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“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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UK: National Fishing Month

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Pigs, trained dogs and goats are used to sniff out truffles, which never show themselves above ground. Truffles produce a chemical virtually identical to a sex pheromone present in male pig's saliva. Sensing this odor prompts mating behavior in the female pigs as they rut and try to get at the buried truffles. Men also secrete this chemical in their underarm sweat.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“Too many cooks may spoil the broth, but it only takes one to burn it.”
Madeleine Bingham, ‘The Bad Cook's Guide’ (1968)


National Pecan Cookie Day (Pecan Trivia & Facts)

St. Matthew the Apostle, patron of accountants and tax collectors.

National Farm Safety & Health Week (Sept 19-25, 2021) [Nat'l Education Ctr for Agricultural Safety]

UK: [British Food Fortnight] (Sept 18-Oct 3, 2021)


1756 John Loudon McAdam was born (died Nov 26, 1836).  Scotish engineer who invented macadam pavement for roads.

1760 Olof Swartz was born. A Swedish botanist who collected plants in Jamaica and Hispaniola, and published several books on the plants of the Caribbean.

1776 The Great Fire of 1776 in New York City.  During the British occupation of the city during the Revolutionary War a fire broke out at the Fighting Cocks Tavern, near Whitehall Slip. It destroyed between 10 and 25 percent of the 4,000 buildings in the city. (New York Food Trivia)

1784 The nation's first daily newspaper, the 'Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser', began publication.

1897 Deere and Co. registered 'John Deere' trademark

1897 The famous editorial 'Is There a Santa Claus' reply to 8 year old Virginia O'Hanlon letter appeared in the New York Sun.
(See article: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus)

1930 John T. Dorrance died (born Nov 11, 1873).  An American chemist, he developed a method to make condensed soup, and served as president of Campbell Soup Co. from 1914 to 1930. (Campbell Soup Trivia)

1937 J.R.R. Tolkein's 'The Hobbit' was published. Hobbits were well known as both gourmets and gourmands.

1959 Congress passes legislation authorizing the Secretary of Agriculture to run a Food Stamp program through 1962. However the Eisenhower Administration never uses the authority.
(See February 2, 1961)

1961 Earle Dickson died. He invented Band-Aids for his wife, who had frequent kitchen accidents, cutting or burning herself. He worked for Johnson & Johnson, who soon began manufacturing Band-Aids.

1964 'Bread and Butter' by The Newbeats was #2 on the charts.

1969 Anne Burrell was born. American chef and television food show personality. Host of the Food Network's 'Secrets Of A Restaurant Chef', 'Worst Cooks in America', and 'Chef Wanted.'  Author of 'Cook Like a Rock Star'.

1970 Monday Night Football premiered. More snack food please! (The Cleveland Browns beat the NY Jets, 31-21)

1971 Coca Cola introduced the plastic bottle.
(Coca-Cola Trivia & Facts)

1982 A bad day for hot dog vendors. Only 2,251 fans came to see last place NY Mets play the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium in New York City. (The Mets lost, 5-1)  (Hot Dog Trivia & Facts)

2015 Stewart Parnell, owner and CEO of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was sentenced to 28 years in prison. He was convicted of 72 counts of fraud and conspiracy for knowingly shipping peanut butter paste contaminated with salmonella bacteria. In 2008 peanut butter paste manufactured by PCA killed 9 people and sickened 714 others in 46 states. It resulted in one of the largest food recalls in American history.  Parnell was the first corporate executive convicted of federal felony charges related to food poisoning.

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

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?

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Read an article about Chef James and the website published in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers: Click here for the Article

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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.
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



Pickles: Fruit or Vegetable? Actually, they are both! According to the U.S. Supreme Court, because they have seeds, pickles are technically a “fruit of the vine”. However, because they are made from cucumbers, they are generally known as a vegetable.

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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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Charles Ranhofer (1936-1899) was the first internationally renowned chef of an American restaurant, Delmonico's in New York City. He published a cookbook, The Epicurean in 1893, which contained more than 3,500 recipes.

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Parsley is the dried leaves of the hardy biennial herb Petroselinum crispum (family Umbelliferae). This is probably the most well-known and used herb in the United States, used extensively in garnishing foods as well as for flavoring of sauces, stews and stocks. Curly leaf Parsley is best known for garnishing, while flat leaf or Italian Parsley is used in bouquets garni and other flavoring applications.

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