May 31 is National Macaroon Day


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Macaroons, the perfect sweet treats

all day!

Did you know…

  1.  The original macaroon was a “small sweet cake consisting largely of ground almonds” similar to Italian amaretti.
  2. The English word macaroon and French macaron come from the Italian maccarone or maccherone.
  3. Most recipes call for egg whites (usually whipped to stiff peaks), with ground or powdered seeds, generally almonds or nuts.
  4. The Scottish macaroon is a sweet confection with a thick velvety centre covered in chocolate and topped with roasted coconut.
  5. In North America, the coconut macaroon is the better known variety.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1744 Richard Lovell Edgeworth died. An Anglo-Irish inventor, among his many inventions and innovations were a turnip cutter, various improvements in agricultural machines, and a velocipede.
  • 1790 The first U.S. copyright law was signed by George Washington.
  • 1836 The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel opened in New York City.
  • 1884 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg applied for a patent for…

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May 30 is National Mint Julep Day


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Mint Julep is a centuries-old cocktail & Southern favorite,

Celebrate National Mint Julep day!

Did you know…

  1. A mint julep is traditionally made with four ingredients: mint leaf, bourbon, sugar, and water.
  2. Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in Southern states, and in Kentucky in particular.
  3. In the use of sugar and mint, it is similar to the mojito.
  4. Proper preparation of the cocktail is commonly debated, as methods may vary considerably from one bartender to another.
  5. The mint julep may be considered as one of a loosely associated family of drinks called “smashes” (the brandy smash is another example, as well as the mojito), in which fresh mint and other ingredients are muddled or crushed in preparation for flavoring the finished drink.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1783 The first daily American newspaper was published in Philadelphia, ‘The Pennsylvania Evening Post’
  • 1848 William Young of Baltimore, Maryland received the…

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May 29 is National Biscuit Day


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A tasty and puffy biscuit, either sweet or savory,

can go great with everything.

Happy National Biscuit day.

Did you know…

  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.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1630 Charles II, king of England was born. The ‘Merry Monarch,’ tea was introduced to England during his reign. On December 23, 1675…

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May 28 is National Brisket Day


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Even though brisket is one of the least tender cuts of beef,

when it’s slow cooked can be tender and of course delicious

It’s also the National dish of the ‘Republic of Texas’.

Happy National Brisket day!

Did you know…

  1. Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal.
  2. The beef brisket is one of the eight beef primal cuts.
  3. The brisket muscles include the superficial and deep pectorals.
  4. As cattle do not have collar bones, these muscles support about 60% of the body weight of standing/moving cattle.
  5. This requires a significant amount of connective tissue, so the resulting meat must be cooked correctly to tenderize the connective tissue.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1892 The Sierra Club is formed in San Francisco for nature conservation.
  • 1897 Jell-O was introduced.
  • 1910 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist, was born in Linden, Texas.
  • 1944 Gladys Knight was born…

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May 27 is National Grape Popsicle Day


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Is anyone craving something cold?

Why not try some refreshing and impressive Grape Popsicle?

Celebrate the National Grape Popsicle day on May 27th!

Did you know…

  1. Popsicles were originally marketed as “a frozen drink on a stick”.
  2. Popsicles originally came in seven flavors thought to be root beer, cherry, lemon, orange, banana, grape, and watermelon, but there is no official record of Epperson’s original flavors.
  3. The most popular Popsicle flavor is Cherry.
  4. More than two billion Popsicles are sold each year.
  5. The dual Popsicle featuring two sticks and one Popsicle that could be split in half was introduced during the Great Depression as a way to split the treat across two children for the same cost.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1901 Conrad Arnold Elvehjem Born. American biochemist who identified nicotinic acid as a vitamin (one of the B vitamins), and that a deficiency on nicotinic acid resulted in…

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May 26 is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day


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Juicy blueberries and creamy cheesecake,

try this perfect combination in a blueberry cheesecake.

Celebrate the National Blueberry Cheesecake day on May 26th!

Did you know…

  1. Cheesecake is a dessert formed of a topping made with soft, fresh cheese upon a base made from biscuit, pastry or sponge. The topping is frequently sweetened with sugar and flavored or topped with a puree or compote of fruit.
  2. Savory cheesecakes also exist, served sometimes as hors d’oeuvre or with accompanying salads. Despite their name, cheesecakes are technically tarts; the word ‘cake’ was formerly applied to a much broader category of foods than it is today.
  3. Cato the Elder’s De Agri Cultura includes recipes for two cakes for religious uses: libum and placenta. Of the two placenta is most like modern cheesecakes having a crust that is separately prepared and baked.
  4. Cheesecakes can be broadly categorised into two basic types –…

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