Weekly Trivia Quiz is below
TUESDAY - MAY 21, 2013
TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE
“Even the coeur flottant merveilleux aux fraises, presented with a great flourish, made little impression, for it was no more than what may happen to the simple, honest dish of strawberries and cream once it falls into the hands of a Frenchman.”
Dr. Watson in 'Sherlock Holmes and the Hapsburg Tiara' by Alan Vanneman (2004)
FOOD HOLIDAYS - Today is:
- National Waitstaff Day
- National Strawberries & Cream Day
- International Pickle Week (May 16-27, 2013)
- UK: National Vegetarian Week (May 20-26, 2013)
TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY
On this day in:
1881 Clara Barton founded The American Red Cross in Washington D.C.
1923 Delmonico's Restaurant closed its doors, a victim of Prohibition. (Some sources list October 4, 1918/19 - it was sold to new owners, not closed).
1987 Archie Fairley Carr died. An American biologist and authority on turtles. His extensive studies and conservation efforts helped to increase turtle populations around the world.
2009 After months of numerous mechanical failures, a new recycling system was activated on the international space station. The new system recycles astronauts urine and sweat into drinking water.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Strawberries are Americans favorite fruit.
• Strawberries are eaten in more than 90% or U.S. households each year.
• The U.S. is the leading producer of strawberries, and supplies about 20% of the world's strawberries.
• California grows about 88% of U.S. strawberries.
• A prominent figure at Napoleon's court, Madame Tallien added the juice of 22 pounds of strawberries to each of her baths.
THIS WEEK’S FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS:
May 23-26, 2013 46th Annual Jambalaya Festival - Gonzales, Louisiana
May 24-25, 2013 27th Annual Festival of Beers - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
May 25, 2013 72nd Happy Valley Strawberry Festival - Anderson, California
May 24-27, 2013 Worlds Largest Brat Fest - Madison, Wisconsin
May 25-26, 2013 Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars - Oceanport, New Jersey
May 25-26, 2013 30th Pungo Strawberry Festival - Virginia Beach, Virginia
• See the Food Festivals section for over 7,000 Food Festivals & Shows!
Tips for First Time Gardeners
Whether you start with a few containers on your patio, create a raised bed in a side yard or go big and plant a grand victory garden, gardening can be easy if you start with these six simple steps.
United States & World Porridge Making Championships
Fresh off winning its second title in four years at the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship in Scotland, Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods is once again looking to crown a United States Porridge Making Champion to represent the company at the international competition in Scotland this October.
FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ (new on May 21, 2013)
1) The following events all took place during the same year. What year was it?
• Gerber sells 2 million cans & jars of baby food per week.
• The London Co-Operative Society opens the 1st full size supermarket in Britain.
• 'The Unprejudiced Palate' by Angelo Pellegrini is published.
• Nestle's Quik chocolate milk mix is introduced in the U.S.
• Campbell Soup Co. introduces V-8 Cocktail Vegetable Juice.
• Britain ends bread rationing in July.
• The McDonald brother's turn their 8 year old hamburger stand into a self service restaurant.
• Chef and author ('Larousse Gastronomique') Prosper Montagne dies at age 83.
2) What family of plants includes: anise, caraway, chervil, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, celery, parsnip, and goutweed, as well as the poisonous species poison hemlock, water hemlock and fool's parsley, and ornamentals sea holly, masterwort and blue lace flower?
3) Half and Half can refer to 2 totally unrelated liquids.
Can you name both, and what they consist of?
4) Paunch and pluck are the principal ingredients for what famous ethnic dish?
5) The cluster bean is most likely native to India. It is used as a vegetable, and for producing a food additive that is used as a thickener and stabilizer in commercial food processing. It has almost 8 times the thickening power as cornstarch, and is used in dressings, sauces and baked goods. It is also used in paper manufacturing, textiles, printing, cosmetics and even in pills to hold them together.
Name this food additive.
a) chicle b) guar gum c) agar-agar d) gum tragacanth
6) Here are some Culinary Characters that represent various food products. Do you know which ones are real people, and which ones are fictitious?
a) Chef Boyardee.
b) Aunt Jemima
c) Dr Pepper
d) Granny Smith (apple)
e) Jack or Monterey Jack (cheese)
f) Betty Crocker
g) McIntosh (apple)
7) What is Gremolata or Gremolada?
a) Minced parsley, lemon zest and garlic.
b) An Italian ice.
c) Toasted fine bread crumbs.
d) Chopped onions, celery and carrots.
e) A type of sausage.
8) What culinary preparation was created in the 1920s at San Francisco's Palace Hotel and named after a play, to honor George Arliss, who was appearing in the play?
9) If you were a geophagist (someone who practices 'geophagy'), what unusual item would you include in your diet?
10) What is a "Buck Rabbit" (besides being a male rabbit)?
a) A popular 1930's cocktail.
b) A type of farmers cheese.
c) A type of cheese sandwich.
d) A 'mock' rabbit stew.
e) A type of sausage.
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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.