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National Coq Au Vin Day: Julia Child’s Recipe

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Food, Food and Travel Blog, Food Blog, Food History, Food Holidays, Julia Child, Julia Child Cookbooks, Julia Child Quotes, Julia Child Recipes, Mastering French Cooking, National Coq Au Vin Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Uncategorized | Comments Off on National Coq Au Vin Day: Julia Child’s Recipe

Quote of the Day: “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” Julia Child, My Life In France. Today we celebrate National Coq Au Vin Day. To talk about this food holiday leads us to discuss the background and influence of this dish – Julia Child Although the dish Coq Au Vin can be traced to ancient Gaul and Julius Caesar, the recipe was not documented until the early 20th century; it is accepted that it existed as a rustic dish long before that. A somewhat similar recipe, poulet au vin blanc, appeared in an 1864 cookbook. Wikipedia Julia Child featured Coq Au Vin in her breakthrough 1961 cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She frequently prepared it on the PBS Cooking Show The French...

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Top 5 Spots: National Hoagie Day

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Best Hoagies in the US, Food, Food Blog, Food History, History of the Hoagie Sandwich, National Hoagie Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today in Food History, Today's Food Holiday, Travel, Travel Blog | Comments Off on Top 5 Spots: National Hoagie Day

National Hoagie Day Quote for Today: Too few people understand a really good sandwich. James Beard Today’s National Food Holiday is “National Hoagie Day.” The name hoagie for a sandwich has its roots in Philadelphia. Elsewhere in the United States, pretty much the same size sandwich with various types of bread and fillings have many different names. How the name “hoagie” got attached to a sandwich in Philadelphia has multiple versions. One story claims that Italians working at the World I shipyard in Philadelphia, known as “Hog’s Island,” introduced the sandwich by putting various meats, cheeses, and lettuce between two slices of bread. In different parts of the City, other names for this sandwich included the Hoggie, Hog Island, Hokie, Hogan, Honkie, Hoogie, and Hooky. However, by 1955, restaurants throughout the district were using the term “Hoagie” with many of...

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The Ambitions of a Pig: National Truffle Day

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Food History, Food Holidays, National Truffle Day., Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today's Food Holiday, Travel, Travel Blog | Comments Off on The Ambitions of a Pig: National Truffle Day

Quote for Today: The pig is not just pork chops and bacon and ham to us. The pig is a co-laborer in this great land-healing ministry. Joel Salatin National Truffle Day Pigs eat them, dogs sniff them, and people pay astronomical prices for them, why?  Chef TJ Today’s Food Holiday is National Truffle Day. In Hong Kong, real estate tycoon, Sir Gordon Wu and his wife paid $167,787 (U.S.) for a gigantic white Alba Truffle weighing in at 1.5 kg. It was the most expensive truffle ever sold at the time.  However, one year later, a casino magnate Stanley Ho purchased a white truffle from Tuscany for $330,000 at an annual auction in Hong Kong. It was the record price paid for a single white truffle (December 2007). In December 2014, a White Alba’s Truffle weighing in at 4.16 pounds...

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Scamper To The Table With Some Beautiful Shrimp

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Food History, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Scamper To The Table With Some Beautiful Shrimp

National Shrimp Scampi Day April 29th is National Shrimp Scampi Day. Restaurants across America have been serving Shrimp Scampi for years, especially the Italian-American establishments in the Northeast and the Midwest. You’d be hard pressed though to find this dish when traveling through Italy. Scampi in Italy are small crustaceans with light pink shells that look closer to lobster than they do shrimp. In Europe, they’re also known as Langoustine or Dublin Bay Prawns and Norway Lobster.   The traditional way to serve them in Italy is sautéed in olive oil with garlic, onion and white wine. When Italians came to the US they substituted domestic shrimp for the small crustaceans they were used too. They cooked them the same way they always did and thus Shrimp “Scampi” style was born. One big problem was the access to good...

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National Peach Melba Day

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Auguste Escoffier, Dame Nellie Melba, easy recipe, Food, Food Blog, Food History, Food Holidays, London England, National Peach Melba Day, Peach Melba Recipe, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, The Savoy Hotel, Today in Food History, Today's Food Holidays, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on National Peach Melba Day

Today is National Peach Melba Day. This delicious dessert was created by the world famous Savoy executive chef, Auguste Escoffier in the late 1800’s. He named it Peach Melba in honor of Australian operatic soprano, Dame Nellie Melba. History In 1892, Nellie Melba was performing in Wagner’s opera Lohengrin at Covent Garden. The Duke of Orléans gave a dinner party to celebrate her triumph. For the occasion, Escoffier created a new dessert, and to display it, he used an ice sculpture of a swan, which is featured in the opera. The swan carried peaches which rested on a bed of vanilla ice cream and which were topped with spun sugar. In 1900 Escoffier created a new version of the dessert. He omitted the ice swan and topped the peaches with raspberry purée. Other versions of this dessert use pears,...

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Let Them Eat Cake: National Cake Day

Posted by on Nov 26, 2016 in Baba Au Rhum Recipe, Cake Recipes, Chef Alain Ducasse, Corner Gift Shop, Food, Food Blog, Food History, Food Holidays, National Cake Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Travel, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Let Them Eat Cake: National Cake Day

National Cake Day Today’s food holiday is National Cake Day. We like the food history of Baba Au Rhum. The original form of this dish is the Babka, a tall cylindrical yeast cake that is still made in Polish communities around the world. The modern “Baba Au Rhum” with dried fruit and soaked in rum came about in Paris around 1835. Today the word “Baba” almost everywhere in Western Europe refers to the Rum Baba. The Baba came about when King Stanisles of Poland was exiled. On one of his voyages his Kugelhopf (a cake similar to the Baba) dried out. One of his pastry chefs solved the problem by soaking it in a combination of Malaga Wine, Saffron, Raisins, and sweetened cream. The popularity of the Baba spread throughout Europe and over the years rum with simple syrup has...

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