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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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FEATURED FOR AUGUST

• Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals
• Updated: Recipe Contests
Summer Food Ideas & Recipes
BBQ & Grilling Articles & Recipes

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· Marshmallow Trivia & Facts
· Chop Suey History & Origin

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SUMMER RECIPES

· Green Bean Saute Recipe
· Green Beans Amandine with Vanilla
· Grilled Eggplant with Gruyère
· Minted Sugar Peas
· Mushrooms with Herbs
· Cheddar Stuffed Tomatoes
· Baked Sweet Peppers
· Zucchini Boats
· Strawberry Pie Recipe

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SUMMER FOOD ARTICLES
(Most with recipes)

· Bell Pepper Facts & Uses
· Eggplant: Identity Crisis
· Leafy Greens Articles
· Mushroom History & Folklore
· Tomatoes: Heirlooms & Recipes
More Vegetable Articles
· Rhubarb Description & Uses
· Apricot History & Description
· Melon Varieties and Uses
· History of Strawberries
More Fruit Articles

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August Food Months:

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

AUGUST is:

• Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month
• Maine Lobster Month
• National Catfish Month
• National Goat Cheese Month
• National Panini Month
• National Peach Month
• National Sandwich Month
• National Water Quality Month
• Canada: National Blueberry Month
• UK: National Fishing Month (July 22-Aug 29, 2016)

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DID YOU KNOW?

Around 10,000 B.C. man first started eating a crude form of flat bread—a baked combination of flour and water. Ancient Egyptians are usually credited with inventing the oven and discovering yeast leavening. About 3,000 B.C. they started fermenting flour and water mixtures by using wild, air-borne yeast. Eventually they added sugar, salt and flavorings such as poppy and sesame seeds.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Some sensible person once remarked that you spend the whole of your life either in your bed or in your shoes. Having done the best you can by shoes and bed, devote all the time and resources at your disposal to the building up of a fine kitchen. It will be, as it should be, the most comforting and comfortable room in the house.”
Elizabeth David (1913-1992) French Country Cooking
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Toasted Marshmallow Day
• St. Fiacre, patron of gardeners, florists, and box makers

World Water Week (Aug 28-Sept 2, 2016) World Water Week is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. It has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991.

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1812 Agoston Haraszthy de Mokcsa was born.  Mokcsa imported 1,400 varieties of grapevines to California in 1862 and planted the first large vineyard in California in the Sonoma Valley.  After the devastating blight destroyed much of Europe’s vineyards, some of these same vines, now on resistant root stock, helped rescue the French and German wine industries.
(Phylloxera vastatrix, Deadly Vine Disease)

1822 Rowland H. Macy was born (died March 29, 1877). Founder of Macy's department store October 27, 1858.

1890 President Benjamin Harrison signed the first law requiring inspection of meat products. It required the U.S. Dept of Agriculture (USDA) through the Bureau of Animal Industry, to inspect salted pork and bacon intended for export. In 1891, this law was amended to require the inspection and certification of all live cattle and beef intended for export.

1939 The first Wheaties commercial (live) aired when host Red Barbar promoted it during a Brooklyn Dodgers game (‘Variety’, August 30, 1939).  Later the Dodgers did a promotion dressed in street clothes saying 'Yum, Yum Stuff!' (Variety, April 24, 1940).  [Wheaties Trivia and Facts]

1979 President Jimmy Carter was attacked by a rabbit while on a canoe trip in Georgia.  He beat it away with a paddle.  (Man eating, aquatic rabbits?)

1989 'Hotel queen' Leona Helmsley was found guilty of mail fraud and income tax evasion. She eventually served 18 months in a federal penitentiary.

2007 Michael Jackson, a leading beer critic, died at age 65.  He was the author of 'The World Guide to Beer' (1977), and wrote for articles for various newspapers and food magazines, etc.
 

UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· August 25-Sept 5  Maryland State Fair - Timonium, Maryland
· August 25-September 5, 2016  Minnesota State Fair
· Aug 25-Sept 5  Great New York State Fair - Syracuse, NY
· August 26-Sept 5  Colorado State Fair - Pueblo, Colorado
· Aug 26-Sept 5  Nebraska State Fair - Grand Island, Neb.
· Aug 26-September 5  Oregon State Fair - Salem, Oregon
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This black, bulbous fungus is considered by most U.S. farmers as a plant disease. The Aztecs considered it a delicacy, and it is still prized in Mexican cuisine.
Name this fungus.

2) This native of Queensland is one of Australia's few contributions to the world's food plants, this tree and its food product were named for an Australian chemist who was born in Scotland. It is said that he never tasted the food named after him.

3) What country produces 2/3 of the world's garlic?
  a) Mexico     b) China     c) United States
  d) Italy     e) Brazil

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions
 

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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.
· 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?

Bombay duck is a small (up to 16 inches) edible lizardfish which in India is salted then sun dried and used as a condiment.  It is also used as a food fish in many areas of southern Asia. Also known as bummalo, bumla and bombil.

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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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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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IN SEASON FOR SUMMER

· Bell Pepper Trivia
· Corn Trivia
· Corn Recipes
· Cucumber Trivia
· Eggplant Trivia
· Eggplant Recipes
· Garlic Trivia
· Green Bean Trivia
· Fresh Bean Recipes
· Mushroom Trivia
· Mushroom Recipes
· Peas Trivia
· Pea Recipes
· Tomato Trivia
· Tomato Recipes
· Apricot Trivia
· Blackberry Trivia
· Kiwifruit Trivia
· Strawberry Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

Common salt, sodium chloride, is sold in several different particle sizes (gradation) and forms, depending on the intended end use. Discrete crystals can be seen in rock salt used for deicing. Fine granules are typical of table salt and even finer popcorn salt. Kosher salt, pickling salt and ice cream salt are slightly coarser. Small compressed pellets are used in water softeners and large salt blocks are used as salt licks for livestock. When viewed under strong magnification, all sodium chloride is crystalline. Very large cubic crystals, of two, three or more inches in size, can be seen in some salt mines. They are transparent and cleave into perfect cubes when struck with a hard object.

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