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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

 

FEATURED FOR NOVEMBER

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Thanksgiving Trivia and Facts

Thanksgiving Recipes

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Tailgating Articles, Tips & Recipes

Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

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SOME HOLIDAY RECIPES

· Turkey Cooking Tips

· Turkey Recipes and Goose Recipes

· Roast Turkey Recipe from the Titanic

· Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe

· White Castle Turkey Stuffing

Ham Recipes

· Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie Recipes

· Pumpkin Soup Recipes

· Holiday Fruitcake Recipe

· Butternut Squash w/Pumpkin Seeds

· Pfeffernusse Cookies

· Maple Cider Punch

· Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

· Honey Roasted Mashed Sweet Potato

· Mexican Style Beer Can Chicken

· Pulled Pork, Root Beer BBQ Sauce
 

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November Food Holidays:

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

NOVEMBER is:

• American Diabetes Month
 
• Eat Smart Month (for your Heart)
 
• National Georgia Pecan Month
  · Pecan Trivia
 
• National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month
  · Peanut Butter Trivia
 
• National Pepper Month
  · Pepper Trivia (the spice)

  · Peppers Trivia (the vegetable)
 
• National Pomegranate Month
  · Pomegranate Trivia
 
• National Roasting Month
  · Roasting Articles
 
• National Raisin Bread Month
  · Bread Recipes  --    · Bread Trivia
 
• Sweet Potato Awareness Month
  · Sweet Potato Trivia

  · Sweet Potato Recipes
 
• World Vegan Month
  · Vegan & Vegetarian Recipes

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Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

Wild Turkey portrait

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country.....The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.”  Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

•  National Stuffing Day (Stuffing Recipes)

• National Gingerbread Cookie Day (?)
  (Gingerbread Cookie Recipe)

• National Family Week (Nov 18-24, 2018 - Thanksgiving Week)  Organizations have promoted National Family Week for more than 40 years.  National Family Week is an annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving, designed to build community connections and honor those who strengthen families.

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1620 The Mayflower Compact was signed by most of the adult male passengers aboard the English ship Mayflower off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The first framework of government and written English contract in North America. (November 11 by the old Julian Calendar).  (Massachusetts Food Trivia)

1783 In Paris, Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis Francois Laurant d'Arlandes made the first free (untethered) ascent in a balloon, flying from the center of Paris to the suburbs, about 5.5 miles in 25 minutes, reaching an altitude of about 300 feet.

1934 Ritz Crackers were introduced by the National Biscuit Company, now Nabisco. (Nabisco Trivia)

1941 'King Biscuit Time' radio show was first broadcast from Helena, Arkansas. It is the longest running daily radio program in history, broadcasting live blues music, interviews, etc. It is named for its sponsor, King Biscuit Flour.  The 'King Biscuit Flower Hour' rock and roll radio program took its name from 'King Biscuit Time' (Feb 18, 1973)

1964 The 6-lane upper deck of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Staten Island, opened (The 6-lane lower deck was reserved for future use).  At 4,260 ft, it is the world’s longest suspension bridge.

1970 'I Think I Love You' by the Partridge Family is #1 on the charts.

1980 Early in the morning, the deadliest fire in Nevada’s history broke out in The Deli restaurant on the main floor of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, taking the lives of 87 people and leaving some 650 others injured.  (Nevada Trivia, Stats and Facts)

1980 28,000 Canada geese spend a few nights on Silver Lake in Rochester, Minnesota. (Goose Trivia)

1995 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 5,000 for the first time, closing at 5,023.55.

2005 Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa declared a national disaster and appealed to the international community for food aid after government estimates showed that 1.2-million people face famine due to drought.

2013 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 16,000 for the first time, closing at 16,009.99.

2014 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' opened in U.S. theatres.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· Nov 19, 2018 - Jan 4, 2019 - 26th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition & Display
Asheville, North Carolina

· Nov 21-Dec 9, 2018  Festival of Gingerbread
Fort Wayne, Indiana

· November 22-24, 2018  Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia - Williamsburg, Virginia

· November 24, 2018  53rd Annual Chitlin' Strut
Salley, South Carolina

· November 23-25, 2018  44th Annual Sonora Christmas Craft & Music Festival - Sonora, California

· November 23-25, 2018 - 36th Annual Wine Country Thanksgiving - Wiliamette Valley, Oregon

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What state has been the top pecan producing state in the nation since the late 1800s?

2) About how many pecans are in a typical pecan pie?

3) What percentage of pecans are sold already shelled?

Click here for the 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.
· Cpl. Thomas E. Saba, my nephew.  Died in action on Feb. 7, 2007 in Iraq.  He was 30 yrs. young.

          Chef James
 

TOP

DID YOU KNOW?

· Turkey Trivia

· Cranberry Trivia

· Pumpkin Trivia

· Sweet Potato Trivia

· Pecan Trivia

· Walnut Trivia

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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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Click Here for
Food Emergency
Websites, Phone #s, E-mails, etc.

 

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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

The "spreading chestnut tree" from ‘The Village Blacksmith’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was a real tree in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the corner of Brattle and Story Streets. It was cut down to widen the streets in 1876.
 

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IN SEASON FOR AUTUMN (Fall)

Mango Tips

Pear Tips  --  Trivia

Pineapple Trivia

BEETS:
  Trivia  --  Tips

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

CARROTS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CAULIFLOWER:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CRANBERRY:
  Trivia  --  Tips

Celery Cooking Tips

Collard Green Tips

GREEN BEANS:
  Recipes  --  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PARSNIPS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

PUMPKINS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

SWEET POTATO:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

TURNIPS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

SQUASH:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

Geese have less meat and more bone then chicken or turkey. Allow at least 1 1/2 pounds per person when buying a goose.  Smaller birds are preferred - look for ones 8 to 12 pounds for roasting, as larger (older) birds will be tough and should be braised.  Farm raised geese are very fatty - wild geese are leaner.
 

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