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    learned and experienced.”     
                  Fernand Point, 1941


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Spinach Stuffed Deviled Eggs
Fricasseed Eggs (1875)
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Borage (Borago officinalis) also known as Starflower, is an annual herb with hairy gray-green leaves. The whole plant has a cucumber odor and flavor.  Its bright blue star-shapped flowers are a favorite of honey bees.  The flowers may occasionally be white or pink.
Borage is native to the Mediterranean region and has been used in cookery since the Middle Ages.




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Homogenization breaks up and disperses milk fat throughout milk, resulting in a smooth, uniform texture. Most whole milk is homogenized to prevent the cream from rising to the top. Homogenization results in a softer curd in the stomach that aids digestion.

APRIL Food Months

(for more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for April with links & details See:  April Food Calendar


• Bacon Month (Baconfest Chicago)
  · Bacon Facts & Trivia
  · Bacon: the Next Health Craze?
  · Bacon Cooking Tips

• Florida Tomato Month (fresh tomatoes are harvested from every growing district in Florida - Florida Tomato Commission)
  · Florida Facts & Trivia
  · Tomato Facts & Trivia
  · Tomato Kitchen Tips  · Recipes
  · Tomatoes and Taxes

• Global Child Nutrition Month
    (Global Child Nutrition Foundation)
  · Food Scarcity & Hunger Articles

• National B.L.T. Month

• National Garden Month
   (National Gardening Association)

• National Grange Month (The National Grange - advocates for rural America and Agriculture)
  · Agriculture Articles
  · Agriculture Facts & Trivia

• Grilled Cheese Month (unknown)
  · International Grilled Cheese

• National Pecan Month (National Pecan Shellers Association)
  · Pecan Facts & Trivia
  · A Nut from America

• National Soft Pretzel Month
  · History of the Pretzel
  · Soft Pretzel Recipe
  · Another Pretzel Recipe

• National Soyfoods Month (Soyfoods Association of North America)
  · Soybean Facts & Trivia

• Alcohol Awareness Month  (since 1987 - National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence)

• Defeat Diabetes Month
   (Defeat Diabetes Foundation)


Weekly Trivia Quiz is below


“Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.”
Robert Redford

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day

• Egg Salad Week (April 21-27, 2014 - the week after Easter)
[American Egg Board] Dedicated to the many delicious uses for all of the Easter eggs that have been cooked, colored, hidden and found.


On this day in:

1766 Robert Bailey Thomas was born. He was the founder and long time editor of the 'Farmer's Almanac' now known as the 'Old Farmer's Almanac.'

1833 Jacob Ebert and George Dulty patented the first soda fountain. Not many soda fountains around anymore.

1886 Petroleum discovered in the Middle East, on the  Egyptian shore of the Red Sea.

Royal Baking Powder Can

1898 Cornelius Hoagland died (born Nov 23, 1828). Co-founder of Royal Baking Powder Company in 1866 with his brother Joseph Christoffel Hoagland.

1914 Justin Wilson, Cajun chef and humorist was born. He wrote five cookbooks and hosted several cooking shows on TV, including 'Louisiana Cookin' and 'Cookin' Cajun.'

1947 Wild Turkey bass guitarist Glenn Cornick was born.  He was also the original bass guitarist with Jethro Tull.

1949 Chocolate rationing ends in Britain.

1985 Thomas Stanley, a researcher at Georgia State University, reported that there were 832,602 millionaires in the U.S. Their average age was 57 years old.

1994 The world's largest lollipop, 3,011 pounds, is made in Denmark.

2003 Canada announced the closure of what remained of the cod fishery in Newfoundland, the Maritime provinces and Quebec due to depleted stocks of cod.
(Cod fish facts and trivia)


April 24-27, 2014  37th Vidalia Onion Festival - Vidalia, Georgia
April 24-27, 2014  Food & Wine Festival - Galveston, Texas
April 25-26, 2014  Baconfest Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
April 25-27, 2014  Stockton Asparagus Festival - Stockton, CA
April 26-27, 2014  Great American Pie Festival - Celebration, Fla


FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new on April 18, 2014)

1) All of the following events took place during the same year.
· General Mills introduced Hamburger Helper, created to stretch a pound of hamburger into a family meal.
· Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn was introduced.
· General Mills acquired the 2 year old Red Lobster restaurant chain.
· Classic French Cooking by Craig Claiborne and Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol II by Julia Child & Simone Beck were published.
· Food shortages in Poland result in high food prices which trigger a riot at the Gadansk shipyard, which in turn brings down the government.
· The Soviet Union acknowledges that food supplies are inadequate. Continental Grain in the U.S. receives an order from Moscow for 500,000 tons of corn.
· The Indian-Pacific Express begins service in Australia on the Trans-Australian Railway between Sydney on the East Coast and Perth on the West Coast, a 2400 mile trip.
During what year did all of the above events take place?
     a) 1965   b)  1970   c) 1975  d) 1980   e) 1985

2) What do these words have in common?
Baseball, Club, Flatiron, Hanger, Shell.

3) What brownish, bitter, foul-smelling resinous material obtained from the roots of an Asian member of parsley family, is used as a condiment?

4) What do these foods have in common:
Bread, Marmalade, Vanilla Fudge, Vanilla Ice, Hot Chocolate, Hot Tuna and Humble Pie?

5) In what film do the following events take place?
· A giant 4-legged teakettle pours itself into a walking teacup.
· A Vacuum Flask inhales a 3-scoop ice cream cone.
· A large eggcup holding a soft-boiled egg flies across the hall.
· An apple and a pear are used to compose the '8' in the number 38.
· A bluebird appears holding 2 maraschino cherries.

6) This small annual herb, a member of the carrot family, is second in popularity only to black pepper throughout the world. It has dark green leaves and tiny white or pink flowers.  The fruit, when green, has an unpleasant taste, but when ripe is aromatic and is used as a spice. Can you name this plant whose fruit is used as a spice?

7) What bitter extract from a southern European plant root is used in Angostura bitters, chocolate, vermouth, candy, ice cream and vanilla flavorings?

8) About what percentage of a lemon is juice?

Click here for the answers to this Culinary Quiz


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



Buckwheat has nourished man since the eighth millennium BC. Initially gathered from the wild in its native habitat, it is unclear when deliberate cultivation began. It is still found growing in its original form, which usually indicates a later date for domestication, which may not have been until about 1000 BC..



Lollipops were first made in New Haven, Connecticut in 1908 by George Smith. They were named after a race horse of the time, Lolly Pop.

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In ancient Greece, Rosemary was recognized for its alleged ability to strengthen the brain and memory. Greek students would braid Rosemary into their hair to help them with their exams. Also known as the herb of remembrance, it was placed on the graves of English heroes.

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