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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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February Food Holidays:

For Details, History and more DAY, WEEK and MONTH Food Holiday designations, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information:
SEE Detailed FEBRUARY Food Calendar

FEBRUARY is:

Black History Month

American Heart Month

Bake for Family Fun Month

Canned Food Month

Chocolate Lovers Month

Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month

Grain of the Month: Barley

Great American Pies Month

National Bird Feeding Month - In January 1994, Illinois 10th District Congressman John Porter read a resolution in the Congressional Record making February National Bird Feeding Month. The observance was established because it's one of the most difficult months in much of the U.S. for birds to survive in the wild.

National Cherry Month

National Children's Dental Health Month

National Grapefruit Month

National Hot Breakfast Month

National Potato Lover's Month

National Snack Food Month

Sweet Potato Month

Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
(Shopping Cart Inventor Sylvan Goldman)
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

There are over 400 different varieties of kiwifruit (Yangtao) in China where they have been used for over 700 years.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

The strawberry "is the wonder of all the Fruits growing naturally in those parts...In some parts where the Natives have planted, I have many times seen as many as would fill a good ship, within a few miles compasse."
Roger Williams (1636)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

National Kahlua Day (a coffee liqueur) [Kahlua.com]

National Strawberry Day (Strawberry Trivia & Facts)

National Protein Day (origin unknown)

[National Eating Disorders Awareness Week] (Feb 26-March 3, 2024)

[National Invasive Species Awareness Week] (Feb 26-March 3, 2024) Raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, international and national levels.
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1827 The first Mardi Gras celebration was held in New Orleans.

1879 Saccharin, an artificial sweetener, was discovered by Constantine Fahlberg and Ira Remsen at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  The FDA required warning labels from 1977 to 2000 on products using saccharin because it was a suspected carcinogen.  After additional research, the FDA repealed the warning labels and declared saccharin safe for consumption.
(Saccharin Trivia & Facts)

1899 Charles Best was born (died March 31, 1978). Co-discoverer in 1921 (with Dr. F. Banting) of the hormone insulin, used to treat diabetes.

1900 Felix Hoffman of the German Farbenfabriken of Elberfeld Company was issued U.S. patent 644,077 for 'Acetyl Salicylic Acid'' - soon to be marketed by Bayer AG as the familiar pain reliever, Aspirin. [Aspirin was originally developed by Charles Frederic Gerhardt in 1853, but he never followed up on it and it was soon forgotten]. (See also Jan 21, 1868).

1902 John Steinbeck was born. American novelist, some of his titles were: 'The Grapes of Wrath,' 'Tortilla Flats' and 'Cannery Row.'

1936 Ivan Petrovich Pavlov died. Pavlov's work with dogs actually started as a study of digestion.  He theorized that digestion was controlled in part by sensory inputs of sight, smell and taste - and as he discovered, ding-ding - sound; 'conditioned reflex.'

1941 At the 13th Academy Awards, 'The Grapes of Wrath' won awards for Best Director (John Ford) and Best Supporting Actress (Jane Darwell as Ma Joad). Based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name dealing with the Great Depression, tenant farmers, migrant workers, the dust bowl and California.

1962 David Burke was born.  A multiple award winning American celebrity chef and restaurateur.

1971 'One Bad Apple' by The Osmonds was #1 on the music charts.

1985 Former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro appeared in a Diet Pepsi TV commercial.
(Pepsi Trivia)

1993 Jose Duval died (born 1919).  Actor and singer, he played the coffee planter, Juan Valdez, in commercials for Columbian coffee.

1997 Kingsley Davis died (born Aug 20, 1908). World renowned American sociologist and demographer. An expert on population trends, he coined the terms 'population explosion' and 'zero population growth.'
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

February 24-March 5, 2024  New York City Beer Week
New York, New York

Feb 29-March 10, 2024  Florida Strawberry Festival
Plant City, Florida

March 1-2, 2024 - 72nd Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show - Memphis, Tennessee

March 1-3, 2024  National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show
Albuquerque, New Mexico

March 1-3, 2024  18th Annual Portland Seafood & Wine Festival - Portland, Oregon

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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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?
The New Haven Restaurant Institute was founded. It soon became The Culinary Institute of America.
Self rising cornmeal was marketed for the first time.
French's Instant Potato (mashed potatoes) were introduced.
The cocktail 'Moscow Mule' is created (Smirnoff vodka and ginger beer in a copper mug)

2) Worldwide the most popular spice is black pepper. What is the second most popular spice?
  a) oregano.  b) cumin.  c) saffron.
  d) thyme.   e) paprika.

3) In 1951 the U.S. Dept of Defense conducted a survey to find out which dessert was the favorite among members of the U.S. armed services.
What was their favorite dessert?
  a) banana cream pie.  b) apple pie.  c) ice cream.
  d) fruit.  e) chocolate cake.

Click Here for Quiz Answers
 

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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?

A prominent figure at Napoleon's court, Madame Tallien added the juice of 22 pounds of strawberries to each of her baths.

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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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DID YOU KNOW?

The Clementine is a hybrid of tangerine and the Seville or bitter orange developed in 1902 near Oran, Algeria by Father Clement Rodier, a French missionary. They are easy to peel, have only occasional seeds, and have a very pleasant tangy, sweet flavor. They have been called 'zipper oranges' and kid-glove oranges because they are so easy to peel (a lady could peel one wearing kid gloves).

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DID YOU KNOW?

Electric bread machines were introduced in 1992.

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