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White wine braised fennel with yogurt and thyme sauce. I'm quite happy with how this came out! I will post the recipe soon. 
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Foodie History - October 17th is Pasta Day.  

There are many ways to celebrate that day. In fact, there are over 600 known pasta shapes, ranging from spaghetti to tortellini to even couscous, that you might choose to prepare. The word "pasta" comes from the Latin word for “dough or pastry cake”, which in turn comes from an Early Greek word for “salted”.
 
Typically we classify pasta as one of two types, fresh (fresca) or dried (secca). One difference between these two types is that dried pasta is typically made commercially (using a machined extrusion method), while fresh is often made by hand. Fresh pasta also often substitutes water with chicken eggs in the making of the pasta dough.
 
Earlier versions of pasta were known to have existed as far back as the 1st century BC. Early cultures have recorded making food using the primary ingredients of pasta (flour and water) and using similar cooking techniques to prepare those foods (like boiling). Dried pasta was reported used by Arab cultures in the 5th century. This dried pasta was introduced to Sicily in the late 7th century. Later the Industrial Revolution made it possible to make dried pasta easier and cheaper than ever before. Tomato sauces apparently were not introduced until the 18th century though. 

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Foodie History - October 5th is National Apple Brown Betty Day.

Brown Betties are a traditional American dessert, not to be mistaken for the teapot by the same name.  Because if you've ever tried eating a teapot before, you know it can be quite expensive on the dental bills.  Hehe.  Seriously though, these desserts were popular during colonial times.  

And many would say it is similar to a fruit cobbler, a bread pudding, a pandowdy, or even an apple charlotte.  This pudding-like treat is typically made by layering sweetened apples, berries or pears with buttered bread crumbs (though we have heard that crackers have can be used too).  If you want plan to make an apple brown Betty, you will most likely want to use brown sugar as your sweetener.  And we also recommend serving it topped with chilled whipped cream or a tart lemony sauce (because tart and sweet are a great combination). 

Enjoy.  And as always, stay hungry for Foodie History.

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Foodie History - September 20 is National Rum Punch Day.

Rum is an alcoholic beverage distilled from sugarcanes.  Rum most likely originated from Barbados, though there are accounts of it being produced in Brazil beforehand. The word "rum" has many different and possible origins, ranging from being the suffix of the Latin word saccharum (sugar), the shortening of the word rumbullion, to its association to the word rummage, and even to the fact that Dutch seamen were named “rummers”.  

Much of the rum’s history has to do with its ties to naval history.  Ironically, sailors (who are constantly surrounded by water) had problems finding water to drink on long voyages.  Much of the oceans’ waters are undrinkable, so fresh water had to be stored on ships and rationed.  Unfortunately, even this water could not be stored for long, because of bacteria and algae formation.  Beer was therefore used as a replacement, but beer can sour over time as well.  It was then that rum was considered as a replacement for daily beer rations.  Rum was even mixed with boiled water and citrus juices to prolong rations.  This cocktail was called GROG. 

Rum was often stored on ships in large oak barrels.  People soon learned that rum aged well in these barrels.  The clear liquid would take on a golden appearance (which gives us golden rum) and a mellow flavor from the wood.  It is believed that the back and forth of the ship also helped the rum soak up more of the wood’s character.

So what do you plan on doing for Rum Punch Day?  How about reading Elmore Leonard’s “Rum Punch”?  You could maybe watch Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown which is adapted from Mr. Leonard’s novel.  Personally we would recommend Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary or doing a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon.   And don’t forget to make a nice batch of your own rum punch to share.

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Foodie History - September 5, 2012, is Cheese Pizza Day.  

Pizza is basically oven-baked bread topped with various toppings and ingredients.  The word “pizza” most likely comes from the Latin verb pinsere (meaning "to press") and from the Greek word Pektos (meaning "solid" or "clotted").  Though the concept of pizza was reportedly to have originated in Greece, It was Italy that gave us the modern pizza that we know of today (with tomato sauce).  Cheese was eventually added to pizza in 1889.

Whether you prefer thin crust, hand-tossed, or deep dish pizza, stay hungry for your Foodie History.  See you next installment.

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Foodie History - Vegemite, a popular spread in Australia, is made from mixing vegetable and spice additives to leftover brewers’ yeast extract (which is a by-product of beer manufacturing).  

It was invented by Australian chemist and food technologist Cyril P. Callister in 1922.  He was tasked with developing an alternative to British Marmite, after imports were disrupted.  

The name Vegemite was selected out of a hat by the chairmen of the development company’s daughter.  At one point, the name was changed to Parwill, but later the name was changed back.  Parwill is a play on words, having its main competitor being called Marmight (IE..."if Ma-might, then Pa-will").  Currently, over 20 million jars a year are produced.

Have you had a Vegemite sandwich today?  Until next time, stay hungry for more Foodie History.

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Foodie History - October 10th is Angel Food Cake day.
  
Angel Food Cake, named because of its lightness, is a type of cake that became popular in the U.S. during the late 19th century.  Its main ingredients are flour, egg whites, and cream of Tartar (added to stabilize the egg whites). Angel Food Cake, unlike its counterpart the Devil’s Food Cake, is classified as sponge cake.  We will most often find this cake baked in tube pans, though bundt pans have been known to be used as well.

How do you like your Angel Food Cake?  We prefer ours with whipped cream and refreshing berries.  

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Foodie History - October 4th is National Taco Day. 

A taco is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a tortilla folded or rolled around some type of filling much the same way bread is used to make sandwiches.  And like with a sandwich, tacos can be filled with many different ingredients, usually determined by what is available at the time.  

Though evidence suggests that people of Mexico ate early versions of tacos (filled with small fish) long beforehand, it is thought that the word “taco” refers to the “plugs” used in silver mining in more modern times.  Pieces of paper called tacos were used to wrap around gunpowder and inserted into holes for blasting. 

It is said that Mexico’s neighbor to the north (the U.S.) saw its first taco sometime during the late 1800s.  These recipes were brought over by Mexican migrants looking for new opportunities in the developing U.S.   At that time, tacos were considered street food.  And as these migrants began to settle into new careers and homes in the United States, so the recipes changed to reflect the diets of these new Americans (hence the hamburger meat, the cheddar cheese, the iceberg lettuce, and the tomato).

However you prefer your tacos made, we hope you enjoy a good one this October 4th, and as always, stay hungry for Foodie History.

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Foodie History - September 13 is International Chocolate Day.

Although many other days have been set aside to celebrate chocolate, September 13 may have been selected as "International Chocolate Day" because of its association to Milton S. Hersey (whose birthday is September 13th).  It also ties well with the National Peanut Day in the U.S.  

Chocolate is made from the seeds of the cacao tree, which has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, as well as Central and South America.   These seeds are rather bitter at first, so must be fermented before making chocolate.  The seeds are then dried, cleaned, and roasted.  Though originating from the Americas, most cocoa is now produced in Western Africa.  

The earliest discovered evidence of chocolate usage (by the Maya) is dated back at around 1100 to 1400 BC.  By about the 15th century, the Aztecs adopted cacao and made chocolate drinks similar to those of the Maya.  Records show that Montezuma from Tenochtitlan introduced a Spanish conquistador named Cortes to the spicy chocolate drink called xocolatl in the 16th century.  This was Europe's reported first encounter with chocolate.  Chocolate spread throughout Europe since, as various countries added their skills, techniques, and recipes to the mix. 

So whether you like milk chocolate or dark, chips or bars, chocolate is a great treat for any household.  We hope you enjoy your International Chocolate Day with something chocolaty.

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Foodie History - September 1, 2012, is…drum-roll please…International Bacon Day.  

Well, it’s International Bacon Day in the U.S at any rate.  In the U.S.A., the day is unofficially celebrated on the Saturday before their Labor Day.  In other countries, however, we will find that Bacon Day celebrations are held on other days.  For example, some nations will hold it on December 30.  Meanwhile, others will choose to hold it on the first Saturday in January.  I believe Canada has theirs on the second Saturday in June.  

Regardless of when it is held, Bacon Day is a day where everyone gets together to honor the Prince of Pork…or turkey…or soy substitute.  Hehe.  Celebrants will eat bacon, talk bacon, and wear bacon (well the last one may not actually be true, but it is a possibility, right?).  

Reportedly, Bacon Day was started in Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A., back in 2000.  But like most origins, other towns will claim to have conceived the holiday as well.  Some in the state of Colorado, for example claim to have started in 2004.  And we are sure there are definitely other cities and towns around the world that can hold claim to starting this delectable day of consuming bacon.  

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