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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

 

FEATURED FOR FEBRUARY

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Winter & Spring Holiday Food Articles

Soups for Cold Winter Days

Chicken Wing Recipes
 

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SOME WINTER RECIPES

· Original Hot Wings Recipe

· Chile Recipes

· Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

· Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Bloody Mary Soup Recipe

· Maple Cider Punch

· Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

· Mexican Style Beer Can Chicken

· Pulled Pork, Root Beer BBQ Sauce
 

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February Food Holidays:

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

FEBRUARY is:

• African American History Month

• American Heart Month
• National Heart Health Month

• Bake for Family Fun Month
 · Baking Articles and Tips

• Canned Food Month
 · Can Trivia  -  Canned Food History

• Chocolate Lovers Month
 · Chocolate Trivia

• Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
 · Strawberry Trivia & Facts

• Great American Pies Month
 · Pie Recipes

• National Bird Feeding Month - February is one of the most difficult months in much of the U.S. for birds to survive in the wild.

• National Cherry Month
 · Cherry Facts & Trivia

• Children's Dental Health Month

• National Grapefruit Month
 · Grapefruit Trivia

• National Hot Breakfast Month
 · Breakfast Recipes

• National Potato Lover's Month
 · Potato Recipes  ---  Potato Trivia
 · Potato History

• National Snack Food Month
 · Recipes for Crunchy Snack Mixes

• Sweet Potato Month
 · Sweet Potato Trivia  --  Recipes

• Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
 · Shopping Cart Inventor Sylvan Goldman

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DID YOU KNOW?

Macaroons, small cookies made from ground almonds, sugar and egg whites, probably originated in Venice in the 14th or 15th century.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“There is a vast difference between the savage and the civilised man, but it is never apparent to their wives until after breakfast.”
Helen Rowland (1876-1950)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Cafe Au Lait Day (Coffee History)

• National Cabbage Day
  (Cabbage Trivia  --  Cabbage Recipes)

• Feast of Shesmu, Egyptian god of the Wine Press.

• Fornacalia: Old Roman Bread Festival or Feast of Ovens

• National FFA Week: Feb 16-23, 2019 [Future Farmers of America] Week of Washington's Birthday, from Saturday to Saturday encompassing February 22
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1665 Rudolph Jacob Camerarius was born. A German botanist, he showed the existence of sexes in plants, and identified the stamen and pistil as the male and female organs.

1680 Jan Swammerdam died (born Feb 12, 1637).  Dutch biologist and microscopist. His investigations into insect anatomy showed that insects did not generate spontaneously as had been previously believed, but were the product of eggs laid by females of the same species. Eggs, larva, pupa and adult are different forms of the same species. He also revealed that 'king bees' have ovaries and were actually 'queen bees.'  (Bee Trivia and Facts)

1827 Chester Stone of Middlebury, Connecticut received a patent for a washing machine.

1844 Aaron Montgomery Ward was born (died Dec 7, 1913). Founder of Montgomery Ward & Co. to sell general merchandise by mail order.

1863 The International Red Cross was founded in Geneva, Switzerland.

1869 The Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded.

1876 Canned sardines went on sale in the U.S. for the first time. They were packed in oil. (Some sources say 1873).

1883 A. Ashwell, of West Dulwich, UK, received a patent for the "vacant/engaged" door bolt for lavatory doors.

1889 H.L. Hunt, the pioneering Texas oil millionaire (Hunt Oil Company) was born. He carried a brown bag lunch to his office each day and considered himself as 'just plain folks.'

1897 Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst  founded the National Congress of Mothers, forerunner of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), in Washington, D.C.

1958 'Sugartime' by the McGuire Sister topped the charts.

1970 Canada bans the use of phosphates in laundry detergent, to prevent damage to lakes and rivers by excessive weed growth.

1985 U.S. first class postage rates are raised to 22 cents and post cards to 14 cents.

2002 New regulations to go into effect this year require German pig farmers to spend at least 20 seconds every day with each pig, 10 seconds in the morning and 10 seconds in the afternoon. I do not know about what regulations there might be for spending time with German cows, sheep, chickens and other farm animals.

2008 The USDA announced the largest beef recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· February 7-18, 2019 - Florida State Fair - Tampa, FL

· February 15-16, 2019  30th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival - Destin, Florida

· February 16, 2019  12th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival - Des Moines, Iowa

· February 17, 2019  Popsicle Bridge Contest
  Richmond, Virginia

· February 17, 2019 - Cochon555: Houston - Texas

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) Thought to have been cultivated since about the 13th century in Europe, Brassica oleracea gemmifera are usually sold loose rather than on the stalk. These vegetables are high in carbohydrates and fiber, and are also good sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, phosphorus and calcium. Great Britain has more than 5 times the acreage of this vegetable planted as all of the U.S. combined. In France and Belgium, ones smaller than the size of a grape are preferred. Name this vegetable.

2) Formerly, there was a separate Bride's Cake and a Groom's Cake. Which one is now the classic 'Wedding Cake'?

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?

A baby pig, or piglet, weighs about 3 1/2 pounds at birth and will double its weight in just 7 days.

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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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Click Here for
Food Emergency
Websites, Phone #s, E-mails, etc.

 

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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Almonds are the most nutrient-dense tree nut. One ounce of almonds (20-25 almonds) contains 160 calories and only 1 gram of saturated fat and no cholesterol.  Almonds are also an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium, and a good source of protein and potassium.

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IN SEASON FOR WINTER

Mango Tips

Pear Tips  --  Trivia

Pineapple Trivia

BEETS:
  Trivia  --  Tips

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

CARROTS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CAULIFLOWER:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CRANBERRY:
  Trivia  --  Tips

Celery Cooking Tips

Collard Green Tips

GREEN BEANS:
  Recipes  --  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PARSNIPS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

PUMPKINS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

SWEET POTATO:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

TURNIPS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

SQUASH:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

Hernando Cortez brought the first cattle to North America in 1519 (Columbus brought cattle with him on his 2nd voyage to the New World, but not to North America).
 

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