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National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day!

Today, we celebrate one of the famous sandwiches from Carnegie Deli in New York, the Pastrami sandwich.  This day is observed annually on January 14th.

Before Carnegie Deli in New York closed three years ago, we were able to experience the best Pastrami sandwich that people line up for lunch every day.  Carnegie Deli in New York is a deli restaurant that was made popular by celebrities dining in to taste the best Pastrami sandwich they used to offer.

The mouthwatering Pastrami sandwich is created using thin slices of piping hot pastrami served on rye bread.  The pastrami sandwich has a rich history inspired many chefs to create a variety of ingredients.  It is usually made from beef brisket and kept longer in days placed in brine and partly dried before intense flavor from seasonings, herbs, and spices, then smoked and steamed.

A wave of Romanian Jewish immigration introduced pastrami (pronounced pastróme), a Romanian specialty, in the second half of the 19th century. Early English references used the spelling “pastrama” before the modified “pastrami” spelling was used.

New York kosher butcher, Sussman Volk earns credit for producing the first pastrami sandwich in 1887. He claimed to have gotten the recipe from a Romanian friend in exchange for storing his luggage. Due to the popularity of his sandwich, Volk converted his butcher shop into a restaurant to sell pastrami sandwiches.

So, today, celebrate this day by ordering a pastrami sandwich to one of your favorite sub or sandwich restaurants like Subway or you can buy some beef brisket and find some recipe from the web to make your own homemade pastrami to enjoy with your family.  Share on social media some pictures or recipes using #PastramiSandwichDay.

1784 Continental Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris, ending the American Revolution

On January 14, 1784, the Continental Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris, ending the War for Independence.

In the document, which was known as the Second Treaty of Paris because the Treaty of Paris was also the name of the agreement that had ended the Seven Years’ War in 1763, Britain officially agreed to recognize the independence of its 13 former colonies as the new United States of America.

In addition, the treaty settled the boundaries between the United States and what remained of British North America. U.S. fishermen won the right to fish in the Grand Banks, off the Newfoundland coast, and in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Both sides agreed to ensure payment to creditors in the other nation of debts incurred during the war and to release all prisoners of war.

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