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Sambuca is a clear Italian anise flavored liqueur named after the elderbush (Latin name: Sambucus), its original flavoring ingredient.  Sambuca is strong and semisweet, and is usually served with a couple of coffee beans floating on top and flamed.

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· Salmon with Hot Sweet Mustard
· Gorgonzola/Sun-Dried Tomato Burger
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For Details, History and more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for JULY, including links to Holiday Origins and additional information, please see the:


• Lasagna Awareness Month
• National Baked Bean Month
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• National Culinary Arts Month
• National Grilling Month
• National Horseradish Month
• National Hot Dog Month
• National Ice Cream Month (July is the peak month for ice cream sales in the United States)

• National Picnic Month
• National Pickle Month
• National Watermelon Month
• UK: National Fishing Month (July 18-Aug 31, 2014)

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 MONDAY - JULY 28, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.... We have munched Bridge Burgers in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge and Cable Burgers hard by the Golden Gate, Dixie Burgers in the sunny South and Yankee Doodle Burgers in the North.... We had a Capitol Burger -- guess where. And so help us, in the inner courtyard of the Pentagon, a Penta Burger.”
Charles Kuralt, journalist (1934-1997)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Milk Chocolate Day
• Hamburger Day (see 1900 below)

• National Salad Week (July 25-31)


On this day in:

1586 The potato was introduced to England. It is claimed that Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to England on this day. (Some sources give December 3 as the date). (History of the Potato)

1852 Andrew Jackson Downing died. An American horticulturist, he was the author of 'The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America' (1845) and editor of the 'Horticulturist' periodical.

1866 The metric system was authorized to standardize weights and measures in the U.S. (Authorized, yes, but we still don't use it very much).

1896 Miami, Florida was officially incorporated as a city, population about 300. (Florida Facts, Stats & Trivia)

1900 One of the many claims to the origin of the hamburger, is that Louis Lassing (or Lassen) first served hamburgers on a bun in his diner in New Haven, Connecticut. (Hamburger Trivia & Facts)

1907 Earl S. Tupper was Born. The inventor of Tupperware. (Tupperware makes the containers used to conduct mold and bacterial experiments in the back of refrigerator shelves).

1977 At 11:02 p.m. the first oil from Prudhoe Bay arrived at Valdez in the trans-Alaskan pipeline. It took 38 days to travel the 800 miles.

1989 The largest halibut (Atlantic) caught with rod and reel weighed over 255 pounds. It was caught in Gloucester, Massachusetts by Sonny Manley.
(Halibut Trivia & Facts)


July 30-Aug 3, 2014  Maine Lobster Festival - Rockland, Maine
July 31-Aug 2, 2014  61st Annual Brat Days - Sheboygan, Wisc
August 1-3, 2014  66th La Habra Corn Festival - La Habra, Calif
August 2, 2014  45th Possum Festival & Funday - Wausau, Fla
August 1-10, 2014  New Jersey State Fair - Augusta, New Jersey

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) The fruit from this tree is called 'monkey bread' and is eaten as is or used to make a drink, its flesh is dried and ground into flour, and the leaves are dried and crushed for flavoring. Even the pulp of the tree is sometimes eaten.
What is the name of this tree?

2) What were the first vending machines used for and where were they used?

3) How many 'squirts does it take to get a gallon of milk from a cow?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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



Rye most likely originated in southwest Asia (some sources also indicate North Africa) as a weed in crops of domesticated wheat and barley around 4000 B.C.  It was domesticated between 2000-1000 B.C. around the Baltic Sea probably because it grew better in poor soils and colder, moist climates and is also more resistant to disease.  Rye can be grown at altitudes up to 12,000 feet and as far north as the Arctic Circle.
Rye flour is high in protein with a low gluten content and can absorb up to 8 times its weight in water (wheat flour absorbs 2 times its weight in water).

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Burger King has given a lifetime supply of free hamburgers to at least 11 celebrities, including Jay Leno, British actor Hugh Laurie, and singer Jennifer Hudson.

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