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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 MAY

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

BBQ & Grilling Articles with Recipes

Summer Food Ideas with Recipes
 

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SOME SPRING RECIPES

· Guacamole 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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May Food Holidays:

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

MAY is:

• Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  · Gluten Intolerance Article
 
• Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  · Food Allergy Articles
 
• Int’l Mediterranean Diet Month
 
• Int’l Respect for Chickens Month
 
• National Artisan Gelato Month
 
• National Barbecue Month
  · Barbecue and Grilling Articles
 
• National Egg Month
  · Egg Trivia & Facts
 
• National Hamburger Month
  · Hamburger Trivia & Facts

  · 100 Hamburger Variations
 
• National Salad Month
  · Salad Recipes   · Salad Dressings
 
• National Salsa Month
  · Salsa Trivia   · Salsa Recipes
 
• National Strawberry Month
  · Strawberry Trivia
 
• National Vinegar Month
  · Vinegar History & Manufacture

  · Vinegar Kitchen Tips
 
• National Tavern Month (since 1953)
 
• World Trade Month
 
• UK: National Asparagus Month
  · Asparagus, The Herald of Spring

  · Asparagus Facts & Trivia

  · Asparagus Recipes

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SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“The ambition of every good cook must be to make something very good with the fewest possible ingredients.”  Urbain Dubois (1818-1901)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
(48 Cheesecake Recipes  --  Cheesecake Baking Tips)

• National Cherry Dessert Day  -----  (Cherry Trivia)
(Cherry Cake Recipes  --  Cherry Pie Recipes)

• UK: English Wine Week (May 25-June 2, 2019)
  [Wines of Great Britain]

• UK: British Tomato Fortnight (formerly Tomato Week) May 20-June 2, 2019 [British Tomato Growers]
  (Tomato Trivia  ---  Tomato Recipes)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1647 Alse Young of Windsor becomes the first person on record to be executed for witchcraft in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.

1818 Urbain Dubois was born (died March 14, 1901).  French chef, author of many cookbooks, but especially 'La cuisine classique' (1856).  Served as chef to Prince Alexey Orlov and Prince William of Prussia.

1864 Montana becomes a U.S. territory.
(Montana Food Trivia)

Migrant Mother, 1936

1885 Dorothea Lange was born (died Oct 11, 1965).  Documentary photographer, Lange is best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA).
(Photo: Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" 1936 Nipomo, California. FSA Collection)

1908 Shortly after 4:00 am, Canadian drillers working for the Anglo-Persian Oil Company make the first major oil discovery in the Middle East at Masjid-i-Suleiman (in present day Iran).

1923 James Arness was born.  Best known as Marshal Matt Dillon on the TV series 'Gunsmoke,' he also played the creature in the 1951 movie 'The Thing from Another World.'  The creature was a vegetable based alien life form, a “super intellectual carrot.”

1927 The last Model T Ford rolled off the assembly line. 15 million Model T's were produced from 1908 to 1927. Known as the ‘Tin Lizzie.’

1950 Fuel rationing ends in the UK.  Petrol rationing was first imposed at the onset of World War II in September 1939.

1955 Morimoto Masaharu was born in Hiroshima, Japan.  Masaharu is a well known Japanese Chef, and was the last Japanese Iron Chef on the TV show, Iron Chef (late 1990s).  He now has his own restaurant, Morimoto in Philadelphia.

1971 Don Maclean recorded 'American Pie'.

1979 'Reunited' by Peaches & Herb is #1 on the charts

1993 Parliament approves Canada's participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA will become effective on January 1, 1994.

1995 Isadore 'Friz' Freleng died (born Aug 21, 1906).  Cartoon animator, he created or developed cartoon characters Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, and Tweety Bird.

1998 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island - historic gateway for millions of immigrants - is mainly in New Jersey, not New York.

1999 Waldo Lonsbury Semon died.  Semon was an American Inventor who is credited with the invention of Vinyl.  Vinyl is the 2nd most used plastic in the world.  Semon held over 100 patents.

2000 Legislation in San Francisco banning discrimination based on Height or Weight became effective. (see also May 8, 2000).

2010 In Greece, a horde of millions of frogs forced the 2 hour closure of a major highway east of Thessaloniki.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· May 23-27, 2019  Moonshine Festival
New Straitsville, Ohio

· May 24-26, 2019  BottleRock Napa Valley Music & Food Festival - Napa, California

· May 24-26, 2019  St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival - Sarasota, Florida

· May 24-26, 2019  36th Annual Mudbug Madness
Shreveport, Louisiana

· May 24-26, 2019  Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
Fredericksburg, Texas

· May 24-26, 2019  Worlds Largest Brat Fest
Madison, Wisconsin

· May 25-26, 2019  36th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival - Virginia Beach, Virginia

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

This herb is a perennial shrub about 2 feet high, it is a member of the mint family and has over 500 varieties. Its flowers are fragrant, usually purple or blue, sometimes white, red or pink. They are rich in nectar, and it's honey is in great demand in Europe because of its spicy flavor. Some varieties, have broad leaves; others have foliage variegated with red, yellow, or white.
For most of its long history it has been a healing herb (supposedly curing everything from snake bites, eye problems, infection, epilepsy, intoxication, memory loss, worms and intestinal problems) or prescribed as an aphrodisiac.
The dried leaves are employed by food manufacturers in seasoning meats, baked goods, and beverages. They are also used to flavor vermouth and various bitters. For years it has been used in the preserving of foods. Now it is known that it contains powerful anti-oxidants which slow spoilage. It is also antibacterial in nature, it is effective in treating sore throats and is even effective as an antiperspirant.

Click here for the answers

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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?

There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States, but fewer than 10 are produced commercially.

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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?

There are thousands of Japanese cherry trees that circle the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. The trees were originally planted as a gift from the people of Tokyo, Japan, in 1912. In 1910, a previous donation of 2,000 cherry trees had to be destroyed after they were infested with insects. Each spring, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a two-week-long celebration, attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the world to see the magnificent trees in full bloom.
 

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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?

There are about 7,000 cherries on an average tart cherry tree (the number varies depending on the age of the tree, weather and growing conditions), and it takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie, so each tree potentially could produce enough cherries for 28 pies.
 

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