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Candy Trivia and Facts
Stuffed Pumpkins
Pumpkin Recipes
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Upside Down Mock Apple Pie

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Philadelphia brand cream cheese is one of the oldest American packaged foods; it went on sale in its protective wrapper in 1885.

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· Panfried Pumpkin with Tomato Sauce
· Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds
· Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole
· Basic Squash Cooking Preparation
· Harvest Sweet Potato Bake


· Halloween: Off With Their Heads!
· Turkey History and Facts
· Turkey and the Ancient Maya
· The History of a Squash
· Persimmons

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October Food Months:

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


• American Cheese Month
• Cool Food for Kids Month
• Cranberry Month (Cranberry Trivia)
• Fair Trade Month
• Gourmet Adventures Month
• National Apple Month
• National Applejack Month
• National Caramel Month
• National Chili Month
• National Cookbook Month
• National Cookie Month
• National Country Ham Month
• National Dessert Month
• National Eat Better; Eat Together Month
• National Farm to School Month
• National Kitchen and Bath Month
• National Pasta Month
• National Pickled Peppers Month
• National Pizza Month
• National Popcorn Poppin' Month
• National Pork Month
• National Pretzel Month
• National Restaurant Hospitality Month
• National Roller Skating Month
• National Seafood Month
• National Spinach-Lovers' Month
• National Toilet Tank Repair Month
• National Tomato Month
• Non-GMO Month
• Squirrel Awareness Month
• Vegetarian Awareness Month
• {Celiac Disease Awareness Month is now celebrated by all major organizations in MAY}

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“Run, they're handing out tofu again!”
Panic scream of child trick-or treating on Halloween

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Candy Corn Day (Nat’l Confectioners Assoc)


On this day in:

1815 Andrew Jackson Downing was born. American horticulturist, author of ‘The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America’ (1845) and editor of the 'Horticulturist' periodical.

1877 Irma S. Rombauer was born (died Oct 14, 1962).  Author of 'The Joy of Cooking' - one of the most published cookbooks, she originally had to pay to have the book privately published in 1931. Finally in 1936, publisher Bobbs-Merril Co. published the cookbook and it has been in print ever since.

1893 The last day of the World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago World's Fair) in Chicago, Illinois. It celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the New World in 1492.

1929 Prohibition ends in Nova Scotia, Canada, replaced by government control of liquor sales.

1938 Martians attack Earth! Or so many radio listeners thought when hearing Orson Welles' radio broadcast of H.G. Wells 'War of the Worlds.'  The broadcast was done in a series of 'news alerts' which millions of listeners believed were real.

1947 The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was signed by 23 nations in Geneva. The Agreement eventually led to the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995.

1964 Buffalo Wings were created by Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, for her son and some friends as a midnight snack.
(Chicken Wing Recipes)

1990 'Ice Ice Baby' by Vanilla Ice is #1 on the charts.

1989 Smith Dairy in Orrville, Ohio makes the world's largest milkshake: 1,575.2 gal gallons.

1993 Meat Loaf's album 'Bat Out of Hell II - Back Into Hell' was #1 on the charts.

2012 900 mile wide Hurricane Superstorm 'Sandy' hits the U.S. East Coast. (See Oct 29)


Oct 29-Nov 2, 2014  NYC Food Film Festival - New York, NY
Oct 31-Nov 1, 2014  Florida Seafood Festival - Apalachicola, Fla
Oct 31-Nov 9, 2014  71st National Peanut Festival - Dothan, AL
Nov 1-2  16th Annual Wine & Food Affair - Sonoma County, Calif
November 1-2, 2014  Indy Cooking Expo - Indianapolis, Indiana
November 2, 2014  The Chocolate Expo - Secaucus, New Jersey
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Brussels Sprouts   • Pumpkin   • Parsnips
Sweet Potato & Yams   • Cranberries   • Squash
Broccoli Trivia - Broccoli Recipes

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) An aromatic herb, a member of the parsley or carrot family, and indigenous to the regions around the Black and Caspian Seas. It is an essential ingredient of fines herbes, widely used in French cuisine.   Some varieties also have edible roots which are like small turnips, and were enjoyed by the early Greeks and Romans, and in England during the 14th to 17th centuries.
Name this herb.

2) When first introduced to England around 1654, they were considered full of dangerous chemicals and fit only for use by experienced pharmacies. British authorities eventually declared them safe with the addition of one particular substance. The power of the John Company, the largest, most powerful monopoly to ever exist in the world (except for Microsoft of course) was based on the importation of them. They have caused many international conflicts, and helped establish the reputation of the Yankee Clipper ships. It is said that the origin of the custom of tipping was related to them. Pidgin English developed as a method to facilitate the trading of them. Richard Blechynden of England and Thomas Sullivan of New York helped to popularize them in the U.S. in the early 20th century. They also played a major role in the development of the supermarket. They are sold at auctions around the world. 
What are they?

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



There were 50,900 acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2013 with an estimated value of almost $150 million.  Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 547.6 million pounds, followed by California, Ohio, Michigan, New York and then Pennsylvania.

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There are 21 people in the U.S. listed on with the last name 'Pumpkin'

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Potatoes exposed to bright light develop green patches. This green skin contains the toxin 'solanine' which can cause cramps, headache, diarrhea, and fever. The solution is simple. Don't eat the green skin - simply remove it - the solanine is only present in the green skin and any discoloration underneath it - the rest of the potato is completely safe to eat.

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