TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY * National Prime Rib Day * St. Zita feast day, patron of servants. 1773 The British Parliament passed the 'Tea Act,' one of the events that led to the ‘American Revolution’. 1865 Cornell University was chartered. Cornell is an agricultural land grant university endowed by Ezra Cornell, one of the founders of Western Union Telegraph Co. Today, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, offers many programs, including Agricultural and Life Sciences, Hotel Administration, and Nutritional Sciences. 1947 Pete Ham of the rock group Badfinger was born. 1965 R. C. Duncan was granted a patent for 'Pampers' disposable diapers. 1995 On 'Seinfeld' Kramer began sculpting with pasta. DID YOU KNOW? - Food Trivia In Cheddar cheesemaking, the firm curd is finely chopped ('cheddared') to drain the whey and then pressed into blocks or cylinders. Cheshire cheese is the oldest cheddar type cheese, and the oldest named cheese in Britain. There are 3 varieties, a white, a 'red' (actually yellow in color) which is dyed with annatto, and a blue-veined variety originally considered undesirable when it occurred accidentally. Leicester cheese is a hard cheese similar to Cheddar. It is usually orange colored. Leicester's texture is crumbly, so it does not slice good, but it as great with dishes such as Welsh Rabbit. Longhorn cheese refers to a mild Cheddar or Colby cheese made into a long orange cylinder. Now available in both its original shape and also in rectangles and half rounds.