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

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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
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· 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?
· Winter Squash Varieties & Uses
· Beets: Beeting the French

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February Food Months:

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• African American History Month
• American Heart Month
• Bake for Family Fun Month
  (Baking Articles and Tips)
• Canned Food Month
  (Can Trivia  -  Canned Food History)
• Chocolate Lovers Month
• Florida Strawberry Month
• Great American Pies Month
  (Pie Recipes)
• National Bird Feeding Month - one of the most difficult months in much of the U.S. for birds to survive in the wild.
• National Cherry Month
  (Cherry Facts & Trivia)
• National Children's Dental Health Month
• National Grapefruit Month
  (Grapefruit Trivia)
• National Hot Breakfast Month
  (Breakfast Recipes)
• National Potato Lover's Month
  (Potato Recipes - Potato Trivia & Facts - Potato History)
• National Snack Food Month
• Sweet Potato Month
  (Sweet Potato Trivia
  Sweet Potato Recipes)
• Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month (Shopping Cart Inventor Sylvan Goldman)

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Kasseri is a Greek Cheese, usually made from sheep's or goat's milk. It is a creamy gold color, with a firm, hard texture. Kasseri is a mild flavored, and very versatile cheese, and is perfect for grating.  It is also used in the famous Greek dish Saganaki, where it is fried in butter or olive oil, sprinkled with lemon juice, and frequently flamed with brandy.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“Opie, you haven't finished your milk. We can't put it back in the cow, you know.”
Aunt Bee, 'The Andy Griffith Show'

Food Holidays - Today is:

• Peppermint Patty Day
• Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
• Fritter Thursday: (Feb 11, 2016 -Thursday after Shrove Tuesday)

• UK: Bramley Apple Week (Feb 8-14, 2016)
• Pancake Week - Feb 7-13, 2016 Shrove Tues week
  · Pancake Recipes  · Cooking Tips  · Facts & Trivia
• Jell-O Week (Feb 7-13, 2016) In 2001 Jell-O was declared Official State Snack of Utah and Governor Michael O. Leavitt declared an annual "Jell-O Week"


On this day in:

1752 The first hospital in America opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1785 The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture was founded. It is the oldest active agricultural organization in the U.S.

1802 Lydia Maria Francis Child was born. An American abolitionist and author of novels and children’s books. She also wrote books of advice for women including 'The Frugal Housewife' (1829).

1811 Robert Fulton was issued the first patent for a steamboat.

1847 Thomas Alva Edison was born. Chefs use his inventions everyday, including light and music to work by.

1866 Fritz Hofmann was born (died Oct 29, 1956). German chemist who first synthesized rubber (German patent No. 250690, Sept 12, 1909).

1922 Frederick Grant Banting announces the discovery of insulin, used to treat diabetes, at the University of Toronto, with colleagues C.H. Best, J.B. Collip, and J.J.R. Macleod.

1926 Paul Bocuse was born at Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France.  Legendary French Chef, known as one of the founders of  'nouvelle cuisine'.  Named Chef of the Century by the Culinary Institute of America.

1943 World War II Gasoline rationing begins in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (10 gallons per month).

1963 Julia Child's 'The French Chef' premiered on TV.

1968 In New York the new Madison Square Garden sports and entertainment arena officially opened. (see also Dec 15, 1925).

1975 The movie 'Shampoo' premiered in New York.

1977 The heaviest lobster known was caught off Nova Scotia, weighing in at 44 lb 6 oz (20.14 kg).

1979 Singer and actress Brandy was born (Brandy Norwood).

1982 The Florida Strawberry Growers Association (FSGA) was founded.

1994 Use of the genetically engineered growth hormone for cows, rBGH begins. Controversy abounds.

1999 Tahtsa Lake in British Columbia receives a Canadian record breaking snowfall of 57 inches in 24 hours.

2009 India's largest Hindu nationalist group announced they are developing a soft drink called 'Gau Jal' made from cow urine and flavored with herbs. After testing it should be ready for sale within a few months. In India cow urine is believed by many to have healing properties.


· February 4-15, 2016  Florida State Fair - Tampa, Florida
· February 11-20  Arizona Beer Week - Statewide, Arizona
· February 11-28  San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo - Texas
· February 12-13  27th Sandestin Gumbo Festival - Florida
· February 13-14, 2016  Big Cheese Festival - Fairfield, Ohio
· February 13-14  Annual Boston Wine Expo - Massachusetts

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What are the 3 major fruits native to North America?
  [a] apples, blueberries, Thompson seedless grapes
  [b] cranberries, Concord grapes, apples
  [c] blueberries, Concord grapes, cranberries

2) a) Does corn always have an odd or an even number of rows on each ear?
  b) Why?
  c) How many pieces of silk are there on each ear?

3) a) Do you know who is generally considered to have invented Lemon Custard and when?
   b) Who invented lemon meringue pie?

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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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Almost every species of livestock has been milked, including horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, camels, buffaloes, reindeer, and yaks. The only exception is the pig, although nutritionally its milk is close to that of human beings.

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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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Edamame, a shell bean, is also called an immature green soybean. The popularity of this bean has grown in the past decade and is now easily found frozen in most major supermarkets.  Edamame is of Chinese origin and was developed in Japan especially for eating out of the pod. Edamame is a variation on the same yellow and black field soybean that is transformed into many popular soy products such as tofu, miso, and soymilk. However, because of its recent introduction into the U.S. market, only a small percentage of U.S. soybean fields are devoted to growing edamame.
     Some call edamame the super or wonder vegetable because it is the only vegetable that contains all nine essential amino acids. This makes edamame a complete protein source, similar to meat or eggs. Edamame also contains isoflavonoids. They are found in all soy products and are being studied for their health benefits.
     Availability: Edamame is rarely sold fresh, but is available frozen all year.

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