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September 15 is National Linguine Day

Posted on September 15, 2015

Here are today’s five thing to know about double cheeseburgers:

  1. The name linguine means “little tongue” in Italian.
  2. It is often mis-spelled as “linguini.”
  3. Linguine originated on the coast of Italy in Liguria, which is why linguine and seafood make a great pair.
  4. Italy is the leading consumer of pasta, with nearly 60 pounds per capita per year.
  5. Americans eat an average of 19 pounds of pasta every year.
  6. Linguine by definition is a type of pasta characterized by it’s long, slender, flat strips.

Today’s Food History

  • 1885 Jumbo, an African elephant exhibited by in France, the London Zoo, and finally in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, died after being hit by a locomotive in Ontario, Canada. Jumbo was supposedly 12 feet tall at the time of his death.
  • 1898 William S. Burroughs died. An American inventor, Burroughs invented and manufactured  the first adding machine with a printer.
  • 1962 The Four Seasons ‘Sherry’ hits number 1 on the charts.
  • 1965 Green Acres TV show debuted.
  • 1971 Greenpeace founded.
  • 1981 The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program.
  • 1995 Tan M&Ms are replaced by the new blue M&Ms. The tan ones originally replaced violet M&Ms in 1949.

February 7 is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

Posted on February 7, 2012

Who would not want to celebrate at least once a year a wonderful plate of ribbon pasta cooked with butter and parmesan cheese?  Most don’t know that pastas was actually seldom served at American tables 100 years ago.  The age of mass production of foods and their distributions coincided with the discovery of Italian foods. The rest is history.

National Fettuccine Day

Also: African Heritage & Health Week

Fettuccine Facts:

A. Fettuccine  is a flat thick noodle made of flour and egg.(literally meaning “little ribbons” in Italian)

B. The original recipe for Fettuccine “Alfredo” is pasta made from fettucine noodles tossed with one part parmesan cheese and 3 parts butter.  Alfredo sauce is the emulsified  liquids that form the smooth and rich coating on the pasta.

C. It was named by an Italian restaurateur at his restaurant Alfredo on the Via della Scrofa in Rome in 1914. Said to have been a dish he made at home but for years was too reluctant to sell to his customers because it was so rich.

D. Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, early movie stars, fell in love with the dish while on their honeymoon in 1927. This helped to make the dish and Alfredo world famous.

E. There are authentic “Alfredo’s” restaurants in the US, Alfredo’s at Rockefeller Center in New York City is the most well known.

Daily Quote:

“Life is too short, and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta & drink wine than be a size 0.”~Sofia Bush

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1804 John Deere was born. Inventor and manufacturer, he developed the first steel plow in 1838. The mass production of the plow helped make farm yields per acre increase 10 fold within two decades.
  • 1894 Antoine-Joseph (Adolphe) Sax died.  A musical instrument maker, he invented the saxophone. The shape was said to have been patterned after plumbing pipes and first constructed by a pipe fitter.
  • 1989 It was reported that a “rain of sardines” fell in Ipswich, Australia. The rain was said to have taken place for over 15 minutes littering the town and countryside with fish and frogs.


  

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