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On his first TV show 'I Love to Eat' in 1946, James Beard used ink to color the veining of Roquefort cheese so it would be more photogenic..

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· Gorgonzola/Sun-Dried Tomato Burger
· Chicken and Mushroom Lasagna
· Pasta Al Forno Recipe
· Penne Pasta with Pine Nuts
· French Beans with Vanilla Truffle Oil
· Tilefish and Scallop Risotto
· Avocado, Endive, & Starfruit Salad


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For Details, History and more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for OCTOBER, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please see the:


• American Cheese Month
• Cool Food for Kids Month
• Cranberry Month (Cranberry Trivia)
• Fair Trade Month
• Gourmet Adventures Month
• National Apple Month
• National Applejack Month
• National Caramel Month
• National Chili Month
• National Cookbook Month
• National Cookie Month
• National Country Ham Month
• National Dessert Month
• National Eat Better; Eat Together Month
• National Farm to School Month
• National Kitchen and Bath Month
• National Pasta Month
• National Pickled Peppers Month
• National Pizza Month
• National Popcorn Poppin' Month
• National Pork Month
• National Pretzel Month
• National Restaurant Hospitality Month
• National Roller Skating Month
• National Seafood Month
• National Spinach-Lovers' Month
• National Toilet Tank Repair Month
• National Tomato Month
• Non-GMO Month
• Squirrel Awareness Month
• Vegetarian Awareness Month
• {Celiac Disease Awareness Month is now celebrated by all major organizations in MAY}

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Wednesday - October 1, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight.”
Rita Rudner (Comedian)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• Pudding season begins.
• National Kale Day 2014 (
• World Vegetarian Day (NA Vegetarian Society)
• World Sake Day (Japan Sake Brewers Assoc.)
• St. Therese of Lisieux, patron of flower growers.

• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2014)
• UK: British Food Fortnight (Sept 20 - Oct 5, 2014)


On this day in:

1795 Robert Bakewell died (born, May 23, 1725).  Bakewell was an agriculturalist who helped revolutionize cattle and sheep breeding in England. He obtained the best animals he could find and then worked with a closed herd, inbreeding only superior animals.

1882 Eugene and Victor Villaume opened a box-making business in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Villaume Brothers received their first order from Hamm's brewery.

1907 The 18 story, 750 room Plaza Hotel opened at the corner of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue in New York City.  It set the standard for luxury accommodation and service the moment it opened.  Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt were the first guests to sign the register.

1908 The Model T Ford was introduced at a price of $825. Due to efficient mass production, by 1925 the price of a 2 door Model T was only $260.

1913 A monument to honor sea gulls was erected in Salt Lake City. The gulls had eaten the plague of grasshoppers that threatened the Mormon settlers crops in 1848. (Grasshopper Trivia & Facts)

1924 James Earl (Jimmy) Carter was born. He was a peanut farmer, and 39th president of the U.S. (He also claimed to have been attacked by a rabbit while canoeing. He beat the rabbit off with a paddle).
(Peanut Trivia & Facts - Rabbit Trivia)

1931 The new Waldorf-Astoria hotel opened on Park Avenue in New York City.  The 47 story, 1500 room hotel was the largest and tallest in the world for many years. (see also March 13, 1893)

1943 Jerry Martini of the music group 'Sly & The Family Stone' was born.

1946 Procter & Gamble registered the 'Tide' trademark for its 'sudsing, non-liquid, soap-like detergent.'

1958 American Express launched the American Express travel & entertainment charge card. The cards were paper until 1959 when plastic cards were issued.

1968 Flesh eating Zombies are on the loose as George Romero's horror film 'Night of the Living Dead' is released.

1971 Disney World opened at Orlando, Florida.

1972 Louis Leakey died. Anthropologist largely responsible for convincing scientists that Africa was the place to search for human origins, not Java or China. Together with his wife Mary, they made many significant fossil discoveries.

1974 The first McDonald's restaurant opened in London.

1980 European Community countries banned the use of hormones in cattle feed.

2006 Sometime during October 2006 the population of the U.S. will reach 300 million.

2006 The New Orleans landmark restaurant, Commander's Palace, reopened. It had been closed since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August, 2005.

2009 McDonald's closed its 3 locations in Iceland this month due to the 'complex operational environment.'

2011 World population is expected to hit 7 billion this month. (Population Facts & Trivia)


October 1-5, 2014  Texas Rice Festival - Winnie, Texas
October 2-4, 2014  36th Cranberry Festival - Stone Lake, Wisc.
October 3-5, 2014  28th Annual California Avocado Festival
October 3-5  Smokin' Hot BBQ Championship - Atlantic City, NJ
October 4, 2014  Octoberfest at Marlin’s Park - Miami, Florida
October 4-5  20th Giant Pumpkin Festival - Elk Grove, California
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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This highly seasoned, smoked sausage is studded with cubes of pork fat, peppercorns, pistachios and/or green olives. It probably dates back to the 15th century and the original recipes included myrtle, from which it name derives.
Name this sausage.

2) What do these plants all have in common: Asparagus, Onions, Garlic, Sarsaparilla, Yams, Yucca, Daffodils, Aloe, Tulips and Hyacinths?

3) Over 1 billion pounds of this food is consumed in the U.S. each year, 80% of it is eaten in restaurants and 90% of it is imported from Asia and Central America.
Name this popular restaurant food.

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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



Omega-3 fatty acids are a form of polyunsaturated fats, one of three basic types of fat that the body derives from food. (Saturated fat and monounsaturated fat are the others.) All polyunsaturated fats, including the omega-3s, are increasingly recognized as important to human health. However, the body cannot produce them on its own. For this reason, omega-3s must be obtained from food sources like fish, thus making these fats 'essential.'

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One cup of kale provides more than the daily requirement of vitamins A and C. It is also a good source of calcium and fiber.

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