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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

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APRIL is:

• Alcohol Awareness Month (since 1987)

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  · A Nut from America

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DID YOU KNOW?

A ham hock is the lower portion of a hog's hind leg. It consists of the bone, flesh, fat and connective tissue. Usually smoked or cured, but also fresh, they are mainly used to flavor soups, beans, cooked vegetables, etc.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“A man must swallow a toad every morning if he wishes to be sure of finding nothing still more disgusting before the day is over.”
Nicolas Chamfort, French writer. (1741-1794)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Glazed Ham Day  (Ham Recipes)
  (Ham Trivia   ---  Ham Quotes)

• Fordicidia Festival to honor Ceres, Roman Goddess of Agriculture.
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1452 Leonardi da Vinci was born (died May 2, 1519). Italian artist, etc, etc, etc.

1710 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo was born. Born in Belgium, this ballerina danced with the Paris Opera. Escoffier named many gourmet dishes in her honor.

1819 Oliver Evans died (born Sept 13, 1755).  An American inventor, he designed the first automatic flour mill.  The grain moved automatically through a series of five machines to deliver flour packed in barrels at the end. (Flour Trivia & Facts)

1850 The city of San Francisco was incorporated.

1854 New York became the first state to fund a study of insects harmful to plants. (Insect as Food)

1874 George Harrison Shull was born. An American botanist, frequently called the 'father of hybrid corn.'
(Corn Recipes  ---  Corn Quotes
(Corn Trivia, Facts & Statistics)

1878 Ivory Soap was developed by Harley Proctor. Air was whipped into the soap during production, which made it float. First sold in 1879, it was a huge success.

1912 The British luxury liner Titanic sank at 2:20 a.m. The ship had struck an iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14.  (Authentic Titanic Recipes)

1912 John Jacob Astor IV died. Great grandson of John Jacob Astor, who founded the family fortune. John Jacob IV built the Astoria section of what would become the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (1897) in New York city (this was on the site that were the Empire State building would be built in 1929). He also built the Knickerbocker and the St. Regis hotels. He died on the Titanic. (St. Regis Hotel History)

1951 Household hints columnist, Heloise, was born in Waco, Texas.

1955 The first franchised McDonald's was opened in Des Plaines, Illinois, by Ray Kroc, who bought the hamburger restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers. On opening day a 2 patty hamburger was 15 cents and French Fries were 10 cents.
(McDonald’s Trivia & Facts)

1964 The 17.6 mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opened to traffic. "One of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World."

1992 Leona Helmsley of Helmsley Hotels began serving time in federal prison in Lexington, Kentucky, for tax evasion. She served 18 months in prison.
(see also Dec 12, 1989).

2020 Coronavirus:  Several more states see gasoline prices dip below $1, due to drastically curtailed demand
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What unit of measure is approximately 2150 cubic inches?

2) This dish probably originated in the middle of the 18th century as a thick oatmeal gruel or hardtack and molasses cooked together.  It was a basic item in a ship's mess served to English sailors as early as 1750.  It eventually developed into something quite different in America, especially in the southern states.  Name this dish.

3) Here is the recipe, can you name this dish?
Brown roux mixed with bouillon, vinegar, mustard, and catsup, simmered until thick, then add parsley, pickles, and chopped walnuts.

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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?

Hello-Billo, Korn Kure, Malt-Ho, Tryabita, Tryachewa, Oatsina and Orange Meat were all brand names of breakfast cereals available in the early 1900s.

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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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DID YOU KNOW?

Dr Pepper was invented in Waco, Texas in 1885, at Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store, probably by Charles Alderton, a young pharmacist working there. It became known nationally, along with hamburgers and hot dogs on buns, and ice cream cones, at the 1904 World's Fair Exposition in St. Louis.

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IN SEASON FOR SPRING

APRICOTS
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MANGOS
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PINEAPPLE
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RHUBARB
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STRAWBERRIES
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BROCCOLI
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CABBAGE
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GREEN BEANS
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LETTUCE
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MUSHROOMS:
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ONIONS
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PEAS
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SPINACH
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DID YOU KNOW?

The Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota sold its first canned ham in 1926.  Hormel introduced the world to Spam in 1937.

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