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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

 

FEATURED FOR APRIL

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Barbecue and Grilling Articles

Cinco de May Articles & Recipes
 

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SOME SPRING RECIPES

· Spring Crab Salad Recipe

· Spring Lamb Skillet Recipe

· Guacamole Recipes

· Spring Vegetable Saute Recipe

· Spring Nettle Soup Recipe

· Spring Onion & Herb Risotto Recipe

· Springtime Rice Recipe

· Springtime Pasta Primavera Recipe

· Swiss Chard Spinach Watercress Salad

· Swiss Chard with Raisins & Capers

· All American Baby Back Ribs Recipe

· Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe

· Cole Slaw Recipes

· Citrus Strawberry Spinach Salad

· Asparagus Tossed Salad Recipe
 

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April Food Holidays:

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

APRIL is:

• Alcohol Awareness Month
 
• Defeat Diabetes Month
 
• Fresh Florida Tomato Month
· Florida Trivia  ·  Tomato Trivia

· Tomato Kitchen Tips  · Tomato Recipes

· Tomatoes and Taxes
 
• Global Child Nutrition Month
· Food Scarcity & Hunger Articles
 
• National B.L.T. Month
 
• National Garden Month
 
• National Grange Month
 
• Grilled Cheese Month
· International Grilled Cheese Recipes
 
• National Pecan Month  · Pecan Trivia
· A Nut from America
 
• National Soft Pretzel Month
· History of the Pretzel

· Soft Pretzel Recipe  · Pretzel Recipe
 
• National Soyfoods Month
· Soybean Facts & Trivia
 

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Never accept a drink from a urologist.”
Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• Earth Day [www.earthday.org]: The first Earth Day in 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify.

• National Jelly Bean Day (Jelly Bean Trivia)

• UK: [Coffee Week] (April 16-22, 2018)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1662 John Tradescant died. He succeeded his father as naturalist and gardener to Charles I.

1818 Cadwallader C. Washburn is born in Livermore, Maine (died May 15, 1882). In 1866 he built a flour mill at St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota and his Washburn-Crosby Co. (forerunner of General Mills) would market Gold Medal flour.
(1951 Gold Medal Flour TV Commercial)

1832 Julius Sterling Morton was born. He was the founder of Arbor Day, first observed in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. Over one million trees were planted.
(Nebraska Food Trivia and Facts)

1878 The White House hosted the first Easter Monday Egg Roll. Previously, the activities had been held on the Capitol grounds. Congress passed a law banning the practice due to a limited maintenance and landscaping budget (Bah humbug!). President Rutherford B. Hayes was asked if children could hold the activities on the South Lawn of the White House and he enthusiastically agreed. The event has been held there ever since.

1889 The U.S. opened Oklahoma to homesteaders and the Oklahoma land rush officially began at 12 noon.  (Oklahoma Food Trivia and Facts)

1913 Thomas Wright of New Jersey patented a method to load ice on to refrigerator railroad cars.

1948 Prosper Montagne died. Montagne was one of the great French chefs of all time. He is mainly remembered as the creator of Larousse Gastronomique (1938), a comprehensive encyclopedia of French gastronomy.

1964 The New York World's Fair opens in Flushing Meadows on the same site as the 1939 World's Fair. I had my first Heineken beer at their exhibition there. As a matter of fact, I spent every weekend there from April to October for the 2 years the Fair was open. I sampled music, food, beer and wine from around the world, and it helped to inspire my interest in cooking & food history. Chef James.

1970 The first Earth Day was celebrated. Is our environment better or worse today?

1992 A series of sewer explosions in Guadalajara, Mexico killed more than 250 people, injured hundreds of others and left 15,000 people homeless.  Flawed design of the sewer pipe system allowed gasoline from an adjacent pipeline to leak into the sewer pipes.

1996 Erma Bombeck died. Writer, humorist, you will find some of her quotes about family and food on the Food Reference website.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· April 18-22, 2018  48th Annual Grifton Shad Festival
Grifton, North Carolina

· April 20-22  San Joaquin Asparagus Festival - Stockton, CA

· April 22, 2018  7th Annual Red Bank International Beer, Wine & Food Fest - Red Bank, New Jersey

· April 25-29, 2018  82nd Annual National Trout Festival
Kalkaska, Michigan

· April 26-29, 2018  41st Annual Vidalia Onion Festival
Vidalia, Georgia

· April 27-29, 2018  Chicken Fried Steak Festival & Balloon Rally - Lamesa, Texas

· April 28-29, 2018  Annual National Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburg, Tennessee

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What well known cocktail takes its name from iron mines in Cuba?

2) What was the first ready to eat cereal?

3) Domesticated geese have many uses: their meat, their eggs, their feathers (quill pens), their down (insulation, pillows) - can you name another use?

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?

A newer dishwasher uses less than 6 gallons of water for a full load, even a 15 year old dishwasher uses less than 14 gallons.  Leaving the water running while you wash dishes by hand for 15 minutes uses about 30 gallons of water.

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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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Click Here for
Food Emergency
Websites, Phone #s, E-mails, etc.

 

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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Native Americans flavored their baked beans with maple syrup and bear fat, and baked them in earthenware pots placed in a pit and covered with hot rocks. The Pilgrims most likely learned how to make baked beans from the Native Americans, substituting molasses and pork fat for the maple syrup and bear fat.

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IN SEASON FOR SPRING

Asparagus Trivia

Asparagus Recipes

Banana Trivia

Broccoli Recipes

Broccoli Trivia

Carrot Trivia & Facts

Carrot Recipes

Peas, Trivia

Pea Recipes

Radish Trivia

Radish Cooking Tips

Rhubarb Trivia

Rhubarb Cooking Tips

Spinach Trivia

Spinach Recipes

Strawberry Trivia

Swiss Chard Recipes

Swiss Chard Trivia
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

The tandoor, an earthenware pot used as an oven, achieves such high heat (well over 700 degrees F) that they cook a chicken half in less than 5 minutes.
 

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