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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

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St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Facts & History

Winter Soup 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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February Food Holidays:

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

FEBRUARY is:

• African American History Month

• American Heart Month
• National Heart Health Month

• Bake for Family Fun Month
  · Baking Articles and Tips

• Canned Food Month
  · Can Trivia  ---  Canned Food History

• Chocolate Lovers Month
  · Chocolate Trivia

• Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
  · Strawberry Trivia & Facts

• Great American Pies Month
  · Pie Recipes

• National Bird Feeding Month - In January 1994, Illinois 10th District Congressman John Porter read a resolution in the Congressional Record making February National Bird Feeding Month. The observance was established because it's one of the most difficult months in much of the U.S. for birds to survive in the wild.

• National Cherry Month
  · Cherry Facts & Trivia

• National Children's Dental Health Month

• National Grapefruit Month
  · Grapefruit Trivia

• National Hot Breakfast Month
  · Breakfast Recipes

• National Potato Lover's Month
  · Potato Recipes  ---  Potato Trivia
  · Potato History

• National Snack Food Month

• Sweet Potato Month N.C.
  · Sweet Potato Trivia
  · Sweet Potato Recipes

• Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
  · Shopping Cart Inventor Sylvan Goldman

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“I always wondered why babies spend so much time sucking their thumbs. Then I tasted baby food.”
Robert Orben
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Cafe Au Lait Day (Coffee History)

• National Cabbage Day
  (Cabbage Trivia  --  Cabbage Recipes)

• Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday observed - Feb 17, 2020 - 3rd Mon)

• Feast of Shesmu, Egyptian god of the Wine Press.

• Fornacalia: Old Roman Bread Festival or Feast of Ovens.
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1665 Rudolph Jacob Camerarius was born. A German botanist, he showed the existence of sexes in plants, and identified the stamen and pistil as the male and female organs.

1680 Jan Swammerdam died (born Feb 12, 1637).  Dutch biologist and microscopist. His investigations into insect anatomy showed that insects did not generate spontaneously as had been previously believed, but were the product of eggs laid by females of the same species. Eggs, larva, pupa and adult are different forms of the same species. He also revealed that 'king bees' have ovaries and were actually 'queen bees.'  (Bee Trivia and Facts)

1827 Chester Stone of Middlebury, Connecticut received a patent for a washing machine.

1844 Aaron Montgomery Ward was born (died Dec 7, 1913). Founder of Montgomery Ward & Co. to sell general merchandise by mail order.

1863 The International Red Cross was founded in Geneva, Switzerland.

1869 The Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded.

1876 Canned sardines went on sale in the U.S. for the first time. They were packed in oil. (Some sources say 1873).

1883 A. Ashwell, of West Dulwich, UK, received a patent for the "vacant/engaged" door bolt for lavatory doors.

1889 H.L. Hunt, the pioneering Texas oil millionaire (Hunt Oil Company) was born. He carried a brown bag lunch to his office each day and considered himself as 'just plain folks.'

1897 Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst  founded the National Congress of Mothers, forerunner of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), in Washington, D.C.

1958 'Sugartime' by the McGuire Sister topped the charts.

1970 Canada bans the use of phosphates in laundry detergent, to prevent damage to lakes and rivers by excessive weed growth.

1985 U.S. first class postage rates are raised to 22 cents and post cards to 14 cents.

2002 New regulations to go into effect this year require German pig farmers to spend at least 20 seconds every day with each pig, 10 seconds in the morning and 10 seconds in the afternoon. I do not know about what regulations there might be for spending time with German cows, sheep, chickens and other farm animals.

2008 The USDA announced the largest beef recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· February 1-29, 2020 - Month of Chocolate
Bloomington, Indiana

· February 6-17, 2020  Florida State Fair
Tampa, Florida

· February 14-23, 2020 - 74th Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival - Indio, California

· February 19-23, 2020  South Beach Wine & Food Festival - South Beach, Florida

· February 20-23, 2020  Newport Seafood & Wine Festival - Newport, Oregon

· February 22-23, 2020 - Denver Travel & Adventure Show - Denver, Colorado

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What is the largest drive-in restaurant chain?  What restaurant chain was originally named "Danny's Donuts"?

2) In 1876 B&M baked beans were the first baked beans to be sold in cans. What does the B&M stand for and what was the specific reason this company canned baked beans?

3) When and where was milk first sold in bottles?  When and where was beer first sold in bottles?

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?

Kale resembles 'wild' cabbage, and may be the ancestor to all of our modern common cabbage varieties.
 

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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 Jordan almond is a large plump variety of almond from Malaga, Spain, considered to be the finest cultivated almond. The are frequently sold with a hard colored sugar coating, or salted.

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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?

Pistachios are also called the 'green almond'  and are known as the 'smiling nut' in Iran and the 'happy nut' in China.

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