March 29, 2012

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.” - George Harrison

It's National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day!

Chiffon cake has a really romantic story - the kind Hollywood gobbles up and turns into a blockbuster starring Tom Hanks. California insurance salesman, Harry Baker, created the recipe for what would become known as chiffon cake. Despite the fact that everyone wanted the recipe, he kept his lips sealed for twenty years before eventually selling it to General Mills (home of Betty Crocker). In May, 1948, they printed the recipe in Better Homes and Garden magazine and advertised it as "the first new cake recipe in 100 years." As you can imagine, it became a success.

So much so that it now has it's own national food holiday!

If anything this "eating the year" project has introduced me to a slew of foods I probably wouldn't have made if not, well, forced to do so. I'll be honest: some days have been disastrous. But, in my opinion, that keeps this project, and me, totally real. If something I make sucks or if I totally screw up a recipe, you'll know it. Almanac of Eats isn't to show off how awesome I think I am; it's to share with you one self-taught foodie's adventure in cooking as healthy, as delicious, and as affordable as possible.

On the other hand, there have been a slew of food holidays that have been surprisingly delightful despite my original skepticism.

Like tonight's Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake.

Yum.

Happy National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day!