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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

FEATURED FOR JANUARY

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Tailgating and Game Day Articles with Recipes

Winter Soup Recipes

Guacamole & Avocado Dips

Chicken Wing Recipes

Holiday Party Hors d’Oeuvre Recipes

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FEATURED RECIPES & TIPS

· Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

· Pickle Juice Chili Recipe

· Chile Verde de Puerco

· The Best Chili Con Carne Recipe

· Senator Mitch Mcconnell's Burgoo

· Hearty Beef Stew With Roasted Winter Vegetables

· White Chili Recipe

· Original Frank's Redhot Wings

· Classic Buffalo Wings Recipe

· Sweet Potato Cooking Tips

· Spicy Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

· Sweet Potato Pear Soup Recipe

· Pumpkin Fritters Recipe

· Cornwallis Yams (Sweet Potatoes)

· Maria's Pumpkin Pie Recipe
 

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January Food Holidays:

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

JANIARY is:

• Be Kind To Food Servers Month

• Bread Machine Baking Month
  · Bread Recipes     · Bread Trivia

• Family Fit Lifestyle Month

• National Fiber Focus Month
  · Fiber Facts & Trivia

• National Hot Tea Month
  · Tea Trivia & History

• National Meat Month
  · Meat Recipes

• National Soup Month
  · Soup Recipes

• Oatmeal Month
More oatmeal is eaten in January than any other month
• Oats: Grain of the Month
  · Oats Trivia

• Prune Breakfast Month

• Wheat Bread Month
  · Wheat Trivia      · Bread Recipes

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DID YOU KNOW?

The peanut plant originated in South America. As early as 1500 B.C., the Incans of Peru used peanuts as sacrificial offerings and entombed them with their mummies to aid in the spirit life.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Fig Newton: The force required to accelerate a fig 39.37 inches per sec.”
Johnny Hart, cartoonist (1931-2007)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Irish Coffee Day (Irish Coffee Trivia)

• [National Seed Swap Day] (Jan 25, 2020 - last Sat)
Swap seeds with other gardeners in your bioregion. Learn, network and prepare for the gardening season ahead. Connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about saving seeds and sharing their seed stories!

• Fresh Squeezed Juice Week (Jan 19-25, 2020)

• Healthy Weight Week (Jan 19-25, 2020)
  (Healthy Diets and Dieting Articles)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1759 Robert Burns was born (died July 21, 1796). Scottish poet, widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.  His poem 'Auld Lang Syne,' set to the tune of a traditional folk song, is traditionally sung at midnight to celebrate the start of the New Year.

1799 Eliakim Spooner of Vermont patented a gravity feed seed planting machine. It was not until 1840 that a truly practical seed planting machine was developed.

1858 Mendelssohn's famous ‘Wedding March’ was first performed at a royal wedding.  Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise, the oldest child of Queen Victoria, married Frederick William IV of Prussia.

1870 Gustavus D. Dows received U.S. patent No. 99,170 for an "Improvement in Soda-Fountains"

1874 British author, W. Somerset Maugham was born. Among the titles of his novels and short stories are: 'Cakes and Ale', 'The Alien Corn' and 'The Breadwinner.'

1906 Helen Corbitt was born (died: Jan 16, 1978). American chef and cookbook author. Texas Monthly declared Corbitt to be the 'Tastemaker of the Century.'

1919 The Hotel Pennsylvania opened in Manhattan, across the street from Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden. Built by the Pennsylvania Railroad and operated by Ellsworth Statler, with 2,200 rooms it was the largest hotel in the world at the time.

1924 The First Winter Olympics open at Chamonix, in the French Alps.

1936 Donald Featherstone was born (died June 22, 2015). An American artist, he designed the original plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament.

1938 New England Products, Inc. registered "V8" trademark for its combination of eight vegetable juices: tomato, spinach, celery, carrot, beet, lettuce, watercress and parlsey juice.

1945 Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first U.S. city to fluoridate its drinking water, to reduce tooth decay.  (Michigan Food Trivia)

1959 American Airlines opened the jet age in the U.S. with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.

1969 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' by Marvin Gaye was number one on the music charts.

1974 Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s fast food restaurant chain, bought the San Diego Padres baseball team for $12 million. (McDonald’s Trivia)

1993 Sears announced the closing of the catalog sales department after 97 years.

2018 French fishermen blockaded the port city of Calais to protest the practice of electric pulse fishing, which uses electrodes to emit electric waves, stunning fish which then float upwards and are scooped up by giant nets.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· January 20-February 1, 2020 - Restaurant Weeks
San Antonio Area, Texas

· January 23-26, 2020  Oregon Truffle Festival
Eugene and the surrounding countryside, Oregon

· January 23-February 2, 2020  134th Saint Paul Winter Carnival - St. Paul, Minnesota

· January 24-26, 2020  NY Times Travel Show
New York, New York

· January 24-February 2, 2020  Crab Feast Mendocino
Mendocino, California

· January 25, 2020  14th Annual Port Salerno Seafood Festival - Port Salerno, Florida

· January 26-February 2, 2020  Key West Food and Wine Festival - Key West, Florida

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

This genus of tuberous rooted herbs of the daisy family, is native to Mexico and Central America, and grows at elevations of 5,000 feet and above. (It is the national flower of Mexico.) They were brought to Spain in 1789 and soon spread to Britain, France and the rest of Europe. The botanist, Andreas Dahl, considered it a vegetable, and the French, like the Aztecs, cultivated the plant for its edible tuber. The tuber has a taste similar to the Jerusalem artichoke, and are cooked in the same manner. The emphasis soon switched to its use as a garden flower, when some of the larger, double flowered varieties arrived in Europe. There are about 2,000 varieties grown for their flowers, which include single and double flowers in white, yellow, red, orange, purple and bicolor. 
Name this plant.

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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?

Quince is not edible when raw (very hard, bitter and tart), and must be cooked before eating.  When thoroughly cooked, it makes an excellent preserve.

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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?

Dr. George Washington Carver researched and developed more than 300 uses for peanuts in the early 1900s; Dr. Carver is considered "The Father of the Peanut Industry" because of his extensive research and selfless dedication to promoting peanut production and products. 
 

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IN SEASON FOR WINTER

APPLES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

BANANAS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

GRAPES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

PEARS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

Pineapple Trivia

BEETS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

BRUSSELS SPROUTS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CARROTS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CAULIFLOWER
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CRANBERRIES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

GARLIC
  Trivia  ---  Tips

GINGER
  Trivia  ---  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PARSNIPS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

PUMPKINS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

SWEET POTATOES
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

WINTER SQUASH
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

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DID YOU KNOW?

Mr. Peanut was created by 13 year-old Antonio Gentile in a logo contest held by Planters in 1916.  He won the grand prize of $5.00.  His drawing of a peanut person with arms and crossed legs was refined by a professional illustrator who added the top hat, monocle, white gloves and cane.

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