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· Candied Sweet Potato Casserole
· Green Bean Casserole Variations
· Classic Bread Stuffing, Sage & Thyme
· Brined Roast Turkey
· Fresh Cranberry Relish
· Pfeffernusse Cookies
· Turducken Recipe
· A Smokin' Thanksgiving Bird
· Harvest Sweet Potato Bake
· Holiday Dessert Recipes
· Orange Cranberry Loaf
· Cider Marinated Turkey Recipe
· Roast Goose Recipe
· Basic Squash Cooking Preparation
· Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes


· A Perfect Thanksgiving
· 10 Tips for Deep Fried Turkeys
· Turkey History and Facts
· Turkey and the Ancient Maya
· Vegetarian Thanksgivings
· The History of a Squash
· It’s the Great Pumpkin
· Holiday Baking
· Animal Crackers and Christmas
· A Dickens Christmas
· Spice Check for the Holidays
· Pets & Holiday Safety
· Holiday Fitness Tips

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November Food Months:

For Details, History and more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for NOVEMBER, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please see the:

November is:

• American Diabetes Month
• National Georgia Pecan Month
• National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month
• National Pepper Month
• National Pomegranate Month
• National Roasting Month
• National Raisin Bread Month
• Sweet Potato Awareness Month
• World Vegan Month

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Then there's the time a lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn't find one big enough for her family.
She asked a stock by, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?"
The stock boy replied, "No ma'am, they're dead."

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“The ambition of every good cook must be to make something very good with the fewest possible ingredients.”       Urbain Dubois (1818-1901)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Cake Day (Cake Recipes)
• Goodbye Cream Day (see 1968 below)

• National Family Week (Nov 23-29, 2014)  The Alliance for Children and Families  An annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving, designed to build community connections and honor those who strengthen families.


On this day in:

1789 President George Washington signed a proclamation on October 3, 1789 declaring Thursday the 26th day of November as the first national Thanksgiving Day under the Constitution.

1832 The 'John Mason', the first public horse-drawn streetcar, began carrying passengers in New York City.  The fare was 12½¢. The coaches, with seating for 30 passengers, were mounted on iron wheels and were drawn by horses over iron rails laid down the middle of the street. Designed and built by John Stephenson. (Demonstrated to NYC officials on Nov 14, 1832)

1836 John Loudon McAdam died. He invented macadam pavement for roads. The Macadamia Nut was named for him. (Macadamia Nut Trivia & Facts)

1867 J.B. Sutherland of Detroit, Michigan received the first U.S. patent (No. 71,423) for a refrigerated railroad car.  An insulated, double walled car with compartments for 800 pounds of ice at each end.

1876 Willis Haviland Carrier was born. He invented the first practical air conditioner.

1915 W. Atlee Burpee died. Founder of the world's largest mail-order seed company in 1876.

1922 Charles M. Schulz was born. American cartoonist, best known for the 'Peanuts' comic strip.

1942 ‘Casablanca’, the movie, premiers in New York City on Thanksgiving Day.

1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning December 1.

1968 Rock group Cream's last concert (Albert Hall).

1991 Japan agrees to stop using drift nets in commercial fishing.

1992 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II volunteers to start paying taxes on her personal income and take her children off the public payroll.

1996 The Las Vegas Sands Hotel was 'imploded' to make way for the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.
(Nevada Trivia & Facts)

2002 Verne H. Winchell died. Founder of Winchell's Donuts in 1948; known as 'The Donut King.'


· Nov 22-30  79th World's Championship Duck Calling Contest
  Stuttgart, Arkansas
· November 27  Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation
  Plymouth, Massachusetts
· Nov 27-29  Thanksgiving Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village
  Sturbridge, Massachusetts
· November 27-29  Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
  Williamsburg, Virginia
· November 29  49th Annual Chitlin' Strut
  Salley, South Carolina
· November 28-Dec 13  4th Annual Wood Gingerbread Festival
  South Windsor, Connecticut


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1) What do turkey giblets consist of?

2) About how many pecan are in a typical pecan pie?

3) What percentage of pecans are sold already shelled?

4) How many pecans would it take to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool?

5) What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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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The USDA forecast for the number of turkeys raised in the U.S. in 2014 is 242 million.  (Minnesota 45 million; North Carolina 35 million; Arkansas 29 million; Indiana 17 million; Missouri 17 million; and Virginia 6 million).

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The USDA forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2014 is 856 million pounds.  Wisconsin 538 million pounds, Massachusetts 210 million pounds. New Jersey, Oregon and Washington were also estimated to have substantial production.

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Walnuts are the oldest tree food known to man, dating back to 7000 B.C. The Romans called walnuts Juglans regia, 'Jupiter’s royal acorn.'   Early history indicates that English walnuts came from ancient Persia, where they were reserved for royalty.  Thus, the walnut is often known as the 'Persian Walnut'.  Walnuts were traded along the Silk Road route between Asia and the Middle East.  English merchant marines transported the product for trade to ports around the world and they became known as 'English Walnuts.' England, in fact, never grew walnuts commercially.

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