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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“It is not a matter of indifference whether we like oysters or clams, snails or shrimp, if only we know how to unravel the existential significance of these foods.”  Jean-Paul Satre (1905-1980)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Clams on the Half Shell Day
• Tater Day
• Cesar Chavez Day: Official state holiday in California, Colorado and Texas. Not a federal holiday but is declared annually by Presidential proclamation (see 1927 below).
• Oranges and Lemons Day (“‘Oranges and Lemons’ say the bells of St. Clements.....” see the complete version)

• National Week of the Ocean - (March 29-April 4)
• UK: Canned Food Week: March 30-April 5, 2015 [Canned Food UK]  Celebrating the versatility of canned food.


On this day in:

1814 John Lineback of Salem, North Carolina received the first patent for a cottonseed hulling machine.

1848 William Waldorf Astor was born.  William Waldorf Astor was a cousin of John Jacob Astor IV, the great grandson of John Jacob Astor.  He built the Waldorf section (1893) of what would become the Waldorf Astoria (1897).  The Empire State Building (1929) now stands on the site of the former hotel.

1882 During March and April an estimated 1.5 billion dead tilefish were discovered north of Delaware Bay. It is believed that the destruction was caused a storm which brought abnormally cold water to its Gulf stream habitat. (Tilefish History & Facts)

1918 Daylight Savings Time went into effect in the U.S. for the first time.

1927 Cesar Chavez was born (died April 23, 1993).  American farm worker and labor leader, co-founder with Dolores Huerta of the National Farm Workers Association (now the United Farm Workers).

1978 Charles Best died (born Feb 27, 1899). Co-discoverer in 1921 (with Dr. F. Banting) of the hormone insulin, used to treat diabetes.

1989 Chefs from Japanese restaurants in New York have finally persuaded the FDA to allow them to import and serve fogu.  The first shipment of Japanese blowfish (tora fugu) arrived today.  The chefs had to attend special classes to protect their customers from poisoning.

1946 G. Allan Nichol of the music group 'The Turtles' was born.

2005 Frank Perdue president of Perdue Farms died (born May 9, 1920). He was the son of the company's founder Arthur Perdue. Perdue is the 3rd largest poultry company in the U.S.

2014 The International Court of Justice rules that the Japanese government must halt its whaling program in the Antarctic. Japan said it would abide by the decision.


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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) Where does cream of tartar come from?
   [a] tartar sauce
   [b] old wine casks
   [c] a plant

2) How did the first American millionaire make his fortune?
   [a] manufacturing hunting rifles
   [b] importing black pepper
   [c] importing rum

3) Which of the following are mentioned in the Old testament and are among the earliest cultivated foods?
   [a] almonds and dates
   [b] dates and wheat
   [c] almonds and basil
   [d] saffron and dates

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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 American Quahog is an edible hard-shell clam of the Atlantic coast of North America.  Also known as cherrystone, littleneck  and hard-shell clam.  The Ocean Quahog is a large deep water clam with a mahogany brown shell, also known as mahogany clam and black quahog.

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"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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Ergot (Claviceps purpea) is a fungus that affects rye and sometimes other grains.  Ergot contains lysergic acid, the active principle of the psychedelic drug LSD.  In Medieval times outbreaks of St. Anthony's Fire were common in countries where populations subsisted on rye bread.  St. Anthony's Fire is a toxic condition whose symptoms include hallucinations, disorientation, muscle cramps, convulsions, miscarriages, and gangrene and may result in death.  It affects both humans and animals.  Some beneficial drugs are also provided by ergot, used to treat migraines, to induce labor and to control uterine bleeding.

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