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Rice was first grown in the U.S. in the Carolinas in the late 1680s with rice that most likely came from Madagascar.

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· Asparagus with Honey Garlic Sauce
· Fresh Corn Saute
· Pan Roasted Spiced Corn
· Minted Sugar Peas
· Peas with Goat Cheese & Horseradish
· Cornmeal Crusted Eggplant
· Skillet Zucchini w/Chopped Tomatoes
· Fried Green Tomatoes
· Tomato Pie
· Dips, Salsas and Spreads
· Lamb Recipes

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(Most with recipes)

· Greek Coney (Hot Dog) Sauce Recipe
· History of Corn
· Eggplant: Identity Crisis
· Will the Real Strawberry Stand Up
· A Short History of Strawberries
· Peas in a Pod
· Spinach, Popeye's Secret Weapon
· Cucumber History & Recipes
· Macaroni & Cheese   · Comfort Foods

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October Food Months:

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• American Cheese Month
• New Zealand Cheese Month
• Cool Food for Kids Month
• Cranberry Month
• Fair Trade Month
• National Apple Month
• National Applejack Month
• National Caramel Month
• National Chili Month
• National Cookbook Month
• National Cookie Month
• National Country Ham Month
• National Dessert Month
• National Eat Better; Eat Together Month
• National Farm to School Month
• National Kitchen & Bath Month
• National Pasta Month
• National Pickled Peppers Month
• National Pizza Month
• National Popcorn Poppin' Month
• National Pork Month
• National Pretzel Month
• National Restaurant Hospitality Month
• National Roller Skating Month
• National Seafood Month
• National Spinach-Lovers' Month
• National Toilet Tank Repair Month
• National Tomato Month
• Non-GMO Month
• Squirrel Awareness Month
• Vegetarian Awareness Month
• UK: Seed Gathering Season

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“I'm not overweight. I'm just nine inches too short.”
Shelly Winters (actress)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Pierogy Day (PA Governor's Proclamation)
• National Fluffernutter Day

Health Care Food Service Workers Week (Oct 5-11)
UK: British Egg Week (Oct 5-11, 2015)
UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2015)


On this day in:

1850 Alinzor Clark received a patent for 'an improvement in hay-forks' (Pitchfork).

1871 The Great Chicago Fire broke out and destroyed over 17,000 buildings and left almost 100,000 people homeless. It was usually blamed on Mrs. Kate O'Leary's cow kicking over a lamp. However in 1997 the Chicago City Council looked into the evidence, both new and old, and passed a resolution exonerating Mrs. O'Leary and her cow. Many still believe the cow was guilty.

1871 The same night as the Chicago Fire, fire also leveled a broad swath of Michigan and Wisconsin, including the cities of Peshtigo, Holland, Manistee, and Port Huron. At least 1,200 people died (possibly twice as many) as a result of the fire.

1901 The American Sugar Refining Co. registered the "Domino" trademark for sugar.

1919 Congress passed the Volstead Act, which enforced the ban on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition begins.

1942 During WWII the element Nickel was highly valued for use in armor plating. Effective today Nickel was was removed from the 5-cent piece (the nickel). The U.S. Mint used a special wartime alloy instead - copper (56%), silver (35%), and manganese (9%), through the end of 1945.

1945 P. L. Spencer applied for a patent for a microwave oven. (issued January 24, 1950)

1952 'The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette' was published.

1953 'Cattle Call' by Eddy Arnold was #1 on the country music charts.

1956 The first completely enclosed shopping mall, Southdale Shopping Center opens in Edina, Minnesota.

1979 'Sugar Babies' opened on Broadway

1990 The first McDonald's restaurant in mainland China opened in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.

2004 Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reported to prison to begin serving a sentence for lying about a well timed stock sale (see also March 5, 2004).


· Oct 5-10  94th West Side Nut Club Fall Festival - Indiana
· October 6-10  71st Floresville Peanut Festival - Texas
· Oct 9-11  South Jersey Pumpkin Show - Woodstown, NJ
· October 10  33rd Sweet Potato Festival - Darlington, SC
· October 10-11  46th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival - Waynesville
· October 10-11  Garlic & Harvest Festival - Bethlehem, Conn

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What was the first ready-mix food to be sold commercially?
   a) Duncan Hines Cake Mix
   b) Aunt Jemima Pancake Flour
   c) Jell-O
   d) Betty Crocker Cake Mix
   e) Bisquick

2) In 1849, Henderson Lewelling traveled from Oregon to San Francisco with 100 of these, which he sold for $5 each to gold prospectors. 
What was he selling?
   a) potatoes
   b) pans
   c) chickens
   d) apples
   e) strawberries

3) Jethro Tull is the name of a rock group, but Jethro Tull was also a real person (1674-1741).
What was his occupation?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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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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Rye flour is high in protein with a low gluten content and can absorb up to 8 times its weight in water (wheat flour absorbs 2 times its weight in water).

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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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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes

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· Apple Trivia
· Apple Pies, etc.
· Carrot Trivia
· Carrot Recipes
· Pumpkin Trivia
· Pumpkin Recipes
· Beet Facts & Trivia
· Cauliflower Trivia
· Cauliflower Recipes
· Sweet Potato Facts
· Swt Potato Recipes
· Cranberry Trivia
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Pineapple Trivia

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Rye most likely originated in southwest Asia (some sources also indicate North Africa) as a weed in crops of domesticated wheat and barley around 4000 B.C.  It was domesticated between 2000-1000 B.C. around the Baltic Sea probably because it grew better in poor soils and colder, moist climates and is also more resistant to disease. Rye can be grown at altitudes up to 12,000 feet and as far north as the Arctic Circle.

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