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“The duty of a good Cuisinier is to transmit to the next generation everything he has learned and experienced.”
Fernand Point, 1941

Chef James

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SOME WINTER RECIPES

· Guacamole Recipes

· Chicken Wing Appetizer Recipes

· Meatball Recipes

· Mashed Potato Recipes

· Pecan Pie Recipes

· Sweet Potato Pie Recipes

· Best Roast Goose Recipe

· Fresh Cranberry Relish

· Classic Green Bean Casserole

· Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

· Cajun Deep Fried Turkey

· Cider Basted Turkey

· Pumpkin Fritters Recipe

· Winter Squash Gratin

· Sweet Potatoes and Apples

· Swiss Chard with Raisins & Capers
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Fig trees are of the genus Ficus, in the mulberry family.  The rubber plant, a popular house plant, the Bo tree (sacred to Buddhists), and the Banyan tree are also species of Ficus.
 

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January Food Holidays:

For Details, History and more DAY, WEEK and MONTH Food Holiday designations, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information: Detailed JANUARY Food Calendar

JANUARY is:

• Be Kind To Food Servers Month

• Bread Machine Baking Month
  · Bread Recipes  --  Bread Trivia

• Family Fit Lifestyle Month

• National Fiber Focus Month
  · Fiber Facts & Trivia

• National Hot Tea Month
  · Tea Trivia & History

• National Meat Month

• National Soup Month
  · Soup Recipes

• Oatmeal Month: More oatmeal is eaten in January than any other month.

• Prune Breakfast Month

• Wheat Bread Month
  · Wheat Trivia & facts

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DID YOU KNOW?

A handful of 11,400 year old dried figs have whetted the appetites of anthropologists. The figs, found in the abandoned village of Gilgal 1 in the Lower Jordan Valley in Israel, appear to be the first domesticated plants. Researchers from Harvard University and Bar-Ilan University in Israel say the figs came from an unusual variety of tree whose fruit grows sweet and soft - but happens to be sterile. Thus the people of Gilgal must have learned to cultivate new trees by planting shoots.

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TUESDAY, January 16, 2018

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection.”
Curnonsky (Maurice Edmund Sailland) (1872-1956)
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Fig Newton Day (Fig Newton Trivia)

• International Hot & Spicy Food Day

• National Pizza Week (Jan 14-20, 2018)
  [Pizza Trivia and History  --  Pizza Recipes]
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1769 A riot occurred at the Haymarket Theatre in London, when a 'magician' did not show up to perform. He had claimed he would get into a quart tavern bottle "and there sing several songs."

1868 William Davis, a Detroit, Michigan fish dealer, received a patent for a refrigerator car ('ice box on wheels'). He also designed the first refrigerated railway car.

1894 Charles H. Phillips Chemical Company registered 'Milk of Magnesia' trademark.

1915 Rosenella Cruciani 'Rose' Totino was born (died June 21, 1994).  The queen of frozen pizza.  Co-founder with her husband Jim Totino, of Totino's Pizzeria and Totino's Finer Foods.

1920 Prohibition began in the U.S., which banned the sale of all alcoholic beverages. Gangsters flourished, importing and producing bootleg alcohol, and American drank more than ever. Prohibition was finally repealed in 1933. The end of the 'noble experiment.'  See also Dec 5, 1933.
(Prohibition Trivia & Facts)

1945 Carl and Margaret Karcher opened Carl’s Drive-In Barbeque restaurant in Anaheim, California. (The first Carl's Jr. restaurant opened in 1956).

1957 Three B-52's made the first nonstop, around the world flight by jet planes, taking off from Castle Air Force Base in California. The trip took 45 hours and 19 minutes. I am curious as to what they ate while on this flight. (If you have any information, please email me).

1967 Alan S. Boyd took office as the first U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

1969 Marmalade's version of the Beatles song 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' was the #1 single in the UK.

1978 Helen Corbitt died (born Jan 25, 1906). American chef and cookbook author. Texas Monthly declared Corbitt to be the 'Tastemaker of the Century.'

2000 A truck carrying evaporated milk is driven into the state capitol building in Sacramento, California, killing the driver.

2004 The first Starbucks coffee shop in France opened today.

2009 The movie 'Hotel for Dogs' opened in U.S. theatres today.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· January 1-31, 2018 - California Restaurant Month

· January 18-21  Annual Frog Leg Festival - Fellsmere, Florida

· January 18-21, 2018  Minnesota Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show - St. Paul, Minnesota

· January 20, 2018  Dessert Wars - Miami, Florida

· January 20-21 - Washington D.C. Travel & Adventure Show

· January 21-28, 2018  San Diego Restaurant Week - Calif.

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What is Manchego and what connection does it have to Don Quixote?

2) What fruit is the design motif known as 'Paisley' based on?

3) What was created by Auguste Escoffier in 1897, and supposedly named by Cesar Ritz of the Savoy (or his wife Marie) in honor of Helen Porter Mitchell, an Australian native?

Click here for the answers

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Read an article about Chef James and the FoodReference.com website published in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers: Click here for the Article
 

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Dedication
This website is dedicated to:
· Gladys Ehler, my mother, who taught me patience and how to make Sauerbraten (it is still my favorite)
· Edward Ehler, my father, who taught me a love of books and history.
· Cpl. Thomas E. Saba, my nephew.  Died in action on Feb. 7, 2007 in Iraq.  He was 30 yrs. young.

          Chef James
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Fast food is not a new idea. In ancient Rome there were vendors who sold food ready to eat from street stalls.

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A FOOD LIFE

"There are those who say that a life devoted to food -- cooking it, eating it, writing about it, even dreaming about it -- is a frivolous life, an indulgent life.  I would disagree.  If we do not care what we eat, we do not care for ourselves, and if we do not care for ourselves, how can we care for others?"
Fictional cookery writer Hilary Small, in episode 6, series 2 of 'Pie In the Sky'

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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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IN SEASON FOR WINTER

Broccoli Recipes

Brussels Sprouts Trivia

Brussels Sprouts Recipes

Brussels Sprouts Cooking Tips

Cranberry Trivia

Cranberry Tips

Green Bean Recipes

Sweet Potato & Yam Trivia

Sweet Potato & Yam Recipes

Winter Squash Trivia

Squash Recipes
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

In 1889, an Italian tavern owner named Don Raffaele Esposito developed a pizza featuring tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil – ingredients bearing the colors of the Italian flag. He named it the Margherita Pizza, after the Queen of Italy, Margherita Teresa Giovanni. Thus, modern-day tomato-and-cheese pizza was born.

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