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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

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FEATURED FOR JANUARY

• Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals
• Updated: Recipe Contests
Football & Tailgating Parties

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· New England Clam Chowder Recipe
· Chowder Trivia & Facts
· Valentine’s Day: Food of Love
· Valentine’s Day Recipes

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SOME WINTER RECIPES

· Carrots with Character
· Kentucky Burgoo
· Orange Glazed Parsnips
· Hearty Beef Stew
· Classic Green Bean Casserole
· Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
· Cider Beef Stew
· Pumpkin Fritters
· Perfectly Easy Pecan Pie

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SOME WINTER FOOD ARTICLES
(Most with recipes)

· Winter Squash Varieties & Preparation
· Winter Mood Food
· Maple Syrup History & Production
· Chicken Soup 101
· Sweet Potato Nutrition
· Sweet Potato or Yam?
· Cranberry History Top 10

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January Food Months:

For Details, History and more DAY, WEEK and MONTH Food Holiday designations for JANUARY, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please Click for
DETAILED JANUARY FOOD CALENDAR

JANUARY is:

• Be Kind To Food Servers Month (Tenn.)
• 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 Retail Bakers 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 American Quahog is an edible hard-shell clam of the Atlantic coast of North America. Also known as cherrystone, littleneck  and hard-shell clam.  The Ocean Quahog is a large deep water clam with a mahogany brown shell, also known as mahogany clam and black quahog.
 

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Clam chowder is one of those subjects, like politics or religion, that can never be discussed lightly.  Bring it up even incidentally, and all the innumerable factions of the clam bake regions raise their heads and begin to yammer.”
Louis P. De Gouy, The Soup Book (1949)
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Squirrel Appreciation Day (Founded in 2001 by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator in Asheville, North Carolina because food sources are scarce in mid-winter)
• National Granola Bar Day (Granola and its Origins)
• New England Clam Chowder Day
• St. Agnes of Rome, patron of gardeners and Girl Scouts.

• Fresh Squeezed Juice Week (Jan 15-21, 2017)

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1338 Charles V of France was born. It was Charles V who commissioned Taillevent to write what would become the first professional cookery book written in France, 'Le Viandier'. Forks were mentioned in an inventory during his reign. Some believe that he died as a result of eating amanita mushrooms.

1868 Felix Hoffman was born (died Feb 8, 1946).  German chemist who synthesized aspirin in 1897. (see also Feb 27, 1900)

1908 New York City makes it illegal for women to smoke in public.

1912 Konrad (Emil) Bloch was born. Nobel prize winner for his work on cholesterol and fatty acids. He discovered that high levels of cholesterol may lead ultimately to increased risk of heart attacks.

1922 Actor Telly Savalas was born today (died Jan 22, 1994).  In the TV series 'Kojak' he played tough NY City detective Lt. Kojak who had a fondness for Tootsie Roll Pops (lollipops).

1924 The musical 'Lollipop' opened at the Knickerbocker Theatre in New York City.

1937 Marcel Boulestin became the first television cook when he presented the first of the Cook’s Night Out programs on the BBC (1937-1939). (There is some dispute about exact dates, various sources differ on the year, and accurate records appear not to be available). [TV Chefs Trivia]

1949 Gennaro Contaldo was born. Chef, restaurateur and cookbook author. Website: gennarocontaldo.com

1976 The supersonic Concorde commercial aircraft built with funding from the French and British governments, began regular service today.

1976 'Spice Girls' singer Emma Bunton was born today.

1985 James Beard, culinary expert and cookbook author, died in New York at age 81 (born May 5, 1903). [Beard Foundation website: jamesbeard.org/]

1996 Cleanup of a 1.8 million gallon oil spill began after a barge ran aground near Block Island National Wildlife Refuge on January 19, 1996.

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· January 4-22  Charleston Restaurant Week - South Carolina
· January 13-March 31  28th Boston Wine Festival - Mass.
· January 14-28, 2017  Texas Citrus Fiesta - Mission , Texas
· January 15-22  San Diego Restaurant Week - California
· January 19-22  Annual Frog Leg Festival - Fellsmere, Florida
· January 20-22, 2017  Oregon Truffle Festival - Oregon
· January 21-22  Chicago Travel & Adventure Show - Illinois
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) William Mitchell, a research chemist for General Foods, invented a chemical process in 1956. For years the company searched for a way to utilize it, and finally came up with a novelty product in 1974. (Periodically a story surfaces (untrue) that when this product is eaten together with a certain beverage, the results will prove deadly.)
Can you describe this process and name the novelty food?

2) Cook them, mash them up, dehydrate them. Reconstitute them with moisture to make a dough; cut into a uniform size and shape and package in air tight containers.  They were introduced in 1969 by Proctor and Gamble. What were they when they started out, and what is the name of the final packaged product?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions
 

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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?

Hard shell clams can live to over 40 years if they can avoid humans, fish, starfish, crabs, birds and other predators.
 

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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

· Beet Trivia
· Beet Recipes
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Brussels Sprouts
· Carrot Trivia
· Carrot Recipes
· Cauliflower Trivia
· Cauliflower Recipes
· Garlic Trivia
· Mushroom Trivia
· Mushroom Recipes
· Parsnip Recipes
· Pumpkin Trivia
· Pumpkin Recipes
· Sweet Potatoes
· Squash Trivia
· Squash Recipes
· Apple Trivia
· Grape Trivia
· Pear Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

 In October 2007 a team of British marine biologists working north of Iceland dredged up what may have been the worlds oldest living animal -- an Ocean Quahog clam from 250 feet deep turned out to be over 405 years old.  Unfortunately they realized the clams extreme age only after they had cut through its shell to count its growth rings.

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