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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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NEW COOKBOOK  article contributor Mark Vogel has published a cookbook (2020).
Food history and science, cooking techniques, and over 250 recipes are the ingredients for Food for Thought. What does bone marrow have to do with prehistoric man’s brain development? How did the Battle of Trafalgar influence beet consumption? What are the intricacies of making a hollandaise, or homemade stock? How does an egg’s age influence how it should be cooked? What is the proper methodology for grilling?  Such questions, and many more, comprise this well-researched, 159-chapter compilation of ingredients & classic dishes, and the technical know-how to master them.
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· Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

· Pickle Juice Chili Recipe

· Chile Verde de Puerco

· The Best Chili Con Carne Recipe

· Senator Mitch Mcconnell's Burgoo

· Hearty Beef Stew With Roasted Winter Vegetables

· White Chili Recipe

· Original Frank's Redhot Wings

· Classic Buffalo Wings Recipe

· Sweet Potato Cooking Tips

· Spicy Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

· Sweet Potato Pear Soup Recipe

· Pumpkin Fritters Recipe

· Cornwallis Yams (Sweet Potatoes)

· Maria's Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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April Food Holidays:

For Details, History and more DAY, WEEK and MONTH Food Holiday designations, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information:
SEE Detailed APRIL Food Calendar


• Alcohol Awareness Month
• Defeat Diabetes Month

• Fresh Florida Tomato Month
  · Florida Trivia  ·  Tomato Trivia
  · Tomato Kitchen Tips
  · Tomato Recipes
  · Tomatoes and Taxes

• Global Child Nutrition Month
  · Food Scarcity & Hunger Articles
• National B.L.T. Month
  · Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Trivia

• National Garden Month
• National Grange Month

• Grilled Cheese Month
  · International Grilled Cheese Recipes
• National Pecan Month
  · Pecan Trivia  · A Nut from America

• National Soft Pretzel Month
  · History of the Pretzel
  · Soft Pretzel Recipe
  · Another Pretzel Recipe

• National Soyfoods Month
  · Soybean Facts & Trivia

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”
Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)


• April Fools’ Day (All Fools’ Day)

• National Sourdough Bread Day (Sourdough Facts)
(How to Make Sourdough  --  Sourdough Baking Tips)


1582 France adopted the new Gregorian calendar.  Prior to that, the new year was celebrated on April 1.  (The new year actually started on March 25, which fell during Holy Week - so the celebrations were delayed until the first day of April).  One explanation of the origin of ‘April Fools Day’ is that those who failed to accept the new start of the year on January 1 became the object of practical jokes.  (Pope Gregory XIII introduced the new Gregorian Calendar in 1582.  It is possible that Charles IX of France may have changed the start of the New Year to January in 1564).

1755 Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was born.  A French politician and author of the 8 volume Physiologie du goût, ou Méditation de gastronomie transcendante, ouvrage théorique, historique et à l'ordre du jour ("The Physiology of Taste, or Meditation on Transcendent Gastronomy, a Work Theoretical, Historical, and Programmed") published in 1825.  It treats dining as an art form and contains many delightful and witty observations on the pleasures of the table.

1864 Travelers Life & Accident Insurance Company was founded.

1891 Wrigley Co. is founded in Chicago, Illinois by William Wrigley, Jr., selling soap and giving away baking powder as a premium. The baking powder was more popular, so he switched to selling baking powder, giving chewing gum as a premium with each can. The gum became more popular than the baking powder so he went into the chewing gum business.
(Chewing Gum Trivia and Facts)

1893 The first dishwashing machine became an award winning success at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, which used Josephine Garis Cochran’s hand operated, mechanical dishwashers in its kitchens.  (She patented her original version on December 28, 1886.)  Her company eventually evolved into KitchenAid.

1911 Seaman Asahel Knapp died.  An American agriculturist, he began the system which evolved into the U.S. Cooperative Extension Service.

1918 In Canada, Alberta and Saskatchewan declare total prohibition of alcoholic beverages.

1932 Actor Gordon Jump was born.  The 'Maytag Repairman' in commercials, also Arthur Carlson on 'WKRP in Cincinnati'

1950 “If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" by Eileen Barton was number one on the music charts.

1957 The BBC aired a spoof TV documentary about spaghetti crops in Switzerland, showing women carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a tree and laying them in the sun to dry. Many viewers called in asking where they could purchase their own spaghetti trees.  (Spaghetti Recipes)

1960 Tiros I, the first weather observation satellite was launched from Cape Kennedy.

1976 Jimmy Buffet's 'Margaritaville' was released.

1976 Carl Peter Henrik Dam died. Dam was a Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K in 1939.
(Vitamin Facts & Trivia)

1994 Ray Geiger died (born Sept 18, 1910).  Editor of the Farmers' Almanac from 1934-1993, and editor of American Farm & Home Almanac from 1964-1990.

1996 The Taco Bell fast food chain played an April Food joke on the American public by claiming to have bought the Liberty Bell to help pay down the national debt.

1999 The first minimum wage goes into effect in Britain, £3.60 an hour for adults and £3.00 an hour for those under 22 years old.

1999 In April 1999, Restaurant Nora in Washington DC became America's first certified organic restaurant.  This means that 95% or more of everything that you eat at the restaurant has been produced by certified organic growers and farmers.

2015 California Governor Jerry Brown ordered statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history.  The order requires cities and towns to cut water usage by 25%, due to a drought emergency and extremely low snowpack level in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

2020 Coronavirus:  Restaurants and Bars have lost $25 Billion so far due to coronavirus;  New York state has over 75,800 cases with more than 1,550 deaths;  U.S. cases number 184,000 with 3,700 deaths;  Global cases number over 850,000 with at least 41,000 deaths.


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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

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)
  H) Uncle Ben (Rice)

Click here for the answers

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Read an article about Chef James and the website published in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers: Click here for the Article

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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



Cowboy cooks would take their sourdough starter to bed with them to keep the cold night air from stopping the crucial fermenting process.

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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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The oldest known painting of a fisherman using a rod is from Egypt and dated at about 2000 B.C.  Claudius Aelian (170-235 AD), a Roman author and teacher, mentions trout fishing with artificial flies with hooks in Macedonia.

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University of Michigan paleontologist Daniel Fisher had a theory that early Americans of 10,000 years ago used frozen lakes as refrigerators to store mastodon and mammoth meat. He tested his theory when a friend's horse died of old age. Fisher dropped chunks of horse meat of up to 170 pounds below the ice in a nearby pond. He anchored some pieces to the bottom. Every week or so he cooked and chewed a piece of meat, and eventually swallowed each bite. The meat remained safe to eat well into the summer. The theory is that as the water warmed in the spring, lactobacilli (the bacteria found in yogurt & cheese) colonized the meat, rendering it inhospitable to other pathogens. So despite the smell and taste (similar to Limburger cheese), the meat remained safe to eat.

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