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December 12 is National Ambrosia Day

Posted on December 12, 2014

Here are today’s five thing to know about Ambrosia:

  1. Ambrosia is a good type of apple for kids and older people to digest because of its low acid content.
  2. Ambrosia need to be stored in the refrigerator to retain its crisp texture.
  3. Ambrosia is known as “The food of the gods” in classical Greek mythology.
  4. Ambrosia was originated as a chance seedling growing on the Mennell family’s orchard in British Columbia, Canada.
  5. In the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, “Ambrosia is a dessert made from fruits, sugar and grated coconut, most popular in the South.”

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

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Today’s Food History

  • 1900 Maria Telkes was born. A Hungarian born American biophysicist & chemist, she was a pioneer in using solar energy in heating applications. Among other things, she developed a solar heated sea water distillation system and a solar powdered stove.
  • 1925 The first motel opens, the Milestone Motel in San Luis Obispo, California, built by architect Arthur Hienemen.
  • 1929 Charles Goodnight died. He is said to have devised the first ‘chuck wagon’ from an Army wagon in the 1850s or 1860s, with various shelves and compartments for food, equipment, utensils, medical supplies, etc.
  • 1945 Alan Ward of the music group ‘The Honeycombs’ was born.
  • 1967 The movie ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ premiered, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn.
  • 1989 Leona Helmsley of Helmsley Hotels, was fined $7 million and sentenced to 4 years in jail for mail fraud and tax evasion. Frequently known as ‘The Queen of Mean’ and ‘The Queen of Greed.’ Quote: “Only little people pay taxes.”
  • 2012 ‘Y12’ – The end of the Long Count Maya Calendar Cycle (5,125.37 years). The End of the World; the beginning of a new enlightened age; or just another Wednesday afternoon?  Take your pick.

December 12 is National Cocoa Day

Posted on December 12, 2014

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Cocoa:

  1. Cocoa was first used to make “hot chocolate” by Aztecs and the drink was called “xocolatl”, which means bitter water.
  2. The Swiss consume the most chocolate per capita, which is 22 pounds each compared to 11 pounds each in the United States.
  3. Cocoa grows from cacao trees and the name cocoa bean was from a spelling mistake made by English importers in the 18th century.
  4. Fine chocolate is pricy because every stage of cocoa production is down by hand: planting, irrigating, harvesting, fermenting and drying.
  5. Amsterdam is the world most important cocoa port: 500k-600k tonnes of cocoa per day.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

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Today’s Food History

  • 1779 The Smithfield Cattle and Sheep Society held the first Smithfield Show in London. It is now the leading agriculture show in the UK.
  • 1827 John & Peter Delmonico opened their first restaurant in New York, Delmonico & Brother Cafe at 23 William Street.
  • 1838 Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet was born. A French botanist, he saved the vineyards of France from total destruction by the grape phylloxera, a small greenish-yellow insect which sucks the fluid from grapevines. He did so by grafting the French vines on American rootstock, which was resistant to phylloxera. He also developed the first widely used plant fungicide.
  • 1856 Charles Dickens wrote in ‘Household Words,’ “Aluminum may probably send tin to the right about face, drive copper saucepans into penal servitude, and blow up German-silver sky high into nothing.” He was pretty accurate in his prediction, even though aluminum had only been discovered in 1808, and had only been used commercially since 1854.
  • 1884 Percy Everitt patented a coin operated scale.
  • 1981 ‘Pigmeat’ Markham died. American actor, comedian. (“Here comes the Judge.”).

December 12 is National Ambrosia Day

Posted on December 12, 2013

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National Ambrosia Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1900 Maria Telkes was born. A Hungarian born American biophysicist & chemist, she was a pioneer in using solar energy in heating applications. Among other things, she developed a solar heated sea water distillation system and a solar powdered stove.

1925 The first motel opens, the Milestone Motel in San Luis Obispo, California, built by architect Arthur Hienemen.

1929 Charles Goodnight died. He is said to have devised the first ‘chuck wagon’ from an Army wagon in the 1850s or 1860s, with various shelves and compartments for food, equipment, utensils, medical supplies, etc.

1945 Alan Ward of the music group ‘The Honeycombs’ was born.

1967 The movie ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ premiered, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn.

1989 Leona Helmsley of Helmsley Hotels, was fined $7 million and sentenced to 4 years in jail for mail fraud and tax evasion. Frequently known as ‘The Queen of Mean’ and ‘The Queen of Greed.’ Quote: “Only little people pay taxes.”

2012 ‘Y12’ – The end of the Long Count Maya Calendar Cycle (5,125.37 years). The End of the World; the beginning of a new enlightened age; or just another Wednesday afternoon?  Take your pick.

December 13 is National Cocoa Day

Posted on December 11, 2013

5 Star Recipe from MyRecipes.com

National Cocoa Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1779 The Smithfield Cattle and Sheep Society held the first Smithfield Show in London. It is now the leading agriculture show in the UK.

1827 John & Peter Delmonico opened their first restaurant in New York, Delmonico & Brother Cafe at 23 William Street.

1838 Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet was born. A French botanist, he saved the vineyards of France from total destruction by the grape phylloxera, a small greenish-yellow insect which sucks the fluid from grapevines. He did so by grafting the French vines on American rootstock, which was resistant to phylloxera. He also developed the first widely used plant fungicide.

1856 Charles Dickens wrote in ‘Household Words,’ “Aluminum may probably send tin to the right about face, drive copper saucepans into penal servitude, and blow up German-silver sky high into nothing.” He was pretty accurate in his prediction, even though aluminum had only been discovered in 1808, and had only been used commercially since 1854.

1884 Percy Everitt patented a coin operated scale.

1981 ‘Pigmeat’ Markham died. American actor, comedian. (“Here comes the Judge.”).

December 13 – National Cocoa Day

Posted on December 13, 2012

5 Star Recipe from MyRecipes.com

National Cocoa Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1779 The Smithfield Cattle and Sheep Society held the first Smithfield Show in London. It is now the leading agriculture show in the UK.

1827 John & Peter Delmonico opened their first restaurant in New York, Delmonico & Brother Cafe at 23 William Street.

1838 Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet was born. A French botanist, he saved the vineyards of France from total destruction by the grape phylloxera, a small greenish-yellow insect which sucks the fluid from grapevines. He did so by grafting the French vines on American rootstock, which was resistant to phylloxera. He also developed the first widely used plant fungicide.

1856 Charles Dickens wrote in ‘Household Words,’ “Aluminum may probably send tin to the right about face, drive copper saucepans into penal servitude, and blow up German-silver sky high into nothing.” He was pretty accurate in his prediction, even though aluminum had only been discovered in 1808, and had only been used commercially since 1854.

1884 Percy Everitt patented a coin operated scale.

1981 ‘Pigmeat’ Markham died. American actor, comedian. (“Here comes the Judge.”).

December 12 – National Ambrosia Day

Posted on December 12, 2012

5 Star Recipe from MyRecipes.com

National Ambrosia Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1900 Maria Telkes was born. A Hungarian born American biophysicist & chemist, she was a pioneer in using solar energy in heating applications. Among other things, she developed a solar heated sea water distillation system and a solar powdered stove.

1925 The first motel opens, the Milestone Motel in San Luis Obispo, California, built by architect Arthur Hienemen.

1929 Charles Goodnight died. He is said to have devised the first ‘chuck wagon’ from an Army wagon in the 1850s or 1860s, with various shelves and compartments for food, equipment, utensils, medical supplies, etc.

1945 Alan Ward of the music group ‘The Honeycombs’ was born.

1967 The movie ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ premiered, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn.

1989 Leona Helmsley of Helmsley Hotels, was fined $7 million and sentenced to 4 years in jail for mail fraud and tax evasion. Frequently known as ‘The Queen of Mean’ and ‘The Queen of Greed.’ Quote: “Only little people pay taxes.”

2012 ‘Y12’ – The end of the Long Count Maya Calendar Cycle (5,125.37 years). The End of the World; the beginning of a new enlightened age; or just another Wednesday afternoon?  Take your pick.

December 13 – National Ambrosia Day

Posted on December 13, 2011

Today’s Food History

National Cocoa Day

1779 The Smithfield Cattle and Sheep Society held the first Smithfield Show in London. It is now the leading agriculture show in the UK.

1827 John & Peter Delmonico opened their first restaurant in New York, Delmonico & Brother Cafe at 23 William Street.

1838 Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet was born. A French botanist, he saved the vineyards of France from total destruction by the grape phylloxera, a small greenish-yellow insect which sucks the fluid from grapevines. He did so by grafting the French vines on American rootstock, which was resistant to phylloxera. He also developed the first widely used plant fungicide.

1856 Charles Dickens wrote in ‘Household Words,’ “Aluminum may probably send tin to the right about face, drive copper saucepans into penal servitude, and blow up German-silver sky high into nothing.” He was pretty accurate in his prediction, even though aluminum had only been discovered in 1808, and had only been used commercially since 1854.

1884 Percy Everitt patented a coin operated scale.

1981 ‘Pigmeat’ Markham died. American actor, comedian. (“Here comes the Judge.”).

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