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The official 2020 ‘Food Holiday’ list

Posted on February 26, 2019

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February 20th is National Muffin Day!

Posted on February 20, 2019

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Happy National Muffin Day!

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

American muffins are referred  to baked breads in small tins while “English” Muffins are oven-baked, then cooked in a griddle.

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The word Muffin likely derives its name from the an Old German word Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake.

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The Muffin Man was a real guy! He delivered muffins to homes along Drury Lane in England.

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American muffins are similar to a cupcake in size and cooking methods but cupcakes are almost always made with cake batter.

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The blueberry muffin is the official state muffin of Minnesota.

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The corn muffin is the official state muffin of Massachusetts.

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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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Posted on January 1, 2019

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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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May 30th is National Mint Julep Day!

Posted on May 30, 2018

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Happy National Mint Julep Day!🥃🌱

Here are today’s five facts about Mint Juleps: 

  • A mint julep is traditionally made with four ingredients: mint leaf, bourbon, sugar, and water.

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  • Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in Southern states, and in Kentucky in particular.
  • In the use of sugar and mint, it is similar to the mojito.

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  • Proper preparation of the cocktail is commonly debated, as methods may vary considerably from one bartender to another.

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  • The mint julep may be considered as one of a loosely associated family of drinks called “smashes” (the brandy smash is another example, as well as the mojito), in which fresh mint and other ingredients are muddled or crushed in preparation for flavoring the finished drink.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1783 The first daily American newspaper was published in Philadelphia, ‘The Pennsylvania Evening Post’
  • 1848 William Young of Baltimore, Maryland received the first U.S. patent for an ice cream freezer.
  • 1899 George Cook patented an automatic fishing device.
  • 1908 Mel Blanc (Melvin Jerome Blanc) was born. Blanc was a voice actor for Warner Bros. (and other) cartoon characters. Some of the characters he ‘voiced’ include Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Sylvester the Cat.
  • 1994 Baron Marcel Bich died. French inventor of the Bic Pen in 1949. (Pens are needed to write recipes and menus).

May 28th is National Brisket Day #MemorialDay

Posted on May 28, 2018

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Happy National Brisket Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Brisket:

 

  • Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal.

 

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  • The beef brisket is one of the eight beef primal cuts.

 

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  • The brisket muscles include the superficial and deep pectorals.

 

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  • As cattle do not have collar bones, these muscles support about 60% of the body weight of standing/moving cattle.

 

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  • This requires a significant amount of connective tissue, so the resulting meat must be cooked correctly to tenderize the connective tissue.
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Today’s Food History

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1892 The Sierra Club is formed in San Francisco for nature conservation.

1897 Jell-O was introduced.

1910 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist, was born in Linden, Texas.

1944 Gladys Knight was born. (Gladys Knight & the Pips) A ‘Pip’ is the small seed of a fruit, like those in an apple.

1999 After 22 years of controversial restoration, Leonardo de Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Last Supper’ is returned to public display.

2003 The first cloned horse was born in a natural delivery. Cloned horses are currently banned from racing.

May 24th is National Escargot Day !

Posted on May 24, 2018

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Here are today’s five food facts about Escargot:

 

  • Escargot – French – An edible snail, especially one prepared as an appetizer or entree.

 

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  • The French consume 40,000 metric tons of snails each year.

 

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  • Heliculture is the science of growing snails for food.

 

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  • 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.

 

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  • Restaurants serve about 1 billion snails annually.
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Today’s Food History

 

  • 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.

May 23rd is National Taffy Day!

Posted on May 23, 2018

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Here are today’s five food facts about Taffy: 

 

  • Salt water taffy was “invented” in Atlantic City in 1883.

 

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  • Modern technology allows confectioners to produce 1,000 pieces of taffy a minute.

 

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  • In one hour enough pieces of taffy are made to cover one third of the length of Atlantic City (about 1.3 miles).

 

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  • The three most popular taffy flavors sold by Sweet Candy Company are peppermint, cinnamon and chocolate.
  • America celebrates National Taffy Day May 23rd.
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Today’s Food History

  • 1774 Residents of Chestertown, Maryland  react to news of the Boston Tea Party by staging a similar protest, dumping a shipment of tea into the Chester River.
  • 1868 R.I.P. Kit Carson, American frontiersman. His last words were supposedly “Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili.”
  • 1922 Thomas Edison patented a method for making metal foils.
  • 1960 R.I.P. Georges Claude. A French engineer, he invented the neon light, commonly used for signs.
  • 1968‘Yummy, Yummy, Yummy’ by the Ohio Express is #1 on the charts.

May 20th is National Quiche Lorraine Day!

Posted on May 20, 2018

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 Happy National Quiche Lorraine!

Here are today’s five food finds about Quiche:

 

  •  Quiche is a savoury , custard pie usually filled with cheese, meat, seafood or vegetables.
  •  The word “quiche” come from French, which originally borrowed the word from Lorraine Franconian “Küeche” (meaning “cake”).

 

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  • Quiche originated in Germany, although today it is known as a classic French dish.

 

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  • The original recipe for quiche lorraine was an open pie with a filling of custard with smoked bacon or lardons and cheese was not added till later .
  • The world largest quiche was made by Chef Alain Marcotullio. It based for over 18 hours and fed more than 125 people.
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1506 Christopher Columbus, explorer, died.

1799 Honore de Balzac Born. French author. Balzac would lock himself away during creative bursts, drinking coffee and eating only fruit and eggs. When he finally took a break, he was known to consume huge quantities of food. One report recalls that at the Véry restaurant he ate “a hundred Ostend oysters, twelve cutlets of salt-meadow mutton, a duck with turnips, two partridges and a Normandy sole,” not to mention the desserts, fruit and liqueurs he also consumed.

1810 On this day Dolly Madison, wife of president James Madison, supposedly served the first ice cream at the White House, for a reception.

1862 President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law. It opened millions of acres Western land to settlers.

1874 Jeans with copper rivets are patented by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis.

1875 The International Bureau of Weights and Measures was created.

1884 L. Blue patented a hand corn sheller.

1892 George Sampson received a patent for a clothes dryer.

1913 William Hewlett was born. Founder with David Packard of Hewlett Packard Company. Before they became famous for computers and printers etc., some of their early inventions were an automatic urinal flusher and a weight loss shock machine!

1961 The record Jewfish weighed 680 pounds and was caught in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

1993 The last episode of ‘Cheers’ aired on TV.

2005 Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill making the orange the official State Fruit of Florida. The orange blossom and orange juice have been previously declared the official state flower and official state beverage.

2009Hot Dog Wars: Sara Lee (Ball Park Franks) sued Kraft Foods (Oscar Mayer Jumbo Beef Franks) over claims that Oscar Mayer franks are better than Ball Park Franks.

May 19th National Devil’s Food Cake Day!

Posted on May 19, 2018

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Here are today’s five food finds about Devil’s Food Cake:

  •  Devil’s food cake is considered a counterpart to the white or yellow angel food cake.
  • Devil’s food cake is generally more moist and airy than other chocolate cakes, and often uses cocoa as opposed to chocolate for the flavor as well as coffee.

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  • Devil’s food cake was introduced in the United States in the early 20th century with the recipe in print as early as 1905.

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  • A similar cake, the red velvet cake, is closely linked to a devil’s food cake, and in some turn of the century cookbooks the two names may have been interchangeable.
  • Devil’s food cake incorporates butter (or a substitute), egg whites, flour (while some chocolate cakes are flourless) and less egg than other chocolate cakes.

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Today’s Food History

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1834 Catharine Furbish was born. An American botanist, she spent almost 40 years traveling and painting watercolors of the flora of the state of Maine.

1910 The Earth passed through the tail of Halley’s Comet and nothing happened.  There had been dire predictions that everyone would die, and many hucksters sold ‘comet pills’ to counter the effects of the ‘comet gas.’

1962 Marilyn Monroe sings ‘Happy Birthday’ at a birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.

2006 Nicole Belinda Franzen Reese was chosen as the 59th ‘Alice in Dairyland’ by the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She will be the spokesperson for the states agriculture industry.

May 13th is National Apple Pie Day!🍎+🥧=😋

Posted on May 13, 2018

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Here are today’s five food finds about Apple Pie:

  • The first printed reference to apple pie was in 1589 by Robert Greene in ‘Arcadia’: “Thy breath is like the steame of apple-pyes.”

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  • Tradition has it that Yale College served apple pie at every supper for more than 100 years

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  • There is an old saying: ‘Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.’

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  • Americas favorite dessert, so much so that some things are said to be as American as apple pie.

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  • McDonald’s added an apple pie dessert to its menu in 1968.

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Today’s Food History

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1637 I am not totally confident with the month and day, but supposedly, Cardinal Richelieu ‘created’ the table knife when he had the points rounded on all knives to be used at his table. Presumably so no one could stab him.

1884 Cyrus Hall McCormick died. He is generally credited with the development of the mechanical reaper

1958 Velcro was trademarked.

1993 The Red Hot Chili Peppers play on the Simpsons TV show.

2008 Robert Mondavi died at age 94. A leading Napa Valley vintner who helped establish California wines among the best in the world.

Who’s in? May 11th is National “Eat What You Want” Day !🍌🥦🥑🥓🍔🌮🍕🍨🎂

Posted on May 11, 2018

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Happy National “Eat What You Want” Day !

According to Forbes, the hot food trends are:

1. Vegetarian Comfort Food
2. Artisan Butcher Shops with Restuarants
3. Breakfast
4. No more kale!
5. Food Bowls
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Today’s Food History

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1838 Thomas Andrew Knight died. British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism.

1886 W. Marshall patented a ‘grain binder.’

1934 The Dust Bowl.  One of the worst dust storms ever to hit the Great Plains occurred. It lasted 2 days and the area lost massive amounts of top soil.

1946 The first CARE packages for survivors of WW II in Europe arrive at Le Havre, France. (Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe).

1947 B.F. Goodrich announced the development of the tubeless tire.

2002 Joseph Bonanno, a former Mafia boss known as ‘Joe Bananas,’ died in Tucson, Arizona at age 97.

Yum! May 10th National Liver and Onions Day

Posted on May 10, 2018

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Happy National Liver & Onions Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Liver and Onions:

 

  •  Liver and onions is a favorite in the UK and in Germany, where it is usually eaten along with boiled or mashed potatoes.
  •  Lamb’s liver is the usual choice in the UK and is often accompanied by fried bacon.

 

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  • In the French traditional recipe the liver is fried with butter and lard.
  • In Catalan cuisine olive oil is used, instead of butter, and fried garlic is added to the mixture.

 

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  • In the USA, liver and onions as a dish once enjoyed widespread popularity and could usually be found at family diners and American home-style restaurants. This meal is currently more common to the cuisines of the southern and upper mid-western style foods.

 

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Today’s Food History

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1566 Leonhard Fuchs died. He was a German botanist who compiled the first modern, organized listing of plants and botanical terms, ‘Historia Stirpium’ in 1542. The plant and the color fuchsia were named for him.

1818 Paul Revere died. A silversmith and American Revolutionary folk hero, he also made surgical instruments and false teeth.

1850 Sir Thomas Johnston Lipton, grocer and tea merchant, was born.

1898 The first vending machine law was passed in Omaha, Nebraska.

1920 John Wesley Hyatt died. He developed the process for making celluloid, the first synthetic plastic. He also invented a water purifying system and a sugar cane mill. 2010 A 10 year-old 3rd grade student in Texas was given 1 week’s detention for being in possession of a candy bar at lunch time. The candy bar was also confiscated.

May 9th is National Shrimp Day !🍤🍤

Posted on May 9, 2018

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Here are today’s five food finds about Shrimp:

  • The pistol shrimp can deliver an explosive attack hotter than the surface of the sun and loud enough to rupture a human ear drum.

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  • Every shrimp is actually born male, and some develop into females.

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  • Some shrimp are actually capable of glowing in the dark.

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  • Shrimp can vary in size from 1/2 inch to 12 inches.

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  • In some areas, shrimp served with the head still attached is considered a delicacy.

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Today’s Food History

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1785 The beer-pump handle was patented by Joseph Bramah.

1845 Carl Gustaf Patrik de Laval was born. A Swedish scientist and inventor. Among his inventions was the centrifugal cream separator and a vacuum milking machine.

1914 C. W. Post (Charles William) died. He founded the Postum Cereal Co. in 1895 (renamed General Foods Corp. in 1922) to manufacture Postum cereal beverage; 1897 Grape Nuts, 1904 Post Toasties (originally called Elijah’s Mana).

1992 The record brown trout weighed over 40 pounds and was caught in Arkansas.

May 8th is National Coconut Cream Pie Day!🥥

Posted on May 8, 2018

Here are today’s five food finds about Coconuts:

  • The coconut is not a nut.  In fact, it isn’t a fruit either.  It is a seed!

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  • Coconut oils accelerate the metabolism.  Of course, if you put them in pie you may not notice the effect.

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  • The sailors aboard Vasco de Gama’s ships gave the coconut its name.  They called it “Coco”, named after a grimacing face or hobgoblin.

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  • The water from the coconut has traditionally been used when commercial IV solutions of plasma have not been available.

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  • Coconut oils also contain four growth hormones, called cytokinins, and three sets of chromosomes – or triploids – that help the development of many organisms.

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Today’s Food History

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1842 Emil Christian Hansen was born. He was a Danish botanist who developed new methods to culture yeast. He revolutionized the beer industry, and proved that there are different species of yeast. He refused to patent the method, but instead made it available for free to other brewers.

1855 John Gates was born. Gates was an inventor, promoter and barbed wire manufacturer.

1886 Coca Cola is first sold to the public at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.

1968 Laurence M. Klauber died. Klauber was an American herpetologist and inventor who was a rattlesnake expert. If you want to know anything or everything about rattlesnakes, see his book “Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories and Influence on Mankind.”

 

May 7th is National Lamb Day!🐑

Posted on May 7, 2018

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Happy National Lamb Day!

Here are today’s five food facts about Lamb:

  • Lamb, mutton, and hogget (UK, New Zealand and Australia) are the meat of domestic sheep.  The meat of a sheep in its first year is lamb; that of a juvenile sheep older than 1 year is hogget; and the meat of an adult sheep is mutton.

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  • On average, a three ounce serving of lamb has only 175 calories and meets the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) definition for lean. According to FDA guidelines, lean meat has less than 10 grams of fat, less than 4.5 grams of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 100 grams or 3.5 ounces.

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  • The meat of a lamb is taken from the animal between one month and one year old, with a carcase (carcass in American English) weight of between 5.5 and 30 kilograms (12 and 65 lbs).
  • This meat generally is more tender than that from older sheep and appears more often on tables in some Western countries.
  • Lamb should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer immediately after purchasing. Refrigerate fresh lamb at 40 degrees or below.

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Today’s Food History

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1660 Isaack B. Fubine of The Hague received a patent for macaroni.
(This fact is reported on many sites on the internet. No one has any further information listed, and I am in doubt as to its accuracy).

1873 Salmon Portland Chase died. He was Secretary of the Treasury under Abraham Lincoln, and later Chief Justice.

1947 The ‘Kraft Television Theater’ premiered on NBC TV

1953 The world record swordfish was caught in Chile: 1,182 pounds.

1987 Shelly Long, who played Diane Chambers, makes her final appearance as a regular on ‘Cheers.’

May 6th is National Crepe Suzette Day!

Posted on May 6, 2018

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Happy National Suzette Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Crepe Suzette:

 

  • The most common way to make Crêpe Suzette is to pour liqueur (usually Grand Marnier) over a freshly-cooked crêpe with sugar and light it.
  • This will make the alcohol in the liqueur evaporate, resulting in a fairly thick, caramelised sauce. In a restaurant, a Crêpe Suzette is often prepared in a chafing dish in full view of the guests.

 

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  • The origin of the dish and its name is somewhat disputed. One claim is that the dish was created out of a mistake made by a fourteen year-old assistant waiter Henri Charpentier in 1895 at the Maitre at Monte Carlo’s Café de Paris. He was preparing a dessert for the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, whose guests included a beautiful French girl named Suzette.

 

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  • Different sources (like the Larousse Gastronomique) however doubt that Charpentier was serving the prince instead of the head waiter because he would have been too young.
  • The other claim states Crêpes Suzette was named in honor of French actress Suzanne Reichenberg (1853–1924), who worked professionally under the name Suzette.

 

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Today’s Food History

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1806 Chapin Aaron Harris was born. He was cofounder of the first dental school in the world, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

1833 John Deere developed the first steel plow.

1851 John Gorrie patented an ice making machine, the first U.S. patent for a mechanical refrigerator.

1862 Henry David Thoreau Died. American author, philosopher, and naturalist. Author of ‘Walden; or, Life in the Woods.’

1898 Daniel Gerber of baby food fame was born.

1905 Toots Shor, restaurateur was born.

1940 John Steinbeck receives the Pulitzer Prize for his novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath.’

1959 Icelandic gunboats fired on British trawlers during their ‘Cod War’ over fishing rights

Olé! May 5th is National Enchilada Day

Posted on May 5, 2018

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Happy National Enchilada Day!

Here are today’s five interesting food finds about Enchiladas:

  • The enchilada is one of the dishes mentioned in Mexico’s first cookbook in 1831.

 

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  • Enchilada is the past participle of Spanish enchilar, “to add chile pepper to”, literally to “season (or decorate) with chile.”
  • Enchiladas originated in Mexico, where the practice of rolling tortillas around other food dates back at least to Mayan times.

 

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  • Writing at the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Díaz del Castillo documented a feast enjoyed by Europeans hosted by Hernán Cortés in Coyoacán, which included foods served in corn tortillas.
  • In the 19th century, as Mexican cuisine was being memorialized, enchiladas were mentioned in the first Mexican cookbook, El cocinero mexicano (“The Mexican Chef”), published in 1831, and in Mariano Galvan Rivera’s Diccionario de Cocina, published in 1845.

 

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Today’s Food History

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1865 Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochran) was born. In 1889 Bly successfully completed an attempt to beat the record of Jules Verne’s fictional Phileas Fogg to go ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. Bly was a U.S. newspaper reporter and completed the journey in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.

1903 James Beard, culinary expert and cookbook author was born. Quote: “The kitchen, reasonably enough, was the scene of my first gastronomic adventure. I was on all fours. I crawled into the vegetable bin, settled on a giant onion and ate it, skin and all. It must have marked me for life, for I have never ceased to love the hearty flavor of raw onions”.

1925 John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in a Tennessee public school.

1926 Ann B. Davis was born. She played the role of Alice the housekeeper and cook on the TV show ‘The Brady Bunch’ (1969-1974).

1936 A patent was granted for the first bottle with a screw cap to Edward Ravenscroft of Glencoe, Illinois.

Who’s in? May 3rd is National Chocolate Custard Day!

Posted on May 3, 2018

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Happy National Chocolate Custard Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Chocolate Custard:

 

  • Due to the fact that it is a very fine organic powder, custard powder is EXPLOSIVE!
  • Custard is a variety of culinary preparations based on a cooked mixture of milk or cream and egg yolk.

 

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  • Depending on how much egg or thickener is used, custard may vary in consistency from a thin pouring sauce (crème anglaise), to a thick pastry cream used to fill éclairs.
  • The most common custards are used as desserts or dessert sauces and typically include sugar and vanilla.
  • Custard bases may also be used for quiches and other savory foods.

 

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Today’s Food History

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  • 1654 A bridge in Rowley, Massachusetts began charging a toll for animals. People passed for free.
  • 1913 William Motter Inge was born. An American playwright, he was the author of ‘Picnic’ which was also filmed in 1956.
  • 1937 Francis Stephen Castelluccio was born. Better known as Frankie Valli of ‘The Four Seasons’ singing group.
  • 1939 The Andrew Sisters recorded ‘Beer Barrel Polka.’
  • 1944 Most wartime meat rationing ended in the United States.
  • 1947 Sylvester tried to have Tweety Bird for lunch for the first time in a Warner Brothers cartoon. 1959 Passing through the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway (see April 25) the British freighter ‘Ramon de Larrinaga’ becomes the first deep draft ocean ship to enter the Duluth, Minnesota harbor.
  • 2007 Jamison Stone, 11 years old, bagged a ‘wild hog’ that weighed in at over 1050 pounds. He was hunting on a commercial huntng preserve with his father and several guides in eastern Alabama.  The animal measured 9 feet 4 inches long, nose to tail.

April 17th is National Malbec Day!

Posted on April 17, 2018

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 Here are today’s five interesting things to know about Malbec:

 

  • Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine.
  • Malbec is one of the Argentine favorites.

 

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  • On April 17, 1853, the President of Argentina put legislature in place for the foundation of an agricultural school in Argentina, with the goal of transforming the country’s wine industry. Several vines were brought over from France, including Malbec, which flourished in Argentina.

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  • Terrazas de los Andes is an Argentine winemaker that embodies the best of Malbec by combining Argentinian terroir with French know-how to ensure quality grapes.

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  • Argentina’s most highly rated Malbec wines originate from Mendoza’s high altitude wine regions of Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley.
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Today’s Food History

  • 1629 The first horses were imported to the American colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1790 R.I.P. Benjamin Franklin. American diplomat, publisher, inventor, etc. Among his inventions were the Franklin stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He also published ‘Poor Richard’s Almanac.’
  • 1810 Lewis M. Norton of Troy, Pennsylvania was issued the first U.S. patent for pineapple cheese.
  • 1917 The first Del Monte brand national advertisement appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.
  • 1937 Daffy Duck makes his debut appearance in ‘Porky,s Duck Hunt’
  • 1996 R.I.P. Arnold Neustadter. He was the inventor of the Rolodex rotating card file.

March 23rd is National Chips and Dip Day!

Posted on March 23, 2018

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Happy National Chip and Dip Day!

Here are today’s food facts about Chips and Dip:

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The potato chip was first invented in 1853.

Dips for chips first become popular in the 1950s serving as finger food.

Hummus, as part of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines for centuries, did not appear in the United States until after World War II.

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It takes 10,000 pounds of potatoes to make 3,500 pounds of potato chips.

Dips can be salsa, guacamole, cheese, hummus, olive dip – anything can be made into a dip.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1699 John Bartram was born.  American naturalist and explorer, considered ‘father of American botany’; established a world renowned botanical garden in Philadelphia in 1728.
  • 1857 Fannie Merritt Farmer was born.  American culinary authority, and author of the 1896 edition of ‘The Boston Cooking School Cook Book‘ which became known in future editions as the ‘Fannie Farmer Cook Book.’  Director of the Boston Cooking School, and founder of Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery.  She is often cited as the first cookbook author to introduce standard measurements.
  • 1880 A patent for a glass milk bottle was issued to Warren Glass Works.
  • 1912 The Dixie Cup was developed by Lawrence Luellen and Hugh Moore.  Its original name was the ‘Health Kup,’ changed to ‘Dixie Cup‘ in 1919.  The name came from a line of dolls made by the Dixie Doll Company.
  • 2008 R.I.P. Al Copeland, the founder of Popeye’s restaurant chain.

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March 21st is National Crunchy Taco Day!

Posted on March 21, 2018

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Happy National Crunchy Taco Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about tacos:

The word taco started in the 18th century silver mines in Mexico.

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

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

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A “Taquería” is a Spanish word meaning taco shop.

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One of the first taco trucks is thought to have started in New York when in 1966 two New York housewives operated an early version of the taco truck. Although the truck did not have a full kitchen, it was available for catering.

Today’s Food History

  • 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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February 20th is National Muffin Day!

Posted on February 20, 2018

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Happy National Muffin Day!

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

American muffins are referred  to baked breads in small tins while “English” Muffins are oven-baked, then cooked in a griddle.

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The word Muffin likely derives its name from the an Old German word Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake.

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The Muffin Man was a real guy! He delivered muffins to homes along Drury Lane in England.

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American muffins are similar to a cupcake in size and cooking methods but cupcakes are almost always made with cake batter.

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The blueberry muffin is the official state muffin of Minnesota.

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The corn muffin is the official state muffin of Massachusetts.

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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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September 29th is National Coffee Day!

Posted on September 29, 2017

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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 26th is National Key Lime Pie Day

Posted on September 26, 2017

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Key Limes are uniquely sour because they have less moisture in their peel. This makes the juice much more acidic


Here are today’s five thing to know about Key Lime Pie:

  1. The dish is named for the small Key limes that are naturalized throughout the Florida Keys.
  2. Unlike regular lime juice, Key lime juice is a pale yellow color which combined with the egg yokes results in the yellow pie filling.
  3. Many claim that Key lime pie was invented by botantist Jack Simons.
  4. On July 1st, 2006 both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate passed legislation selecting the “Key lime pie” as the official pie of the state of Florida.
  5. It is highly likely that the first Key lime pie was created by “Aunt Sally,” the cook of a ship salvager and Key West’s first millionaire. Many of the men onboard his ships would have had access to the basic and non-perishable ingredients required for the early recipe: canned milk, limes and eggs. ,

Today’s Food History

  • 1777 John Bartram died. An American botanist, and considered the ‘father of American botany,’ he established a botanical garden in Philadelphia in 1728.
  • 1877 Victor Shelford was born. An American zoologist and ecologist, he was one of the first to treat ecology as a separate science. He was active and influential in several ecological organizations, including the Nature Conservancy formed in 1951.
  • 1903 Italo Marchiony applied for a patent for an ice cream cup mold. Initially, he would fold warm waffles into a cup shape. He then developed the 2-piece mold that would make 10 cups at a time. (The patent was granted on December 15).
  • 1955 The first British commercial TV station began broadcasting. The first advertisement was for Gibbs SR toothpaste.
  • 1967 The Queen Mary began her last Atlantic crossing.
  • 1982 First Farm Aid Concert was held at Champaign, Illinois.
  • 2002 William Rosenberg founder of Dunkin’ Donuts died.
  • 2003 Actor Gordon Jump died. The ‘Matag Repairman’ in commercials, also Arthur Carlson on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’

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September 24th is National Cherries Jubilee Day!

Posted on September 24, 2017

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Cherries ‘Jubilee’ was credited by Chef Auguste Escoffier, who created the dish for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897


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

  1. The cherry is the fruit of many plants of the genus Prunus, and is a fleshy stone fruit.
  2. The cherry fruits of commerce are usually obtained from a limited number of species, including especially cultivars of the wild cherry, Prunus avium.
  3. The name ‘cherry’, often as the compound term ‘cherry tree’, may also be applied to many other members of the genus Prunus, or to all embers of the genus as a collective term.
  4. The fruits of many of these are not cherries, and have other common names, including plum, apricot, peach, and others.
  5. The name ‘cherry’ is also frequently used in reference to cherry blossom.

Today’s Food History

  • 1870 Georges Claude was born. A French engineer, he invented the neon light, commonly used for signs.
  • 1936 Jim Henson, puppeteer was born. Creator of the ‘Muppets’ – including Miss Piggy and the Cookie Monster.
  • 1944 Rosa Lee Hawkins of the vocal group ‘The Dixie Cups’ was born.
  • 1991 Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) died. Writer and cartoonist. A few of his childrens books were ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ ‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,’ ‘Scrambled Eggs Super!’ and ‘The Butter Battle Book’

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Just a few more days to celebrate! Here’s August’s ‘Food Holiday’ list:

Posted on August 21, 2017

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National Catfish Month
National Panini Month
National Peach Month
National Sandwich Month

Daily Holidays

August 1 
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
August 2 
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
National Ice Cream Soda Day
August 3 
National Watermelon Day
August 4 
National Chocolate Chip Day
August 5 
National Mustard Day
National Waffle Day
August 6 
National Root Beer Float Day
August 7 
Raspberries ‘n Cream Day
August 8 
National Frozen Custard Day
August 9 
National Rice Pudding Day
August 10 
National S’mores Day
August 11 
National Raspberry Bombe Day
August 12
National Julienne Fries Day
August 13
National Fillet Mignon Day
August 14 
National Creamsicle Day
August 15 
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
August 16
National Rum Day
August 17 
National Vanilla Custard Day
August 18 
National Ice Cream Pie Day
August 19 
National Soft Ice Cream Day
National Hot & Spicy Food Day
August 20 
National ‘ Bacon Lovers ‘ Day
National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
August 21 
National Spumoni Day
August 22 
National Pecan Torte Day
National “Eat a Peach” Day
August 23 
National Spongecake Day
August 24 
National Peach Pie Day
August 25 
National Banana Split Day
August 26 
National Cherry Popsicle Day
August 27 
National Pots de Creme Day
August 28 
National Cherry Turnovers Day
August 29
National Whiskey Sour Day
August 30 
National Toasted Marshmallow Day
August 31 
National Trail Mix Day

May 30th is National Mint Julep Day!

Posted on May 30, 2017

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Here are today’s five facts about Mint Juleps: 

 

  • A mint julep is traditionally made with four ingredients: mint leaf, bourbon, sugar, and water.

 

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  • Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in Southern states, and in Kentucky in particular.
  • In the use of sugar and mint, it is similar to the mojito.

 

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  • Proper preparation of the cocktail is commonly debated, as methods may vary considerably from one bartender to another.

 

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  • The mint julep may be considered as one of a loosely associated family of drinks called “smashes” (the brandy smash is another example, as well as the mojito), in which fresh mint and other ingredients are muddled or crushed in preparation for flavoring the finished drink.
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Today’s Food History

  • 1783 The first daily American newspaper was published in Philadelphia, ‘The Pennsylvania Evening Post’
  • 1848 William Young of Baltimore, Maryland received the first U.S. patent for an ice cream freezer.
  • 1899 George Cook patented an automatic fishing device.
  • 1908 Mel Blanc (Melvin Jerome Blanc) was born. Blanc was a voice actor for Warner Bros. (and other) cartoon characters. Some of the characters he ‘voiced’ include Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Sylvester the Cat.
  • 1994 Baron Marcel Bich died. French inventor of the Bic Pen in 1949. (Pens are needed to write recipes and menus).

May 28th is National Brisket Day!

Posted on May 28, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about Brisket:

 

  • Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal.

 

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  • The beef brisket is one of the eight beef primal cuts.

 

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  • The brisket muscles include the superficial and deep pectorals.

 

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  • As cattle do not have collar bones, these muscles support about 60% of the body weight of standing/moving cattle.

 

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  • This requires a significant amount of connective tissue, so the resulting meat must be cooked correctly to tenderize the connective tissue.
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Today’s Food History

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1892 The Sierra Club is formed in San Francisco for nature conservation.

1897 Jell-O was introduced.

1910 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist, was born in Linden, Texas.

1944 Gladys Knight was born. (Gladys Knight & the Pips) A ‘Pip’ is the small seed of a fruit, like those in an apple.

1999 After 22 years of controversial restoration, Leonardo de Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Last Supper’ is returned to public display.

2003 The first cloned horse was born in a natural delivery. Cloned horses are currently banned from racing.

May 24th is National Escargot Day !

Posted on May 24, 2017

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Here are today’s five food facts about Escargot:

 

  • Escargot – French – An edible snail, especially one prepared as an appetizer or entree.

 

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  • The French consume 40,000 metric tons of snails each year.

 

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  • Heliculture is the science of growing snails for food.

 

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  • 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.

 

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  • Restaurants serve about 1 billion snails annually.
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Today’s Food History

 

  • 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.

May 23rd is National Taffy Day!

Posted on May 23, 2017

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Here are today’s five food facts about Taffy: 

 

  • Salt water taffy was “invented” in Atlantic City in 1883.

 

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  • Modern technology allows confectioners to produce 1,000 pieces of taffy a minute.

 

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  • In one hour enough pieces of taffy are made to cover one third of the length of Atlantic City (about 1.3 miles).

 

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  • The three most popular taffy flavors sold by Sweet Candy Company are peppermint, cinnamon and chocolate.
  • America celebrates National Taffy Day May 23rd.
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Today’s Food History

  • 1774 Residents of Chestertown, Maryland  react to news of the Boston Tea Party by staging a similar protest, dumping a shipment of tea into the Chester River.
  • 1868 R.I.P. Kit Carson, American frontiersman. His last words were supposedly “Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili.”
  • 1922 Thomas Edison patented a method for making metal foils.
  • 1960 R.I.P. Georges Claude. A French engineer, he invented the neon light, commonly used for signs.
  • 1968‘Yummy, Yummy, Yummy’ by the Ohio Express is #1 on the charts.
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