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In addition to the U.S., spam is produced in 7 other countries: Australia, Denmark, UK, Japan, Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan. Spam is distributed in more than 50 countries.
DID YOU KNOW?
Some of the foods native to the Americas and used by the Aztecs at the time of the Spanish arrival were chocolate, vanilla, corn, chilies (peppers), peanuts, tomatoes, avocados, squash, beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pineapple and papaya. The influence of these foods on world cuisine is staggering. Just eliminate all of them from almost any cuisine in the world to imagine the effect.
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MARCH Food Months
(for more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for March with links & details See: March Food Calendar
National Frozen Food Month
31st annual National March Frozen Food Month (National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Assn.)
· Frozen Food & Freezing Foods
· What Not to Freeze
National Nutrition Month
A nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The theme for 2014 is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right"
· Healthy Food Choice Videos
· Food Nutrition Articles
National Peanut Month
National Peanut Month had its beginnings as National Peanut Week in 1941. It was expanded to a month-long celebration in 1974.
· Peanut Facts & Trivia
· Peanut Taste Test
National Flour Month
· Flour Facts & Trivia
National Noodle Month
· Pasta & Noodle Recipes
National Sauce Month
· Sauce Facts & History
· Sauce Recipes
American Red Cross Month
National Kidney Month
Caffeine Awareness Month
· Caffeine Facts and Trivia
Canada: Nutrition Month
(Dietitians of Canada) Nutrition Month 2014 is dedicated to helping Canadians get cooking as we focus on food skills and preparation. The slogan for this year's campaign is “Simply Cook and Enjoy!”
UK: National Veggie Month
· 131 Articles about Vegetables
· Vegetable Recipes
Weekly Trivia Quiz is below
TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE
“A woman is like a tea bag -- only in hot water do you realize how strong she really is.”
Food Holidays - Today is:
• Turn your clock ahead before going to bed tonight - Daylight Savings Time begins tomorrow (Mar 9, 2014)
• National Peanut Cluster Day
· Peanut Facts & Trivia · Peanut Taste Tests
• International Women's Day
(www.internationalwomensday.com) Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
• National Pancake Week (March 2-8 or 3-9, 2014)
· Pancake Recipes · Cooking Tips · Facts & Trivia
• UK: SPAM Appreciation Week (March 3-9) spam-uk.com
· Spam Facts & Trivia
TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY
On this day in:
1817 The New York Stock Exchange was founded.
1824 Jean Jacques Regis de Cambaceres died. A French politician and gourmet, a contemporary and rival of Talleyrand and Carême. The dinners he gave were famous, and Cambaceres closely supervised the food preparation. He refused to admit late-comers, and was also said to have demanded complete silence while dining. (Freud would have liked to meet him!)
1887 Everett Horton of Bristol Connecticut received U.S. patent No. 359,153 for a telescoping fishing rod.
1887 James Buchanan Eads died (born May 23, 1820). Invented a diving bell and special boat for salvaging goods from sunken riverboats. Created a jetty system on the Mississippi for New Orleans which sped up the river's flow to cut its channel deeper, enabling year round navigation.
1902 Tom Blake was born. The inventor of the modern surf board.
1923 The Coca Cola 6 bottle carton was introduced.
1941 American author Sherwood Anderson supposedly swallowed a toothpick or a swizzle stick while at a cocktail party in the Panama Canal Zone, and died of peritonitis.
1985 The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported that there were more than 400,000 American millionaires and 13 billionaires
1992 Christian K. Nelson inventor of the Eskimo Pie died at age 98. (born March 12, 1893).
UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS
Feb 27-March 9, 2014 Sacramento Beer Week - California
Feb 27-Mar 9, 2014 Florida Strawberry Festival - Plant City, FL
March 4-23, 2014 Livestock Show & Rodeo - Houston, Texas
March 6-8, 2014 Cincinnati International Wine Festival - Ohio
March 8-9, 2014 24th Hebron Maple Festival - Hebron, Conn.
FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ (new on March 7, 2014)
1) This item was so expensive up until the 1500s that it was used in small amounts in medicines, but not in food.
[a] saffron; [b] vanilla; [c] sugar
2) Which of the following are mentioned in the Old testament and are among the earliest cultivated foods?
[a] almonds and dates
[b] rice and wheat
[c] basil and saffron
3) Those with thyroid problems should avoid eating large amount of these foods.
[a] salt and lemons
[b] cabbage and cauliflower
[c] asparagus and broccoli
4) There are 3 varieties of this cheese, a 'white', a 'red' and a 'blue veined'. It is the oldest named cheese made in the British Isles.
[a] Stilton; [b] Caerphilly; [c] Cheshire
5) What are the 3 major fruits native to North America?
[a] apples, blueberries, Thompson seedless grapes
[b] cranberries, Concord grapes, apples
[c] blueberries, Concord grapes, cranberries
6) This large vegetable is best eaten when about 18 inches long, although they can grow to twice that size. They are related to the black eyed pea, and are popular in China.
Name this vegetable.
7) These fungi are common on plant leaves and in the intestinal tracts of warm blooded animals. They are also found in the soil and in saltwater. Some are also used in food and vegetable production.
Name this fungi.
8) The seeds and leaves of these evergreen trees and shrubs contain poisonous alkaloids that stop the heart of an animal so quickly that no symptoms are seen; the animal just drops dead. The flesh of the berries are the least poisonous parts. These trees were sacred to the Druids, and wood from the trees was formerly used to make long bows.
Name this tree.
9) What is a deep dish (casserole or soufflé dish) fruit pie (peach is most common) with only a top biscuit dough crust?
10) This black, bulbous fungus is considered by most U.S. farmers as a plant disease. The Aztecs considered it a delicacy, and it is still prized in Mexican cuisine.
Name this fungus.
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