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“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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· Banana Trivia and Facts
· Water Facts & Trivia
· Reducing Water Use in the U.S.

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Until the early 1800s in Hawaii, most banana varieties were 'kapu' -  forbidden for women of Hawaii to eat, under penalty of death.

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· Asparagus with Honey Garlic Sauce
· Fresh Corn Saute
· Pan Roasted Spiced Corn
· Minted Sugar Peas
· Peas with Goat Cheese & Horseradish
· Cornmeal Crusted Eggplant
· Skillet Zucchini w/Chopped Tomatoes
· Fried Green Tomatoes
· Tomato Pie
· Dips, Salsas and Spreads
· Lamb Recipes

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(Most with recipes)

· Greek Coney (Hot Dog) Sauce Recipe
· History of Corn
· Eggplant: Identity Crisis
· Will the Real Strawberry Stand Up
· A Short History of Strawberries
· Peas in a Pod
· Spinach, Popeye's Secret Weapon
· Cucumber History & Recipes
· Macaroni & Cheese   · Comfort Foods

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August Food Months:

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


• Family Meals Month
• Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month
  (Kiwi Fruit Facts & Trivia)
• Maine Lobster Month: Maine Governor Paul LePage issued a proclamation declaring August 'Maine Lobster Month' in July 2012. (Lobster Recipes)
• National Catfish Month  [Catfish Inst]
  (Catfish Recipes  -  Catfish Trivia)
• National Goat Cheese Month
• National Panini Month
• National Peach Month (Presidential proclamation, 1982) Peach Trivia
• National Sandwich Month
  (Sandwich Recipes)
• National Water Quality Month
• Canada: National Blueberry Month
  [North American Blueberry Council]
  Blueberry Trivia & Facts
• UK: National Fishing Month (July 18-Aug 31, 2015)

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“We may live without poetry, music and art; We may live without conscience, and live without heart; We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man cannot live without cooks.”
Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1831-1891)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• More Herbs Less Salt day
• St. Sabina's Day, patron of housewives


On this day in:

1749 Sir Gilbert Blane was born (died June 26, 1834).  A Scottish physician, he served as Physician to the Fleet and head of the Navy Medical Board. He was largely responsible for requiring citrus juice (lemons, later limes) on all naval vessel to prevent scurvy, and improving the general health and sanitary conditions of sailors.

1809 Oliver Wendell Holmes was born.  American physician, poet and humorist.  Author of 'The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table,' 'The Professor of the Breakfast Table,' 'The Poet of the Breakfast Table,' and 'Over the Teacups.'

1896 Supposedly, the Chinese-American dish, chop suey, was created in New York City by the Cantonese chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-Chang.
(See Chop Suey)

1905 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist was born.

1915 Nathan Pritikin was born.  A nutritionist who believed that exercise and a low fat, high unrefined carbohydrate diet helped reverse his own heart disease.  He founded the Pritikin Longevity Center in 1976.

1953 Rick Downey of the rock group ‘Blue Oyster Cult’ was born.

1999 Swiss Winegrower's Fete (Fête des Vignerons). Held periodically (about every 20 years or so) since 1797 in Vivey, Switzerland. The next festival will be in 2019.

2007 Alfred Peet died.  He was the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea in Berkeley, California in 1966.  The founders of Starbucks were fans, and openly acknowledge his influence.


· August 20-30, 2015  Kentucky State Fair - Louisville, KY
· August 27-30, 2015  Los Angeles Food & Wine - California
· August 27-Sept 7, 2015  Minnesota State Fair - Minnesota
· Aug 27-Sept 7  Great New York State Fair - Syracuse, NY
· August 28-30  5th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival - Calif
· August 29-Sept 6, 2015  Annual National Championship Chuckwagon Race - Clinton, Arkansas

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This water soluble vitamin is related to a tobacco alkaloid, and is used to treat pellagra.  Good sources are meat, poultry, fish, peanuts, and whole grain cereals.

2) This Lebanese specialty is composed of bulgur, parsley, mint, tomatoes, onions, olive oil and lemon juice.

3) This nut is still harvested mostly from the wild, although there are a few commercial plantations in its native area (attempts to cultivate it elsewhere have been mostly unsuccessful). The trees (Bertholletia excelsa) grow to a typical 150 feet high, and the 'fruit' that contains the nuts weigh 5 pounds each! Gathering them when they fall to the ground can be dangerous, so harvesters carry shields to protect themselves. There are 8 to 30 nuts inside the hard coconut-like 'fruit', and an axe must be used to open it. The nuts have a high oil content of about 65% by weight.

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

Read an article about Chef James and the website published in January 2015 in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers
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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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The pawpaw or papaw is the largest edible fruit native to the United States. They are indigenous from northern Florida to Canada and as far west as Nebraska. Pawpaws has a unique blend of tropical flavors, combining banana, pineapple and mango.
(Pawpaw Photo & Trivia)

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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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