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Originally a British dish, this pudding could be made on very short notice. Ingredients vary, but it was basically a sweetened porridge made from flour, tapioca or oatmeal and milk. The term originated in the late 16 century.         In Colonial America cornmeal was cheaper and more readilly available, so here, Hasty Pudding was a cornmeal mush (cornmeal added to boiling water and cooked) with molasses, honey, brown sugar or maple syrup and milk.          There are both savory and dessert versions of this dish.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“Vegetarian: A person who eats only side dishes.”
Gerald Lieberman

Food Holidays - Today is:

• Pudding season begins.
World Vegetarian Day
• World Sake Day (Japan Sake Brewers Assoc.)
• International Coffee Day (Int'l Coffee Org.)
• St. Therese of Lisieux, patron of flower growers.

• UK: Red Squirrel Week (Sept 24-Oct 2, 2016)
  [The Wildlife Trusts]
• UK: British Food Fortnight (Sept 17 - Oct 2, 2016)
• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2016)


On this day in:

1795 Robert Bakewell died (born, May 23, 1725).  Bakewell was an agriculturalist who helped revolutionize cattle and sheep breeding in England. He obtained the best animals he could find and then worked with a closed herd, inbreeding only superior animals.

1882 Eugene and Victor Villaume opened a box-making business in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Villaume Brothers received their first order from Hamm's brewery.

1907 The 18 story, 750 room Plaza Hotel opened at the corner of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue in New York City.  It set the standard for luxury accommodation and service the moment it opened.  Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt were the first guests to sign the register.

1908 The Model T Ford was introduced at a price of $825. Due to efficient mass production, by 1925 the price of a 2 door Model T was only $260.

1913 A monument to honor sea gulls was erected in Salt Lake City. The gulls had eaten the plague of grasshoppers that threatened the Mormon settlers crops in 1848.

1924 James Earl (Jimmy) Carter was born. He was a peanut farmer, and 39th president of the U.S. (He also claimed to have been attacked by a rabbit while canoeing. He beat the rabbit off with a paddle).

1931 The new Waldorf-Astoria hotel opened on Park Avenue in New York City.  The 47 story, 1500 room hotel was the largest and tallest in the world for many years. (see also March 13, 1893)

1943 Jerry Martini of the music group 'Sly & The Family Stone' was born.

1946 Procter & Gamble registered the 'Tide' trademark for its 'sudsing, non-liquid, soap-like detergent.'

1958 American Express launched the American Express travel & entertainment charge card. The cards were paper until 1959 when plastic cards were issued.

1968 Flesh eating Zombies are on the loose as George Romero's horror film 'Night of the Living Dead' is released.

1971 Disney World opened at Orlando, Florida.

1972 Louis Leakey died. Anthropologist largely responsible for convincing scientists that Africa was the place to search for human origins, not Java or China. Together with his wife Mary, they made many significant fossil discoveries.

1974 The first McDonald's restaurant opened in London.

1980 European Community countries banned the use of hormones in cattle feed.

2006 Sometime during October 2006 the population of the U.S. will reach 300 million.

2006 The New Orleans  landmark restaurant, Commander's Palace, reopened. It had been closed since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August, 2005.

2009 McDonald's closed its 3 locations in Iceland this month due to the 'complex operational environment.'

2011 World population is expected to hit 7 billion this month.


· Sept 28-October 1  Texas Rice Festival - Winnie, Texas
· Sept 29-October 9  Tulsa State Fair - Tulsa, Oklahoma
· Sept 30-Oct 2  Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival - Florida
· Sept 30-Oct 9  International Sandsculpting Championship
Virginia Beach, Virginia
· October 2  Long Island Potato Festival - Calverton, New York
· October 1-2  Annual Giant Pumpkin Festival - Elk Grove, Calif

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What is the most popular berry in the U.S.?

2) I am a tall tropical evergreen tree of the mulberry family, native to the Malay Archipelago, and found throughout the South Pacific since prehistoric times. I can grow to a height of 60 feet or more and I am closely related to the jackfruit and the Osage orange.  My round, green, bumpy fruit, 8 to 10 inches in diameter, is rarely eaten raw, but is used cooked as a vegetable. It can be prepared using any of the methods used for potatoes (baked, roasted, fried, mashed, stuffed, etc). Most people agree that my fruit is both an acquired taste and texture. It is considered a staple food in many of the Pacific islands. Cloth is made from my bark, and canoes and furniture from my wood. The milky juice that flows when my stem is cut, is used for glue and to waterproof canoes.
What am I?

3) If you walked into a classic lunch counter or diner and said: "Squeeze a full house seaboard" what would you get?

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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



A shortage of baking flours after World War II forced breadmakers to substitute up to 25% of wheat flour with ground popped popcorn. Over the years, popcorn also has been used as an ingredient in pudding, candy, soup, salad and entrees.

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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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The English town of Paignton has had pudding associated with its history since the 13th century. A token payment for the town charter, a 'white-pot' or bag-pudding was made annually, and later it was made every 50 years and distributed to the poor. Eventually the tradition was neglected altogether.      Then in 1819 the tradition was revived, and a 900 pound pudding of suet, flour, raisins and eggs was created to celebrate the annual Paignton Fair. It took 4 days to boil in the brewing copper of a local Inn. Even so, when the thousands gathered to eat the pudding, it was found that it was still raw on the inside.
     Their next 'monster' pudding effort was created to celebrate the arrival of the railway to Paignton in 1859 and was more successful in the making, but not the eating. This 1 1/2 ton pudding was fully cooked, and an additional 1,900 pounds of meat and bread and unlimited quantities of local food was to be served to the poor of the surrounding towns and the workers who worked on the railway extension, about 1,500 people. When the pudding arrived on a wagon drawn by 8 horses, a disgraceful scene ensued. The invited guests and thousands of additional onlookers not wanting to miss out, swarmed the wagon and soon the "committee, police, public and pudding were in one seething mass on the ground" and the pudding was demolished. The crowd was estimated at about 18,000 people. More modest but successful puddings were created in 1968 and 2006.

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