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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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August Food Holidays:

For Details, History and more DAY, WEEK and MONTH Food Holiday designations, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information:
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AUGUST is:

• Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month
  · Kiwi Trivia& Facts

• Maine Lobster Month
  · Lobster Trivia & Facts
  · Lobster Recipes

• National Catfish Month
  · Catfish Trivia & Facts
  · Catfish Recipes

• National Goat Cheese Month
  · Cheese Trivia and Facts

• National Panini Month

• National Peach Month
  · Peach Trivia & Facts

• National Sandwich Month
  · Sandwich Trivia & Facts
  · Sandwich Recipes

• National Water Quality Month
  · Water Trivia & Facts

• Canada: National Blueberry Month
  · Blueberry Trivia & Facts

• UK: National Fishing Month
  · Fish Trivia & Facts
  · Fish Recipes
 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.”
A. Whitney Brown, former Saturday Night Live news anchor
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Toasted Almond Bar Day (Almond Trivia)

• National Julienne Fries Day
  (Julienne Trivia  --  French Fries Trivia & Facts)

• UK: [Afternoon Tea Week] (Aug 10-16, 2020)  A celebration of the British tradition of Afternoon Tea.

• Opening of the grouse season in Britain
  (Grouse Trivia & Facts)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1737 Antoine Augustin Parmentier was born (died Dec 13, 1813).  French agronomist.  Promoted the potato as a food source and instrumental in gaining its acceptance in France.
(Potato Trivia  --  Potato History)

1759 Thomas Andrew Knight was born.  British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism.  (We all know our tropisms, don't we?).

1801 John Cadbury was born.  Founder of Cadbury Chocolate Company.

1851 Isaac M. Singer of New York City received U.S. patent No. 8,294 for the first sewing machine with a rocking treadle.  Sewing machines had already been patented, but Singer's machine was revolutionary, having a rocking treadle design, continuous feed, and a straight, vertical needle like modern machines.

1856 James Buchanan ('Diamond Jim') Brady was born.  American financier and philanthropist Diamond Jim Brady was known for his collection of diamond jewelry, and for his gargantuan appetite.  He was known to eat 6 or 7 giant lobsters, dozens of oysters, clams and crabs, 2 ducks, steak and desserts at a single sitting.  He would also mix a pound of caviar into a baked potato.  George Rector, a New York restaurateur said he was 'the best twenty-five customers I ever had.'

1865 Sir William Jackson Hooker died (born July 6, 1785).  English botanist, established the Royal Botanical Institution of Glasgow, and in 1841 became the first director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, near London.  He expanded the gardens from 11 to 300 acres, and established Kew as a national botanic garden.

1883 The quagga, a zebra-like mammal of southern Africa became extinct when the last mare at Amsterdam Zoo died.  They had been hunted to extinction.

1898 Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States   (see also Aug 21, 1959).

1902 C.H. McCormick & Bros. merged with Deering Harvester Co., Plano Manufacturing Company, Milwaukee Harvester Company, Warder, Bushnell and Glessner, to form International Harvester Company.

1908 Henry Ford's first Model T, the "Tin Lizzie," rolled off assembly line in Detroit, Michigan.  It seated two and sold for $825 (see also May 26, 1927)

1913 The National Biscuit Co. (Nabisco) registered the "Oreo" trademark (introduced in 1912).
(Nabisco Food Trivia and Facts)

1930 Clarence Birdseye received a patent for a method to preparing food products by quick freezing them.  (Clarence Birdseye short Biography)

1955 The U.S. minimum wage was raised from 75 cents to $1.00

1981 IBM introduced its Personal Computer (PC) and PC-DOS 1.0

1990 B. (Barnard) Kliban died.  A satirical cartoonist, best known for his cat cartoons.  A few of his cartoon book titles: 'Never Eat Anything Larger Than Your Head', 'The Biggest Tongue in Tunisia'.

2008 The U.S. Navy agreed to restrict loud sonar blasts from anti-submarine vessels in large areas of the world's oceans to protect whales and other vulnerable creatures.

2013 Less than a month after ad-firm Renew began anonymously collecting information about people walking past their Wi-Fi-enabled trash cans, the City of London demanded the company put a stop to the practice.

2016 The animated comedy film 'Sausage Party' opened in U.S. theaters. A sausage tries to discover the truth about his existence.
 

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many Festivals, Fairs and Conferences have been Postponed or Canceled.  Please check the events website for the latest updates.
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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) In what year was the one billionth can of spam sold?

2) This egg-shaped tropical fruit has a brittle, wrinkled rind enclosing flesh-covered seeds. The seeds are edible, so you can eat the orange pulp straight from the shell. Its highly aromatic pulp and juice are used as a flavoring for beverages and sauces. The pulp has an intense aromatic flavor, while the texture is jelly-like and watery. The name of this fruit is:
  a) Babaco.  b) Pomegranate.  c) Mamee Apple
  d) Passion Fruit.  e) Guava

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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?

It takes more than 1.2 million bee hives to pollinate California's Almond crop (over 550,000 acres).
 

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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?

Names - Hazelnut and Filbert:  One theory of the origin of the name 'filbert' is that it comes from St. Philibert, a 7th century Frankish abbot, whose feast day is August 20, which happens to be in the middle of the nutting season in Europe.  Hazel is the older European name.
 

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IN SEASON FOR SUMMER

APRICOTS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

BANANAS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

MANGO
  Trivia  ---  Tips

STRAWBERRIES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

PINEAPPLE
  Trivia  --  Tips

BEETS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

GREEN BEANS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CABBAGE
  Recipes  --  Trivia

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

ONIONS
  Recipes  --  Trivia

RHUBARB  -  Trivia

SPINACH
  Recipes  --  Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

The French marigold (Tagetes patula) with a yellow to red flower is used in Africa and India to color foods (butter, cheese, etc) and as a fabric dye. The leaves are used as a seasoning in central Africa. The dried flowers are sometimes used to adulterate saffron.
 

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