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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 JULY

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

BBQ & Grilling Articles & Recipes

100 Hamburger Variations

Cole Slaw Recipes

Potato Salad Recipes

Hot Dogs: Favorite Regional Toppings

Bread Recipes

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Coronavirus: Some Questions

• What does the future hold for food fairs, county and state fairs?
• How many movie theaters will survive and will drive-in theaters see a comeback?  What about live theater?
• How many restaurants and bars will we lose? (14% of Minnesota's food service businesses have already closed permanently).
• How will the farmers, food suppliers and others who specialize in servicing the hospitality industry be effected?
• How many cruise lines will survive?
• What changes will we see in schools and colleges?
 

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FEATURED RECIPES & TIPS

· Chili Recipes

· Chicken Soup Recipes

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· Skillet Pork Stew

· Senator Mitch Mcconnell's Burgoo

· White Chili Recipe

· Original Frank's Redhot Wings

· Classic Buffalo Wings Recipe

· Sweet Potato Cooking Tips

· Spicy Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
 

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July Food Holidays:

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

JULY is:

• Lasagna Awareness Month
  · Lasagna Trivia  --  Lasagna Recipes

• National Baked Bean Month
  · Baked Bean Recipes
  · Bean Trivia & Facts

• National Bison Month
  · Bison Trivia  --  Bison Recipes

• National Blueberry Month
  · Blueberry Trivia & Facts
 
• National Culinary Arts Month

• National Grilling Month
  · Grilling Articles & Recipes
 
• National Horseradish Month
  · Horseradish Trivia
 
• National Hot Dog Month
  · Hot Dog Trivia & Facts

• National Ice Cream Month
  · Ice Cream Trivia & Facts
  · Ice Cream Recipes

• National Picnic Month
  · Picnic Trivia
 
• National Pickle Month
  · Pickle Trivia  --  Pickle Recipes

• National Watermelon Month
  · Watermelon Trivia
 
• UK: National Fishing Month
 

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other Publications

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“I am still convinced that a good, simple, homemade cookie is preferable to all the store-bought cookies one can find.”  James Beard (1903-1985)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Sugar Cookie Day
  (Whole Wheat Sugar Cookie Recipe)

• Canada’s National Fishing Week (July 4-12, 2020)
  [Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation]

• [Spain: Fiesta de San Fermin] - Running of the Bulls, Pamplona, Spain (July 6-14, 2020) CANCELED FOR 2020 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.

• UK: [Great British Pea Week] (July 6-12, 2020)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1766 Jacob Perkins was born. Perkins was issued the first U.S. patent for a refrigerating machine. It used sulfuric ether compression. (Refrigeration Trivia)

1792 S.L. Mitchell was named as the first Professor of Agriculture, at Columbia College, New York City.

1810 Napoleon annexes Holland to discourage the smuggling of goods from England.

1815 The first natural gas well in the U.S. was discovered by accident, near Charleston, West Virginia. They had been digging a salt brine well.

1850 U.S. president Zachary Taylor died. He supposedly developed acute gastroenteritis (or cholera) possibly after eating raw fruit (strawberries or cherries) and iced milk or ice cream, at a 4th of July celebration.

1869 Henry Tibbe received U.S. patent No. 205,816 for an improved corncob pipe.  The pipe was made from a white kernel corn that was used to make taco and tortilla flour.

1872 John F. Blondel of Thomaston, Maine, received U.S. patent No. 128,783 for an improved doughnut cutter.  (Doughnut Trivia)

1887 John Dickenson introduced paper napkins at his company’s annual dinner. (A Brief History of Napkins)

1957 Actress Kelly McGillis was born. McGillis has a restaurant in Key West, Florida called Kelly's Place.

1958 An magnitude 7 earthquake in Southeast Alaska triggered a landslide that dropped into Lituya Bay. The resulting 1720 foot wave washed away the forest on the opposite shore. This was the largest wave ever recorded.

1996 Douglas Chapman died (born March 20, 1920).  Expert on marine mammal populations and population dynamics. In the 1960s he warned that the number of whales being taken by the whaling industry was far in excess of what the population could stand.

1999 The film 'American Pie' opened in U.S. theatres.

2007 Buenos Aires, Argentina experienced its first major snowfall since June 22, 1918.

2020 Coronavirus: Hospitals again report shortages of protective gear as U.S. has record number of new cases; As theme parks in Japan reopen, screaming on roller coasters is not allowed since screams may produce droplets that could spread coronavirus;  U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 3,158,930 with over 134,860  deaths;  Global cases more than 12,172,180 with over 552,160 deaths.
• List of coronavirus cases by U.S. State:
  www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/
• List of Coronavirus cases by Country:
  www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many Festivals, Fairs and Conferences have been Postponed or Canceled.  Please check the events website for the latest updates.
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

This was originally a term referring to a preparation of vegetables (in aspic) layered in alternating colors in a mold, cooked in a bain marie, turned out and served hot. It takes it's name from the Carthusian order of monks (vegetarians) who probably created it. There is also a story (which has the ring of truth) that on days that meat was forbidden, it would be hidden in the center of the of this dish, enabling the monks to indulge themselves with the forbidden food. This same name is used for a liqueur created by these monks in the 16th century, with a secret formula containing more than 130 plants and herbs.

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?

In 1989 the bizcochito was adopted as the official cookie of New Mexico.  This made New Mexico the first state with an official cookie.

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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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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Evidence suggests that millet was being consumed in western China as early as 5,900 BC. Analysis of dog and pig bones show that both were fed a millet-rich diet, and their human masters were very likely doing the same.

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IN SEASON FOR SPRING

APRICOTS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

BANANAS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

MANGO
  Trivia  ---  Tips

STRAWBERRIES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

PINEAPPLE
  Trivia  --  Tips

BEETS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

GREEN BEANS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CABBAGE
  Recipes  --  Trivia

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

ONIONS
  Recipes  --  Trivia

RHUBARB  -  Trivia

SPINACH
  Recipes  --  Trivia
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

The Almond Tree (Prunus amygdalus), a member of the Rose Family, is a small bushy deciduous tree native to western Asia and North Africa.  The highly prized edible nuts are actually the seeds of a plum-like fruit, and as a matter of fact the plant is related to plums and peaches.

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