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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 JUNE

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

BBQ & Grilling Articles with Recipes

Summer Food Ideas with Recipes
 

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SOME SUMMER RECIPES

· Mango Pork Fajitas

· Turkey & Balsamic Onion Quesadillas

· Franks and Beans Recipe

· Ham with Mango Glaze

· Honey Orange Glazed Ham

· Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham

· Roasted Sesame Asparagus

· Spring Onion & Herb Risotto

· Spring Crab Salad Recipe

· Heartland Fennel Slaw

· Springtime Pasta Primavera

· Authentic Italian Pasta Primavera

· Amish Rhubarb Cake Recipe

· Crustless Spinach Ricotta Quiche
 

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June Food Holidays:

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

JUNE is:

• California Avocado Month: Peak California Avocado Season
  · Avocado Trivia  -  Guacamole Recipes
 
• Georgia Blueberry Month: Peak season for Georgia Blueberries
  · Blueberry Trivia & Facts
 
• Men’s Health Month
 
• National Beef Steak Month
  · Beef Steak Recipes
 
• National Candy Month
  · Candy Trivia & Facts
 
• National Dairy Month: Began in 1937 as National Milk Month to promote drinking milk.
  · Dairy Articles  ---  Milk Trivia
 
• National Dairy Alternative Month
 
• Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month
  · Fruit Articles
  · Vegetable Articles & Recipes
 
• National Iced Tea Month
  · Iced Tea Trivia & Facts
 
• National Mango Month: peak month for fresh mangos
  · Mango Trivia & Facts
 
• National Papaya Month (also Sept)
  · Papaya Trivia and Facts
 
• National Soul Food Month
 
• National Steakhouse Month
 
• Turkey Lovers' Month
  · Turkey Trivia  ---  Turkey Recipes

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MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Hard to call it a party without sardines.”
Brandon Mull, 'The Candy Shop War' (2007)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Pralines Day: A form of confection, typically of butter {and/or cream}, brown sugar, and pecans.  (Pecan Trivia & Facts)

• UK: [National Picnic Week] (June 21-30, 2019)
  (Picnic Trivia & Facts)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1374 An outbreak of Dancing Mania (sometimes known as 'St. John’s Dance') occurred in Aix-la-Chapelle, France. People were overcome with bouts of uncontrollable, manic dancing. Frothing at the mouth, screaming, and sexual frenzy were other symptoms. Ergot (fungus) poisoning (from grain) is now believed to have been the ultimate cause.  (Ergot Facts  --  Ergotism & Salem)

1532 Robert Dudley, the earl of Leicester, was born.
“Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
the cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
and the dish ran away with the spoon.”
Dudley was Queen Elizabeth I’s first court favorite. She called him her 'puppy.' He is the dog who laughs in the nursery rhyme 'Hey diddle diddle,' when the dish runs away with the spoon, i.e., when Lady Elizabeth Throckmorton, one of the Queen’s ladies in waiting, ran away with the Queen’s taster, the Earl of Hereford, since he did not favor the tight reign Elizabeth kept on her court. He was also the step-father of her second lover, the Earl of Essex.

1817 The first coffee was planted in Hawaii on the Kona coast. (Coffee Trivia  --  Hawaii Food Trivia)

1839 Gustavus Franklin Swift was born. Founder of the meat-packing business, Swift & Co., the inventor of the refrigerated railway car, and the first to ship 'dressed' beef to eastern markets instead of live animals.

1895 Jack Dempsey was born. He is regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He held the world heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926. He then became a successful restaurateur in New York City.

1919 Albert Francis "Al" Molinaro was born (died Oct 30, 2015).  American actor who played Al Delvecchio, Drive-In owner and cook on the TV sitcom 'Happy Days' and Murray Greshler on 'The Odd Couple'. He also appeared in many television commercials.

1938 At about 6pm a meteor streaked across the sky in western Pennsylvania and exploded about 12 miles high over Chicora in Butler County. Only 2 small fragments were found, 241g and 61g.  A cow was either injured or killed (reports vary). The original mass of the meteor was estimated at 450-520 tons.

1992 'Chinese Coffee' opened at the Circle on the Square theatre in New York City.

2003 Richard Pough died. An American ecologist he was the founding president of the Nature Conservancy and helped found the World Wildlife Fund. In 1945, he was one of the first to warn about the dangers of DDT to fish and birds.

 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· June 27-30, 2019  38th Annual Telluride Wine Festival - Telluride, Colorado

· June 28-29, 2019  PurpleHull Pea Festival & World Championship Rotary Tiller Race - Emerson, Arkansas

· June 28-30, 2019  Henderson Sauerkraut Days
Henderson, Minnesota

· June 29, 2019 - Winona Craft Beer Tour
Winona, Minnesota

· June 29, 2019  LA Food Fest - Los Angeles, Calif.

· June 29-July 6, 2019  National Cherry Festival
Traverse City, Michigan

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) One acre of grapes can produce about of how many glasses of wine?

2) One bushel of wheat can produce about how many pounds of pasta?

3) How much does one gallon of milk weigh?

4) How many pounds of mustard are consumed worldwide each year?

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?

Red bananas are maroon to dark purple when ripe, and even the fruit inside can have a slight pinkish color.
 

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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?

The Pecan (Carya illinoinensis) is a kind of hickory, generally considered to be the best-tasting of the hickories, and the most significant of the hickories as a nut crop.  Texas and Georgia are the largest producers of commercial pecans in the United States.  The pecan is a major agricultural tree, but not top ranked as an ornamental.  Pecans are difficult to transplant, and they cannot be counted on to produce good crops of nuts when used as landscape trees
 

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IN SEASON FOR SPRING

Pineapple Trivia

Banana Trivia

Strawberry Trivia

ASPARAGUS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

CARROTS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CELERY:
  Trivia  --  Tips

COLLARD GREENS:
  Trivia  --  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PEAS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

SPINACH:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

TURNIPS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

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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.

Pecans are native to the Mississippi valley of the U.S.
 

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