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Monday, August 4, 2008


Ever wonder whom your favorite food is named after?

I do. But the only one I know is the sandwich. You know, because "Earl of Sandwich" is pretty easy to remember.

Well today, something interesting happened. I read this bible verse...

"Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. (Matthew 22:21)"

... and instead of being inspired, I got hungry. I started thinking of Caesar salad and Caesar wraps. And then I started thinking, "Why isn't a Caesar salad not called a Jesus salad?"

So I decided to "Wikipedia" said salad. And wouldn't ya know... it wasn't named after THAT Caesar after all!

Being the lucky lady that I am, I managed to find an article outlining all the different famous-food-name-origins. I'm sharing it here in hopes you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy thinking about eating:

Caesar salad – Caesar Cardini (1896–1956) or one of his associates created this salad at the restaurant of the Hotel Caesar in Tijuana.

General Tso's Chicken — Named for General Zuǒ Zōngtáng (1812–1885; variously spelled Tzo, Cho, Zo, Zhou, etc.) of the Qing Dynasty, although it was not contemporaneous with him

Eggs Benedict – at least two main accounts. Lemuel Benedict, a New York stockbroker, claimed to have gone to the Waldorf Hotel for breakfast one day in 1894 while suffering a hangover. He asked for a restorative in the form of toast, bacon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce on the side. The famous maître d' Oscar of the Waldorf took an interest in Benedict's order, and adapted it for the Waldorf menu, substituting English muffins and ham, adding truffles, and naming it after Benedict. The other version: in 1893, Charles Ranhofer, head chef of Delmonico's, created the dish for Mr. and/or Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, New York stockbroker and socialite.

Beef Stroganoff - a 19th-century Russian dish, possibly derived from the Stroganov family.

Fettuccine Alfredo – Alfredo di Lelio, an early-20th-century Italian chef who invented the dish for his wife in 1914–1920 at his Roman restaurant and popularized it among tourists.

Delmonico steak – named for the Delmonico brothers' restaurant Delmonico's, at one time considered the finest restaurant in the United States. Delmonico steak and Lobster à la Delmonico are among the many named for the restaurant and/or its owners. The restaurant's most famous chef Charles Ranhofer (1836–1899) named many dishes after historic figures, celebrities of the day, and favored customers.

Earl Grey tea – Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, Viscount Howick, and British Prime Minister 1830–1834.

Pizza Margherita – Queen Margherita of Savoy (1851–1926) was presented with this pizza in the colors of the Italian flag on a trip to Naples, c. 1889. Many people claimed to have created it.

Dr Pepper – Charles T. Pepper. The soft drink invented by pharmacist Charles Atherton in 1885 at a Waco, Texas drugstore owned by Wade Morrison is said to be named for Morrison's first employer, who owned a pharmacy in Virginia.

Sandwich – John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718–1792) did not invent the sandwich. Meat between slices of bread had been eaten long before him. But as the often-repeated story goes, his title name was applied to it c. 1762, after he frequently called for the easily-handled food while entertaining friends. Their card games then were not interrupted by the need for forks and such.

Thank you,

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