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National Cabbage Day!

Today is National Cabbage Day and is always observed annually on February 17th.

Cabbage is a green leafy, or reddish-purple, or pale green vegetable which is a biennial plant grown as an annual crop for its dense leaved head.  Cabbage heads normally range from 0.5 to 4 kilograms, about 1 to 9 pounds.  Under conditions of long sunny days, such as those found at high northern latitudes in summer, cabbages can grow quite large.  As of 2012, the heaviest cabbage said to be 138.25 pounds.

Cabbage is normally serve in a variety of ways.  They can be pickled or fermented like the Sauerkraut.  They can be steamed, stewed, sautéed, braised or eaten raw.  Cabbage is packed with nutrients and has numerous impressive health benefits, all backed by science.  In fact, just 1 cup of raw cabbage, which is 89 grams contains 22 grams of calories, 1 gram of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and many more to mention, including 4% of potassium.  It also has vitamin A, C, iron, and riboflavin, rich in vitamin B6 and folate, with are the essential nutrients for any processes in the body, including the nervous system.

No matter how you prepare cabbage, celebrate this day by making a dish that calls for cabbage as the major ingredient like Haluski, a traditional Polish dish made of cabbage and egg noodles, a comfort food that is buttery delicious, and how could anyone say it is not healthy because of all the butter, don’t forget, it is made of cabbage, that is nutrient-dense, so that means your eating healthy. Right?

So, today, celebrate this day by cooking dinner with cabbage to share with your family.  Share on social media a special recipe if you have one using #CabbageDay.

1996 Chess champion Garry Kasparov defeats IBM’s Deep Blue

In the final game of a six-game match, world chess champion Garry Kasparov triumphs over Deep Blue, IBM’s chess-playing computer, and wins the match, 4-2. However, Deep Blue goes on to defeat Kasparov in a heavily publicized rematch the following year.

Garry Kasparov, considered one of the greatest players in the history of chess, was born April 13, 1963, in the Russian republic of Azerbaijan. In 1985, at 22, Kasparov became the youngest world champion in history when he defeated Anatoly Karpov.

Deep Blue’s origins trace back to 1985 when Carnegie Mellon University doctoral student Feng Hsiung Hsu began developing a chess-playing computer called “ChipTest.” The computer later became known as “Deep Thought,” after a machine in the science-fiction novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Hsu and his collaborators, Murray Campbell and Thomas Anantharaman were later hired by IBM, where they continued to work on the chess-playing computer. In 1989, Gary Kasparov easily trounced Deep Thought when they met for a 2-game match. The IBM team continued to refine their supercomputer, which in 1993 was renamed “Deep Blue,” a combination of Deep Thought and Big Blue, IBM’s nickname.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kasparov-defeats-chess-playing-computer)