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December 31 is National Vinegar Day

Posted on December 31, 2013

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National Vinegar Day

A day to reflect on the years gone by

Five Food Finds about Vinegar

  • Vinegar has been used for 10,000 years. It just might be the world’s oldest ingredient.
  • The main uses for white distilled vinegar are cooking/food preparation and cleaning/disinfecting.
  • The International Vinegar Museum is in Roslyn, South Dakota.
  • Consumers in the South buy and use more white distilled vinegar than in any other region of the country.
  • Adding vinegar to baking soda produces a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide. This combination is often used to make a do-it-yourself erupting volcano.
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Today’s Food History

1600 The British East India Company was incorporated by royal charter. It was created to compete in the East Indian spice trade.

1841 Alabama becomes the first state to issue dental licenses.

1853 A New Years Eve dinner party for 21 scientists was held inside a life size model of an Iguanodon dinosaur on the grounds of the Crystal palace in London. Sculpture Benjamin W. Hawkins had teamed up with paleontologist Richard Owen to create more than 2 dozen lifesize models of dinosaurs for a special exhibit.

1879 Thomas Alva Edison made the first public demonstration of his electric light bulb in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

1917 Sugar rationing began in Britain as a result of WW I

1929 Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played ‘Auld Lang Syne’ as their New Years Eve song for the first time.

1938 The Harger ‘Drunkometer’, the first alcohol breath testing device, was introduced in Indiana.

1977 ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar’ closed at the ANTA Playhouse in NYC after 766 performances.

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National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Posted on October 18, 2013

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Today’s Food History

1753 Jean Jacques Regis de Cambaceres was born. A French politician and gourmet. A gastronomic contemporary and rival of Talleyrand and Carême. The dinners he gave were famous, and Cambaceres closely supervised the food preparation. He refused to admit late-comers, and was also said to have demanded complete silence while dining.

1871 Charles Babbage died. He invented the adding machine, and among his other inventions is the cowcatcher, the V shaped front end on locomotives.

1878 Thomas Edison made electricity available for household usage.

1892 The first long distance telephone line between Chicago and New York City was put in service.

1919 William Waldorf Astor Born. William Waldorf Astor was a cousin of John Jacob Astor IV, the great grandson of John Jacob Astor. He built the Waldorf section (1893) of what would become the Waldorf Astoria (1897). The Empire State Building (1929) now stands on the site.

1931 Thomas Alva Edison, “the wizard of Menlo Park” died.

1945 James T. Ehler, Chef and food writer, was born. That’s me – the author of this Culinary Calendar and the Food Reference Website.

1969 Cyclamate, a non-caloric sweetener, was banned. Discovered in 1937, and widely used in the food industry, cyclamate was found to cause cancer in laboratory rats. Cyclamate is still used in many countries around the world.

  

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