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Saturday, April 18, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains, cheese, milk's leap toward immortality.”
Clifton Fadiman, ‘Any Number Can Play’ (1957)


Food Holidays - Today is:

• Raw-Milk Cheese Appreciation Day (April 18, 2015): An international celebration of raw-milk cheese and the individuals who bring it to life from the pasture to the plate. (Cheese of Choice Coalition)
• National Animal Crackers Day

• UK: National Gardening Week: April 13-19, 2015
  [Royal Horticultural Society]
• National Library Week - April 12-18, 2015
  [American Library Assoc.)


On this day in:

1834 William Lamb became prime minister of England.

1868 California issued a charter for the San Francisco SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the fourth SPCA in the U.S.

1873 Justus von Liebig was died (born May 12, 1803). German chemist who made major contributions to organic and agricultural chemistry.  Developed Liebig Extract of Beef, a concentrated liquid meat extract.

1882 Sir Henry Cole died (born July 15, 1808)  British civil servant and inventor. He is credited with creating the idea of sending greeting cards at Christmas time in 1843.

1895 New York state passed a law establishing free public baths for the "promotion of public health and comfort".

1904 'Pigmeat' Markham was born. American actor, comedian. ("Here comes the Judge.").

1906 San Francisco was hit by a devastating earthquake at 5:12 a.m.

1907 The Fairmont hotel reopened in San Francisco, one year after being severely damaged by the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

1921 Ontario, Canada votes for alcohol prohibition to take effect on July 19, 1921.

1934 J. F. Cantrell opened the 'Washateria' in Fort Worth, Texas. It was the first laundromat, and had 4 electric washing machines customers could rent by the hour.

1942 'Moonlight Cocktail' by Glenn Miller was #1 on the music charts.

1944 Skip Spence of the music group 'Moby Grape' was born.

1968 London Bridge, originally constructed in 1831, was sold to Robert P. McCulloch of McCulloch Oil for $2.46 million. The granite bridge was taken apart and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.


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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)
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   F) Betty Crocker
   G) McIntosh (apple)
   H) Uncle Ben (Rice)

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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.
· 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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Traditional, raw-milk cheese is flavorful, healthy, and grounded in cultural and culinary heritage.  But regulatory uncertainty threatens traditional production and aging methods . Whether the concern is about how cheese is matured, or the presence of benign bacteria, or the use of raw milk itself, it is clear that our right to produce, sell, and enjoy traditional cheese is in jeopardy. What graces our tables today may very well be gone tomorrow. Read more on the CCC website

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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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Those who make light of and disparage the value of the British contribution to cooking would do well to remember Dover sole, York ham, Finnan haddock, smoked Scottish salmon, Stilton, Cheddar, Caerphilly and numerous other cheeses, Dundee marmalade, Earl Grey tea, Worcestershire sauce, chutneys, Cumberland sauce, Mulligatawny, triffles and fools, numerous puddings, Cornish Pasties, Hot Cross Buns, Chelsea Buns, crumpets, scones, cockaleekie, and don't forget single malt whisky, and British ales and stouts.

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