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September 15 is National Linguine Day

Posted on September 15, 2015

Here are today’s five thing to know about double cheeseburgers:

  1. The name linguine means “little tongue” in Italian.
  2. It is often mis-spelled as “linguini.”
  3. Linguine originated on the coast of Italy in Liguria, which is why linguine and seafood make a great pair.
  4. Italy is the leading consumer of pasta, with nearly 60 pounds per capita per year.
  5. Americans eat an average of 19 pounds of pasta every year.
  6. Linguine by definition is a type of pasta characterized by it’s long, slender, flat strips.

Today’s Food History

  • 1885 Jumbo, an African elephant exhibited by in France, the London Zoo, and finally in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, died after being hit by a locomotive in Ontario, Canada. Jumbo was supposedly 12 feet tall at the time of his death.
  • 1898 William S. Burroughs died. An American inventor, Burroughs invented and manufactured  the first adding machine with a printer.
  • 1962 The Four Seasons ‘Sherry’ hits number 1 on the charts.
  • 1965 Green Acres TV show debuted.
  • 1971 Greenpeace founded.
  • 1981 The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program.
  • 1995 Tan M&Ms are replaced by the new blue M&Ms. The tan ones originally replaced violet M&Ms in 1949.

March 20 – National Ravioli Day

Posted on March 20, 2012

National Ravioli Day

Five Food Finds about Ravioli

  • The first mentions of Ravioli was in the 14th century Venus.
  • The word ravioli is from an old Italian word riavvolgere (“to wrap”)
  • Canned ravioli was pioneered by Chef Boyardee in the 1930’s
  • “Fresh” packed ravioli lasts up for several week while fresh made lasts for just a few days.
  •  Italian tradition  is to serve vegetarian ravioli, particularly on Fridays. Meats is served as a side or later in the meal.

Daily Quote

“No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention.”

Christopher Morley

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1602 The Dutch East India Company was established and the Netherlands granted it a monopoly on trade with Asia.

1727  RIP Sir Isaac Newton It is said that an apple fell on his head inspired his theory of universal gravitation.  The apple is thought to have been the green skinned ‘Flower of Kent’ variety.

1932 RIP Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov,a Soviet biologist.  Others had previously shown it was possible to artificially inseminate domestic animals, Ivanov developed the practical procedures in 1901.

1941 ‘All That Meat And No Potatoes’ was recorded by jazz musician Fats Waller.

Ravioli

Posted on March 26, 2011

Raviolies (plural; singular: raviolo) are a type of filled pasta composed of a filling sealed between two layers of thin pasta dough. The word ravioli is reminiscent of the Italian verb riavvolgere (“to wrap”), though the two words are not etymologically connected.[citation needed] The word may also be a diminutive of Italian dialectal rava, or turnip. The earliest mention of ravioli appear in the writings of Francesco di Marco, a merchant of Prato in the 14th century In Venice, the mid-14th century manuscript Libro per cuoco offers ravioli of green herbs blanched and minced, mixed with beaten egg and fresh cheese, simmered in broth, a recipe that would be familiar today save for its medieval powdering of “sweet and strong spices”. In Tuscany, some…

  

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