Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Today is Tuesday December 14, 2010
11 Days till Christmas
18 Days til 2011

National Bouillabaisse Day

Bouillabaisse is a tasty fish stew that originated in Marseilles, France around 600 B.C. The Phoceans actually founded Marseilles so the stew was referred to back then in Greek as "kakavia." Bouillabaisse also appears in Roman mythology as a soup that Venus feeds to Vulcan. Today, bouillabaisse is an extremely popular dish across the Mediterranean.
When bouillabaisse is made, it is rarely made for fewer than ten people. The more people that share the meal, the more different varieties of fish that are included in the stew and thus, the more tasty the bouillabaisse.
Marseille fishermen typically make the dish when they return to port. Rather than using the more expensive fish that they catch, they use common fish like rockfish and shellfish. Different herbs and spices are also added to the soup for flavor such as garlic, orange peel, basil, saffron, and bay leaf. Vegetables like tomatoes, onions, celery, and potatoes also began to be added during the 17th century.
To celebrate today, try your hand at conjuring up your own bouillabaisse stew for your family to enjoy!
December is National Fruit Cake Month & National Egg Nog Month
December is National Fruit Cake Month & National Egg Nog Month
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On this day in History:

1503 - Physician, astrologer and clairvoyant, Nostradamus, was born at St. Remy, Provence, France.

1799 - The first President of the United States, George Washington, died at the age 67.

1946 - The U.N. General Assembly voted to establish the United Nation's headquarters in New York.

1985 - Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she formally took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

1995 - The presidents of Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia signed the Dayton Accords to end fighting in Bosnia.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life "The greatest danger, that of losing one's own self, may pass off as quietly as if it were nothing; every other loss, that of an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc., is sure to be noticed."

--Soren Kierkegaard

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