National Salami Day
Though the exact origin is unknown there is proof that a fermented sausage was made in the Mediterranean region more than 2000 years ago and became the preferred method of preserving meat for the Romans and Greeks. The word Salami comes from the Italian “salare” meaning to salt. The Roman Legionnaires were often paid with salt, hence the word salary which also comes from “salare”. They then used the salt to make salami. Originally salami was just made from pork but more recently other meats including beef have been used. Salami is usually made from beef or pork that’s been ground, mixed with garlic, salt, minced animal fat (the white bits!) and seasonings. This raw mixture is then stuffed into edible casings and then allowed to “cure” through air drying. Once the salami is cured, the edible casings are typically removed.
National Grandma Moses Day
Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961), known by her nickname Grandma Moses, was an American folk artist. She began painting in earnest at the age of 78 and is often cited as an example of an individual who successfully began a career in the arts at an advanced age. Her works have been shown and sold in the United States and abroad and have been marketed on greeting cards and other merchandise. Moses’ paintings are displayed in the collections of many museums. Sugaring Off was sold for US $1.2 million in 2006. Within the 30 years of her career, Grandma Moses produced over 1600 canvasses.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Buddy Holly – Singer – born in Lubbock, Texas
Leslie Jones – Comedian & Actress – born in Memphis, Tennessee