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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

EATURED FOR APRIL

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Seafood Recipes for Lent

Lenten Season Articles & Recipes

Easter Articles  ---  Easter Recipes

Passover Food and Recipes
 

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SOME SPRING RECIPES

· Original Hot Wings Recipe

· Roman Spring Lamb Recipe

· Greek Roast Leg of Lamb

· Roast Leg of Lamb w/Rhubarb Chutney

· Spiral Cut Ham with Asparagus

· 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 Rice Recipe

· Springtime Pasta Primavera

· Authentic Italian Pasta Primavera

· Mexican Style Beer Can Chicken

· Amish Rhubarb Cake Recipe

· Crustless Spinach Ricotta Quiche

· Pulled Pork, Root Beer BBQ Sauce
 

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April Food Holidays:

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

APRIL is:

• Alcohol Awareness Month
 
• Defeat Diabetes Month
 · Eating Healthy with Diabetes

• Fresh Florida Tomato Month
Fresh tomatoes are harvested from every growing district in Florida in April.
 · Florida Trivia  ·  Tomato Trivia

 · Tomato Tips  ·  Tomato Recipes
 · Tomatoes: Taxes & Taxonomy

• Global Child Nutrition Month
 · Food Scarcity & Hunger Articles
 
• National B.L.T. Month
 · Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Trivia
 
• National Garden Month
 
• National Grange Month

• Grilled Cheese Month
 · International Grilled Cheese
 
• National Pecan Month
 · Pecan Trivia  ·  A Nut from America

• National Soft Pretzel Month
 · History of the Pretzel

 · Soft Pretzel Recipe  ·  Pretzel Recipe

• National Soyfoods Month
 · Soybean Facts & Trivia
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Garlic and onions are among the oldest cultivated food plants.  Their culinary, medicinal and religious use dates back more than 6000 years.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic.”  Louis Diat (1885-1958)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Amaretto Day
  (Amaretto Cheesecake Recipe)

• Garlic Day (Garlic Trivia  --  Buying & Using Garlic
  What Would We Do Without Garlic?)

• National Rice Ball Day (Rice Ball Recipes)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1877 Ole Evinrude was born. He invented the first practical outboard motor in 1909. The idea came to him while rowing a boat to a picnic one day. He decided there must be an easier way to move a small boat on the water.

1882 Charles Darwin Died. Pioneering English naturalist who developed the theory of evolution. His works include 'Origin of Species' and 'The Descent of Man.'

1904 Richard Pough was born. 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 the pesticide DDT to fish and birds.

1933 Jayne Mansfield was born. American beauty contest winner, stage and screen actress. Supposedly the only title she ever turned down was 'Miss Roquefort Cheese,' because she believed it "just didn't sound right."  (Roquefort Cheese Trivia)

1937 Antonio Carluccio was born. Italian chef, restaurateur and cookbook author. TV show 'Antonio Carluccio's Italian Feasts'
[Website: www.antonio-carluccio.com ]

1937 William Morton Wheeler died (born March 19, 1865). American entomologist, a world authority on ants. His books include 'Ants: Their Structure, Development and Behavior' (1910) and 'Social LIfe Among the Insects' (1923).
(See also: Why Not Eat Insects?)

1938 RCA-NBC began broadcasting the first regular TV programs from the Empire State Building for five hours per week.  Very few TV sets existed to receive the programs.

1947 Mark Volman of the music group 'The Turtles' was born.

1968 'Honey' by Bobby Goldsboro is #1 on the charts

1975 Percy L. Julian died. An African American chemist, he worked on synthesizing various compounds from soy beans. One of his creations was a foam fire extinguisher refined from soya protein. (Soybean Trivia)

1995 The Supreme Court ruled that alcohol content could be listed on beer labels, overturning a 1935 law which had prohibited it. (Beer Trivia and Facts)

 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· April 13-21, 2019  52nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival - San Francisco, California

· April 19-21, 2019  9th Annual Kemah Crawfish Festival - Kemah, Texas

· April 20, 2019  Annual Hard-Pressed Cider Fest
Hood River, Oregon

· April 20, 2019  16th Annual Soft Shell Crab Festival
Port Royal, South Carolina

· April 20-28, 2019  World's Biggest Fish Fry
Paris, Tennessee

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) The cluster bean is most likely native to India. It is used as a vegetable, and for producing a food additive that is used as a thickener and stabilizer in commercial food processing. It has almost 8 times the thickening power as cornstarch, and is used in dressings, sauces and baked goods. It is also used in paper manufacturing, textiles, printing, cosmetics and even in pills to hold them together. Name this food additive.
  a) chicle   b) guar gum
  c) agar-agar   d) gum tragacanth

2) What Portuguese wine is made from the grape varieties of Malmsey, Bual, Verdelho and Sercial, and has a longer shelf life than any other wine?

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?

The Lily Family of plants includes asparagus, onions, garlic, sarsaparilla, yams, lilies, yucca, daffodils, aloe, tulips and hyacinths.

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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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Click Here for
Food Emergency
Websites, Phone #s, E-mails, etc.

 

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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Elephant garlic is actually closely related to the leek, and thought by some to be the wild ancestor of the leek. The bulbs are very large, and can weigh more than 1 pound. They are also much milder than regular garlic, and can be slice raw in salads. Whole cloves can be sauteed in butter and served as an appetizer.
 

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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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DID YOU KNOW?

Muffuletta or Muffaletta is a hero or submarine type sandwich that originated in New Orleans early in the 20th century, probably at Salvatore Lupa's Central Grocery around in 1906 or 1910. It is made with a round loaf of Italian bread, split and layered with sliced Provolone cheese, salami, and ham, topped with 'olive salad' - chopped green olives, pimientos, celery, garlic, capers, oregano, parsley, olive oil and red wine vinegar.

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