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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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NEW COOKBOOK

FoodReference.com  article contributor Mark Vogel has published a cookbook (2020).
Food history and science, cooking techniques, and over 250 recipes are the ingredients for Food for Thought. What does bone marrow have to do with prehistoric man’s brain development? How did the Battle of Trafalgar influence beet consumption? What are the intricacies of making a hollandaise, or homemade stock? How does an egg’s age influence how it should be cooked? What is the proper methodology for grilling?  Such questions, and many more, comprise this well-researched, 159-chapter compilation of ingredients & classic dishes, and the technical know-how to master them.
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MARCH is:

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  · Frozen Food Tips
  · What Not to Freeze

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• UK: National Veggie Month
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  · Vegetable Articles
 

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Every morning one must start from scratch, with nothing on the stoves. That is cuisine.”
Fernand Point (1897-1955)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Dining Car Day (see 1868 below)

• Turkey Neck Soup Day (?)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1843 Napoleon E. Guerin of New York received the first U.S. patent for an egg incubator (U.S. patent No. 3,019). He also was the first to patent a life preserver.

1848 An ice jam on the upper Niagara River completely stops the flow of water over Niagara Falls for 30 hours.

1858 Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received U.S. patent No. 19,783 for the first pencil with an eraser attached.

1867 The U.S. agreed to purchase Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million (about 2 cents an acre). The Treaty with Russia was negotiated and signed by Secretary of State William Seward and Russian Minister to the United States Edouard de Stoeckl.  Critics at the time called it "Seward’s Folly.”  (Alaska Food Trivia)

1868 The Pullman Palace Car Company introduced the first railroad dining car. (Dining Car Trivia)

1899 The Tropical Trading & Transport Company merged with rival Boston Fruit Company to form the United Fruit Company. The company traded bananas and other tropical fruit grown in Central and South America. The company is now known as Chiquita Brands International. (Banana Trivia & Facts)

1911 Ellen Swallow Richards died.  She was one of the founders of the home economics movement in the U.S.

1914 Morton Salt Co. registered ‘When It Rains It Pours’ trademark. (Salt Trivia and Facts)

1945 Eric 'Slowhand' Clapton, singer & songwriter was born.  A member of the rock groups the Yardbirds and Cream.

1972 Royal Canadian Navy sailors are issued their very last daily rum ration. (Sailor Food Trivia)

1987 'Sunflowers' by Vincent Van Gogh is sold to a Japanese buyer for $39.9 million.  There has been some controversy on whether it is possibly a fake.  During the 1990s more than 2 dozen Van Gogh's have been labeled as fakes or copies.  Vincent Van Gogh was also born on this day in 1853.

1997 'Wannabe' by the Spice Girls is #1 on the charts

2020 Coronavirus:  States forced to bid against each for personal protective equipment, some contracts delayed or canceled and the goods going instead to federal government;  More distilleries are producing hand sanitizer;  President Trump issues major disaster declaration for Washington D.C.;  Field hospital set up in NY City's Central Park;  Disneyland and Disney World to stay closed indefinitely;  U.S. domestic airline flights down 70% to 90%;  Macy's furloughs a majority of its 125,000 employees;  Gas prices continue to drop, some as low as $.99;  Federal Reserve estimates unemployment rate could hit 32%;  U.S. coronavirus cases now more than 135,000, New York City has more than 36,000 cases with more than 1,200 deaths.
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

Mike Ilitch was born in Yugoslavia in 1929, immigrated to the U.S., played baseball for the Detroit Tigers farm team, worked in several jobs including as a door to door salesman. He began cooking in the back kitchen of a Detroit nightclub, saved up his money and opened his own restaurant in 1959 in Garden City, Michigan.  His company was very successful - in 1982 he was able to buy the Detroit Red Wings hockey team and in 1992 he purchased the Detroit Tigers baseball team. 
What is the name of this still family owned fast food business?
 

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?

First restaurant chain in the U.S. was the Harvey Houses, that started in 1876 to serve railroad travelers.
 

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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?

Emmentaler ('Swiss cheese') is a cow's milk cheese that has been made in Switzerland's Emmental Valley since the 15th century, and is the country's oldest cheese. It is made in giant wheels that can weigh well over 200 pounds.

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IN SEASON FOR WINTER

APPLES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

BANANAS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

GRAPES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

PEARS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

BEETS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

BRUSSELS SPROUTS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CARROTS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CAULIFLOWER
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

GARLIC
  Trivia  ---  Tips

GINGER
  Trivia  ---  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PARSNIPS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

SWEET POTATOES
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

WINTER SQUASH
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

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DID YOU KNOW?

Oranges do not ripen after they are picked, but lemons do.

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