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· Sweet Potato Recipes
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· Sweet Potato Pudding
· Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
· Baked Stuffed Pumpkin
· Parsnips Glazed with Apricots
· Fresh Cranberry Relish
· Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries
· Roasted Spiced Cauliflower
· Roasted Cauliflower & Cheese
· Sweet Potato Pancakes
· Chipotle Cheddar Sweet Potatoes

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· Sweet Potato Nutrition
· Turkey and Ancient Maya
· Parsnip Facts and Uses
· Sweet Potato or Yam?
· When Did Brussels Sprout?
· Cranberries, Leaving Turkey Aside
· Winter Squash Varieties & Uses
· Beets: Beeting the French

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November Food Months:

For Details, History and more DAY, WEEK and MONTH Food Holiday designations for NOVEMBER, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please Click for


• American Diabetes Month
  (Eating Healthy with Diabetes)
• National Georgia Pecan Month
  (Pecans: A Nut from America)
• National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month
  (Peanut Butter Origin & History)
• National Pepper Month
  (Pepper: Nothing to Sneeze At)
• National Pomegranate Month
  (History of Pomegranates)
• National Roasting Month
  (Roasting: Born to Roast)
• National Raisin Bread Month
• Sweet Potato Awareness Month
  (Sweet Potato or Yam?)
• World Vegan Month

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“The king and high priest of all the festivals was the autumn Thanksgiving. When the apples were all gathered and the cider was all made, and the yellow pumpkins were rolled in from many a hill in billows of gold, and the corn was husked, and the labors of the season were done, and the warm, late days of Indian Summer came in, dreamy, and calm, and still, with just enough frost to crisp the ground of a morning, but with warm traces of benignant, sunny hours at noon, there came over the community a sort of genial repose of spirit - a sense of something accomplished.”  Harriet Beecher Stowe

Food Holidays - Today is:

   · Thanksgiving Trivia  -  Turkey Trivia
• National Cake Day

• National Family Week (Nov 22-28, 2015)
The Alliance for Children and Families and its member organizations have promoted National Family Week for more than 40 years.  It is an annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving, designed to build community connections and honor those who strengthen families.


On this day in:

1789 President George Washington signed a proclamation on October 3, 1789 declaring Thursday the 26th day of November as the first national Thanksgiving Day under the Constitution.

1832 The 'John Mason', the first public horse-drawn streetcar, began carrying passengers in New York City.  The fare was 12½¢. The coaches, with seating for 30 passengers, were mounted on iron wheels and were drawn by horses over iron rails laid down the middle of the street. Designed and built by John Stephenson. (Demonstrated to NYC officials on Nov 14, 1832)

1836 John Loudon McAdam died (born Sept 21, 1756). A Scotish engineer, he invented macadam pavement for roads.

1867 J.B. Sutherland of Detroit, Michigan received the first U.S. patent (No. 71,423) for a refrigerated railroad car.  An insulated, double walled car with compartments for 800 pounds of ice at each end.

1876 Willis Haviland Carrier was born. He invented the first practical air conditioner.

1915 W. Atlee Burpee died. Founder of the world's largest mail-order seed company in 1876.

1922 Charles M. Schulz was born. American cartoonist, best known for the 'Peanuts' comic strip.

1942 ‘Casablanca’, the movie, premiers in New York City on Thanksgiving Day.

1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning December 1.

1968 Rock group Cream's last concert (Albert Hall).

1991 Japan agrees to stop using drift nets in commercial fishing.

1992 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II volunteers to start paying taxes on her personal income and take her children off the public payroll.

1996 The Las Vegas Sands Hotel was 'imploded' to make way for the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

2002 Verne H. Winchell died. Founder of Winchell's Donuts in 1948; known as 'The Donut King.'


· November 26  Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation -  Mass.
· Nov 27-29  Columbia Gorge Thanksgiving Wine Weekend
Columbia Gorge Wineries, Oregon & Washington
· Nov 27-Dec 12  5th Annual Wood Gingerbread Festival - South Windsor, Connecticut
· November 28, 2015  Great Macaroni & Cheese Bake-Off - Traverse City, Michigan
· November 28  50th Annual Chitlin' Strut - Salley, S Carolina

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What percentage of turkeys in the U.S. are sold as whole turkeys?

2) What percentage of Thanksgiving dinners include cranberry sauce?

3) Which state has been the #1 cranberry producer in the U.S. for 20 consecutive years?

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

5) How many cranberries are in a pound?

6) What percentage of a cranberry is water?

7) John Lennon repeated the words "cranberry sauce" at the end of what Beatles song?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

Read an article about Chef James and the website published in January 2015 in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers
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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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The top five most popular ways to serve leftover Thanksgiving turkey are: Sandwich, Soup or Stew, Casserole, Stir-fry, and Salad.

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"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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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes

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· Apple Trivia
· Apple Pies, etc.
· Carrot Trivia
· Carrot Recipes
· Pumpkin Trivia
· Pumpkin Recipes
· Beet Facts & Trivia
· Cauliflower Trivia
· Cauliflower Recipes
· Sweet Potato Facts
· Cranberry Trivia
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Pineapple Trivia

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Many people report drowsiness after eating Thanksgiving dinner. While turkey often receives the blame, studies suggest that carbohydrate-rich meals may cause sleepiness by increasing the number of tryptophans in the brain.  It is the unusually large, multi-coursed, carbohydrate-rich meal most people eat on Thanksgiving that is more likely the cause of the drowsiness. So just eat the turkey and the vegetables and you may not feel drowsy. 

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