Sunday, July 25, 2010

July Food Celebrations 25th-31st

July sure has been a busy month of culinary celebrations. The last week of foodie days is no exception. As a matter of fact, by the time you get to the end of this post, you may just be thinking I make this stuff up. You'll see...

Let's get going. Remember last year when I shared recipes from The Book of Antipasti by Lyn Rutherford for *National Salad Week? Well, this year I would like to share another recipe for Salad Week from yet another favorite book in my library. You see, New York became the 11th State of the Union on July 26, 1788. As many of you know, before making the permanent move to Pennsylvania in January, I was a New Yorker. Well, actually, to my mind's eye, I was a Long Islander:)

In honor of New York Statehood this month, National Salad Week this week AND peaches, (August is National Peach Month:) I present you with Nicola Zanghi's Lobster and Peach Salad. I harvested this recipe from Peggy Katalinich's book Foods of Long Island. Peggy Katalinich was food editor at Long Island's largest newspaper back in the eighties and her cookbook stands proudly on my bookshelf. Lobster Peach Salad

Nicola Zanghi's Lobster and Peach Salad
"Nicola Zanghi, chef and proprietor of Restaurant Zanghi in Glen Cove, combines two of Long Island's finest products-lobster and peaches."
For the dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup walnut oil
2 tbs. lemon or lime juice
1 tbs. honey
2 tbs. Dijon Mustard
2 tbs. fruit vinegar
1/2 bunch scallions, sliced
2 tbs. freshly grated, peeled ginger
About 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly cracked peppercorns
8-12 medium peaches
1 1-pound lobsters
1 tsp. olive oil

For salad:
Approximately 4 cups of field and slightly bitter greens--dandelion, Mâche, arugula, watercress or Belgian endive, well washed, drained and reserved.
1. The day before serving, whisk together salad dressing ingredients. Refrigerate. Or, prepare ahead and let stand at room temperature for several hours. Strain before serving.
2. If peaches are young and thin skinned, it will not be necessary to peel them; otherwise, do so. Cut peaches in half, avoiding bruising the flesh of the skin. Slice into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place on a plate and mosten with some of the salad dressing. Allow to marinate 2-4 hours in the refrigerator.
3. Divide the salad greens among four large plates or platters. Mound lightly in center. Reserve in refrigerator.
4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rub lobsters with oil, place in oven for 15 minutes. Remove and when cool enough to handle, remove meat from claws and tail sections, leaving meat intact. Slice tail meat into 1/4-inch medallions.
5. When ready to serve, arrange alternating slices of lobster meat, with peaches in a crescent around salad greens. Dribble dressing on top. Makes 4 servings

And from last year:

Zucchini & Tomato Salad

About 30 (2-inch long) zucchini (about 1 pound total)
12 ounces small tomatoes, sliced
4 green onions, white part only, finely chopped
1 tbs. chopped Italian parsley
Italian parsley sprigs to garnish
5 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
3 tbs. white wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbs. chopped thyme or 1 tsp. dried leaf thyme
1 tsp. honey
Salt & freshly ground pepper

1. Add zucchini to a saucepan of boiling salted water and cook 3 minutes. Drain well. Using a small, sharp knife, cut a long lengthwise slit in each zucchini, place in a serving dish.
2. To make dressing, mix ingredients together in a small bowl or shake together in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Pour over hot zucchini and leave until completely cold. Add tomatoes, green onions and parsley to dish. Toss to mix. Adjust seasoning before serving. Garnish with Italian parsley sprig. Makes 6 servings.

July 25th

The 4th week of July is always National Salad Week. Before I forget, did you see the Girard's Salad Dressing give-away Chef Dennis is having over at his place? Salads, Muffins, and a Give Away, he has it all and Bellini's with peaches to boot!

Happy National Hot Fudge Sundae Day!

July 26th

National Coffee Milkshake Day. I'll take mine with a few dribbles of Kahlua:)

I know we'll be celebrating National Waffle Day in August because that's the day the first patent for a Waffle maker was issued to Cornelius Swartwout. However, today is another day to celebrate the waffle iron. Why? Because, today is the day General Electric introduced the first fully electric waffle iron. (with a bit of help from Thomas J. Steckbeck) Waffles & Ice Cream anyone? Ice Cream Month is almost over:(

In 1911, General Electric produced its first electric waffle iron, with the help of Thomas J. Steckbeck (see Abbottstown, Pennsylvania) Steckbeck is credited with designing the first-of-its-kind heating elements that used a built in thermostat to prevent overheating, a common problem with early versions. With his revolutionary design and General Electric funding, the first fully electric waffle iron rolled off the assembly line July 26, 1911. Though the overall appearance of the waffle iron has changed since then, its basic design and function has remained similar. (source)

July 27th

It's National Scotch Day. Neat:)

*Eben Norton Horsford, considered "the father of American food technology" was born on July 27, 1818. As you might have guessed, I did a post about him last year. I mean really, where would we be without baking powder? In 1859, Horsford, co-founder of The Rumford Company, formulated and patented Rumford Baking Powder, the first calcium phosphate baking powder.

Before the invention of Horsford's calcium acid phosphate baking powder, some of the methods used to bake perfectly light and fluffy griddle cakes, waffles, muffins, shortcakes and biscuits, incorporated the use of yeast, ammonia, and pearl ash. The development of baking powder, eliminated the need for yeast and the mixing of two separate ingredients (sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar) to produce a stable leavening agent. Rumford's® Baking Powder made the entire process less of a chore while improving the final results.

Noted for his success in the development of processes for the manufacturing of baking powder and condensed milk, Eben Horsford was inducted into the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni Hall of Fame in 2001. (Class of 1838)

This is just one of the recipes I posted last year just in case you missed it. The recipe is from the Rumford Recipe Book published in 1913. and
4 tbs. butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsps. Rumford Baking Powder
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup milk
Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy; add the egg, then the salt, cinnamon, baking powder and flour; well sifted together; and the milk alternately with the dry ingredients to form a dough soft enough to be easily handled but stiff enough to keep its shape. Roll between the palms of the hands into very small balls, drop these in a pan containing plenty of smoking hot fat, coo golden brown and cool. When cool, roll in hot boiled frosting, then in a mixture of finely chopped nut meats and seed raisins.

National Crème Brûlée Day

July 28th

Hurray! Documentation! According to the National Confectioners Association, today is National Milk Chocolate Day! Just take a look at this recipe for Milk Chocolate Ice Cream. I mean really, can you refrain yourself from popping right through your computer screen? And what about these Milk Chocolate Scones I found @ Baking Bites. Oh goodness! Okay, just one more; Milk Chocolate Cookies from Patricia's Technicolor Kitchen.

From chocolate to potatoes. A mash of Irish History: Sir Thomas Harriot is said to have introduced potatoes to Europe on July 28, 1586. Is Thomas Harriot the true discover of the potato?

On July 28, 1907, Earl Silas Tupper inventor of Tupperware was born in Berlin, New Hampshire. Tupperware, is so well regarded as the "greatest thing since sliced bread" that there is a Tupperware bowl and lid housed at the Main Gallery of the Kansas Museum of History. There's more about Earl Tupper @ PBS.

July 29th

Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day? Apparently, this day has something to do with mice and mousetraps. I'm more inclined to agree with Jake @ the sandwich lovers club. He thinks Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day is a day to splurge on cheese this day.

The legendary creation date for Buffalo Wings was October 30, 1964. However, in 1977, the mayor of Buffalo designated July 29th as Chicken Wing Day!

The Anchor Bar's Buffalo Chicken Wings were an instant success and their impact on Buffalo was so great that former mayor, Stanley M. Makowski, proclaimed Friday, July 29, 1977, as "Chicken Wing Day." The city's proclamation noted that because of Mrs. Bellissimo's kitchen, "thousands of pounds of chicken wings are consumed by Buffalonians in restaurants and taverns throughout the city each week."(whatscookingamerica)

Today is National Lasagna Day. Have you heard about the Chicago and Denver restaurants giving out free lasagna on National Lasagna Day? Buca di Beppo is celebrating too! I don't know where you are but I can tell you for sure, there will not be any lasagna making in my neck of the woods. Not even this recipe for Crockpot Lasagna can lure me. It's too darn hot!

July 30th

I'm not much of food tv watcher. There are only two shows I might drop what I'm doing to watch. Chopped and Alton Brown's Good Eats. Gee, I wonder if Alton Brown knows he shares his birthday today with another "wacky" barbecuing figurehead, Henry Ford. What? You didn't know commercial charcoal got its start from Henry Ford? I didn't either until I read it here.

Oh my heavens, today is National Cheesecake Day! I LOVE cheesecake! And Junior's holds dear memories close to my heart. (My very best favorite aunt took me there when I was very young:)

This year, Junior's Restaurant, home of the world's most famous cheesecakes, will celebrate its 60th birthday with an exciting national contest for the next great flavor of its award-winning cheesecake. The Next Great Junior's Cheesecake Flavor Recipe Contest will kick off at the original Junior's location in Brooklyn, NY – at the corner of Cheesecake Corner and Harry Rosen Way – on National Cheesecake Day, July 30th... On that day, Junior's will offer customers slices of its mouth-watering New York-style cheesecake for only 60 cents in honor of the restaurant's 60th anniversary. In addition, customers who purchase a lunch or dinner entree at the Brooklyn location will get a free slice of the famous original cheesecake.

July 31st

Some say National Raspberry Cake Day was July 19th. I may be a little late. Better late than never? Yes!

Jump for Jelly Beans Day?

Have a GREAT week everyone! Wait until you see what August has to bring. Whoever said there were no holidays in August anyway?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Short Walk to the Tomato

When Marion and I returned from our journey to Danville, we were both pooped. It had been a long couple of days and nourishment, rudely ignored, was not a priority. Neither of us really felt like cooking and yet, we were both in need of just a little something to hold us over until morning's breakfast. Marion decided to retire to her room to slip into something a bit more comfortable while I strolled into the garden to see what damage, if any, had been done in our absence. Thankfully, "everyone" seemed to be holding their own. The Nasturtiums, my faithful greeters didn't let me down.

The Gladiola's were glad to see me as were the gallant Dahlias. We've recently spied a hummingbird in the garden which makes me think I'm not the only visitor they welcome. (my hummingbird pictures are still under construction:)

As I meandered by my Mammoth Sunflower, I offered a smiling gaze to my new BFF, Gazania (best friend flower) and quickly spied the one and only vegetable plant in the garden this year; the Beefsteak Tomato, fruited and waiting to be plucked. That's it I thought, dinner!

I ran in the house to fetch Marion. She just had to be there to celebrate our first tomato. Marion hasn't been feeling well the last couple of weeks but our trip to Danville reassured us that she will be as fit as a fiddle in no time. I convinced her to make the journey to the lonely tomato plant and although she was a bit camera shy for the occasion, the smile on her face was all I needed to pluck that baby!!!

I considered saving this picture for next month because as we all know, August is Goat Cheese Month but it was just too bright and fresh to let get "stale." I found the inspiration for this recipe over at Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice. Reeni prepared her Fried Goat Cheese Salad with a Creamy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing. Marion can't eat anything that contains seeds so I simply prepared the Fried Goat Cheese and layered it on top of crisp iceberg lettuce (a personal favorite of Marion's) and a healthy slice of our garden tomato. A quick spray of balsamic vinegar, a few crumbles of Greek basil (I always plant basil with tomatoes:) and we were set. Not as pretty as Reeni's but oh so delicious and, it hit the spot!

The Rest of the Week

Courage is grace under pressure.
Ernest Hemingway

July 21st

July 21st is *National Junk Food Day! Whether you agree or not, there's just no denying it, everyone I know has at least one "naughty" food they crave. What's yours?

It's National Lamington Cake Day in Australia! What? You've never heard of Lamingtons? Quite honestly, neither had I until I happened upon the recipe in Cakes published by The Reader's Digest Association. It's a great big book with gorgeous pictures of every kind of cake my little brain can imagine. Here's what it says about Lamingtons. Unfortunately, there is no picture for them. The space was taken by a scrumptious looking Collard Red Currant Cake; oh goodness:)

Lamingtons are an Australian cake named after Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland, who on January 1, 1901, read the proclamation that made Western Australia part of the Commonwealth of Australia...

thanks wiki

In my travels there were an amazing number of recipes praising The Humble Lamington. Stef over at the Cupcake Project did a wonderful job re-inventing "those bloody poofy woolly biscuits"; cupcake style:) I found a recipe for Lemon Meringue Lamington over @Not So Humble Pie that looks absolutely heavenly! Ms. Humble happens to be celebrating her birthday with a CSN give-away. Drop by before the 26th for a chance to win! Just one more Lamington note before we get on to our next celebration. The world famous Australian Lamington was 100 years old on December 19, 2001. Although no one is quite sure who "invented" it, it seems the Australian Lamington Official Website celebrated. (I feel a tasteful invention post stirring for next year:)

I'm not sure what the National Baby Food Festival entails but, it begins today!

July 22nd

Happy Birthday Mae! Shame on me, I haven't visited Mae's Food Blog in days. I'll be going on over to wish her a Happy Birthday for sure today!

National Penuche Fudge Day! (As if we need even more sweets this month:)

Zuni Breadstuff (© 1920) author Frank Hamilton Cushing was born on July 22, 1857.

July 23rd

From the Brooklyn Eagle online:

On This Day in History: July 23
Debut of the Coney Island Hot Dog
It may not have been called by that name at the time but Charles Feltman, a German immigrant who had a small stand at the corner of East New York and Howard avenues in Brooklyn introduced the hot dog on July 23, 1889 by putting a boiled sausage in an oblong roll. He moved his stand to Coney Island later and his sandwich became known as the “Coney Island Hot.”

Hot Dogs, now ice cream cones? According to most accounts, the ice cream cone made its official debut at the St. Louis World's Fair on July 23, in 1904. However, the history of the ice cream cone has many many unanswered questions beginning with Mrs. Agnes Marshall. What the heck, have an ice cream cone today just because, July 23rd also happens to be National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

The thirty second annual Gilroy Garlic Festival begins today. One of these days, I will be there!

July 24th

*Alexandre Dumas birth anniversary:)

It's National Tequila Day! Tequila is one of my favorite "beverage" cooking ingredients. Apparently, Annie likes it too. Take a gander at her Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken. Yum! And, just take a look at these Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges. Remember, July is National Watermelon Month:)

Wishing everyone a delectable week. See you Sunday beginning with, National Salad Week and National Hot Fudge Sundae Day! Enjoy! Louise:)

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.

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.

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.
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!!!

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...


Monday, July 5, 2010

July Food Celebrations 5th-10th

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. It was sure quiet around here. Marion and I just hung out. She's been on quite the crocheting marathon lately. I'll show you her latest creations during the week. Penn State fans are in for a treat this year, Marion has more blue & white hats than, well, John and Kyla!

July 5th

July 5th is Cracker Jack Day!

Perhaps, Cracker Jack Day has something to do with the fact that the great showman Phineas Taylor Barnum was born on July 5, 1810. Normally, I probably wouldn't mention P.T. Barnum today. (I don't like the circus at all!) However, this year, the town where he was born is celebrating his 200th birthday anniversary. Gee, I hope the people at The Barnum Museum remember to include Animal Crackers at their celebration.

Ready for one more cracker? This is an important one in my book. Think S'mores. That's right, Sylvester Graham, inventor of Graham Crackers, was also born today in 1794. Think about it, S'mores, Moon Pies. Where, what, would they be without graham crackers? As a matter of fact, in the "in depth" post I did about *Sylvester Graham and his beliefs, I shared this "experimental" recipe for Solar S’Mores. You may want to jot them down if you plan on celebrating *Moon Day this year. It's July 20th!

"The simpler, plainer, and more natural the food ... 
the more healthy, vigorous, and long-lived will be the body"
Sylvester Graham
Solar S’Mores
1.Put four graham crackers side by side in the bottom of the glass baking pan.
2. Place a chocolate bar on top of two of the graham crackers.
3. Put 8 mini-marshmallows on top of the other two graham crackers.
4. Cover the baking pan with the clear glass lid.
5. Put the pan out in an area where it will get full sunlight—no shade!
6. Let the pan just sit there until the chocolate bars and marshmallows melt.
7. To make a S’More, put one chocolate and one marshmallow graham cracker together to make a sandwich. You should have two sandwiches.

There's another birthday today. That of Chef Alfred Portale.

It's National Apple Turnover Day! There are lots of places that shout July 5th is National Apple Turnover Day but I chose to include the one which offers a recipe:) (I try to do that whenever possible)

July 6th

It's National Fried Chicken Day! Gee, I don't recall any Fried Chicken at our picnic either year. I'll have to remember that. Anyone for some Fried Chicken & Waffles for breakfast?

July 7th

National Salad Week in the UK. I couldn't find an acceptable link for National Salad Week in the UK. I did, however find a wonderful listing of National Food Weeks In The UK which I saved for future reference:) The website is interesting too:)

July 7th is Sliced Bread's Birthday! Oh yes it is, I even did a post about the "invention" of sliced bread on my Tasteful Inventions blog. It's called, * Bigger Than a Breadbox:) Suffice to say, without the invention of the automatic bread slicing (that's a link to the machine image, way cool:) machine by Otto Frederick Rohwedder, grilled cheese just wouldn't be grilled cheese. Don't you agree? While we're on the subject, it just so happens that the first modern, sanitary, bread making plant was established by The Ward Baking Company on July 7th in 1903. I have a pretty cool Ward Baking Company cookbook I'd like to share one day:)

It's that time of year again. Hugs and Kisses to Hershey Kisses, today is their birthday!!! It just happens to be Chocolate Day too!!! 

Remember this?

If you click the image, you will go to the post with all the goodies, just in case you missed it last time:) There's a close-up of my faithful "travel companion" too:)

July 7th is also Macaroni Day, Strawberry Sundae Day (see another ice cream day:) and the first day the Horn and Hardart automat opened in New York City. Horn & Hardart was famous for its Macaroni and Cheese! Searching for other Horn & Hardart Automat Recipes, look no further:) They were pretty darn famous for their Baked Beans too. After all, July is National Baked Bean Month:)

Both Robert E. Rich (inventor of the first non-dairy whipped topping made from soybeans that could be frozen) and Yul Brynner were born on the 7th of July. I'm hoping to make it back on Wednesday to share a few recipes from The Yul Brynner Cookbook. In case I don't, here's his recipe for Avocado and Caviar. A dish he wrote was "good during hot summer months, and can be used as an appetizer or as a main course year round." And since July 18th is National Caviar Day, why not?

July 8th

July 8th is the birth anniversary of cookbook author and educator, *Mary Johnson Bailey Lincoln. You may remember hearing about her cookbook titled Mrs. Lincoln's Boston Cook Book: What to Do and What Not to Do in Cooking, published in 1883. There's a brief biography about her at food history.com. But wait, another noted food celebrity shares her birth date; Wolfgang Puck. That's right, Wolfgang Puck was born on July 8, 1949. Wine connoisseur, Alexander Raban Waugh (Alec Waugh) was also born on July 8th in 1898. Alec Waugh was the author of In Praise of Wine & Certain Noble Spirits (1959) and he also authored the Wines and Spirits book in the Time-Life Foods of the World series in 1968. Trivia Note: It is also said, that Waugh "invented" the cocktail party. Further investigation needed:)

It's National Chocolate with Almonds Day!

July 9th

According to foodreference.com, a man by the name of John Dickenson introduced the first paper napkins at his company's picnic on July 9, 1887. There's more to this story. I hope to be investigating one day:)

Cloth napkins have been wiping off messy lips for centuries; paper napkins, however, didn’t come along until 1887, when John Dickenson introduced them in the United States at his company’s annual dinner. This happened at about the same time that facial tissue and toilet paper was being introduced. It was, in total, a veritable paper revolution. However, paper napkins did not become truly popular in American households until the 1950’s. source

It's National Sugar Cookie Day!

July 10th

French author, Marcel Proust, was born on July 10, 1871. You may want to revisit Remembrance of Things Past this summer if only for the tea soaked memories:) Nibble on this while you're at it; Marcel Proust's Apple Tart.

It's Pina Colada Day and Pick Blueberries Day! I'm sure the picking of the blueberries is in preparation of Blueberry Muffin Day which is July 11th. Pina Coladas and Blueberrying? I can do that:)

While 'mixing" the music for the picnic game, I plum forgot that July 10th is Teddy Bear Picnic Day!!! How darn cool is that? Don't be silly, I didn't make it up. It's a Zany Holiday cooked up by someone, but not this girl. Although, I sure do wish I would have thought of it:) Are you planning to celebrate Teddy Bear Picnic Day? If so, you may just want to spread your blanket on the grass of The Teddy Bear Museum. If I were to go, I would be bringing this:

Can you guess which one I attempted, lol? If you click the "real" one, it will bring you to the directions. After all, it's still *Watermelon Month and the Watermelon Guy is holding a Watermelon Carving Contest. I don't think I will be joining in on the fun this year:) What kind of Teddy Bear Picnic Day would it be without a recipe from the *Ambassador of Friendship himself, Winnie the Pooh!  

As always, red stars * indicate previous posts. Enjoy! Louise

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day! It's A Month of Celebrations!

Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.
~Sara Coleridge~
Pretty Lessons in Verse for Small Children (1834)

Hi everyone!!! Happy Independence Day!!! Wasn't the picnic a blast!!! Thank you so much for playing. You all did GREAT! As much fun as the picnic game was however, National Picnic Month is not the only food celebration happening during National Grilling Month!

Monthly Food Celebrations in July

First, July is National Ice Cream Month. National Ice Cream Month was proclaimed in 1984 by the late President, Ronald Reagan. He also proclaimed the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day! (July 18, 2010) There are scoops of ice cream days in July. It is written, that on July 8th in 1881, druggist Edward Berner, of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, concocted the first ice cream sundae. I'm yet to confirm that scoop. "Several cities lay claims to first creating the original ice cream sundae." Look here! There's a debate about this lick of trivia too. According to some, the ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Minches of St. Louis, Missouri on July 23, 1904 at the World's Fair in St. Louis. Ice cream mogul, Tom Carvel was born in July. Had enough Ice cream. Never! Did you know, President Reagan also proclaimed July as National Peach Month? Perhaps, that's why we celebrate National Peach Ice Cream Day on July 17th! Although, who needs an excuse? Not me:) However, there are just some things about the modern flavors of ice cream, I just don't understand?

Most people know that July is *National Baked Bean Month and National Hot Dog Month but did you know, Nathan Handwerker, founder of Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, was born on July 14th? Rumor has it, he started a contest on July 4, 1916, as a way to drum up publicity for his hot dog stand. According to wikipedia, "on July 4, 1916 four immigrants had a hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous stand in Coney Island to settle an argument about who was the most patriotic." Whatever the story, I posted a few historic notes from the Nathan's Hot Dog Cookbook last year titled, *Nathan, Nathan, Why you Waitin! Lookin' to celebrate National Hog dog Month, Texas style, check out some Traditional Texas Fare. Okay, one more bite:) Did you know, it was on July 18, 1936 that The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was invented by Carl Mayer, nephew of Oscar Mayer. It says so right here @ Food Reference.com. While I'm at it, now may be the time to mention that July is also National Horseradish Month. I'm hoping to do a post for Horseradish Month before the month is over. Wish me luck!!! Where's the beer? July was once National Beer Month but, it appears, the American Craft Beer Association has now brewed two celebrations together into American Craft Beer Week which is now celebrated in May. I'll have a cold one anyway!

I missed Eat Beans Day, July 3rd this year, but I do have a rather interesting bean recipe stashed away for National Baked Bean Month. It's from Cooking For Two (1909) by Janet Mckenzie Hill. It's called Cold Baked-Bean Sandwiches, Club Style. This recipe was the "go to" recipe when one wanted a dish that didn't require meat. If I would have thought about it, I would have sent this recipe over to Chaya for her Meatless Mondays round-up.

Cold Baked-Bean Sandwiches, Club Style
Butter two slices of Boston Brown Bread; on one of these dispose a heart leaf of lettuce holding one teaspoon of salad dressing; above the dressing set a generous tablespoon of cold, baked beans, then another lettuce leaf and dressing; finish with a second slice of bread, a tablespoonful of beans, a floweret of cauliflower, and a teaspoonful of dressing over the cauliflower.

July is National Blueberry Month too! Yes, it is! July was proclaimed National Blueberry Month by the United States Department of Agriculture on May 8th, 1999. The blueberry harvest season runs from mid-April through October but July is the peak of the season. The Blueberry Council has a list of blueberry festivals and amazing blueberry recipes. Below is a recipe for Blueberry Pudding Cake which I included in a post I did a while back titled *Blueberry Heights. I chose this recipe because it was one of the few I found which does not include eggs.

Blueberry Pudding Cake
2 cups blueberries
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3 tbs. shortening, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 tbs. cornstarch
1 cup boiling water
Put 2 cups blueberries in the bottom of an 8x8 cake tin. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, shortening, 3/4 cup sugar and milk together and spread over berries. Now mix the 1 cup sugar and cornstarch together and sprinkle over batter in pan. Pour the cup of boiling water over this. Bake at about 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Other fruits such as rhubarb, raspberries, or sliced apples can be deliciously substituted for blueberries. The Maine Jubilee Cookbook (1970) Submitted by Mrs. James McGrath, East Waterboro, Maine

Most of you know July is National Picnic Month. If you're looking for picnic recipes, boy oh boy, do we have some recipes for you!
Picnic Game Recipe's Round-Up 2009
Picnic Game Recipe's Round-Up 2010

What would all these food celebrations be, without the many professional cooks and chefs who have contributed to the dining excellence we experience in our daily lives. So this month, let's remember them by celebrating National Culinary Arts Month.

The U.S. Congress established July as National Watermelon Month in 2007. I'm working on a surprise for National Watermelon Month this year. Hopefully, all will go well. In the mean time, remember those Quick Link recipes for Watermelon Month last year? Hint, hint, my future post was inspired from one of them. I just heard, the Watermelon Guy is holding a Watermelon Carving Contest in celebration of Watermelon Month this year. Any one up to it? I know there are some crafty carvers out there. Entries must be submitted by August 31st!

A few more quick links:
July is National Bison Month. Another post I'd love to tackle:)

July is National Horseradish Month and National Pickle Month!

Happy Birthday USA!

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
~Benjamin Franklin~

This post is getting away from me. I have people to visit and thank you letters to send off. I didn't even make all my picnic visits yet and visits to my other blogging friends who couldn't make the picnic. Perhaps, it's best I post the rest of this week's foodie days some time Monday just in time for Cracker Jack Day! I'm sure by now, everyone is in party mode and the 4th of July is really only on our minds. I was delighted to find a post of mine among the many featured on the Patriotic Foods Round-up posted by Rachel of Coconut and Lime. Thanks Rachel!

Other Foodie Days Today

Hiram Walker, the man behind Canadian Club Whisky, was born on the 4th of July in 1815

National Caesar Salad Day!

According to Susan Fuller Slack in her book Fondues & Hot Pots (sample @ google books

A savvy marketing ploy to promote swiss products in the United States was the impetus for creating chocolate fondue. It was first served on July 4, 1964 by Chef Konrad Egli at New York's defunct Chalet Swiss restaurant.

For the past two weeks, I have been patiently waiting for my Carnation plant to bloom. Why oh why, National Carnation Day is celebrated in January, I don't know. Perhaps it is because they are one of the few flowers that last in a bouquet one might gift in the winter months. When I did that post for Carnation Day, I shared a very special flower book in my collection, titled Life Among the Flowers published in 1855. If you love Carnations as much as I, or you missed it, you may want to visit. It includes among others, a recipe for Gilly-flower Wine:) On that note, I would like to leave you with just one more recipe.

To make Syrup of Clove Gillyflowers
Clip your gillyflowers, sprinkle them with fair water, put them into an earthen pot, stop them very close, set them in a kettle of boiling water, and let them boil for two hours; then strain out the juice, put a pound and a half of fine sugar to a pint of juice, put it into a preserving-pan, set it on the fire, keeping it stirring till the sugar is all melted, but do not let it boil; then set it by to cool, and bottle it. The Complete Confectioner by Hannah Glasse

A Happy & Safe 4th to you!!!
see ya Monday:)

I'm having a pretty quiet 4th this year so I'll be catching up on your blogs and comments through-out the day. Oh, and one more thing, mark your calendars for next June 18th if you want to join us playing the Picnic Game. I've been receiving many emails asking to reserve letters for next year. We won't be doing that:)
*Who Invented the Ice Cream Scoop? (as is the case with all red *, they denote a previous post)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's Time for the Picnic Game Round-Up!

July may be National Picnic Month but here @ Months of Edible Celebrations, July is International Picnic Month too!!!

For the last week or so, picnic fever has consumed tiny  kitchen corners all over the blogosphere. From dusk to dawn we've been preparing for the second annual Alphabet Picnic Game Picnic. We have music and games, and oodles to eat. The hillside appears like a mosaic kaleidoscope darned with people dancing, singing and playing. We even have a couple of determined insects joining in on the fun. They won't bother us none; and neither will the weather. It's a virtual picnic after all and you're all welcome to join us.

The hoopla begins on International Picnic Day, June 18th. That's when every one who wants to play chooses their letter to fill the picnic basket. Each guest posts an item that starts with that letter of the alphabet on their blog. One letter at a time the picnic grows with anticipation and excitement. What will we have? Who will be there? Which dish to nibble at first? And while we're wondering about all of those things, there's one very important thing to remember. It's a memory game we're playing. Repeat after me...I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing... I can't hear you. I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing... Much better:) So grab a picnic blanket, crank up the music, don't forget the shades, and join us while we Round-Up the dishes at the Alphabet Picnic Game!!! As Heather says, Woo Hoo! Let's eat...

A-Almond Joy Pie

B-Baked Beans

C-Chocolate Picnic Cake

D-Dutch Funnel Cake

E-Easy Blender Chicken Pie

F-Five Bean Salad

G-Granola Bars

H-Herb and Cheese Pasta Salad

I-Incredibly Fruity Raspberry Cakes

J-Jeweled Picnic Bars

K-Kaltschale (Cold Fruit Soup)

L-Long Island Lemonade Cocktail

M-Mushroom Tart

N-Nut Roast

O-Olive Nut Bread

P-Pomegranate Mousse Cake


R-Raspberry Chocolate Macarons

S-Spicy Glazed Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs

T-Turkey and Pear wraps w/ Curried Aioli!!

U-"Unoriginal Whole Foods Salad Bar"

V-Vegetable Things of Spring Salad+

W-White Caramel Popcorn

X-X-quisite Layered Fruit Salad

Y-Yellow Squash Casserole

Z-Zucchini Bread

I sincerely want to thank everyone for playing the picnic game. To those of you who have played before; I'm blessed to have you as my loyal guests. While I was visiting from blog to blog, I saw how you encouraged new comers and eagerly welcomed them. New visitors and guests; it's been a pleasure to "meet" you and you all did a GREAT job too. Directions don't seem to be my forte but somehow, you managed to get hold and run with it. Some of you, you know who you are, and now so does everyone else, carried two dishes to the picnic and we appreciate it. There were a few late comers and shy players who in a moment of need, literally "threw" appetizing goodies together for the sake of one more letter! And, we did it, not only do we have a menagerie of people and dishes, we have each and every letter of the alphabet or we soon will. Thank you all. It's been an enormous amount of fun. I can't wait to nibble at all the dee...licious goodies. You've really out done yourselves. Enjoy, Louise