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                  Fernand Point, 1941


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Zucchini (courgette in French) are a variety of vegetable marrow, a summer squash. They are tender and tasty when young, but most varieties are tasteless when large and overgrown.  When buying zucchini, look for ones that are firm and heavy for their size. Do not wash until ready to use.




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The Jersey breed of dairy cattle originated on the island of Jersey, a British Island off the coast of France. It is one of the oldest cattle breeds, and is believed to be purebred for almost 600 years. (They were commonly called Alderney cattle before the late 18th century). Since 1789 they are the only breed allowed on the island of Jersey.

APRIL Food Months

(for more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for April with links & details See:  April Food Calendar


• Bacon Month (Baconfest Chicago)
  · Bacon Facts & Trivia
  · Bacon: the Next Health Craze?
  · Bacon Cooking Tips

• Florida Tomato Month (fresh tomatoes are harvested from every growing district in Florida - Florida Tomato Commission)
  · Florida Facts & Trivia
  · Tomato Facts & Trivia
  · Tomato Kitchen Tips  · Recipes
  · Tomatoes and Taxes

• Global Child Nutrition Month
    (Global Child Nutrition Foundation)
  · Food Scarcity & Hunger Articles

• National B.L.T. Month

• National Garden Month
   (National Gardening Association)

• National Grange Month (The National Grange - advocates for rural America and Agriculture)
  · Agriculture Articles
  · Agriculture Facts & Trivia

• Grilled Cheese Month (unknown)
  · International Grilled Cheese

• National Pecan Month (National Pecan Shellers Association)
  · Pecan Facts & Trivia
  · A Nut from America

• National Soft Pretzel Month
  · History of the Pretzel
  · Soft Pretzel Recipe
  · Another Pretzel Recipe

• National Soyfoods Month (Soyfoods Association of North America)
  · Soybean Facts & Trivia

• Alcohol Awareness Month  (since 1987 - National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence)

• Defeat Diabetes Month
   (Defeat Diabetes Foundation)


Weekly Trivia Quiz is below


“Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing ‘Embraceable You’ in spats.”
Woody Allen

Food Holidays - Today is:

National Arbor Day 2014 (last Friday in April - many states observe different dates according to best local tree planting times)
• National Zucchini Bread Day
National 30 Hour Famine (April 25-26, 2014) Students unite to learn about hunger and raise funds to help the hungry.
• St. Mark's Day, patron of cattle breeders.
• This is the latest date that Easter Sunday can occur

• Egg Salad Week (April 21-27, 2014 - the week after Easter)
[American Egg Board] Dedicated to the many delicious uses for all of the Easter eggs that have been cooked, colored, hidden and found.


On this day in:

1744 Anders Celsius died (born Nov 27, 1701). Swedish astronomer, he developed the temperature scale which bears his name (Celsius).

1836 Laroy S. Starrett was born (died April 23, 1922). American inventor, he received more than 100 patents. His first patent was for a meat chopping machine named the 'Hasher'

1856 Charles Luttwedge Dodgson met a little girl named Alice Liddell. Alice had a penchant for consuming unknown (and apparently psychoactive) food, pills and liquids that she found while exploring a very large rabbit hole. (Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland)

1859 Work began on the 100 mile long Suez Canal in Egypt, to link the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea. The canal was officially opened on November 17, 1869.

1932 Meadowlark Lemon, basketball star, was born.

1945 Stu Cook of the music group 'Creedence Clearwater Revival' was born.

1956 'Heartbreak Hotel' by Elvis Presley is number 1 on the music charts.

1959 The St. Lawrence Seaway opened. It connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. Its completion opened the heart of Americas industrial and agricultural areas to ocean going vessels for shipping. (The official opening ceremony is June 26)

1965 Swedish engineer Sten Gustav Thulin was issued U.S. patent No. 3,180,557 (assigned to Celloplast company) for the modern disposable plastic grocery bag.


April 24-27, 2014  37th Vidalia Onion Festival - Vidalia, Georgia
April 24-27, 2014  Food & Wine Festival - Galveston, Texas
April 25-26, 2014  Baconfest Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
April 25-27, 2014  Stockton Asparagus Festival - Stockton, CA
April 26-27, 2014  Great American Pie Festival - Celebration, Fla


FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new on April 18, 2014)

1) All of the following events took place during the same year.
· General Mills introduced Hamburger Helper, created to stretch a pound of hamburger into a family meal.
· Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn was introduced.
· General Mills acquired the 2 year old Red Lobster restaurant chain.
· Classic French Cooking by Craig Claiborne and Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol II by Julia Child & Simone Beck were published.
· Food shortages in Poland result in high food prices which trigger a riot at the Gadansk shipyard, which in turn brings down the government.
· The Soviet Union acknowledges that food supplies are inadequate. Continental Grain in the U.S. receives an order from Moscow for 500,000 tons of corn.
· The Indian-Pacific Express begins service in Australia on the Trans-Australian Railway between Sydney on the East Coast and Perth on the West Coast, a 2400 mile trip.
During what year did all of the above events take place?
     a) 1965   b)  1970   c) 1975  d) 1980   e) 1985

2) What do these words have in common?
Baseball, Club, Flatiron, Hanger, Shell.

3) What brownish, bitter, foul-smelling resinous material obtained from the roots of an Asian member of parsley family, is used as a condiment?

4) What do these foods have in common:
Bread, Marmalade, Vanilla Fudge, Vanilla Ice, Hot Chocolate, Hot Tuna and Humble Pie?

5) In what film do the following events take place?
· A giant 4-legged teakettle pours itself into a walking teacup.
· A Vacuum Flask inhales a 3-scoop ice cream cone.
· A large eggcup holding a soft-boiled egg flies across the hall.
· An apple and a pear are used to compose the '8' in the number 38.
· A bluebird appears holding 2 maraschino cherries.

6) This small annual herb, a member of the carrot family, is second in popularity only to black pepper throughout the world. It has dark green leaves and tiny white or pink flowers.  The fruit, when green, has an unpleasant taste, but when ripe is aromatic and is used as a spice. Can you name this plant whose fruit is used as a spice?

7) What bitter extract from a southern European plant root is used in Angostura bitters, chocolate, vermouth, candy, ice cream and vanilla flavorings?

8) About what percentage of a lemon is juice?

Click here for the answers to this Culinary Quiz


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



Summer squash includes those varieties of squash that are harvested while still immature and when the entire squash is tender and edible. They include the yellow Crockneck, the large yellow Straightneck, the greenish-white Patty Pan, and the slender green Zucchini and Italian Marrow. Some of these squash are available year-round.



There are 37 people in the U.S. listed on with the last name 'Zucchini' and an additional 47 with the last name 'Zucchino'

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Recent discoveries near the Giza pyramids in Egypt suggest that the workers who built them were well fed.  Analysis of animal bones suggest that the estimated 10,000 workers who built the Menkaure pyramid consumed about 4,000 pounds of meat each day from cattle, goats and sheep, in addition to beer, lentils and various other foods.  This would have required large herds of animals estimated at more than 20,000 cattle and more then 50,000 sheep and goats to supply the meat.

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