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FEATURED FOR HOLIDAY SEASON

• Updated: Recipe Contests
· TV Cooking Show News
• Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals
· Football and Tailgating Parties
· Holiday Articles  -  Christmas Recipes
· Turkey Trivia & Facts - Turkey Recipes
· Turkey Cooking Tips - Stuffing Recipes
· Geese: Trivia & Facts - Goose Recipes

· Cranberry Tips     · Ham Recipes
· Sweet Potato/Yam Recipes
· Sweet Potato - Yam Cooking Tips
· Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe
· CHRISTMAS FOOD TRIVIA
· CHRISTMAS FOOD CUSTOMS
· OTHER CHRISTMAS TRIVIA

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SOME HOLIDAY RECIPES

· Green Bean Casserole Variations
· White Castle Turkey Stuffing
· Holiday Dessert Recipes
· Candied Sweet Potato Casserole
· Roast Goose Recipe
· Classic Bread Stuffing, Sage & Thyme
· Fresh Cranberry Relish
· Orange Cranberry Loaf
· Pfeffernusse Cookies
· Cranberry Cheese Bars
· Brined Roast Turkey
· Cider Marinated Turkey Recipe
· Basic Squash Cooking Preparation
· Turducken Recipe
· Harvest Sweet Potato Bake
· Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes

 

SOME HOLIDAY ARTICLES, ETC.

· Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus
· Holiday Baking
· Animal Crackers and Christmas
· A Dickens Christmas
· 10 Tips for Deep Fried Turkeys
· Turkey History and Facts
· Turkey and the Ancient Maya
· The History of a Squash
· Spice Check for the Holidays
· Pets & Holiday Safety
· Holiday Fitness Tips

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December Food Months:

For Details, History and more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for DECEMBER, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please see the:
DECEMBER FOOD CALENDAR

December is:

• National Egg Nog Month
• National Fruit Cake Month
Pear Month: Many fruits are out of season during the winter months. Pears are available fresh during this time.

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'The Children's Friend' an 8 verse poem published in 1821 was the first printed mention of flying reindeer and Santa's sleigh. The author is uncertain.

    "Old Santeclaus with much delight
    His reindeer drives this frosty night.
    O'er chimney tops, and tracks of snow,
    To bring his yearly gifts to you....."

This poem also connects Santa with northern winters and snow and was an influence in helping to shape the American view of Santa Claus.  One year later in 1822, Dr. Clement Clark Moore wrote a poem for his children which was published without his permission the following year in the December 23, 1823 issue of the 'Troy Sentinel.'  This poem was most responsible for shaping the American notion of Santa Claus.  It was entitled 'A Visit from St. Nicholas' and begins: 'Twas the night before Christmas...."

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.”
Phyllis Diller, comedienne
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Sangria Day (Sangria Recipe)
• St. Dominic of Silos' Day, patron of shepherds
• Dec 17-23: Saturnalia - Ancient Roman festival honoring Saturn, the god of agriculture and harvest.

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1790 A water-powered mill with machinery for spinning, roving, and carding cotton, began operating on the banks of the Blackstone River in Pawtuket, Rhode Island. (Rhode Trivia & Facts)

1803 The Louisiana Purchase was completed as France turned over New Orleans, and the U.S. acquired 828,000 square miles of territory from France. The Louisiana territory included all or part of 15 U.S. states. (A formal ceremony was held March 10, 1804). (Louisiana Trivia, Stats & Facts)

1880 In New York City, Charles F. Brush lighted up Broadway with his arc lights, giving the street its nickname, 'The Great White Way.' (New York Trivia)

1922 David Tallichet, founder of Specialty Restaurants Corp, was born (died Oct 31, 2007).  A former WW II pilot, many of the restaurants have aviation themes, or are located on prime waterfront or hilltop properties. (I was Executive Chef at one of his restaurants, 'Britanny Hill' in Denver, Colorado in the 1980s - Chef James)

1928 Harry Ramsden opened what would become the most famous fish and chips restaurant in the world.

1928 Mail delivery by dog sled began from Lewiston, Maine, arriving in Montreal Canada on January 14, 1929.

1946 Uri Geller, spoon bender, was born.

1952 'Jambalaya (On The Bayou)' by Hank Williams was number one on the country music charts.
(New Orleans Jambalaya Recipe)

1968 John Steinbeck died.  American novelist, some of his titles were:  'The Grapes of Wrath,' 'Tortilla Flats' and 'Cannery Row.'
 

UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

December 1-31  44th Christmas in Newport - Rhode Island
December 1-31  Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth - NH
December 5-28  Holiday Tours & 6th Annual Gingerbread House Contest - Oxnard, California
December 26-31  67th Arizona National Livestock Show
Phoenix, Arizona
December 31  Pensacola Pelican Drop - Pensacola, Florida
December 31  New Year's Eve Bologna Drop - Lebanon, Penn
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

IN SEASON FOR WINTER

Sweet Potato & Yams   • Parsnips   • Turnips
Onions   • Cranberries   • Squash
 

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) Why are there thousands of grasshoppers in the foundation blocks of the First United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, Kansas?

2) What do avocados, eggplants, cucumbers, chilies, and tomatoes have in common?

3) What herb is used in the production of imitation maple syrup, rum and butterscotch flavors?

4) This cheese dates back to the 7th or 8th century, and was first produced by Irish or Italian Benedictine Monks in a valley in France, and is now considered a German cheese.
What is this multinational cheese?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

 




Dedication
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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DID YOU KNOW?

The first aluminum Christmas Tree was introduced in 1959 by the Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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DID YOU KNOW?

The enoki mushroom is also known as the Christmas mushroom.
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

On Christmas Day, December 25, 1830, the Best Friend of Charleston became the first regularly scheduled steam locomotive passenger train in the United States. The locomotive made its initial run on the first six miles of track of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company.
 

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