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· Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes


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· 10 Tips for Deep Fried Turkeys
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· Turkey and the Ancient Maya
· The History of a Squash
· Spice Check for the Holidays

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January Food Months:

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

January is:

• Be Kind To Food Servers Month (Tennessee)
• Bread Machine Baking Month
• Fat Free Living Month
• National Fiber Focus Month
• National Hot Tea Month
• National Mail Order Gardening Month
• National Meat Month
• National Retail Bakers Month (?)
• National Soup Month
• Oatmeal Month (More oatmeal is eaten in January than any other month)
• Prune Breakfast Month
• Wheat Bread Month

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Most wild game (even farm raised) has a fat content of under 10%, compared to well-marbled beef which can be as much as 40% fat.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing.”       Walt Kelly (1913-1973)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Croissant Day

• UK: Farmhouse Breakfast Week (Jan 25-31, 2015)


On this day in:

1516 Duke Wilhalm IV of Bavaria instituted Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law, and probably the first consumer protection law.

1649 Charles I, king of England, Scotland and Ireland Died. Ice cream is said to have come from France when he married Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henri IV, and sister of Louis XIII.

1847 Yerba Buena is renamed San Francisco.

1868 Charles Darwin's 'Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication.' was published.

1883 Charles Gulden of New York received U.S. patent # 271,237 for a 'Cap for Mustard Bottles'
(Mustard Trivia & Facts)

1888 Asa Gray died. A leading American botanist of his time and a supporter of Darwin, he co-authored 'Flora of North America' with John Torrey.

1906 The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) registered 'NECCO Sweets' trademark for candy. (NECCO Trivia and Facts)

1910 Granville T. Woods died (born April 23, 1856).  Prolific African American inventor. Among his inventions were an electric incubator for hatching chickens and an automatic air brake for railroads.

1912 The California Fruit Growers Exchange registered 'Sunkist' trademark for lemons.

1912 The Hawaiian Pineapple Company registered 'JDDole' trademark for canned pineapple.

1933 Sponsored by General Mills, the first episode of the 'Long Ranger' was broadcast on radio station WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan.

1947 Steve Marriot of the music group 'Humble Pie' was born.

1951 Ferdinand Porsche died. He was an Austrian engineer who designed the VW Beetle in 1935.

1969 The Beatles perform for the last time in public, on the roof of Apple Studios.

1991 The Hudson's Bay Company (founded in 1670 as a fur trading company) announces it is selling its fur business due to declining sales.

2009 A pro-vegetarian Super Bowl ad from animal rights group Peta was too raunchy for NBC. They turned down the ad featuring several nearly naked models becoming very intimate with a pumpkin, broccoli, asparagus, and eggplant, with the flashing message "Studies show vegetarians have better sex."

2009 Restaurateur Milton Parker died at the age of 90. Owner of the famous Carnegie Deli in New York from 1976 until his retirement in 2002.


· January 17-31, 2015  Texas Citrus Fiesta - Mission , Texas
· Jan 22-Feb 1, 2015  St. Paul Winter Carnival - St. Paul, Minn
· Jan 27-Feb 1  Key West Food & Wine Festival - Florida
· January 30-31  10th Seafood & Wine Festival - Portland, OR
· January 31, 2015  Annual Kumquat Festival - Dade City, Fla
· January 31, 2015  BaconMania VIII - Des Moines, Iowa


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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?
•· Harry MacElhone (or his bartender) creates the Bloody Mary at Harry's Bar in Paris.
·• Wheaties breakfast cereal is introduced.
·• Betty Crocker is "born."
·• 'Chuckles' sugared jelly candies are introduced.
·• White Castle sells its first hamburger.
·• Italian cheesemaker Egidio Galbani introduces Bel Paese cheese.
·• Both Lindy's and Sardi's restaurants open in New ork City.

2) In 1969 some Dutch fishermen caught a very large halibut off the coast of Norway. The liver of the fish was large enough to feed 11 of them, one even ate about 2/3 of a pound.  All of them became nauseous, their skin turned red and swollen, and the next morning their skin was peeling off in sheets. There was no poison or toxic substance in the fish.
Can you guess why they became ill?

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


"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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Noni or Indian Mulberry (Morinda citrofolia) is a small evergreen. The fruit of the noni resembles breadfruit only smaller, and is used throughout Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.  The aroma of the fruit has been described as 'disgusting' or worse, and its flavor also fits that description. It is a traditional medicinal plant, and lately various noni juice products have become popular around the world. Several countries have banned its importation, and many others have curbed marketing efforts due to fantastic health claims.

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Mincemeat was originally a medieval (England) sweet, spicy mixture of chopped (minced) lean meat (usually beef, or beef tongue), suet and fruit. It was generally served as an entree. Gradually the meat content was reduced, and today the mixture contains nuts, dried fruit (raisins, apples, pears, citrus peel, etc.), beef suet, spices and brandy or rum, but no beef.  Mincemeat is used primarily in pies and tarts.

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