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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 JANUARY

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Tailgating and Game Day Articles with Recipes

Winter Soup Recipes

Guacamole & Avocado Dips

Chicken Wing Recipes

Holiday Party Hors d’Oeuvre Recipes

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FEATURED RECIPES & TIPS

· Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

· Pickle Juice Chili Recipe

· Chile Verde de Puerco

· The Best Chili Con Carne Recipe

· Senator Mitch Mcconnell's Burgoo

· Hearty Beef Stew With Roasted Winter Vegetables

· White Chili Recipe

· Original Frank's Redhot Wings

· Classic Buffalo Wings Recipe

· Sweet Potato Cooking Tips

· Spicy Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

· Sweet Potato Pear Soup Recipe

· Pumpkin Fritters Recipe

· Cornwallis Yams (Sweet Potatoes)

· Maria's Pumpkin Pie Recipe
 

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January Food Holidays:

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

JANIARY is:

• Be Kind To Food Servers Month

• Bread Machine Baking Month
  · Bread Recipes     · Bread Trivia

• Family Fit Lifestyle Month

• National Fiber Focus Month
  · Fiber Facts & Trivia

• National Hot Tea Month
  · Tea Trivia & History

• National Meat Month
  · Meat Recipes

• National Soup Month
  · Soup Recipes

• Oatmeal Month
More oatmeal is eaten in January than any other month
• Oats: Grain of the Month
  · Oats Trivia

• Prune Breakfast Month

• Wheat Bread Month
  · Wheat Trivia      · Bread Recipes

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DID YOU KNOW?

The ancient Greeks believed that lettuce induced sleep, so they served it at the end of the meal. The Romans continued the custom. However, the dictatorial Emperor Domitian (81-96 AD) served it at the beginning of his feasts, so he could torture his guests by forcing them to stay awake in the presence of the Emperor.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Chowder breathes reassurance. It steams consolation.”
Clementine Paddleford
 

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 (Chowder Trivia)
  (New England Clam Chowder Recipe)

• St. Agnes of Rome, patron of gardeners and Girl Scouts.

• Fresh Squeezed Juice Week (Jan 19-25, 2020)

• Healthy Weight Week (Jan 19-25, 2020)
  (Healthy Diets and Dieting Articles)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

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.
(Fats & Fatty Acids Facts & Articles)

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. 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).

ames 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 20-February 1, 2020 - Restaurant Weeks
San Antonio Area, Texas

· January 23-26, 2020  Oregon Truffle Festival
Eugene and the surrounding countryside, Oregon

· January 23-February 2, 2020  134th Saint Paul Winter Carnival - St. Paul, Minnesota

· January 24-26, 2020  NY Times Travel Show
New York, New York

· January 24-February 2, 2020  Crab Feast Mendocino
Mendocino, California

· January 25, 2020  14th Annual Port Salerno Seafood Festival - Port Salerno, Florida

· January 26-February 2, 2020  Key West Food and Wine Festival - Key West, Florida

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

Here are some Culinary Characters that represent various food products. Do you know which ones are real people, and which ones are fictitious?
  a) Chef Boyardee.
  b) Aunt Jemima
  c) Dr Pepper
  d) Granny Smith (apple)
  e) Jack or Monterey Jack (cheese)
  f) Betty Crocker
  g) McIntosh (apple)

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?

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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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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IN SEASON FOR WINTER

APPLES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

BANANAS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

GRAPES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

PEARS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

Pineapple Trivia

BEETS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

BRUSSELS SPROUTS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CARROTS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CAULIFLOWER
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CRANBERRIES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

GARLIC
  Trivia  ---  Tips

GINGER
  Trivia  ---  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PARSNIPS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

PUMPKINS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

SWEET POTATOES
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

WINTER SQUASH
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

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DID YOU KNOW?

The world's oldest (formerly) living animal.
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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