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Sunday, July 18, 2010

July Food Celebrations 18th-20th

Glory be, my email is finally working. The solution lie in my updating my web browser which in my case happened to be Safari. It seems to be working but I'll know better when I hit my list of emails:)

July 18th

National Ice Cream Day

What can I say? Fact is, I can probably scoop up gallons of tasty meltings about ice cream. Not today I'm afraid:( There are just too many ice cream celebrations to keep me busy. I've probably mentioned in more than once during the course of the month but, just in case, July is [still] National Ice Cream Month! Just yesterday we celebrated National Peach Ice Cream Day. You must have seen Marjie's enticing Peaches & Cream Ice Cream. What? You missed it, well, lickety split, on over before it's all gone. Hurry back though, there's a parfait of ice cream days nestled in the month of July.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

Sundae Sunday Day

What's your favorite sinfully rich sundae combo? And, what's with Sundaes on Sunday?

The Birth Of The Sundae–Fact Or Fiction?
There are several stories as to the birth of the ice cream sundae (as there are to its predecessor, the ice cream soda.) ) Most of these “true accounts” revolve around concentrated efforts by Midwestern religious leaders in the late 19th century against “sucking soda” (I am not making this up). Evanston, Illinois was one such town, as was Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Both claim to have locals who circumvented the soda ban by serving ice cream topped with syrup, and they did it on Sunday, and then changed the name slightly to avoid any connection with the clergy…

Mine's Hot Fudge! And it's dolloped with a story:) According to Los Angeles "foodie" lore, the hot fudge sundae was created by Clarence Clifton Brown at C.C. Brown's Ice Cream Parlor.Brown's is no longer in business, however, C.C. Brown's Hot Fudge Sauce is legendary.

A candy maker, Clarence Clifton Brown, opened C. C. Brown's in downtown Los Angeles in 1906. He and his son moved the business to Hollywood in 1929. Situated half a block from Mann's Chinese Theater, Brown's became a popular hangout for celebrities like Mary Pickford, Joan Crawford and Bob Hope as well as regular folks looking for a treat after a night out at the movies. NYT

Decisions, decisions. Should I tell you now or wait til Thursday? Oh goodness, I may as well "warn" you. There's yet one more ice cream day before the month of July says ta ta. It's Vanilla Ice Cream Day, July 23rd.

Did you know, that it was melting ice cream that inspired the invention of the outboard motor? It's true. Does the name Evinrude strike a chord. Well, add an Ole to that Evinrude bow and you have the inventor of the first outboard motor. It says so right here.

Now see, aren't you glad you came back from Marjie's, lickety split:) Oh no, we're not done with July 18th yet. There's still the Wienermobile™

This Dog's on a Roll:
As an ad gimmick, Karl G. Mayer, nephew of the lunchmeat mogul Oscar Mayer®, invented the company's Wienermobile™. On July 18, 1936, the first Oscar Mayer® Wienermobile™ rolled out of General Body Company's factory in Chicago at a cost of $5,000 and was 13 feet long. The Oscar Mayer® company has a fleet of six cruising America these days. They go all over the place, spreading the good news about, well, Oscar Mayer® wieners, what else? The Wienermobile™ vehicle has traveled in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Puerto Rico and Spain. In the year 2000, it added Mexico and Germany to the list too! Each Wienermobile™ vehicle travels about 1,000 miles per week or about 50,000 per year.

How's that for some Hot Dog Trivia. I thought I'd toss that your way since July is [still] Hot Dog Month. (okay, I'll stop repeating myself. I just love sharing this stuff with you:) One more nominal note for today. July 18th is National Caviar Day. For those of us who would rather pass on Caviar Day this year, perhaps, mock caviar is more our style.

July 19th

I'm crackling with excitement about today's slice. No, not because July 19th is National Daiquiri Day. Although, don't get me wrong, a Strawberry Daiquiri sounds might tasty about now. If you've got a minute, wander on over to A Great Day in Cocktail History. Very cool...

Looking for an excuse to celebrate? July 19 is National Daiquiri Day. The drink many people associate with author Ernest Hemingway was in fact invented in 1898 in the small iron mining town of Daiquiri near Santiago, Cuba by an engineer named Jennings Stockton Cox.

FYI: July 21st is the day Hemingway took his first breath:) But more about him later. A dose of a Hemingway Daiquiri should hold you for now.

Bacon Honestly, name one thing that bacon does not improve upon. Why bacon holds a special place in most people's hearts even if they don't want to admit it! It seems, bacon has other rewards. Today in honor of the gift of bacon to a young married couple who went an entire year and a day into their marriage without as much as a quarrel, I offer you Flitch Day!

A common claim of the origin of the Dunmow Flitch dates back to 1104 and the Augustinian Priory of Little Dunmow, founded by Lady Juga Baynard. Lord of the Manor Reginald Fitzwalter and his wife dressed themselves as humble folk and begged blessing of the Prior a year and a day after marriage.
The Prior, impressed by their devotion bestowed upon them a Flitch of Bacon. Upon revealing his true identity, Fitzwalter gave his land to the Priory on the condition a Flitch should be awarded to any couple who could claim they were similarly devoted.
(source)

Talk about bringing home the bacon! I found this recipe in Sylvia Lovegren's gem of a book Fashionable Food; Seven Decades of Food Fads © 1995, I just had to share it.

Porkers
This very simple recipe appeared in a number of cookbooks of the period, (the sixties,) but, only Jinx Kragen and Judy Perry's cookbook called it by this terminally cute name. But then the title of their cookbook was The How to Keep Him (After You've Caught Him) Cookbook: An Irreverent and Affectionate Guide to the Well-Stuffed Spouse. Some of their other recipes were "odious onion sandwiches, no worry curry, pompous paella, baba (au rhum) black sheep, well-bread pudding, and gam of lamb.
1 dozen saltine crackers
1 dozen thin strips lean bacon.
Directions:
Preheat the broiler. Wrap each cracker with a bacon strip and broil, turning once, until bacon is crisp.

I'd be remiss if I didn't take a moment to mention Joseph Lee today. It is written July 19, 1849 is the day he was born. Why? He patented the bread crumb machine which according to some, revolutioned the food industry. You can view the patent here.

Lee became very frustrated at what he saw as a waste of bread which would have to be thrown out if it was as much as a day old. Considered a master cook, Lee had long believed that crumbs from bread was quite useful in preparing food, as opposed to cracker crumbs which many others favored.He decided that instead of simply throwing stale bread away, he would use it to make bread crumbs. He thus set out to invent of device that could automate tearing, crumbling and grinding the bread into crumbs. He was finally successful and patented the invention on June 4, 1895. He used the bread crumbs for various dishes including croquettes, batter for cakes, fried chops, fried fish and more. He soon sold the rights to his bread crumbling machine and the Royal Worcester Bread Crumb Company of Boston soon had the devices in major restaurants around the world.(source)

July 20th

Grab your favorite lollypop because, Bang, Zoom! To the Moon! we're going. Not only is today National Lollipop Day, it's *Moon Day too!!! Do you remember where you were when man landed on the moon? Dare I say, I do:)

There just had to be a National Hot Dog Day in July, I'm just not positive it is the 20th or as this website announces, the 21st. I know, I kinda promised, but I just can't stop, July is National Hot Dog Month! There, I said it.

It's Fortune Cookie Day! If you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area, Doc Chey's Noodle House is hiding prizes in their fortune cookies in celebration of Fortune Cookie Day!

Fortune Sign Generator

I'm going to return with the rest of the foodie days on Wednesday, just in time for *Junk Food Day. Marion and I are going on a rather rigorous trip tomorrow (it's late Saturday night as I write this:) and there are preparations that need to be done. Have a wonderful Sunday everyone. Eat lots of Ice Cream!!!