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The official January ‘Food Holidays’

Posted on January 1, 2019

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National Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
National Baking Month
National Fat Free Living Month
Fat Free Living Month
Daily Holidays

January 1
National Bloody Mary Day
National Black Eyed Pea Day
January 2
National Buffet Day
National Cream Puff Day
January 3
National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
January 4
National Spaghetti Day
January 5
National Whipped Cream Day
January 6
National Shortbread Day
National Bean Day
January 7
National Tempura Day
January 8
National English Toffee Day
January 9
National Apricot Day
January 10
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 11
National Hot Toddy Day
National Milk Day
January 12
National Marzipan Day
National Curried Chicken Day
National Glazed Doughnut Day
National Gluten-Free Day
National Peach Melba Day
January 14
National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
 National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 17
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Peking Duck Day
January 19
National Popcorn Day
January 20
National Buttercrunch Day
National Cheese Lover’s Day
January 21
National Granola Bar Day
National New England Clam Chowder Day
January 22
National Blonde Brownie Day
National Southern Food Day
January 23
National Pie Day
National Rhubarb Pie Day
Lobster Thermidor Day
January 25
National Irish Coffee Day
January 26
National Peanut Brittle Day
January 27
National Chocolate Cake Day
January 28
National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29
National Corn Chip Day
January 30
National Croissant Day
January 31
National Hot Chocolate Day**

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2019’s January Food Holiday List is Here!

Posted on December 29, 2018

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National Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
National Baking Month
National Fat Free Living Month
Fat Free Living Month
Daily Holidays

January 1
National Bloody Mary Day
National Black Eyed Pea Day
January 2
National Buffet Day
National Cream Puff Day
January 3
National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
January 4
National Spaghetti Day
January 5
National Whipped Cream Day
January 6
National Shortbread Day
National Bean Day
January 7
National Tempura Day
January 8
National English Toffee Day
January 9
National Apricot Day
January 10
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 11
National Hot Toddy Day
National Milk Day
January 12
National Marzipan Day
National Curried Chicken Day
National Glazed Doughnut Day
National Gluten-Free Day
National Peach Melba Day
January 14
National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
 National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 17
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Peking Duck Day
January 19
National Popcorn Day
January 20
National Buttercrunch Day
National Cheese Lover’s Day
January 21
National Granola Bar Day
National New England Clam Chowder Day
January 22
National Blonde Brownie Day
National Southern Food Day
January 23
National Pie Day
National Rhubarb Pie Day
Lobster Thermidor Day
January 25
National Irish Coffee Day
January 26
National Peanut Brittle Day
January 27
National Chocolate Cake Day
January 28
National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29
National Corn Chip Day
January 30
National Croissant Day
January 31
National Hot Chocolate Day**

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2018’s January Food Holiday List is Here!

Posted on December 26, 2017

january-calendar-foodimetnary
National Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
National Baking Month
National Fat Free Living Month
Fat Free Living Month
Daily Holidays

January 1
National Bloody Mary Day
National Black Eyed Pea Day
January 2
National Buffet Day
National Cream Puff Day
January 3
National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
January 4
National Spaghetti Day
January 5
National Whipped Cream Day
January 6
National Shortbread Day
National Bean Day
January 7
National Tempura Day
January 8
National English Toffee Day
January 9
National Apricot Day
January 10
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 11
National Hot Toddy Day
National Milk Day
January 12
National Marzipan Day
National Curried Chicken Day
National Glazed Doughnut Day
National Gluten-Free Day
National Peach Melba Day
January 14
National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
 National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 17
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Peking Duck Day
January 19
National Popcorn Day
January 20
National Buttercrunch Day
National Cheese Lover’s Day
January 21
National Granola Bar Day
National New England Clam Chowder Day
January 22
National Blonde Brownie Day
National Southern Food Day
January 23
National Pie Day
National Rhubarb Pie Day
Lobster Thermidor Day
January 25
National Irish Coffee Day
January 26
National Peanut Brittle Day
January 27
National Chocolate Cake Day
January 28
National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29
National Corn Chip Day
January 30
National Croissant Day
January 31
National Hot Chocolate Day**

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January 19 is National Popcorn Day

Posted on January 19, 2016

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

  1. Popcorn is the world’s most popular snack food.
  2. Popcorn is also the most profitable snack food, with over 1 thousand percent mark up.
  3. Evidence of popcorn from 3600 BCE was found in New Mexico and even earlier evidence dating to perhaps as early as 4700 BCE was found in Peru.
  4. Some popcorn has been found in early 1900s to be a purple color.
  5. At least six localities (all in the Midwestern United States) claim to be the “Popcorn Capital of the World”: Ridgway, Illinois; Valparaiso, Indiana; Van Buren, Indiana; Schaller, Iowa; Marion, Ohio; and North Loup, Nebraska.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1825 The first U.S. patent for food storage in cans was granted to Ezra Daggett & Thomas Kensett of New York City, after developing the process in 1819.(it took over 30 years to invent the can open. Before then they were opened with knives or rods)
  • 1915 George Claude of Paris was issued a U.S. patent for a neon tube advertising sign.(The first neon sign in Time Square was of a Heinz pickle)
  • 1919 A huge wave of molasses kills dozens, Boston. Said to have been 45 ft high and 100ft wide.
  • 1939 On this day in history, Wisconsin native Ernest Hausen sets the world chicken-plucking record at 4.4 seconds
  • 1973 Iceland’s Cod War begins. Britain sends a Super Tug “The Statesman” to defend British fishermen against tactics such as wire cutting by the Icelandic Fishermen & Patrol Boats
  • 2010 Kraft attempted a hostile bid for Cadbury’s.

January 18 is National Gourmet Coffee Day

Posted on January 18, 2016

Here are today’s five thing to know about Gourmet Coffee:

  1. Until the invention of vacuum packed coffee tins in 1900 by Hill Bros. Coffee, almost every city or large town in America had their own local coffee roasters.
  2. In East Africa and Yemen, coffee was used in native religious ceremonies that were in competition with the Christian Church. As a result, the Ethiopian Church banned its secular consumption until the reign of Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia.
  3. Coffee berries, which contain the coffee seeds, are produced by several species of small evergreen bush of the genus Coffea. The two most commonly grown are also the most highly regarded Coffea arabica, and the “robusta” form of the hardier Coffea canephora.
  4. An important export commodity, coffee was the top agricultural export for twelve countries in 2004.
  5. Preparing coffee in a French press leaves more oils in the drink compared with coffee prepared with a paper coffee filter.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1778 Captain Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands. He named them the Sandwich Islands, after Lord Sandwich, who was then first Lord of the Admiralty.
  • 1799 Joseph Dixon was born. An American inventor and manufacturer. Among his many accomplishments, he produced the first pencil made in the U.S.
  • 1813 Joseph Farwell Glidden was born. 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 his partner Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.
  • 1818 George Palmer was born. Palmer, of Huntley and Palmer biscuit manufacturers, introduced the first biscuit tins.
  • 1882 Alan Alexander Milne was born. Creator of Winnie the Pooh, the honey loving bear.
  • 1943 Pre-sliced bread was banned in the U.S. for the duration of World War II, to conserve metal from spare parts that might be needed.
  • 1990 The first McDonald’s in Moscow opened.

January 16 is National Hot and Spicy Food Day

Posted on January 16, 2016

Here are today’s five thing to know about Hot and Spicy Food:

  1. People who are regality eat spicy food are considered pyro-gourmaniacs.
  2. People have been using hot and spicy seasonings in their food for more than 6,000 years according to archaeologists.
  3. Christopher Columbus discovered chili peppers when he  ‘discovered’  the Americas in 1493.
  4. Capsaicin, the chemical in peppers that makes them hot,  isn’t found in any other plant and is potent enough that people can identify it even when the concentration is as little as one part per million.
  5. The best way to ease the burn of flaming hot peppers or overly-spicy mustard of horseradish is with cold milk or yogurt.  Avoid water as it won’t mix with the oil and will only result in moving the heat to other parts of your mouth.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1868 William Davis, received a patent for a refrigerated railway car. First used to ship fish. Later ushering in the age of portable cold produced & foods.
  • 1920 Prohibition began in the U.S., banning the sale of all alcoholic beverages. Allowances were made to produce wine for “religious purposes.”
  • 1965  Searchers’ “Love Potion #9” peaks at #3
  • 1958 A grasshopper plague causes serious damage across the state of Colorado & neighboring states. This “plagued” farmer’s crops; costing millions of dollars in damage.

January 15 is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Posted on January 15, 2016

Here are today’s five thing to know about Strawberry Ice Cream:

  1. It is thought that the ” iced” cream was served in the White House in the early 1800’s.
  2. Huge chinks of  frozen river ice were stored in basements vaults covered in hay to keep them from melting.
  3. Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  4. Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  5. Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) is known to have loved snow flavored with nectar and honey.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1785 William Prout was born. An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions – carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
  • 1799 John Hetheringoton, a London haberdasher, created the “stove top” hat. A large crowd gathered to see this new hat, and was charged with disturbing the peace (charges later dropped). The “top” hat was an immediate success.
  • 1889 A patent was issued to Daniel Johnson of Kansas City, K ansas, for a ‘Rotary Dining Table’ for use on ships. The table and attached chairs rotated so that everyone could be served from one spot, making it unnecessary to carry food around the table to serve everyone.
  • 1919 The Great Molasses Flood. On January 15, 1919, a large 50 foot high storage tank in Boston burst and sent a tidal wave of over 2 million gallons of molasses traveling at over 30 miles per hour. Houses, buildings and parts of the elevated rail system were crushed in its path. Twenty-one people died, and over 150 were injured. It took over 6 months to clean up the mess. The damage was in the millions of dollars.
  • 1945 Joan Johnson of the vocal group the ‘Dixie Cups’ was born.
  • 1964 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist died.
  • 1986 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn was introduced by General Mills.
  • 1990 Campbell’s Soup produces its 20 billionth can of tomato soup.
  • 2008 After six years of study, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that meat and milk from cloned pigs, cattle and goats and their offspring is safe and does not need to be labelled as derived from cloned animals.

January 14 is Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

Posted on January 14, 2016

Here are today’s five thing to know about Hot Pastrami Sandwich:

  1. Pastrami was originally created as a way to preserve meat before modern refrigeration.
  2. For pastrami, raw meat is brined, dried, seasoned with various herbs & spices, then smoked or steamed.
  3. Pastrami is a technology for preserving meat that our ancestors used before refrigerators.
  4. To make pastrami, you start by making corned beef.
  5. By smoking corned beef, you turn it into pastrami! Smoking adds flavor to the meat.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1814 The last London Frost Fair on the frozen Thames River. Entertainment, and a large selection of food vendors on ice.
  • 1841 Juliet Corson was born. A cookery teacher and writer, founder of the New York Cooking School in 1876. She wrote many articles and several cookery books, including ‘Cooking Manual’ (1877), ‘Twenty-five Cent Dinners for Families of Six’ (1878) and ‘Miss Corson’s Practical American Cookery’ (1886).
  • 1861 David Wesson was born. Wesson was an American chemist and in 1900 he developed a method to make pure cotton seed oil palatable, and formed the Southern Oil Company. Wesson Oil was the first vegetable oil used in the U.S. Cotton seed oil is noted for its lack of taste, which allows the flavors of foods to come through. It is used in margarine, salad dressings, and in commercially fried foods.
  • 1890 Rolla N. Harger was born. A biochemist, he invented the first successful test machine for blood alcohol content, the Drunkometer, in 1931.
  • 1948 T-Bone Burnett, record producer and artist was born.
  • 1984 Ray Kroc died in San Diego, California. 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.

January 13 is National Peach Melba Day

Posted on January 13, 2016

Here are today’s five thing to know about Peach Melba:

  1. Peach Melba a classic dessert. A dish of peaches served with vanilla ice cream, raspberries & sauce.
  2. Melba toast & Peach Melba are indeed related.
  3. The dessert was created to celebrate famous & rather slender opera singer, Nellie Melba in 1892.
  4. It is said when she gained weight in her later career the same chef created a thin baked toast for her diet, Melba toast.
  5. Other versions of this dessert use pears, apricots, or strawberries instead of peaches and / or use raspberry sauce or melted red currant jelly instead of raspberry purée.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1808 Salmon Portland Chase was born. He was Secretary of the Treasury under Abraham Lincoln, and later Chief Justice.
  • 1921 Pierre Franey was born. 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’.
  • 1957 The Frisbee was invented. 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.
  • 1962 Ernie Kovacs, innovative comedian, died. One of Kovacs’ first TV appearances was in Philadelphia in 1950 with a chef, Albert Mathis from the Gulph Mills Country Club, in a live unrehearsed cooking show titled ‘Deadline for Dinner.’
  • 1968 “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Gladys Knight & Pips is #1 on the charts.
  • 2002 U.S. President George W. Bush fainted after choking on a pretzel while watching a football game on TV in the White House.

January 31 is National Hot Chocolate Day

Posted on January 31, 2015

Here are today’s five thing to know about Hot Chocolate:

  1. What’s the difference between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa? Hot Chcolate uses milk or milk chocolate while Hot Cocoa uses only powdered cocoa
  2. The first hot chocolate was Mayan, and it was served with chili peppers!
  3. In Spain, hot chocolate with churros is considered a working man’s breakfast.
  4. Hot chocolate has antioxidants and flavonols, very healthy nutrients.  Just skip the sugar.
  5. Chocolate is the 3rd most traded commodity in the world. 1st is oils, 2nd is coffee.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1893 The Coca-Cola trademark was recorded.
  • 1930 Scotch tape was developed by Richard Drew of the 3M Company.
  • 1980 Due to record high sugar prices, Coca Cola begins substituting high fructose corn syrup for half of the sucrose (sugar) used in Coca Cola.
  • 1990 The first McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow, Russia opens.
  • 2001 Germany announced plans to destroy 400k cattle due to the mad cow crises. We know it now as Mad Cow Disease

January 30 is National Croissant Day

Posted on January 30, 2015

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

  1. Each croissant rolls are made of 50 or more thin layers of pastry & butter.
  2. According to legend, it was Marie Antoinette (Austrian Princess who married Louis XVI), introduced the croissant to France.
  3. The French newspaper Le Figaro named the croissant from bakery Pierre Hermé the best in Paris in 2013. It also won in 2006.
  4. Since Starbucks bought French baker Pascal Rigo’s San Francisco-based La Boulange, the chocolate croissant has become the coffee chain’s bestselling pastry.
  5. In 2013, chef Dominque Ansel came up with the cronut — a deep-fried croissant/doughnut combination that became all the rage at his New York bakery.

French Proverb: “You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs”

On ne fait pas d’omelette sans casser des œufs.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1649 Charles I, king of England, Scotland and Ireland Died. Ice cream is said to have come from France when he married Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henri IV, and sister of Louis XIII.
  • 1868 Charles Darwin’s ‘Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication.’ was published.
  • 1969 The Beatles perform for the last time in public, on the roof of Apple Studios.
  • 2009 RIP Restaurateur Milton; age of 90. Owner of New York’s famous Carnegie Deli from 1976 until his retirement in 2002.

January 29 is National Corn Chip Day

Posted on January 29, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Corn Chip:

  1. The “original” corn chip is  the Fritos Corn Chip, first sold in the 1930’s
  2. Frito Chili Pie” was invented in the 1960’s by Teresa Hernández, a cook at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Santa Fe.
  3. A corn chip is a snack food made from cornmeal fried in oil or baked, usually in the shape of a small noodle or scoop.
  4. Charles Elmer Doolin bought the patent for “Fritos” from a Mexican man for $100.
  5. In some areas, it is popular to pour the chili into a bag of corn chips and eat the mixture directly from the bag.

Famous Last Words: “I just wish I had time for one more bowl of chili.”~Kit Carson(American frontiersman)

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Today’s Food History

  • 1878 The 1st patent for a glass milk container was issued to George Lester.
  • 1924 Carl R. Taylor  patented the 1st ice cream cone rolling machine.
  • 1978 Sweden banned aerosol cans. (Think Redi-Whip or Cheez-Whiz)

January 28 is National Blueberry Pancake Day

Posted on January 28, 2015

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

  1. The first ready-mix food to be sold commercially was Aunt Jemima pancake flour introduced in 1889.
  2. Maine produces 99% of all the wild blueberries in the United States of which 90% are frozen.
  3. The world’s largest pancake breakfast was held in Springfield, America in 2012.
  4. It is widely believed that the tradition of pancake races began in 1445 in Olney in Buckinghamshire when a woman was making pancakes but lost track of time.
  5. The highest ever flip was performed by Dominic Cuzzacrea. The pancake reached a height of 9.47 metres at the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, New York, USA, in November 2010.

Daily Quote: “The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves.”~W. C. Fields

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Today’s Food History

  • 1807 London’s Pall Mall becomes the first street to be lighted with Gas Fixtures
  • 1855 The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic to the Pacific on the Panama Railway. Establishing the first trans-continental dining cars.
  • 1917 San Francisco opens it’s streetcar system. Considered a “San Francisco treat”

January 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day

Posted on January 27, 2015

Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolate Cake:

  1. The first French word for chocolate mousse translates in English “chocolate mayonnaise”
  2. The “blood” that you see in infamous “shower scene” in Psycho is actually chocolate syrup.
  3. The history of chocolate cake goes back to 1764, when Dr. James Baker discovered how to make chocolate by grinding cocoa beans between two massive circular millstones.
  4. A process for making silkier and smoother chocolate called conching was developed in 1879 by Swiss Rodolphe and made it easier to bake with chocolate as it amalgamates smoothly and completely with cake batters.
  5. In the U.S.A, “chocolate decadence” cakes were popular in the 1980s; in the 1990s, single-serving molten chocolate cakes with liquid chocolate centers and infused chocolates with exotic flavors such as tea, curry, red pepper, passion fruit, and champagne were popular.

Today’s Quote: “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”~Charles M. Schulz

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Today’s Food History

  • 1521 The Diet of Worms begins; an assembly of the Holy Roman Empire where Martin Luther made his famous appearance.
  • 1851  RIP John James Audubon: Ornithologist, naturalist & artist, known for his paintings & prints of North American birds.
  • 1910 RIP Thomas Crapper: Said to have invented the flush toilet. Many believe he simply “improved” the device invented by others.
  • 1984 Michael Jackson’s hair catches fire while filming a Pepsi commercial.

January 26 is National Peanut Brittle Day

Posted on January 26, 2015

Here are today’s five thing to know about Peanut Brittle:

  1. “Brittle” , a flat hardened sugar candy, is thought to be one of the first candies ever made.
  2. Peanut brittle made with corn syrups & nuts began appearing in cookbooks around the 19th century.
  3. Because we find peanut brittle recipes most commonly in American cookbooks, it is generally recognized as an American recipe.
  4. The history of peanut brittle is tied to Tony Beaver, a lumberjack folk hero. In the story, Tony Beaver creates peanut brittle when he stops a flood using peanuts and molasses.
  5. According to the history of peanut brittle candy, brittle was probably the first candy ever made.

Daily Quote: “A fanatic is a nut who has something to believe in.”~Dean Koontz

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Today’s Food History

  • 1838 The first state temperance law was passed in Tennessee.
  • 1875 The first battery-powered dentist’s drill was patented by George F Green of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • 1932  RIP William Wrigley, Jr. He started  Juicy Fruit chewing gum in 1893, & later Wrigley’s Spearmint. Wrigley’s boson became the largest chewing gum manufacturer in the world.
  • 2007 RIP  Sharon Tyler Herbst  Author of ‘ The Food Lover’s Companion,’ ‘The Joy of Cookies,’ & many more food related books.

January 25 is National Irish Coffee Day

Posted on January 25, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Irish Coffee:

  1. The Irish coffee typically consisted of black coffee, sugar, whipped cream, and Irish whiskey.
  2. Some say it was invented in Ireland and was intended to help travelers keep warm while traveling the Atlantic Ocean.
  3. It is said that Stanton Delaplane brought the drink to the United States and convinced the Buena Vista bar in San Francisco to put it on their drink menu.
  4. Tom Bergin’s Tavern in Los Angeles, also claims to have been the originator and has had a large sign in place reading “House of Irish Coffee” since the early 1950s.
  5. A similar hot Irish drink is called the Hot Irish Monk – cocoa, Frangelica (available kosher in select places) and whiskey.

Daily Quote: 

“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat”~Alex Levin

A great article about Irish Coffee’s History.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1799 The first US patent for a seeding machine was issued to Eliakim Spooner of Vermont
  • 1858 Mendelssohn’s “The Wedding March” was first played at Queen Victoria’s daughter’s wedding
  • 1945 Grand Rapids, Michigan became the 1st U.S. city to fluoridate its drinking water an effort to reduce tooth deca

January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day

Posted on January 24, 2015

Here are today’s five thing to know about Peanut Butter:

  1. 60% of people like creamy peanut butter over crunchy.
  2. Women & children prefer creamy, while most men like crunchy.
  3. Peanut butter is a source of incomplete protein.
  4. A common combination to provide a complete protein is pairing peanut butter with whole wheat bread.
  5. The two foods need only be consumed within 24 hours of each other to complete the protein.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1920 Eskimo Pie Patent Date. The Eskimo Pie was patented by Christian K. Nelson, first sold in 1922 as “I-Scream Bars”
  • 1935 The first beer can was introduced by the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company
  • 1939 Maximilian Bircher-Benner died. He was a Swiss doctor who developed the granola-like cereal product ‘Muesli’
  • 1959 Coors launched the 7 ounce seamless, recyclable aluminum beer can.
  • 1988 RIP Charles Glen King,a biochemist who discovered vitamin C in 1932. He first extracted & isolated it from lemon juice.

January 23 is National Pie Day

Posted on January 23, 2015

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

  1. In 1986 National Pie Day was first celebrated by the American Pie Council to commemorate Crisco’s 75th anniversary of “serving foods to families everywhere.”
  2. The first pies appeared around 9500 BC.
  3. Meat pies with fillings such as steak, cheese, steak and kidney, minced beef, or chicken and mushroom are popular in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand as take-away snacks
  4. Pot pies with a flaky crust and bottom are also a popular American dish, typically with a filling of meat (particularly beef, chicken or turkey), gravy, and mixed vegetables (potatoes, carrots and peas).
  5. Fruit pies may be served with a scoop of ice cream, a style known in North America as pie à la mode.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1862 Agoston Haraszthy de Mokcsa brought 1,400 varieties of grapevines from Europe to California in 1862, and planted the first large vineyard in California in the Sonoma Valley. After the phyloxera blight destroyed much of Europe’s vineyards, some of these same vines, now on resistant American root stock, helped save the European wine industries.
  • 1931 Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova died. A “Povlova”, a meringue with whipped cream and fruit, was named after her.
  • 1961 Wilhelm Koppers died. This cultural anthropologist developed theories on the origins of society based on studies of hunter-gatherer tribes.
  • 1963 Three million gallons of soybean oil flooded streets in Mankato, Minnesota when a storage tank ruptured. Eventually the oil ended up in the Mississippi River. In the spring, more than 10,000 ducks were found dead in the wetlands along the river.

January 21 is National New England Clam Chowder Day

Posted on January 21, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Clam Chowder:

  1. An old French word chaudière, pronounced “chowda”, is a large pot for cooking.  This is the likely origin of the word.
  2. New England clam chowder is a milk- or cream-based chowder, commonly made with potatoes, onion, and clams. Including tomatoes is shunned; a 1939 bill making tomatoes in clam chowder illegal was introduced in the Maine legislature.
  3. New England clam chowder is usually accompanied with oyster crackers.
  4. Clam chowder is often served in restaurants on Fridays in order to provide a seafood option for those who abstain from meat every Friday, which used to be a requirement for Catholics before liturgical changes in Vatican II.
  5. Though the period of strict abstinence from meat on Fridays was reduced to Lent, the year-round tradition of serving clam chowder on Fridays remains.

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  • 1338 Charles V of France was born. He commissioned Taillevent to write what is considered the first professional “cookery” book in French, ‘Le Viandier’.
  • 1937 BBC first aired the Cook’s Night Out with Marcel Boulestin, the first television cook
  • 1908 New York City NY regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke or drink in public
  • 1912 Konrad (Emil) Bloch was born. Nobel prize winner for his work on cholesterol & fatty acids. Discovering that high levels of cholesterol may lead to an increased risk of heart attacks.
  • 1942 Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines in bars and eating establishments illegal
  • 1985 James Beard, American culinary expert & cookbook author, died at age 81.

January 12 is National Curried Chicken Day

Posted on January 12, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Curried Chicken:

  1. The chief spices found in most curry powders are turmeric, coriander, and cumin.
  2. The word curry is derived from a South-Asian word Kori ;a sauce with cooked meat or fish
  3. A hen can lay about 300 eggs each year.
  4. So that the yoke does not stick to the egg shell, a mother hen turns it egg about 50 times each day.
  5. There are more chickens on Earth than there are humans.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1833 Marie-Antoine Carême died in Paris at the young age of 48. Carême was known as “the cook of kings and the king of cooks”. He is the founder and architect of French haute cuisine.
  • 1885 John Bloomfield Jarvis died. A civil engineer, he designed and built the Boston Aqueduct and the 41 mile long Croton Aqueduct (New York City’s water supply for over 50 years from 1842).
  • 1899 Paul Hermann Muller was born. A Swiss chemist who discovered that DDT was a potent insecticide. It was the most widely used insecticide for more than 20 years, and helped to increase food production around the world. Due mainly to its accumulation in animals that eat insects, and its toxic effects on them and those further up the food chain, it has been banned in the U.S. since 1972. DDT residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002.
  • 1916 Ruth Rogan Benerito was born. American chemist who was a pioneer in the development of wash and wear fabrics. She also helped develop cotton fabrics that are stain resistant.
  • 1948 The opening of Britain’s first supermarket, at Manor Park, run by the London Co-Op.
  • 2001 William Hewlett died. Founder with David Packard of Hewlett Packard Company. Before they became famous for computers and printers etc., one early invention; a weight loss shock machine.

January 11 is National Hot Toddy Day

Posted on January 11, 2015

Here are today’s five thing to know about Hot Toddy:

  1. The first cocktail party was held for 50 house guests in St. Louis in 1917. The house still stands today….as the  residence of the Archbishop.
  2. While Prohibition resulted in a decline in alcohol it also resulted in a dramatic increase in crime as money flowed to the bad guys. Crime rose as high as 500% in some countries. Consequently, government costs soared while tax revenue declined.
  3. Calling an illegal bar a ‘speakeasy’ came from a lady barkeep who would warn her customers to “speak easy, boy, speak easy” whenever they became loud enough to attract police.
  4. A greater crime was what it did to the cocktail. Prior to Prohibition, America was enjoying its first golden age of mixology. Once liquor became illegal, ‘rum runners” brought it in by boat but watered down their blends so they could ship less and make more.
  5. At the same time, gin and vodka replaced rum and whiskey as cocktail ingredients because they didn’t require as much aging and were easier to make illegally.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1874 Gail Borden died. Borden was the Inventor of the process for making condensed milk, and founder of New York Condensed Milk Co., later to become the Borden Co. (
  • 1917 The French government regulated the price of Gruyere cheese as a war rationing method.
  • 1949 The first recorded snowfall in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1963 The ‘Whisky A Go-Go’ opens in Los Angeles – the first disco in the U.S.

January 9 is National Apricot Day

Posted on January 9, 2015

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

  1. In Latin, apricot means ‘precious’.
  2. The apricot, discovered about 4,000 years ago in China, was introduced to the United States in the 18th century.
  3. Brought to California by Spanish explorers, the apricot quickly became a popular crop.
  4. Today, apricot farmers in California produce more than 95 percent of the apricots grown in the United States.
  5. Choose an apricot that’s plump and that responds to the slight pressure of your thumb. It should be slightly soft.

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Today’s Food History

  • 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.

January 8 is National English Toffee Day

Posted on January 8, 2015

Here are today’s five thing to know about English Toffee:

  1. Toffee and Caramel are sometimes interchangeable.
  2. Toffees consist of mainly sugar and water, while caramels use dairy products in their production, making them softer
  3. Almondy butter treats are toffee from England. This kind of candy is known globally and has many varieties.
  4. Michigan toffee comes in varies styles, some hard and some chewy, some chocolate covered with nut sprinkles.
  5. Tafia, a West Indian rum of molasses or sugarcane juice, is theorized to be the source of the word.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1676 Charles II of England revoked his previous proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses due to public response.
  • 1800 The first soup kitchens in London were opened to serve the poor.
  • 1823 Alfred Russel Wallace was born. Wallace was a British naturalist who developed a theory of natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. He sent his conclusions to Darwin, and their findings were both presented to the Linnaean Society in 1858.
  • 1825 Eli Whitney died. Inventor of the cotton gin, but more important he developed the concept of mass producing interchangeable parts.
  • 1872 African American inventor Thomas Elkins received his second patent. It was for a ‘Chamber Commode’ – a combination “bureau, mirror, book-rack, washstand, table, easy chair, and earth-closet or chamber-stool.”
  • 1894 Pierre Joseph van Beneden died. A Belgian parasitologist, he discovered the life cycle of tapeworms.
  • 1926 Comedian ‘Soupy Sales’ was born. Most of his routines ended with Soupy receiving a pie in the face.
  • 1992 President George H.W. Bush becomes ill on a trip to Japan and vomits on Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi.
  • 1998 Walter E. Diemer died. While working for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company, he experimented with recipes for chewing gum as a hobby. (He really liked his gum!). He invented bubble gum in 1928.
  • 2002 Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s Hamburger chain, died.

January 7 is National Tempura Day

Posted on January 7, 2015

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

  1. Tempura was introduced to Japan in the mid-sixteenth century by Portuguese Jesuits, during the same period that panko and such dishes as tonkatsu were also introduced from Portugal.
  2. Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, reportedly loved tempura.
  3. The word “tempura”, or the technique of dipping fish and vegetables into a batter and frying them, comes from the word “tempora”, a Latin word meaning “times”, “time period” used by both Spanish and Portuguese missionaries to refer to the Lenten period or Ember Days (ad tempora quadragesimae), Fridays, and other Christian holy days.
  4. Outside Japan (as well as recently in Japan), there are many nontraditional and fusion 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, asparagus and chuchu.
  5.  More unusual ingredients may include nori slices, dry fruit such as banana, and ice cream. American restaurants are known to serve tempura in the form of various meats, particularly chicken, and cheeses, usually mozzarella.

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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.

January 6 is National Shortbread Day

Posted on January 6, 2015

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

  1.  Scottish shortbread evolved from medieval biscuit bread, which was a twice-baked, enriched bread roll dusted with sugar and spices and hardened into a Rusk.
  2. Eventually butter was substituted for yeast, and shortbread was born.
  3. Since butter was such an important ingredient, the word “shortbread” derived from shortening.
  4. Shortbread may have been made as early as the 12th Century, however its invention is often attributed to Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th Century.
  5. Petticoat Tails were a traditional form of shortbread said to be enjoyed by the queen. The round shortbread was flavored with caraway seeds, baked and cut into triangular wedges.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1884 Gregor Johann Mendel died. Mendel was an Austrian botanist whose work was the foundation of the science of genetics. Working mainly with garden peas (some 28,000 plants over 7 years), he discovered what was to become known as the laws of heredity.
  • 1901 Philip Danforth Armour, died. American industrialist who pioneered the use of refrigeration and meat canning. Armour & Co. became the largest meatpacker in the world and this helped Chicago become the meatpacking capital of the world. (The fact that Chicago is the ‘Windy City’ may have helped also).
  • 1910 ‘Kid Chocolate’ (Elgio Saldana) was born. He became Cuba’s first world boxing champion in 1931 after defeating Benny Bass for the Jr. Lightweight Championship.
  • 1929 Sheffeld Farms of New York began using wax paper cartons instead of glass bottles for milk delivery.
  • 1936 Warner Bros. Loony Tunes character ‘Porky Pig’ makes his debut.
  • 1988 The famous Paris restaurant ‘La Coupole’ was sold and eventually replaced by an office building. It was famous for its Welsh rarebit, and had been frequented by James Joyce, Henry Miller and many other notable Americans.

January 5 is National Whipped Cream Day

Posted on January 5, 2015

Here are today’s five thing to know about Whipped Cream:

  1. Mainly the heavy cream that make whipped cream out of is in reality a milk product.
  2. Normal creams consist of 30 percent of milk fat but heavy cream on the other hand consist of 36 percent fat.
  3. The fatty milk product ensures the production of cream, if whipped more than the required time the cream may turn into butter.
  4. Chilled cream whips better than warm cream, at times if not chilled properly the cream may not whip.  Also, it renders a deeper taste.
  5. Whipping your own cream with an electric beater is a simple process, and it tastes fantastic.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1589 Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henry II of France died. She is sometimes called the ‘mother of French haute cuisine’ because the Italian chefs she brought with her from Florence had a strong influence on the development of French cuisine. One of the things they brought with them was ice cream.
  • 1786 Thomas Nuttall was born. English naturalist and botanist. He also collected and studied plants in the United States, especially around the Chesapeake Bay area.
  • 1794 Edmund Ruffin born. The father of soil chemistry in the U.S.
  • 1889 According to the ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ the word ‘hamburger’ first appeared in print on this day in a Walla Walla, Washington newspaper.
  • 1914 Aaron ‘Bunny’ Lapin was born. Lapin was the inventor of whipped cream in an aerosol can (Reddi-Wip) in 1947. It was first sold by milkmen in St. Louis in 1948.
  • 1943 George Washington Carver died. African American agricultural scientist and innovator. He developed hundreds of uses for peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes. He founded the George Washington Carver Research Foundation at Tuskegee, for agricultural research.
  • 2007 Momofuku Ando died in Osaka, Japan. Mr. Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products, and invented ‘Instant Ramen’ noodles.
  • 2009 A locally caught bluefin tuna weighing 282 1/2 pounds sold for $104,700 ($371 lb) at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market auction. Prized by sushi lovers, the normal price for bluefin tuna is about $25 – $50 per pound. A dramatic bluefin population decline, lower quotas and bad weather are affecting prices.

January 4 is National Spaghetti Day

Posted on January 4, 2015

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

  1. The word, Spaghetti is the plural form of an Italian word spaghetto, meaning “thin string” or “twine.”
  2. Pasta existed for thousands of years before anyone ever thought to put tomato sauce on it.
  3. You can fry your leftover spaghetti noodles.
  4. The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year.
  5. According to Miss Manners (a.k.a. Judith Martin), a fork is the only utensil that may be used to eat spaghetti while anyone is looking.  According to Foodimentary, you can do it however you darn well please.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1493 Columbus returned from his first voyage to the New World.
  • 1863 James Plimpton of New York patented 4 wheeled roller skates.
  • 1905 Actor Sterling Holloway was born. He was also the voice of Winnie The Pooh, the honey loving bear in Disney’s animated version.
  • 1997 Billionaire Harry Helmsley died. Husband of the infamous Leona (‘Queen of Mean,’ ‘Queen of Greed’), his real estate holdings included the Empire State Building.
  • 2002 An Italian shepherd, the world’s oldest man died at the age of 112. Quote: “….love your brother and drink a good glass of red wine every day.”

January 3 is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

Posted on January 3, 2015

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

  1. Cherries were brought to America by ship with early settlers in the 1600s.
  2. Cherry pie filling is the number one pie filling sold in the US.
  3. Darker cherries have higher antioxidant and vitamin levels than lighter ones, but sour cherries, which are generally bright red rather than a darker red-purple in color, have far higher levels than sweet.
  4. The main kinds of cherries can be found growing on tall trees that range between fifteen and thirty meters tall.
  5. Asian varieties, such as the Japanese Sakura, (known colloquially as the cherry blossom) are well-regarded for their long, weeping branches filled with small pink flowers.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1795 Josiah Wedgwood died. English inventor, artist and world renowned pottery designer and manufacturer. His daughter, Susannah, was the mother of Charles Darwin.
  • 1871 Oleomargarine was patented by Henry Bradley of Binghamton, New York. Hippolyte Mege-Mouries developed margarine in France in 1869, and received a U.S. patent in 1873 for margarine. There were many patents granted for various formulas and manufacturing techniques for margarine in the U.S. beginning in 1871. I can remember, as a kid, kneading a plastic pouch of margarine, with a red dot of food coloring, to distribute the color throughout the margarine. The dairy industry was able to have laws passed that prevented manufacturers from coloring the margarine. (The natural color of margarine is white).
  • 1888 The first patent for wax coated paper drinking straws (made by a spiral winding process) was issued to Marvin C. Stone of Washington, D.C.
  • 1892 John Ronald Reuel Tolkein was born. Author of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Food and hospitality play important roles in both.
  • 1921 Studebaker announced that it would stop making farm wagons. Studebaker began making horse drawn wagons in 1852, and started experimenting with the new ‘horseless carriage’ in 1897.
  • 1979 Conrad Nicholson Hilton died. Founder of one of the most well known and largest hotel chains. It all began when he and his father turned their large New Mexico house into an inn for traveling salesmen.
  • 1980 Joy Adamson died. Naturalist and author of ‘Born Free’ about Elsa, a lion cub. She had also researched culinary and medicinal uses of various plants in Kenya.
  • 2000 Charles Schulz created his last ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.
  • 2002 Alfred Heineken died. Grandson of Gerard Adriaan Heineken, the founder of Heineken Brewery. Alfred was president of the company from 1964 to 1989.

January 2 is National Buffet Day

Posted on January 2, 2015

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

Traditionally, the “Day to Feast” before the great diet begins

  1. The concept of eating a buffet arose in mid 17th century France, when gentleman callers would arrive at the homes of ladies they wanted to woo unexpectedly.
  2. The buffet was popularized in 18th century France and quickly spread throughout Europe.
  3. The all-you-can-eat buffet made its restaurant debut in 1946, when it was introduced by Vegas hotel manager Herb MacDonald.
  4. By the mid-1960s, virtually every casino in Las Vegas sported its own variation.
  5. Today the casino buffet costs a bit more than the average $1.50 price of the 1960s, but the buffets continue to be one of the best deals in Vegas as well as all over the United States.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1923 Secretary of the U.S. Dept of Interior, Albert Fall, resigns due to public outrage over the Teapot Dome scandal.
  • 1975 Working with Canadian zoologist Freud Urquhart, amateur naturalist Kenneth C. Brugger discovered the winter home of the Monarch butterfly in the mountains of central Mexico. The refuge he found was only about 200 square meters and contained about 20 million butterflies.
  • 1983 ‘Maneater’ by Daryl Hall & John Oates is #1 on the charts.
  • 1990 Campbell’s Soup introduces Cream of Broccoli soup. It becomes their most successful new soup in 55 years.
  • 2005 H. David Dalquist, the creator of the aluminum Bundt Pan in 1950, died in Minnesota at the age of 86.

January 1 is National Bloody Mary Day

Posted on January 1, 2015

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Bloody Mary:

  1. The drink’s namesake is Mary of England, whose 16th-century persecution of Protestants earned her the nickname.
  2. Some drink aficionados believe the inspiration for the name was Hollywood star Mary Pickford.
  3. The Bloody Mary is sometimes mistakenly believed to alleviate hangovers when it is served in the morning.  While it will temporarily alleviate some of the symptoms, it will also further dehydrate the drinker, causing the symptoms to worsen later.
  4. The Bloody Mary is the US’s most popular alcoholic drink for brunch.
  5. This drink has been called “The world’s most complex cocktail.”

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Today’s Food History

  • 45 BC New Year’s Day was celebrated for the first time on January 1 when the Julian calendar took effect.
  • 1449 Lorenzo de Medici (The Magnificent) of Florence was born. Many in this Italian noble family were patrons of learning and the arts.  Lorenzo’s great granddaughter, Catherine, is known as the ‘mother of French haute cuisine’ because when she married the French king Henry II, she brought the finest Italian chefs, and her passion for fine food, with her to France. (With apologies to my French readers. Reasonable rebuttals accepted for future publication).
  • 1735 Paul Revere was born. A silversmith and American Revolutionary folk hero, he also made surgical instruments and false teeth.
  • 1772 The London Credit Exchange Company issued the first traveler’s checks.
  • 1800 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton died. A French naturalist, he was a pioneer in several fields including plant physiology. He conducted many agricultural experiments and introduced Merino sheep to France. First director of the Museum of Natural History in Paris.
  • 1863 Daniel Freeman is the first to submit a claim under the new Homestead Act, for 160 acres near Beatrice, Nebraska.
  • 1876 The first world’s oldest trademark is the red triangle registered for Bass Pale Ale. (Some sources say 1883 or 1890)
  • 1876 The first agricultural experiment station was established at Middleton, Connecticut.
  • 1895 C.W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan introduced Postum Food Coffee, a coffee substitute made from wheat, bran and molasses.
  • 1896 Alfred Ely Beach died. American inventor and publisher of Scientific American magazine.
  • 1898 Post Grape Nuts are introduced by C. W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan. (There are no grapes or nuts in Grape Nuts).
  • 1905 The New York Times builds the Times Tower at Long Acre Square, has the name changed to Times Square and celebrated the event with a New Year’s Eve Fireworks show. The beginning of an American tradition at Times Square.
  • 1907 The Times introduced the New Years Eve Ball on their building at Times Square in New York. Descending to mark the end of the old and the beginning of the New Year ever since.
  • 1909 Marcel Proust had a flashback. On January 1, 1909, he ate a piece of tea-soaked toast whose taste caused a flood of childhood memories. In his 7 volume allegorical novel ‘Remembrance of Things Past,’ the character named Swann has a similar experience when he bites into a lemon cookie (a ‘Madeleine’) which brings on a similar flood of memories.
  • 1935 In Miami, the first Orange Bowl was played on this day in 1935. Bucknell University wins over the University of Miami, 26-0.
  • 1935 The first Sugar Bowl football game was played on this day in 1935 in New Orleans.
  • 1935 B. (Barnard) Kliban was born. A satirical cartoonist, best known for his cat cartoons. A few of his cartoon book titles: ‘Never Eat Anything Larger Than Your Head’, ‘The Biggest Tongue in Tunisia’.
  • 1942 Country Joe McDonald of ‘Country Joe and the Fish’ was born.
  • 1958 The agreements establishing the European Economic Community (EEC or Common Market) went into effect.
  • 1994 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
  • 1996 The last Polynesian tree snail, species Partula turgida, died at the London Zoo. They lived on the South Pacific island of Raiatea, where the residents imported predatory snails from Florida to eat a pest snail, originally imported from Africa. Instead they ate the native Tree Snail to extinction. We never seem to learn about the consequences of introducing nonnative species.
  • 1998 Smoking is banned in California restaurants and bars.
  • 2002 The ‘euro’ was introduced, the new monetary unit of the European Union.

January 9 is National Apricot Day

Posted on January 9, 2014

National Apricot Day

Five Food Finds about Apricots

  • In Latin, apricot means ‘precious’.
  • The apricot, discovered about 4,000 years ago in China, was introduced to the United States in the 18th century.
  • Brought to California by Spanish explorers, the apricot quickly became a popular crop.
  • Today, apricot farmers in California produce more than 95 percent of the apricots grown in the United States.
  • Choose an apricot that’s plump and that responds to the slight pressure of your thumb. It should be slightly soft.

On This Day in Food History…

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.

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