National Fried Chicken Day
The Mobile Cuisine website states chicken as a meat has been depicted in Babylonian carvings from around 600 BC. Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world. There are more chickens on earth than people. The largest serving of fried chicken (2,493 lbs.) was served at Kentucky Fried Chicken in celebration of the restaurant’s 70th anniversary. Chicken consumption in the United States increased during World War II due to a shortage of beef and pork. According to the National Chicken Council, more than 1.25 Billion Chicken wing portions (more than 100 million pounds) were consumed on Super Bowl weekend in 2012.
National Sugar Cookies Day
In the mid-1700s, Protestant settlers from Germany created the first sugar cookies in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Before sugar cookies were called “sugar cookies,” they were referred to as gimblettes in France, cimbellines in Italy, and other names like jumbles, jumbals, crybabies, plunkets and gemmels in other parts of the world. Early sugar cookies were often a cross between the modern bagel and a cookie. Many times, sugar cookies were tough and dry, making them convenient to travel with and long-lasting. In 2015, Pillsbury earned the world record for most cookies/biscuits iced in one hour, enlisting the help of shoppers at Mall of America to decorate a total of 1,169 sugar cookies.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Tom Hanks – Actor – born in Concord, California
Kevin O’Leary – “Mr. Wonderful” on Shark Tank – born in Montreal, Canada