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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 DECEMBER

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Tailgating and Game Day Articles with Recipes

Christms Articles with Tips & Recipes

Christmas Season Recipes

The Christmas Goose (poem)

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Turkey Trivia  ---  Turkey Quotes

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SOME HOLIDAY RECIPES & TIPS

· Roast Turkey Recipe from the Titanic

· Turkey Cooking Tips

· Best Roast Goose Recipe

· Classic Green Bean Casserole

· Sweet Potato Cooking Tips

· Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham

· Honey Orange Glazed Ham Recipe

· English Mince Meat for Pies (1896)

· Brined Roasted Turkey Recipe

· White Castle Turkey Stuffing

· Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe

· Egg Nog Rum French Toast

· Pumpkin Recipes

· Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

· Sweet Potatoes & Carrot A L’orange

· Pumpkin Fritters Recipe

· Cornwallis Yams (Sweet Potatoes)

· Maria's Pumpkin Pie Recipe

· Turducken Recipe

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December Food Holidays:

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

DECEMBER is:

• National Egg Nog Month
  (Egg Nog Recipes)

• National Fruit Cake Month
  (Holiday Fruit Cake)

• Root Vegetables Month
  (Root Vegetable Articles)

• National Pear Month: Many fruits are out of season during the winter months. Pears are available fresh during this time. (Pear Trivia & Facts)

•  Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

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DID YOU KNOW?

In 1931 the Coca-Cola Company commissioned artist Haddon Sundblom to show Santa drinking a Coke to encourage sales in the winter months. From 1931 to 1964 these annual ads became a Christmas tradition, and helped to reinforce the modern American image of Santa Claus (which had been forming since the early 1900s): a rotund, jolly and bearded man, dressed in a red outfit trimmed in white fur with a broad black belt and black boots.
 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Be content that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else.”
Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Noodle-Ring Day

• St. Gentian's Day, patron of innkeepers.
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1686 Prince Louis II de Condé, known as the Great Condé, died.  He was a French general who loved to hunt and had a passion for rice.  Several dishes have been named for him, including Consommé Condé and Creme Condé.

1844 Nitrous oxide used in first successful surgical operation under anaesthetic. In Harford, Connecticut Dr. John M. Riggs extracted a tooth from fellow dentist Dr. Horace Wells.

1874 James Lewis Kraft was born.  Founder of Kraft Co. a wholesale cheese distributor and producer.  In 1916 he patented pasteurized process cheese, a low cost cheese that would not spoil.  Not a great hit with the public, but the U.S. army purchased over 6 million tins of it during WW I.  During the depression, it became popular because of its low cost.
(Kraft Co. Trivia)

1889 Walter Knott was born (died Dec 3, 1981). Co-founder, with his wife Cordellia, of Knott's Berry Farm in California. Their farm evolved from growing and selling berries from a roadside stand into the oldest and one of the largest theme amusement parks in the U.S.

1916 In Canada, Saskatchewan votes to abolish liquor stores.

1919 The citizens of Enterprise, Alabama, erected a monument to the boll weevil, the pest that devastated their fields but forced residents to end their dependence on cotton and to pursue mixed farming and manufacturing.  (Alabama Food Trivia)

1940 David Gates of the music group 'Bread' was born

1946 UNICEF (the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) was established.

1952 Sir William Cecil Dampier died (born Dec 27, 1867).  British scientist, he developed a method to extract lactose (milk sugar) from whey.
(A Story of Curds & Whey)

1969 Sergei Mikhailkov, the secretary of the Moscow writer's union declares that nudity in the popular play ‘Oh! Calcutta!’ is a sign of decadence in Western culture

1997 The Kyoto Protocol was adopted by more than 150 countries at the global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to take steps to control greenhouse gas emissions.

2009 The movie 'The Slammin' Salmon' premiered in the U.S. The owner of a Miami restaurant owing money to the mob, holds a contest to see which waiter can earn the most money in one night.

2018 A spill from a chocolate storage tank at the DreiMeister chocolate factory in Westönnen, Germany closed a local street.  Firefighters using shovels, hot water and blowtorches cleared the street of the estimated one ton of chocolate.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· November 29-December 20, 2019  Annual Grass Valley Cornish Christmas Celebration - California

· November 29-December 31, 2019  Winterfest 2019
Seattle, Washington

· December 10, 11 & 17-18, 2019 - Christmas at the Ranch - Camarillo, California

· December 12-15, 2019  Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival - Palm Beach, Florida

· December 14, 2019  Winona Holiday Market
Winona, Minnesota

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

Born during the Great Depression, this snack treat was developed by bakers who tried scores of recipes before they were satisfied with the results. They were first manufactured in the company's north Philadelphia bakery, and introduced to the public in Philadelphia and Baltimore on November 21, 1934, at 19 cents per box.  Success was immediate. In the first year of production, the company baked 5 billion of this snack treat, about 40 for every man, woman and child in America in 1935. They remain a best seller in its class today.
Can you name this snack treat?

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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Christmas Food Trivia and Facts

Christmas Food Customs

Christmas Tree Trivia and Facts

Other Christmas Trivia & Facts

Christmas Quotes

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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?

An advertisement in 1910 for Ivory Soap showed a child waiting for Santa Claus in front of a fireplace with a bowl of water, a towel and a bar of Ivory soap so Santa could wash up after coming down the sooty chimney.
 

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IN SEASON FOR THE HOLIDAYS

APPLES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

BANANAS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

GRAPES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

PEARS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

Pineapple Trivia

BEETS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

BRUSSELS SPROUTS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CARROTS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CAULIFLOWER
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CRANBERRIES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

GARLIC
  Trivia  ---  Tips

GINGER
  Trivia  ---  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PARSNIPS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

PUMPKINS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

SWEET POTATOES
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

WINTER SQUASH
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

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DID YOU KNOW?

On Christmas Day, December 25, 1830, the Best Friend of Charleston became the first regularly scheduled steam locomotive passenger train in the United States. The locomotive made its initial run on the first six miles of track of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company.

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