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Chef James

“The duty of a good Cuisinier is to transmit to the next generation everything he has learned and experienced.”
 
Fernand Point, 1941

FEATURED FOR MAY

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

BBQ & Grilling Articles with Recipes

Summer Food Ideas with Recipes
 

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SOME SPRING RECIPES

· Guacamole Recipes

· Mango Pork Fajitas

· Turkey & Balsamic Onion Quesadillas

· Franks and Beans Recipe

· Ham with Mango Glaze

· Honey Orange Glazed Ham

· Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham

· Roasted Sesame Asparagus

· Spring Onion & Herb Risotto

· Spring Crab Salad Recipe

· Heartland Fennel Slaw

· Springtime Pasta Primavera

· Authentic Italian Pasta Primavera

· Amish Rhubarb Cake Recipe

· Crustless Spinach Ricotta Quiche
 

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May Food Holidays:

For Details, History and more DAY, WEEK and MONTH Food Holiday designations, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information:
SEE Detailed MAY Food Calendar

MAY is:

• Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  · Gluten Intolerance Article
 
• Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  · Food Allergy Articles
 
• Int’l Mediterranean Diet Month
 
• Int’l Respect for Chickens Month
 
• National Artisan Gelato Month
 
• National Barbecue Month
  · Barbecue and Grilling Articles
 
• National Egg Month
  · Egg Trivia & Facts
 
• National Hamburger Month
  · Hamburger Trivia & Facts

  · 100 Hamburger Variations
 
• National Salad Month
  · Salad Recipes   · Salad Dressings
 
• National Salsa Month
  · Salsa Trivia   · Salsa Recipes
 
• National Strawberry Month
  · Strawberry Trivia
 
• National Vinegar Month
  · Vinegar History & Manufacture

  · Vinegar Kitchen Tips
 
• National Tavern Month (since 1953)
 
• World Trade Month
 
• UK: National Asparagus Month
  · Asparagus, The Herald of Spring

  · Asparagus Facts & Trivia

  · Asparagus Recipes

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DID YOU KNOW?

The classic French Quiche actually originated in Germany, in the medieval kingdom of Lothringen, which was under German rule. (Renamed Lorraine when it came under French control - hence, Quiche Lorraine).  The word 'quiche' is derived from the German word for cake, 'kuchen.'

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TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
Julia Child (1912-2004)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Waitstaff Day
  (Articles about Restaurants and Service Staff)

• National Strawberries & Cream Day
  (Strawberry Trivia & Facts)

• World Trade Week (May 20-24, 2019) - In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed World Trade Week as the third week of May in national observance of the importance of international trade to the U.S. (specific dates may vary).
  (New York  ---  California  ---  Miami)

• Ireland: National Herb Week (May 19-25, 2019) An annual event in Ireland celebrating herbs and herbal medicine. [Irish Register of Herbalists]

• UK: British Tomato Fortnight (formerly Tomato Week) May 20-June 2, 2019 [British Tomato Growers]
  (Tomato Trivia  ---  Tomato Recipes)

• UK: British Sandwich Week (May 19-25, 2019)
  [The British Sandwich Association]

  (Sandwich Trivia  ---  Sandwich Recipes)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1765 The first Agricultural Fair in North America was held at the British garrison, Fort Edwards, Nova Scotia.  (Agriculture & Farming Articles)

1853 The world's first public aquarium, The Aquatic Vivarium, opened in Regent's Park, London, England.

1870 William C. Coleman was born (died Nov 2, 1957).  Inventor and founder of the Coleman Company, manufacturer of camping equipment.

1881 Clara Barton founded The American Red Cross in Washington D.C.

1881 The United States National Lawn Tennis Association was founded in New York City.

1916 To much confusion, Daylight Saving Time was introduced in Britain as a war-time measure to save fuel.

1921 Taggart Baking Company of Indianapolis, Indiana introduced Wonder bread. The red, yellow and blue logo created by Taggart Vice President Elmer Cline was inspired by International Balloon Race at Indianapolis Speedway.
(Bread Trivia  ---  Bread Recipes)

1923 Delmonico's Restaurant closed its doors, a victim of Prohibition.  (Delmonico’s Trivia & Facts)

1927 After a 33½ hour flight from Roosevelt Field in New York, Charles A. Lindbergh landed in Paris at 10:24 pm in his single engine airplane, The Spirit of St. Louis. The first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

1957 George B. Hansburg of Walker Valley, N.Y. received U.S. patent # 2,793,036 for his invention of an improved pogo stick (a vertical pole with foot-rests and a spring-loaded assist to enable hopping). Great excercise!

1987 Archie Fairley Carr died (born June 16, 1909). An American biologist and authority on turtles. His extensive studies and conservation efforts helped to increase turtle populations around the world.

2009 After months of numerous mechanical failures, a new recycling system was activated on the international space station.  The new system recycles astronauts urine and sweat into drinking water.
(Urine Trivia and Facts)

 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· May 23-27, 2019  Moonshine Festival
New Straitsville, Ohio

· May 24-26, 2019  BottleRock Napa Valley Music & Food Festival - Napa, California

· May 24-26, 2019  St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival - Sarasota, Florida

· May 24-26, 2019  36th Annual Mudbug Madness
Shreveport, Louisiana

· May 24-26, 2019  Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
Fredericksburg, Texas

· May 24-26, 2019  Worlds Largest Brat Fest
Madison, Wisconsin

· May 25-26, 2019  36th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival - Virginia Beach, Virginia

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What is the name of the yeast-raised dinner roll created accidentally by the baker at a Boston Hotel in the 1870s?

2) Pick it, wash it, hollow it out, fill it with cream or milk and bake it whole. What is it, and what pie evolved from this recipe?

3) This dish takes its name from the pan it is cooked in, which in turn comes from the Latin word for 'pan' or 'dish.' It originated in the Valencia region, traditionally cooked outdoors and eaten right from the pan.
What is the name of this Spanish dish, AND the two ingredients common in all variations of it?

Click here for the answers

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Read an article about Chef James and the FoodReference.com website published in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers: Click here for the Article
 

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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?

Cynar is an artichoke flavored aperitif made in Italy.
 

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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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Food Emergency
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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

'Neapolitan Ice Cream,' refers to a block of ice cream composed of layers of different flavors, usually chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. (The term Neapolitan is also used to refer to any molded dessert that is made with 3 layers.)
   The ice cream makers of Naples were famous in the early 19th century, especially Tortoni, who created many layered ice cream cakes.
   Natives of Naples are known as Neapolitans.
   The term Neapolitan Ice Cream originated in the U.S. in the late 19th century, and is presumably a reference to the 3 layered ice cream cakes of Tortoni, a Neapolitan.
 

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IN SEASON FOR SPRING

Pineapple Trivia

Banana Trivia

Strawberry Trivia

ASPARAGUS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

CARROTS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CELERY:
  Trivia  --  Tips

COLLARD GREENS:
  Trivia  --  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PEAS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

SPINACH:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

TURNIPS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Nesselrode pudding is a delicious dessert made by adding chestnut puree to a custard cream, frequently with candied fruit, raisins, and/or sultanas added. Usually topped with whipped cream. M. Mouy, the chef to Count Karl Robert von Nesselrode, a 19th century Russian statesman, is usually credited with its creation.
   There are several other dishes named for Count Nesselrode, all containing chestnuts or chestnut puree. Nesselrode Pie, Nesselrode Torte, Bombe Nesselrode.
 

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