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“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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FEATURED FOR FEBRUARY

• Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals
• Updated: Recipe Contests
Sports & Tailgating Parties
St. Patrick’s Day Facts
St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

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· Pistachio Nut Trivia
· Pancake Recipes  --  Cooking Tips
· Pancake Facts & Trivia

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SOME WINTER RECIPES

· Carrots with Character
· Kentucky Burgoo
· Orange Glazed Parsnips
· Hearty Beef Stew
· Classic Green Bean Casserole
· Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
· Cider Beef Stew
· Pumpkin Fritters
· Perfectly Easy Pecan Pie

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SOME WINTER FOOD ARTICLES
(Most with recipes)

· Winter Squash Varieties & Preparation
· Winter Mood Food
· Maple Syrup History & Production
· Chicken Soup 101
· Sweet Potato Nutrition
· Sweet Potato or Yam?
· Cranberry History Top 10
 

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February Food Months:

For Details, History and more DAY, WEEK and MONTH Food Holiday designations for FEBRUARY, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please Click for
DETAILED FEBRUARY FOOD CALENDAR

FEBRUARY is:

• African American History Month
• American Heart Month
• Bake for Family Fun Month
  (Baking Articles and Tips)
• Canned Food Month
  (Can Trivia  -  Canned Food History)
• Chocolate Lovers Month
• Florida Strawberry Month
• Great American Pies Month
  (Pie Recipes)
• National Bird Feeding Month
• National Cherry Month
  (Cherry Facts & Trivia)
• Children's Dental Health Month
• National Grapefruit Month
  (Grapefruit Trivia)
• National Hot Breakfast Month
  (Breakfast Recipes)
• National Potato Lover's Month
  (Potato RecipesTrivia  -  History)
• National Snack Food Month
• Sweet Potato Month
  (Sweet Potato Trivia  --  Recipes)
• Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
  (Shopping Cart Inventor Sylvan Goldman)

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DID YOU KNOW?

Mortadella is the original bologna - a very large smoked sausage (usually pork) from Bologna, Italy, studded with cubes of pork fat, peppercorns and/or pistachios and/or green olives. American bologna (boloney) is a very poor imitation.
     Mortadella probably dates back to the 15th century, and the original recipes included myrtle, 'mortella' in Italian, hence the name.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Anybody can make you enjoy the first bite of a dish, but only a real chef can make you enjoy the last.”
Francois Minot, NY Times July 19, 1964
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Pistachio Day
• National Personal Chefs Day (Feb 26 & July 16)
• National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
  [Girl Scouts of America] (Feb 24-26, 2017)

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb 26-March 4, 2017)
• Pancake Week (Feb 26-March 4, 2017 - Week of Shrove Tuesday - can be Feb or March)
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TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1829 Levi Strauss was born. Inventor and manufacturer of jeans.  He originally planned to make canvas tents for miners in the California gold rush, but soon found that durable pants sold better.

1846 William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody was born (died Jan 10, 1917) American frontiersman, buffalo hunter and Indian scout.

1852 John Harvey Kellogg was born. A surgeon, vegetarian and health food pioneer, while superintendent at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, he developed the first breakfast cereals for his patients, Granose (flaked wheat) and toasted corn flakes. His brother, William K. Kellogg founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. to produce cornflakes for sale to the public.

1857 Emile Coue was born. A French pharmacist, he was an advocate of autosuggestion. He suggested repeating the following sentence 15 to 20 times in the morning and evening: "Every day, and in every way, I am becoming better and better."

1895 Michael Joseph Owens of Toledo, Ohio patented an automatic glass blowing machine that could make multiple bottles at the same time. A big advance in bottle making. He founded the Owens Bottle Machine Co., and the Libbey-Owens Glass Company. (Bottle Trivia)

1902 John L. Mason died (born 1832).  Mason patented the metal screw-on lid for glass jars used for canning. (patent No. 22,186, Nov 30, 1858)

1903 Richard Jordan Gatling died. Before inventing the Gatling Gun, he developed a machine for sowing rice, wheat, and other grains, and invented a steam plow.

1908 At midnight (Feb 25/26), service through the Hudson & Manhattan railway tunnels opened to the public, carrying passengers between Manhattan and Hoboken New Jersey. It was the first railroad tunnel under a major river in the U.S.

1919 Grand Canyon National Park was established. 1,218,375 acres in the northwest corner of Arizona, it is 18 miles across, and over two hundred miles long.

1928 Fats Domino (Antoine Domino) was born in New Orleans. One of rock-and-roll's earliest stars, one of his early hits was 'Blueberry Hill' which reached number 2 in 1956.

1929 Grand Teton National Park was established in Wyoming.

1942 The 14th Academy Awards were held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California.  'How Green Was My Valley' directed by John Ford won Best Picture.

1945 A wartime midnight curfew on nightclubs, bars and other places of entertainment goes into effect in the U.S.

1945 Bob Hite of the music group 'Canned Heat' was born.

2008 The Global Seed Vault ('doomsday seed vault') opened deep within an Arctic mountain in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. It has the capacity to store 4.5 million seed samples from around the world and shield them from man-made and natural disasters.

2008 All 7,100 Starbucks Coffee Shops in the U.S. close for three hours of employee training.

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· February 20-March 5  Taste of Hartford - Hartford, Conn.
· February 22-26  South Beach Wine & Food Festival - Fla.
· February 23-26  International Eelpout Festival - Minnesota
· February 24-March 5 - New York City Beer Week - NY, NY
· February 26  Annual Kosher Chili Cookoff - Houston, Texas
· February 28  International Pancake Day - Liberal, Kansas
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) When you see the term 'Light' or 'Extra Light' on a bottle of olive oil, what does it mean?
   a) It is lower in calories,
   b) It is lighter in color.
   c) It has a milder flavor.
   d) It weighs less than virgin olive oil.
   e) All of the above.

2) Despite a physical similarity and a frequent confusion with their names, yams and sweet potatoes are not even distantly related. They are in two different botanical families. What are yams actually related to?
   a) alfalfa   b) lilies   c) grasses
   d) carrots   e) radishes

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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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?

In the U.S. pistachios were dyed red to disguise imperfections in the shells and to make the nuts stand out in vending machines.

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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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IN SEASON FOR WINTER

· Beet Trivia
· Beet Recipes
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Brussels Sprouts
· Carrot Trivia
· Carrot Recipes
· Cauliflower Trivia
· Cauliflower Recipes
· Garlic Trivia
· Mushroom Trivia
· Mushroom Recipes
· Parsnip Recipes
· Squash Trivia
· Squash Recipes
· Apple Trivia
· Grape Trivia
· Pear Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

Limburger cheese is a Belgian cow's milk cheese named for Limburg province in Belgium where it was first sold. Limburger is a semisoft surface ripened cow's milk cheese notable for its strong, pungent aroma, which develops as the cheese ripens, and becomes very strong within a few weeks. The distinctive flavor is not as strong as its odor.
     Although originally a Belgium cheese, it has become essentially a German cheese since the 19th century.
 

 

 

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