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Chef James

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

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May Food Holidays:

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MAY is:

American Cheese Month

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Grain of the Month: Amaranth

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DID YOU KNOW?

Cress is the common name of various herbs of the mustard family whose leaves are used in salads, garnishes, soups and sandwiches. They include the well known watercress, as well as Indian cress, garden cress or peppergrass, winter cress, upland cress, bitter cress, meadow cress, dry land cress, rock cress, broadleaf cress, penny cress, stone cress, wart cress, etc. They all share a peppery or pungent flavor.
 

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“I put instant coffee in a microwave and almost went back in time.”
Steven Wright, Comedian, actor, writer.
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

National Coquilles St. Jacques Day
  (Coquilles St. Jacques Recipe  ---  Scallop Trivia)

St. Honoratus' Day. Patron saint of bakers, pastry chefs, confectioners, flour merchants.

American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22, 2022)
  [Brewers Association]   (Beer Trivia  - Beer Articles)
  (Beer Quotes)

International Heritage Breeds Week (May 15-21, 2022)    [Livestock Conservancy]

UK: [National Doughnut Week]  (May 7-15, 2022) participating bakers across the UK will be helping to raise money for The Children's Trust by donating money for every doughnut they sell.
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1771 James Baker (Baker's Chocolate) bought what is believed to be his first order of cocoa beans.
(Cocoa & Chocolate History)

1832 Philip Danforth Armour was born.  An American industrialist, he was a pioneer in use of refrigeration and meat canning.  Armour & Co. helped make Chicago the meatpacking capital of the world.
(Chicago Food Trivia)

1861 John Stevens Henslow died.  This British clergyman and botanist was a mentor of Charles Darwin.  To get farmers to apply scientific methods, he gave lectures on the fermentation of manure.  He also showed Irish farmers how to get starch from rotten potatoes during the potato famine of 1845-1846.

1866 Congress authorized the minting of a 5 cent coin made of copper-nickel, and referred to as a 'nickel'.  Silver 5 cent pieces had been called half dimes.

1888 The Canadian Pacific Railway opened the 5 story Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1914 The Grand League of the American Horseshoe Pitchers Association was founded.

1928 Frederick Walton died (born March 13, 1834). Inventor of Linoleum in 1863.

1929 The first Academy Awards were presented during a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

1947 Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins died.  He discovered what we now call 'vitamins,' essential nutrients needed to maintain health.
(Vitamin Trivia & Facts)

1965 Franco-American Spaghetti-O's are introduced; variously-sized pasta rings in a tomato and cheese sauce, sold in cans.

1971 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 8 cents and post cards to 6 cents.

2005 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Michigan and New York could not prohibit people from buying wine online from out of state wineries.  Some 23 other states have similar laws that presumably would also be affected by the ruling.

2008 Robert Mondavi died at age 94.  A leading Napa Valley vintner who helped establish California wines among the best in the world.
(California Wine Articles)

2019 A customer at a Manchester, England Hawksmoor steak house ordered a $335 bottle of Bordeaux wine but was mistakenly served a Chateau Le Pin, Pomerol, 2001 Bordeaux wine worth $5,800, the most expensive wine on the list.

2020 Coronavirus:  Restaurant and Hospitality employment dropped by about 48% since February.
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) All of the following events took place in the same year. What year is it?
The Rolling Stones album 'Goat's Head Soup' was number one on the music charts.
'Promise' brand margarine was introduced.
'Stove Top Dressing' was introduced by General Foods.
'Cup o'Noodles' was introduced in the U.S. by Nissin Foods.
Sales of Vodka beat out whiskey sales in the U.S. for the first time.

2) What was the first fresh fruit to carry a trademark?  What implement was used to mark the first fruit?

3) In 1959, Polish-born Bronx, New York entrepreneur Reuben Mattus introduces a new premium food product with a map of Scandinavia on the cartons.
What was the name of his product?

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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.
Barbara Saba, my sister, who taught me how to dance.
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?

The colors of Campbell's Soup labels, red and white, come from the colors of the Cornell University football team.

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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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DID YOU KNOW?

Unlike other mollusks that are tied to specific locations by burrowing or attachment, adult bay scallops are extremely motile. They swim for short distances by jetting water through their valves.

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IN SEASON FOR SPRING

APPLES
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APRICOTS
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BANANAS
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PINEAPPLE
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RHUBARB
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STRAWBERRIES
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ASPARAGUS -   Trivia
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BROCCOLI
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CABBAGE
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CARROTS
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COLLARD GREENS
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KALE
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LETTUCE
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MUSHROOMS
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ONIONS - Recipes
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PEAS - Recipes
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SPINACH - Recipes
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SWISS CHARD
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TURNIPS
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DID YOU KNOW?

Some names of candy bars that were introduced in the 1920s: Milk Nut Loaf, Fat Emmas, Big Dearos, Vegetable Sandwich, Kandy Kake (actually the original name of the Baby Ruth), Oh Henry!, Mr. Goodbar, Milky Way, Butterfingers, Snickers, and the Chicken Dinner (this chocolate peanut roll actually survived until the 1960s!)

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