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Five Food Finds about Soufflé Potatoes

  1. Souffle potatoes, also known as pommes souffles or potato puffs, are a type of fried potato.
  2. The item was created by French chef Jean-Louis-Francois Collinet completely by accident, sometime in the 1830s.
  3. The potatoes are fried once to seal the outside, then fried again at a higher temperature, causing the steam inside to puff them like balloons. 
  4. The hand-cut souffle potatoes are often accompanied by bearnaise sauce.
  5. Burbank Russet potatoes puff the best, due to their intrinsic moisture and high starch content.


Today’s Food History

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1861 William Wrigley, Jr. was born. William Wrigley Jr. started out as a traveling salesman at the age of 13, selling soap for his father’s company. He had a series of sales jobs, one which gave chewing gum as a premium. Customers liked the gum better than the product, so he was soon marketing his own gum, Juicy Fruit in 1893, and later that year Wrigley’s Spearmint. He was an advertising genius, and his company became one of the largest advertisers in the U.S., and the largest chewing gum manufacturer in the world.

1958 The Frisbee was patented. The pie tins of the Frisbee Pie Company of Connecticut were the inspiration for the creation of the Frisbee. A Wham-O employee supposedly saw drivers for the pie company showing Yale students how to throw the pie tins.

1960 The last episode of ‘The Howdy Doody Show’ airs on NBC.

1962 The United Farm Workers union is founded by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.

1982 The TV show ‘Cheers’ debuted.

2004 California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that bans the production and sale of foie gras beginning in 2012.