October 17 – National Pasta Day

National Pasta Day

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Food Facts on Pasta
  • Pasta is one of the world’s most favourite foods!  Spaghetti, lasagna, rotini, tortellini – there are over 600 known pasta shapes.
  • Pasta became a common North American food in the late 19th century with the surge in Italian immigration.
  • The first commercial pasta plant in the United States was founded in 1848 in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Fresh pasta (pasta fresca) is not necessarily better than dried pasta (pasta secce).  It just that it’s made differently and it tastes different.  Dry pastas are made with just wheat and water.  Fresh pastas add egg to the dough
  • Did you know that a typical Italian person eats over sixty pounds of pasta per year? In comparison, Americans only eat around twenty pounds of pasta per person per year!

October 15 – National Mushroom Day

National Mushroom Day

mushroom fresh harvest

Food Facts on Mushrooms 

  • A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source.
  • Mushrooms are a low-calorie food usually eaten cooked or raw and as garnish to a meal
  • Per capita consumption of fresh mushrooms hit an all-time high last year in the United States at 2.8 pounds.
  • Most mushrooms sold in supermarkets have been commercially grown on mushroom farms.
  • There are over 5,000 species of mushrooms in the United States. With 12 species, know to be fatal.

October 10 – National Angel Food Cake Day

National Angel Food Cake Day

Angelfoodcake

Food Facts on Angel Food Cake 

  • Angel Food cake, or Angel cake, is a relative of sponge cake and originated in the United States in the late 19th century.
  • Angel Food cake is known for its airy lightness and some called it the “food of the angels”.
  • Angel food cake is made with egg whites whipped until they are stiff, with cream of tartar added to the mixture as a stabilizing agent.
  • The remaining ingredients, cake flour, sugar, and salt are gently folded into the egg white mixture and poured into a tube pan.
  • Angel food cake should be cut with a serrated knife, as a straight-edged blade tends to compress the cake rather than slice it.