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March 17 – ‘Eat Like an Irishman’ Day

Posted on March 17, 2012

National “Eat Like an Irishman” Day

Also St. Patrick’s Day!

Five Food Finds about Irish Cuisine

  • In 2010, the average Irish person aged 15+ drank 11.9 litres of pure alcohol, according to provisional data. That’s the equivalent of about 44 bottles of vodka, 470 pints or 124 bottles of wine.
  • There is a famous Irish dessert known as Drisheen, a surprisingly delicious black pudding.
  • Traditional dishes include Irish stew, coddle, and Irish breakfast.
  • The leprechaun, famous to Ireland, is said to grant wishes to those who can catch them.
  • The first fish and chips was served in Dublin in the 1880’s by Italian imigrants.

Daily Food Quote

“Only Irish Coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, fat.”
Alex Levine

Today’s Food History

on this day…

  • 1751 Anders Dahl was born. A renowned Swedish botanist, the Dahlia flower was named for him.
  • 1845 Stephen Perry received a patent for the rubber band. It was made from vulcanized rubber.
  • 1864 Work began on a 2 mile long, 5 foot diameter, water supply tunnel for Chicago. It was completed in 1867.
  • 1944 John Sebastian of the music group ‘Loving Spoonful’ was born.
  • 1967 Billy Corgan of the music group ‘Smashing Pumpkins’ was born.

March 15 – National Peanut Lovers’ Day

Posted on March 15, 2012

National Peanut Lovers’ Day

Also: National Pears Helene Day

Five Food Finds for Peanuts

  • Nuts are most healthy in their raw form.  The reason is that over 15% of the healthy oils are lost in the roasting process.
  • Studies show that people who eat nuts regularly live 2-3 years longer than those who don’t.
  • The nut allergy is among the most common food allergies.
  • Roasted nutshells were used as a coffee substitute during the civil war.
  • Half of the world’s nuts are inedible or poisonous to humans.

Daily Food Quote

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.
-Charles M. Schulz

Today’s Food History

on this day…

  • 1858 Liberty Hyde Bailey was born. He was a world famous American botanist who studied cultivated plants. He was dean of Horticulture at Cornell University for 15 years.
  • 1891 Sir Joseph William Bazalgette died. A British civil engineer, he designed the main sewer system for London. Allowing for running water .
  • 1980 McDonald’s test marketed Chicken McNuggets in Knoxville, Tennessee. They are so popular that they have to look for a second supplier.

Peanut Butter

Posted on March 30, 2010

Peanut butter is a food paste made from ground dry roasted peanuts, which is sold as either “crunchy” or “smooth”/”creamy” variety. Major consumer-brand peanut butter contains hydrogenated vegetable oil to stabilize it and prevent oil separation, salt to prevent spoilage, and dextrose or other sweeteners to enhance flavor. Peanut butter marketed as natural or organic might only contain peanuts and salt.[citation needed] Although some organic and natural varieties use palm oil instead of hydrogenated vegetable oil to prevent oil separation. It is popular in North America and the Netherlands, where it is used mainly as a sandwich spread, and a key ingredient in the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, as well as peanut butter flavored chocolate bars. Peanut butter may also be added to…

History of Peanuts

Posted on March 12, 2010

One can hardly speak of peanuts without speaking of George Washington Carver, the famous inventor of peanut butter. Did you know that peanut butter was just one of over 100 inventions oriented around peanuts? Carver’s list of peanut inventions includes 30 cloth dyes, 19 leather dyes, 18 insulating boards, 17 wood stains, 11 wall boards and 11 peanut flours.


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