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April 7 is National Coffee Cake Day

Posted on April 7, 2014

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Interesting Food Facts about Coffee Cake

  1. Coffee cake was not invented, rather it evolved from a variety of different types of cakes.
  2. Cakes in their various forms have been around since biblical times, the simplest varieties made from honey or dates and other fruits.
  3. The Danish came up with the earliest versions of coffee cake.  Around the 17th century in Europe, it became the custom to enjoy a delicious sweet and yeasty type of bread when drinking coffee beverages.
  4. There are many available combinations, everything from blueberry coffee cakes to cinnamon walnut coffee cake and more.
  5. The hole in the center of most coffee cakes is a relatively recent innovation—it became popular in the 1950’s.  This “bundt pan” was invented to allowed heavier batters to get cooked all the way through without any dough left unbaked in the center.

Fun Fact:

The first coffee cakes are thought to have originated in Germany. These were more like sweet breads than cakes.

According to the book Listening to America, Stuart Berg Flexner, it wasn’t until 1879 that the term “coffee cake” became a common term.

In Hungary, a type of coffee cake is aranygaluska, which utilizes cinnamon.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1727 Michel Adanson was born. Adanson was a French botanist who developed a system of plant classification based on physical characteristics. His system was opposed by Carolus Linnaeus, and was not widely used.
  • 1857 A cold front barrels over the U.S. and snow falls in every state in the country.
  • 1860 Will Kieth Kellogg was born. Founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. (later the W.K. Kellogg Company) to manufacture cereals (cornflakes were the first) developed by his brother John Harvey Kellogg.
  • 1869 David Grandison Fairchild was born. An American botanist and agriculturalist, he was responsible for introducing many useful plants to the U.S. Author of ‘The World Was My Garden,’ and ‘Exploring for Plants’.
  • 1933 The beginning of the end of Prohibition. On this day 3.2 percent beer sales were allowed in advance of Prohibition’s ratification.
  • 1943 Mick Abrahams of the music group ‘Jethro Tull’ was born.
  • 1948 The World Health Organization (WHO) was established.
  • 1967 ‘Happy Together’ by Turtles is #1 on the charts.

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National Macaroon Day

Posted on May 31, 2013

 

National Macaroon Day

Five Food Finds about Macaroons

  •  The original macaroon was a “small sweet cake consisting largely of ground almonds” similar to Italian amaretti.
  • The English word macaroon and French macaron come from the Italian maccarone or maccherone.
  • Most recipes call for egg whites (usually whipped to stiff peaks), with ground or powdered seeds, generally almonds or nuts.
  • The Scottish macaroon is a sweet confection with a thick velvety centre covered in chocolate and topped with roasted coconut.
  • In North America, the coconut macaroon is the better known variety.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1744 Richard Lovell Edgeworth died. An Anglo-Irish inventor, among his many inventions and innovations were a turnip cutter, various improvements in agricultural machines, and a velocipede.

1790 The first U.S. copyright law was signed by George Washington.

1836 The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel opened in New York City.

1884 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg applied for a patent for ‘flaked cereal’ (corn flakes). It was his brother Will Keith Kellogg who became rich & famous by marketing the new cereal commercially. 1892 Lea & Perrins label was trademarked.

1974 Adelle Davis died.  Nutritionist, and author of ‘Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit.’ She promoted many theories that have been labeled as unfounded and dangerous by the medical community.

1980 Cook’s magazine begins publication. Christopher Kimball is the publisher.

1983 Jack Dempsey died. Regarded as one of the greatest boxers, he held the world heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926. He then became a successful restaurateur in New York City.

National Coffee Cake Day

Posted on April 7, 2013

National Coffee Cake Day

Five Food Finds about Coffee Cake

  • Coffee cake was not invented, rather it evolved from a variety of different types of cakes.
  • Cakes in their various forms have been around since biblical times, the simplest varieties made from honey or dates and other fruits.
  • The Danish came up with the earliest versions of coffee cake.  Around the 17th century in Europe, it became the custom to enjoy a delicious sweet and yeasty type of bread when drinking coffee beverages.
  • There are many available combinations, everything from blueberry coffee cakes to cinnamon walnut coffee cake and more.
  • The hole in the center of most coffee cakes is a relatively recent innovation—it became popular in the 1950’s.  This “bundt pan” was invented to allowed heavier batters to get cooked all the way through without any dough left unbaked in the center.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1727 Michel Adanson was born. Adanson was a French botanist who developed a system of plant classification based on physical characteristics. His system was opposed by Carolus Linnaeus, and was not widely used.

1857 A cold front barrels over the U.S. and snow falls in every state in the country.

1860 Will Kieth Kellogg was born. Founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. (later the W.K. Kellogg Company) to manufacture cereals (cornflakes were the first) developed by his brother John Harvey Kellogg.

1869 David Grandison Fairchild was born. An American botanist and agriculturalist, he was responsible for introducing many useful plants to the U.S. Author of ‘The World Was My Garden,’ and ‘Exploring for Plants’.

1933 The beginning of the end of Prohibition. On this day 3.2 percent beer sales were allowed in advance of Prohibition’s ratification.

1943 Mick Abrahams of the music group ‘Jethro Tull’ was born.

1948 The World Health Organization (WHO) was established.

1967 ‘Happy Together’ by Turtles is #1 on the charts

February 26 – National Pistachio Day

Posted on February 26, 2012

 Food Facts about Pistachios

1. Pistachio nuts are a member of the cashew family, related closely to mangos, sumac and even poison ivy.

2. Iran produces more pistachios than any other country in the world with over 200k tons per year.

3. In Asia they are often referred to as ‘green almonds & the ‘happy nut’. In Iran they are called the ‘smiling nut’

4. Male pistachio trees are alternate bearing, meaning they produce heavier crops every other year.

5. All pistachio shells are naturally beige in color. Many companies dye inferior nuts red or green.

Daily Quote: 

“Today’s mighty oak was once a single nut who held it’s ground.”~Mark Twain

Events of February 26

Today’s Food Hostory

on this day in…

  • 1852 John Harvey Kellogg was born. A health food pioneer, developed the first breakfast cereals for his patients, Granose (flaked wheat) and toasted corn flakes.
  • 1857 Emile Coue was born. A French pharmacist, he was an advocate of autosuggestion. He suggested repeating the following sentence 15 to 20 times in the morning and evening: “Every day, and in every way, I am becoming better and better.” It is said that 20% claim it works.
  • 1895 Michael Joseph Owens patented an automatic glass blowing machine that could make multiple bottles at the same time. A big advance in bottle making, spurring the mass sale of beer, alcohol and sodas.
  • 1903 RIP Richard Jordan Gatling, inventor of the Gatling Gun.  He also developed machines for sowing rice, wheat, and other grains, and the steam plow.
  • 1928 Fats Domino (Antoine Domino) was born in New Orleans. One of rock-and-roll’s earliest stars, one of his early hits was ‘Blueberry Hill’ in 1956.


  

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