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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

Chef James

FEATURED FOR JANUARY

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Soup Recipes for Cold Winter Days

Tailgating & Sports Parties

Barbecue and Grilling Articles

Appetizer and Snack Recipes
 

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SOME WINTER RECIPES

· Guacamole Recipes

· Chicken Wing Appetizer Recipes

· Baked & Stuffed Potatoes

· Meatball Recipes

· Mashed Potato Recipes

· Pecan Pie Recipes

· Sweet Potato Pie Recipes

· Best Roast Goose Recipe

· Fresh Cranberry Relish

· Classic Green Bean Casserole

· Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

· Cajun Deep Fried Turkey

· Cider Basted Turkey

· Pumpkin Fritters Recipe

· Winter Squash Gratin

· Sweet Potatoes and Apples

· Swiss Chard with Raisins & Capers
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

In countless surveys, Apple Pie has been chosen the favorite dessert in the United States. Apple pie has also been a favorite in England for hundreds of years.
 

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January Food Holidays:

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

JANUARY is:

• Be Kind To Food Servers Month

• Bread Machine Baking Month
  · Bread Recipes  --  Bread Trivia

• Family Fit Lifestyle Month

• National Fiber Focus Month
  · Fiber Facts & Trivia

• National Hot Tea Month
  · Tea Trivia & History

• National Meat Month

• National Soup Month
  · Soup Recipes

• Oatmeal Month: More oatmeal is eaten in January than any other month.

• Prune Breakfast Month

• Wheat Bread Month
  · Wheat Trivia & facts

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DID YOU KNOW?

Safflower is a thistlelike Eurasian plant (Carthamus tinctorius) of the daisy family, having heads of red or orange flowers that are the source of a red dye. The seeds, which look like small pine nuts, contain an oil used in foods (especially margarines), cosmetics, paints, and medicine. The flower petals are sometimes used as a substitute for saffron ('bastard saffron').  Safflower has been found in Egyptian tombs dating to about 3500 B.C.
 

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Men may come and men may go.....but Pie goes on for ever.”
George Augustus Sala, 'America Revisited' (1882)
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Pie Day (Pie Trivia  --  Pie Recipes)

• St. Bernard of Vienne, patron of farm workers and field hands.

• Fresh Squeezed Juice Week (Jan 21-27, 2018)

• Healthy Weight Week (Jan 21-27, 2018)
  (Healthy Diets and Dieting Articles)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1803 Arthur Guinnesss died (born Sept 28, 1725?). Irish brewer, founder of the Guinness brewery.

1806 William Pitt 'The Younger' died. At 46, Pitt was the youngest British Prime Minister. There is some disagreement over his last words. Some say they were ‘Oh, my country! how I love my country!’. Others claim he said ‘Oh, my country! how I leave my country!’; or ‘My country! oh, my country!’; or my favorite, ‘I think I could eat one of Bellamy’s veal pies.’

1832 French painter Édouard Manet was born on this day in 1842. His first significant painting was 'The Absinthe Drinker.' He was an associate of the Impressionists. (Absinthe Trivia and Facts)

1862 Agoston Haraszthy de Mokcsa brought 1,400 varieties of grapevines from Europe to California in 1862, and planted the first large vineyard in California in the Sonoma Valley. After the phyloxera blight destroyed much of Europe’s vineyards, some of these same vines, now on resistant American root stock, helped save the European wine industries.
(Phylloxera Vastatrix, Deadly Vine Disease)

1890 Cordelia (Hornaday) Knott was born (died April 23, 1974). Co-founder, with her husband Walter, 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.

1919 Ernie Kovacs, innovative comedian, was born. One of Kovacs' first TV appearances was in Philadelphia in 1950 with a chef, Albert Mathis from the Gulph Mills Country Club, in a live unrehearsed cooking show titled 'Deadline for Dinner.'
(TV Chefs Trivia & Facts)

1931 Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova died. A famous dessert of Australian or New Zealand origin was named for her. It is a meringue with whipped cream and fruit.

1957 *Production of the Pluto Platter began (renamed Frisbee in 1958)  See Sept 30, 1958 for patent. The pie tins of the Frisbie Pie Company in Connecticut were the inspiration for the creation of the Frisbee.  *Many sources give Jan 13 as the date. I am not sure which is correct.

1961 Wilhelm Koppers died. This cultural anthropologist developed theories on the origins of society based on studies of hunter-gatherer tribes.

1963 Three million gallons of soybean oil flooded streets in Mankato, Minnesota when a storage tank ruptured. Eventually the oil ended up in the Mississippi River. In the spring, more than 10,000 ducks were found dead in the wetlands along the river. (Soybean Trivia)

1971 The coldest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was recorded at Prospect Creek Camp on the Alaskan Pipeline in northern Alaska - minus 80 degrees F.

1977 Toots Shor died (born May 6, 1903). American restaurateur, Toots Shor's Restaurant was a gathering place for New York celebrities during the 1940s and 1950's.

1997 Richard Berry, composer of 'Louie Louie' died (born April 11, 1935). (www.louieday.org/)
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· January 1-31, 2018 - California Restaurant Month

· Jan 22-Feb 9, 2018 - NYC Restaurant Week - New York, NY

· January 24-27 - Meltdown Ice Festival - Richmond, Indiana

· January 24-28 -  Key West Food & Wine Festival - Florida

· Jan 25-Feb 10, 2018  Saint Paul Winter Carnival -  Minn.

· January 26-28, 2018 - Oregon Truffle Festival
Eugene and the surrounding countryside, Oregon

· January 26-28, 2018  ZestFest 2018 - Irving, Texas

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What was the first toy advertised on television (1952)?

2) What type of flour can be found in peanut butter, margarine, chocolate, and ice cream?

3) Worldwide the most popular spice is black pepper. What is the second most popular spice?
  a) oregano   b) cumin   c) saffron
  d) thyme   e) paprika

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?

More than 1/3 of Americans say they have eaten pie in bed.
 

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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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IN SEASON FOR WINTER

Broccoli Recipes

Brussels Sprouts Trivia

Brussels Sprouts Recipes

Brussels Sprouts Cooking Tips

Cranberry Trivia

Cranberry Tips

Green Bean Recipes

Sweet Potato & Yam Trivia

Sweet Potato & Yam Recipes

Winter Squash Trivia

Squash Recipes
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

The daisy family, Compositae, is the second largest family of flowering plants, but it contains only a few food plants, such as lettuce, endive, and dandelions.  The ancestor of todays various varieties of Lettuce derive from an ancient strain native to Asia, and has been cultivated for almost 5,000 years.
 

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