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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.
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