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International Picnic Day

Posted on June 18, 2013

International Picnic Day

Five Food Finds about Picnics

  • Did you know that a “picnic” ham is really not a true ham? It is cut from the upper part of the foreleg of a pig – a true ham is cut from the hind leg.
  • Italy’s favourite picnic day is Easter Monday. It is called “Angel’s Monday” or Pasquetta (“Little Easter”).
  • After an ant has visited your picinc, it lays down a scent as it returns to the nest for the other ants to follow!
  • In the year 2000, a 600-mile-long picnic took place in France to celebrate the first Bastille Day of the new millennium.
  • The first table designed specifically for picnics (in a style similar to what we know today) appeared in the late 1800s.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1865 R.I.P. Edmund Ruffin. He was a pioneer in the study of soil chemistry in the U.S.

1892 Macadamia nuts were first planted in Hawaii.

1897 R.I.P. Juliet Corson. Librarian, cookery teacher and writer, founder of the New York Cooking School in 1876. Her books include ‘Cooking Manual’ (1877), ‘Twenty-five Cent Dinners for Families of Six’ (1878), and ‘Miss Corson’s Practical American Cookery’ (1886).

1898 Atlantic City, NJ opened its Steel Pier (boardwalk). The world-famous Steel Pier had 9 miles of food, beverages, concessions, amusements, concerts, etc. Ed McMahon, of the Johnny Carson Show and Publisher’s Clearing House fame, was a barker on the pier in his youth.

1913 Robert Mondavi was born. A leading Napa Valley vintner.

1964 The African Groundnut Council was founded in Dakar.

1993 So-called ‘killer bees,’ Africanized honey bees, have reached Tucson, Arizona; a small dog was killed from a bee attack. Their original source was Brazil, where African bees were imported for experimental cross breeding.

National Apple Pie Day

Posted on May 13, 2013

National Apple Pie Day

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.”
  • Tradition has it that Yale College served apple pie at every supper for more than 100 years
  • There is an old saying: ‘Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.’
  • Americas favorite dessert, so much so that some things are said to be as American as apple pie.
  • McDonald’s added an apple pie dessert to its menu in 1968.

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 R.I.P. Cyrus Hall McCormick. 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 R.I.P. Robert Mondavi, age 94. A leading Napa Valley vintner who helped establish California wines among the best in the world.

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