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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 DECEMBER

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Christmas Food Trivia

Christmas Food Customs

Other Christmas Trivia

Holiday Articles with Recipes

Tailgating Articles, Tips & Recipes

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SOME HOLIDAY RECIPES

· Turkey Cooking Tips

· Turkey Recipes and Goose Recipes

· Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

· Roast Turkey Recipe from the Titanic

· Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe

· White Castle Turkey Stuffing

Ham Recipes

· Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie Recipes

· Pumpkin Soup Recipes

· Holiday Fruitcake Recipe

· Butternut Squash w/Pumpkin Seeds

· Pfeffernusse Cookies

· Maple Cider Punch

· Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

· Honey Roasted Mashed Sweet Potato

· Mexican Style Beer Can Chicken

· Pulled Pork, Root Beer BBQ Sauce
 

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December Food Holidays:

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

DECEMBER is:

• National Egg Nog Month
  (Egg Nog Trivia  ---  Egg Nog Recipes)

• National Fruit Cake Month
(Fruit Cake Trivia  ---  Fruit Cake Recipe)

• Root Vegetables Month
  (Root Vegetable Articles)

• National Pear Month: Many fruits are out of season during the winter months. Pears are available fresh during this time. (Pear Trivia & Facts)

•  Worldwide Food Service Safety Month
  (Food Safety Articles)
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

An advertisement in 1910 for Ivory Soap showed a child waiting for Santa Claus in front of a fireplace with a bowl of water, a towel and a bar of Ivory soap so Santa could wash up after coming down the sooty chimney.

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TUESDAY
DECEMBER 11, 2018

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Be content that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else.”
Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Noodle-Ring Day

• St. Gentian's Day, patron of innkeepers.
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1686 Prince Louis II de Condé, known as the Great Condé, died.  He was a French general who loved to hunt and had a passion for rice.  Several dishes have been named for him, including Consommé Condé and Creme Condé.

1844 Nitrous oxide used in first successful surgical operation under anaesthetic. In Harford, Connecticut Dr. John M. Riggs extracted a tooth from fellow dentist Dr. Horace Wells.

1874 James Lewis Kraft was born.  Founder of Kraft Co. a wholesale cheese distributor and producer.  In 1916 he patented pasteurized process cheese, a low cost cheese that would not spoil.  Not a great hit with the public, but the U.S. army purchased over 6 million tins of it during WW I.  During the depression, it became popular because of its low cost. (Kraft Co. Trivia)

1889 Walter Knott was born (died Dec 3, 1981). Co-founder, with his wife Cordellia, of Knott's Berry Farm in California. Their farm evolved from growing and selling berries from a roadside stand into the oldest and one of the largest theme amusement parks in the U.S.

1916 In Canada, Saskatchewan votes to abolish liquor stores.

1919 The citizens of Enterprise, Alabama, erected a monument to the boll weevil, the pest that devastated their fields but forced residents to end their dependence on cotton and to pursue mixed farming and manufacturing.  (Alabama Food Trivia)

1940 David Gates of the music group 'Bread' was born.

1946 UNICEF (the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) was established.

1952 Sir William Cecil Dampier died (born Dec 27, 1867).  British scientist, he developed a method to extract lactose (milk sugar) from whey.
(A Story of Curds & Whey)

1969 Sergei Mikhailkov, the secretary of the Moscow writer's union declares that nudity in the popular play ‘Oh! Calcutta!’ is a sign of decadence in Western culture

1997 The Kyoto Protocol was adopted by more than 150 countries at the global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to take steps to control greenhouse gas emissions.

2009 The movie 'The Slammin' Salmon' premiered in the U.S. The owner of a Miami restaurant owing money to the mob, holds a contest to see which waiter can earn the most money in one night.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· Nov 19, 2018 - Jan 4, 2019 - 26th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition & Display
Asheville, North Carolina

· Nov 28-Dec 13, 2018  Wood Gingerbread Festival
South Windsor, Connecticut

· December 8-30, 2018  Holiday Tours & Annual Gingerbread House Display - Oxnard, California

· December 20-31, 2018  NOLA Christmasfest
New Orleans, Louisiana

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) All of the following took place during one year. Can you guess what year?
• Hershey Chocolate changes its name to Hershey Foods Corp. after acquiring some pasta companies.
• The passenger line Queen Elizabeth II went into service, replacing the Queen Elizabeth.
• Frank Perdue opens a processing plant and introduces Perdue brand chicken.
• The fist major locust plague since 1944 devastates crops around the Red Sea.
• U.S. farms have 5 million tractors and 900,000 grain combines.
• 'Chinese Restaurant Syndrome' is traced to overuse of MSG.
• The British Ministry of Health bans the classic use of newspapers to wrap fish-and-chips.
• The first Michelin guide to New York appears, with ratings of restaurants.
• The first Red Lobster seafood restaurant opens in Lakeland, Florida.
• Fetzer Vineyards are founded in California's Mendocino County by lumberman Bernard Fetzer.
• A nationwide boycott of table grapes is organized by Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers.

2) Cheese has been colored with various plant substances for hundreds of years. Yellow/orange coloring may have originally been added to cheese made with winter milk from cows eating hay to match the orange hue (from vitamin A) of cheeses made with milk from cows fed on green plants.
Can you name 3 plant substances which have been used to color cheese yellow/orange?

Click here for the answers

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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?

· Christmas Recipes

· Christmas Tree Trivia

· Christmas Quotes

· Turkey Trivia

· Sweet Potato Trivia

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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?

In 1931 the Coca-Cola Company commissioned artist Haddon Sundblom to show Santa drinking a Coke to encourage sales in the winter months. From 1931 to 1964 these annual ads became a Christmas tradition, and helped to reinforce the modern American image of Santa Claus (which had been forming since the early 1900s): a rotund, jolly and bearded man, dressed in a red outfit trimmed in white fur with a broad black belt and black boots.
 

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IN SEASON FOR AUTUMN (Fall)

Mango Tips

Pear Tips  --  Trivia

Pineapple Trivia

BEETS:
  Trivia  --  Tips

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

CARROTS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CAULIFLOWER:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CRANBERRY:
  Trivia  --  Tips

Celery Cooking Tips

Collard Green Tips

GREEN BEANS:
  Recipes  --  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PARSNIPS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

PUMPKINS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

SWEET POTATO:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

TURNIPS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

SQUASH:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

On Christmas Day, December 25, 1830, the Best Friend of Charleston became the first regularly scheduled steam locomotive passenger train in the United States. The locomotive made its initial run on the first six miles of track of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company.

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