Happy Spring Everyone!!! First, Marion wants me to thank everyone for their kind birthday wishes. "You guys" are just great! Marion really gets a kick out of reading the comments you leave. I baked a cake for her birthday, albeit from a box, but she thoroughly enjoyed it. As you could see in the pictures yesterday, we've set up a nice comfy living room out of one of the three bedrooms in the house and right across the hall she has a lovely bedroom and bath. Although the house is one level, which in "our" aging years we are elated about, there's more than enough room. Unfortunately, I just haven't had the time to tell you more about Marion but hopefully, things will calm down around here this week and I'll get to tell you more about this remarkable woman. In the mean time, let's get to this week's foodie days. (a red * denotes a previous post)
Daily Food Celebrations: Week Four
March 21Happy Twitter Day! The first tweets were published on March 21, 2006. Happy Birthday, Twitter!
Chocolate lovers around the world have none other than Forrest E. Mars, Sr. to thank for the milk chocolate candies that “melt in your mouth, not in your hand.” The candy, of course, is M&Ms®, and not only did Mars invent, patent, and market the creation but he also built a chocolate candy empire via the multinational conglomerate that would become M&M®/Mars, Inc. (source)Here are a few quick recipes I harvested from my google search engine.
Sour Cream M&M Cookies @ Gluten Free Mommy
Peanut Butter M&M Cookies @ Cooking During Stolen Moments
Quick, Easy-N-Fast M&M Cheesecake Squares @ Razzle Dazzle Recipes
M&M's Cookie Mix (Gifts in a Jar)
March 21st is California Strawberry Day. Hooray for Strawberries!!! According to the California Strawberry Commission, "if you lined up all the strawberries grown in California in one straight line, they would wrap around the whole Earth 15 times!!!
National French Bread Day
March 22Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week begins today in the UK.
According to foodreference.com, not only is March 22, National Bavarian Crepes Day, it is also the day Englishman Orlando Jones patented cornstarch in 1841. *Clearly, Cornstarch has a taste of patent fogginess. Do you remember this cute little die-cut booklet?
It's National World Water Day.
March 23Often credited as "the mother of level measurements" or, "the pioneer of the modern recipe", Fannie Merritt Farmer, author of the Boston Cooking School Cook Book, was born on March 23, 1857 in Boston Massachusetts. *Fannie Farmer Tales
Today is National Melba Toast Day. I hope to be posting today:)
For those of us who missed National Potato Chip Day, March 14, reprieve, It's National Chip & Dip Day today! Good thing too because Shaz from Test with a Skewer was a tad upset when National Potato Chip Day breezed on by.
March 24National Chocolate-Covered Raisins Day @ Candy USA
March 25April may be National Pecan Month but, March 25 is *National Pecan Day!!! It is said we celebrate March 25th as Pecan Day because on this day in 1775, George Washington planted pecan trees which were given to him by Thomas Jefferson.
International Waffle Day is another one of those "food holidays" that gets tossed around for one reason or another. International Waffle Day, March 25th, is not to be confused with just plain 'ole Waffle Day which is August 24 (that's the day the first patent for a Waffle maker was issued to Cornelius Swartwout) or,* International Chicken And Waffles Day which is October 3, 2008, *International Waffle Day is a Swedish tradition which has been adopted world wide. Whew!
Lobster Newburg Day
Birth date of Arturo Toscanini.
"I cannot understand why people eat so much, I? I do not like to eat. No. For me, sometimes a little soup and bread. This morning at five o'clock I drink a cup of minestrone and eat a grisini [Italian bread stick]. That is all. I would like to eat never!" Toscanini: An Intimate Portrait (1956)Toscanini's Rice and Celery Soup @ soupsong.com
March 26National Spinach Day not to be confused with Fresh Spinach Day in July. Hey, I just find them, I don't make them up:) Did you know,
When Popeye made his debut on January 17, 1929, spinach became the third most popular children's food after turkey and ice cream. It wasn't long before states and cities began to claim they were "the Spinach Capital of the world." Popeye became the "patron saint" of Crystal City, Texas. In a years time, a statue of Popeye was erected across from city hall and the yearly spinach festival bolted. Crystal City isn't the only place to claim to be "Spinach Capital of the World." Kansas and Arkansas also have their share of spinach festivals and claims.What rock have I been hiding under? I just discovered that March 26th is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. Any ideas?
I'm not what I would call a Soap Opera kinda gal but, it just so happens that I have a copy of Cooking With The Young and the Restless by Robert Waldron and Martha Hollis. Since March 26, 1973 is the day the Young and the Restless made its US premier, today is touted as The Young and the Restless Day. Yes, I hope to be sharing...
March 26th is also the birth date of *Benjamin Thompson; Count von Rumford. Count Rumford invented the percolator, a pressure cooker and a kitchen stove. He is frequently encased in the History of Baked Alaska.
Duncan Hines was also born today in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Duncan Hines, yes, a real live person at one time, did not begin his career as a name on a box of cake mix.
It was those years as a salesman that led him to his success. He spent so much time on the road that he became very familiar with restaurants and lodging across America. Hines decided to take note of the best places to eat and sleep while traveling, and he then began to tell others about it. His recommendations became so popular that in 1935 he published a list of his top 167 restaurants and sent them along with his Christmas cards.*Esther Bradford Aresty was born March 26, 1908. You may have heard me mention her once or twice. Here's a hint, one of my favorite cookbook reference books is The Delectable Past.
The response was overwhelming. In 1936 he self-published Adventures in Good Eating, an expanded list of excellent restaurants.
For the past twenty years, it has been my rewarding hobby to collect old and rare cookbooks. This book is the result of my adventuring through their pages. The more I wandered around in those precious volumes, the more I wanted to share them with others, and so, The Delectable Past came about. (Esther B. Aresty)
March 27National Nougat Day @ Home Baked Memories
On March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted two Yoshino cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. The event celebrated the Japanese government's gift of 3,000 trees to the United States. The Cherry Blossom and the History of the Cherry Trees. I also found some Cherry Blossom recipes @ Smithsonian Magazine. Foodycat shared her Cherry Blossom Dinner. It sounds heavenly:)
National Spanish Paella Day @ emerils.com
1. Looking Back at Newark Origins of World-Famous M&M Chocolates