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National Nougat Day

Posted on March 26, 2013

March 26

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National Nougat Day

Five things you should know about

Nougat

  1. 3 Muskateer bars, one of the most popular nougat candy bars of the 20th century, originally consisted of three flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.  During WWII rationing, they were limited to vanilla flavoring, & they remain this way today.
  2. Nougat is commonly found in candy bars; Milky Way, 3 Muskateers, Snickers, Polar, etc.
  3. Today’s nougat is a mixture of sucrose and corn syrup with a whipping agent to create its fluffy texture.
  4. Nougat was put in candy bars to resemble the texture and flavor of ice cream.  This is why early candy bars with nougat were commonly served frozen.
  5. The word nougat comes from Occitan (a southern French dialect) pan nogat, from nux gatum, which means nutbread.

On This Day in Food History…

1753 Benjamin Thompson, Count von Rumford was born.  American physician who invented the percolator, a pressure cooker and a kitchen stove.  He is frequently credited with creating the dessert, Baked Alaska.

1937 The cities of Dilley, Texas, and Crystal City, Texas each erected a statue of Popeye, the cartoon character.

1996 David Packard died.  Founder with William Hewlett 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!

National Gumdrop Day

Posted on February 15, 2013

February 15th

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National Gumdrops Day 

 Here are the five things you should know about

Gumdrops

  1. Gumdrops, a fruit or spice flavored sugar coated gelatin candy, usually conical in shape. Other shapes and flavors; Orange slices, Licorice Babies, and Spearmint Leaves.
  2. The most popular flavors are cherry, grape, orange, lemon, and spice flavors like clove, cinnamon, mint, and anise(licorice)
  3. It is said that Percy Trusdale invented the gumdrop in 1801.
  4. Originally, gumdrops were flavored with spices: orange(clove), yellow(allspice), red(cinnamon), green(spearmint), purple(anise), white(wintergreen or peppermint), and black(licorice)
  5. The NASA Apollo Command modules were nicknamed “Gumdrops” because of it’s conical shape.

On This Day in Food History…

  • 1758 Benjamin Jackson advertised mustard for sale for the first time in America. The advertisement was in the Philadelphia Chronicle, and claimed Jackson was the first and only manufacturer of mustard in America
  • 1809 Cyrus Hall McCormick was born. McCormick is credited with the development of the first mechanical reaper.
  • 1957The Banana Boat Song’ (Day-O) by Harry Belafonte is number one on the charts.
  • 1965 Canada adopted its new red & white flag with a red maple leaf in the center.

National ‘Eat Italian Food’ Day

Posted on February 13, 2013

February 13th

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National ‘Eat Italian Food’ Day

Today’s five things you should know about 

Italian Food

  • It was not until the 1700’s that tomatoes were first found in Italian dishes.
  • The ‘essential’ ingredients in Italian food include: olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, mozzarella, ricotta, parmigiana, capers, tomatoes, sausage and of course pasta
  • An average Italian meal is divided in two parts, primo piatto & secondo piatto; the primo include a pasta or risotto; the secondi includes any meat and fish meals, complemented by a contorno, a side dish of vegetables.
  • The Italian dessert, Tiramisu, (ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with mascarpone cheese and egg yolks then flavored with liquor and cocoa) roughly translates to “pick-me-up.” Did you know that this dessert did not appear until the late 1960’s and in the U.S. by the early 1980’s.
  • Italians prefer their pasta cooked ‘al dente’ literally meaning “to the tooth.” The pasta should be a bit firm, offering some resistance to the tooth, but tender.

On This Day in Food History…

1837 Riot in New York over high price of flour

1933 The House of Commons defeated a bill that would have prohibited the sale of alcohol in the U.K.

1967 The Beatles single ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ is released.

2000 The last original ‘Peanuts’ comic strip is published.

National P B and J Day

Posted on February 12, 2013

February 12th

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National P B and J Day

Five things you should know about

Peanut Butter

  1. It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  2. By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts. Below 90% and it should be labeled “peanut spread”.
  3. The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year.
  4. Over 60% of consumers prefer creamy peanut butter over crunchy.
  5. The peanut is not a nut, but a legume related to beans and lentils.

On This Day in Food History…

1791 Peter Cooper was born.An American inventor who obtained the first American patent for the manufacture of a”quick setting powder gelatin”. The patent later sold and is known today as Jell-o

1809 Charles Darwin was born. English naturalist who developed the ‘theory of evolution,’ inspired in large part by his visit to the isolated Galapagos Islands. His works include ‘Origin of Species’ and ‘The Descent of Man.’

1872 Silas Noble and James P. Cooley of Massachusetts patented a toothpick making machine.

1935 RIP (Georges-) Auguste Escoffier “the king of chefs and the chef of kings.”

1961‘Shop Around’ by ‘The Miracles’ becomes Motown Records first million selling single.

1976 The popular food coloring, Red Dye No. 2, was banned by the FDA because studies had shown it might cause cancer. Red M&Ms disappeared for 11 years because of the ban.

2000 RIP Charles M. Schulz American cartoonist, best known for the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.

National ‘Have a Brownie’ Day

Posted on February 10, 2013

February 10th

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National ‘Have a Brownie’ Day

Five things you should know about

Brownies

It is said that the brownie was created at the Palmer House Hotel during the 1893 Columbian Exposition( The largest World’s Fair of it’s time) when the owner Bertha Palmer asked the chef to make a ‘ladies dessert’.

The word ‘brownie’ became so popular that soon after the Expedition even Kodak named one of it’s first hand held cameras after them, the little ‘brownie.’

Brownies were one of the very first prepackaged food ‘mixes’ ever sold. First appearing in the Sears, Roebuck catalogue in 1897.

Fannie Farmer, the First Lady of American Cookery, published the first written recipe for brownies in 1896.

A popular turn of the century alternative was considered of equal importance, the ‘blondie‘, which used many of the same ingredients except chocolate. Many believed chocolate to be a ‘vice’ on the same level as alcohol and even coffee.

On This Day in Food History…

1846 Ira Remsen was born. He was an American chemist, co-discoverer of saccharin, the artificial sweetener.

1933 The Postal Telegraph Co. of New York City delivers the first singing telegram with a box of chocolates.

1944 Author Frances Moore Lappe was born. Author of the best selling ‘Diet for a Small Planet’ (1971) The first best seller to encourage a vegetarian diet. Her premise was that the raising of animals was wasteful & potentially harmful to the environment.

1945 The Andrews Sisters recording of ‘Rum and Coca Cola’ hit #1 on the popular music charts.

1957 The ‘Styrofoam’ cooler was invented.

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