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Research has shown that ginger is more effective than Dramamine in combating motion sickness.

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JULY is:

• Lasagna Awareness Month
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• National Baked Bean Month
  (Baked Bean Recipes)
• National Bison Month
  (Bison Facts and Trivia)
• National Blueberry Month
  (Blueberry Trivia & Facts)
• National Culinary Arts Month
• National Grilling Month
• National Horseradish Month
  (Horseradish Facts & Trivia)
• National Hot Dog Month
  (Hot Dog Facts & Trivia)
• National Ice Cream Month
  (Ice Cream Recipes)
• National Picnic Month
• National Pickle Month
  (Pickle Facts and Trivia)
• National Watermelon Month
  (Watermelon Trivia and Facts)
• UK: National Fishing Month (July 18-Aug 31, 2015)

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The arrowroot plant is native to the West Indies and Central America; it belongs to the same family as ginger. It was used by the original inhabitants of the area and it served as food but seems to have first been used for religious and medicinal purposes. The Indians used arrowroot in wounds inflicted by poison arrows-hence its name. Jamaica was once a producer and exporter of arrowroot. Nowadays it is used in face powers, glues, confectionery, ice-cream cones and paper and textiles.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.”
Wallace Stevens (1880-1955)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• Early Bird Day.
• National Gingersnap Day.
• Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day (?)


On this day in:

1860 Charles Goodyear died.  He invented the process named 'vulcanization' which made the commercial use of rubber possible. Vulcanized rubber didn't become brittle in winter and turn gummy in summer as natural rubber did.

1874 The Philadelphia Zoo opened, the first zoological gardens in the U.S.

1896 Harriet Beecher Stowe died (born 6/14/1811).  Sister of Catherine Beecher.  Harriet was an American abolitionist and author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1852).  She was also co-author with her sister Catherine of 'The American Woman's Home: Or, Principles Of Domestic Science; Being A Guide To The Formation And Maintenance Of Economical, Healthful, Beautiful, And Christian Homes' (1869).

1910 Ward Baking Company of Chicago, Illinois opened the first completely automated bread plant in the U.S. Untouched by human hands.

1912 David Ross Brower was born. Brower was the founder of many environmental organizations including the ‘Friends of the Earth’ and ‘Earth Island Institute’.

1916 Coca-Cola started using their new contoured bottle to stay ahead of the competition.
(Some sources list November 16, 1915).

1929 Elzie Segar created Popeye, the spinach eating cartoon character.
(Also listed as January 17, and April 11 in some sources)

1936 Wally Amos, Jr. born. Creator of ‘Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies’. He sold the name, and now makes ‘Uncle Noname’ chocolate chip cookies.

1942 Leon Daudet died. French journalist and novelist, well known gastronome of his time.

1953 Cheez Whiz was introduced nationwide by Kraft.

1963 Five digit Zip Codes are introduced for U.S. mail.

1999 Forrest Edward Mars died. Son of Frank C. Mars, he helped him develop the Milky Way candy bar. He founded his own company in Europe and developed the Mars Bar, and also created M&Ms. He merged his company with his father's in 1964, creating the world's largest candy manufacturer.

2007 NY City restaurants have until July 1, 2007 to eliminate oils, margarines and shortening from recipes that contain more than a half-gram of trans fat per serving. 
2008 By July 1, 2008, they will have to remove all menu items that exceed the new limit, including bread, cakes, chips and salad dressings.

2008 MillerCoors, the joint venture between brewers SABMiller and Molson Coors began operation as a combined entity. (see also Oct 9, 2007)

2009 Utah bars are now open to the public, ending the states private club system, which required patrons fill out a separate application and pay a membership fee for each bar.


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· July 4  Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship - Eau Claire, MI
· July 4  99th Nathan's Famous Int’l Hot Dog-Eating Contest
Coney Island, New York
· July 4-11  National Cherry Festival - Traverse City, Michigan

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This traditional dish of a central European country can trace its origins back to the ninth century Magyar shepherds.  Originally it consisted of chunks of meat and onions, slowly cooked until all the liquid was boiled away, and then dried in the sun.  The meat could then be used to prepare a stew by boiling it in water.  What is considered the key ingredient was added to the recipe in the 18th-century.
What is the name of this dish, the country of origin and the key ingredient?

2) Before setting up the a fast-food restaurant chain, this man was a high school dropout, ambulance driver, jazz pianist, Florida real-estate salesman, radio station manager, and paper cup salesman.
What is his name and the name of his fast-food restaurant chain?

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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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The first soda pop made in the U.S. was Vernor's Ginger Ale, created in Detroit, Michigan in 1866 by James Vernor. He sold it in his drug store for 30 years before opening a factory to produce in on a larger scale.

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"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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Rhizomes are knobby underground stems that are known for their pungent and flavorful flesh. The rhizome family includes ginger, turmeric and galangal among a few other, lesser known rhizomes. Rhizomes are not a significant source of any nutrients – most especially because they are rarely eaten in great enough quantities to constitute a serving. Ginger is a tropical Asian herb that is known for its spicy aromatic roots. In ancient India, ginger was believed to spiritually cleanse the body.

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