I think I’m about to run out of alliterations that begin with “T” – I guess that will cause me to decide whether to continue this as a weekly tradition…or not.
A belated happy birthday to Clarence Birdseye. He was born on December 9, 1886. In 1924 he would create the frozen food industry, with a little help from some friends to bankroll his venture.
Today in 1874, Charles Kraft was born. He created pasteurized cheese food that became a shelf-stable staple during WWII and is still relied upon by cooks today for a quick, melt-able cheese for grilled cheese, queso, and – my favorite – macaroni and cheese. Velveeta also appears in some rather odd places…like a 1990s fudge recipe. Also today, back in 1972 American astronauts stepped off the moon for the last time and Apollo 17 began its return trip home.
Looking ahead: on December 13, the Delmonico family opened their first restaurant in NYC. A word to the wise, if you order a Delmonico steak, come hungry. I ordered one in New York a few years ago, not realizing it was almost as big as I was. I did it justice, but I learned my lesson.
On December 16, our country had its biggest teaparty ever in Boston and on December 17, two Christmas classics were born: Dickens “A Christmas Carol” was first published in 1843 and in 1892, Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker” was first performed in St. Petersburg.
So what are you celebrating this week in the wonderful world of domesticity?