July sure has been a busy month of culinary celebrations. The last week of foodie days is no exception. As a matter of fact, by the time you get to the end of this post, you may just be thinking I make this stuff up. You'll see...
Let's get going. Remember last year when I shared recipes from The Book of Antipasti by Lyn Rutherford for *National Salad Week? Well, this year I would like to share another recipe for Salad Week from yet another favorite book in my library. You see, New York became the 11th State of the Union on July 26, 1788. As many of you know, before making the permanent move to Pennsylvania in January, I was a New Yorker. Well, actually, to my mind's eye, I was a Long Islander:)
In honor of New York Statehood this month, National Salad Week this week AND peaches, (August is National Peach Month:) I present you with Nicola Zanghi's Lobster and Peach Salad. I harvested this recipe from Peggy Katalinich's book Foods of Long Island. Peggy Katalinich was food editor at Long Island's largest newspaper back in the eighties and her cookbook stands proudly on my bookshelf.
|"Nicola Zanghi, chef and proprietor of Restaurant Zanghi in Glen Cove, combines two of Long Island's finest products-lobster and peaches."|
|For the dressing:|
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup walnut oil
2 tbs. lemon or lime juice
1 tbs. honey
2 tbs. Dijon Mustard
2 tbs. fruit vinegar
1/2 bunch scallions, sliced
2 tbs. freshly grated, peeled ginger
About 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly cracked peppercorns
8-12 medium peaches
1 1-pound lobsters
1 tsp. olive oil
Approximately 4 cups of field and slightly bitter greens--dandelion, Mâche, arugula, watercress or Belgian endive, well washed, drained and reserved.
|1. The day before serving, whisk together salad dressing ingredients. Refrigerate. Or, prepare ahead and let stand at room temperature for several hours. Strain before serving.|
2. If peaches are young and thin skinned, it will not be necessary to peel them; otherwise, do so. Cut peaches in half, avoiding bruising the flesh of the skin. Slice into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place on a plate and mosten with some of the salad dressing. Allow to marinate 2-4 hours in the refrigerator.
3. Divide the salad greens among four large plates or platters. Mound lightly in center. Reserve in refrigerator.
4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rub lobsters with oil, place in oven for 15 minutes. Remove and when cool enough to handle, remove meat from claws and tail sections, leaving meat intact. Slice tail meat into 1/4-inch medallions.
5. When ready to serve, arrange alternating slices of lobster meat, with peaches in a crescent around salad greens. Dribble dressing on top. Makes 4 servings
And from last year:
Zucchini & Tomato Salad
About 30 (2-inch long) zucchini (about 1 pound total)
12 ounces small tomatoes, sliced
4 green onions, white part only, finely chopped
1 tbs. chopped Italian parsley
Italian parsley sprigs to garnish
5 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
3 tbs. white wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbs. chopped thyme or 1 tsp. dried leaf thyme
1 tsp. honey
Salt & freshly ground pepper
1. Add zucchini to a saucepan of boiling salted water and cook 3 minutes. Drain well. Using a small, sharp knife, cut a long lengthwise slit in each zucchini, place in a serving dish.
2. To make dressing, mix ingredients together in a small bowl or shake together in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Pour over hot zucchini and leave until completely cold. Add tomatoes, green onions and parsley to dish. Toss to mix. Adjust seasoning before serving. Garnish with Italian parsley sprig. Makes 6 servings.
The 4th week of July is always National Salad Week. Before I forget, did you see the Girard's Salad Dressing give-away Chef Dennis is having over at his place? Salads, Muffins, and a Give Away, he has it all and Bellini's with peaches to boot!
National Coffee Milkshake Day. I'll take mine with a few dribbles of Kahlua:)
I know we'll be celebrating National Waffle Day in August because that's the day the first patent for a Waffle maker was issued to Cornelius Swartwout. However, today is another day to celebrate the waffle iron. Why? Because, today is the day General Electric introduced the first fully electric waffle iron. (with a bit of help from Thomas J. Steckbeck) Waffles & Ice Cream anyone? Ice Cream Month is almost over:(
In 1911, General Electric produced its first electric waffle iron, with the help of Thomas J. Steckbeck (see Abbottstown, Pennsylvania) Steckbeck is credited with designing the first-of-its-kind heating elements that used a built in thermostat to prevent overheating, a common problem with early versions. With his revolutionary design and General Electric funding, the first fully electric waffle iron rolled off the assembly line July 26, 1911. Though the overall appearance of the waffle iron has changed since then, its basic design and function has remained similar. (source)
It's National Scotch Day. Neat:)
*Eben Norton Horsford, considered "the father of American food technology" was born on July 27, 1818. As you might have guessed, I did a post about him last year. I mean really, where would we be without baking powder? In 1859, Horsford, co-founder of The Rumford Company, formulated and patented Rumford Baking Powder, the first calcium phosphate baking powder.
This is just one of the recipes I posted last year just in case you missed it. The recipe is from the Rumford Recipe Book published in 1913. and
Before the invention of Horsford's calcium acid phosphate baking powder, some of the methods used to bake perfectly light and fluffy griddle cakes, waffles, muffins, shortcakes and biscuits, incorporated the use of yeast, ammonia, and pearl ash. The development of baking powder, eliminated the need for yeast and the mixing of two separate ingredients (sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar) to produce a stable leavening agent. Rumford's® Baking Powder made the entire process less of a chore while improving the final results.
Noted for his success in the development of processes for the manufacturing of baking powder and condensed milk, Eben Horsford was inducted into the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni Hall of Fame in 2001. (Class of 1838)
Hurray! Documentation! According to the National Confectioners Association, today is National Milk Chocolate Day! Just take a look at this recipe for Milk Chocolate Ice Cream. I mean really, can you refrain yourself from popping right through your computer screen? And what about these Milk Chocolate Scones I found @ Baking Bites. Oh goodness! Okay, just one more; Milk Chocolate Cookies from Patricia's Technicolor Kitchen.
From chocolate to potatoes. A mash of Irish History: Sir Thomas Harriot is said to have introduced potatoes to Europe on July 28, 1586. Is Thomas Harriot the true discover of the potato?
On July 28, 1907, Earl Silas Tupper inventor of Tupperware was born in Berlin, New Hampshire. Tupperware, is so well regarded as the "greatest thing since sliced bread" that there is a Tupperware bowl and lid housed at the Main Gallery of the Kansas Museum of History. There's more about Earl Tupper @ PBS.
Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day? Apparently, this day has something to do with mice and mousetraps. I'm more inclined to agree with Jake @ the sandwich lovers club. He thinks Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day is a day to splurge on cheese this day.
The legendary creation date for Buffalo Wings was October 30, 1964. However, in 1977, the mayor of Buffalo designated July 29th as Chicken Wing Day!
The Anchor Bar's Buffalo Chicken Wings were an instant success and their impact on Buffalo was so great that former mayor, Stanley M. Makowski, proclaimed Friday, July 29, 1977, as "Chicken Wing Day." The city's proclamation noted that because of Mrs. Bellissimo's kitchen, "thousands of pounds of chicken wings are consumed by Buffalonians in restaurants and taverns throughout the city each week."(whatscookingamerica)
Today is National Lasagna Day. Have you heard about the Chicago and Denver restaurants giving out free lasagna on National Lasagna Day? Buca di Beppo is celebrating too! I don't know where you are but I can tell you for sure, there will not be any lasagna making in my neck of the woods. Not even this recipe for Crockpot Lasagna can lure me. It's too darn hot!
I'm not much of food tv watcher. There are only two shows I might drop what I'm doing to watch. Chopped and Alton Brown's Good Eats. Gee, I wonder if Alton Brown knows he shares his birthday today with another "wacky" barbecuing figurehead, Henry Ford. What? You didn't know commercial charcoal got its start from Henry Ford? I didn't either until I read it here.
Oh my heavens, today is National Cheesecake Day! I LOVE cheesecake! And Junior's holds dear memories close to my heart. (My very best favorite aunt took me there when I was very young:)
This year, Junior's Restaurant, home of the world's most famous cheesecakes, will celebrate its 60th birthday with an exciting national contest for the next great flavor of its award-winning cheesecake. The Next Great Junior's Cheesecake Flavor Recipe Contest will kick off at the original Junior's location in Brooklyn, NY – at the corner of Cheesecake Corner and Harry Rosen Way – on National Cheesecake Day, July 30th... On that day, Junior's will offer customers slices of its mouth-watering New York-style cheesecake for only 60 cents in honor of the restaurant's 60th anniversary. In addition, customers who purchase a lunch or dinner entree at the Brooklyn location will get a free slice of the famous original cheesecake.
Some say National Raspberry Cake Day was July 19th. I may be a little late. Better late than never? Yes!
Have a GREAT week everyone! Wait until you see what August has to bring. Whoever said there were no holidays in August anyway?