! ☕️ / #NationalCappuccinoDay

Posted on November 8, 2018

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Happy National Cappuccino Day

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Here are today’s five things to know about Cappuccino:

Cappuccino was invented in Italy.

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It was first patented by a man named Luigi Bezzera in 1901.

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In Italy, cappuccino is traditionally consumed once a day with breakfast.

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The steamed foam served with capuccino serves as an insulator and allows the liquid to retain its heat for a longer period of time.

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Capuccino is rumored to have been named after Marco d’Aviano: a friar who led the resistance to the Turkish seige of Vienna in 1683. This rumor has not been supported by any historical evidence.


Today’s Food History

  • 1789 Elijah Craig distilled the first bourbon whiskey from corn, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
  • 1910 This is one for those who think the electric insect ‘zapper is a relatively new device. A patent for the first electric insect ‘zapper’ was issued to William H. Frost of Spokane, Washington.
  • 1974 London’s famous flower and vegetable market moves from Covent Garden.

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November 4th is National Candy Day!

Posted on November 4, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about Candy:

The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.


The winter holidays represent the biggest boxed chocolate selling season.


How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie-pop? According to student researchers at Purdue, it’s 364 licks.


Until the 1930s, the Sugar Daddy candy pop was called the “Papa Sucker.”

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The name “Pez” comes from the German word “pfeffErminZ,” meaning “peppermint.”


Today’s Food History

  • 1873 Anthony Iske was issued a patent for a meat slicing machine. It worked much like a mandoline, with a frame to hold the meat while sliding it against the blade.
  • 1879 James and John Ritty invented the first cash register. They came up with the idea to prevent bartenders from stealing at the Pony House Restaurant in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 1879 African-American inventor, Thomas Elkins received a patent for a refrigerating machine, which could be used to cool food (or even human corpses according to the patent application).
  • 1923 Alfred Heineken was born. Grandson of Gerard Adriaan Heineken, the founder of Heineken Brewery. He was president of the company from 1964 to 1989.

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October 31st is National Caramel Apple Day! / #Halloween

Posted on October 31, 2018

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Here are today’s five things to know about the caramel apple:

Candy Apples were first introduced in Arabian cuisine. The reason was that fruit was candied to preserve it.

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Americans have over the years turned that practice into gigantic apples covered everything from red candy and caramel to chocolate, peanuts, popcorn, and more chocolate.

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Soldiers in World War I slanged them “toffee apples.”  Candy Apples are popular all over the world.

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England celebrates Guy Fawkes Day with caramel apples on November 5.

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Everything from a Kool-Aid flavor to a nail-polish shade has been named candy apple red.


Today’s Food History

  • 1826 Noah Cushing was issued a patent for a threshing and winnowing machine.
  • 1831 Carl von Voit was born. German physiologist whose work on metabolism helped establish modern nutritional science.
  • 1888 Scottish inventor John Boyd Dunlop was issued a patent for pneumatic bicycle tires.
  • 1917 Patience Gray, British cookery writer, was born. ’Plats Du Jour’ (1957), ‘Honey From A Weed’(1986)
  • 1920 Justice Oliver Wendell Homes handed down the decision of the Supreme Court, which upheld trademark violations for The ‘Coca- Cola Company’ against ‘The Koke Company of America’.
  • 1950 John Candy was born. Canadian comedian and actor, member of ‘The Second City’ comedy troupe.
  • 1981 Dunkin’ Donuts opened its first store in Thailand.
  • 1982 Waverley Root, cookbook and food author died in Paris at age 79.
  • 2007 David Tallichet, founder of Specialty Restaurants Corp, died. A former WW II pilot, most of the restaurants have aviation themes, or are located on prime waterfront or hilltop properties.

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October 30th is National Candy Corn Day!

Posted on October 30, 2018

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Happy National Candy Corn Day

Did you know candy corn started as a gimmick to prove the goodness of corn sugar?

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Here are today’s facts to know about Candy Corn:

  • One serving of candy corn contains only about 140 calories.
  • Candy corn has 3.57 calories per kernel.
  • More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces — enough to circle the moon nearly four times if laid end-to-end.
  • Halloween accounts for 75% of the annual candy corn production.
  • A cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins.

Today’s Food History

  • 1815 Andrew Jackson Downing was born. American horticulturist, author of ‘The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America’ (1845) and editor of the ‘Horticulturist’ periodical.
  • 1894 The first U.S. patent for a time clock was issued to Daniel Cooper of Rochester, New York.
  • 1990 ‘Ice Ice Baby’ by Vanilla Ice is #1 on the charts.

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October 28th is National Chocolate Day! / #NationalChocolateDay

Posted on October 28, 2018

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Happy National Chocolate Day!

Did you know the smell of chocolate is a natural calming agent?

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Here’s a Foodimentary look at he history of Chocolate 


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

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  • White chocolate originates from the cocoa (cacao) plant, but it is not ‘chocolate.’
  • Switzerland is one of the top countries for chocolate consumption. The Swiss consume about 22 lbs of chocolate, per person, per year.giphy24
  • Most cocoa comes from West Africa.
  • Allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth produces the same or even stronger reactions as passionately kissing.
  •  Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Perhaps this is where they saying “Money grows on trees” came from.

Today in Food History

  • 1846 (Georges-) Auguste Escoffier was born. Escoffier was called “the emperor of chefs” and “emperor of the world’s kitchens” by Emperor William II of Germany. He modernized and codified the elaborate haute cuisine created by Marie-Antoine Carême, and developed the ‘brigade de cuisine,’ system of kitchen organization. Escoffier was chef at the Carlton Hotel in London, the Grande National Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland, the Grand Hotel in Monte Carlo, the Savoy in London and the Ritz hotels in Paris and New York City. His books include ‘Guide culinaire’ and ‘Ma Cuisine.’
  • 1886 The Statue of Liberty (‘Liberty Enlightening the World’) was officially unveiled and dedicated in New York Harbor.
  • 1916 Cleveland Abbe died. Abbe was an astronomer and meteorologist, and is considered the “father of the U.S. Weather Bureau.” The Weather Bureau (National Weather Service) was authorized by Congress in 1870.
  • 1919 The Volstead Act was passed, which enforced the 18th amendment, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages. It went into effect on January 16, 1920.

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October 27th is National Potato Day! / #NationalPotatoDay

Posted on October 27, 2018

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Happy #NationalPotatoDay

Here are today’s Facts things about the potato:

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  • Despite being delicious fried, baked, or boiled, the root vegetable rarely gets the praise it deserves. The environmentally friendly food crop has played a huge role in our development, but rarely do we give our starchy friend a second thought.
  • They’re cheap and ridiculously easy to grow, and don’t require massive amounts of fertilizer and chemical additives to thrive (although some growers still use them anyway). They’re also good for you providing you’re not eating them in fried form all the time.
  • In 1995, potato plants were taken into space with the space shuttle Columbia. This marked the first time any food was ever grown in space.giphy10
  • The world’s largest potato weighed in at 18 pounds, 4 ounces according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
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  • While potatoes may be synonymous with the Irish these days, they were grown in the Andes mountains centuries before Europeans ever set foot in the new world.

Today’s Food History

  • 1728 Captain James Cook was born. British explorer who charted and named many Pacific Islands, including the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).
  • 1806 Alphonse Pyrame de Candolle was born. A Swiss botanist, author of ‘Origin of Cultivated Plants.’
  • 1872 Emily Post was born. (or on October 3, 1873). Etiquette expert, newspaper columnist, author of ‘Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home’ (1922); ‘The Emily Post Cook Book’(1949); ‘Motor Manners’ (1950).
  • 1873 Joseph F. Glidden applied for a patent for barbed wire.
  • 1904 The first subway (underground) rail system in New York City began operating.  The Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) line was 21 miles long.
  • 1930 ‘Gorgonzola’ was recorded by Jack Hylton & His Orchestra with Leslie Sarony
  • 1975 Rex Stout, American crime writer died. 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.

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October 26th is National Pumpkin Day! #NationalPumpkinDay

Posted on October 26, 2018

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Here are today’s Interesting Facts about Pumpkins:

  • The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
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  • In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  •  Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  •  The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  •  The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.

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October 23rd is National Boston Cream Pie Day!

Posted on October 23, 2018

Did you know?

Boston Cream Pie was invented at Boston’s Parker House around 1912.

A dessert cook at the time was Ho Chi Minh,

the future Communist leader of North Vietnam


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

  1.  A Boston cream pie is a cake that is filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate.
  2. Although it is called a Boston cream pie, it is in fact a cake, and not a pie.
  3. Boston cream pie was created by Armenian-French chef M. Sanzian at Boston’s Parker House Hotel in 1856,
  4. The Boston cream pie is the official dessert of Massachusetts, declared as such in 1996.
  5. A Boston cream doughnut is a name for a Berliner filled with vanilla custard or crème pâtissière and topped with icing made from chocolate.

Today’s Food History

  • 1752 Nicolas Appert was born. (The year is listed in various sources as 1749, 1750 and 1752; month and day also varies in October and November). Inventor of the canning process, preserving food by sealing it in sterilized containers. He published the results of 14 years of research in 1810 & received 12,000 franc award from French government.
  • 1921 Edward A. Doisy died. He discovered vitamin K.
  • 1943 Barbara Ann Hawkins of the vocal group ‘The Dixie Cups’ was born
  • 1947 Greg Ridley of the music group ‘Humble Pie’ was born.

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October 17th is National Pasta Day! / #NationalPastaDay

Posted on October 17, 2018

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Pasta Fact:

It is said that Thomas Jefferson introduced pasta to the US around 1789


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

  1. The average American consumes 20 lbs. of pasta annually. This makes it the 6th highest food per capita in the country.
  2. As of March 2012, the average price an American pays for pasta is $1.45 per pound! This makes it one of the most affordable meals.
  3. 24% of the global consumption of pasta is by Americans – the largest of any country in the world. Americans consume 6 billion pounds of pasta each year.
  4. The United States produces 4.4 billion pounds of pasta annually, making it the second largest pasta-producing nation.
  5. Pasta made its way to the New World through the English, who discovered it while touring Italy. Colonists brought to America the English practice of cooking noodles at least one half hour, then smothering them with cream sauce and cheese.

Today’s Food History

  • 1946 Jim Tucker of the music group ‘The Turtles’ was born.
  • 1963 ‘Sugar Shack’ by Jimmy Gilmer & Fireballs is #1 on the charts
  • 1977 The Guinness Book of World Records notes that Peter Dowdeswell managed to eat 40 sandwiches in 17 minutes, 53.9 seconds at a California donut shop on October 17, 1977. Each sandwich was 6 X 3 inches, spread with jam and butter.

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October 16th is World Food Day! / #WorldFoodDay

Posted on October 16, 2018

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Celebrate & Remember

‘If more of us valued foodand cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.’

J. R. R. Tolkien


Here are today’s five things to know about World Food Day:

  1. Hunger kills more people every year than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined.
  2. About one billion people in developing countries live in extreme poverty. Seventy-eight percent of them live in rural areas, where agriculture is the main driving force of the rural economy and, in some cases, of the whole economy.
  3. 60% of the hungry in the world are women.
  4. Almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.
  5. In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month

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Today’s Food History

  • 1829 The Tremont Hotel opened in Boston. It was the first modern hotel in the U.S. Rooms were $2 per day with meals included.
  • 1939 ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’ opened on Broadway.
  • 1945 World Food Day. The founding day of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
  • 1962 ‘Flea’ (Michael Peter Balzary) was born.  Bass player for the music group ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers.’
  • 1986 The largest northern pike weighed over 55 pounds and was caught in Germany.

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October 15th is Red Wine Day! / #RedWineDay #NationalRedWineDay

Posted on October 15, 2018

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Did you know?

One bottle of wine contains the juice of about 3 pounds of grapes


Here are today’s five thing to know about red wine:

  1. The top three imported wines sold in the U.S. are Yellowtail (Australia), Cavit (Italy), and Concha y Toro (Chile).
  2. The term bouquet refers to the total scent of the wine. Aroma is the scent of the grapes. When wine tasters want to describe the bouquet and the aroma together, they use the term nose.
  3. In 2008, the top five wine-producing states in the U.S. were California (3.4 million tons of grapes crushed for wine), Washington (145,000 tons), New York (45,000 tons), Oregon (40,000 tons), and Pennsylvania (13,200 tons).
  4. According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, there are 100 calories in a 5-ounce glass of wine (compared to 150 calories in a 12-ounce beer).
  5. The ancient Greeks had a wine glass to ensure the drinker’s moderation. If wine was poured above a certain level, the cup spilled its entire contents out of the bottom.

Today’s Food History

  • 1944 Don Stevenson of the music group ‘Moby Grape’ was born.
  • 1959 Emeril Lagasse was born in Fall River, Massachusetts. TV cook and actor.
  • 1988 ‘Red Red Wine’ by UB40 hits number 1 on the charts.
  • 1990 Killer bees reach the U.S. in the city of Hidalgo in southern Texas.
  • 1996 Pierre Franey died. A French chef who became famous as the chef of ‘Le Pavillon’ restaurant in New York City from 1945 to 1960. He published several cookbooks and collaborated with Craig Claiborne on the New York Times food column, ‘The 60 Minute Gourmet’.
  • 2002 Konrad (Emil) Bloch died. Nobel prize winner for his work on cholesterol and fatty acids. He discovered that high levels of cholesterol may lead ultimately to increased risk of heart attacks.

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Here’s the ‘Official’ 🎃October Food Holiday List 🎃 / #FoodHolidays #October

Posted on October 13, 2018

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National Pumpkin Month

National Apple Month
National Applejack Month
National Caramel Month
National Cookbook Month
National Cookie Month
National Dessert Month
National Pasta Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
National Pizza Month
National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
National Pork Month
National Pretzel Month
National Seafood Month
Second Weekend in October: National Kegger Weekend
Daily Holidays

October 1
World Vegetarian Day
October 2
World Farm Animals Day
October 3
National Soft Taco Day
October 4
National Taco Day
October 5
National Apple Betty Day
Rocky Mountain Oyster Day*

(a Colorado delicacy)

October 6
National Noodle Day
October 7
National Frappe Day
October 8
National Fluffernutter Day
National Moldy-Cheese Day
National Pizza and Beer Day
National Hoagy Day
National Tic Tac Day
National Angel Food Cake Day
October 11
National Sausage Pizza Day
National Gumbo Day
Pumpkin Pie Day
October 13
National Peanut Festival
National Pumpkin Festival
Yorkshire Pudding Day
National M&M Day
October 14
National Dessert Day
October 15
National Mushroom Day
National Red Wine Day
National Liqueur Day
National World Food Day
October 17
National Pasta Day
October 18
National Chocolate Cupcake Day
October 19
National Seafood Bisque Day
October 20
National Brandied Fruit Day
October 21
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
October 22
National Nut Day
October 23
National Boston Cream Pie Day
October 24
National Bologna Day
Feast of Good & Plenty
October 25
National Greasy Foods Day
October 26
National Mincemeat Day
National Pumpkin Day
October 27
National Potato Day
American Beer Day
October 28
National Chocolate Day
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October 11th is National Sausage Pizza Day! /#NationalSausagePizzaDay

Posted on October 11, 2018

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Did you know?

Sausage Pizza is the 3rd most popular pizza in the US 1st is Pepperoni Pizza, 3rd is Cheese Pizza


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

  1. About 93% of Americans eat at least one pizza every month.
  2. About 350 slices of pizza are consumed every second in the United States.
  3. The most pizzas are delivered (and eaten) on Super Bowl Sunday, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, and Super Bowl Sunday.
  4. The three dots in the Domino’s Pizza logo represent the first three Domino’s Pizza stores.
  5. Anchovies are one of the LEAST popular pizza toppings in the United States.

Today’s Food History

1844 Henry John Heinz was born. Founder of the H.J. Heinz company and creator of its slogan ’57 varieties.’

1887 The first accurate adding machine patented by Don Eugene Felt. (The Comptometer).

1911 Nathaniel Wyeth was born. Nathaniel Wyeth, American chemist and inventor, received patent for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) beverage bottles. This was the first safe plastic strong enough to hold carbonated beverages.


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October 10th is National Angel Food Cake Day!

Posted on October 10, 2018

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

  1. Angel food cake is a type of sponge cake that is originated in the United States.
  2. It is named because of the cake’s lightness that was said to be the “food of the angels”.
  3. Angel food cakes are a traditional African-American favorite for post-funeral meals
  4. Angel food cake requires egg whites whipped until they are stiff, Cream of tartaris added to the mixture to stabilize the egg whites.
  5. A variety of chocolate cake known as Devil’s food cake,  is considered as Angel food’s “counterpart”

Today’s Food History

1892 Earle Dickson was born. He invented Band-Aids for his wife, who had frequent kitchen accidents, cutting or burning herself. He worked as a buyer for Johnson & Johnson, who soon began manufacturing Band-Aids.

1913 Adolphus Busch died. Founded Annheuser Busch in 1866 with his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser.

1913 A dike was blown up by the U.S. engineers to complete the final stage of the Panama Canal, and the waters of the Pacific met the waters of the Atlantic.

1933 Waldo L. Semon received a patent on a method for making plasticized PVC, now know as Vinyl.

1933 Proctor & Gamble began marketing ‘Dreft,’ the first synthetic detergent for home use. Detergents perform better in hard water than soaps.

1966 Simon and Garfunkel release their album, ‘Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme’


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October 8th is National Fluffernutter Day! 🥪🥪

Posted on October 8, 2018

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

  1. A Fluffernutter is a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow creme, usually served on white bread.
  2. Variations of the sandwich include the substitution of wheat bread and the addition of various sweet, salty and savory ingredients.
  3. The term fluffernutter can also be used to describe other food items, primarily desserts, that incorporate peanut butter and marshmallow creme.
  4. The sandwich was first created in the early 20th century after marshmallow creme, a sweet marshmallow-like spread, was invented in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Archibald Query of Somerville, Massachusetts, invented a product he called Marshmallow Creme in 1917, and Emma and Amory Curtis of Melrose, Massachusetts, invented Snowflake Marshmallow Creme in 1913.
  5. During World War I, Emma Curtis published a recipe for a peanut butter and marshmallow creme sandwich, which is the earliest known example of a Fluffernutter.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1871 The Great Chicago Fire broke out and destroyed over 17,000 buildings and left almost 100,000 people homeless. It was usually blamed on Mrs. Kate O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lamp. However in 1997 the Chicago City Council looked into the evidence, both new and old, and passed a resolution exonerating Mrs. O’Leary and her cow. Many still believe the cow was guilty.
  • 1919 Congress passed the Volstead Act, which enforced the ban on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition begins.
  • 1952 ‘The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette’ was published.
  • 1979 ‘Sugar Babies’ opened on Broadway

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October 7th is National Frappe Day! ☕️ + 🍨 = 😋

Posted on October 7, 2018

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Today’s Frappé fact:

They first appeared in the Boston area, were originally pronounced “frap” and spelled without the accent é at the end.


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

  1. Consumers have been customizing unique frappés since their inception, with popular and trendy recipes such as the Absinthe frappe, popular in New Orleans.
  2. Celebrities like Britney Spears have helped to popularize the appeal of these specialty, ice-blended drinks, always being photographed with a cool beverage in hand.
  3. The frappe is loved internationally with regional variations like: Adzuki (red bean) Frap in Japan, Dulce de Leche Frap in Argentina and the Coffee Jelly Frap in the Philippines.
  4. The word frappé first appeared in the 1848 edition of American English Dictionary and is derived from the French word frappe meaning “to Chill.”
  5. The frappé was first sold in retail in the U.S. by a small Boston-based chain, Coffee Connection, in the mid 1980s. The frappé gained national popularity in 1995, when large retail chains started serving blended, frozen coffee beverages.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1806 Ralph Wedgwood of England received the first patent for carbon paper.
  • 1894 Oliver Wendell Holmes died. American physician, poet and humorist. Author of ‘The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table,’ ‘The Professor of the Breakfast Table,’ ‘The Poet of the Breakfast Table,’and ‘Over the Teacups.’
  • 1950 Willis Haviland Carrier died. He invented the first practical air conditioner.
  • 1956 Clarence Birdseye died in New York. In 1924, Clarence Birdseye, with the financial backing of Wetmore Hodges, William Gamage, Basset Jones, I.L. Rice and J.J. Barry, organized the General Seafood Corporation. The birth of the frozen food industry.
  • 1962 ‘Sherry’ by the 4 Seasons is #1 on the charts

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October 6th is National Noodle Day! 🍜🍜

Posted on October 6, 2018

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Today’s food fact:

The difference between a noodle and pasta?

Noodles are usually made from common wheat, while pasta is mainly made with durum flour. Generally Noodles are Asian while Pasta is of European decent.


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

  1. Australians consume more than 18 million kilograms of noodles every year – that’s almost one kilogram per person!
  2. In Japan, it is considered good form to loudly slurp your noodles as a way of telling your host that you are enjoying the meal.
  3. Noodles symbolize longevity in China.
  4. Noodles have been created from flour and water since 1000BC and today they are more popular than ever.
  5. Noodles are low in fat and have a very low sodium content.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1790 Jacob Schweppe demonstrated his process for making artificial mineral water.
  • 1893 Cream of Wheat was developed by Nabisco Foods
  • 1951 Will Keith Kellogg died. He founded Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. (W.K. Kellogg Company) to manufacture cereals (cornflakes were the first) developed by his brother John Harvey Kellogg.

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October 4th is National Taco Day! ? 🌮#NationalTacoDay 🌮

Posted on October 4, 2018

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Today’s Taco Fact:

The word ‘taco‘ originated in the 18th century silver mines in Mexico. Back then, a taco was the paper used to wrap around gunpowder for small explosives.


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

      1. Founder, Glenn Bell, first opened the chain “Del Tacos,” a hot dog and taco franchise.
      1. He was the first to fry his taco shells in advance.  Before then, they were fried on demand.
      1. They were the first fast food chain to have move tie-in promotions.
      1. In 1962, a tacos only cost 19 cents.
      1. Even though the 1990 Chihuahua was an advertising phenomenon, taco sales actually went down during that period.

More Fun Facts:

Taco Bell has tried to enter the Mexican market twice, failing both times, even after branding their food “American” food.

In 1914, the first recipes for tacos were put into an English cookbook.


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  • 1925 Teaching the theory of evolution became illegal in Tennessee.
  • 1984 A section of Central Park is renamed ‘Strawberry Fields’ to honor John Lennon.
  • 1994 Due to bad harvests, there is a shortage of Japanese grown rice.  Japan’s Imperial Palace begins serving royal meals to the Emperor & Empress with rice grown in the U.S., China and Thailand.
  • 1999 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones landed in the Egyptian desert, having completed the 1st ‘Around the World’ hot air balloon flight.  According to the BBC, they carried fresh food, including bread, cheese and pre-cooked steaks to last for 6 or 7 days, after which they made due with dried foods such as cereals and powdered milk.  The flight began in the Swiss Alps, took 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes, and covered 29,056 non-stop miles.

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October 1st is National Pumpkin Spice Day! / #NationalPumpkinSpiceDay #October1st

Posted on October 1, 2018

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Here are today’s 5 thing to know about Pumpkins:

  1. The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
  2. In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  3. Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  4. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  5. The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.

Today’s Food History

  • 1795 Robert Bakewell died (born, May 23, 1725).  Bakewell was an agriculturalist who helped revolutionize cattle and sheep breeding in England. He obtained the best animals he could find and then worked with a closed herd, inbreeding only superior animals.
  • 1908 The Model T Ford was introduced at a price of $825. Due to efficient mass production, by 1925 the price of a 2 door Model T was only $260.
  • 1913 A monument to honor sea gulls was erected in Salt Lake City. The gulls had eaten the plague of grasshoppers that threatened the Mormon settlers crops in 1848.
  • 1924 James Earl (Jimmy) Carter was born. He was a peanut farmer, and 39th president of the U.S. (He also claimed to have been attacked by a rabbit while canoeing. He beat the rabbit off with a paddle).
  • 1943 Jerry Martini of the music group ‘Sly & The Family Stone’ was born.
  • 1968 Flesh eating Zombies are on the loose as George Romero’s horror film ‘Night of the Living Dead’ is released.
  • 1971 Disney World opened at Orlando, Florida.
  • 1972 Louis Leakey died. Anthropologist largely responsible for convincing scientists that Africa was the place to search for human origins, not Java or China. Together with his wife Mary, they made many significant fossil discoveries.
  • 1974 The first McDonald’s restaurant opened in London.
  • 1980 European Community countries banned the use of hormones in cattle feed.
  • 2006 Sometime during October 2006 the population of the U.S. will reach 300 million.
  • 2006 The New Orleans  landmark restaurant, Commander’s Palace, reopened. It had been closed since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August, 2005.
  • 2009 McDonald’s closed its 3 locations in Iceland this month due to the ‘complex operational environment.’
  • 2011 World population is expected to hit 7 billion this month.

 


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September 30th is National Mulled Cider Day!

Posted on September 30, 2018

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Today’s Food Fact:

 Mulled wine was originally consumed as far back as the 2nd century. Created by the Romans who would heat wine to defend their bodies against colds.


Five Food Finds about Cider

  1. The cider industry uses 45% of all apples grown in the UK.
  2. The UK cider industry grew nearly 200,000 tonnes of cider apples in 2010; Bulmers alone has 10,000 acres of cider apple orchards under its control.
  3. There are more than 300 varieties of cider apple grown in the UK – all with the sole purpose of making cider.
  4. Varieties include Foxwhelp, Brown Snout, Ball’s Bittersweet, Kingston Black, Merrylegs and Slack-ma-Girdle.
  5. Cider apples are different from dessert apples in that they contain tannin, which is also found in coffee and red wine. It gives the cider a full-bodied flavour and drying of the mouth (astringency).

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1861 William Wrigley, Jr. was born. William Wrigley Jr. started out as a traveling salesman at the age of 13, selling soap for his father’s company. He had a series of sales jobs, one which gave chewing gum as a premium. Customers liked the gum better than the product, so he was soon marketing his own gum, Juicy Fruit in 1893, and later that year Wrigley’s Spearmint. He was an advertising genius, and his company became one of the largest advertisers in the U.S., and the largest chewing gum manufacturer in the world.

1958 The Frisbee was patented. The pie tins of the Frisbee Pie Company of Connecticut were the inspiration for the creation of the Frisbee. A Wham-O employee supposedly saw drivers for the pie company showing Yale students how to throw the pie tins.

1960 The last episode of ‘The Howdy Doody Show’ airs on NBC.

1962 The United Farm Workers union is founded by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.

1982 The TV show ‘Cheers’ debuted.

2004 California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that bans the production and sale of foie gras beginning in 2012.


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September 29th is National Coffee Day! / #NationalCoffeeDay

Posted on September 29, 2018

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Today’s Coffee Trivia: 

Coffee is the 2rd most traded commodity in the world


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

  1. Coffee is only grown near the equator, from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn, within a 1,000 mile limit.
  2. 1,200 different chemical components are in coffee.  More than half of these components make up the distinguished flavor of coffee.
  3. There is between 80 and 140 milligrams of caffeine in a seven once cup of coffee.
  4. Every day 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed globally, making it the world’s most popular beverage.
  5. 91% of coffee consumed is taken at breakfast.  And sometimes is breakfast.

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Top 20 Cities for Coffee Lovers according to WalletHub:

  1. Portland, OR
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. Minneapolis, MN
  4. Pittsburgh, PA
  5. Orlando, FL
  6. San Francisco, CA
  7. New Orleans, LA
  8. Madison, WI
  9. Cincinnati, OH
  10. Scottsdale, AZ
  11. Oakland, CA
  12. St. Louis, MO
  13. Tampa, FL
  14. Atlanta, GA
  15. Boise, ID
  16. Anchorage, AK
  17. Denver, CO
  18. Reno, NV
  19. Honolulu, HI
  20. Miami, FL

Today’s Food History

  • 1860 Chapin Aaron Harris died. He was cofounder of the first dental school in the world, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.
  • 1967 Gladys Knight and the Pips released ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine.’
  • 1974 The TV show ‘Alice’ debuted. Most of the action took place in Mel’s Diner.
  • 1978 ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ by Taste Of Honey is #1 on the charts

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September 29th is National Mocha Day! ? #NationalMochaDay

Posted on September 29, 2018

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Today’s Mocha Trivia:

The term ‘Mocha’ actually originated as early as 1773 and referred to a variety of coffee bean. The Mochas variety


Five Food Finds about Coffee

  1. Coffee is only grown near the equator, from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn, within a 1,000 mile limit.
  2. 1,200 different chemical components are in coffee.  More than half of these components make up the distinguished flavor of coffee.
  3. There is between 80 and 140 milligrams of caffeine in a seven once cup of coffee.
  4. 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide, making it the most popular beverage.
  5. 91% of coffee consumed is taken at breakfast.  And sometimes is breakfast.

Today’s Food History

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1860 Chapin Aaron Harris died. He was cofounder of the first dental school in the world, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

1967 Gladys Knight and the Pips released ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine.’

1974 The TV show ‘Alice’ debuted. Most of the action took place in Mel’s Diner.

1978 ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ by Taste Of Honey is #1 on the charts


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September 28th is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day!

Posted on September 28, 2018

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Today’s Food Fact:

Strawberries are few fruits with its seeds on the outside


Five Food Finds about Strawberries

  • The garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid species that is cultivated worldwide for its fruit, the (common) strawberry.
  • The fruit (which is not actually a botanical berry, but an aggregate ‘accessory fruit’)
  • It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, and milkshakes.
  • Artificial strawberry aroma is 3rd most widely used in food products.
  • The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1895 Louis Pasteur died. A French scientist, who showed that microorganisms were responsible for disease, food spoilage and fermentation. He developed the process for killing these organisms by heat, called Pasteurization.

1902 Emile Zola died. French writer and critic who was also known as a gourmand. His detailed descriptions of simple meals, banquets and eating in his novels are among the best to be found anywhere. He was also known for his own luxury dinner parties. “What will be the death of me are bouillabaisses, food spiced with pimiento, shellfish, and a load of exquisite rubbish which I eat in disproportionate quantities.”

1954 George Harrison Shull died. An American botanist, he is frequently called the ‘father of hybrid corn.’


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Here’s the ‘Official’ 🎃October Food Holiday List 🎃 / #FoodHolidays #October

Posted on September 25, 2018

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National Pumpkin Month

National Apple Month
National Applejack Month
National Caramel Month
National Cookbook Month
National Cookie Month
National Dessert Month
National Pasta Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
National Pizza Month
National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
National Pork Month
National Pretzel Month
National Seafood Month
Second Weekend in October: National Kegger Weekend
Daily Holidays

October 1
World Vegetarian Day
October 2
World Farm Animals Day
October 3
National Soft Taco Day
October 4
National Taco Day
October 5
National Apple Betty Day
Rocky Mountain Oyster Day*

(a Colorado delicacy)

October 6
National Noodle Day
October 7
National Frappe Day
October 8
National Fluffernutter Day
National Moldy-Cheese Day
National Pizza and Beer Day
National Hoagy Day
National Tic Tac Day
National Angel Food Cake Day
October 11
National Sausage Pizza Day
National Gumbo Day
Pumpkin Pie Day
October 13
National Peanut Festival
National Pumpkin Festival
Yorkshire Pudding Day
National M&M Day
October 14
National Dessert Day
October 15
National Mushroom Day
National Red Wine Day
National Liqueur Day
National World Food Day
October 17
National Pasta Day
October 18
National Chocolate Cupcake Day
October 19
National Seafood Bisque Day
October 20
National Brandied Fruit Day
October 21
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
October 22
National Nut Day
October 23
National Boston Cream Pie Day
October 24
National Bologna Day
Feast of Good & Plenty
October 25
National Greasy Foods Day
October 26
National Mincemeat Day
National Pumpkin Day
October 27
National Potato Day
American Beer Day
October 28
National Chocolate Day
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January 7th is National Tempura Day!

Posted on January 7, 2018

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Did you know?

Tempura is actually a Portuguese form of cooking. Introduced to Japan in the 1500’s by Jesuit Priests.


Today’s 5 facts about Tempura:


  1. Tempura was considered a local delicacy in Nagasaki, Japan for well over 100 years.
  2. Tokugawa Ieyasu, considered the first Shogun of Japan, reportedly loved tempura.
  3. The word “tempura” comes from the word “tempora”, a Latin word meaning “times.”
  4. Outside Japan there are many nontraditional uses of tempura. Chefs over the world include tempura dishes on their menus, and a wide variety of different batters and ingredients are used, including the nontraditional broccoli, zucchini, sliced sweet potatoes, and asparagus.
  5. No Panko or Breadcrumbs are used in Tempura, as this method of using breadcrumbs is called Furai.


Today’s Food History

  • 1618 Francis Bacon became Lord Chancellor of England.
  • 1827 Sir Sanford Fleming was born. He devised the present system of time zones while working for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
  • 1896 The ‘Fannie Farmer Cookbook’ was published.
    1901 Alfred Packer is released from prison. He served 18 years for cannibalism after being stranded in the Rocky Mountains. (Actually he was convicted of murder, since cannibalism was not against the law).
  • 1958 Ant Farms go on sale. Milton Levine had the idea at a July 4th family picnic. I wonder if he had dreams of fencing them in so they would not bother him at picnics?
    1972 “American Pie” by Don McLean is #1 on the charts.

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January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day!

Posted on January 1, 2018

Here are today’s five things to know about the Bloody Mary:

 

The drink’s namesake is Mary of England, whose 16th-century persecution of Protestants earned her the nickname.

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Some drink aficionados believe the inspiration for the name was Hollywood star Mary Pickford.

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The Bloody Mary is sometimes mistakenly believed to alleviate hangovers when it is served in the morning.  While it will temporarily alleviate some of the symptoms, it will also further dehydrate the drinker, causing the symptoms to worsen later.

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The Bloody Mary is the US’s most popular alcoholic drink for brunch.

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This drink has been called “The world’s most complex cocktail.”

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Today’s Food History

  • 45 BC New Year’s Day was celebrated for the first time on January 1 when the Julian calendar took effect.
  • 1449 Lorenzo de Medici (The Magnificent) of Florence was born. Many in this Italian noble family were patrons of learning and the arts.  Lorenzo’s great granddaughter, Catherine, is known as the ‘mother of French haute cuisine’ because when she married the French king Henry II, she brought the finest Italian chefs, and her passion for fine food, with her to France. (With apologies to my French readers. Reasonable rebuttals accepted for future publication).
  • 1735 Paul Revere was born. A silversmith and American Revolutionary folk hero, he also made surgical instruments and false teeth.
  • 1772 The London Credit Exchange Company issued the first traveler’s checks.
  • 1800 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton died. A French naturalist, he was a pioneer in several fields including plant physiology. He conducted many agricultural experiments and introduced Merino sheep to France. First director of the Museum of Natural History in Paris.
  • 1863 Daniel Freeman is the first to submit a claim under the new Homestead Act, for 160 acres near Beatrice, Nebraska.
  • 1876 The first world’s oldest trademark is the red triangle registered for Bass Pale Ale. (Some sources say 1883 or 1890)
  • 1876 The first agricultural experiment station was established at Middleton, Connecticut.
  • 1895 C.W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan introduced Postum Food Coffee, a coffee substitute made from wheat, bran and molasses.
  • 1896 Alfred Ely Beach died. American inventor and publisher of Scientific American magazine.
  • 1898 Post Grape Nuts are introduced by C. W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan. (There are no grapes or nuts in Grape Nuts).
  • 1905 The New York Times builds the Times Tower at Long Acre Square, has the name changed to Times Square and celebrated the event with a New Year’s Eve Fireworks show. The beginning of an American tradition at Times Square.
  • 1907 The Times introduced the New Years Eve Ball on their building at Times Square in New York. Descending to mark the end of the old and the beginning of the New Year ever since.
  • 1909 Marcel Proust had a flashback. On January 1, 1909, he ate a piece of tea-soaked toast whose taste caused a flood of childhood memories. In his 7 volume allegorical novel ‘Remembrance of Things Past,’ the character named Swann has a similar experience when he bites into a lemon cookie (a ‘Madeleine’) which brings on a similar flood of memories.
  • 1935 In Miami, the first Orange Bowl was played on this day in 1935. Bucknell University wins over the University of Miami, 26-0.
  • 1935 The first Sugar Bowl football game was played on this day in 1935 in New Orleans.
  • 1935 B. (Barnard) Kliban was born. A satirical cartoonist, best known for his cat cartoons. A few of his cartoon book titles: ‘Never Eat Anything Larger Than Your Head’, ‘The Biggest Tongue in Tunisia’.
  • 1942 Country Joe McDonald of ‘Country Joe and the Fish’ was born.
  • 1958 The agreements establishing the European Economic Community (EEC or Common Market) went into effect.
  • 1994 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
  • 1996 The last Polynesian tree snail, species Partula turgida, died at the London Zoo. They lived on the South Pacific island of Raiatea, where the residents imported predatory snails from Florida to eat a pest snail, originally imported from Africa. Instead they ate the native Tree Snail to extinction. We never seem to learn about the consequences of introducing nonnative species.
  • 1998 Smoking is banned in California restaurants and bars.
  • 2002 The ‘euro’ was introduced, the new monetary unit of the European Union.

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November 8th is National Cappuccino Day!

Posted on November 8, 2017

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Here are today’s five things to know about Cappuccino:

Cappuccino was invented in Italy.

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It was first patented by a man named Luigi Bezzera in 1901.

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In Italy, cappuccino is traditionally consumed once a day with breakfast.

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The steamed foam served with capuccino serves as an insulator and allows the liquid to retain its heat for a longer period of time.

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Capuccino is rumored to have been named after Marco d’Aviano: a friar who led the resistance to the Turkish seige of Vienna in 1683. This rumor has not been supported by any historical evidence.


Today’s Food History

  • 1789 Elijah Craig distilled the first bourbon whiskey from corn, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
  • 1910 This is one for those who think the electric insect ‘zapper is a relatively new device. A patent for the first electric insect ‘zapper’ was issued to William H. Frost of Spokane, Washington.
  • 1974 London’s famous flower and vegetable market moves from Covent Garden.

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November 4th is National Candy Day!

Posted on November 4, 2017

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Here are today’s five things to know about Candy:

The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.


The winter holidays represent the biggest boxed chocolate selling season.


How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie-pop? According to student researchers at Purdue, it’s 364 licks.


Until the 1930s, the Sugar Daddy candy pop was called the “Papa Sucker.”

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The name “Pez” comes from the German word “pfeffErminZ,” meaning “peppermint.”


Today’s Food History

  • 1873 Anthony Iske was issued a patent for a meat slicing machine. It worked much like a mandoline, with a frame to hold the meat while sliding it against the blade.
  • 1879 James and John Ritty invented the first cash register. They came up with the idea to prevent bartenders from stealing at the Pony House Restaurant in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 1879 African-American inventor, Thomas Elkins received a patent for a refrigerating machine, which could be used to cool food (or even human corpses according to the patent application).
  • 1923 Alfred Heineken was born. Grandson of Gerard Adriaan Heineken, the founder of Heineken Brewery. He was president of the company from 1964 to 1989.

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November 3rd is National Sandwich Day!

Posted on November 2, 2017

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

Americans eat about 300 sandwiches everyday.


This concoction didn’t get its name until 1762 when the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, a British statesman, got hungry during a marathon poker game.


The most popular sandwich is a ham sandwich.


The most expensive sandwich ever sold was a grilled toast sandwich that seemed to have an image of the Virgin Mary on it. It sold for $28,000 in 2004.

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The average American will have consumed 1,500 PB&Js by the time they graduate high school.


Today’s Food History

  • 1633 Bernardino Ramazzini was born. An Italian physician, he was the first to note the relationship between worker’s illnesses and their work environment. Considered the founder of occupational medicine.
  • 1718 John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich was born. (Some sources list November 13). Captain Cook named the Sandwich Islands after him (now known as Hawaii). The Earl is supposed to have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions.
  • 1832 Sir John Leslie died. A Scottish physicist and mathematician, he was the first to create ice artificially (freeze water artificially). He used an air pump apparatus.
  • 1841 Johannes Eugenius Bulow Warming was born. A Danish botanist, he was one of the founders of the science of plant ecology.
  • 1863 J.T. Alden was issued a patent for an improved method of manufacturing dried yeast.
  • 1893 Edward A. Doisy was born. He discovered vitamin K.
  • 1895 The town of Walcott, Minnesota is destroyed by a fire that begins in a flour mill.
  • 1952 Frozen peas are added to the list of frozen vegetables produced by Birdseye.
  • 1966 Ingredients are required to be listed on food packages. The first truth in packaging law.

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