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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,, The Savoy Hotel, Today in Food History, Today's Food Holidays, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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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National Parfait Day

Posted by on Nov 26, 2016 in Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, National Parfait Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote of the Day:  National Parfait Day Today is National Parfait Day. Parfait (from French meaning “perfect”) is a kind of frozen dessert that dates to 1894. In the United States, parfait refers to either the traditional French-style dessert or to a popular variant. The American parfait, made by layering parfait cream, ice cream, and/or flavored gelatins in a tall, clear glass, and topping the creation with whipped cream, fresh or canned fruit, and/or liqueurs. Wikipedia The healthy version of parfaits may also be made by using yogurt layered with granola, nuts or fresh fruits, such as peaches, strawberries, or blueberries. However when we think about parfaits, the Hemingway Key Lime Pie, a tangy pie in graham cracker crust comes to mind. Hope you enjoy this alternative for National Parfait Day. Key Lime Parfait 2016-11-25 07:15:52 A delicious Key...

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National Vichyssoise Day: Food Holiday

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Anthony Bourdain, Carolyn M. Bowen Author, Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, Food Quotes, Food Recipes, Kitchen Confidential, National Vichyssoise Day, Ritz-Carlton, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus,, The Long Road Home Novel by Carolyn M. Bowen, Today in Food History, Travel Blog, Uncategorized, Vichyssoise Recipe | 0 comments

Quote for Today:  If you love soup, you more than likely love life.  Chef TJ National Vichyssoise Day, but what is Vichyssoise? When I asked several people this question, my favorite reply came from an eccentric dog lover from down the street.  Her reply was “Ah yes, Vichyssoise is zee result ven you mix zee loyal Hungarian Vizsla and zee annoying Mexican Chihuahua.” I was surprised that only one person actually knew I was asking about potato and leek soup.  The origin of this soup is a subject of debate.  Julia Child called it an “American Invention”, but others claim its origins are in France.  Louis Diat, a French Chef at the Ritz Carlton in New York City, added it to the menu in the summer of 1917.  Years later, he told New Yorker Magazine how he recalled the...

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National Guacamole Day 2016

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, National Guacamole Day 2016, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus,, Today in Food History, Top 5 Spots for National Guacamole Day 2016, Travel and Food Blog, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Today’s Food Holiday: National Guacamole Day 2016 Quote of the Day: I suppose there are people who can pass up free guacamole, but they’re either allergic to avocado or too joyless to live. Frank Bruni November 14th is National Guacamole Day 2016. The Aztecs used avocado to make this sauce (dip) as early as the sixteenth century. The Spanish fell in love with the avocado and brought it back to Europe after they conquered the Aztec. The California Avocado Advisory Board had a tough time marketing this fruit for a while. In the 40’s, they started giving Americans recipes for guacamole and tried to teach Americans how to pronounce it. In the 60’s, they sought to give the avocado a Pacific Island image. In the 70’s, they went for more of a Mediterranean theme. All this hard work has made...

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National Sandwich Day: Food History

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Earl of Sandwich, Food, Food & Travel Blog, Food Blog, Food Holidays, Fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, National Sandwich Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, The Hell Fire Club, Today in Food History | 0 comments

National Sandwich Day: Food History~ It’s A Whopper Story Quote of the Day: Hors D’oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces. Jack Benny John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, 1718-1792 was an infamous man who during the very late hours of the night in 1762 invented the sandwich. Legend has it that the Earl was too busy gambling to stop for a meal. Instead, he called for a servant to bring him roast beef between two slices of bread so that his fingers would not get the cards greasy. The Earl was not a very well liked man. As the first Lord of the Admiralty, he displayed gross incompetence and was very corrupt. As chief admiral of the British Navy, Montagu most likely contributed to the success of the American Revolution because of his actions. The Earl...

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