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September 25th is officially National Quesadilla Day!

Posted on September 25, 2019

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Today’s Food History

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1777 Johann Heinrich Lambert died. He proved that Apple pie was irrational.  Oops – never mind – that was ‘pi’ that he proved was an irrational number.

1843 Melville Reuben Bissell was born. Bissell invented the carpet sweeper in 1876.

1879 The Cream Separator was patented.

1974 It is first reported that freon from aerosol cans is destroying the ozone layer above the earth.

1976 The largest dolphin caught with rod and reel weighed 87 pounds. It was caught off the coast of Costa Rica.

1985 William Cumming Rose died. An American biochemist, he researched amino acids, and established the importance of the 8 essential amino acids in human nutrition.

January 7th is National Tempura Day!

Posted on January 7, 2019

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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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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 22nd is National Nut Day! / #NationalNutDay

Posted on October 22, 2018

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

  1. Cashews are in the same plant family as poison ivy and poison sumac and their itchy oil is contained almost entirely in the shell of the nut.
  2. Pistachios get their green color from the same pigment (chlorophyll) that lights up your spinach, kale and other fabulous plant based foods.
  3. Walnuts enjoy a distinction like no other — they are the only nut that has omega-3 fatty acids.
  4. A 2008 study found that almonds (and specifically the fat in almonds) may play a role in increasing healthy bacteria in the gut.
  5. Brazil nuts are high in selenium, a mineral that has been found to be effective in the fight against prostate cancer.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1843 Stephen Moulton Babcock was born. He developed a test to measure the fat content of milk, which which helped improve the quality of commercial dairy production.
  • 1896 Charles Glen King was born. King was a biochemist who discovered vitamin C in 1932. He extracted and isolated it from lemon juice.
  • 1981 The FDA approved the artificial sweetener Aspartame (NutraSweet) for tabletop use.

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October 21st is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!

Posted on October 21, 2018

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

  1. Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake uses a slightly tangy type of cheese with larger curds and less water content, called pot or farmer’s cheese.
  2. Philadelphia-style cheesecake is lighter in texture, yet richer in flavor than New York style cheesecake.
  3. Farmer’s cheese cheesecake is the contemporary implementation for the traditional use of baking to preserve fresh cheese and is often baked in a cake form along with fresh fruit like a tart.
  4. Country-style cheesecake uses buttermilk to produce a firm texture while decreasing the pH (increasing acidity) to extend shelf life.
  5. Lactose free cheesecake may be made either with lactose-free cream cheese or as an imitation using Vegan recipes combining non-dairy cream cheese alternatives with other lactose-free ingredient

Today’s Food History

  • 1422 Charles VI of France died. It was during Charles VI rule that Taillevent was made Master of the King’s kitchens. Charles VI also gave sole rights for the aging of Roquefort cheese to the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, and all Roquefort must still be aged in the caves there today.
  • 1449 George Plantagenet, duke of Clarence was born. Brother of Edward IV whom he was accused of plotting against. He was thrown into prison and secretly executed in the Tower of London. The rumor is that he was drowned in a butt (large cask) of malmsey wine.
  • 1879 Thomas Edison demonstrated the first commercially practical light bulb at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
  • 1990 Tom Carvel died. He was the inventor of the soft-serve ice cream machine, and founder of the Carvel ice cream chain.

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October 20th is National Eggo Day! / #NationalEggoDay #StrangerThings

Posted on October 20, 2018

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Five Food facts about Eggos:

  1. Eggo waffles were invented  by three brothers: Tony, Sam, and Frank Dorsa.
  2. They were initially introduced as “Froffles,” but the name “Eggos” became popular due to their eggy taste.
  3. The Dorsa brothers also produced a line of Eggo potato chips.
  4. It wasn’t until 1968 when Kellog acquired the brand that the slogan “L’eggo my Eggo” was coined.
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5. “Oh. Candy… leftovers… eggos… she really likes eggos.” – Mike, Stranger Things



Today’s Food History

  • 1880 Lydia Maria Francis Child died. An American abolitionist and author of novels and children’s books. She also wrote books of advice for women including ‘The Frugal Housewife’ (1829).
  • 1882 Bela Lugosi was born. Dracula.
  • 1970 Norman Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to the ‘Green Revolution.’ He had developed new varieties of wheat and rice to help increase food production in the Third World

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October 19th is National Seafood Bisque Day!

Posted on October 19, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Seafood Bisque:

  1.  Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth of crustaceans.
  2. It can be made from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish.
  3. It is thought the name is derived from Biscay, as in Bay of Biscay, but the crustaceans are certainly bis cuites“twice cooked” (by analogy to abiscuit) for they are first sautéed lightly in their shells, then simmered in wine and aromatic ingredients, before being strained, followed by the addition of cream.
  4. Bisque is a method of extracting every bit of flavor from imperfect crustaceans not good enough to send to market. In an authentic bisque, the shells are ground to a fine paste and added to thicken the soup.
  5.  Bisque is also sometimes used to refer to cream-based soups that do not contain seafood, in which the sometimes pre-cooked ingredients are pureed or processed in a food processor or a food mill.

Today’s Food History

  • 1688 William Cheselden was born. An English surgeon and teacher, he was one of the first to describe the role of saliva in digestion.
  • 1917 In France, Salvation Army volunteer Helen Purviance made the first doughnuts for homesick U.S. soldiers. The doughnuts became a symbol of the spirit of the Salvation Army’s work to ease the hardship of WW I soldiers on the frontline.
  • 1937 ‘Woman’s Day’ magazine began publishing.
  • 1962 Boxer Evander Holyfield was born. On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.

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October 18th is National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Posted on October 18, 2018

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Today’s Cupcake Trivia

Cupcakes were originally baked in teacups, hence the name Cup-cake


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

  1.  Cupcake liners do more than make it easy to remove them from the pan. Traditionally, sides of tins are greased for easy removal, but also floured because the batter needs to have something to cling to. A cupcake liner takes care of both.
  2. On August 15, 2009 GourmetGiftBaskets.com broke the world record for largest cupcake ever made. The cupcake was 1,224 pounds, 4 foot tall by 10 foot wide, and had 2 million calories.
  3. One of the most popular cupcake bakery’s in the U.S. is Crumbs in New York City. They have reported $23.5 million in cupcake revenue last year alone!
  4. The first mention of a cupcake recipe goes as far back as 1796. Amelia Simms wrote a recipe in “American Cookery” which referenced, “a cake to be baked in small cups”.
  5.  However, it wasn’t until 1828 that the actual word cupcake was used by Eliza Leslie in her cookbook “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats”.

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 Today’s Food History

  • 1753 Jean Jacques Regis de Cambaceres was born. A French politician and gourmet. A gastronomic contemporary and rival of Talleyrand and Carême. The dinners he gave were famous, and Cambaceres closely supervised the food preparation. He refused to admit late-comers, and was also said to have demanded complete silence while dining.
  • 1871 Charles Babbage died. He invented the adding machine, and among his other inventions is the cowcatcher, the V shaped front end on locomotives.
  • 1878 Thomas Edison made electricity available for household usage.
  • 1892 The first long distance telephone line between Chicago and New York City was put in service.
  • 1919 William Waldorf Astor Born. William Waldorf Astor was a cousin of John Jacob Astor IV, the great grandson of John Jacob Astor. He built the Waldorf section (1893) of what would become the Waldorf Astoria (1897). The Empire State Building (1929) now stands on the site.
  • 1931 Thomas Alva Edison, “the wizard of Menlo Park” died.
  • 1945 James T. Ehler, Chef and food writer, was born. 
  • 1969 Cyclamate, a non-caloric sweetener, was banned. Discovered in 1937, and widely used in the food industry, cyclamate was found to cause cancer in laboratory rats. Cyclamate is still used in many countries around the world.

 


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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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October 14th is National Dessert Day! / #NationalDessertDay

Posted on October 14, 2018

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Today’s Dessert Quote:

“A party without dessert is just a meeting”

~Julia Child


Top Five Most Popular Desserts in the US:

  1. Fudge
  2. Chocolate cake
  3. Chocolate chip cookies
  4. Brownies
  5. Ice cream

Today’s Food History

  • 1906 Joseph Farwell Glidden died. Glidden, an Illinois farmer, received a patent for the first commercial barbed wire on November 24, 1874. The beginning of the end to open range and the cowboy. Glidden formed the Barb Fence Company with Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.
  • 1941 Carmen Miranda recorded ‘The Man with the Lollipop Song.’
  • 1946 ‘The Iceman Cometh’ opened in New York City.
  • 1985 Strawberry Fields, a 2 1/2 acre garden memorial in New York City’s Central Park, was dedicated to John Lennon.
  • 1996 World’s largest grilled cheese sandwich was made, 3,000 pounds.

 


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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 13th is National M&M’s Day!

Posted on October 13, 2018

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Did you know?

The 2 M’s in M&Ms stand for ‘Mars’ and ‘Murrie’ the creators of the candy


Here are today’s five thing to know about M&Ms:

  1. From 1976 to 1985, there were no red M&Ms
  2. Blue M&Ms were introduced in 1995.
  3. M&Ms were taken along on the first space shuttle voyage in 1982.
  4. There are 340 million M&M’s produced daily.
  5. The “M&M” was modeled after a candy Forrest Mars, Sr. encountered while in Spain during the 1930s. During the Spanish civil war there, he observed soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell of tempered chocolate. This prevented the candies from melting, which was essential when included in soldiers rations as they were.

Today’s Food History

National Yorkshire Pudding Day
St. Colman’s Day, patron of cattle and horses.

  • 54 A.D. Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus, Emperor of Rome A.D. 41-54, died by poisoning. Known as Claudius I, supposedly he was poisoned with mushrooms by his wife Agrippina, after her son Nero was named as his heir.
  • 2006 Six Flags theme park in Gurnee, Illinois holds a live cockroach eating contest.

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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 Tic Tac Day! / #NationalTicTacDay

Posted on October 10, 2018

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Did you know?

Tic tac’s were introduced in 1969. The original flavors were only orange and mint.


Here are your five food facts about Tic Tacs:

1. Since 1980, the Tic Tac slogan has been “The 1½ Calorie Breath Mint”..

2. Tic Tacs were originally named “Refreshing Mints,” but the name was changed to reflect the sound of the mints shaking in their container.

3. They currently are sold in over 100 countries in dozens of flavors.

tumblr_mmpo1ejc9h1rc25dro1_5004. “Orange Tic Tacs are Bleeker’s one and only vice.” – Juno, 2009

5. Each Tic Tac box contains about 36 Tic Tacs.


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 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 9th is National Moldy Cheese Day! 🧀🧀

Posted on October 9, 2018

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

  1. Did you know that there are over 2,000 varieties of cheeses?
  2. The #1 cheese recipe in America is “Macaroni and Cheese”.
  3. What appears to be the remains of cheese has been found in Egyptian tombs over 4,000 years old!
  4. The terms “Big Wheel” and “Big Cheese” originally referred to those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.
  5. Chevre is French for goat and refers to cheese made from goat’s milk.

Today’s Food History

  • 1906 Joseph Farwell Glidden died. Glidden, an Illinois farmer, received a patent for the first commercial barbed wire on November 24, 1874. The beginning of the end to open range and the cowboy. Glidden formed the Barb Fence Company with Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.
  • 1941 Carmen Miranda recorded ‘The Man with the Lollipop Song.’
  • 1946 ‘The Iceman Cometh’ opened in New York City.
  • 1985 Strawberry Fields, a 2 1/2 acre garden memorial in New York City’s Central Park, was dedicated to John Lennon.
  • 1996 World’s largest grilled cheese sandwich was made, 3,000 pounds.

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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 5th is National 🍎 Apple Betty Day! 🍎

Posted on October 5, 2018

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

  1. The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae).
  2. It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans.
  3. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees.
  4. The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today.
  5. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1582 If you lived in Italy and many other Catholic countries, this day and the next 10 days did not exist due to the Gregorian Calendar Adjustment (it corrected an accumulated 11 day discrepancy). The day following Thursday, October 4, 1582 was Friday, October 15, 1582. It was effective in most Catholic countries. The old Julian calendar continued in use in Britain and its colonies until 1752, in Japan until 1873, in China until 1912, in Russia until 1918, in Greece until 1923, and in Turkey until 1925.
  • 1902 Ray Kroc is born in Oak Park, Illinois. Ray Kroc sold blenders for milkshakes, and one of his customers was a restaurant in San Bernardino, California owned by Maurice and Richard McDonald. Kroc set up a chain of drive-in restaurants based on their efficient assembly line production kitchen. He opened his first restaurant on April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. By 1961 he had 228 restaurants and he bought out the McDonald brothers. When he died in 1984 there were over 7,500 McDonald’s restaurants.
  • 1948 Brian Connolly of the music group ‘Sweet’ was born.
  • 1983 Earl Silas Tupper died. The inventor of Tupperware. (Tupperware makes the containers used to conduct mold and bacterial experiments in the back of refrigerator shelves).
  • 2007 One week after recalling almost 22 million pounds of ground beef products, Topps Meat Company announced it was going out of business. Topps had to recall the meat after samples tested positive for E. colibacteria, and at least 30 people had become ill since July. Topps was one of the country’s largest manufacturers of frozen hamburgers.

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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 3rd is National Soft Taco Day 🌮🌮

Posted on October 3, 2018

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Five Food Finds about Tacos

  1. A taco is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling.
  2. A taco can be made with a variety of fillings, including beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables and cheese, allowing for great versatility and variety.
  3. A taco is generally eaten without utensils and is often accompanied by garnishes such as salsa, avocado or guacamole, cilantro, tomatoes, minced meat, onions and lettuce.
  4. According to the Real Academia Española, publisher of Diccionario de la Lengua Española, the word taco describes a typical Mexican dish of a maize tortilla folded around food (“Tortilla de maíz enrollada con algún alimento dentro, típica de México”).
  5. The original sense of the word is of a “plug” or “wad” used to fill a hole (“Pedazo de madera, metal u otra materia, corto y grueso, que se encaja en algún hueco”).

Today’s Food History

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1863 Abraham Lincoln declared that Thanksgiving Day would be an annual event celebrated on the last Thursday in November.
1872 Emily Post was born. (or on October 27, 1872). 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).
1883 The ‘Orient Express’ made its first run from Paris to Constantinople.
1899 The first motorized vacuum cleaner was patented by John S. Thurman.
1941 The first aerosol can was patented.
1964 Buffalo Wings were created. Created by Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, for her son and some friends for a midnight snack.


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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

on this day in…

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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September 27th is National Chocolate Milk Day!

Posted on September 27, 2018

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Today’ Food Fact:

Chocolate milk was invented in Jamaica!

In the early 1700’s Sir Hans Sloane, while living in Jamaica, “He found the taste of cocoa ‘nauseous'” but mixed it with milk & made it more ‘palatable.’


Five Food Finds about Chocolate Milk

  1. Chocolate milk is a sweetened, usually cold, cocoa-flavored milk drink. It is created when chocolate syrup (or chocolate powder) is mixed with milk (from cows, goats, soy, rice, etc).
  2. It can be purchased pre-mixed or made at home with either cocoa powder and a sweetener (such as sugar or a sugar substitute), or with melted chocolate, chocolate syrup, or chocolate milk mix.
  3. Other ingredients, such as starch, salt, carrageenan, vanilla, or artificial flavoring may be added.
  4. Chocolate milk should always be refrigerated like plain milk.
  5. Blending the two flavors (milk and chocolate), hence the name of the mixed drink..

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1892 The Diamond Match Company patented book matches.

1938 The ‘Queen Elizabeth,’ the largest passenger liner of its time, was launched in Scotland. The world’s largest floating restaurant.

1947 ‘Bread and Butter Woman’ was recorded by Danny Kaye & the Andrews Sisters.

1947 Musician Marvin Lee Aday, ‘Meat Loaf’, was born.


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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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