Weekly Trivia Quiz is below
TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE
“I've waffled before. I'll waffle again.”
Howard Dean, American politician
Food Holidays - Today is:
• National Oatmeal-Nut Waffle Day
• World Salt Awareness Week (March 10-16, 2014)
[On March 12, 1930 Mahatma Gandhi began his march to the coastal village of Dandi, to protest the British salt monopoly.]
· Salt Facts and Trivia · Salt Kitchen Tips
· Articles: Salt of the Earth Part 1 · Part 2
TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY
On this day in:
1791 Samuel Mulliken of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received a patent for a machine to thresh corn and grain.
1853 Self rising flour was supposedly invented by Henry Jones of Bristol, UK. (Dates vary, 1845, 1852 and 1853).
1888 In the Northeastern U.S. the 'Great Blizzard of 1888' began 3 days of snow, wind and freezing weather. Up to 4 feet of snow fell with drifts exceeding 20 feet, shutting down all communication and transportation.
1903 Lawrence Welk, champagne music-maker, was born.
1918 The first U.S. cases of the deadly 'Spanish Influenza' were reported at the Army hospital in Fort Riley, Kansas. The pandemic killed more than 600,000 Americans, and almost 40 million people worldwide.
1945 Canned Heat guitarist Harvey Mandel was born.
1947 Mark Stein of the music group 'Vanilla Fudge' was born.
1955 Alexander Fleming died (born Aug 6, 1881). Scottish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928 while working at St. Mary's Hospital in London.
1972 Neil Young's album 'Harvest' is number 1 on U.S. and U.K. charts.
2008 San Francisco passed a law requiring chain restaurants (with 20 or more locations in California) to post nutrition information on their menus.
UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS
March 13-16, 2014 International Dutch Oven Society's World Championship Cook-Off - Sandy, Utah
March 14-15, 2014 Iowa Rabbit Festival - Iowa, Louisiana
March 15, 2014 21st Annual Taste of Yountville - California
March 15, 2014 5th Annual Pigfest - Tallahassee, Florida
March 15, 2014 12th Wild Hog Explosion - Bandera, Texas
FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ (new on March 7, 2014)
1) This item was so expensive up until the 1500s that it was used in small amounts in medicines, but not in food.
[a] saffron; [b] vanilla; [c] sugar
2) Which of the following are mentioned in the Old testament and are among the earliest cultivated foods?
[a] almonds and dates
[b] rice and wheat
[c] basil and saffron
3) Those with thyroid problems should avoid eating large amount of these foods.
[a] salt and lemons
[b] cabbage and cauliflower
[c] asparagus and broccoli
4) There are 3 varieties of this cheese, a 'white', a 'red' and a 'blue veined'. It is the oldest named cheese made in the British Isles.
[a] Stilton; [b] Caerphilly; [c] Cheshire
5) What are the 3 major fruits native to North America?
[a] apples, blueberries, Thompson seedless grapes
[b] cranberries, Concord grapes, apples
[c] blueberries, Concord grapes, cranberries
6) This large vegetable is best eaten when about 18 inches long, although they can grow to twice that size. They are related to the black eyed pea, and are popular in China.
Name this vegetable.
7) These fungi are common on plant leaves and in the intestinal tracts of warm blooded animals. They are also found in the soil and in saltwater. Some are also used in food and vegetable production.
Name this fungi.
8) The seeds and leaves of these evergreen trees and shrubs contain poisonous alkaloids that stop the heart of an animal so quickly that no symptoms are seen; the animal just drops dead. The flesh of the berries are the least poisonous parts. These trees were sacred to the Druids, and wood from the trees was formerly used to make long bows.
Name this tree.
9) What is a deep dish (casserole or soufflé dish) fruit pie (peach is most common) with only a top biscuit dough crust?
10) 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.
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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.