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Chef James

“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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DID YOU KNOW?

Red Pepper is the dried, ripened fruit pod of Capsicum frutescens, one of the most pungent Capsicums. It is sometimes referred to as Cayenne Red Pepper, having been named after the high heat chilies grown in the vicinity of the Cayenne River in French Guiana.
 

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Banish (the onion) from the kitchen and the pleasure flies with it. Its presence lends color and enchantment to the most modest dish; its absence reduces the rarest delicacy to hopeless insipidity, and dinner to despair.”  Elizabeth Robbins Pennell
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

National Irish Coffee Day (Irish Coffee Trivia)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1759 Robert Burns was born (died July 21, 1796). Scottish poet, widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.  His poem 'Auld Lang Syne,' set to the tune of a traditional folk song, is traditionally sung at midnight to celebrate the start of the New Year.

1799 Eliakim Spooner of Vermont patented a gravity feed seed planting machine. It was not until 1840 that a truly practical seed planting machine was developed.

1858 Mendelssohn's famous ‘Wedding March’ was first performed at a royal wedding.  Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise, the oldest child of Queen Victoria, married Frederick William IV of Prussia.

1870 Gustavus D. Dows received U.S. patent No. 99,170 for an "Improvement in Soda-Fountains"

1874 British author, W. Somerset Maugham was born. Among the titles of his novels and short stories are: 'Cakes and Ale', 'The Alien Corn' and 'The Breadwinner.'

1906 Helen Corbitt was born (died: Jan 16, 1978). American chef and cookbook author. Texas Monthly declared Corbitt to be the 'Tastemaker of the Century.'

1919 The Hotel Pennsylvania opened in Manhattan, across the street from Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden. Built by the Pennsylvania Railroad and operated by Ellsworth Statler, with 2,200 rooms it was the largest hotel in the world at the time.

1924 The First Winter Olympics open at Chamonix, in the French Alps.

1936 Donald Featherstone was born (died June 22, 2015). An American artist, he designed the original plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament.

1938 New England Products, Inc. registered "V8" trademark for its combination of eight vegetable juices: tomato, spinach, celery, carrot, beet, lettuce, watercress and parlsey juice.

1945 Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first U.S. city to fluoridate its drinking water, to reduce tooth decay.  (Michigan Food Trivia)

1959 American Airlines opened the jet age in the U.S. with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.

1969 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' by Marvin Gaye was number one on the music charts.

1974 Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s fast food restaurant chain, bought the San Diego Padres baseball team for $12 million. (McDonald’s Trivia)

1993 Sears announced the closing of the catalog sales department after 97 years.

2018 French fishermen blockaded the port city of Calais to protest the practice of electric pulse fishing, which uses electrodes to emit electric waves, stunning fish which then float upwards and are scooped up by giant nets.
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) All of the following events took place in the same year.  What year is it?
Wheaties breakfast cereal was created.
Betty Crocker is created by advertising manager Sam Gale of Washburn Crosby Co. (later, General Mills).
Chuckles sugared jelly candies are introduced.
U.S. table-salt makers introduce iodized salt.
'Wise Potato Chips' were introduced.
The 'I-Scream-Bar' is renamed 'Eskimo Pie' and within a year are selling one million bars a day.

2) What is the difference between the liquid in a can of salmon and the liquid in a can of tuna?

3) Portobello mushrooms are actually the mature, fully opened form of what mushroom?

4) The University of Florida football team has a connection to what beverage?

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

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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.
Barbara Saba, my sister, who taught me how to dance.
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?

Quince is not edible when raw (very hard, bitter and tart), and must be cooked before eating.  When thoroughly cooked, it makes an excellent preserve.
 

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A FOOD LIFE

"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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DID YOU KNOW?

In a year’s time a dairy cow produces 1,500 gallons or 6,000 quarts of milk. The average U.S. dairy cow produces 22.5 quarts of milk each day. That’s about 16,000 glasses of milk per year – enough for about 40 people. One cow can give 200,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.

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IN SEASON FOR FALL (WINTER)

APPLES
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PINEAPPLE
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RASPBERRIES
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BEETS
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BROCCOLI
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CAULIFLOWER
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PUMPKIN
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DID YOU KNOW?

Roughly 40 percent of the grapefruit harvested each season are used for juice while 60 percent are sold as fresh grapefruit.
 

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