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· Basic Squash Cooking Preparation
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· A Perfect Thanksgiving
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· It’s the Great Pumpkin
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November Food Months:

For Details, History and more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for NOVEMBER, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please see the:

November is:

• American Diabetes Month
• National Georgia Pecan Month
• National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month
• National Pepper Month
• National Pomegranate Month
• National Roasting Month
• National Raisin Bread Month
• Sweet Potato Awareness Month
• World Vegan Month

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Humble pie was a 17th century English dish made with the heart, liver, kidneys, etc. of a deer, baked in a crust with apples, currants and spices.

In Old English, 'numble' referred to edible animal organs (liver, kidneys, heart, etc). Originating in the 17th century, a 'numble pie' evolved into 'umble pie' and finally 'humble pie'.

Monday, November 24, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


Chestnuts are "delicacies for princes and a lusty and masculine food for rusticks, and able to make women well-complexioned."     John Evelyn(1620-1706)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Sardine Day
• Switzerland: Zibelemarit - Bern Onion Market (2014)

• National Family Week (Nov 23-29, 2014)  The Alliance for Children and Families  An annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving, designed to build community connections and honor those who strengthen families.


On this day in:

1762 The first written record of the word 'sandwich'. Edward Gibbons Journal, 11/24/1762: 'I dined at the Cocoa Tree....That respectable body affords every evening a sight truly English. Twenty or thirty of the first men in the kingdom....supping at little tables....upon a bit of cold meat, or a Sandwich.'
(Sandwich Trivia & Facts)

1859 Charles Darwin’s 'The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection' was published in England.

1864 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born. French artist who documented Parisian night life in the 1890s with his insightful posters.

1874 U.S. Patent #157,124 issued to Joseph F. Glidden for barbed wire (patent application filed Oct 27, 1873). The beginning of the end of cowboys and the open range. (Barbed Wire Trivia and Facts)

1904 Benjamin Holt invented the first successful track-type or crawler tractor (caterpillar tractor).

1916 Sir Hiram Maxim died. An American born inventor. Among his hundreds of inventions were a hair curling iron, a mousetrap, an automatic sprinkling system, gas motors, and a machine gun.

1948 Anna Jarvis died (born May 1, 1864).  Successfully campaigned from 1908 to 1914 to have Mother's Day recognized as national holiday.
(See also May 8).

1981 The Metric Commission of Canada orders scales across Canada changed to metric by January, 1982; advertising allowed only in metric after December 31, 1983. (Weights & Measures Trivia & Facts)

1998 Nicholas Kurti died (born May 14, 1908).  Hungarian born British physicist whose hobby was cooking. He advocated applying scientific knowledge to the kitchen and coined the term 'molecular gastronomy'

2005 The M&M's balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade hit a light pole, knocking the light to the street and injuring 2 spectators.

2004 The movie 'Christmas with the Kranks' opened in U.S. theatres.

2005 New licensing laws became effective at midnight in England and Wales and more than 1,000 pubs, clubs and supermarkets have been granted 24-hour licenses to sell alcohol.


· November 22-30  79th Annual World's Championship Duck Calling Contest - Stuttgart, Arkansas
· November 27  Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation - Plymouth, Massachusetts
· November 27-29  Thanksgiving Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, Massachusetts
· November 27-29  Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia - Williamsburg, Virginia
· November 29  49th Annual Chitlin' Strut - Salley, S. Carolina
· November 28-Dec 13  4th Annual Wood Gingerbread Festival
South Windsor, Connecticut


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1) Good, ripe cranberries will bounce. Bounceberry is another name for them.
Why do cranberries bounce?

2) How many cranberries are in a pound?

3) From about 1900 through 1955, nearly 4 billion of these plants were destroyed by Cryphonectria parasitica, leaving only a few isolated clumps in the upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest. The plant is the source of a traditional winter holiday food.
Can you name this plant?

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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


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Graham crackers were named for the 19th century champion of wholemeal wheat (graham) flour and vegetarianism in general, Sylvester Graham.  Graham crackers are whole wheat crackers sweetened with honey or molasses and were invented by Graham in 1829.

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Green beans are often called string beans because years ago a fibrous string ran along the seam of the bean. The string was noticeable when you snapped off the ends. The snapping noise is the reason for its other nickname.

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Hooch or hootch is an American slang word popular during prohibition for illegally produced alcoholic liquor. It is also a colloquialism for cheap liquor.
   The word originated in the late 19th century in Alaska. A small Tlingit tribe, the Hutsnuwu (Hoochinoo) Indians lived on Admiralty island, south of Juneau, and were distilling their own alcoholic liquor from molasses in the late 19th century (they probably learned the distillation process from American trappers). The product became known as 'hoot-chinoo', 'hooch' or 'hootch', and a 'Report on the Population of Alaska' published with the 1890 U.S. census, stated that the cause of 'nearly all the trouble in this country' was 'hoochinoo' or 'hooch'.

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