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FEATURED FOR MARCH

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals
Updated: Recipe Contests

Grilling & BBQ Tips, Articles & Recipes
Lenten Season and Shrimp
Seafood Recipes
Meatless & Vegetarian Recipes

· Pound Cake Recipes
· Breakfast Recipes
· Breakfast Facts & Trivia
· Spam Facts & Trivia

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Pound Cake' is so named because the original recipe consisted of one pound each of butter, sugar, flour and eggs.  It originated sometime in the first half of the 18th century.

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SOME WINTER RECIPES

· Shrimp Recipes
· Seafood Soups, Bisques, Chowders, etc
· Quinoa Recipes
· Potato Soup Recipes
· Parsnip Soup Recipes
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Onion Soup Recipes
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Turkey Soup/Stews
· Chile Recipes
· Basic Squash Cooking Preparation
· Green Bean Casserole Variations
· Harvest Sweet Potato Bake
 

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SOME WINTER COOKING ARTICLES
(Most with recipes)

· Biscuits and Gravy
· Homemade Jerky
· Chicken Soup 101
· Braising Takes Out Winter Chill
· Macaroni & Cheese
· Maple Syrup History & Making
· Comfort Foods
· Swiss Chard
· Sunday Dinner & Family
· The History of a Squash
· Holiday Fitness Tips
 

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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 Facts and Trivia
   · Flour Kitchen Tips
• National Frozen Food Month
   · Frozen Food Facts & Trivia
   · Frozen Food Tips
   · What Not to Freeze
• National Kidney Month
• National Noodle Month
   · Pasta & Noodle Recipes
   · Pasta Cooking Tips
   · Pasta Facts & 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?

Recent discoveries near the Giza pyramids in Egypt suggest that the workers who built them were well fed.  Analysis of animal bones suggest that the estimated 10,000 workers who built the Menkaure pyramid consumed about 4,000 pounds of meat each day from cattle, goats and sheep, in addition to beer, lentils and various other foods.  This would have required large herds of animals estimated at more than 20,000 cattle and more then 50,000 sheep and goats to supply the meat.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
Jim Davis, 'Garfield'
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Pound Cake Day

• National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6, 2015)
   [School Nutrition Association]
• UK: SPAM Appreciation Week (March 2-8, 2015)

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1634 March 3 or 4: Samuel Cole supposedly opened the first tavern in Boston, Massachusetts.
(Massachusetts Trivia, Stats and Facts)

1791 Vermont became the 14th state.
(Vermont Trivia, States and Facts)

1792 Samuel Slocum was born. He invented a machine to make pins with solid heads and a machine for sticking the pins in a paper holder for sale.

1792 Oranges were supposedly introduced to Hawaii.  (Orange Trivia and Facts)

1837 Chicago was incorporated as a city (population 4,200).

1868 Jesse Chisholm died in Oklahoma (born 1805?).  A frontier trader, Chisholm blazed one of the West’s most famous cattle trails (The Chisholm Trail) between Texas and Kansas.

1913 President William H. Taft signed Public Law 426-62, creating the U. S. Department of Labor.

1913 The Weeks-McLean Law became effective. It was designed to stop commercial market hunting and illegal shipment of migratory birds from one state to another.  Included were "All wild geese, wild swans, brant, wild ducks, snipe, plover, woodcock, rail, wild pigeons, and all other migratory game and insectivorous birds."

1927 Ira Remsen died (born Feb 10, 1846).  American chemist, codiscoverer in 1879 (with Constantine Fahlberg) of saccharin, the artificial sweetener. (Saccharin Trivia & Facts)

1938 John Galardi was born (died April 13, 2013).  Founder of Wienerschnitzel (originally Der Wienerschnitzel) hot dog fast food chain.

1943 Irving Berlin won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for 'White Christmas' written for the film 'Holiday Inn'

1971 The Cranberries drummer, Feargal Lawlor, was born today.

1994 John Candy died. Canadian comedian and actor, member of 'The Second City' comedy troupe.

2010 In the UK, The Guardian reported that 2.6 million households now have microchips installed in their rubbish bins by local British governments. The chips can identify the households and measure the weight of rubbish in the bins.
 

UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· Feb 26-March 8  Florida Strawberry Festival - Plant City, Fla
· Feb 26-March 8  Sacramento Beer Week - Sacramento, Calif
· March 1-7  Atlantic City Restaurant Week - New Jersey
· March 3-22  Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - Texas
· March 4-8  Charleston Wine + Food - Charleston, SC
· March 6-8  27th National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show - Albuquerque, NM
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

IN SEASON FOR WINTER

Sweet Potato & Yams   • Parsnips   • Turnips
Onions   • Cranberries   • Squash   • Leeks
 

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This relative of buckwheat originated in Western China and neighboring areas. Its traditional role was medicinal - the dried root was a popular remedy for a wide range of illnesses. Its primary function was to induce vomiting, although it is also a mild astringent. This medicinal role caused the price of the dried root to rise. In 1542, it sold for ten times the price of cinnamon in France and in 1657 it sold for over twice the price of opium in England. Beginning in the eighteenth century, it began to be consumed in foods, primarily drinks and meat stews.  Botanically speaking, it is considered a vegetable, but it's most often treated as a fruit — though it's rarely eaten raw. It was introduced to the United States at the end of the eighteenth century. Today most of it is frozen for commercial and institutional use; only about a quarter of the crop is sold fresh.
What is this strange plant?

2) The origin of English shoe sizing is directly connected with a grass grain and a decree issued by Edward I of England in about the year 1305.
What grain and how is it connected with English shoe sizes?

3) This food product, introduced by General Foods in 1965, was added by NASA to the galley of the Gemini astronauts. In July 1969 it traveled to the Moon on the Apollo mission.
Name this food product.

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions
 

 



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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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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DID YOU KNOW?

Pepper is made from the berries of the pepper plant (Piper nigrum), a climbing vine native to the East Indies.
     Black peppercorns are picked when green and dried in the sun until they turn black.
     White peppercorns are allowed to ripen on the vine, the berry is fermented and its red-brown skin is removed.
     Green peppercorns are picked while green and not yet ripe. They are then freeze-dried, dehydrated or packed in brine or vinegar.
     Pink peppercorns are the dried berries of the Baies rose plant, mostly grown on Reunion and Madagascar, but actually native to South America.

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