FEBRUARY 24, 2021 | NATIONAL TORTILLA CHIP DAY
NATIONAL TORTILLA CHIP DAY
National Tortilla Chip Day, a day set aside for the crunchy snack loved by millions across the nation, is observed annually on February 24th.
Everyone loves tortilla chips! We most commonly served them with salsa, chile con queso, guacamole, cheese dips or other dips. Tortilla chips are made from corn tortillas cut into wedges and then fried. The tortillas are made from corn, vegetable oil, salt, and water. Typically made with yellow corn, tortillas can also be made with white, blue or red corn.
Even though tortilla chips have always been considered to be Mexican food, known as tostadas, they were first mass-produced in Los Angeles in the late 1940s. Rebecca Webb Carranza receives credit for making the crisp chips popular. She and her husband operated a deli and tortilla factory in Los Angeles.
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When the tortilla manufacturing machine discarded the misshapen tortilla, Carranza realized they could be cut into triangles and fried. She then sold them for a dime a bag at the El Zarape Tortilla Factory. Carranza received the Golden Tortilla Award in 1994 for her contribution to the Mexican food industry.
The United States is one of the primary markets for tortilla chips.
Another favorite dish made with tortilla chips is nachos. Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya created the dish we call nachos around the year 1943. The tortilla chips are served with melted or shredded cheese and often additional toppings are added, such as meat, salsa, refried beans, tomatoes, diced onion, lettuce, olives, jalapenos, guacamole, and sour cream.
February 24th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler attained her medical degree from the New England Female Medical College becoming the first African American woman to become a physician. Following her graduation, Dr. Crumpler dedicated her practice to the care of newly freed slaves. She would return to Boston and carry on her practice there.
High drama continues in the hallowed halls of government when the House of Representatives impeaches President Andrew Johnson. How did Johnson become the first president to be impeached? He was charged with violating the Tenure of Office Act which Congress passed in the spring of 1867. The act was designed to prevent the Democratic president from replacing Cabinet members selected by the assassinated President Abraham Lincoln and making it difficult for Radical Republicans to further their path of Reconstruction. Johnson removed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, motivating the House to bring charges of impeachment against the president. However, the Senate would find Johnson not guilty six weeks later.
In a come-from-behind win, the U.S. Olympic hockey team wins gold at the Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. Coached by Herb Brooks, it was only the second gold in the team’s Olympic history.
Eric Clapton unplugs and wins six Grammys. Clapton won both Album and Record of the Year for Tears in Heaven. Other nominees in those categories included Billy Ray Cyrus, Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, k.d. lang, and Vanessa Williams.
Recipe of the Day
Mexican Beef & Bean Dip
Prep: 20 mins.
Cook: 15 mins
Servings: 12 – 15
1 lb ground beef
1 15 oz can Refried Beans
1 15 oz can Stewed diced Tomatoes
1 Can Green Chilis
1 Package Taco Seasoning
8 oz Shredded Cheddar
6 – 8 Green Onions
Add taco seasoning with ground beef into sauce pan, brown and drain. While ground beef is cooking slice and green onions while cooking.
On low heat, add refried beans, stewed tomatoes and green chilis into browned ground beef, stirring occasionally until mixed well and warm.
Place in serving bowl, cover with shredded cheese, serve with tortilla chips and enjoy. Alternately, place dip into small warming crock to keep dip warm while enjoying.
February 24th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Winslow Homer – 1836
The American realist painter is best known for his seas-side paintings. As a print-maker during the American Civil War, he supplied illustrations for Harper’s Weekly freelance artist from the war front.
Chester Nimitz – 1885
Admiral Nimitz commanded the Pacific Fleet during World War II. President Harry Truman would tap Nimitz and General Douglas MacArthur to accept Japan’s formal surrender.
Steve Jobs – 1955
Anyone who has made it to the 21st century has been influenced by the apple…the Apple. Partial credit for that influence goes to Steve Jobs. Jobs, alongside Steve Wozniak, brought to life the Macintosh, the first successful personal computer and co-founded Apple Computers in 1976.
Paula Zahn – 1956
For more than four decades, the award-winning journalist and primetime host has been interviewing presidents and soldiers and educators alike.
Stella Young – 1982
The journalist, comedian and disability advocate left a legacy in her wake when she died in 2014 at the age of 32. Young gave voice to what those in the disability community were thinking and empowered them to demand change. She used eye-opening humor to point out the flaws of the able-bodied logic while spurring conversation in the hopes of transforming the way the world looks at disability.
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