FEBRUARY 21 - Today in Food History
Shrove Tuesday (Feb 21, 2023) - can be Feb or March) Also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras Day. Tommorrow is Ash Wednesday, beginning 6 weeks of fasting for Christians, leading up to Easter.
• National Sticky Bun Day
• International Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday; Feb 21, 2023 - Can be Feb or March) [Day of the International Pancake Race, Liberal, Kansas] (Pancake Trivia)
• Paczki Day (Shrove Tuesday - Feb 21, 2023 - can be Feb or March). A day to enjoy these rich, sugar coated Polish pre-lenten pastries.
• Iceland: Bursting Day: (Feb 21, 2023) - Feast on mutton and pea soup. (Shrove Tuesday - can be Feb or March)
• National CSA Week (Feb 20-26, 2023) Formerly CSA Day [CSA Innovation Network] Community Supported Agriculture
• National FFA Week: Feb 18-25, 2023 [Future Farmers of America] Week of Washington's Birthday, from Saturday to Saturday encompassing February 22
• [National Invasive Species Awareness Week] (Feb 20-26, 2023) Raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, international and national levels.
• Pancake Week (Feb 20-26, 2023 - Week of Shrove Tuesday - can be Feb or March) (Pancake Recipes)
(Pancake Cooking Tips --- Pancake Trivia)
• UK: [Real Bread Week] (Feb 18-26, 2023) A celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them.
On this day in:
1554 Hieronymus Bock died. A German botanist whose work contributed to the transition from medieval beliefs to modern science.
1741 Jethro Tull died. He was an English agriculturalist and inventor whose ideas were instrumental in the development of modern English agriculture. One of his inventions was a horse drawn seed planting drill that sowed 3 even rows of seeds at once. (1701). The music group ‘Jethro Tull’ was named for him.
1858 Edwin T. Holmes sells the first electric burglar alarm in the U.S., in Boston, Massachusetts. His workshop was later used by Alexander Graham Bell.
1865 John Deere of Moline, Illinois received a patent for an 'Improvement in Plows'
1878 The first telephone directory is issued by the District Telephone Co. in New Haven, Connecticut. It contains 50 names.
1895 Carl Peter Henrik Dam was born. Dam was a Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K in 1939.
1927 Erma Bombeck was born. Writer, humorist, you will find some of her quotes about family and food on the Food Reference website.
1931 Alka Seltzer is introduced in the U.S. by Miles Laboratories. It combined aspirin for relief of headaches, fevers, and body pain and bi-carbonate of soda to neutralize stomach acids and settle the stomach. (see also Feb 27, 1900).
1947 Lidia Bastianich was born. American chef, restaurateur, author and award winning TV cooking show host (Lidia's Italy, Lidia's Family Table, etc.). Official website: Lidia's Italy www.lidiasitaly.com/
1961 In Canada, the Ontario Royal Commission endorses water fluoridation to cut tooth decay.
1985 Nathan Pritikin died. A nutritionist who believed that exercise and a low fat, high unrefined carbohydrate diet helped reverse his own heart disease. He founded the Pritikin Longevity Center in 1976.
1989 The USDA approved 'Simplesse,' a low calorie fat substitute.
1994 Whirlpool began manufacturing a refrigerator that was significantly more efficient, and did not use freon. Freon has been implicated in the destruction of ozone in the atmosphere.
2001 The European Commission bans all British milk, meat and livestock exports following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the U.K.