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FEATURED FOR FEBRUARY

• Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals
• Updated: Recipe Contests
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· Margarita History & Trivia
· Sweet Potato Recipes

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SOME WINTER RECIPES

· Carrots with Character
· Kentucky Burgoo
· Orange Glazed Parsnips
· Hearty Beef Stew
· Classic Green Bean Casserole
· Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
· Cider Beef Stew
· Pumpkin Fritters
· Perfectly Easy Pecan Pie

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SOME WINTER FOOD ARTICLES
(Most with recipes)

· Winter Squash Varieties & Preparation
· Winter Mood Food
· Maple Syrup History & Production
· Chicken Soup 101
· Sweet Potato Nutrition
· Sweet Potato or Yam?
· Cranberry History Top 10
 

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February Food Months:

For Details, History and more DAY, WEEK and MONTH Food Holiday designations for FEBRUARY, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please Click for
DETAILED FEBRUARY FOOD CALENDAR

FEBRUARY is:

• African American History Month
• American Heart Month
• Bake for Family Fun Month
  (Baking Articles and Tips)
• Canned Food Month
  (Can Trivia  -  Canned Food History)
• Chocolate Lovers Month
• Florida Strawberry Month
• Great American Pies Month
  (Pie Recipes)
• National Bird Feeding Month
• National Cherry Month
  (Cherry Facts & Trivia)
• Children's Dental Health Month
• National Grapefruit Month
  (Grapefruit Trivia)
• National Hot Breakfast Month
  (Breakfast Recipes)
• National Potato Lover's Month
  (Potato RecipesTrivia  -  History)
• National Snack Food Month
• Sweet Potato Month
  (Sweet Potato Trivia  --  Recipes)
• Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
  (Shopping Cart Inventor Sylvan Goldman)

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DID YOU KNOW?

The first cheese factory to make cheese from scratch was started in Rome, New York in 1851 by Jesse Williams. He had his own dairy herd and purchased more milk from other local farmers to make his cheese. By combining the milk and making large cheeses he could produce cheese with uniform taste and texture. Before then, companies would buy small batches of home made cheese curd from local farmers to make into cheese, each batch of curds producing cheese with wide differences in taste and texture from one another.
 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.”
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright (1856-1950)
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Margarita Day
• Cook a Sweet Potato Day (?)

• National FFA Week: Feb 18-25, 2017 (Future Farmers of America) Week of Washington's Birthday, from Saturday to Saturday encompassing February 22

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1403 Charles VII of France was born. His mistress, Agnes Sorel, was a celebrated cook who created several dishes, and had several culinary creations named in her honor.. (Agnes Sorel soup garnish, Agnes Sorel Timbales, etc.)

1512 Amerigo Vespucci died (born March 9, 1454). Italian explorer and cartographer, he was the first to realize that America was a new previously unknown continent. German cartographer (mapmaker) Martin Waldseemüller is credited with the first usage of 'America' on a map, to honor Vespucci.

1630 Supposedly, Quadequina, an American Indian, supposedly introduced English colonists to popcorn. He had brought some to their first Thanksgiving dinner. (Some sources say 1631). [Popcorn Trivia]

1732 George Washington, the first U.S. president, was born.

1819 Spain ceded Florida to the United States.

1870 Thomas Elkins, of Albany, New York received a patent for a 'Dining, Ironing Table and Quilting Frame Combined'

1879 Frank Winfield Woolworth opened his first 'Woolworth's Great Five Cent Store' in Utica, New York.

1893 Quebec declares beer of not over 4% alcohol is a 'temperance drink' (making it legal).

1895 Lever Brothers Ltd. registered 'Lifebuoy' soap trademark.

1920 The first artificial rabbit is used at a dog racing track in Emeryville, California.

1925 Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt died. An English physician, he invented the short (6 inch) clinical thermometer. Before this, a foot long thermometer was used that took 20 minutes to determine a patient's temperature. Ouch!

1971 'One Bad Apple' by The Osmonds is #1 on the charts.

1987 Andy Warhol died. American painter of the pop art movement. In the  1960s he made paintings of Campbell's Soup cans, Coca-Cola cans and other American products.

1997 Scientists in Scotland announced the first successful cloning of a mammal. Dolly, a sheep was cloned from an udder cell of an adult sheep. (Dolly was actually born July 5, 1996 but only just announced).

2005 Winn-Dixie supermarket chain filed for bankruptcy reorganization.

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· February 20-March 5  Taste of Hartford - Hartford, Conn.
· February 22-26  South Beach Wine & Food Festival - Fla.
· February 23-25  New York Farm Show - Syracuse, New York
· February 23-26  International Eelpout Festival - Minnesota
· February 25  Bacon & Beer Classic - Santa Clara, California
· February 26  Annual Kosher Chili Cookoff - Houston, Texas
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This fruit plant originated primarily in Malaysia and the neighboring archipelago about 4000 years ago. Portuguese explorers discovered it on Africa's Atlantic coast in the fifteenth century. Prince Henry the Navigator ordered specimens transplanted on the Portuguese island of Madeira where they flourish to this day. According to Spanish history, in 1516 Friar Tomas de Berlanga brought the first specimens and planted them in the rich fertile soil of the Caribbean. Still rare in the Renaissance it was introduced to France by the Portuguese, and became common from the 18th century onwards.
Name this fruit plant.

2) In 1772 Capt. James Cook took 25,000 pounds of this food with him to keep his crew healthy on his 2nd great voyage to explore the Pacific. We now know that its vitamin C content prevented scurvy.
What was this food?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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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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DID YOU KNOW?

The Margarita is one of the most popularly ordered drinks, representing about 18 percent of all mixed drink sales in the U.S.
 

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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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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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IN SEASON FOR WINTER

· Beet Trivia
· Beet Recipes
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Brussels Sprouts
· Carrot Trivia
· Carrot Recipes
· Cauliflower Trivia
· Cauliflower Recipes
· Garlic Trivia
· Mushroom Trivia
· Mushroom Recipes
· Parsnip Recipes
· Squash Trivia
· Squash Recipes
· Apple Trivia
· Grape Trivia
· Pear Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

The original Margarita was suposedly invented in 1948 by socialite Margarita Sames. According to the legend it was during a party at her cliffside hacienda in Acapulco that Margarita began experimenting with “the drink”. Looking for something to cut the dust of a hot afternoon, she mixed Tequila Herradura, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. Her cocktail kept the party going for two weeks and today the Margarita is the #1 most popular cocktail in the U.S.
 

 

 

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