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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 OCTOBER

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Tailgating Articles, Tips & Recipes

Chicken Wing Recipes

Halloween: Devilishly Good Food

Halloween TriviaHalloween Recipes

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SOME AUTUMN RECIPES

· Butternut Squash w/Pumpkin Seeds

· Maple Cider Punch

· Halloween Witch Cupcakes

· Creepy Spider Cupcakes

· Pumpkin Soup Recipes

· Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie Recipes

· Mexican Style Beer Can Chicken

· Pulled Pork, Root Beer BBQ Sauce
 

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October Food Holidays:

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

OCTOBER is:

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

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Autumn basket

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Cut round on the top near to the outer edge with a chisel and hammer.”
Directions on a can of roast veal in 1824
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Boston Cream Pie Day (footnote below)

• National Canning Day (See 1752 below)
  (Canned Food Trivia and Facts)

• Feast of St. John of Capistrano: The swallows of Mission San Juan Capistrano in California leave to winter in Argentina. On March 19 they return to California.  [Mission website]

• UK: [National Curry Week] (October 22-28, 2018) Celebrate over 200 years of Indian restaurants in UK

• UK: National Honey Week (October 22-28, 2018)
[British Beekeepers Assoc]   (Honey Trivia & Facts)

• UK: [Seed Gathering Season] (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2018)

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1752 Nicolas Appert was born. (The year is listed in various sources as 1749, 1750 and 1752; month and day also varies in October and November). Inventor of the canning process, preserving food by sealing it in sterilized containers. He published the results of 14 years of research in 1810 & received 12,000 franc award from French government.
(History of Canned Foods)

1762 Samuel Morey was born (died Aparil 17, 1843).  American inventor. His first patent, issued on January 26, 1793 (No. X51), was for a steam powered roasting spit, and was signed by George Washington.

1817 Pierre Athanase Larousse was born (died Jan 3, 1875). French educator and publisher. Published many outstanding reference works including the encyclopedic 15 volume Grand Dictionnaire. In 1938 the Larousse publishing house published an encyclopedia of gastronomy, 'Larousse Gastronomique' edited by Prosper Montagne.

1819 The first boat passed through the Erie Canal from Utica to Rome, New York. On board were Governor DeWitt Clinton and various state officials and others.

1874 The winner in an Oyster shucking contest in Montreal, Canada shucked 300 oysters in 30 minutes.  (Oyster Trivia & Facts)

1927 William Barron Hilton was born. A son of Conrad Hilton (founder of Hilton Hotels. Barron Hilton is a former co-chairman and president of the Hilton Hotel chain.

1928 Hoberg Paper & Fibre Co. registered the 'Charmin' trademark for toilet paper, paper towels, etc.

1928 The musical comedy 'Animal Crackers' starring the four Marx Brothers, opened on Broadway.

1943 Barbara Ann Hawkins of the vocal group 'The Dixie Cups' was born

1947 Greg Ridley of the music group 'Humble Pie' was born.

1947 The Canadian government ends wartime price controls of meat.

1951 The 'Dial' trademark was registered for bar soap.

1986 Edward Adelbert Doisy died (born Nov 13, 1893).  American biochemist who shared (with Henrik Dam) the 1943 Nobel Prize for Medicine for the isolation and synthesis of vitamin K.

(*Boston Cream Pie is not a pie, it is a cake composed of 2 layers of sponge cake with a layer of custard or cream filling, usually topped with chocolate. Boston Cream Pie is the official state dessert of Massachusetts)
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· October 24-27, 2018  91st Annual National FFA Convention & Expo - Indianapolis, Indiana

· October 24-28, 2018  NYC Food Film Festival
New York, New York

· October 25-28, 2018  Groves Pecan Festival
Groves, Texas

· October 25-Nov 11, 2018  State Fair of Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana

· October 26-27, 2018  The Taste of DC
Washington D.C.

· October 26-28, 2018  Naples Stone Crab Festival
Naples, Florida

· October 27-28, 2018  9th Annual Olive Festival
Cherry Valley, California

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) The birth date of modern fast food is often viewed as the opening of the first 'automat' by Frank Hardart and Joe Horn. Where was this first Horn & Hardart automat?
  a) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  b) New York City, New York
  c) Boston, Massachusetts
  d) Los Angeles, California
  e) Newark, New Jersey

2) When Captain Cook discovered what we now call the Hawaiian Islands on January 18, 1778, he named them after the First Lord of the Admiralty. What did he name these islands?

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?

Can openers were not invented until 48 years after cans were introduce.

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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
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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

During World War II when Japan had conquered most of Southeast Asia, America's main source of tin was cut off. Most canned foods were needed for military use, so the frozen food industry expanded rapidly to fill the void left by the limited supply of canned goods. Until then, most frozen foods were luxury foods.
 

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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?

Progresso - In 1905 a young Sicilian, Vincent Taormina, began a small importing business to bring authentic Italian foods to Italian-American families. Driven by the wartime shortage of imported products, Progresso opened its original manufacturing plant in Vineland, N. J., where the company created the first Progresso premium soup in 1949, a minestrone based on an old family recipe. It was the first canned, ready-to-serve soup in America.

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