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Chef James

“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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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“My definition of Man is, a 'Cooking Animal'. The beasts have memory, judgement, and all the faculties and passions of our mind, in a certain degree; but no beast is a cook....Man alone can dress a good dish; and every man whatever is more or less a cook, in seasoning what he himself eats.”
James Boswell, 'Tour to the Hebrides' (1740-1795)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Raspberry Cake Day (Raspberry Trivia)

• National Avocado Day  (Avocado Trivia & Facts)
  (Guacamole and Avocado Dip Recipes)
  (Avocado Kitchen Tips)

• National Cotton Candy Day (also Dec 7)
  (Cotton Candy Trivia)

• St. Neot, patron of fish. (Fish & Seafood Articles)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1714 Queen Anne of Britain, the last of the Stuart dynasty died. She had grown so large that her coffin was almost square.

1790 The first U.S. patent was granted to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont. The patent was for a process for producing potash and pearlash . Potash was used in soap and fertilizer. Pearlash was also used in baking. It produced carbon dioxide gas in dough, used in the first 'quick breads.' (Commercial baking powder was not available until 1857 [phosphate baking powder]).
(Quick Bread Facts & Trivia)

1867 Sebastian Spering Kresge was born (died Oct 18, 1966).  American merchant who started a chain of variety stores.  Renamed Kmart Corp. in 1977, which evolved into Sears Holdings Corp, parent of Sears and Kmart stores.

1921 There are reports that it rained frogs in Sterling, Connecticut. (Connecticut Food Trivia)

1937 Charles Elmer Hires died (born Aug 19, 1851).  Hires, a Philadelphia pharmacist, introduced root beer to the world in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.  This naturally effervescent beverage was billed as the 'National Temperance Drink.' The original formula included sarsaparilla, sasafras, ginger, pipsissewa, wintergreen, juniper and other flavor ingredients.
(Why Does Root Beer Foam So Much?)

1962 The 'Little Debbie' trademark was registered by McKee Baking Co. for their line of snack cakes (first sold in 1960).

1974 Canada: Quebec makes French the official language of government and business in Quebec.
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) All of the following events took place in the same year. What year was it?
· S&H Green Stamp are issued for the first time.
· Fannie Merritt Farmer publishes her famous cookbook.
· The American Public Health Assoc. blames drunkenness on "bad cooking, unpalatable meals, and the extravagant use of ice."
· Tootsie Rolls are introduced - the first penny candy to be wrapped in paper.
· Cracker Jack is introduced.
· Michelob Beer is introduced. It is sold only on draft until 1961.
· The Olympia Brewing Company is founded in Washington state.

2) This drink was supposedly created at the request of Lady Randolph Churchill (Sir Winston Churchill's mother), while she was entertaining politician Samuel J. Tilden at a club in New York City in 1874.
Name this drink and the club.

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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.
· Barbara Saba, my sister, who taught me how to dance.
· 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?

Cilantro is believed to have been one of the earliest plantings in North America, where the cilantro leaves, rather than the seed, became more popular. Today, it is cultivated in the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe, Mexico and the U.S.

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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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DID YOU KNOW?

Commercially canned pork and beans were first sold in the 1880's, but did not become very popular until H.J. Heinz came out with their version in 1895.

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IN SEASON FOR SUMMER

APRICOTS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

BANANAS
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MANGOS
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PINEAPPLE
  Trivia  --  Tips

RHUBARB
  Trivia  --  Tips

STRAWBERRIES
  Trivia  --  Tips

BROCCOLI
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CABBAGE
  Recipes  --  Trivia

GREEN BEANS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

LETTUCE
  Trivia  --  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

ONIONS
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PEAS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

SPINACH
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DID YOU KNOW?

Cotton candy dates back to the late 1890s to 1900. One of its earliest appearances was at the Paris Exposition of 1900.
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