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Cornichon is French for gherkin, a very small, crisp pickle made from tiny gherkin cucumbers.

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· Panfried Pumpkin with Tomato Sauce
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· Basic Squash Cooking Preparation
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• American Cheese Month
• Cool Food for Kids Month
• Cranberry Month (Cranberry Trivia)
• Fair Trade Month
• Gourmet Adventures Month
• National Apple Month
• National Applejack Month
• National Caramel Month
• National Chili Month
• National Cookbook Month
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• National Pickled Peppers Month
• National Pizza Month
• National Popcorn Poppin' Month
• National Pork Month
• National Pretzel Month
• National Restaurant Hospitality Month
• National Roller Skating Month
• National Seafood Month
• National Spinach-Lovers' Month
• National Toilet Tank Repair Month
• National Tomato Month
• Non-GMO Month
• Squirrel Awareness Month
• Vegetarian Awareness Month
• {Celiac Disease Awareness Month is now celebrated by all major organizations in MAY}

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.”
Julia Child (1912-2004)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• World Pasta Day (World Pasta Congress)
• National Greasy Foods Day
• St. Crispian, patron of shoemakers, glove makers and lace makers.

• UK: Bramley Apple Pie Week  (Oct 20-26, 2014)
National Chestnut Week (Oct 12-25, 2014)


On this day in:

1811 Dr. John M. Riggs was born (died Nov 11, 1885). First surgeon to operate on a patient under anaesthesia when he extracted a tooth using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) on Dec 11, 1844 in Hartford, Connecticut.

1952 'Jambalaya (On The Bayou)' by Hank Williams was number one on the country music charts.

1955 The first microwave oven for home use was introduced by the Tappan Stove Company. It cost about $1,300.

1961 Chad Smith of the music group 'Red Hot Chili Peppers' was born.

1975 On the 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' Chuckles the Clown is killed by an Elephant while he is dressed in a peanut suit.

1979 The 12th and final episode of 'Fawlty Towers' was broadcast.

2001 It was reported that the remains of a crocodile that lived 110 million years ago was found in Niger. It could grow up to 40 feet long and weigh more than 8 tons! (Too bad today's poachers couldn't run into that!)

2005 The European Court of Justice ruled that feta cheese is a traditional Greek product that deserves protection throughout the European Union's 25-nation block. Non-Greek European feta producers will not be allowed to call their product "feta."


October 21-25  NC Yam Festival - Tabor City, North Carolina
October 22-26, 2014  Yambilee Festival - Opelousas, Louisiana
October 25  9th Annual Central Florida Veg Fest - Orlando, Fla
October 25  Food & Wine Fest - Fredericksburg, Texas
October 25-26  19th Vegetarian Food Festival - Boston, Mass.
October 26  Tailgate & BBQ Festival - Spring Valley, California
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Broccoli Trivia - Broccoli Recipes

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) If you are familiar with the folktale, first recorded in Grimm's Fairy tales, about Rapunzel ("Rapunzel, let down your golden hair"), you might know that 'Rapunzel' is also another name for this edible plant. The fairy tale revolves around the theft of this root plant from a witch's (or magician's) garden.
It is a hardy biennial plant native to southern Europe, with edible white roots, up to 10 inches long. The roots are eaten raw in salads, frequently with beets and celery, or cooked like turnips. The long, oval leaves which form a rosette at the root crown can also be used in salads or cooked like spinach. Sometimes the young shoots are prepared like asparagus. Once very popular, especially in England during Shakespeare's time, it is not widely cultivated today.
Name this plant.

2) This fruit has at least 15 different names, but for all these exotic names, this is simply a subtropical member of the squash family, eaten as a vegetable. The pear shaped fruit can be light green or white, with a single seed and a taste similar to zucchini. The fruit is eaten raw or it can be boiled, fried, baked, or stuffed. The young root tubers and young shoots are also eaten.  It is native to Mexico and Central America and was a popular vegetable with the Mayas and Aztecs. It's cultivation has spread all over the world, including the Caribbean, Algeria, Madagascar, Polynesia, southern U.S., China, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia. 
Name this fruit.

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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



'Creole' refers to the descendants of the aristocratic French and Spanish (and some German & Italian) settlers who established New Orleans under Spanish sponsorship in the 1690s.  Creole cuisine also has Native American, West Indian and African influences.

'Cajuns' are the descendants from the former French colony in East Canada, called Acadia (Nova Scotia), who were exiled by the English in 1755. Many made their way to Louisiana, settling in the swamps and bayous. Cajun cooking has very little influence of the classical cuisine of Europe - it is truly an American cuisine.

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Cereal grains such as wheat, corn, rice, millet, rye, barley, and sorghum provide more than 85% of all protein consumed througout the world.

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Cowberry, lingonberry, foxberry, mountain cranberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea). This is an uncultivated member of the cranberry family and is primarily used in northern Europe to make jams and preserves.

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