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April 13th is National Peach Cobbler Day!

Posted on April 13, 2018

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Happy National Peach Cobbler Day!

*Created in the 1950’s to sell Canned Peaches for Spring Celebrations.

Here are today’s interesting five food facts to know about Peach Cobbler:


  • Peach Cobblers are an American deep-dish fruit dessert or pie with a thick crust (usually a biscuit crust) and peach filling.





  • Peach Cobbler day was created by the Georgia Peach Council in the 1950’s to sell canned peaches.
  • The rough look of the pie gives the dish its name. It looks “cobbled” together.


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  • There are 419 calories in 1 cup of Peach Cobbler.
  • Peach cobbler was invented by early American settlers.





Today’s Food History

  • 1748 Joseph Bramah was born. An English engineer, among his many inventions was a beer engine, used to deliver beer from keg to glass without artificial carbonation being added.
  • 1796 The first elephant to be brought to the U.S. arrived from Bengal, India. It was exhibited in New York, and its diet was described as: “thirty pounds of rice besides hay and straw…. all kinds of wine and spiritous liquors….and every kind of vegetable; it will also draw a cork from a bottle in its trunk.”
  • 1883 Alfred Packer was convicted of cannibalism in Colorado. (Actually he was convicted of murder, since cannibalism was not against the law). He was sentenced to death, but was retried in 1886 and sentenced to 40 years. He was paroled in 1901, and died in 1907.
  • 1902 Baron Philippe de Rothschild was born. (Wine producer).
  • 1909 Mervyn Hugh Cowie was born. Cowie was a British wildlife conservationist, founder and director of Kenya’s Royal National Parks.
  • 1916 Funk Brothers Seed Company sold the first U.S. shipment of hybrid seed corn to Samuel Ramsay of Jacobsburg, Ohio.
  • 1916 Edna Lewis was born, southern chef and author of ‘The Taste of Southern Cooking’ (1976).
  • 1917 James Buchanan (‘Diamond Jim’) Brady died. An American financier and philanthropist, Diamond Jim was known for his diamond jewelry and his huge appetite.
  • 1944 Jack Casady of the music group ‘Hot Tuna’ was born.
  • 1976 The $2 bill is reintroduced by the U.S. Treasury.
  • 2008 The National Meats Institute in Uruguay organized a record Largest BBQ, grilling about over 26,000 pounds of beef on a mile long bbq grill using 6 tonnes of charcoal.

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April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Day!

Posted on April 12, 2018

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Happy Grilled Cheese Day!

Here are today’s five interesting food facts about Grilled Cheese:

  • Grilled cheese sandwiches originally showed up in America during the roaring 20’s.
  • It is said that grilled cheese was first served as an open-face sandwich.
  • A grilled cheese sandwich is often accompanied by tomato soup, a southern delicacy!
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches can be served with bacon , tomato, and various other additions.  It makes the meal much more filling.
  • April is national grilled cheese sandwich month.  Be sure to celebrate heartily!

Today’s Food History

  • 1748 Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu was born. A French botanist whose ideas formed the foundation of a natural plant classification system.
  • 1985 The four ‘unicorns’ of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus were declared to be only goats with surgically implanted horns by federal inspectors. The circus was ordered to stop advertising them as unicorns
  • 1988 The first U.S. patent on an animal life form was issued to Harvard scientists for a genetically engineered mouse.
  • 1989 The USSR issued ration cards for sugar due to a shortage
  • 2001 Maryland banned the farming of genetically modified fish in any waters linked to other bodies of water.

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April 9th is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day!

Posted on April 9, 2018

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Happy National Chinese Almond Cookie Day!

The Cookie of Good Luck.

Here are today’s five food facts to know about Chinese Almond Cookies:


  • In Mandarin Chinese, these are more literally called “Almond Cakes.”
  • The Chinese Almond Cookie is native to southern and southeast China.
  • There is no record of these cookies before the 1900’s.




  • The Chinese commonly prepared Almond milk and Almond tea.
  • An American variation exists using pecans.



Fun Fact:

Typical to southern and southeastern China, these almond cookies are usually enjoyed around Chinese New Year, and are given as gifts to family and friends.

In some Chinese restaurants, they are served to cleanse the palate after several courses, rather than being regarded as a dessert.

Yuan-Shan Chi declared these cookies “as Chinese as blueberry pie.”


Today’s Food History

o    1626 R.I.P. Sir Francis Bacon. An English statesman, philosopher and author of ‘Novum Organum’, a work on scientific inquiry. Some also claim he wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare. He died after having stuffed a dressed chicken with snow to see how long the flesh could be preserved by the extreme cold. He caught cold and died from complications about a month later.

o    1682 Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed the whole Mississippi Basin for France. He named it Louisiana, in honor of Louis XIV of France.

o    1770 Capt. James Cook discovered Botany Bay on the Australian continent.

o    1850 R.I.P William Prout.  An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions – carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

o    1872 Samuel R. Percy of New York received a patent for dried milk.

o    1965 The entire cast of the comic strip ‘Peanuts’ was featured on the cover of TIME magazine

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April 8th is National Empanada Day!

Posted on April 8, 2018

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Happy National Empanada Day!

Here are today’s five food facts to know about Empanadas:

  • The Spanish word for bread is “pan”.  “Empanar” is a verb form that means “to bread”.  Emapanada is the past-participle, “breaded”.
  • It’s basically a single-serving turnover.  It can be filled with sweet foods like fruits, sugars, and syrups, or savory foods like meats, cheeses, and oils.
  • They originated in northwest Spain, in a region known as Galicia.
  • Today they are most popular in Spanish-speaking countries across Europe and South America.
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  • Originally they were made with bread dough, but now they are made with pastries as well.


Today’s Food History

o    1513 Ponce de Leon landed in Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth. He thought it was just another island of the Bahamas.

o    1862 John D. Lynde of Philadelphia patented the first aerosol dispenser.

o    1873 Alfred Paraf received a patent for the first commercially viable margarine manufacturing process.

o    1879 The Echo Farms Dairy of New York began selling milk in glass bottles, the first in the U.S.

o    1946 ‘Catfish’ Hunter, baseball pitcher, was born.

o    1992 R.I.P. Benjamin Eisenstadt. He invented the artificial sweetener, ‘Sweet ‘n Low’ (granulated saccharin and dextrose).

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April 7th is National Coffee Cake Day!

Posted on April 7, 2018

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Happy Coffee Cake Day 

Here are today’s five food facts to know about Coffee Cake:

  • Coffee cake was not invented, rather it evolved from a variety of different types of cakes.
  • Cakes in their various forms have been around since biblical times, the simplest varieties made from honey or dates and other fruits.
  • The Danish came up with the earliest versions of coffee cake.  Around the 17th century in Europe, it became the custom to enjoy a delicious sweet and yeasty type of bread when drinking coffee beverages.
  • There are many available combinations, everything from blueberry coffee cakes to cinnamon walnut coffee cake and more.
  • The hole in the center of most coffee cakes is a relatively recent innovation—it became popular in the 1950’s.  This “bundt pan” was invented to allowed heavier batters to get cooked all the way through without any dough left unbaked in the center.


Fun Fact:

The first coffee cakes are thought to have originated in Germany. These were more like sweet breads than cakes.


Today’s Food History

o    1727 Michel Adanson was born. Adanson was a French botanist who developed a system of plant classification based on physical characteristics. His system was opposed by Carolus Linnaeus, and was not widely used.

o    1857 A cold front barrels over the U.S. and snow falls in every state in the country.

o    1860 Will Kieth Kellogg was born. Founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. (later the W.K. Kellogg Company) to manufacture cereals (cornflakes were the first) developed by his brother John Harvey Kellogg.

o    1869 David Grandison Fairchild was born. An American botanist and agriculturalist, he was responsible for introducing many useful plants to the U.S. Author of ‘The World Was My Garden,’ and ‘Exploring for Plants’.

o    1933 The beginning of the end of Prohibition. On this day 3.2 percent beer sales were allowed in advance of Prohibition’s ratification.

o    1943 Mick Abrahams of the music group ‘Jethro Tull’ was born.

o    1948 The World Health Organization (WHO) was established.

o    1967 ‘Happy Together’ by Turtles is #1 on the charts.

April 6th is National New Beer’s Eve !

Posted on April 6, 2018

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

  • Germany serves beer ice cream in popsicle form. Its alcoholic content is less than that found in “classic” beer.
  • In 1962, Iron City beer was the brand used to test-market the concept of tab opening aluminum cans. By 1970, over 90% of all beer cans were self-opening.
  • Prohibition, beginning on January 16, 1920, lasted 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours, and 32-1/2 minutes, and was rescinded on December 5, 1933, at 3:32 p.m.
  • Centuries ago in England, pub visitors used a novel innovation that enabled them to get their beer served quickly. They used mugs with a whistle baked into the rim, the whistle being used to summon the barmaid. It has been suggested this practice gave birth to the phrase “wet your whistle.”
  • A beer lover or enthusiast is called a cerevisaphile.


Today’s Food History

o    1859 Massachusetts created the first Inspector of Milk position in the U.S.

o    1869 John Wesley Hyatt patented celluloid, the first synthetic plastic.

o    1896 Opening day of the first modern Olympic games. The last Olympics were held 1,500 years ago.

o    1930 ‘Twinkies’ go on sale for the first time.

o    1932 C. Glen King, at the University of Pittsburgh, isolated vitamin C from lemon juice.

o    1938 Roy J. Plunkett accidentally discovered Teflon.

o    1947 John Ratzenberger, actor, was born. He played ‘Cliff Clavin, Jr.’ on the TV series ‘Cheers.’

o    1954 TV dinners are introduced. C.A. Swanson & Sons introduced the first TV dinner: roast turkey with stuffing and gravy, sweet potatoes and peas. It sold for 98 cents and came in an aluminum tray, so you could just open the box and heat the dinner in the oven. (No microwave ovens back then).

o    Supposedly executive Gerald Thomas came up with the idea when the company had tons of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving (Didn’t we all?). The idea for the aluminum trays came from the trays used for airline food. They were an immediate success, and Turkey dinners are still the most popular Swanson frozen dinner. Swanson stopped calling them TV dinners in 1962.

o    1988 McDonald’s opened its 10,000th restaurant in Dale City, Virginia.

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April 5th is National Caramel Day!

Posted on April 5, 2018

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Here are today’s five food facts about Caramel Candy:


  • The word “caramel” comes from the late latin root “calamellus” meaning “sugar cane.”




  • While the origin is unknown, it’s speculated that American setllers in 1650 were making hard toffee candies in kettles.




  • In 1960, Vito Raimondi, with the help of his uncle William Raimondi, invented and patented the first caramel apple machine.




  • Toffee, or in the US “caramel candy”, is a soft, dense, chewy candy made by boiling a mixture of milk or cream, sugar(s), glucose, butter, and vanilla (or vanilla flavoring).




  • Caramel coloring, a dark, bitter-tasting liquid, is the highly concentrated product of near total caramelization, bottled for commercial use. It is used as food coloring and in beverages, such as cola.

Today’s Food History

o 1764 The Sugar Act passed in Britain, placing new restrictions on the import of molasses to America.

o 1806 Isaac Quintard patented the apple cider mill.

o 1858 W. Atlee Burpee was born. Founder of the world’s largest mail-order seed company in 1876.

o 1881 Edwing Houston and Elihu Thomson patented a centrifugal separator, which could be used in separating milk.

o 1981 Bob Hite died. Singer with Canned Heat.

o 1994 Andre Tchelistcheff died. Tchelistcheff was a Russian-born U.S. enologist, was a pivotal figure in the revitalization of the California wine industry following Prohibition (1919-33) and used his Paris training in viticulture and wine making to pioneer such techniques as cold fermentation and the use of American oak barrels for aging. He was also an authority on the types of soil suitable for growing various grape varieties.

o Encyclopedia Brittanica (CD-2002)

o 1998 The Spice Girls first U.K. concert in Glasgow

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