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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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SEPTEMBER is:

Better Breakfast Month
All-American Breakfast Month

California Wine Month

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Family Meals Month

Hunger Action Month: A nationwide campaign to raise awareness about hunger in America and inspire action.

National Biscuit Month

National Bourbon Heritage Month
  'America’s Native Spirit'

National Chicken Month

National Cholesterol Education Month

National Food Safety Month

National Fruit & Veggies Month

National Hazelnut Month

National Honey Month

National Mushroom Month

National Papaya Month (also June)

National Potato Month

National Rice Month

Organic Harvest Month: Organic September (observed in many countries)

Whole Grains Month

Grains of the Month: Rice & Wild Rice

UK: Seed Gathering Season
  (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2023)

UK: Sourdough September
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Parsley is the dried leaves of the hardy biennial herb Petroselinum crispum (family Umbelliferae). This is probably the most well-known and used herb in the United States, used extensively in garnishing foods as well as for flavoring of sauces, stews and stocks. Curly leaf Parsley is best known for garnishing, while flat leaf or Italian Parsley is used in bouquets garni and other flavoring applications.
 

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Too many cooks may spoil the broth, but it only takes one to burn it.”
Madeleine Bingham, ‘The Bad Cook's Guide’ (1968)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

National Pecan Cookie Day (Pecan Trivia & Facts)

National Paw Paw Day (Sept 21, 2023 - 3rd Thurs)
  (Paw Paw Trivia & Facts  ---  Article about Paw Paw)

St. Matthew the Apostle, patron of accountants and tax collectors.

National Farm Safety & Health Week (Sept 17-23, 2023)  [Nat'l Education Ctr for Agricultural Safety]
  (Farms and Farmers Trivia & Facts)

Canada: [National Organic Week] (Sept 18-24, 2023) The largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across Canada.

UK: [British Food Fortnight] (Sept 16-Oct 1, 2023)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1756 John Loudon McAdam was born (died Nov 26, 1836).  Scotish engineer who invented macadam pavement for roads.

1760 Olof Swartz was born. A Swedish botanist who collected plants in Jamaica and Hispaniola, and published several books on the plants of the Caribbean.

1776 The Great Fire of 1776 in New York City.  During the British occupation of the city during the Revolutionary War a fire broke out at the Fighting Cocks Tavern, near Whitehall Slip. It destroyed between 10 and 25 percent of the 4,000 buildings in the city. (New York Food Trivia)

1784 The nation's first daily newspaper, the 'Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser', began publication.

1897 Deere and Co. registered 'John Deere' trademark

1897 The famous editorial 'Is There a Santa Claus' reply to 8 year old Virginia O'Hanlon letter appeared in the New York Sun.
(See article: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus)

1930 John T. Dorrance died (born Nov 11, 1873).  An American chemist, he developed a method to make condensed soup, and served as president of Campbell Soup Co. from 1914 to 1930. (Campbell Soup Trivia)

1937 J.R.R. Tolkein's 'The Hobbit' was published. Hobbits were well known as both gourmets and gourmands.

1959 Congress passes legislation authorizing the Secretary of Agriculture to run a Food Stamp program through 1962. However the Eisenhower Administration never uses the authority.
(See February 2, 1961)

1961 Earle Dickson died. He invented Band-Aids for his wife, who had frequent kitchen accidents, cutting or burning herself. He worked for Johnson & Johnson, who soon began manufacturing Band-Aids.

1964 'Bread and Butter' by The Newbeats was #2 on the charts.

1969 Anne Burrell was born. American chef and television food show personality. Host of the Food Network's 'Secrets Of A Restaurant Chef', 'Worst Cooks in America', and 'Chef Wanted.'  Author of 'Cook Like a Rock Star'.

1970 Monday Night Football premiered. More snack food please! (The Cleveland Browns beat the NY Jets, 31-21)

1971 Coca Cola introduced the plastic bottle.
(Coca-Cola Trivia & Facts)

1982 A bad day for hot dog vendors. Only 2,251 fans came to see last place NY Mets play the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium in New York City. (The Mets lost, 5-1)  (Hot Dog Trivia & Facts)

2015 Stewart Parnell, owner and CEO of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was sentenced to 28 years in prison. He was convicted of 72 counts of fraud and conspiracy for knowingly shipping peanut butter paste contaminated with salmonella bacteria. In 2008 peanut butter paste manufactured by PCA killed 9 people and sickened 714 others in 46 states. It resulted in one of the largest food recalls in American history.  Parnell was the first corporate executive convicted of federal felony charges related to food poisoning.
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) The following events took place in the same year.  What year is it?
The Clementine is developed in Algeria, a hybrid of the tangerine and the Seville orange (bitter orange).
Fannie Merrit Farmer opens Miss Farmer's School of Cookery in Boston, Massachusetts.
New York baker Newman E. Drake founded Drake Bakeries, which will produce items such as Devil Dogs, Ring Dings and Yodels.
Barnum's Animal Crackers are introduced in a box with a string so they may be hung from Christmas trees.
Pepsi-Cola Co. is founded in North Carolina by Caleb Bradham.

2) This fruit has at least 15 different names, but for all these exotic names, this is simply a subtropical member of the squash family, eaten as a vegetable. The pear shaped fruit can be light green or white, with a single seed and a taste similar to zucchini. The fruit is eaten raw or it can be boiled, fried, baked, or stuffed. The young root tubers and young shoots are also eaten.  It is native to Mexico and Central America and was a popular vegetable with the Mayas and Aztecs. It's cultivation has spread all over the world, including the Caribbean, Algeria, Madagascar, Polynesia, southern U.S., China, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia.  Name this fruit.

3) This unique fruit probably originated in Sri Lanka and the Moluccas, and has been cultivated in southeast Asia and Malaysia for several hundred years. They have prominent longitudinal ridges and range in color from yellow to orange. There are 2 varieties found in markets, one very sour and the other slightly sweet. They are bruised easily, so handle with care. They can be eaten out of hand or sliced and used as a garnish or in salads. They can also be used in curries and tarts. 
Name this fruit.
HINT: A total physical description of this fruit would give away the answer.

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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?

It would take a line of over 10 billion pecans to reach the moon!
 

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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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DID YOU KNOW?

Pickles: Fruit or Vegetable? Actually, they are both! According to the U.S. Supreme Court, because they have seeds, pickles are technically a “fruit of the vine. However, because they are made from cucumbers, they are generally known as a vegetable.
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

The carp was the mascot of the radio station WKRP on the TV show 'WKRP in Cincinnati' which ran from September 18, 1978 to September 20, 1982.
 

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