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FEATURED FOR MARCH

• Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals
• Updated: Recipe Contests
Spring Vegetable Salads
Seafood Recipes

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· Lobster Newburg Recipe
· Pecan Trivia and Facts
· Salt Facts & Trivia · Salt Kitchen Tips
· Salt of the Earth

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SOME SPRING RECIPES

· Carrots with Character
· Asparagus Vinaigrette
· Ginger Lime Carrots
· Louisiana Collard Greens
· Swiss Chard with Raisins
· Minted Sugar Peas
· Spiced Spinach
· Minted Carrot Ribbon Salad
· Citrus Strawberry Spinach Salad

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SOME SPRING FOOD ARTICLES
(Most with recipes)

· Asparagus, Herald of Spring
· Fiddleheads, Spring Delicacies
· Lettuce & Leafy Greens Articles
· Apricots, Facts & Usage
· Will the Real Strawberry Stand Up
· Spinach, Popeye's Secret Weapon
· Peas in a Pod
· Avocado Season in California
 

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March Food Months:

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

MARCH is:

• American Red Cross Month
• Caffeine Awareness Month
  · Caffeine Facts & Trivia
• National Flour Month
  · Flour Trivia  · Flour Kitchen Tips
• National Frozen Food Month
  · Frozen Food Trivia  · Frozen Food Tips
  · What Not to Freeze
• National Kidney Month
• National Noodle Month
  · Pasta & Noodle Recipes
  · Pasta Cooking Tips · Pasta Trivia
• National Nutrition Month
   · Nutrition Articles
   · Healthy Food Choice Videos
• National Peanut Month
  · Peanut Facts & Trivia
  · Peanut Taste Tests
• National Sauce Month
  · Sauce Making  · Sauce Recipes
• Canada: Nutrition Month
• UK: National Veggie Month
  · Vegetable Recipes
  · Vegetable Articles

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DID YOU KNOW?

Crisco, introduced in 1911, was the first solid hydrogenated vegetable shortening.  Initially it was not a huge success - women were even reluctant to accept 1 1/2 pound cans of Crisco as free samples!  Many of the early users of Crisco were Orthodox Jews, since it contained neither lard or butter (meat & dairy) it could be used at any meal without violating kosher dietary laws.  Commercial success for Crisco came during the First World War due to shortages of lard.
 

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Aioli (garlic mayonnaise) epitomizes the heat, the power, and the joy of the Provençal sun, but it has another virtue - it drives away flies.” Frédéric Mistral
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• Lobster Newburg Day
• Pecan Day: see 1775 below (not to be confused with National Pecan Day, April 14)
• Sweden: Våffeldagen (Waffle Day)
• England: Tichborne Dole Day.  A gallon of flour is given to residents of Alresford, Hampshire, England. The tradition dates to 1150.  Lady Mabella Tichborne put a curse on any ancestors who failed to distribute her charitable dole. (History of Tichborne Dole)

• World Salt Awareness Week (March 20-26, 2017)
  [World Action on Salt & Health]
• American Chocolate Week (March 19-25, 2017)
  [American Confectioners Association]
• Ag Appreciation Week: March 19-25, 2017
  [Community Agriculture Alliance]
• National Ag Week: March 19-25, 2017
  [Agriculture Council of America] A time to recognize and celebrate the importance of agriculture.
National Poison Prevention Week  (March 19-25, 2017 - 3rd wk March) Established by Congress on September 16, 1961 [PL 87-319]

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1775 Pecan Day. George Washington planted pecan trees (some of which still survive) at Mount Vernon. The trees were supposedly a gift to Washington from Thomas Jefferson.  (Some sources date this planting at 1799).

1848 William Keith Brooks was born.  An American zoologist, he was a champion for the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay oyster.  Author of 'The Oyster' (1891). (Oyster Trivia and Facts)

1867 Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge died.  A German chemist who developed a method for obtaining sugar from beet juice. (Beet Trivia and Facts)

1867 The 2 mile long, 5 foot diameter Chicago Lake Tunnel was activated.  It was the first water supply tunnel for a U.S. city.

1914 Norman Ernest Borlaug was born (died Sept 12, 2009).  American agronomist, Nobel Peace Prize winner for efforts to overcome world hunger. Developed the wheat/rye hybrid called 'triticale' with higher yield and protein content.
(Triticale Trivia & Facts)

1914 Frédéric Mistral died (born Sept 8, 1830).  French Nobel-prize winning writer. In 1891 he founded the journal 'L'Aioli' (aioli is a traditional Provençal garlic sauce).  "Aioli epitomizes the heat, the power, and the joy of the Provençal sun, but it has another virtue — it drives away flies."
(Aioli Recipe)

1925 Elmer 'Len' Dresslar Jr. was born (died Oct 16, 2005). Voice actor, best known as the booming voice of the Jolly Green Giant in commercials.

1950 'If I Knew You Were Comin' (I'd've Baked a Cake)' by Eileen Barton was No. 1 on the music charts.

1955 Daniel Boulud was born. Award winning French chef and restaurateur.  His best known restaurant is the Michelin three star 'Daniel' in New York City, named one of the top 10 restaurants in the world. Best Chef in NY City, Outstanding Chef of the Year, Outstanding Restaurateur, Culinary Humanitarian Award, Culinary Hall of Fame.

1957 The Treaty of Rome, establishing the European Economic Community (EEC), was signed by Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany. The Treaty becomes effective on January 1, 1958.

1990 The comedy, 'Lettice and Lovage' opened on Broadway.

1995 Pizza Hut introduced its Stuffed Crust Pizza.
(Pizza Hut Trivia)

2008 Herb Peterson, creator of McDonald's Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, died.

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· March 7-26  Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - Texas
· March 16-26, 2017  Collier County Fair - Naples, Florida
· March 18-25, 2017  Colorado Craft Beer Week - Colorado
· March 20-April 16  Nat’l Cherry Blossom Festival - Wash D.C. March 22-26, 2017  Flavor! Napa Valley - Napa, California
· March 23-26  Taste Washington - Seattle, Washington
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) 946.35 cubic centimeters in the U.S or 1,136.52 cubic centimeters in Great Britain.
What is it.

2) Originally made by stuffing fish skin with a mixture of ground fish, eggs, meal, and seasonings, today the mixture is formed into patties or balls, poached, usually served cold and frequently served with grated horseradish.  The name means 'stuffed fish'.  Name this dish.

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?

Pecan trees produce 25 to 45 pounds per tree in alternate years. They are an alternate-bearing tree, producing nuts every 2nd year. Researchers are working on developing a tree that will produce a large crop annually.

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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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IN SEASON FOR SPRING

· Apple Trivia
· Apple Pie Recipes
· Asparagus Trivia
· Asparagus Recipes
· Avocado Trivia
· Avocado Recipes
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Carrot Trivia
· Carrot Recipes
· Collard Greens Recipes
· Collard Greens Trivia

· Garlic Trivia
· Mushroom Trivia
· Mushroom Recipes
· Pea Trivia & Facts
· Pea Recipes
· Radish Trivia & Tips
· Rhubarb Trivia
· Spinach Trivia
· Spinach Recipes
· Strawberry Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family and is native to India. The early varieties were bitter, but cultivation and crossbreeding have greatly improved the flavor. Eggplant is related to potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers.
     Eggplant isn't a particularly popular vegetable in the United States, but it's a favorite in many areas of the South. Thomas Jefferson, who experimented with many varieties of plants in his Virginia garden, is credited with introducing eggplant to North America.
     In various parts of Europe, people suspected that eating eggplant caused madness, not to mention leprosy, cancer, and bad breath, which is why eggplant was used mostly for decoration in England and the United States nearly up to the 20th century.

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