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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

 

FEATURED FOR JANUARY

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Football Food Articles, Recipes & Tips

Winter & Spring Holiday Food Articles

Chicken Wing Recipes

Appetizer Meatballs

Guacamole & Avocado Dips

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SOME WINTER RECIPES

· Original Hot Wings Recipe

· Chile Recipes

· Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

· Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

· Milwaukee Pork Stew Recipe

Bloody Mary Soup Recipe

· Butternut Squash w/Pumpkin Seeds

· Maple Cider Punch

· Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

· Mexican Style Beer Can Chicken

· Pulled Pork, Root Beer BBQ Sauce
 

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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:
SEE Detailed JANUARY Food Calendar

JANUARY is:

• Be Kind To Food Servers Month

• Bread Machine Baking Month
  · Bread Recipes

• 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
 

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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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TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

Diogenes, the ancient Greek philosopher, once advised a young courtier, "If you lived on cabbage, you would not be obliged to flatter the powerful." To which the courtier replied, "If you flattered the powerful, you would not be obliged to live upon cabbage."  Diogenes (404-323 BC)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Blonde Brownie (‘Blondie’) Day
  (Brownie Recipes)

• National Hot Sauce Day (Why are Chili Peppers Hot?)

• Feast of St. Vincent, patron of wine growers and vinegar makers.

• Healthy Weight Week (Jan 20-26, 2019)
  (Healthy Diets and Dieting Articles)

• Fresh Squeezed Juice Week (Jan 20-26, 2019)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1561 Francis Bacon, Viscount Saint Albans, Baron of Verulam aka Sir Francis Bacon, was born. Lawyer, statesman, philosopher, etc.

1832 Mary Ludwig Hays ('Molly Pitcher') died (born Oct 13, 1754).  Most famous of the American Revolutionary War soldier's wives who brought water to soldiers on the battlefront - nicknamed 'Molly Pitchers'

1892 Coca-Cola was incorporated. (Coca-Cola Trivia)

1934 Graham Kerr was born. British chef, cookbook author and televison cooking host. Best known for the cooking show 'The Galloping Gourmet' (produced in Canada).

1939 Jeff Smith was born (died July 7, 2004).  TV's 'Frugal Gourmet' and cookbook author.

1959 The 7 oz. seamless, recyclable aluminum beer can is introduced by Coors of Golden, Colorado.
(Beer Trivia & Facts)

1972 The album 'American Pie' by Don Mclean began a seven weeks run at #1 on the U.S. charts.

1980 ‘Escape (The Pina Colada Song)’ by Rupert Holmes is #1 on the charts.

1984 The Apple Macintosh computer was introduced in a TV commercial ("1984") during Super Bowl XVIII. Two days later they went on sale to the public.

1985 Two days of record breaking cold temperatures damaged 90% of Florida's orange and grapefruit crop.
(Florida Food Trivia)

1988 The first airport cow lounge. Schiphol airport in Amsterdam opened a special departure lounge for cows, serving pre-flight food and drink to traveling cattle.

1994 Actor Telly Savalas died today (born Jan 21, 1922).  In the TV series 'Kojak' he played tough NY City detective Lt. Kojak who had a fondness for Tootsie Roll Pops (lollipops).

1997 Lottie Williams, 48, of Tulas, Oklahoma became the only person known to have been hit by man made debris from space. She was struck on the shoulder while walking in a park, by a small piece of a used Delta II rocket that had been used to launch a military satellite in April, 1996.

1999 'Have You Ever?' by Brandy is #1 on the charts.

2000 Craig Claiborne died (born Sept 4, 1920).  Influential American food writer, cookbook author. Food editor and restaurant critic for the NY Times.

2012 U.S. first class postage rates are raised to 45 cents and post cards to 32 cents.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· January 1-31, 2019 - California Restaurant Month
Statewide, California

· January 12-27, 2019 - National Western Stock Show, Rodeo & Horse Show - Denver, Colorado

· January 20-27, 2019  San Diego Restaurant Week
San Diego, California

· January 21-Feb 2, 2019 - Restaurant Weeks
San Antonio Area, Texas

· January 23-27, 2019  Key West Food and Wine Festival - Key West, Florida

· January 24-February 3, 2019  133rd Saint Paul Winter Carnival - St. Paul, Minnesota

· January 25-27, 2019  NY Times Travel Show
New York, New York

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) In Italian cuisine what are 'priest stranglers'?

2) Was there really a 'Hidden Valley Ranch' where Ranch dressing was invented?

3) In 1636 Roger Williams, founder of Providence said this fruit "is the wonder of all the Fruits growing naturally in those parts...In some parts where the Natives have planted, I have many times seen as many as would fill a good ship, within a few miles compasse."
What fruit was he referring to?

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?

In 1644 in England, Oliver Cromwell banned the eating of pie as a pagan form of pleasure. Restoration leaders lifted the ban on pie in 1660.

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

 

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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Gorgonzola cheese gets it name, as do many cheeses, from the village where it was first produced. Gorgonzola, Italy, near Milan in the 12th century was the birth date and place for this cheese.  As most blue-veined cheeses, Gorgonzola was originally aged in caves and the blue veins of mold developed from bacteria naturally present in the caves. Today, again like most blue-veined cheeses, the mold producing bacteria is manufactured and then mixed right in with the curds in the cheesemaking process to maintain consistent standards.

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IN SEASON FOR WINTER

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?

Graham crackers were named for the 19th century champion of wholemeal wheat (graham) flour and vegetarianism in general, Sylvester Graham.  Graham crackers are whole wheat crackers sweetened with honey or molasses and were invented by Graham in 1829.
 

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