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“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 FOR OCTOBER

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Tailgating & Sports Parties

Halloween Trivia & Facts

Halloween Recipes

Pumpkin Trivia  --  Pumpkin Recipes

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Halloween, Devilishly Good Food

Halloween Food for the Immortals

Sweet Potato or Yam?

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SOME AUTUMN RECIPES

· Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

· Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

· Ginger Lime Carrots Recipe

· Roasted Cauliflower & Cheese

· Louisiana Collard Greens

· Classic Green Bean Casserole

· Amish Onion Pie Recipe

· Pumpkin Fritters Recipe

· Winter Squash Gratin

· Sweet Potatoes and Apples

· Swiss Chard with Raisins & Capers
 

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October Food Holidays:

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

OCTOBER is:

• American Cheese Month
  · Cheese Trivia & Facts
• New Zealand Cheese Month
  · New Zealand Food Trivia
• Cool Food for Kids Month
• Fair Trade Month
• National Cranberry Month
  · Cranberry Trivia
• National Apple Month
  · Apple Trivia & Facts
• National Applejack Month
• National Caramel Month
• National Chili Month
  · Chili Recipes
• National Cookbook Month
• National Cookie Month
  · Cookie Recipes
• National Country Ham Month
  · Ham Trivia  --  Ham Recipes
• National Dessert Month
  · Dessert Recipes
• Eat Better; Eat Together Month
• National Farm to School Month
• National Kitchen and Bath Month
• National Pasta Month
  · Pasta Trivia  --  Pasta Recipes
• National Pickled Peppers Month
• National Pizza Month
  · Pizza Trivia  --  Pizza Recipes
• National Popcorn Poppin' Month
  · Popcorn Trivia & Facts
• National Pork Month
  · Pork Recipes
• National Pretzel Month
  · Pretzel History & Development
• National Restaurant Hospitality Month
• National Roller Skating Month
• National Seafood Month
  · Seafood Recipes
• National Spinach-Lovers' Month
  · Spinach Trivia  --  Spinach Recipes
• National Toilet Tank Repair Month
• National Tomato Month
  · Tomato Trivia  --  Tomato Recipes
• Non-GMO Month
• Squirrel Awareness Month
• Vegetarian Awareness Month
  · Vegetarian Recipes
• UK: Seed Gathering Season

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DID YOU KNOW?

VEGEMITE: A popular spread in Australia and New Zealand. Vegemite is made from a brown yeast extract. It is spread on bread and sandwiches, and used to flavor soups and stews. The flavor is mostly yeast and salt. It is similar to marmite.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” Dave Barry
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

Hagfish Day (Oct 18, 2017) Jawless, boneless, and scaleless, Hagfish ooze slime to smother their prey and evade predators.

• National Chocolate Cupcake Day (Cupcake Recipes)

• St. Luke's Day, patron of butchers.

• UK: Pyrex National Baking Week (Oct 16-22, 2017)

• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2017)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1616 Nicholas Culpeper was born (died Jan 10, 1654). English botanist and herbalist.  He published the 'Complete Herbal' (1653) containing a comprehensive list of English medicinal herbs and their uses.

1753 Jean Jacques Regis de Cambaceres was born. A French politician and gourmet. A gastronomic contemporary and rival of Talleyrand and Carême. The dinners he gave were famous, and Cambaceres closely supervised the food preparation. He refused to admit late-comers, and was also said to have demanded complete silence while dining.

1871 Charles Babbage died. He invented the adding machine, and among his other inventions is the cowcatcher, the V shaped front end on locomotives.

1878 Thomas Edison made electricity available for household usage.

1892 The first long distance telephone line between Chicago and New York City was put in service.

1915 Victor Sen Yung was born (died Nov 1, 1980). American character actor, he played the cook Hop Sing on the TV show 'Bonanza'.  He also played Charlie Chan's son, Jimmy Chan in numerous Charlie Chan movies.

1919 William Waldorf Astor Born. William Waldorf Astor was a cousin of John Jacob Astor IV, the great grandson of John Jacob Astor. He built the Waldorf section (1893) of what would become the Waldorf Astoria (1897). The Empire State Building (1929) now stands on the site.

1931 Thomas Alva Edison, "the wizard of Menlo Park" died.

1945 James T. Ehler, Chef and food writer, was born. That's me - the author of this Culinary Calendar and the Food Reference Website.

1969 Cyclamate, a non-caloric sweetener, was banned. Discovered in 1937, and widely used in the food industry, cyclamate was found to cause cancer in laboratory rats. Cyclamate is still used in many countries around the world.

1998 The 3,000 room Bellagio Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· October 6-29, 2017  Arizona State Fair - Phoenix, Arizona

· October 11-22, 2017 - 148th South Carolina State Fair

· October 12-22 - Arkansas State Fair - Little Rock, Arkansas

· October 18-21 - Circleville Pumpkin Show - Circleville, Ohio

· October 19-22 - NYC Food Film Festival - New York, NY

· October 21, 2017 - San Francisco’s Wharf Fest - California

· October 21-22 - Cocount Grove Seafood Festival - Florida

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) In 1849, Henderson Lewelling traveled from Oregon to San Francisco with 100 of these, which he sold for $5 each to gold prospectors.  What was he selling?
  a) potatoes   b) pans   c) chickens
  d) apples   e) strawberries

2) Yuban brand coffee was developed in the early 20th century by coffee merchant John Arbuckle. Do you know how he came up with the name Yuban?

3) In 1191, England's Richard the Lion Hearted leads the 3rd Crusade in a victory over Saracen leader Saladin. As a peace offering, Saladin presents Richard with a sweet treat made with a special ingredient from Lebanon. Can you name the special ingredient, and the name the treat is known by today?

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
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

The highest concentration of vitamin C in tomatoes is in the jelly-like substance around the seeds.

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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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IN SEASON FOR AUTUMN

Broccoli Trivia
Broccoli Recipes

Brussels Sprouts Trivia

Brussels Sprouts Recipes

Brussels Sprouts Cooking Tips

Cauliflower Trivia
Cauliflower Recipes
Cranberry Trivia
Cranberry Tips
Green Bean Recipes
Kale Trivia
Kale Cooking Tips
Onion Trivia
Onion Recipes
Parsnip Trivia
Parsnip Cooking Tips
Rutabaga Trivia

Sweet Potato & Yam Trivia

Sweet Potato & Yam Recipes

Swiss Chard Trivia
Swiss Chard Recipes
Turnip Trivia
Winter Squash Trivia
Squash Recipes

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