Weekly Trivia Quiz is below
FRIDAY - MAY 24, 2013
TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE
“Nobody is sure how this got started. Probably a couple of French master chefs were standing around one day, and they found a snail, and one of them said: 'I bet that if we called this something like "escargot," tourists would eat it.' They they had a hearty laugh, because 'escargot' is the French word for 'fat crawling bag of phlegm.'”
'Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need' (1991)
FOOD HOLIDAYS - Today is:
- National Escargot Day
- International Pickle Week (May 16-27, 2013)
- UK: National Vegetarian Week (May 20-26, 2013)
TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY
On this day in:
1686 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was born. He developed the Fahrenheit temperature scale, and invented the mercury thermometer.
1883 Gabriel Gustav Valentin died. This German-Swiss physiologist was the first to discover the digestive activity of pancreatic juice.
1883 The Brooklyn Bridge opened. It took 14 years to build at a cost of $18 million, and was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time.
1893 The Anti-Saloon League was founded by Howard H. Russell at Oberlin, Ohio.
1929 The first Marx Brothers film, 'Cocoanuts' premiered.
1941 Robert Allen Zimmerman was born (Bob Dylan).
1945 The first Food-O-Mat was installed in a Grand Union Company store in New Jersey
1976 In Paris, two California wines won top honors at a blind wine tasting by the best of France's wine experts. The French were shocked, and the wine world was changed forever.
2007 Kelly Jo Dowd died. She was one of the original 'Hooters' Girls' at the first Hooters' restaurant which opened in 1983 in Clearwater Florida.
DID YOU KNOW?
· Escargot (French): An edible snail, especially one prepared as an appetizer or entree.
· Heliculture is the science of growing snails for food.
· Restaurants serve about 1 billion snails annually.
· The French consume about 40,000 tons of snails each year (2005).
· Snails have been eaten as food since at least ancient Roman times. Apicius, the author of the oldest surviving cookbook (1st century B.C - 2 century A.D.) has a recipe for snails in his cookbook.
THIS WEEK’S FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS:
May 23-26, 2013 46th Annual Jambalaya Festival - Gonzales, Louisiana
May 24-25, 2013 27th Annual Festival of Beers - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
May 25, 2013 72nd Happy Valley Strawberry Festival - Anderson, California
May 24-27, 2013 Worlds Largest Brat Fest - Madison, Wisconsin
May 25-26, 2013 Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars - Oceanport, New Jersey
May 25-26, 2013 30th Pungo Strawberry Festival - Virginia Beach, Virginia
• See the Food Festivals section for over 7,000 Food Festivals & Shows!
Tips for First Time Gardeners
Whether you start with a few containers on your patio, create a raised bed in a side yard or go big and plant a grand victory garden, gardening can be easy if you start with these six simple steps.
United States & World Porridge Making Championships
Fresh off winning its second title in four years at the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship in Scotland, Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods is once again looking to crown a United States Porridge Making Champion to represent the company at the international competition in Scotland this October.
FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ (new on May 21, 2013)
1) The following events all took place during the same year. What year was it?
• Gerber sells 2 million cans & jars of baby food per week.
• The London Co-Operative Society opens the 1st full size supermarket in Britain.
• 'The Unprejudiced Palate' by Angelo Pellegrini is published.
• Nestle's Quik chocolate milk mix is introduced in the U.S.
• Campbell Soup Co. introduces V-8 Cocktail Vegetable Juice.
• Britain ends bread rationing in July.
• The McDonald brother's turn their 8 year old hamburger stand into a self service restaurant.
• Chef and author ('Larousse Gastronomique') Prosper Montagne dies at age 83.
2) What family of plants includes: anise, caraway, chervil, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, celery, parsnip, and goutweed, as well as the poisonous species poison hemlock, water hemlock and fool's parsley, and ornamentals sea holly, masterwort and blue lace flower?
3) Half and Half can refer to 2 totally unrelated liquids.
Can you name both, and what they consist of?
4) Paunch and pluck are the principal ingredients for what famous ethnic dish?
5) The cluster bean is most likely native to India. It is used as a vegetable, and for producing a food additive that is used as a thickener and stabilizer in commercial food processing. It has almost 8 times the thickening power as cornstarch, and is used in dressings, sauces and baked goods. It is also used in paper manufacturing, textiles, printing, cosmetics and even in pills to hold them together.
Name this food additive.
a) chicle b) guar gum c) agar-agar d) gum tragacanth
6) Here are some Culinary Characters that represent various food products. Do you know which ones are real people, and which ones are fictitious?
a) Chef Boyardee.
b) Aunt Jemima
c) Dr Pepper
d) Granny Smith (apple)
e) Jack or Monterey Jack (cheese)
f) Betty Crocker
g) McIntosh (apple)
7) What is Gremolata or Gremolada?
a) Minced parsley, lemon zest and garlic.
b) An Italian ice.
c) Toasted fine bread crumbs.
d) Chopped onions, celery and carrots.
e) A type of sausage.
8) What culinary preparation was created in the 1920s at San Francisco's Palace Hotel and named after a play, to honor George Arliss, who was appearing in the play?
9) If you were a geophagist (someone who practices 'geophagy'), what unusual item would you include in your diet?
10) What is a "Buck Rabbit" (besides being a male rabbit)?
a) A popular 1930's cocktail.
b) A type of farmers cheese.
c) A type of cheese sandwich.
d) A 'mock' rabbit stew.
e) A type of sausage.
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Gladys Ehler, my mother, who taught me patience and how to make Sauerbraten
(it is still my favorite)
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Cpl. Thomas E. Saba, my nephew. Died in action on Feb. 7, 2007 in Iraq.
He was 30 yrs. young.