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· Cherry Pie Recipes
· Cherry Trivia and Facts

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· 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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(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


• 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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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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Monday, February 20, 2017

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o'clock in the morning.”  John Barrymore

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Cherry Pie Day
• Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday observed - Feb 20, 2017 - 3rd Mon)

• National FFA Week: Feb 18-25, 2017 (Future Farmers of America) Week of Washington's Birthday, from Saturday to Saturday encompassing February 22


On this day in:

1703 Mount Gay Estate, Barbados, began distilling rum. Mount Gay Rum is the oldest existing brand of rum in the world.

1792 President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act, establishing the U.S. Post Office as a cabinet department.

1829 Yuengling Brewery in Pennsylvania opened. It is the oldest brewery still operating in the U.S.

1872 Cyrus W. Baldwin of Boston, Massachusetts received U.S. patent No. 123,761 for a hydraulic electric elevator. It was installed in the Stephens Hotel in New York City.

1872 Silas Noble and James Cooley of Granville, Massachusetts were issued a patent (No. 123,790) for a toothpick manufacturing machine.

1872 Luther Childs Crowell of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was granted a patent (# 123,811) for a machine to manufacture square bottom paper bags. It is the same basic design still used today.  Crowell is the 3rd most prolific American inventor of 19th century, with more than 280 patents.

1890 Michael Romanoff was born in Lithuania (died Sept 1, 1971). Born Hershel Geguzin, he was an actor, conman, professional imposter and Hollywood restaurateur. He posed as Russian Prince Michael Alexandrovich Dmitri Oblensky Romanoff from about 1919. He opened Romanoff’s restaurant in Beverly Hills in the late 1930s, which became popular with Hollywood movie stars. The restaurant closed in 1962.

1933 The U.S. Congress proposed the Twenty-first Amendment to repeal Prohibition. The amendment was ratified on December 5, 1933 and became effective on December 15, 1933.

1969 'Candy', Ringo Starr's X-rated film premiers.

1971 'One Bad Apple' by the Osmonds was number one on the music charts.

1985 Clarence Nash died. The original voice of Donald Duck.

2009 Hershey's, the largest U.S. candy maker, closed its candy factory in Reading, Pennsylvania today. The factory produced among other, the Zagnut, York Peppermint Pattie, and 5th Avenue candy bars. Production was moved to their new factory in Monterey, Mexico.

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· February 20-March 5  Taste of Hartford - Hartford, Conn.
· February 22-26  South Beach Wine & Food Festival - Fla.
· February 23-25  New York Farm Show - Syracuse, New York
· February 23-26  International Eelpout Festival - Minnesota
· February 25  Bacon & Beer Classic - Santa Clara, California
· February 26  Annual Kosher Chili Cookoff - Houston, Texas

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This member of the Cruciferous family has fleshy roots which vary in size from a less than an ounce to more than 50 pounds for some Oriental varieties. Sometimes they are peeled to mellow the flavor, although the Chinese use the peel itself as a vegetable. Koreans use every part of the plant (usually pickled), and they are a staple food in most Asian countries, rather than the hors d'oeuvre or salad bar item they are in the U.S. The Chinese usually cook them and in Japan they are eaten raw, pickled and cooked. In the U.S. we eat some 400 million pounds annually, most of them grown in Florida.
Name this vegetable.

2) Earthworms help renew the soil, by altering its composition, increasing its capacity to absorb and hold water and bring about an increase in nutrients and microorganisms.
How many earthworms can there be in 1 acre of soil?
Bonus question: Earthworms in the Nile River valley can deposit what weight of castings per acre each year?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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Read an article about Chef James and the website published in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers: Click here for the Article

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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



Kirsch or Kirschwasser is a colorless cherry brandy made in Germany, France, and Switzerland.  Kirsch is colorless because it is not aged in wood.

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"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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· 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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The star fruit or carambola, is a unique fruit that has a 5 pointed star shape when cut across the middle of the fruit. They probably originated in Sri Lanka and the Moluccas, and have been cultivated in southeast Asia and Malaysia for several hundred years. They are also grown throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America and Hawaii. They range in taste from pleasantly tart and sour to slightly sweet. As a general rule, the yellower the sweeter. They are bruised easily, so handle with care. Star fruit can be eaten out of hand or sliced and used as a garnish or in salads. They can also be used in curries and tarts.



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