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May 29th is National Biscuit Day

Posted on May 29, 2018

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Happy National Biscuit Day! 

Today’s Food Facts about Biscuits

  1. In the United Kingdom, the word “biscuit” is used to refer to what we in the United States would call a “cookie”.
  2. White flour, commonly used to bake biscuits, is almost instantly metabolized into sugar.  Biscuits will quickly spike your blood-sugar level.
  3. Mustard is a common condiment to use on biscuits in the south, especially to accompany ham.
  4. Most biscuit recipes call for a healthy dose of butter in the baking process.  Despite this, many people butter their biscuits after they are served as well.
  5. The main difference between biscuits and rolls is the leavening agent.  Biscuits use baking soda.  Rolls use yeast.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1630 Charles II, king of England was born. The ‘Merry Monarch,’ tea was introduced to England during his reign. On December 23, 1675, he issued a proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses. The public response was so negative that he revoked it on January 8, 1676.

1716 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton was born. A French naturalist and pioneer in several fields including plant physiology. He also conducted agricultural experiments and introduced Merino sheep to France. First director of the Museum of Natural History in Paris.

1886 Coca-Cola, invented by pharmacist John Styth Pemberton in 1885, was advertised for the first time in the Atlanta Daily on this day. 1919 Charles Strite of Stillwater, Minnesota applied for a pop-up toaster patent.

1971 ‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones hits number 1 on the charts.

2004 Tens of millions of pounds of almonds were recalled by one of the world’s largest almond producers, located in California due to a salmonella outbreak. At least 25 people were sickened in states from Alaska to Michigan.

May 23rd is National Taffy Day!

Posted on May 23, 2018

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Here are today’s five food facts about Taffy: 

 

  • Salt water taffy was “invented” in Atlantic City in 1883.

 

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  • Modern technology allows confectioners to produce 1,000 pieces of taffy a minute.

 

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  • In one hour enough pieces of taffy are made to cover one third of the length of Atlantic City (about 1.3 miles).

 

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  • The three most popular taffy flavors sold by Sweet Candy Company are peppermint, cinnamon and chocolate.
  • America celebrates National Taffy Day May 23rd.
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Today’s Food History

  • 1774 Residents of Chestertown, Maryland  react to news of the Boston Tea Party by staging a similar protest, dumping a shipment of tea into the Chester River.
  • 1868 R.I.P. Kit Carson, American frontiersman. His last words were supposedly “Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili.”
  • 1922 Thomas Edison patented a method for making metal foils.
  • 1960 R.I.P. Georges Claude. A French engineer, he invented the neon light, commonly used for signs.
  • 1968‘Yummy, Yummy, Yummy’ by the Ohio Express is #1 on the charts.

May 20th is National Quiche Lorraine Day!

Posted on May 20, 2018

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 Happy National Quiche Lorraine!

Here are today’s five food finds about Quiche:

 

  •  Quiche is a savoury , custard pie usually filled with cheese, meat, seafood or vegetables.
  •  The word “quiche” come from French, which originally borrowed the word from Lorraine Franconian “Küeche” (meaning “cake”).

 

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  • Quiche originated in Germany, although today it is known as a classic French dish.

 

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  • The original recipe for quiche lorraine was an open pie with a filling of custard with smoked bacon or lardons and cheese was not added till later .
  • The world largest quiche was made by Chef Alain Marcotullio. It based for over 18 hours and fed more than 125 people.
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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

 

1506 Christopher Columbus, explorer, died.

1799 Honore de Balzac Born. French author. Balzac would lock himself away during creative bursts, drinking coffee and eating only fruit and eggs. When he finally took a break, he was known to consume huge quantities of food. One report recalls that at the Véry restaurant he ate “a hundred Ostend oysters, twelve cutlets of salt-meadow mutton, a duck with turnips, two partridges and a Normandy sole,” not to mention the desserts, fruit and liqueurs he also consumed.

1810 On this day Dolly Madison, wife of president James Madison, supposedly served the first ice cream at the White House, for a reception.

1862 President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law. It opened millions of acres Western land to settlers.

1874 Jeans with copper rivets are patented by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis.

1875 The International Bureau of Weights and Measures was created.

1884 L. Blue patented a hand corn sheller.

1892 George Sampson received a patent for a clothes dryer.

1913 William Hewlett was born. Founder with David Packard of Hewlett Packard Company. Before they became famous for computers and printers etc., some of their early inventions were an automatic urinal flusher and a weight loss shock machine!

1961 The record Jewfish weighed 680 pounds and was caught in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

1993 The last episode of ‘Cheers’ aired on TV.

2005 Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill making the orange the official State Fruit of Florida. The orange blossom and orange juice have been previously declared the official state flower and official state beverage.

2009Hot Dog Wars: Sara Lee (Ball Park Franks) sued Kraft Foods (Oscar Mayer Jumbo Beef Franks) over claims that Oscar Mayer franks are better than Ball Park Franks.

May 19th National Devil’s Food Cake Day!

Posted on May 19, 2018

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 National Devil’s Food Cake Day 🍫 + 🍰 = 😈😂

Here are today’s five food finds about Devil’s Food Cake:

  •  Devil’s food cake is considered a counterpart to the white or yellow angel food cake.
  • Devil’s food cake is generally more moist and airy than other chocolate cakes, and often uses cocoa as opposed to chocolate for the flavor as well as coffee.

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  • Devil’s food cake was introduced in the United States in the early 20th century with the recipe in print as early as 1905.

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  • A similar cake, the red velvet cake, is closely linked to a devil’s food cake, and in some turn of the century cookbooks the two names may have been interchangeable.
  • Devil’s food cake incorporates butter (or a substitute), egg whites, flour (while some chocolate cakes are flourless) and less egg than other chocolate cakes.

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1834 Catharine Furbish was born. An American botanist, she spent almost 40 years traveling and painting watercolors of the flora of the state of Maine.

1910 The Earth passed through the tail of Halley’s Comet and nothing happened.  There had been dire predictions that everyone would die, and many hucksters sold ‘comet pills’ to counter the effects of the ‘comet gas.’

1962 Marilyn Monroe sings ‘Happy Birthday’ at a birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.

2006 Nicole Belinda Franzen Reese was chosen as the 59th ‘Alice in Dairyland’ by the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She will be the spokesperson for the states agriculture industry.

May 13th is National Apple Pie Day!🍎+🥧=😋

Posted on May 13, 2018

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Here are today’s five food finds about Apple Pie:

  • The first printed reference to apple pie was in 1589 by Robert Greene in ‘Arcadia’: “Thy breath is like the steame of apple-pyes.”

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  • Tradition has it that Yale College served apple pie at every supper for more than 100 years

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  • There is an old saying: ‘Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.’

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  • Americas favorite dessert, so much so that some things are said to be as American as apple pie.

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  • McDonald’s added an apple pie dessert to its menu in 1968.

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1637 I am not totally confident with the month and day, but supposedly, Cardinal Richelieu ‘created’ the table knife when he had the points rounded on all knives to be used at his table. Presumably so no one could stab him.

1884 Cyrus Hall McCormick died. He is generally credited with the development of the mechanical reaper

1958 Velcro was trademarked.

1993 The Red Hot Chili Peppers play on the Simpsons TV show.

2008 Robert Mondavi died at age 94. A leading Napa Valley vintner who helped establish California wines among the best in the world.

Who’s in? May 11th is National “Eat What You Want” Day !🍌🥦🥑🥓🍔🌮🍕🍨🎂

Posted on May 11, 2018

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Happy National “Eat What You Want” Day !

According to Forbes, the hot food trends are:

1. Vegetarian Comfort Food
2. Artisan Butcher Shops with Restuarants
3. Breakfast
4. No more kale!
5. Food Bowls
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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1838 Thomas Andrew Knight died. British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism.

1886 W. Marshall patented a ‘grain binder.’

1934 The Dust Bowl.  One of the worst dust storms ever to hit the Great Plains occurred. It lasted 2 days and the area lost massive amounts of top soil.

1946 The first CARE packages for survivors of WW II in Europe arrive at Le Havre, France. (Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe).

1947 B.F. Goodrich announced the development of the tubeless tire.

2002 Joseph Bonanno, a former Mafia boss known as ‘Joe Bananas,’ died in Tucson, Arizona at age 97.

Yum! May 10th National Liver and Onions Day

Posted on May 10, 2018

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Happy National Liver & Onions Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Liver and Onions:

 

  •  Liver and onions is a favorite in the UK and in Germany, where it is usually eaten along with boiled or mashed potatoes.
  •  Lamb’s liver is the usual choice in the UK and is often accompanied by fried bacon.

 

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  • In the French traditional recipe the liver is fried with butter and lard.
  • In Catalan cuisine olive oil is used, instead of butter, and fried garlic is added to the mixture.

 

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  • In the USA, liver and onions as a dish once enjoyed widespread popularity and could usually be found at family diners and American home-style restaurants. This meal is currently more common to the cuisines of the southern and upper mid-western style foods.

 

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1566 Leonhard Fuchs died. He was a German botanist who compiled the first modern, organized listing of plants and botanical terms, ‘Historia Stirpium’ in 1542. The plant and the color fuchsia were named for him.

1818 Paul Revere died. A silversmith and American Revolutionary folk hero, he also made surgical instruments and false teeth.

1850 Sir Thomas Johnston Lipton, grocer and tea merchant, was born.

1898 The first vending machine law was passed in Omaha, Nebraska.

1920 John Wesley Hyatt died. He developed the process for making celluloid, the first synthetic plastic. He also invented a water purifying system and a sugar cane mill. 2010 A 10 year-old 3rd grade student in Texas was given 1 week’s detention for being in possession of a candy bar at lunch time. The candy bar was also confiscated.

May 8th is National Coconut Cream Pie Day!🥥

Posted on May 8, 2018

Here are today’s five food finds about Coconuts:

  • The coconut is not a nut.  In fact, it isn’t a fruit either.  It is a seed!

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  • Coconut oils accelerate the metabolism.  Of course, if you put them in pie you may not notice the effect.

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  • The sailors aboard Vasco de Gama’s ships gave the coconut its name.  They called it “Coco”, named after a grimacing face or hobgoblin.

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  • The water from the coconut has traditionally been used when commercial IV solutions of plasma have not been available.

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  • Coconut oils also contain four growth hormones, called cytokinins, and three sets of chromosomes – or triploids – that help the development of many organisms.

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1842 Emil Christian Hansen was born. He was a Danish botanist who developed new methods to culture yeast. He revolutionized the beer industry, and proved that there are different species of yeast. He refused to patent the method, but instead made it available for free to other brewers.

1855 John Gates was born. Gates was an inventor, promoter and barbed wire manufacturer.

1886 Coca Cola is first sold to the public at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.

1968 Laurence M. Klauber died. Klauber was an American herpetologist and inventor who was a rattlesnake expert. If you want to know anything or everything about rattlesnakes, see his book “Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories and Influence on Mankind.”

 

May 7th is National Lamb Day!🐑

Posted on May 7, 2018

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Happy National Lamb Day!

Here are today’s five food facts about Lamb:

  • Lamb, mutton, and hogget (UK, New Zealand and Australia) are the meat of domestic sheep.  The meat of a sheep in its first year is lamb; that of a juvenile sheep older than 1 year is hogget; and the meat of an adult sheep is mutton.

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  • On average, a three ounce serving of lamb has only 175 calories and meets the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) definition for lean. According to FDA guidelines, lean meat has less than 10 grams of fat, less than 4.5 grams of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 100 grams or 3.5 ounces.

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  • The meat of a lamb is taken from the animal between one month and one year old, with a carcase (carcass in American English) weight of between 5.5 and 30 kilograms (12 and 65 lbs).
  • This meat generally is more tender than that from older sheep and appears more often on tables in some Western countries.
  • Lamb should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer immediately after purchasing. Refrigerate fresh lamb at 40 degrees or below.

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1660 Isaack B. Fubine of The Hague received a patent for macaroni.
(This fact is reported on many sites on the internet. No one has any further information listed, and I am in doubt as to its accuracy).

1873 Salmon Portland Chase died. He was Secretary of the Treasury under Abraham Lincoln, and later Chief Justice.

1947 The ‘Kraft Television Theater’ premiered on NBC TV

1953 The world record swordfish was caught in Chile: 1,182 pounds.

1987 Shelly Long, who played Diane Chambers, makes her final appearance as a regular on ‘Cheers.’

May 6th is National Crepe Suzette Day!

Posted on May 6, 2018

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Happy National Suzette Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Crepe Suzette:

 

  • The most common way to make Crêpe Suzette is to pour liqueur (usually Grand Marnier) over a freshly-cooked crêpe with sugar and light it.
  • This will make the alcohol in the liqueur evaporate, resulting in a fairly thick, caramelised sauce. In a restaurant, a Crêpe Suzette is often prepared in a chafing dish in full view of the guests.

 

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  • The origin of the dish and its name is somewhat disputed. One claim is that the dish was created out of a mistake made by a fourteen year-old assistant waiter Henri Charpentier in 1895 at the Maitre at Monte Carlo’s Café de Paris. He was preparing a dessert for the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, whose guests included a beautiful French girl named Suzette.

 

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  • Different sources (like the Larousse Gastronomique) however doubt that Charpentier was serving the prince instead of the head waiter because he would have been too young.
  • The other claim states Crêpes Suzette was named in honor of French actress Suzanne Reichenberg (1853–1924), who worked professionally under the name Suzette.

 

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1806 Chapin Aaron Harris was born. He was cofounder of the first dental school in the world, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

1833 John Deere developed the first steel plow.

1851 John Gorrie patented an ice making machine, the first U.S. patent for a mechanical refrigerator.

1862 Henry David Thoreau Died. American author, philosopher, and naturalist. Author of ‘Walden; or, Life in the Woods.’

1898 Daniel Gerber of baby food fame was born.

1905 Toots Shor, restaurateur was born.

1940 John Steinbeck receives the Pulitzer Prize for his novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath.’

1959 Icelandic gunboats fired on British trawlers during their ‘Cod War’ over fishing rights

Who’s in? May 3rd is National Chocolate Custard Day!

Posted on May 3, 2018

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Happy National Chocolate Custard Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about Chocolate Custard:

 

  • Due to the fact that it is a very fine organic powder, custard powder is EXPLOSIVE!
  • Custard is a variety of culinary preparations based on a cooked mixture of milk or cream and egg yolk.

 

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  • Depending on how much egg or thickener is used, custard may vary in consistency from a thin pouring sauce (crème anglaise), to a thick pastry cream used to fill éclairs.
  • The most common custards are used as desserts or dessert sauces and typically include sugar and vanilla.
  • Custard bases may also be used for quiches and other savory foods.

 

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1654 A bridge in Rowley, Massachusetts began charging a toll for animals. People passed for free.
  • 1913 William Motter Inge was born. An American playwright, he was the author of ‘Picnic’ which was also filmed in 1956.
  • 1937 Francis Stephen Castelluccio was born. Better known as Frankie Valli of ‘The Four Seasons’ singing group.
  • 1939 The Andrew Sisters recorded ‘Beer Barrel Polka.’
  • 1944 Most wartime meat rationing ended in the United States.
  • 1947 Sylvester tried to have Tweety Bird for lunch for the first time in a Warner Brothers cartoon. 1959 Passing through the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway (see April 25) the British freighter ‘Ramon de Larrinaga’ becomes the first deep draft ocean ship to enter the Duluth, Minnesota harbor.
  • 2007 Jamison Stone, 11 years old, bagged a ‘wild hog’ that weighed in at over 1050 pounds. He was hunting on a commercial huntng preserve with his father and several guides in eastern Alabama.  The animal measured 9 feet 4 inches long, nose to tail.

May’s Complete Food Holiday List!

Posted on May 1, 2018

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National Beef Month
National Barbecue Month
National Loaded Potato Month
National Egg Month
National Hamburger Month
National Salad Month
National Salsa Month
National Strawberry Month
May 1-7: National Raisin Week
May 3-9: National Herb Week
First Saturday in May: National Homebrew Day
The 3rd Monday of May and the rest of the week: American Craft Beer Week
Daily Holidays

May 2
National Chocolate Truffle Day
May 3
National Raspberry Popover Day
National Raspberry Tart Day
National Chocolate Custard Day
May 4 
National Candied Orange Peel Day
National Homebrew Day
National Hoagie Day
May 5
National Enchilada Day – Happy Cinco de Mayo!
May 6 
National Crepe Suzette Day
May 7 
National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
May 8 
National Coconut Cream Pie Day
May 9
National Shrimp Day
May 10
National Liver and Onions Day
May 11
National “Eat What You Want” Day
May 12 
National Nutty Fudge Day
May 13 
National Apple Pie Day
National Fruit Cocktail Day
National Hummus Day
May 14 
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
May 15
National Chocolate Chip Day
May 16
National Barbecue Day
May 17 
National Cherry Cobbler Day
May 18 
National Cheese Souffle Day
I love Reese’s Day
May 19
National Devil’s Food Cake Day
May 20 
National Quiche Lorraine Day
National Pick Strawberries Day
May 21
National Strawberries and Cream Day
May 22 
National Vanilla Pudding Day
May 23 
National Taffy Day
May 24 
National Escargot Day
May 25
National Brown-Bag-It Day
National Wine Day
May 26 
National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
National Cherry Dessert Day
National Italian Beef Day
National Grape Popsicle Day


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May 23rd is National Taffy Day!

Posted on May 23, 2017

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Here are today’s five food facts about Taffy: 

 

  • Salt water taffy was “invented” in Atlantic City in 1883.

 

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  • Modern technology allows confectioners to produce 1,000 pieces of taffy a minute.

 

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  • In one hour enough pieces of taffy are made to cover one third of the length of Atlantic City (about 1.3 miles).

 

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  • The three most popular taffy flavors sold by Sweet Candy Company are peppermint, cinnamon and chocolate.
  • America celebrates National Taffy Day May 23rd.
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Today’s Food History

  • 1774 Residents of Chestertown, Maryland  react to news of the Boston Tea Party by staging a similar protest, dumping a shipment of tea into the Chester River.
  • 1868 R.I.P. Kit Carson, American frontiersman. His last words were supposedly “Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili.”
  • 1922 Thomas Edison patented a method for making metal foils.
  • 1960 R.I.P. Georges Claude. A French engineer, he invented the neon light, commonly used for signs.
  • 1968‘Yummy, Yummy, Yummy’ by the Ohio Express is #1 on the charts.

May 20th is National Quiche Lorraine Day!

Posted on May 20, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about Quiche:

 

  •  Quiche is a savoury , custard pie usually filled with cheese, meat, seafood or vegetables.
  •  The word “quiche” come from French, which originally borrowed the word from Lorraine Franconian “Küeche” (meaning “cake”).

 

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  • Quiche originated in Germany, although today it is known as a classic French dish.

 

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  • The original recipe for quiche lorraine was an open pie with a filling of custard with smoked bacon or lardons and cheese was not added till later .
  • The world largest quiche was made by Chef Alain Marcotullio. It based for over 18 hours and fed more than 125 people.
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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

 

1506 Christopher Columbus, explorer, died.

1799 Honore de Balzac Born. French author. Balzac would lock himself away during creative bursts, drinking coffee and eating only fruit and eggs. When he finally took a break, he was known to consume huge quantities of food. One report recalls that at the Véry restaurant he ate “a hundred Ostend oysters, twelve cutlets of salt-meadow mutton, a duck with turnips, two partridges and a Normandy sole,” not to mention the desserts, fruit and liqueurs he also consumed.

1810 On this day Dolly Madison, wife of president James Madison, supposedly served the first ice cream at the White House, for a reception.

1862 President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law. It opened millions of acres Western land to settlers.

1874 Jeans with copper rivets are patented by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis.

1875 The International Bureau of Weights and Measures was created.

1884 L. Blue patented a hand corn sheller.

1892 George Sampson received a patent for a clothes dryer.

1913 William Hewlett was born. Founder with David Packard of Hewlett Packard Company. Before they became famous for computers and printers etc., some of their early inventions were an automatic urinal flusher and a weight loss shock machine!

1961 The record Jewfish weighed 680 pounds and was caught in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

1993 The last episode of ‘Cheers’ aired on TV.

2005 Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill making the orange the official State Fruit of Florida. The orange blossom and orange juice have been previously declared the official state flower and official state beverage.

2009Hot Dog Wars: Sara Lee (Ball Park Franks) sued Kraft Foods (Oscar Mayer Jumbo Beef Franks) over claims that Oscar Mayer franks are better than Ball Park Franks.

May 19th National Devil’s Food Cake Day!

Posted on May 19, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about Devil’s Food Cake:

 

  •  Devil’s food cake is considered a counterpart to the white or yellow angel food cake.
  • Devil’s food cake is generally more moist and airy than other chocolate cakes, and often uses cocoa as opposed to chocolate for the flavor as well as coffee.

 

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  • Devil’s food cake was introduced in the United States in the early 20th century with the recipe in print as early as 1905.

 

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  • A similar cake, the red velvet cake, is closely linked to a devil’s food cake, and in some turn of the century cookbooks the two names may have been interchangeable.
  • Devil’s food cake incorporates butter (or a substitute), egg whites, flour (while some chocolate cakes are flourless) and less egg than other chocolate cakes.
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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1834 Catharine Furbish was born. An American botanist, she spent almost 40 years traveling and painting watercolors of the flora of the state of Maine.

1910 The Earth passed through the tail of Halley’s Comet and nothing happened.  There had been dire predictions that everyone would die, and many hucksters sold ‘comet pills’ to counter the effects of the ‘comet gas.’

1962 Marilyn Monroe sings ‘Happy Birthday’ at a birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.

2006 Nicole Belinda Franzen Reese was chosen as the 59th ‘Alice in Dairyland’ by the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She will be the spokesperson for the states agriculture industry.

May 13th is National Hummus Day !

Posted on May 13, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about Hummus:

 
  • Hummus comes from many different countries!

 

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  • Dependent on the region, the original recipes vary in ingredients from olive oil to hot sauce. 

 

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  • Hummus contains a lot of protein, which is an aphrodisiac! 

 

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  • Because of it’s fiber, hummus will make you feel full. 

 

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  • Lady Gaga is a fan:

 

I love hummus. I eat it almost every day and especially when I'm on the road.

 

 

 

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1637 I am not totally confident with the month and day, but supposedly, Cardinal Richelieu ‘created’ the table knife when he had the points rounded on all knives to be used at his table. Presumably so no one could stab him.

1884 Cyrus Hall McCormick died. He is generally credited with the development of the mechanical reaper

1958 Velcro was trademarked.

1993 The Red Hot Chili Peppers play on the Simpsons TV show.

2008 Robert Mondavi died at age 94. A leading Napa Valley vintner who helped establish California wines among the best in the world.

May 13th is National Apple Pie Day!

Posted on May 13, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about Apple Pie:

 

  • The first printed reference to apple pie was in 1589 by Robert Greene in ‘Arcadia’: “Thy breath is like the steame of apple-pyes.”

 

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  • Tradition has it that Yale College served apple pie at every supper for more than 100 years

 

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  • There is an old saying: ‘Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.’

 

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  • Americas favorite dessert, so much so that some things are said to be as American as apple pie.

 

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  • McDonald’s added an apple pie dessert to its menu in 1968.

 

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1637 I am not totally confident with the month and day, but supposedly, Cardinal Richelieu ‘created’ the table knife when he had the points rounded on all knives to be used at his table. Presumably so no one could stab him.

1884 Cyrus Hall McCormick died. He is generally credited with the development of the mechanical reaper

1958 Velcro was trademarked.

1993 The Red Hot Chili Peppers play on the Simpsons TV show.

2008 Robert Mondavi died at age 94. A leading Napa Valley vintner who helped establish California wines among the best in the world.

May 12th is National Nutty Fudge Day

Posted on May 12, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about Fudge:

 

  • The first recorded evidence of fudge being made and sold was a letter written in 1886 and found in the archives of Vasser College by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge who wrote that her schoolmate’s cousin made fudge and sold if for 40 cents a pound in a Baltimore grocery store.
  • Scottish tablet has been around for much longer, the first note of it being made in The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie in the early 18th century which just shows that when it comes to perfecting the art of sweetness, the Scots are way ahead of the game.

 

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  • There are several origin stories floating around about fudge.

 

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  • One says that a young apprentice caramel maker was left stirring the pot while the boss was out serving customers. By the time he returned, the caramel was so grainy it was ruined – but the customers loved it, and named it Fudge after the apprentice who mistakenly made it.
  • Another story goes, that a college lecturer in Virginia, USA, was teaching a class in toffee making, and the temperature was not taken high enough resulting in what we now know as fudge. This, allegedly, is also where the term ‘to fudge something’ comes from.

 

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1777 According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the first ice cream advertisement appeared in the New York Gazette on this date.

1792 Charles-Somon Favart died in Belleville, France. A French playwright and pastry cook, one of the founders of the opera comique.

1878 Catherine Esther Beecher died. An American educator and author of ‘Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt Book’, etc.

1889 John Cadbury died. He was the founder of Cadbury chocolate company.

1912 The Beverly Hills Hotel opened.

1994 Roy J. Plunkett died. He was the inventor of Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene) in 1938. The first nonstick cookware using Teflon was sold in 1960.

 

May 11th is National “Eat What You Want” Day !

Posted on May 11, 2017

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According to Forbes, the hot food trends of 2017 will be:

1. Vegetarian Comfort Food
2. Artisan Butcher Shops with Restuarants
3. Breakfast
4. No more kale!
5. Food Bowls
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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1838 Thomas Andrew Knight died. British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism.

1886 W. Marshall patented a ‘grain binder.’

1934 The Dust Bowl.  One of the worst dust storms ever to hit the Great Plains occurred. It lasted 2 days and the area lost massive amounts of top soil.

1946 The first CARE packages for survivors of WW II in Europe arrive at Le Havre, France. (Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe).

1947 B.F. Goodrich announced the development of the tubeless tire.

2002 Joseph Bonanno, a former Mafia boss known as ‘Joe Bananas,’ died in Tucson, Arizona at age 97.

 

May 10th National Liver and Onions Day!

Posted on May 10, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about Liver and Onions:

 

  •  Liver and onions is a favorite in the UK and in Germany, where it is usually eaten along with boiled or mashed potatoes.
  •  Lamb’s liver is the usual choice in the UK and is often accompanied by fried bacon.

 

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  • In the French traditional recipe the liver is fried with butter and lard.
  • In Catalan cuisine olive oil is used, instead of butter, and fried garlic is added to the mixture.

 

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  • In the USA, liver and onions as a dish once enjoyed widespread popularity and could usually be found at family diners and American home-style restaurants. This meal is currently more common to the cuisines of the southern and upper mid-western style foods.

 

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Today’s Food History

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1566 Leonhard Fuchs died. He was a German botanist who compiled the first modern, organized listing of plants and botanical terms, ‘Historia Stirpium’ in 1542. The plant and the color fuchsia were named for him.

1818 Paul Revere died. A silversmith and American Revolutionary folk hero, he also made surgical instruments and false teeth.

1850 Sir Thomas Johnston Lipton, grocer and tea merchant, was born.

1898 The first vending machine law was passed in Omaha, Nebraska.

1920 John Wesley Hyatt died. He developed the process for making celluloid, the first synthetic plastic. He also invented a water purifying system and a sugar cane mill. 2010 A 10 year-old 3rd grade student in Texas was given 1 week’s detention for being in possession of a candy bar at lunch time. The candy bar was also confiscated.

May 8th is National Coconut Cream Pie Day!

Posted on May 8, 2017

Here are today’s five food finds about Coconuts:

 

  • The coconut is not a nut.  In fact, it isn’t a fruit either.  It is a seed!

 

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  • Coconut oils accelerate the metabolism.  Of course, if you put them in pie you may not notice the effect.

 

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  • The sailors aboard Vasco de Gama’s ships gave the coconut its name.  They called it “Coco”, named after a grimacing face or hobgoblin.

 

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  • The water from the coconut has traditionally been used when commercial IV solutions of plasma have not been available.

 

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  • Coconut oils also contain four growth hormones, called cytokinins, and three sets of chromosomes – or triploids – that help the development of many organisms.

 

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Today’s Food History

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1842 Emil Christian Hansen was born. He was a Danish botanist who developed new methods to culture yeast. He revolutionized the beer industry, and proved that there are different species of yeast. He refused to patent the method, but instead made it available for free to other brewers.

1855 John Gates was born. Gates was an inventor, promoter and barbed wire manufacturer.

1886 Coca Cola is first sold to the public at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.

1968 Laurence M. Klauber died. Klauber was an American herpetologist and inventor who was a rattlesnake expert. If you want to know anything or everything about rattlesnakes, see his book “Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories and Influence on Mankind.”

 

 

May 7th is National Lamb Day!

Posted on May 7, 2017

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Here are today’s five food facts about Lamb:

 

  • Lamb, mutton, and hogget (UK, New Zealand and Australia) are the meat of domestic sheep.  The meat of a sheep in its first year is lamb; that of a juvenile sheep older than 1 year is hogget; and the meat of an adult sheep is mutton.

 

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  • On average, a three ounce serving of lamb has only 175 calories and meets the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) definition for lean. According to FDA guidelines, lean meat has less than 10 grams of fat, less than 4.5 grams of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 100 grams or 3.5 ounces.

 

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  • The meat of a lamb is taken from the animal between one month and one year old, with a carcase (carcass in American English) weight of between 5.5 and 30 kilograms (12 and 65 lbs).

 

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  • This meat generally is more tender than that from older sheep and appears more often on tables in some Western countries.
  • Lamb should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer immediately after purchasing. Refrigerate fresh lamb at 40 degrees or below.

 

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1660 Isaack B. Fubine of The Hague received a patent for macaroni.
(This fact is reported on many sites on the internet. No one has any further information listed, and I am in doubt as to its accuracy).

1873 Salmon Portland Chase died. He was Secretary of the Treasury under Abraham Lincoln, and later Chief Justice.

1947 The ‘Kraft Television Theater’ premiered on NBC TV

1953 The world record swordfish was caught in Chile: 1,182 pounds.

1987 Shelly Long, who played Diane Chambers, makes her final appearance as a regular on ‘Cheers.’

May 6th is National Crepe Suzette Day!

Posted on May 6, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about Crepe Suzette:

 

  • The most common way to make Crêpe Suzette is to pour liqueur (usually Grand Marnier) over a freshly-cooked crêpe with sugar and light it.
  • This will make the alcohol in the liqueur evaporate, resulting in a fairly thick, caramelised sauce. In a restaurant, a Crêpe Suzette is often prepared in a chafing dish in full view of the guests.

 

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  • The origin of the dish and its name is somewhat disputed. One claim is that the dish was created out of a mistake made by a fourteen year-old assistant waiter Henri Charpentier in 1895 at the Maitre at Monte Carlo’s Café de Paris. He was preparing a dessert for the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, whose guests included a beautiful French girl named Suzette.

 

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  • Different sources (like the Larousse Gastronomique) however doubt that Charpentier was serving the prince instead of the head waiter because he would have been too young.
  • The other claim states Crêpes Suzette was named in honor of French actress Suzanne Reichenberg (1853–1924), who worked professionally under the name Suzette.

 

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1806 Chapin Aaron Harris was born. He was cofounder of the first dental school in the world, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

1833 John Deere developed the first steel plow.

1851 John Gorrie patented an ice making machine, the first U.S. patent for a mechanical refrigerator.

1862 Henry David Thoreau Died. American author, philosopher, and naturalist. Author of ‘Walden; or, Life in the Woods.’

1898 Daniel Gerber of baby food fame was born.

1905 Toots Shor, restaurateur was born.

1940 John Steinbeck receives the Pulitzer Prize for his novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath.’

1959 Icelandic gunboats fired on British trawlers during their ‘Cod War’ over fishing rights

May 3rd is National Chocolate Custard Day!

Posted on May 3, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about Chocolate Custard:

 

  • Due to the fact that it is a very fine organic powder, custard powder is EXPLOSIVE!
  • Custard is a variety of culinary preparations based on a cooked mixture of milk or cream and egg yolk.

 

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  • Depending on how much egg or thickener is used, custard may vary in consistency from a thin pouring sauce (crème anglaise), to a thick pastry cream used to fill éclairs.

 

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  • The most common custards are used as desserts or dessert sauces and typically include sugar and vanilla.
  • Custard bases may also be used for quiches and other savory foods.

 

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1654 A bridge in Rowley, Massachusetts began charging a toll for animals. People passed for free.
  • 1913 William Motter Inge was born. An American playwright, he was the author of ‘Picnic’ which was also filmed in 1956.
  • 1937 Francis Stephen Castelluccio was born. Better known as Frankie Valli of ‘The Four Seasons’ singing group.
  • 1939 The Andrew Sisters recorded ‘Beer Barrel Polka.’
  • 1944 Most wartime meat rationing ended in the United States.
  • 1947 Sylvester tried to have Tweety Bird for lunch for the first time in a Warner Brothers cartoon. 1959 Passing through the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway (see April 25) the British freighter ‘Ramon de Larrinaga’ becomes the first deep draft ocean ship to enter the Duluth, Minnesota harbor.
  • 2007 Jamison Stone, 11 years old, bagged a ‘wild hog’ that weighed in at over 1050 pounds. He was hunting on a commercial huntng preserve with his father and several guides in eastern Alabama.  The animal measured 9 feet 4 inches long, nose to tail.

May 29th is National Biscuit Day

Posted on May 29, 2016

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Five Food Finds about Biscuits

  1. In the United Kingdom, the word “biscuit” is used to refer to what we in the United States would call a “cookie”.
  2. White flour, commonly used to bake biscuits, is almost instantly metabolized into sugar.  Biscuits will quickly spike your blood-sugar level.
  3. Mustard is a common condiment to use on biscuits in the south, especially to accompany ham.
  4. Most biscuit recipes call for a healthy dose of butter in the baking process.  Despite this, many people butter their biscuits after they are served as well.
  5. The main difference between biscuits and rolls is the leavening agent.  Biscuits use baking soda.  Rolls use yeast.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1630 Charles II, king of England was born. The ‘Merry Monarch,’ tea was introduced to England during his reign. On December 23, 1675, he issued a proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses. The public response was so negative that he revoked it on January 8, 1676.

1716 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton was born. A French naturalist and pioneer in several fields including plant physiology. He also conducted agricultural experiments and introduced Merino sheep to France. First director of the Museum of Natural History in Paris.

1886 Coca-Cola, invented by pharmacist John Styth Pemberton in 1885, was advertised for the first time in the Atlanta Daily on this day. 1919 Charles Strite of Stillwater, Minnesota applied for a pop-up toaster patent.

1971 ‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones hits number 1 on the charts.

2004 Tens of millions of pounds of almonds were recalled by one of the world’s largest almond producers, located in California due to a salmonella outbreak. At least 25 people were sickened in states from Alaska to Michigan.

May 28th is National Brisket Day

Posted on May 28, 2016

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Five Food Finds about Brisket:

  1. Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal.
  2. The beef brisket is one of the eight beef primal cuts.
  3. The brisket muscles include the superficial and deep pectorals.
  4. As cattle do not have collar bones, these muscles support about 60% of the body weight of standing/moving cattle.
  5. This requires a significant amount of connective tissue, so the resulting meat must be cooked correctly to tenderize the connective tissue.

Today’s Food History

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1892 The Sierra Club is formed in San Francisco for nature conservation.

1897 Jell-O was introduced.

1910 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist, was born in Linden, Texas.

1944 Gladys Knight was born. (Gladys Knight & the Pips) A ‘Pip’ is the small seed of a fruit, like those in an apple.

1999 After 22 years of controversial restoration, Leonardo de Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Last Supper’ is returned to public display.

2003 The first cloned horse was born in a natural delivery. Cloned horses are currently banned from racing.

May 25th is National Wine Day

Posted on May 25, 2016

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 Five Facts about Wine: 

  1. The longest recorded champagne cork flight was 177 feet and 9 inches, four feet from level ground at Woodbury Vineyards in New York State.
  2. Thomas Jefferson helped stock the wine cellars of the first five U.S. presidents and was very partial to fine Bordeaux and Madeira.
  3. Chilling tones down the sweetness of wine. If a red wine becomes too warm, it may lose some of its fruity flavor.
  4. The Irish believe that fairies are extremely fond of good wine.
  5. Foot treading of grapes is still used in producing a small quantity of the best port wines.

Today’s Food History

  • 1789 R.I.P. Anders Dahl. A renowned Swedish botanist, the Dahlia flower was named for him.
  • 1877 Minnesota’s $1.00 per bushel bounty on grasshopper eggs expires. The state had experienced a 4 year grasshopper (locust) plague.
  • 1882 The first frozen mutton from New Zealand arrived in Britain
  • 1973 Wrexham Asda supermarket opened in the U.K.
  • 1986 Six million Americans participate in ‘Hand Across America’ by holding hands and singing across 4,150 miles of road in support of the hungry and homeless.
  • 2007 Coca Cola created a 3,000 gallon, 15 foot high ice cream float with Vanilla Coke and ice cream, and set a new world record for the largest ice cream float.  The float was certified as drinkable by health inspectors, but it was disposed of by a garbage company.  Coke also held the previous record from 1998 with a 2,085 gallon float.

May 24th is National Escargot Day

Posted on May 24, 2016

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Five Facts bout Escargot:

  1. Escargot – French – An edible snail, especially one prepared as an appetizer or entree.
  2. The French consume 40,000 metric tons of snails each year.
  3. Heliculture is the science of growing snails for food.
  4. Snails have been eaten as food since at least ancient Roman times. Apicius, the author of the oldest surviving cookbook (1st century B.C – 2 century A.D.) has a recipe for snails in his cookbook.
  5. Restaurants serve about 1 billion snails annually.

Today’s Food History

  • 1686 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was born. He developed the Fahrenheit temperature scale, and invented the mercury thermometer.
  • 1883 R.I.P. Gabriel Gustav Valentin. This German-Swiss physiologist was the first to discover the digestive activity of pancreatic juice. (Oh Boy!).
  • 1883 The Brooklyn Bridge opened. It took 14 years to build at a cost of $18 million, and was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time.
  • 1893 The Anti-Saloon League was founded by Howard H. Russell at Oberlin, Ohio.
  • 1929 The first Marx Brothers film, ‘Cocoanuts’ premiered.
  • 1941 Robert Allen Zimmerman was born.
  • 1945 The first Food-O-Mat was installed in a Grand Union Company store in New Jersey
  • 1976 In Paris, two California wines won top honors at a blind wine tasting by the best of France’s wine experts. The French were shocked, and the wine world was changed forever.
  • 2007 R.I.P. Kelly Jo Dowd. She was one of the original ‘Hooters’ Girls’ at the first Hooters’ restaurant which opened in 1983 in Clearwater Florida.

May 22nd is National Vanilla Pudding Day

Posted on May 22, 2016

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Five facts about Pudding:

  1. The Fortress hotel in Galle, Sri Lanka, is charging $14,500 a serving of the world’s most expensive pudding, which is called “The Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence”.
  2. Hasty pudding, originally a British dish, this pudding could be made on very short notice.  Ingredients vary, but it was basically a sweetened porridge made from flour, tapioca or oatmeal and milk. The term originated in the late 16th century.
  3. In Colonial America cornmeal was cheaper and more readily available, so here, Hasty Pudding was a cornmeal mush (cornmeal added to boiling water and cooked) with molasses, honey, brown sugar or maple syrup and milk.
  4. There are both savory and dessert versions of this dish.
  5. Meat pudding would be a savory example of a pudding dish.

Today’s Food History

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  • 1859 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born. Creator of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes would go for days without food while working on a case.
  • 1892 Dr. Washington Sheffeld invented the collapsible metal toothpaste tube.
  • 1894 African American inventor S. Newson patented an “oil heater or cooker.”
  • 1931 Canned rattlesnake goes on sale. Packed by George K. End of Arcadia, Florida. Not quite as big a hit as Spam.
  • 1934 R.I.P.David Wesson. An American chemist who developed a method to make cotton seed oil edible. Cotton seed oil has almost no taste, so it allows the flavors of other foods to come through. It is used in the manufacture of margarine, salad dressings, in commercially fried foods, and of course, Wesson Oil.
  • 1946 The Culinary Institute of America is founded.

May 27 is National Grape Popsicle Day

Posted on May 27, 2015

National Grape Popsicle Day

Five Food Finds about Popsicles

  • Popsicles were originally marketed as “a frozen drink on a stick”.
  • Popsicles originally came in seven flavors thought to be root beer, cherry, lemon, orange, banana, grape, and watermelon, but there is no official record of Epperson’s original flavors.
  • The most popular Popsicle flavor is Cherry.
  • More than two billion Popsicles are sold each year.
  • The dual Popsicle featuring two sticks and one Popsicle that could be split in half was introduced during the Great Depression as a way to split the treat across two children for the same cost.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1901 Conrad Arnold Elvehjem Born. American biochemist who identified nicotinic acid as a vitamin (one of the B vitamins), and that a deficiency on nicotinic acid resulted in the disease pellagra.

1907 Rachel Louise Carson was born; author of ‘Silent Spring.’ An American biologist, the book was concerned with the dangers of environmental pollution, especially DDT

1930 Richard G. Drew of St. Paul, Minnesota patented transparent cellophane adhesive tape. He worked out a deal with 3M to market this ‘Scotch’ tape. What did we ever do without it?

1933 The first automatic soda fountain dispenser is introduced by Coca-Cola.

1975 British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was born. Known as the ‘Naked Chef,’ on his BBC TV cooking shows (the name refers to simplicity, not nudity). He has had several TV shows, ‘The Naked Chef,’ ‘Return of the Naked Chef,’ ‘Happy Days with the Naked Chef,’ ‘Jamie’s Kitchen,’ ‘Return to Jamie’s Kitchen,’ and ‘Oliver’s Twist.’ He has also written several cookbooks.

May 16 is National Barbecue Day

Posted on May 16, 2015

National Barbecue Day

Five Food Finds about Barbecue

  • Barbecues have been a White House tradition since Thomas Jefferson. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, hosted the first barbecue at the White House that featured Texas-style barbecued ribs.
  • The most popular holidays for barbecuing are, in order, July 4th (71 percent), Memorial Day (57 percent), and Labor Day (55 percent)..
  • The most popular foods for cooking on the grill are, in order: burgers (85 percent), steak (80 percent), hot dogs (79 percent) and chicken (73 percent).
  • The side dishes most commonly prepared on the grill are, in order, corn (41 percent), potatoes (41 percent), and other vegetables (32 percent).
  • The most popular flavors of barbecue sauce are hickory, followed by mesquite, honey, and then spicy-hot.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1828 The cornerstone was laid for the Tremont House in Boston, Massachusetts. It would be the first U.S. hotel to install bathrooms. It opened on October 16, 1829.

1845 Henry David Thoreau begins his 2 year experiment with simple living at Waldon Pond.

1848 Francois Auguste René Vicomte de Chateaubriand died. Chateaubriand was a French writer and politician. His chef, Montmireil, created a famous recipe consisting of a center cut from the beef tenderloin, grilled and served with béarnaise sauce and chateau potatoes. Montmireil named the dish Chateaubriand.

1906 Vincent Schaefer was born. A U.S. research chemist, he invented ‘cloud seeding’ with dry ice to cause rain or snow.

1918 Pauline Esther and Esther Pauline were born. Pauline Esther’s pen name was Abigal Van Buren and she wrote the “Dear Abby” newspaper advice column. Her twin sister Esther Pauline wrote the “Ann Landers” column advice column.

1943 Alan Wilson of the music group ‘Canned Heat’ was born.

1956 At a Fourth of July family picnic, Milton Levine came up with the idea for the Ant Farm. I wonder if he had dreams of fencing them in so they would not bother him at picnics?

1828 The cornerstone was laid for the Tremont House in Boston, Massachusetts. It would be the first U.S. hotel to install bathrooms. It opened on October 16, 1829.

 

  

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