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FEATURED FOR MAY

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals
Updated: Recipe Contests
Grilling & BBQ Tips, Recipes & Articles
Warm Weather Food, Tips & Recipes

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· Tomato Trivia - Tomato Recipes

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SOME SPRING RECIPES

· Carrots with Character
· Asparagus Vinaigrette
· Ginger Lime Carrots
· Louisiana Collard Greens
· Swiss Chard with Raisins
· Minted Sugar Peas
· Spiced Spinach
· Minted Carrot Ribbon Salad
· Citrus Strawberry Spinach Salad

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SOME SPRING FOOD ARTICLES
(Most with recipes)

· Asparagus, Herald of Spring
· Fiddleheads, Spring Delicacies
· Lettuce & Leafy Greens Articles
· Apricots, Facts & Usage
· Will the Real Strawberry Stand Up
· Spinach, Popeye's Secret Weapon
· Peas in a Pod
· Avocado Season in California
 

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May Food Months:

For Details, History and more DAY, WEEK and MONTH Food Holiday designations for MAY, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please Click for
DETAILED MAY FOOD CALENDAR

MAY is:

• Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  · Gluten Intolerance Article
• Int’l Mediterranean Diet Month
• Respect for Chickens Month
• National Artisan Gelato Month
• National Barbecue Month
• National Chocolate Custard Month
• National Egg Month
  · Egg Trivia & Facts
• National Hamburger Month
  · Hamburger Trivia & Facts
  · 100 Hamburger Variations
• National Salad Month
  · Salad Recipes
  · Salad Dressing Recipes
• National Salsa Month
  · Salsa Trivia   · Salsa Recipes
• National Strawberry Month
  · Strawberry Trivia
• National Vinegar Month
  · Vinegar History & Manufacture
  · Vinegar Kitchen Tips
• Tavern Month
• UK: National Asparagus Month
  · Asparagus, The Herald of Spring
  · Asparagus Facts & Trivia
  · Asparagus Recipes

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DID YOU KNOW?

Dill is reputed to have a calming effect on the digestive tract. It was once given to crying babies, thus deriving its name from the Old Norse, dilla, meaning "to lull." Dill is also reputed to cure hiccups, stomach aches, insomnia, and bad breath. Dill's most famous culinary use - the Dill pickle - is at least 400 years old.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Half the cookbooks tell you how to cook the food and the other half tell you how to avoid eating it.”
Andy Rooney
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Taffy Day

• UK: British Tomato Week May 22-28, 2017
  [British Tomato Growers’ Assn]

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1707 Carolus Linnaeus was born.  He was a Swedish botanist who developed the 2 name or binomial system for defining and naming plants.

1725 Robert Bakewell was born (died, October 1, 1795).  Bakewell was an agriculturalist who helped revolutionize cattle and sheep breeding in England.  He obtained the best animals he could find and then worked with a closed herd, inbreeding only superior animals.

1774 Residents of Chestertown, Maryland  react to news of the Boston Tea Party by staging a similar protest, dumping a shipment of tea into the Chester River.

1788 South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
(South Carolina: Food Trivia  --  Food Festivals)

1820 James Buchanan Eads was born (died March 8, 1887). Created special boats and a diving bell for salvaging goods from sunken riverboats on the Mississippi river. He also created a jetty system on the Mississippi for New Orleans which used the river's flow to cut its channel deeper enabling year round navigation.

1868 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, died.  His last words were supposedly "Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili."

1922 Thomas Edison patented a method for making metal foils.

1950 Frederick M. Jones was issued U.S. patent No. 2,509,099 for a "System for controlling the operation of refrigeration units".

1960 Georges Claude died (born Sept 24, 1970). A French engineer, he invented the neon light, commonly used for signs.

1968 'Yummy, Yummy, Yummy' by the Ohio Express is #1 on the charts.

2016 Archaeologists uncovered a 5,000-year-old brewery in the Central Plain of China. It is the oldest beer-making facility ever discovered in China.  Residue from inside the uncovered pots and funnels included a mix of fermented grains: broomcorn millet, barley and Job's tears, a chewy Asian grain also known as Chinese pearl barley. The beer 'recipe' also called for tubers, which were added to sweeten and flavor the beer.  (As reported in the journal 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences').

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· May 25-28  34th Mudbug Madness - Shreveport, Louisiana
· May 26-28  Arcadia Broiler Dairy Days - Arcadia , Wisconsin
· May 26-29  Worlds Largest Brat Fest - Madison, Wisconsin
· May 27-28  34th  Pungo Strawberry Festival - Virginia Beach
· May 27-29  39th Annual Taste of Cincinnati USA -  Ohio
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) Who was Hippolyte Mege Mouries and what did he do for the French Navy?

2) In 1902 Dr. Alexander P. Anderson developed a new method for cooking rice. What was it?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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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?

Ducks waddle because their short legs are positioned to the side of their large breasts, good for swimming but a little awkward for walking.  They walk pigeon-toed to keep their balance.

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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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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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IN SEASON FOR SPRING

· Apple Trivia
· Apple Pie Recipes
· Asparagus Trivia
· Asparagus Recipes
· Avocado Trivia
· Avocado Recipes
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Carrot Trivia
· Carrot Recipes
· Collard Greens Recipes
· Collard Greens Trivia

· Garlic Trivia
· Mushroom Trivia
· Mushroom Recipes
· Pea Trivia & Facts
· Pea Recipes
· Radish Trivia & Tips
· Rhubarb Trivia
· Spinach Trivia
· Spinach Recipes

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DID YOU KNOW?

Caraway seeds are not actually seeds, but the small ripe fruit of the caraway plant. The 'seeds' are used in cakes, cookies, breads, cheese, sauerkraut, pickles, condiments, meats, and kummel, a caraway flavored liqueur and aquavit.

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