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All parts of the mustard plant are edible, including the leaves, seeds and flowers.

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· Asparagus with Honey Garlic Sauce
· Maple Mustard Green Beans
· Minted Sugar Peas
· Peas with Goat Cheese & Horseradish
· Dips, Salsas and Spreads
· Lamb Recipes

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· Greek Coney (Hot Dog) Sauce Recipe
· July is National Hot Dog Month
· Asparagus, Herald of Spring
· Will the Real Strawberry Stand Up
· A Short History of Strawberries
· Peas in a Pod
· Spinach, Popeye's Secret Weapon
· Maple Syrup History & Making
· Macaroni & Cheese   · Comfort Foods

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August Food Months:

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


• Family Meals Month
• Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month
  (Kiwi Fruit Facts & Trivia)
• Maine Lobster Month: Maine Governor Paul LePage issued a proclamation declaring August 'Maine Lobster Month' in July 2012. (Lobster Recipes)
• National Catfish Month  [Catfish Inst]
  (Catfish Recipes  -  Catfish Trivia)
• National Goat Cheese Month
• National Panini Month
• National Peach Month (Presidential proclamation, 1982) Peach Trivia
• National Sandwich Month
  (Sandwich Recipes)
• National Water Quality Month
• Canada: National Blueberry Month
  [North American Blueberry Council]
  Blueberry Trivia & Facts
• UK: National Fishing Month (July 18-Aug 31, 2015)

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According to legend, raspberries were originally white. The nymph Ida pricked her finger while picking berries for the crying infant Jupiter, and raspberries have since been tinged red with her blood. (The botanical name of the raspberry is Rubus idaeus. Rubus means 'red', and idaeus means 'belonging to Ida'.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“Mustard's no good without roast beef.”
Chico Marx, ‘Monkey Business’ (1931)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
National Mustard Day & Festival (Aug 1, 2015)
• Mead Day (Aug 1, 2015) [Am. Homebrewers Assn]
Mead, perhaps the oldest fermented beverage, is made by combining honey, water, and yeast, and is often referred to as honey wine
International Can-It-Forward Day (Aug 1, 2015)

World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1-7)
• Lughnassadh, the Celtic first harvest festival.
• Xiuhtechuhtli: Aztec celebration of the god of the calendar.
• Ghana: Homowo. The Ga people feast & mock famine.


On this day in:

10 B.C. Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus was born. (Emperor of Rome A.D. 41-54).   Known as Claudius I, supposedly he was poisoned with mushrooms by his wife Agrippina, after her son Nero was named as his heir.

1137 Louis VI "The Fat" died. (King of France).

1733 Richard Kirwan was born.  Kirwan was an eccentric Irish chemist who hated flies.  He had dysphagia, which is the inability to swallow food without convulsive movements.  He always dined alone.

1744 Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck was born.  A French naturalist, he believed in the inheritance of acquired traits.  Some of his ideas influenced Darwin.

1790 First U.S. census.  We had a total of 3,939,214 mouths to feed.

1793 France introduces the first metric weight, the kilogram.

1817 Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert was born.  Gilbert and his partner, Sir John Lawes, conducted agricultural experiments at Rothamsted Experimental Station, the oldest agricultural research station in the world.  They are considered founding fathers of the agricultural sciences.  They are also the co-inventors of superphosphate fertilizer.

1819 Herman Melville was born (died Sept 28, 1891). American writer, best known for the novel, 'Moby Dick; or The Whale'

1870 Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov was born.  Ivanov was a Soviet biologist.  Others had previously shown it was possible to artificially inseminate domestic animals, Ivanov developed the practical procedures in 1901.  Initially working with horses, by the early 1930s the procedure was being used on other farm animals.

1889 It rained ants at Strasbourg, Germany.

1893 Henry D. Perky and William H. Ford were issued U.S. patent No. 502378 for a machine to produce cereals (shredded wheat).

1912 Pearson's Nut Goodie Bar was introduced.

1932 The Mars Bar, candy bar, was introduced.

1933 Dom DeLuise was born (died May 4, 2009). Actor, comedian and cookbook author. ‘Eat This' (1988) and 'Eat This Too!' (1997).

1958 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 4 cents and post cards to 3 cents..

1960 Chubby Checker's 'The Twist' was released.  The best exercise music ever!

2010 Approximately 23% of U.S. railway cars were in storage.

2011 A Berlin court ordered breweries to stop advertising beer as good for peoples looks and health.


· July 29-August 2  Maine Lobster Festival - Rockland, Maine
· July 30-August 1  62nd Annual Brat Days - Sheboygan, WI
· July 30-Aug 2  21st Annual Clam Festival - Highlands, NJ
· July 31-August 2  Phelps Sauerkraut Festival - Phelps, NY
· August 1  7th Annual Soul Food Festival - Stockton, Calif.
· August 1, 2015  WaZoo Beer Festival - Tampa, Florida

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This English navigator, a favorite of Elizabeth I, fought against the Spaniards and the Irish, explored Guiana and Trinidad, and sailed up the Orinoco. Fought against Spain again, and back in England after the death of Elizabeth, he was convicted of treason and sent to the tower of London, wrote a History of the World, was then released from prison to go back to the Orinoco to look for gold. Lost his fleet in storms and his men by desertion and disease, returned to England and was beheaded. Along the way he also wrote poems and political essays. And he NEVER spelled his name as we do today. Oh, I almost forgot, this is supposed to be about food - so here goes - he introduced to England two of the most important and widely cultivated plants of the modern world. (Only one of which is a food plant).
Question: A) Who is this?
Question: B) What are the two plants?
Bonus Question: How did HE spell his name?

2) This fruit is a member of the Soapberry family which includes the lychee, longan, akee, and Spanish lime. The fruit can range from greenish yellow to crimson red in color, round or oval in shape, one to two inches long, and with soft, hairy, 1/2 inch long bristles. They occur in clusters of 10 to 12 fruits, the trees fruit twice a year, and an average tree may produce 6,000 fruits each year. They are very juicy and sweet, but with an indistinct flavor. They can be eaten peeled, in fruit salads, or used in sauces for pork, chicken and fish. With increased popularity and demand, this fruit is now grown commercially in many areas, including Central America and Australia. They are available in Asian markets in the U.S.
Name this fruit.

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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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Crab Boil or Shrimp Boil is a traditional spice blend, usually consisting of equal parts of black peppercorns, mustard seeds, dill seeds, cloves, allspice, ginger, and bay leaves.

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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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Astronomers searching for the building blocks of life  in signals from a cloud at the center of the galaxy, failed to find evidence for amino acids. However they did find a substance called ethyl formate, the chemical responsible for the flavor of raspberries which also smells of rum.

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