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JUNE is:

• California Avocado Month
  · Avocado Trivia and Facts
• Georgia Blueberry Month
  · Blueberry Trivia & Facts
• Hunger Awareness Month
• Men’s Health Month
• National Candy Month
  · Candy Trivia & Facts
• National Dairy Month
  · Dairy Articles  --  Milk Trivia
• National Dairy Alternative Month
• Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Month
• National Iced Tea Month
  · Iced Tea Trivia & Facts
• National Mango Month
  · Mango Trivia & Facts
• National Papaya Month
  · Papaya Trivia and Facts
• National Soul Food Month
• National Steakhouse Month
• Turkey Lovers' Month
  · Turkey Trivia and Facts

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Gorgonzola cheese gets it name, as do many cheeses, from the village where it was first produced. Gorgonzola, Italy, near Milan in the 12th century was the birth date and place for this cheese.  As most blue-veined cheeses, Gorgonzola was originally aged in caves and the blue veins of mold developed from bacteria naturally present in the caves. Today, again like most blue-veined cheeses, the mold producing bacteria is manufactured and then mixed right in with the curds in the cheesemaking process to maintain consistent standards.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“....if a man hates tapioca pudding he is a good fellow and my friend.”
A.A. Milne, 'Lunch' (1934)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Chocolate Pudding Day


On this day in:

1284 The earliest date in legend for when the Pied Piper led all the children of Hamelin away.
See July 22, 1376 for additional information.

1797 Charles Newbold patented the first cast-iron plow. Farmers had doubts about the effect of the iron on the soil.

1816 Louis Bignon was born (died May 18, 1906). French agriculturist, restaurateur and chef. His Cafe Riche became the most famous in Paris and was known worldwide. He invested in farms and vineyards and was awarded the Legion of Honor for his agricultural work.

1834 Sir Gilbert Blane died (born August 29, 1749).  A Scottish physician, he served as Physician to the Fleet and head of the Navy Medical Board. He was largely responsible for requiring citrus juice (lemons, later limes) on all naval vessel to prevent scurvy, and improving the general health and sanitary conditions of sailors.   (Citrus Fruit Trivia & Facts)

1848 The first pure food laws were enacted in the U.S.

1870 The original wooden boardwalk in Atlantic City was built. It was taken up during the winter months, and was replaced with a larger boardwalk in 1880, which was destroyed in a hurricane in 1889. It was rebuilt again, and in 1898 rebuilt with steel.

1870 Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States.

1910 Roy J. Plunkett was born. He was the inventor of Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene) in 1938. The first nonstick cookware using Teflon was sold in 1960.

1919 The 'New York Daily News' was first published.

1933 A 2 hour musical variety program, 'The Kraft Music Hall' debuted on NBC radio, sponsored by Kraft Foods company. (Kraft Trivia and Facts)

1949 Larry Taylor of the rock group 'Canned Heat' was born.

1959 In Montreal, Queen Elizabeth and President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially open the St. Lawrence Seaway which connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. (see also April 25, 1959).

1963 President John F. Kennedy said 'I am a jelly donut' (Ich bin ein Berliner) in a speech to the citizens of Berlin. He meant to say 'I am a Berliner' (Ich bin Berliner). 'Ein Berliner' means jelly donut.

1974 At 8:01 am in the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, cashier Sharon Buchanan scanned a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum with a bar code printed on it. This was the 1st product ever logged under the new Universal Product Code (UPC) computerized product recognition system.

1981 In Mountain Home, Idaho, Virginia Campbell took her coupons and rebates and bought $26,460 worth of groceries. She only paid 67 cents after all the discounts.

1985 During a minor league baseball game in Clearwater, Florida, organ player Wilbur Snapp was ejected from the game for playing 'Three Blind Mice' in response to a bad call by the umpire.

1990 A new record high temperature was recorded in Phoenix, Arizona: 122°F.


· June 23-26  Luling Watermelon Thump - Luling, Texas
· June 24-26  Henderson Sauerkraut Days - Minnesota
· June 24-26  PIB: Portland International Beerfest - Oregon
· June 25-26, 2016  The LA WineFest - California
· June 25-26  24th Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle - Washington D.C.

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) 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?

2) 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

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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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



Gluten is a protein formed when water and wheat flour is mixed. Gluten gives bread dough elasticity, strength and gas-retaining properties. Wheat is the only grain with sufficient gluten content to make raised or leavened loaf of bread.

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"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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· Apricot Trivia
· Blackberry Trivia
· Blueberry Trivia
· Kiwifruit Trivia
· Peach Trivia
· Raspberry Trivia
· Strawberry Trivia
· Watermelon Trivia

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Ginsing is any of several plants of the genus Panax of eastern Asia. There are also several similar species found in North America. The aromatic root of ginsing has been used for medicinal purposes in Asia  for thousands of years. It has been reputed to cure cancer, diabetes, aging, sexual disfunctions, high blood pressure, and many other disorders. It is also used in tea, tonics, spirits, and in cookery. Its curative powers have never been scientifically documented. It is acknowledged as a stimulant, like coffee or tea.

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