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June 24th is National Praline Day

Posted on June 24, 2018

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Happy National Praline Day

Did you know that originally praline was roughly a sweet confection made of almonds and caramelized coating? Not Pecans…

Food Facts of Pralines:

  1. Praline is a type of candy made from nuts and sugar syrup, whether in whole pieces or a ground powder.
  2.  Although the stories surrounding the creation differ, it is widely agreed that pralines are named after French diplomat from the early 17th century whose name and title was César, duc de Choiseul, comte du Plessis-Praslin.
  3. French settlers brought this recipe to Louisiana, where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection, and thus created what became known throughout the American South as the praline.
  4. In New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast, where there are many communities settled by the French, the pronunciation is prah-leen, with the long aaah sound. Other regions of the country, including parts of Texas, Georgia, and New England have anglicized the term and pronounce it pray-leen.
  5. In Europe, the praline has evolved to an entirely different candy altogether. In Belgium and France, praline is a smooth paste of cocoa blended with finely ground nuts and used to fill chocolate bon-bons, but when it came to New Orleans it took another road.

Today’s Food History

  • 1374 An outbreak of Dancing Mania (sometimes known as ‘St. John’s Dance’) occurred in Aix-la-Chapelle, France. People were overcome with bouts of uncontrollable, manic dancing. Frothing at the mouth, screaming, and sexual frenzy were other symptoms. Ergot (fungus) poisoning (from grain) is now believed to have been the ultimate cause.
  • 1532 Robert Dudley, the earl of Leicester, was born.
  • Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
  • the cow jumped over the moon.
  • The little dog laughed to see such sport,
  • and the dish ran away with the spoon.
  • Dudley was Queen Elizabeth I’s first court favorite. She called him her ‘puppy.’ He is the dog who laughs in the nursery rhyme ‘Hey diddle diddle,’ when the dish runs away with the spoon, i.e., when Lady Elizabeth Throckmorton, one of the Queen’s ladies in waiting, ran away with the Queen’s taster, the Earl of Hereford, since he did not favor the tight reign Elizabeth kept on her court. He was also the step-father of her second lover, the Earl of Essex.
  • 1817 The first coffee was planted in Hawaii on the Kona coast.
  • 1839 Gustavus Franklin Swift was born. Founder of the meat-packing business, Swift & Co., the inventor of the refrigerated railway car, and the first to ship ‘dressed’ beef to eastern markets instead of live animals.
  • 1895 Jack Dempsey was born. He is regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He held the world heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926. He then became a successful restaurateur in New York City.
  • 2003 Richard Pough died. An American ecologist he was the founding president of the Nature Conservancy and helped found the World Wildlife Fund. In 1945, he was one of the first to warn about the dangers of DDT to fish and birds.

June 9th is National 🥧Strawberry Rhubarb Pie 🥧Day

Posted on June 9, 2018

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Happy National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day!

 Did you know…

  1. Did you know that even though rhubarb is eaten as a fruit, it is actually a vegetable?
  2. The rhubarb plant was originally from Asia, although it is very widespread in Ireland now.
  3. It is a perennial plant, which means that it lives for more than two years.
  4. It has large triangular green leaves that look very much like cabbage leaves, & very small flowers that are greenish-white to red in color.
  5. The stalks of the rhubarb plant are thick, firm and stumpy.

Today’s Food History

  • 1822 Paul Henderson was born. A Scottish-American scientist, known as the ‘Father of America Horticulture,’ he published ‘Gardening for Profit’ and ‘Gardening for Pleasure’.
  • 1822 Charles Graham received the first patent for false teeth.
  • 1869 Charles Elmer Hires begins selling his root beer in Philadelphia.
  • 1900 Fred Waring, musician, was born. Frederick Osius worked on improving the electric blender, and went to Waring for financial backing. Waring backed its development, in part, so he could puree raw vegetables for the ulcer diet his doctors prescribed. The Waring Blender (originally called the Miracle Mixer) debuted in 1937 and sold for $29.75. By 1954 one million Waring Blendors had been sold.
  • 1902 Frank Hardart and Joe Horn opened the first Automat on June 9, 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The birth date of modern fast food.
  • 1911 Carry Amelia Nation died. Famous temperance movement activist, she was well known for destroying saloons with a hatchet.
  • 1924 ‘Jelly-Roll Blues’ was recorded by blues great Jelly Roll Morton.
  • 1934 Donald Duck’s first appearance.
  • 1953 John H. Kraft received a patent for the manufacture of soft surface cured cheese.

June 6th is National GingerBread Day / The original Summer treat. #NationalGingerbreadDay

Posted on June 6, 2018

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Happy National Gingerbread Day!

Today’s Five Facts about Gingerbread

  1. Gingerbread originates from ancient Greeks and Egyptians who used as a ceremonial offering.
  2. The term gingerbread is from the Latin term zingiber via old French gingebras, meaning preserved ginger.
  3. In Nuremberg, Ulm and Pulsnitz in Germany, Torun in Poland, Tula in Russia,  the making of gingerbread is considered a Fine Art .
  4. After the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” story published, the gingerbread house making became popular throughout Europe.
  5. In 992, gingerbread was first brought to Europe by am Armenian monk named Gregory of Nicopolis.

Today in Food History

  • 1519 Andrea Cesalpino was born. An Italian philosopher and pioneering botanist. He concentrated his studies on fruits and seeds, and he classified them by logical principles, instead of supposed medical properties.
  • 1882 Henry Seely of New York City received the first American patent for an electric iron.
  • 1899 James Ricks patented a rubber overshoe for horses.
  • 1907 Persil, the first household detergent, was marketed by Henkel et Cie of Dusseldorf.
  • 1932 The Revenue Act creates the first gasoline tax in the U.S. (1 cent per gallon).
  • 1933 The first drive-in theater was opened in Camden, New Jersey by Richard Hollingshead. It had nine rows of parking on ten acres, with room for at least 400 cars. Where’s the popcorn!
  • 1944 Edgar Froese of the music group ‘Tangerine Dream’ was born.
  • 1988 Three 50 pound snapping turtles were found in a Bronx, New York sewage treatment plant. They had probably been pets that were flushed down the toilet when very small.

June 24th is National Praline Day

Posted on June 24, 2017

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Did you know that originally praline was roughly a sweet confection made of almonds and caramelized coating?

Food Facts of Pralines:

  1. Praline is a type of candy made from nuts and sugar syrup, whether in whole pieces or a ground powder.
  2.  Although the stories surrounding the creation differ, it is widely agreed that pralines are named after French diplomat from the early 17th century whose name and title was César, duc de Choiseul, comte du Plessis-Praslin.
  3. French settlers brought this recipe to Louisiana, where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection, and thus created what became known throughout the American South as the praline.
  4. In New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast, where there are many communities settled by the French, the pronunciation is prah-leen, with the long aaah sound. Other regions of the country, including parts of Texas, Georgia, and New England have anglicized the term and pronounce it pray-leen.
  5. In Europe, the praline has evolved to an entirely different candy altogether. In Belgium and France, praline is a smooth paste of cocoa blended with finely ground nuts and used to fill chocolate bon-bons, but when it came to New Orleans it took another road.

Today’s Food History

  • 1374 An outbreak of Dancing Mania (sometimes known as ‘St. John’s Dance’) occurred in Aix-la-Chapelle, France. People were overcome with bouts of uncontrollable, manic dancing. Frothing at the mouth, screaming, and sexual frenzy were other symptoms. Ergot (fungus) poisoning (from grain) is now believed to have been the ultimate cause.
  • 1532 Robert Dudley, the earl of Leicester, was born.
  • Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
  • the cow jumped over the moon.
  • The little dog laughed to see such sport,
  • and the dish ran away with the spoon.
  • Dudley was Queen Elizabeth I’s first court favorite. She called him her ‘puppy.’ He is the dog who laughs in the nursery rhyme ‘Hey diddle diddle,’ when the dish runs away with the spoon, i.e., when Lady Elizabeth Throckmorton, one of the Queen’s ladies in waiting, ran away with the Queen’s taster, the Earl of Hereford, since he did not favor the tight reign Elizabeth kept on her court. He was also the step-father of her second lover, the Earl of Essex.
  • 1817 The first coffee was planted in Hawaii on the Kona coast.
  • 1839 Gustavus Franklin Swift was born. Founder of the meat-packing business, Swift & Co., the inventor of the refrigerated railway car, and the first to ship ‘dressed’ beef to eastern markets instead of live animals.
  • 1895 Jack Dempsey was born. He is regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He held the world heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926. He then became a successful restaurateur in New York City.
  • 2003 Richard Pough died. An American ecologist he was the founding president of the Nature Conservancy and helped found the World Wildlife Fund. In 1945, he was one of the first to warn about the dangers of DDT to fish and birds.

June 9th is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

Posted on June 9, 2017

High-res version

 Did you know…

  1. Did you know that even though rhubarb is eaten as a fruit, it is actually a vegetable?
  2. The rhubarb plant was originally from Asia, although it is very widespread in Ireland now.
  3. It is a perennial plant, which means that it lives for more than two years.
  4. It has large triangular green leaves that look very much like cabbage leaves, and very small flowers that are greenish-white to red in colour.
  5. The stalks of the rhubarb plant are thick, firm and stumpy.

Today’s Food History

  • 1822 Paul Henderson was born. A Scottish-American scientist, known as the ‘Father of America Horticulture,’ he published ‘Gardening for Profit’ and ‘Gardening for Pleasure’.
  • 1822 Charles Graham received the first patent for false teeth.
  • 1869 Charles Elmer Hires begins selling his root beer in Philadelphia.
  • 1900 Fred Waring, musician, was born. Frederick Osius worked on improving the electric blender, and went to Waring for financial backing. Waring backed its development, in part, so he could puree raw vegetables for the ulcer diet his doctors prescribed. The Waring Blender (originally called the Miracle Mixer) debuted in 1937 and sold for $29.75. By 1954 one million Waring Blendors had been sold.
  • 1902 Frank Hardart and Joe Horn opened the first Automat on June 9, 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The birth date of modern fast food.
  • 1911 Carry Amelia Nation died. Famous temperance movement activist, she was well known for destroying saloons with a hatchet.
  • 1924 ‘Jelly-Roll Blues’ was recorded by blues great Jelly Roll Morton.
  • 1934 Donald Duck’s first appearance.
  • 1953 John H. Kraft received a patent for the manufacture of soft surface cured cheese.

June 6th is National GingerBread Day

Posted on June 6, 2017

High-res version

Today’s Five Facts about Gingerbread

  1. Gingerbread originates from ancient Greeks and Egyptians who used as a ceremonial offering.
  2. The term gingerbread is from the Latin term zingiber via old French gingebras, meaning preserved ginger.
  3. In Nuremberg, Ulm and Pulsnitz in Germany, Torun in Poland, Tula in Russia,  the making of gingerbread is considered a Fine Art .
  4. After the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” story published, the gingerbread house making became popular throughout Europe.
  5. In 992, gingerbread was first brought to Europe by am Armenian monk named Gregory of Nicopolis.

Today in Food History

  • 1519 Andrea Cesalpino was born. An Italian philosopher and pioneering botanist. He concentrated his studies on fruits and seeds, and he classified them by logical principles, instead of supposed medical properties.
  • 1882 Henry Seely of New York City received the first American patent for an electric iron.
  • 1899 James Ricks patented a rubber overshoe for horses.
  • 1907 Persil, the first household detergent, was marketed by Henkel et Cie of Dusseldorf.
  • 1932 The Revenue Act creates the first gasoline tax in the U.S. (1 cent per gallon).
  • 1933 The first drive-in theater was opened in Camden, New Jersey by Richard Hollingshead. It had nine rows of parking on ten acres, with room for at least 400 cars. Where’s the popcorn!
  • 1944 Edgar Froese of the music group ‘Tangerine Dream’ was born.
  • 1988 Three 50 pound snapping turtles were found in a Bronx, New York sewage treatment plant. They had probably been pets that were flushed down the toilet when very small.

June 4 is National Cheese Day!

Posted on June 4, 2017

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Did you know…

Daily Fact: Cheeses are more flavorful at room temperature. Let them stand for a half hour before serving.

Today’s Food History

  • 1845 Hatch’s sowing machine for wheat, oats and other grasses was first demonstrated.
  • 1872 Robert Chesebrough of New York patented a method for making Vaseline.
  • 1895 African American inventor Joseph Lee patented a machine for “bread crumbing.” It was intended for use by restaurants to crumb large quantities of bread scraps.
  • 1907 The automatic washer & dryer are introduced.
  • 1936 Sylvan Goldman ran a successful chain of grocery stores, where customers could carry hand baskets while they shopped. In 1936, when he was a major owner of the Piggly-Wiggly supermarket chain, he invented the shopping cart. He got the idea from a wooden folding chair. He designed the cart by putting a basket on the seat, another below and wheels on the legs. He and a mechanic, Fred Young put one together with a metal frame, and wire baskets. The frames could be folded up and the baskets stacked, which took up less storage room. Customers were reluctant to use this new contraption, so Goldman hired fake shoppers to wheel the carts around pretending to shop so people could see how useful the cart could be!
  • They became a hit, and he formed a new company to manufacture the carts. It is hard to imagine a supermarket or discount store without shopping carts today.
  • 1970 At the 43rd National Spelling Bee, Libby Childress wins spelling the word ‘croissant.’
  • 1974 The Cleveland Indians were playing bad, and fewer and fewer fans came to watch them play. They had a ‘Ten Cent Beer Night’ to bring out the fans. Only 22,000 fans turned out in a stadium that could seat 60,000, but they made up for the low numbers by becoming so drunk and unruly, going on the field and disrupting the game, that the Indians had to forfeit the game to the Texas Rangers.
  • 1980 Earle McAusland, publisher/editor of Gourmet magazine died at age 89.
  • 2007 Vincent Sardi Jr. died. He operated the famous Broadway restaurant, ‘Sardi’s’ for 50 years. He retired in 1997.
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