Friday, February 27, 2015

National Strawberry Day, In the News, and Enjoy

National Strawberry Day - Today is National Strawberry Day!

Strawberries are the perfect fruit for making preserves, fruit juices, pies, ice creams, milkshakes, chocolates, and more. Many enjoy this fruit mainly for its scent, bright red color, juiciness and sweetness.

Artificial strawberry scents and flavorings are used for many products including lip glosses, candies, hand sanitizer, perfumes, candles and much more.

Strawberries were brought into North America in the 1750s as a gift from Chile.

Strawberries can be bought fresh, frozen, or dried. Winter is strawberry season.

Nearly 300 million pounds of strawberries are grown in central Florida and shipped around the world. Plant City, Florida is named the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.

With spring approaching quickly, it's best to enjoy this fruit while it's in season and at a great price.

In the News - They walk among us!

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  • Robert De Niro Socked with $6.4 Million IRS Tax Lien

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  • Thursday, February 26, 2015

    National Chili Day, In the News, and Enjoy

    National Chili Day - Today is National Chili Day!

    When it comes to the story of chili, tales and myths abound.

    While many food historians agree that chili con carne is an American dish with Mexican roots, Mexicans are said to indignantly deny any association with the dish.

    Enthusiasts of chili say one possible though far-fetched starting point comes from Sister Mary of Agreda, a Spanish nun in the early 1600s who never left her convent yet had out-of-body experiences in which her spirit was transported across the Atlantic to preach Christianity to the Indians. After one of the return trips, her spirit wrote down the first recipe for chili con carne: chili peppers, venison, onions, and tomatoes.

    Another yarn goes that Canary Islanders, who made their way to San Antonio as early as 1723, used local peppers and wild onions combined with various meats to create early chili combinations.

    Most historians agree that the earliest written description of chili came from J.C. Clopper, who lived near Houston. While his description never mentions the word chili this is what he wrote of his visit to San Antonio in 1828: "When they [poor families of San Antonio] have to lay for their meat in the market, a very little is made to suffice for the family; it is generally cut into a kind of hash with nearly as many peppers as there are pieces of meat—this is all stewed together."

    In the News - They walk among us!

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  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    National Clam Chowder Day, In the News, and Enjoy

    National Clam Chowder Day - Today is National Clam Chowder Day!

    All across the country people will be lining up with spoons in hand to dive into a nice warm cup of clam chowder.

    In the News - They walk among us!

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  • Japanese Perform Funerals for Robots
  • Condom Vending Machines Now in California Prisons
  • James Cameron to Launch Nation's First Vegan Elementary School
  • Rev. Graham: America is 'Morally Crumbling Within ... We Have Turned Our Back on God'

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  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    National Tortilla Chip Day, In the News, and Enjoy

    National Tortilla Chip Day - Today is National Tortilla Chip Day!

    Rebecca Webb Carranza invented tortilla chips in the 1950s.

    Carranza and her husband owned the El Zarape Tortilla Factory in Los Angeles and were among the first to automate the production of tortillas.

    The machine often produced misshapen tortillas, and Carranza decided to try and use them instead of throwing them away.

    She cut the rejected tortillas into triangles, fried them, and sold them for a dime a bag.

    Tortilla chips soon became a nationwide sensation, served alongside salsa, chili, guacamole, and a variety of other appetizers.

    In 2003, the state of Texas made the tortilla chip the official state snack.

    In the News - They walk among us!

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  • Egyptian Blogger Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Protest Role
  • JP Morgan Begins Charging for Some Deposits
  • Mysterious Drones over Paris Cause Panic
  • Leaked E-mail: Border Patrol Instructed to Curtail Deportation Proceedings

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