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Thanksgiving Recipes
· Thanksgiving Articles with Recipes

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· Sweet Potato Pudding
· Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
· Baked Stuffed Pumpkin
· Parsnips Glazed with Apricots
· Fresh Cranberry Relish
· Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries
· Roasted Spiced Cauliflower
· Roasted Cauliflower & Cheese
· Sweet Potato Pancakes
· Chipotle Cheddar Sweet Potatoes

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(Most with recipes)

· Sweet Potato Nutrition
· Turkey and Ancient Maya
· Parsnip Facts and Uses
· Sweet Potato or Yam?
· When Did Brussels Sprout?
· Cranberries, Leaving Turkey Aside
· Winter Squash Varieties & Uses
· Beets: Beeting the French

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November Food Months:

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


• American Diabetes Month
  (Eating Healthy with Diabetes)
• National Georgia Pecan Month
  (Pecans: A Nut from America)
• National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month
  (Peanut Butter Origin & History)
• National Pepper Month
  (Pepper: Nothing to Sneeze At)
• National Pomegranate Month
  (History of Pomegranates)
• National Roasting Month
  (Roasting: Born to Roast)
• National Raisin Bread Month
• Sweet Potato Awareness Month
  (Sweet Potato or Yam?)
• World Vegan Month

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Friday, November 27, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“No more turkey, but I'd like another helping of that bread he ate.”
Anonymous, quoted in ‘Joy of Cooking’

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
  [Bavarian Cream History and Recipe]

• National Family Week (Nov 22-28, 2015)
The Alliance for Children and Families and its member organizations have promoted National Family Week for more than 40 years.  It is an annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving, designed to build community connections and honor those who strengthen families.


On this day in:

1701 Anders Celsius was born (died April 25, 1744). Swedish astronomer, he developed the temperature scale which bears his name (Celsius).

1811 Andrew Meikle died.  A Scottish millwright, he invented the drum threshing machine.

1826 John Walker invented the friction match (strike anywhere).

1889 The historic 90 room Hotel Jerome opened in Aspen, Colorado.  Built by Jerome B. Wheeler, half owner of NYC's Macy's Department store. The first Colorado hotel with electricity and indoor plumbing, and the first west of the Mississippi with an elevator. (Hotel Jerome website)

1894 Mildred M. Lord of Milwaukee, Wisconsin received U.S. patent No. 529,869 for a "Washing Machine in which a suds box is used with a swinging agitator."

1901 Clement Studebaker was born (died Nov 27, 1901). Founder of a family firm that became the world's largest manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles, including ‘Conestoga Wagons’. After his death the Studebaker company became the only horse drawn vehicle manufacturer to successfully switch to producing automobiles.

1910 Pennsylvania Station, the largest railway station in the world, opened to traffic. The building was demolished in 1963.

1923 Velveeta Cheese Co. registered 'Velveeta' trademark.  (Velveeta Cheese Trivia)

1924 The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  It was originally called a Christmas Parade.

1944 Musician Eddie Rabbitt was born.

1945 C.A.R.E. (Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere) was founded to send relieff packages to survivors of WWII in Europe.

1950 R. P. Robbins of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada, won 'Wheat King' title, with a sample of Durham wheat at the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

1984 Sylvan N. Goldman died.  Goldman ran a successful chain of grocery stores, and while a major owner of the Piggly-Wiggly supermarket chain he invented the shopping cart.  He hired fake shoppers to wheel them around the store to encourage his customers to see how useful they could be.


· Nov 27-29  Columbia Gorge Thanksgiving Wine Weekend
Columbia Gorge Wineries, Oregon & Washington
· Nov 27-Dec 12  5th Annual Wood Gingerbread Festival - South Windsor, Connecticut
· November 28, 2015  Great Macaroni & Cheese Bake-Off - Traverse City, Michigan
· November 28  50th Annual Chitlin' Strut - Salley, S Carolina

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) In 1918, during WWI, the USDA utilized sweet potatoes to stretch what basic food products?

2) From about 1900 through 1955, nearly 4 billion of these plants were destroyed by Cryphonectria parasitica, leaving only a few isolated clumps in the upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest. The plant is the source of a traditional winter holiday food.
Can you name this plant?

3) What state has been the top pecan producing state in the nation since the late 1800s?

4) About how many pecan are in a typical pecan pie?

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
Click here for Article




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 turkey's scientific name is Meleagris gallopava from Latin gallus, meaning cock, and pavo, meaning chickenlike. Meleagris is the Roman name for guineafowl, suggestive of the early confusion of the turkey with guineafowl.

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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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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes

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· Apple Trivia
· Apple Pies, etc.
· Carrot Trivia
· Carrot Recipes
· Pumpkin Trivia
· Pumpkin Recipes
· Beet Facts & Trivia
· Cauliflower Trivia
· Cauliflower Recipes
· Sweet Potato Facts
· Cranberry Trivia
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Pineapple Trivia

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Many people report drowsiness after eating Thanksgiving dinner. While turkey often receives the blame, studies suggest that carbohydrate-rich meals may cause sleepiness by increasing the number of tryptophans in the brain.  It is the unusually large, multi-coursed, carbohydrate-rich meal most people eat on Thanksgiving that is more likely the cause of the drowsiness. So just eat the turkey and the vegetables and you may not feel drowsy. 

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