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Milk was first sold in glass bottles in 1879.  Echo Farms Dairy began to deliver milk in bottles to homes in Brooklyn, New York in 1879.

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· Salmon with Hot Sweet Mustard
· Gorgonzola/Sun-Dried Tomato Burger
· Chicken and Mushroom Lasagna
· Linguine with Clams
· Pasta Al Forno Recipe
· Penne Pasta with Pine Nuts
· French Beans with Vanilla Truffle Oil
· Tilefish and Scallop Risotto
· Avocado, Endive, & Starfruit Salad


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· Meatless: Alternatives to Beef & Chicken
· High Nutrition Vitamin Garden
· Homegrown Strawberries

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For Details, History and more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for JULY, including links to Holiday Origins and additional information, please see the:


• Lasagna Awareness Month
• National Baked Bean Month
• National Blueberry Month
• National Culinary Arts Month
• National Grilling Month
• National Horseradish Month
• National Hot Dog Month
• National Ice Cream Month (July is the peak month for ice cream sales in the United States)

• National Picnic Month
• National Pickle Month
• National Watermelon Month
• UK: National Fishing Month (July 18-Aug 31, 2014)

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 WEDNESDAY - JULY 30, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“Red onions are especially divine. I hold a slice up to the sunlight pouring in through the kitchen window, and it glows like a fine piece of antique glass. Cool watery-white with layers delicately edged with imperial purple...strong, humble, peaceful...with that fiery nub of spring green in the center...”
Mary Hayes Grieco, ‘The Kitchen Mystic’

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Cheesecake Day
• St. Abdon's Day, patron of barrel makers.

• National Salad Week (July 25-31)


On this day in:

1739 Caspar Wistar founded the first successful large scale glass factory in the U.S. in Allowaystown, New Jersey.

1838 It supposedly rained frogs in London.

1849 Jacob Perkins died. Perkins was issued the first U.S. patent for a refrigerating machine. It used sulfuric ether compression.

1916 Dick Wilson was born (died Nov 19, 2007). Actor who played the role of Mr Whipple in Charmin toilet paper TV commercials - "Please don't squeeze the Charmin."

1946 Jeffrey Hammond of the music group 'Jethro Tull' was born.

1956 Singer Brenda Lee recorded 'Jambalaya' during her first recording session for Decca Records.

1962 Alton Brown was born. American celebrity chef and author. Host of Food Network TV shows ‘Good Eats’, ‘Iron Chef America’ and ‘Next Iron Chef’, ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’, etc.

1963 Lisa Marie Diane Kudrow was born. American actress, her first major TV role was as the strange waitress on 'Mad About You.'

1968 'Apple,' the Beatles (Apple Corps) clothing store in London closed (opened, Dec 5, 1967).

2010 The movie 'Dinner for Schmucks' opened in U.S. theaters.

2013 A New York appeals court upheld a ruling that the New York City Board of Health exceeded its authority when it tried to ban sodas larger than 16 ounces.


July 30-Aug 3, 2014  Maine Lobster Festival - Rockland, Maine
July 31-Aug 2, 2014  61st Annual Brat Days - Sheboygan, Wisc
August 1-3, 2014  66th La Habra Corn Festival - La Habra, Calif
August 2, 2014  45th Possum Festival & Funday - Wausau, Fla
August 1-10, 2014  New Jersey State Fair - Augusta, New Jersey

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This genus of tuberous rooted herbs of the daisy family, is native to Mexico and Central America, and grows at elevations of 5,000 feet and above. (It is the national flower of Mexico.) They were brought to Spain in 1789 and soon spread to Britain, France and the rest of Europe. The botanist, Andreas Dahl, considered it a vegetable, and the French, like the Aztecs, cultivated the plant for its edible tuber. The tuber has a taste similar to the Jerusalem artichoke, and are cooked in the same manner. The emphasis soon switched to its use as a garden flower, when some of the larger, double flowered varieties arrived in Europe. There are about 2,000 varieties grown for their flowers, which include single and double flowers in white, yellow, red, orange, purple and bicolor.     Name this plant.

2) This cheese was developed as a cheaper substitute for Roquefort in the early 1900s. After the second World War it was very successfully marketed throughout Europe and especially in Britain. It is now considered on of the world's best blue cheeses.
   a) Cambazola     b) Danablu     c) Gorgonzola
   d) Maytag Blue    e) Saga Blue

3) Even though this is classified as a cheese, it is really a by-product of cheesemaking. It is made from whey drained off while making other cheeses. In Italy it was originally made from whey of ewe's milk used to make Pecorino cheese. Its name means literally 'recooked.'     Name this cheese.

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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



Black Walnut trees (Juglans nigra) are native to North America.  Their edible nuts have an extremely hard shell, so black walnuts are not as popular as the English walnut of commerce.
Black walnut trees secrete 'juglone', which kills many herbaceous plants around the root system of the tree. It's own natural weed killer!
Plants adversely affected by being grown near black walnut trees exhibit symptoms such as yellowing and wilting of foliage, and eventual death.  Juglone is a respiration inhibitor which deprives sensitive plants of needed energy for metabolic activity.  Juglone is released by live roots and accumulates under the canopy of the tree from decaying leaves and nut hulls.  Because decaying roots still release juglone, toxicity can persist for some years after a tree is removed.

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