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Canadian bacon is made from the rib-eye of the pork loin. In the U.S. bacon is made from pork bellies.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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“She lifted her hands from her eyes - her face was wet with tears and her eyes were haggard - and said....'I cannot any longer endure being served breakfast in bed by a hairy man in his underwear.'”
John Cheever, 'The Chimera' (1951)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Boston Cream Pie Day
• National Canning Day (See 1752 below)
• The swallows of Mission San Juan Capistrano in California leave to winter in Argentina. On March 19 they return to California.

• UK: Bramley Apple Pie Week  (Oct 20-26, 2014)
National Chestnut Week (Oct 12-25, 2014)
• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2014)


On this day in:

1752 Nicolas Appert was born. (The year is listed in various sources as 1749, 1750 and 1752; month and day also varies in October and November). Inventor of the canning process, preserving food by sealing it in sterilized containers. He published the results of 14 years of research in 1810 & received 12,000 franc award from French government. (History of Canning)

1762 Samuel Morey was born (died Aparil 17, 1843).  American inventor. His first patent, issued on January 26, 1793 (No. X51), was for a steam powered roasting spit, and was signed by George Washington.

1817 Pierre Athanase Larousse was born (died Jan 3, 1875). French educator and publisher. Published many outstanding reference works including the encyclopedic 15 volume Grand Dictionnaire. In 1938 the Larousse publishing house published an encyclopedia of gastronomy, 'Larousse Gastronomique' edited by Prosper Montagne.

1921 Edward A. Doisy died. He discovered vitamin K.

1927 William Barron Hilton was born. A son of Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels. Barron Hilton is a former co-chairman and president of the Hilton Hotel chain.

1928 The musical comedy 'Animal Crackers' opened on Broadway. (History of Animal Crackers)

1943 Barbara Ann Hawkins of the vocal group 'The Dixie Cups' was born

1947 Greg Ridley of the music group 'Humble Pie' was born.


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2) How many corn kernels are there in a bushel of fresh corn?

3) How much manure does a cow produce per year?

4) By definition a 'Picnic Ham' is not a true ham.  Why?

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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



Burgoo probably originated in the middle of the 18th century as a thick oatmeal gruel or hardtack and molasses cooked together.  It was a basic item in a ship's mess served to English sailors as early as 1750.  It eventually developed into something quite different in America, especially in the southern states, containing squirrels, hens and pigs, etc., and a wide variety of root vegetables and seasonings.
One old recipe called for '800 pounds of lean beef with no bones or fat, one dozen squirrels for each 100 gallons, and 240 pounds of fat hens or roosters, besides potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, and other vegetables.'

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Caraway seeds are believed to have been used in Europe longer than any other condiment. Their use was first recorded in Egypt, in the medical papyrus of Thebes in 1552 B.C.

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Cassia (Chinese cinnamon) is the dried bark of a tree in the laurel family, as is cinnamon.  Cinnamon and cassia are closely related, but cassia is stronger and less delicate in flavor.  Most of the 'cinnamon' sold in the U.S. is actually cassia.

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