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Buckwheat is not related to wheat, it is not a cereal grain nor a grass.  It is is a relative of rhubarb and sorrel and its 'grain' is actually the dried fruit of the plant.  However when ground it behaves much like wheat and other cereal grains.

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• Lasagna Awareness Month
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• National Culinary Arts Month
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• National Ice Cream Month (July is the peak month for ice cream sales in the United States)

• National Picnic Month
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• National Watermelon Month
• UK: National Fishing Month (July 18-Aug 31, 2014)

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 FRIDAY - JULY 25, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“The true Southern watermelon is a boon apart, and not to be mentioned with commoner things. It is chief of this world's luxuries, king by the grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took; we know it because she repented.”
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
• Culinarians Day
• St Christopher, patron of fruit dealers, gardeners, travellers.

• National Salad Week (July 25-31)


On this day in:

1843 Charles Macintosh died (born Dec 29, 1766).  Scottish chemist and inventor of waterproof fabrics (rubberized cloth). The Mackintosh, or Macintosh raincoat was named fro him.

1871 Seth Wheeler of Albany, New York was issued a patent for perforated wrapping paper.

1872 It was reported to have rained black worms in Bucharest, Rumania. (Worm Trivia - Worm Power)

1874 Sergey Vasilyevich Lebedev was born. Lebedev was a Russian chemist who developed a method to produce synthetic rubber on a commercial scale, which used potatoes and limestone as raw materials.

1948 Bread rationing ends in Britain. (Bread Trivia)

1993 Vincent Schaefer died. A U.S. research chemist, he invented 'cloud seeding' with dry ice to cause rain or snow.

2008 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation that will ban trans fats in restaurants and retail food establishments. The ban goes into effect on January 1, 2010. California is the first state to ban trans fats in restaurants.  There are several cities that have banned them, and California and Oregon have previously banned trans fats in school meals.
(Trans Fat Facts)


July 23-27  27th Oregon Brewers Festival - Portland, Oregon
July 25-27  36th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival - Gilroy, California
July 25-27, 2014  Yale Bologna Festival - Yale, Michigan
July 26, 2014  Bacon and Beer Classic - New York, New York
July 27, 2014  New York Tomato Blast - Corona, New York

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) In Italian cuisine what are 'priest stranglers'?

2) Was there really a 'Hidden Valley Ranch' where Ranch dressing was invented?

3) In 1636 Roger Williams, founder of Providence said this fruit "is the wonder of all the Fruits growing naturally in those parts...In some parts where the Natives have planted, I have many times seen as many as would fill a good ship, within a few miles compasse."
What fruit was he referring to?

4) According to the Code of Hammurabi of ancient Babylonia (c.1750 B.C.) what was the punishment for a merchant found diluting his beer?

5) How 'cool' can a cucumber actually be?

6) What color is the 'Ice Cream Banana'?

7) What are the ingredients of the Scottish delicacy 'Crappit Heids'?

8) What is 'cream of tartar'?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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



A handful of 11,400 year old dried figs have whetted the appetites of anthropologists.  The figs, found in the abandoned village of Gilgal 1 in the Lower Jordan Valley in Israel, appear to be the first domesticated plants.  Researchers from Harvard University and Bar-Ilan University in Israel say the figs came from an unusual variety of tree whose fruit grows sweet and soft - but happens to be sterile.  Thus the people of Gilgal must have learned to cultivate new trees by planting shoots.

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Grapefruit ripen completely on the tree and can be left there hanging for as long as a year before harvest.

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