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MAY is:

• Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  · Gluten Intolerance Article
• Int’l Mediterranean Diet Month
• Int’l Respect for Chickens Month
• National Artisan Gelato Month
• National Barbecue Month
  · Barbecue & Grilling Articles
• National Chocolate Custard Month
• National Egg Month
  · Egg Trivia & Facts
• National Hamburger Month
  · Hamburger Trivia & Facts
  · 100 Hamburger Variations
• National Salad Month
  · Salad Recipes   · Dressing Recipes
• National Salsa Month
  · Salsa Trivia   · Salsa Recipes
• National Strawberry Month
  · Strawberry Trivia
• National Vinegar Month
  · Vinegar History & Manufacture
  · Vinegar Kitchen Tips
• Tavern Month
• UK: National Asparagus Month
  · Asparagus, The Herald of Spring
  · Asparagus Facts & Trivia
  · Asparagus Recipes
• UK: National Restaurant Month ?

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Salmonberry (Rubus chamaemorus) also known as cloudberry, yellowberry, and baked apple berry, are a juicy, amber yellow relative of the raspberry. They are found in subartic regions of the north temperate zone, such as New England, Canada and Scandinavia. Cloudberries are too tart to eat out of hand, but are excellent used in preserves and liqueurs.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“Custard:  A detestable substance produced by a malevolent conspiracy of the hen, the cow, and the cook.”
Ambrose Bierce, ‘The Devil's Dictionary’ (1906)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Raspberry Popover Day
• National Chocolate Custard Day
World Press Freedom Day (World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day)
• School Nutrition Employee Week (May 2-6, 2016)
  [School Nutrition Association]
• National Herb Week (May 2-8, 2016)
  [International Herb Association:]
• National Raisin Week (May 1-7, 2016)


On this day in:

1654 A bridge in Rowley, Massachusetts began charging a toll for animals.  People passed for free.

1844 Wilbur Olin Atwater was born (died Sept 22, 1907). American agricultural chemist who layed the groundwork for the science of nutrition. In 1875 he established the first agricultural experimental station in the U.S. at Wesleyan College in Connecticut.  (Nutrition Articles)

1913 William Motter Inge was born.  An American playwright, he was the author of 'Picnic' which was also filmed in 1956.

1929 The original Waldorf-Astoria hotel was closed and soon demolished. It had been sold to make way for construction of the Empire State Building.
(see also Nov 1, 1897 and Oct 1, 1931).

1937 Francis Stephen Castelluccio was born.  Better known as Frankie Valli of 'The Four Seasons' singing group.

1939 The Andrew Sisters recorded 'Beer Barrel Polka.'

1944 Most wartime meat rationing ended in the United States.

1947 Sylvester tried to have Tweety Bird for lunch for the first time in a Warner Brothers cartoon.

1959 Passing through the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway (see also April 25) the British freighter 'Ramon de Larrinaga' becomes the first deep draft ocean ship to enter the Duluth, Minnesota harbor.

2007 Jamison Stone, 11 years old, bagged a 'wild hog' that weighed in at over 1050 pounds.  He was hunting on a commercial huntng preserve with his father and several guides in eastern Alabama.  The animal measured 9 feet 4 inches long, nose to tail.
(Hog Trivia & Facts)


· May 1-7  5th Annual NY Burger Week - New York, New York
· May 3-7  NC Strawberry Festival - Chadbourn, No. Carolina
· May 5-7  36th Mushroom Festival - Richmond, Missouri
· May 6-7  Dandelion Cookoff & May Fest - Dover, Ohio
· May 6-8  Texas Crab Festival 2016 - Crystal Beach, Texas
· May 7  42nd Annual Panacea Blue Crab Fest - Florida

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) One of the largest trees in the world, Dr. Livingston (I presume) considered it to be a kind of giant carrot that someone had planted upside down. Native to tropical Africa, these trees bear a long, large, oblong fruit whose pulp is used to make a cooling beverage. The leaves are also dried and powdered and mixed with food, and the pulp of the tree is sometimes eaten.
Name this tree and its fruit.

2) Native to Mexico and South America, this plant is now widely cultivated as a garden ornamental, and its flower is one of the most widely recognized edible flowers. The leaves and young stems can be eaten in salads, the flower buds and the young nutlike fruits can be pickled and used as a substitute for capers. The flower blossoms can be minced and used to flavor cream cheese and butter.  All have a peppery flavor similar to watercress. Name this plant

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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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



The loganberry was developed in 1881 by James H. Logan (1841-1928), and American lawyer and horticulturist, in Santa Cruz, California. It is a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry.

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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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Developed by Rudolph Boysen (1895-1950) in Anaheim, California about 1923, the boysenberry is believed to be a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry.  In 1932 Boysen turned over 6 hybrid plants to Walter and Cordelia Knott of Knott's Berry Farm to continue expanding cultivation of the Boysenberry.  Production expanded and the Boysenberry was hugely successful.

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