Sunday, July 11, 2010

July Food Celebrations 11th-17th

Good Morning. It has been a crazy two weeks around here, but it looks like things are beginning to settle down. I should be back to my regular visits by tomorrow. In the mean time, anyone else having problems with google email. Help!!!

July 11th

National Blueberry Muffin Day. How apropo. July is still Blueberry Month!

Ready for some brain freeze? Get your free Slurpee today at your nearest participating 7-Eleven! Why? Because, Not only is July 11th 7-Eleven Day, it's Slurpee's birthday!

Today is Paper Bag Day! Paper Bag Day marks the day that the paper bag manufacturing machine was patented by 12 year old Margaret E. Knight. Although I did a post about the "Mother of the Grocery Bag" a while back, I haven't had a chance to update it. If you would like to read more about Mattie's inspiring story, visit her inductee page at the Paper Industry Hall of Fame. As soon as I realized today was Paper Bag Day, I was reminded of a nostalgic post T.W. did a while back titled Devil Dog Cake & Brown Bag Lunch Legends. And yes, I do have a cookbook titled The Brown Bag Cookbook:) © 1974. I don't have time to share it with you today but, I guarantee we will be revisiting it one day. With recipes titles such as these, how could I resist? So seventies:)

David Cassidy Cream Cheese Puffs
Jackson 5 Salad with Michael Dressing
Donny Osmond Orange Delight
Batman Burgers
Superman Soup ("capturing the color of Kryptonight')
The Bobby Riggs Male Chauvinist Pig-Burger
Elizabeth Taylor Spicy Apples...

Give a birthday nod to John Arbuckle while sipping your Sunday morning coffee. It is said, his "promotional genius revolutionized the United States coffee industry in the late 19th century."

...In 1856 John Arbuckle enrolled at Washington and Jefferson College, but left before graduation to engage in the coffee roasting business with his younger brother Charles under the legendary name Arbuckle Brothers ...John Arbuckle with the aid of a draftsman and machinest invented a machine which filled, weighed, sealed and labeled coffee in paper packages of coffee the firm sold. Their "Arbuckle Ariosa" became the coffee used all over the country. Eventually the business became the largest importer of coffee in the world...(source)

July 12th

There had to be one. Pecan Pie Day that is. I mean really, there's Pecan Day in March, Pecan Month in April, why not National Pecan Pie Day? Fine by me and apparently, fine by Janet too:)

African-American Frederick McKinley Jones was issued patent number #2,303,857, on July 12, 1940, for the first practical refrigeration system for long haul trucks and railroad cars. Actually, Frederick McKinley Jones received several U.S. patents for air conditioning technology.

Around 1935, Jones designed a portable air-cooling unit for trucks carrying perishable food, and received a patent for it on July 12, 1940. Numero [his former boss] sold his movie sound equipment business to RCA and formed a new company in partnership with Jones, the U.S. Thermo Control Company (later the Thermo King Corporation) which became a $3 million business by 1949. Jones's air coolers for trains, ships, and aircraft made it possible for the first time to ship perishable food long distances during any time of the year. Portable cooling units designed by Jones were especially important during World War II, preserving blood, medicine, and food for use at army hospitals and on battlefields...In 1944, Jones became the first African-American tobe elected into the American Society of Refrigeration Engineers...(source)

July 13th

Oh yea!!! The first Krispy Kreme doughnut is sold today in Salem, North Carolina. Let's leave it at that:)

National French Fries Day

Beans 'n' Franks Day

Louisiana born chef, restaurateur, and author Paul Prudhomme (Chef Paul) was born on July 13, 1940.

July 14th

On July 14, 1850, the first demonstration of a refrigerated ice-making machine was held. I do believe "we" are now calling this day National Ice Day! There's a model of the first ice making machine on display at the John Gorrie Museum in Florida.

Bastille Day; French Independence Day is celebrated today. Historic accounts; Food in the Bastille.

Born today, Nathan Handwerker, founder of Nathan's Famous. Remember this book and this post?

Nathan Handwerker was a Polish immigrant who had arrived penniless in New York only four years earlier when Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor implored him to start his own hot dog business. He was working part-time as a delivery boy for the Max's Busy Bee eatery making $4.50 a week. On Sunday afternoons he moonlighted at Coney Island dishing out Charles Feltman's famed 10-cent franks. He decided to take the advice of his show-business friends...Handwerker took his life savings of $300 and with his new bride, Ida, opened a small open-front stand on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues. He laced his hot dogs with Ida's secret spice recipe...source

It's National Grand Marnier Day? Did you see this article I scanned by Elizabeth David? It's titled Entertaining with Grand Marnier. I found it in a back issue of Epicurean Monthly published in 1957. It was posted for *National Grand Marnier Day in 2009.

July 15th

July 15 is Gummi Worm Day! Wanna Make Edible Earthworms From Gelatin? How about, Gummi Worm Cupcakes or a Gummi Worm Ice Ring? For the ice ring, just arrange 1 cup of gummy worms in the bottom of a 5-cup ring mold and fill it with you favorite summer time thirst quenching beverage. Freeze overnight. Unmold the ice ring by dipping the bottom of the mold in warm water and release into your favorite punch bowl. How cool is that? And you thought Gummy Worms were only for Halloween:)

Today is St. Swithin's Day. You know what weather watchers say about this day;

St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain

Full forty days, it will remain

St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair

For forty days, t'will rain no more."
The food associated with St. Swithin in legend and poetry is the apple, and his blessing is asked each year by the apple growers. The ideal dessert for this feast day would be one made of the crisp summer apples that are just appearing in orchards and markets at this time. The Roman Martyrology mentions St. Swithin's birthday (day he died) on July 2. July 15 is usually celebrated as St. Swithin's day, the day his relics were transferred. His feast is not observed on the General Roman Calendar. (Summer Apple Cake)

July 16th

Guess which popcorn king was born on July 16, 1907? That would be good 'ol Orville Redenbacher.

Every 16th of July people all over the country fry up a batch or two of corn fritters in celebration of National Corn Fritters Day!

I'm not sure they're doing the same for Fresh Spinach Day which also happens to be today:) Although, it is said, when Popeye made his debut on January 17, 1929, spinach became the third most popular children's food after turkey and ice cream.

National Personal Chef Day

July 17th

An article at the University of Vermont cites that rhubarb officially became a fruit in the United States on July 17, 1947 when the US Customs Court of Buffalo, New York, declared it as such. However, botanically speaking, rhubarb is a vegetable. Whew!

A Slice of Rhubarb Facts: For my part, there has been no serious digging done to document this bit of morsel, however, it has been mentioned that Benjamin Franklin sent the first rhubarb plant to America in the late 1770's. One source states that the plant was sent to a person by the name of John Bartram in Philadelphia. I have since discovered that the rhubarb seeds Franklin sent to John Bartram, America’s botanist to the King, were actually Chinese Rhubarb seeds just like the medicinal plant used during the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Often conflated with the common culinary plant called rhubarb, Rheum or China Rhubarb was a botanical laxative with a long and distinguished history. Used as medicine since ancient times in China, the roots and rhizomes of rheum arrived in the West in the second century BC. Throughout the Middle Ages up to modern times, medicinal rhubarb was an active item of trade. By the time of Lewis and Clark, medicinal rhubarb was viewed as "a mild cathartic, which operates without violence or irritation... (source)

July 18th may be National Ice Cream Day (always celebrated on the third Sunday in July) however, July 17th is National Peach Ice Cream Day. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't make this stuff up, I just go with the flow:) Would you believe, I haven't had ice cream yet this month! Drop everything, and hop on over to Marjie's. She's celebrating Peach Ice Cream Day with home made Peaches & Cream Ice Cream. Oh goodness:) Scoopalicious is celebrating too!!!

Wishing you abundant glorious mornings...