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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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FEATURED RECIPES & TIPS

Cajun Deep Fried Turkey Recipe

Christmas Wreath Cake Recipe

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Pfeffernusse Cookies Recipes

Lemon Clove Cookies

Cranberry Cheese Bars

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Pumpkin Fritters Recipe

How to Avoid Stringy Sweet Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Cornwallis Yams Recipe

Classic Green Bean Casserole

Cranberry Apple Cheddar Dumplings

Butternut Squash with Pumpkin Seeds

Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Soup Recipe

Granny Smith Apple Pumpkin Soup

Cream of Pumpkin Soup

Fresh Sweet Potato Chowder

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Best Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe

Maple Cider Punch

Pecan and Pumpkin Pie Recipes

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Heaven Pie

Creamy Cheddar Spread

Creamy Onion Dip
 

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December Food Holidays:

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

DECEMBER is:

National Egg Nog Month
  Eggnog Trivia & Facts
  Egg Nog Recipes

National Fruit Cake Month
  Holiday Fruit Cake Recipe
  Fruitcake Trivia

Root Vegetables Month
  Root Vegetable Articles

National Pear Month
  Pear Trivia & Facts
  Pear Quotes

  Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

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DID YOU KNOW?

Mead or Metheglin is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey and water, sometimes with spices and/or fruit added, and sometimes with yeast added to speed up fermentation.  Mead is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks, and its history can be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome and a drink called hydromel, made from honey and water.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Cocoa? Cocoa!  Damn miserable puny stuff; fit for kittens and unwashed boys. Did Shakespeare drink cocoa?”
Shirley Jackson, American writer. (1916-1965)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

Eat a Red Apple Day
  (Apple Trivia & Facts  ---  Apple Quotes)

St. Eligius day, patron of agricultural workers, knife makers.

Cookie Cutter Week: (Dec 1-7 ?)

UK: National Tree Week (Nov 27-Dec 5, 2021)
  [Tree Council]
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1857 Ephraim Ball, of Canton, Ohio, received a patent for a 'Harvester' ("Improvement in Mowing-Machines").  Known as ‘Ball's Improved Ohio Mower’ (grass harvester) it is the first widely successful of two-wheeled flexible or hinged bar mowers.

1878 The first telephone was installed in the White House in Washington, D.C. Alexander Graham Bell installed it himself. Rutherford B. Hayes was president.

1885 Dr. Pepper is sold for the first time.
(Dr Pepper Trivia & Facts)

1886 Rex Stout, American crime writer was born. More than 70 of his novels and stories feature the fictional gourmand/gourmet detective, Nero Wolfe. Archie Goodwin, the detective's assistant, described him as weighing "one seventh of a ton" (about 286 pounds). Shad Roe and Duck were two of Wolfe's favorites, and he also consumed copious amounts of beer. Stout also published 'The Nero Wolfe Cookbook' in 1973.

1897 'Grape Nuts' cereal goes on sale for the first time.

1913 The first drive-up automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, operated by Gulf Refining Co.

1917 Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town, a farm village for wayward boys, near Omaha, Nebraska

1924 James Cobden of Dahinda, Saskatchewan, Canada, wins the World Wheat Championship for best Hard Red Spring Wheat at the International Hay and Grain Show in Chicago, Illinois.
(Wheat Trivia & Facts)

1926 Ontario, Canada votes for government control of sale of liquor, rather than prohibition.

1936 The first patent was issued for a commercial scale hydroponic system for plant culture (a 'hydroponicum'). Ernest Walfrid Brundin and Frank F. Lyon received U.S. patent No. 2,062,755 on the system they had set up the previous year.

1942 WW II mandatory gasoline rationing begins in the U.S.

1944 Eric Bloom of the music group 'Blue Oyster Cult' was born.

1959 Mattel Inc. registered the 'Barbie' trademark (for dolls).

1990 British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel from their respective countries drilled through a final piece of rock and shook hands,  22.3 km from the UK, 15.6 km from France.

1999 The Russian Duma passed an animal rights bill that prohibits people from eating their pets.
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) All of the following events took place in the same year. What year is it?
Nine out of ten Americans are engaged in farming and food production.
The New Jersey legislature passed an act fining anyone who picked cranberries before October 10.
Baptist minister Elijah Craig distilled the first bourbon whiskey from corn, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
The mutiny against Captain William Bligh of the English ship 'Bounty' took place. The ship was sailing to Tahiti to bring back breadfruit trees.

2) This recipe was created for a French author and statesman by his chef, Montmireil (possibly in 1822). Sources differ on the many other important details of this recipe. Most state that it was originally served with Bernaise sauce, but some say the sauce was made with reduced white wine, shallots, demiglace, butter and lemon juice. All agree it was served with small olive shaped pieces of potato sauteed until browned.
Who was this recipe created for and what is it's name?

Click Here for Quiz Answers
 

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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.
Barbara Saba, my sister, who taught me how to dance.
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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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?

Many varieties of geese were being bred in ancient India, Egypt and China.  Geese have been raised for food, for their eggs, their feathers (quill pens) and their down (insulation, pillows). Domesticated geese also make good 'watchdogs,' hissing and honking loudly when strangers come around.

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IN SEASON FOR FALL (AUTUMN)

APPLES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

PEARS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

PINEAPPLE
  Trivia  --  Tips

RASPBERRIES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

BEETS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

BROCCOLI
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CABBAGE
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CARROTS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CAULIFLOWER
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CRANBERRIES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

GREEN BEANS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

PUMPKIN
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

SWEET POTATOES
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

SWISS CHARD
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

WINTER SQUASH
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

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DID YOU KNOW?

Most of the mustard seeds used in Dijon, France are actually grown in the United States. Canada produces about 90 percent of the world's supply of mustard seeds.

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