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The One of a kind Tootsie Roll…

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013 in Chicago Illinois, Food, Food & Travel Blog, Food and Travel Blog, Food Blog, Inspiration, Leo Hirshfield, Quotes, Roadtrips R Us, Todays Food History, Tootsie Roll, Travel | Comments Off on The One of a kind Tootsie Roll…

Quote for Today: “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” Zig Ziglar The American spirit is entrepreneurship, and on this date in 1896 Leo Hirshfield introduced the Tootsie Roll at his small store in New York City. It was named after his 5 year old daughter, whose nickname was ‘Tootsie.’ Leo’s goal was to produce an inexpensive alternative to chocolate that would not melt in your hands during the sweltering summer heat. His invention was a success, and by 1905 the company moved to a five story building to mass produce his product. In 1919, the company was renamed The Sweets Company of America offering the first penny candy to be wrapped in an individual wrapper. Later in 1931, the Tootsie Pop—a lollipop with Tootsie Roll filling—was invented and is still popular today as in the...

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Good to the last pop…

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Food, Food & Travel Blog, Food Blog, Quotes, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today in Food History | Comments Off on Good to the last pop…

Quote for Today:  The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves.  W.C. Fields On this date in 1995, Orville Redenbacher of popcorn fame passed away.  Born in Brazil, Indiana in 1907, Orville grew up on a farm and as a teenager enjoyed selling popcorn on roadside stands.  After graduating in the top five percent of his high school class, he went on to Purdue University.  While at college, he joined the agricultural oriented Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, played in the All-American marching band and graduated with a degree in Agronomy in 1928. Orville spent most of his life in the agriculture industry as a Farm Bureau Agent and as a Farm Manager.  In his spare time, Orville dedicated himself to perfecting popcorn.  After earning a small fortune in the...

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A steak by any other name is not the same…

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Easy Recipes from Chef TJ, Food, Food Blog, Food History, National Steak au poivre day, Quotes, Recipe, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Steak au Poivre Recipe, Today in Food History, Uncategorized | Comments Off on A steak by any other name is not the same…

Quote for Today:  Isn’t it funny how alcohol, heavy cream, and butter make things taste better.  Anonymous (TJ) This weekend we celebrate National Steak au Poivre Day.  This delicious French dish consists of a steak, traditionally a Filet Mignon, coated with cracked black peppercorns and served with a pan sauce.  My favorite version of this dish uses an old fashion coffee grinder.  Your grandmother may have had one of these contraptions  Where you crush the beans with a hand crank and the end product comes out of a wooden drawer similar to your bedroom dresser.  Also, instead of a filet, I prefer a 14-16 ounce New York Strip. To get started, crush enough whole black peppercorns in your grinder to evenly coat both sides of your steak.  If you can’t find the grinder described above, an electric one will...

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Trolling for Potato Chips…

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Chef George Crum, Food, Food & Travel Blog, Moon's House Restaurant, Quotes, Restaurant, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel Blog, Twitter, William and Cornelius Vanderbilt | Comments Off on Trolling for Potato Chips…

Quote for Today: Cats are like potato chips.  You can never own just one. Unknown We want to apologize to all our followers for being off line this past week.  But the lack of internet access was out of our control.  Yesterday in food history America’s favorite snack food was born at the Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Spring, New York.  Native American Chef, George Crum, responding to a customer compliant invented the potato chip. Chef Crum’s upscale restaurant was known for its French fried potatoes, but this particular customer sent them back saying they were too thick and mushy.  In response, Chef Crum took a fresh potato, sliced it as thin as possible, fried it until crispy, salted it and sent it back out to his critic.  To his surprise, the plate came back empty and the grumpy...

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Never say Never Again

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Alain Ducasse, BucketList, Food, Hotel de Paris, Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo Casino, Quotes, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Travel, Travel Blog | Comments Off on Never say Never Again

Quote for Today:  The Name’s Bond, James Bond, Roger Moore In doing research for yesterday’s blog, I ran across Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo.  Needless to say, I was blown away by the beauty of the Hotel and its restaurants.  The view of the Mediterranean wasn’t so bad either.    Opened in 1863 under the auspices of Charles III, this luxury hotel is in the heart of Monaco.  The rooms of this establishment cover a broad spectrum.  They start with your basic room with a court yard view which rivals most any luxury hotel in the world at €392.  On the other end of the scale, the Charles Garnier Suite is luxury personified.  The elegant antique furniture and detailed woodwork alone make this a great place to hang your hat.  The immense terrace...

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Julia Child – 6′ 2″ Queen of the Kitchen

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Coq au Vin food recipe, Food & Travel Blog, Food Blog, Food History, France, Julia Child, Louisetta Berthalle, Quotes, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today in Food History, Today in History, Travel Blog, Twitter | Comments Off on Julia Child – 6′ 2″ Queen of the Kitchen

Quote for Today: Non-cooks think it’s silly to invest two hour’s work in two minutes’ enjoyment, but if cooking is evanescent, well, so is the ballet.  Julia Child Today we celebrate the 100th birthday of America’s Grande Dame of cooking, Julia Child.  The popular television chef and author was born Julia McWilliams in Pasadena, California to John McWilliams Jr. a Princeton graduate and investor in California  real estate and his wife, the former Julia Carolyn Weston, a paper company heiress whose father served as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. In 1930 she enrolled at Smith College in Massachusetts with the intention of becoming a writer.  At the onset of World War II, Julia moved to Washington, D.C. where she volunteered as a research assistant for the Office of Strategic Services, a newly formed government intelligence agency.  Here she was given...

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