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Spanish conquistadors discovered that avocado seeds yield a milky fluid that turns red when exposed to air. They used this indelible natural ink in documents that are preserved to this day.

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· Gorgonzola/Sun-Dried Tomato Burger
· Chicken and Mushroom Lasagna
· Pasta Al Forno Recipe
· Penne Pasta with Pine Nuts
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· 'The Mind of A Chef' Season 3: Sept 6
· Meatless: Alternatives to Beef & Chicken
· High Nutrition Vitamin Garden
· Homegrown Strawberries

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• Better Breakfast Month / All-American Breakfast Month
• California Wine Month (Wine Institute of Calif.)
• Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
• Food Allergy Awareness Month
• Hunger Action Month
• National Apple Month (Actually 3 months, Sept, Oct & Nov)
• National Biscuit Month (Biscuit History - Biscuits and Gravy)
• National Bourbon Heritage Month (Senate Resolution, Aug 2, 2007)
• National Chicken Month (Nat’l Chicken Council)
• National Cholesterol Education Month
• National Food Safety Month
• National Fruit & Veggies Month
• National Hazelnut Month
• National Honey Month (National Honey Board)
• National Mushroom Month (Mushroom Council)
• National Papaya Month (also June)
• National Potato Month
• National Rice Month (1991 by Congress & Presidential decree)
• Organic Harvest Month: Organic September (observed in many countries)
• Wild Rice Month
• Whole Grains Month (Whole Grains Council)
• UK: Sourdough September (Real Bread Campaign)

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Tuesday - September 16, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“Non cooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, well, so is the ballet.”
Julia Child (1912-2004)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
National Guacamole Day
• (National Play-Doh Day, see September 18)
• Feast of St. Cornelius, patron of cattle, domestic animals.
• St. Ludmila, patron of in-law problems.

• UK: National Cupcake Week (Sept 15-21, 2014)
International Housekeepers Week (Sept 14-20, 2014)
• Biscuits and Gravy Week (Sept 10-16, 2014)
Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight (Sept 6-21, 2014)


On this day in:

1380 Charles V of France Died.
* It was Charles V who commissioned Taillevent to write what would become the first professional cookery book written in France, 'Le Viandier'.
* Forks were mentioned in an inventory during his reign
* Some believe that he died as a result of eating amanita mushrooms.

1736 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit died (born May 24, 1606). Fahrenheit was a German physicist who invented the Fahrenheit temperature scale thermometer. It was the first thermometer to use mercury instead of alcohol, which also extended the temperature range of  thermometers.

1835 Charles Darwin arrived at the Galapagos islands aboard the HMS Beagle. The unique fauna he observed on the various islands there helped in forming his theory of natural selection.

1903 Luther Crowell died (born Sept 7, 1840). He invented a machine to make square bottomed grocery bags.(U.S. Patent No. 123,811, Feb 20, 1872)

1919 Marvin P. Middlemark was born (died Sept 14, 1989). American inventor, he invented the 'Rabbit Ear' TV antenna in 1953 in Rego Park (Queens), New York, and among other minor inventions, a water powered potato peeler.

1947 The first aluminum foil, Reynolds Metals 'Reynolds Wrap' goes on sale. (Aluminum Trivia)

1987 The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed. The international treaty was designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of most substances responsible for ozone depletion, such as CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons).


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September 19-21, 2014  Taste of the Beach - Pensacola, Florida
Sept 19-21  45th Annual Scallop Fest - East Falmouth, Mass.
Sept 20  10th Lowville Cream Cheese Festival - Lowville, NY
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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What was the first toy advertised on television (1952)?

2) The English walnut is native to what area, and what country is the worlds largest producer today?
     [a] Western Europe and England
     [b] Eastern Europe and the U.S.
     [c] South America and China

3) How many hot dogs do Americans eat each year?
     [a] 900 million
     [b] 16 billion
     [c] 100 billion

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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



Nesselrode pudding is a delicious dessert made by adding chestnut puree to a custard cream, frequently with candied fruit, raisins, and/or sultanas added. Usually topped with whipped cream. M. Mouy, the chef to Count Karl Robert von Nesselrode, a 19th century Russian statesman, is usually credited with its creation.
   There are several other dishes named for Count Nesselrode, all containing chestnuts or chestnut puree. Nesselrode Pie, Nesselrode Torte, Bombe Nesselrode.

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The California Dancing Raisin was introduced in 1984 by the California Raisin Industry marketing staff to increase awareness and demand for California raisins.

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Hot Pot is a British stew (originating in the mid 19th century) of mutton or beef layered with vegetables and finally potatoes, and cooked in a deep covered pot on the stove or in the oven.  One of the more famous varieties is Lancashire Hot Pot, with mutton, lamb kidneys, onions, potatoes (and sometimes oysters). Frequently served with red cabbage.

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