Posts tagged “national food holidays

October 27th is National Potato Day! / #NationalPotatoDay

Posted on October 27, 2018

High-res version

 

Happy #NationalPotatoDay

Here are today’s Facts things about the potato:

giphy7

  • Despite being delicious fried, baked, or boiled, the root vegetable rarely gets the praise it deserves. The environmentally friendly food crop has played a huge role in our development, but rarely do we give our starchy friend a second thought.
  • They’re cheap and ridiculously easy to grow, and don’t require massive amounts of fertilizer and chemical additives to thrive (although some growers still use them anyway). They’re also good for you providing you’re not eating them in fried form all the time.
  • In 1995, potato plants were taken into space with the space shuttle Columbia. This marked the first time any food was ever grown in space.giphy10
  • The world’s largest potato weighed in at 18 pounds, 4 ounces according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • giphy13
  • While potatoes may be synonymous with the Irish these days, they were grown in the Andes mountains centuries before Europeans ever set foot in the new world.

Today’s Food History

  • 1728 Captain James Cook was born. British explorer who charted and named many Pacific Islands, including the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).
  • 1806 Alphonse Pyrame de Candolle was born. A Swiss botanist, author of ‘Origin of Cultivated Plants.’
  • 1872 Emily Post was born. (or on October 3, 1873). Etiquette expert, newspaper columnist, author of ‘Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home’ (1922); ‘The Emily Post Cook Book’(1949); ‘Motor Manners’ (1950).
  • 1873 Joseph F. Glidden applied for a patent for barbed wire.
  • 1904 The first subway (underground) rail system in New York City began operating.  The Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) line was 21 miles long.
  • 1930 ‘Gorgonzola’ was recorded by Jack Hylton & His Orchestra with Leslie Sarony
  • 1975 Rex Stout, American crime writer died. More than 70 of his novels and stories feature the fictional gourmand/gourmet detective, Nero Wolfe. Archie Goodwin, the detective’s assistant, described him as weighing “one seventh of a ton” (about 286 pounds). Shad Roe and Duck were two of Wolfe’s favorites, and he also consumed copious amounts of beer. Stout also published ‘The Nero Wolfe Cookbook’ in 1973.

Check out my book!

Foodimentary_945x347v4


 

June 25th is National Strawberry Parfait Day

Posted on June 25, 2018

High-res version

It’s National Strawberry Parfait Day

Today’s facts about Strawberries :

  1. Strawberries are one of the only fruits with seeds on the outside.
  2. The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  3. The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
  4. To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals.
  5. In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.

Today’s Food History

  • 1630 Massachusetts Bay colony governor John Winthrop supposedly introduced the fork to American dining.
  • 1867 Barbed wire was patented by Lucien B Smith of Kent, Ohio.
  • 1938 The new Federal minimum wage law guaranteed workers 40¢ per hour.
  • 1951 Pabst aired the 1st color beer commercial on TV
  • 1971 Sir John Boyd Orr died. A Scottish scientist and nutrition expert, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to eliminate world hunger.
  • 1974 The first checkout scanner was installed in a supermarket.
  • 1994 The London Times reported a previously unknown species of mammal was discovered in Vietnam, the Vu Quang Ox. It was the first discovery of a new large mammal since the Okapi in 1910. The ox is thought to inhabit an area along the Vietnam-Laos border.
  • 1997 Jacques-Yves Cousteau R.I.P. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.

May 17th is National Cherry Cobbler Day

Posted on May 17, 2018

High-res version

National Cherry Cobbler Day 🍒 + 🥧 = 💃🏼🕺🏼

Five Food Finds about Cobbler

  1. A cobbler is a deep dish (casserole or soufflé dish) fruit pie (peach is most common) with only a top biscuit dough crust.
  2. Fruit cobblers can be made with almost any fruit, singly or in combination.
  3. The cobbler takes its name from the biscuit dough crust on top – it is rough looking or ‘cobbled.’   It originated in the U.S. sometime in the early to mid 19th century.
  4. A Cobbler is also a drink, which probably predates the fruit cobbler pie.
  5. A cobbler usually consisted of whiskey or rum with fruit juice and/or sugar, garnished with mint and/or citrus.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1733 England passes the Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from anyplace other than Britain and its possessions.

1803 John Hawkins & Richard French patent a Reaping Machine.

1838 Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord died. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, known simply as Talleyrand, French statesman, diplomat and grand gourmet, called the ‘first fork of France.’ He served at the top levels of French governments for almost 50 years. During this time his chefs included Bouchee, Careme, and Avice. Many culinary preparations have been created or named for him.

1886 John Deere died. Inventor and manufacturer, he developed the first steel plow in the 1830s, and founded John Deere & Company in 1868.

1967 Tennessee repealed its 1925 law making it illegal to teach evolution in public schools.

1985 The largest salmon, a Chinook salmon, caught with rod and reel weighed over 97 pounds and was caught in Alaska.

1986‘Chicken Song’ by Spitting Image hit #1 in UK.

1992 Lawrence Welk, champagne music-maker, died.

May 14th is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

Posted on May 14, 2018

High-res version

Buttermilk-Biscuits-1024x768

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

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…

1686 Gabriel Fahrenheit was born. Fahrenheit was a German physicist who invented the Fahrenheit temperature scale thermometer. It was the first thermometer to use mercury instead of alcohol, which also extended the temperature range of thermometers.

1853 Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.

1878 Vaseline petroleum jelly was trademarked by Robert August Chesebrough.

1896 The coldest May temperature ever recorded in the U.S. lower 48 states: Minus 10 F at Climax, Colorado.

1919 Henry John Heinz died. Founder of the H.J. Heinz company and creator of its slogan ’57 varieties.’

1943 Jack Bruce of the music group ‘Cream’ was born.

1985 The first McDonald’s restaurant, in Des Plains, Illinois, became the first fast food museum.

1991 World’s largest burrito created, 1,126 pounds

1994 The FDA announced that the ‘Flavr Savr’ tomato, a biotech developed food, is safe.

2008 The Chicago City Council repealed its ban on the sale of Foie Gras.

 

May 12 is National Nutty Fudge Day

Posted on May 12, 2018

6468737041_9a6cf60cb1_z-600x400

   Every year on May 12th, the National Nutty Fudge Day is celebrated

You don’t want to miss today if you have a sweet tooth!

Who can resist the crunchy nuts and chocolaty smooth fudge?

Did you know…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. There are several origin stories floating around about fudge.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

dvdr1

Today’s Food History

  • 1777 According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the first ice cream advertisement appeared in the New York Gazette on this date.
  • 1792 R.I.P. Charles-Somon Favart from Belleville, France. A French playwright and pastry cook, one of the founders of the opera comique.
  • 1878 R.I.P. Catherine Esther Beecher. An American educator and author of ‘Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt Book’, etc.
  • 1889 R.I.P. John Cadbury. He was the founder of Cadbury chocolate company.
  • 1912 The Beverly Hills Hotel opened.
  • 1994 R.I.P. Roy J. Plunkett. He was the inventor of Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene) in 1938. The first nonstick cookware using Teflon was sold in 1960.

<

dvdr1 2

April 1 is Soylent Green Day: “For the people, by the people.”

Posted on March 31, 2018

 

 _DSC6977

Interesting Food Facts about Soylent Green

  1. Soylent Green, introduced 1966, is usually considered the original “green” food.
  2. It was first marketed as a, “Miracle food of high-energy plankton gathered from the oceans of the world.”
  3. Throughout the years the company has adopted many slogans:
    • “Food for the people, by the people.”
    • “Make room, make room for green.”
    • “It’s easy being green.”
    • “You’re in good hands with Soylent.”
  4. You can find many recipes for homemade Soylent Green, but there’s nothing like the real thing.
  5. It is said that Charlton Heston was this snack’s #1 fan, keeping mass quantities in his home.

Fun Fact:

The Soylent Green Biscuit Co. is planning on world distribution by 2022.

The Soylent Green Biscuit Co’s famous snack has been a cult classic since its inception in 1973.  People everywhere were delighted to have this affordable snack that “tastes just like grandmas.”

Charlton Heston says that, “When April 1st heralds the coming of Spring, I always think fondly of Soylent Green.”

dvdr1

Today’s Food History

  • 1582 France adopted the new Gregorian calendar.  Prior to that, the new year was celebrated on April 1.
  • 1755 Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was born.  In his books, dining is treated as an art form and contains many delightful and witty observations on the pleasures of the table.
  • 1893 The first dishwashing machine became an award winning success at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, which used Josephine Garis Cochran’s hand operated, mechanical dishwashers in its kitchens.  (She patented her original version on December 28, 1886.)  Her company eventually evolved into KitchenAid.
  • 1911 Seaman Asahel Knapp died.  An American agriculturist, he began the system which evolved into the U.S. Cooperative Extension Service.
  • 1932 Actor Gordon Jump was born.  The ‘Maytag Repairman’ in commercials, also Arthur Carlson on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’
  • 1960 Tiros I, the first weather observation satellite was launched from Cape Kennedy.
  • 1976 Jimmy Buffet’s ‘Margaritaville’ was released.
  • 1976 Carl Peter Henrik Dam died. Dam was a Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K in 1939.
  • 1994 Ray Geiger died (born Sept 18, 1910).  Editor of theFarmers’ Almanac from 1934-1993, and editor of American Farm & Home Almanac from 1964-1990.
  • 1996 The Taco Bell fast food chain played an April Food joke on the American public by claiming to have bought the Liberty Bell to help pay down the national debt
  • 1999 The first minimum wage goes into effect in Britain, £3.60 an hour for adults and £3.00 an hour for those under 22 years old.
  • 1999 In April 1999, Restaurant Nora in Washington DC became America’s first certified organic restaurant.  This means that 95% or more of everything that you eat at the restaurant has been produced by certified organic growers and farmers.

dvdr1 2

March 23rd is National Chips and Dip Day!

Posted on March 23, 2018

High-res version

Happy National Chip and Dip Day!

Here are today’s food facts about Chips and Dip:

giphy4

The potato chip was first invented in 1853.

Dips for chips first become popular in the 1950s serving as finger food.

Hummus, as part of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines for centuries, did not appear in the United States until after World War II.

Falafel Greek Food Authentic Greek Hummus Mezes

It takes 10,000 pounds of potatoes to make 3,500 pounds of potato chips.

Dips can be salsa, guacamole, cheese, hummus, olive dip – anything can be made into a dip.

Tortilla Snack Mexican Food Meal Nachos Yellow

Today’s Food History

  • 1699 John Bartram was born.  American naturalist and explorer, considered ‘father of American botany’; established a world renowned botanical garden in Philadelphia in 1728.
  • 1857 Fannie Merritt Farmer was born.  American culinary authority, and author of the 1896 edition of ‘The Boston Cooking School Cook Book‘ which became known in future editions as the ‘Fannie Farmer Cook Book.’  Director of the Boston Cooking School, and founder of Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery.  She is often cited as the first cookbook author to introduce standard measurements.
  • 1880 A patent for a glass milk bottle was issued to Warren Glass Works.
  • 1912 The Dixie Cup was developed by Lawrence Luellen and Hugh Moore.  Its original name was the ‘Health Kup,’ changed to ‘Dixie Cup‘ in 1919.  The name came from a line of dolls made by the Dixie Doll Company.
  • 2008 R.I.P. Al Copeland, the founder of Popeye’s restaurant chain.

Check out my book!

Foodimentary_945x347v4


 

%d bloggers like this: