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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

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Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Seafood Recipes for Lent

Lenten Season Articles & Recipes

Easter Articles  ---  Easter Recipes

Passover Food and Recipes
 

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SOME WINTER RECIPES

· Original Hot Wings Recipe

· Chile Recipes

· Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

· Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Bloody Mary Soup Recipe

· Maple Cider Punch

· Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

· Mexican Style Beer Can Chicken

· Pulled Pork, Root Beer BBQ Sauce
 

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March Food Holidays:

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

MARCH is:

• American Red Cross Month
 
• Caffeine Awareness Month
 · Caffeine Facts
 
• National Flour Month
 · Flour Trivia ·  Flour Kitchen Tips

• National Frozen Food Month
 · Frozen Food Trivia  ·  Frozen Food Tips
 · What Not to Freeze

• National Kidney Month

• National Noodle Month
·  Pasta & Noodle Recipes
 · Pasta Cooking Tips  ·  Pasta Trivia

• National Nutrition Month
 · Nutrition Articles
 · Healthy Food Choice Videos

• National Peanut Month
 · Peanut Trivia  ·  Peanut Taste Tests
 
• National Sauce Month
 · Sauce Making  ·  Sauce Recipes
 
• Canada: Nutrition Month

• UK: National Veggie Month
 · Vegetable Recipes
 · Vegetable Articles

 

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“....the noise from good toast should reverberate in the head like the thunder of July.”
E.V. Lucas, 'When Toasters Disagree' (1906)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Chip and Dip Day (Recipes for Dips)

• National Melba Toast Day

• Ag Appreciation Week: March 17-24, 2019 [Community Agriculture Alliance]  A time to recognize and celebrate the importance of agriculture.

• American Chocolate Week (March 17-23, 2019)
(Chocolate Trivia & Facts)

• [National Poison Prevention Week]  (March 17-23, 2019 - 3rd wk March) Established by Congress on September 16, 1961 [PL 87-319]
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1699 John Bartram was born.  American naturalist and explorer, considered 'father of American botany'; established a world renowned botanical garden in Philadelphia in 1728.

1806 The Lewis and Clark expedition began the journey back to St. Louis from their winter encampment near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon.

1857 Fannie Merritt Farmer was born (died Jan 15, 1915).  American culinary authority, and author of the 1896 edition of 'The Boston Cooking School Cook Book' which became known in future editions as the 'Fannie Farmer Cook Book.'  Director of the Boston Cooking School, and founder of Miss Farmer's School of Cookery.  She is often cited as the first cookbook author to introduce standard measurements.

1880 A patent for a glass milk bottle was issued to Warren Glass Works.

1880 John Stevens of Neenah, Wisconsin was issued U.S. patent No. 225,770 for a grain-crushing mill (flour-rolling mill) which could increase flour production by up to 70 percent. (Flour Trivia & Facts)

1896 The New York State Legislature passed Raines Law, which restricted the sale of alcohol on Sundays. However, Manhattan hotels with at least 10 rooms were allowed to sell alcohol on Sunday accompanied by a meal or in hotel bedrooms.  Numerous saloons proceeded to add small furnished rooms and applied for hotel licenses.

1912 The Dixie Cup was developed by Lawrence Luellen and Hugh Moore.  Its original name was the 'Health Kup,' changed to 'Dixie Cup' in 1919.  The name came from a line of dolls made by the Dixie Doll Company.

1923 Scotland: Cutty Sark Scots Whisky was created by Berry Brothers & Rudd wine and spirit merchants.
(Single Malt Whiskies of Scotland)

1923 'Yes, We Have No Bananas' was written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn.  It was one of the most popular songs of the 1920s.

1965 Astronaut John Young smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard the first Gemini spacecraft flight.
(Astronaut Food Trivia & Facts)

1965 'International House of Pancakes' trademark was registered.

1981 The U.K. bans all animal transport on the Isle of Wight and in southern Hampshire in an attempt to contain a new outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

2008 Al Copeland, the founder of Popeye's restaurant chain, died.

2012 The movie 'The Hunger Games' premiered today in the U.S.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· March 20-April 14, 2019 - National Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington D.C.

· March 21-24, 2019 - Louisiana Crawfish Festival
Chalmette, Louisiana

· March 22-24, 2019  Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert - Palm Springs, California

· March 22-24, 2019  Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival - Marco Island, Florida

· March 23-24, 2019  40th Annual Hermann Wurstfest
Hermann, Missouri

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

The ancient Greeks and Romans thought this annual herb would only grow if you screamed wild curses and shouted unintelligibly while sowing the seeds. They also believed if you left a leaf under a pot, it would turn into a scorpion. Many believed that even smelling the leaves would cause scorpions to grow in the brain. Salome hid John the Baptist's head in a pot of this herb to cover up the odor of it's decomposition.  In Italy it is a token of love, in Romania if a girl gives a sprig to her boyfriend, they are engaged, and a good Hindu goes to rest with a leaf on his breast as a passport to Paradise.
What is this common herb?
  a) mint     b) basil     c) thyme
  d) tarragon     e) sage

Click here for the answers

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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?

A story is told that the cook to Wilhelm the king of Prussia served donkey's brains à la diplomate to Napoleon III after his defeat and capture at Sedan.

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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?

Mayonnaise is a cold emulsified sauce made with raw egg yolk, oil, lemon juice or vinegar and seasonings. It originated in the mid 18th century in Spain or France (although similar sauces had been made for centuries) and there are several stories of its origin. Mayonnaise in the U.S. must contain at least 65% oil by weight, vinegar and egg or egg yolk. It may contain seasonings but NOT turmeric or saffron because their yellow color might give the impression of added egg yolk.
 

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IN SEASON FOR WINTER

Mango Tips

Pear Tips  --  Trivia

Pineapple Trivia

BEETS:
  Trivia  --  Tips

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

CARROTS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CAULIFLOWER:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CRANBERRY:
  Trivia  --  Tips

Celery Cooking Tips

Collard Green Tips

GREEN BEANS:
  Recipes  --  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PARSNIPS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

PUMPKINS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

SWEET POTATO:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

TURNIPS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

SQUASH:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

Melba toast was created by Auguste Escoffier in 1897, and supposedly named by Cesar Ritz of the Savoy (or his wife Marie) in honor of Nellie Melba (stage name of Helen Porter Mitchell), an Australian born opera singer.  Melba toast is very thin, dry, crisp toast.

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