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NATIONAL BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE DAY / NATIONAL PAPER AIRPLANE DAY
With only two choices today, I opted for the word "and" instead of "or", so here we go:
NATIONAL BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE DAY
On May 26th, two of the calendar’s favorite foods come together on National Blueberry Cheesecake Day. We’ve scattered blueberries and cheesecakes throughout these pages in scrumptious celebration. But one day a year they join forces in perfect, delicious harmony.
History of Blueberries and Cream Cheese
There was a time when people only gathered blueberries from the wild. It wasn’t until the early 1900s through the observations of Elizabeth Coleman White and the research of Dr. Frederick V. Coville that successful transplanting and domestication of the blueberry became possible. It wasn’t long after that commercial production of the blueberry began.
Combine the history of the blueberry with the development of cream cheese, some might consider the blueberry cheesecake to be a truly American dessert. While recipes for cheesecake served athletes in ancient Greece, cream cheese has been a part of American’s dessert making since about the 1820s. However, after the advent of pasteurization, mass production became possible. One dairy farmer from Chester, New York, decided to be the first. William A. Lawrence purchased a Neufchatel factory to begin his production and in 1873 the first mass-produced cream cheese became a reality.
Types of Cheesecakes
Either way, this smooth dessert hits the spot when dessert time rolls around. While most cakes have a crumb, cheesecake’s texture is nothing like cake. Indeed, its creamy, thick pudding-like character comes from the soft cheese used as the main ingredient. Depending on the recipe, bakers use either cream cheese or cottage cheese. When the cheese is mixed with sugar, eggs, and other ingredients, the batter is added to a crust. Either add the blueberries now or save them for a beautifully fresh and vibrant topping.
When making cheesecake, one of the most common crusts used is a graham cracker crust. Other options include a cookie crust, pastry or sponge cake. However, some cheesecakes are crustless. Depending on the recipe, cheesecakes may be prepared baked or unbaked.
Do you want to bake one at home? Try one of these delicious recipes:
Now, something of interest, perhaps, to any of our GT grads who have come over from the dark side to enjoy supporting a winning program:
NATIONAL PAPER AIRPLANE DAY
On May 26th each year, National Paper Airplane Day honors the simple aeronautical toy that has been around for thousands of years.
National Paper Airplane Day provides an excuse to play! This inexpensive, healthy, and stimulating form of entertainment brings lots of joy, too. In other words, put down your smartphones and get outside for some primitive fun!
Did you know?
- Many believe the use of paper airplanes originated 2,000 years ago in China.
- The earliest known date of the creation of modern paper planes was said to have been 1909.
- The largest paper aircraft had a wingspan of 59.74 ft. Students and employees from Germany created it on 28th September 2013.
- Joe Ayoob recorded the longest distance flown by a paper airplane in February 2012. His plane flew 226 feet, 10 inches.
- The longest-lasting paper airplane flight flew 29.2 seconds.
There is more than one way to fold paper for a test flight. Find tips for designs at www.foldnfly.com.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PaperAirplaneDay
You can celebrate in a variety of ways. From challenges to creating new designs, paper airplane making is for everyone! Whether you play all day or just a few minutes, invite someone to join you. It is a great way to share the fun.
- Test your paper airplane-making skills!
- Like the paper airplane day Facebook page to join in on the festivities.
- Watch flights on YouTube.
- Use #PaperAirplaneDay to share on social media.
CARE TO TAKE AN AERONAUTICAL TEST?
Quiz - the answers are below the question.
Q: The four forces that influence the flight of a paper airplane are ****, lift, gravity, and drag.
How do these forces impact your paper airplane?
When you throw the plane forward, this is called ****.
Lift is a force that acts on the wings and helps the plane to move up. Big wings increase lift.
Gravity pulls the plane down. The right materials create a lighter aircraft that stays up for longer.
The tail of the plane causes drag. It is the opposite of ****, and it makes the plane slow down.
Q: Paper airplane contests compete for the top place in what two categories?
A: Distance and Time to float.
How did you do?
If you make a really good, and I mean REALLY good paper airplane, you'd have time to have a bite of blueberry cheesecake before it lands.