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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 AUGUST

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

BBQ & Grilling Articles with Recipes

Summer Food Ideas with Recipes
 

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SOME SUMMER RECIPES

· Mango Pork Fajitas

· Turkey & Balsamic Onion Quesadillas

· Franks and Beans Recipe

· Ham with Mango Glaze

· Honey Orange Glazed Ham

· Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham

· Roasted Sesame Asparagus

· Spring Onion & Herb Risotto

· Spring Crab Salad Recipe

· Heartland Fennel Slaw

· Springtime Pasta Primavera

· Authentic Italian Pasta Primavera

· Amish Rhubarb Cake Recipe

· Crustless Spinach Ricotta Quiche
 

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August Food Holidays:

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

AUGUST is:

• Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month
  · Kiwi Trivia & Facts
 
• Maine Lobster Month
  · Lobster Trivia  ---  Lobster Recipes
 
• National Catfish Month
  · Catfish Trivia  ---  Catfish Recipes
 
• National Goat Cheese Month
  · Cheese Trivia & Facts
 
• National Panini Month
 
• National Peach Month
  · Peach Trivia & Facts
 
• National Sandwich Month
  · Sandwich Trivia  --  Sandwich Recipes
 
• National Water Quality Month
  · Water Trivia & Facts
 
• Canada: National Blueberry Month
  · Blueberry Trivia

• UK: National Fishing Month
  (July 26-September 1, 2019)
  · Fish Trivia & Facts  --  Fish Recipes

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“I do not believe that you have to spend a lot of money to eat well: it is hard to beat a plain old baked potato.” Laurie Colwin (1944-1992)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day
  (Ice Cream Tips  --  Ice Cream Recipes)

• National Hot & Spicy Food Day
  (International Hot & Spicy Food Day is January 16)
  (Chile Pepper Trivia & Facts)

• National Potato Day (Potato Trivia  --  Potato Tips)
  (Potato History  ---  Potato Recipes)

• Australia: [Cupcake Day for the RSPCA] (2019)
  (Cupcake Recipes)

• Feast of St. Magnus, patron of fish mongers
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1851 Charles Elmer Hires was born (died July 31, 1937).  Pharmacist and creator of Hires Root Beer, which he introduced to the world at the Philadelphia Centennial Expo in 1876.  He sold it in small packets containing  a mixture of various barks, herbs and berries to brew as 'root beer.'  In 1880 he introduced a more convenient liquid version.
(Why does root beer foam?)

1856 Gail Borden was granted U.S. patent #15,553 for a process to make condensed milk, which he had developed in 1853.    (Condensed Milk Trivia)
( Borden Co. Trivia & Facts)

1887 Spencer Fullerton Baird died (born Feb 3, 1823).  An American naturalist and zoologist, a leading authority on North American birds and mammals.  In 1878 he was named the second Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

1913 Candy manufacturer Clarence Crane registered 'Life Savers' trademark.  He invented the mint hard candy in 1912.  (Life Saver’s Trivia)

1913 Canada: An estimated 40,000 men travel west from the Maritime (eastern) Provinces to help bring in a record breaking harvest on prairie farms in central Canada.

1919 William B. Ward registered 'Hostess' trademark (for breads, biscuits and cakes).

1934 Soap Box Derby:  Newsman Myron Scott organized the first All-American Soap Box Derby in Dayton, Ohio.  362 kids ages 6-16 competed with their homemade soap box vehicles.  The national winner was Robert Turner of Muncie, Indiana, who made his car from the wood of a saloon bar.

1935 Prince Edward Island, Canada records record breaking temperatures of over 101 degrees F.

1947 Dutch chemists, Jozef Ferdinand Arens and David Adriaan van Dorp. synthesized vitamin A.

1960 The USSR launched Sputnik 5 into Earth orbit carrying 2 dogs, 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants. The capsule was successfully returned to Earth the next day on August 20.

1996 Miss Universe was told to lose 27 pounds or lose her crown.

2002 The Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington DC put the kitchen of legendary cook Julia Child on display.  Child had donated the kitchen from her Cambridge home of 32 years, and it had been disassembled and moved to the Smithsonian.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· August 21-September 2, 2019  The Great New York State Fair - Syracuse, New York

· August 22-25, 2019  Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival - Los Angeles, California

· August 22-25, 2019  Annual Gueydan Duck Festival
Gueydan, Louisiana

· August 22-Sept 2, 2019  Maryland State Fair
Timonium, Maryland

· August 22-Sept 2, 2019 - Minnesota State Fair
Falcon Heights, Minnesota

· August 23-25, 2019  Great American Banana Split Celebration - Latrobe, Pennsylvania

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) In 1902 Dr. Alexander P. Anderson developed a new method for cooking rice.
What was it?

2) What was the first ready to eat cereal?
  a) Granola  b) Raisin Bran  c) Granula
  d) Corn Flakes  e) Wheaties

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?

Instant mashed potatoes (dehydrated potatoes) were introduced commercially in 1955. Just add milk.

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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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Click Here for
Food Emergency
Websites, Phone #s, E-mails, etc.

 

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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Potatoes exposed to bright light develop green patches. This green skin contains the toxin 'solanine' which can cause cramps, headache, diarrhea, and fever. The solution is simple. Don't eat the green skin - simply remove it - the solanine is only present in the green skin and any discoloration underneath it - the rest of the potato is completely safe to eat.

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IN SEASON FOR SUMMER

Pineapple Trivia

Banana Trivia

Strawberry Trivia

ASPARAGUS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

CARROTS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CELERY:
  Trivia  --  Tips

COLLARD GREENS:
  Trivia  --  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PEAS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

SPINACH:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

TURNIPS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

Wine can only be labeled “champagne” if is made in the Champagne region in France. Traditionally, only Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes are used to make Champagne.

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