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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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DID YOU KNOW?

While quinoa originated from the Andes of Bolivia and Peru, U.S. farmers harvest more than 200,000 pounds of it each year in the Rocky Mountains. It has the whitest and the sweetest tasting if grown above 12,500 feet. Quinoa can be produced at lower elevations, but tends to be more bittersweet in taste.

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Friday, January 28, 2022

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Nothing is less important than which fork you use.”
Emily Post
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

National Blueberry Pancake Day
  (Pancake Trivia  ---  Pancake Recipes)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

814 Charlemagne died. Charlemagne, Charles I, Charles the Great, King of the Franks, Charles le Grand, Carolus Magnus, Karl Der Grosse, King of the Lombards, master of Western Europe, Emperor. Some of the food related 'facts' I have come across related to Charlemagne:
* the peacock was first served in Europe during his reign;
* Saurbraten was invented by Charlemagne;
* Roquefort cheese was a favorite of his;
* the knife began to be used to eat food for the first time during his reign (rather than the fingers);
* Roses were used to cover his tables for meals.
I have no real corroboration for any of these 'facts'.

1807 London's Pall Mall became the first street to be lighted by gaslight.

1855 William S. Burroughs was born. An American inventor, Burroughs invented and manufactured  the first adding machine with a printer.

1868 Amariah M. Hills, of Hockanum, Connecticut, received a patent for Improvement in Lawn-Mowers ("new and improved [cutting] device for mowing grass by hand"). The first reel lawn mower patent in U.S.

1873 Louis Pasteur, of Paris, France received U.S. patent # 135,245 for Improvement in Brewing Beer And Ale ("new and useful Improvements in the Process of Making Beer") (Beer Trivia & Facts)

1873 Colette, (Sidonie Gabrielle) was born. A French novelist, her novels contain many exact and detailed descriptions of food and the pleasures of the table, and quite a few recipes.

1878 The first commercial telephone exchange in the U.S. was installed in New Haven, Connecticut.

1887 The largest snowflake ever recorded, 15 inches wide, fell at Fort Keogh, Montana.

1914 John James McLaughlin died (born March 2, 1865). Canadian chemist and pharmacist, founder of Canada Dry soft drink brand.

1915 Congress creates the U.S. Coast Guard.

1916 In Canada, the Manitoba Legislature passes the Temperance Act, allowing the use of liquor at home but prohibits public bars.

1932 Wisconsin enacts the first U.S. unemployment insurance system.

1939 Rose Gray was born (died Feb 28, 2010).  One of the most influential British chefs and restaurateurs of the 20th century. Co-founder and chef of River Cafe in London, "a little piece of Italy on the Thames."

1947 Colgate-Palmolive registered 'Ajax' trademark (for soap and household cleanser).

2019 Archaeologists in the Czech Republic have discovered a 7,000 year old wooden water well, built around 5256 B.C. at Ostrov in the Pardubice Region.  It is believed to be the oldest wooden structure in the world, and will be preserved by the experts of the [University of Pardubice].
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) All of the following events took place in the same year.  What year is it?
Canada bans the artificial sweetener Saccharin as potentially carcinogenic.
A record lobster weighing over 44 lbs was caught off Nova Scotia.
Larousse Gastronomique first U.S. edition is published, a 1063 page dictionary of cookery.
Twix cookie bars are introduced.
PepsiCo acquires Pizza Hut fast food chain.
Denny's Restaurant introduces the Grand Slam Breakfast.

2) Kemmons Wilson of Memphis Tennessee named his famous hospitality company after his favorite movie.
What was the name of the movie?

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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.
Barbara Saba, my sister, who taught me how to dance.
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?

Blueberries have been grown commercially only since the early 20th century, when the USDA helped develop new improved varieties.

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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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DID YOU KNOW?

Turkeys are believed to have first been brought to Britain in 1526 by Yorkshireman William Strickland - he acquired six birds from American Indian traders on his travels and sold them for tuppence each in Bristol.

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DID YOU KNOW?

While accumulating a worldwide gene pool of lettuces, the USDA found red, yellow varieties, and blue-green varieties of lettuce.
 

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