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September 16 is Peach Pie Day

Posted on September 16, 2015

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

  1. Pie has been around since the ancient Egyptians.
  2. Mark Twain hated that Europeans did not eat pie. He is recorded writing in a letter to a friend that the pies he missed the most were apple pie, peach pie, American mince pie, pumpkin pie, and squash pie.
  3. The Pilgrims brought over their favorite family pie recipes with them to America.
  4. Pioneer women often served pies with every meal.
  5. The Romans are cited for spreading the love of pie throughout Europe via the Roman roads, where every country adapted to the Roman customs and foods.

Today’s Food History

  • 1380 Charles V of France Died.
    * It was Charles V who commissioned Taillevent to write what would become the first professional cookery book written in France, ‘Le Viandier’.
    * Forks were mentioned in an inventory during his reign
    * Some believe that he died as a result of eating amanita mushrooms.
  • 1630 Shawmut changed its name to Boston. If not for this, we might be eating Shawmut Baked Beans and Shawmut Cream Pie today!
  • 1736 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit died. Fahrenheit was a German physicist who invented the Fahrenheit temperature scale thermometer. It was the first thermometer to use mercury instead of alcohol, which also extended the temperature range of thermometers.
  • 1835 Charles Darwin arrived at the Galapagos islands aboard the HMS Beagle. The unique fauna he observed on the various islands there helped in forming his theory of natural selection.
  • 1919 Marvin P. Middlemark was born. He invented the TV ‘rabbit ear’ antenna, and among other minor inventions, a water powered potato peeler.
  • 1947 The first aluminum foil, Reynolds Metals ‘Reynolds Wrap’ goes on sale.

January 9 – National Apricot Day

Posted on January 9, 2012

National Apricot Day

Daily Trivia: In Latin, apricot means ‘precious’ 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1838 The first Flea Circus in the U.S. opened at 187 Broadway in New York City.
  • 1858 Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton was born. An American botanist, her efforts were a major factor in the establishment of the New York Botanical Gardens.
  • 1956 The first ‘Dear Abby’ column was published.
  • 1969 “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye is #1 on the charts.
  • 1980 “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes is #1 on the charts.
  • 1995 Peter Cook, British actor and comedian died.

some content is courtesy of www.FoodReference.com, used with permission

Pears Helene

Posted on March 14, 2011

Pears Hélène, or Pears Belle-Hélène, is of French origin. It does not carry the American pronunciation, hel-LEEN, but el-ENN, the French version of the name. It’s original name is Poire Belle-Hélène.

The dessert owes its origin to the opera La belle Hélène by composer Jacques Offenbach. It’s a comedic take on the elopement of Queen Helen, wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, with Prince Paris of Troy. This act of l’amour started the Trojan War, as the Greeks sailed to Troy to retrieve their queen. The opera debuted on December 17, 1864, was a big success, and the dessert was developed by Auguste Escoffier as a tribute.

The dessert is composed of pears poached in sugar syrup, topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and crystallized violets (today sliced almonds are more commonly used).

A Parisian menu staple and a favorite dessert for dinner parties, Pears Hélène offers the lightness of fruit with the richness  of chocolate sauce.  In America, March 15 is National “Pears Helene” Day.

January 9 – Today’s Food History

Posted on January 9, 2011

National Apricot Day Daily Trivia: In Latin, apricot means ‘precious’  Today’s Food History on this day in… 1838 The first Flea Circus in the U.S. opened at 187 Broadway in New York City. 1858 Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton was born. An American botanist, her efforts were a major factor in the establishment of the New York Botanical Gardens. 1956 The first ‘Dear Abby’ column was published. 1969 “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye is #1 on the charts. 1980 “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes is #1 on the charts. 1995 Peter Cook, British actor and comedian died. some content is courtesy of www.FoodReference.com, used with permission

Strawberries

Posted on May 10, 2010

The garden strawberry is a common plant of the genus Fragaria which is cultivated worldwide for its fruit, the (common) strawberry. The fruit is widely appreciated, mainly for its characteristic aroma but also for its bright red color, and it is consumed in large quantities—either fresh, or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, milk shake, etc. Artificial strawberry aroma is also widely used in all sorts of industrialized food products. The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France in 1740 via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America , which was noted for its flavor, and Fragaria chiloensis from Chile and Argentina brought by Amédée-François Frézier, which was noted for its large size. Cultivars of Fragaria…

Raisins

Posted on April 30, 2010

Raisins are dried grapes. They are produced in many regions of the world, such as Armenia, the United States, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Macedonia, Mexico, Greece, Syria, Turkey, Georgia, India, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, China, Afghanistan, Togo, and Jamaica, as well as South Africa and Southern and Eastern Europe. Raisins may be eaten raw or used in cooking and baking.Raisins are sweet due to their high concentration of sugars. The sugar inside the fruit crystallizes if they are stored for a long period. This makes the dry raisins gritty, but does not affect their usability. The sugar grains dissolve when the raisins are swelled in (hot) water.

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