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Rhubard was legally classified as a fruit in the U.S. in 1947, even though botanically it is a vegetable.

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• American Red Cross Month
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• National Frozen Food Month
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   · What Not to Freeze
• National Kidney Month
• National Noodle Month
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• National Nutrition Month
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• National Peanut Month
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• National Sauce Month
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• Canada: Nutrition Month
• UK: National Veggie Month
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Safflower is a thistlelike Eurasian plant (Carthamus tinctorius) of the daisy family, having heads of red or orange flowers that are the source of a red dye.  The seeds, which look like small pine nuts, contain an oil used in foods (especially margarines), cosmetics, paints, and medicine.  The flower petals are sometimes used as a substitute for saffron.  Safflower has been found in Egyptian tombs dating to about 3500 B.C.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“We've been sold on the idea that travel is no longer a luxury. It's a staple, like soymilk.”
James Morris, Wilson Quarterly (Winter 2007)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Cheese Doodle Day
• National Absinthe Day
• International School Meals Day (March 5, 2015)

• National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6, 2015)
   [School Nutrition Association]
• UK: SPAM Appreciation Week (March 2-8, 2015)


On this day in:

1512 Gerardus Mercator was born (died Dec 2, 1594)  The Flemish cartographer who created a world map using what would become known as Mercator projection, with parallel lines of latitude and longitude. This was convenient for navigation but land masses appeared increasingly enlarged at the top and bottom.

1558 Francisco Fernandes supposedly introduced smoking tobacco to Europe.

1836 Charles Goodnight was born. He is said to have devised the first 'chuck wagon' from an Army wagon in the 1850s or 1860s, with various shelves and compartments for food, equipment, utensils, medical supplies, etc. (Chuck Wagon History)

1868 C.H. Gould of Birminghom, England patented a stapler. (Countless staplers have been patented).

1893 Emmett J. Culligan was born. He was the founder of the water treatment company that carries his name. (“Hey, Culligan Man!”)

1910 Momofuku Ando was born in Taiwan. Mr. Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products, and invented 'Instant Ramen' noodles.

1936 'Mutiny on the Bounty' is voted 'Outstanding Production' (Best Picture) at the 8th Academy Awards. The story of the mutiny against Captain Bligh on the English ship 'Bounty' when it was sailing from Tahiti to bring back breadfruit trees.
(Breadfruit Trivia & The Bounty Mutiny)

1955 Fernand Point died (born 1897). Well known French Chef and restaurateur. His restaurant La Pyramide was considered by many to be the greatest in the world.  Paul Bocuse, Louis Outhier, Alain Chapel and Jean and Pierre Troisgros all trained under Point, and he is considered to be the father of modern French Cuisine.

1963 Arthur 'Spud' Melin of Wham-O received a patent for the Hula-Hoop. A great exercise tool, first sold in 1958.

1965 ‘Pepper’ Martin, baseball player died.

1990 Eight Canadian flour mills are charged with rigging prices for food aid, amounting to $500 million over 12 years.

2000 The world's first cloned pigs (5 of them) were born in Virginia. They were produced by a Virginia subsidiary of the same Scotland company, PPL Therapeutics, that cloned Dolly the sheep.

2004 Martha Stewart, business magnate, cookbook author and TV personality, was convicted of obstructing justice and lying about a well timed stock sale just before the priced plummeted.


· Feb 26-March 8  Florida Strawberry Festival - Plant City, Fla
· Feb 26-March 8  Sacramento Beer Week - Sacramento, Calif
· March 1-7  Atlantic City Restaurant Week - New Jersey
· March 3-22  Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - Texas
· March 4-8  Charleston Wine + Food - Charleston, SC
· March 6-8  27th National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show - Albuquerque, NM


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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This relative of the apple and pear is one of the earliest known fruits. For over 4,000 years, trees have grown in Asia and the Mediterranean. Today, it is also found in Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States. The fruit as we know it in the United States is a different fruit from that found in Western Asia and tropical countries, where the fruit is softer and more juicy. In colder climates, the fruit has a fine, handsome shape, a rich golden color when ripe, and a strong fragrance, judged by some to be heavy and overpowering. In the raw form, the rind is rough and woolly, and the flesh is hard and unpalatable, with an astringent, acidulous taste. In hotter countries, the woolly rind disappears and the fruit can be eaten raw. Because it’s rarely used in its raw form in the United States, the hard and dry flesh of this fruit turns light pink to purple, becoming softer and sweeter when it’s cooked. Because of the astringent, tart flavor, they are commonly made into preserves and jellies. 
Name this fruit.

2) They were first developed in Sicily and were known to both the Greeks and the Romans. In 77 AD the Roman naturalist Pliny called them one of earth's monstrosities, but many continued to eat them. Historical accounts show that wealthy Romans enjoyed them prepared in honey and vinegar, seasoned with cumin, so that this treat would be available year round.  It was not until the early twentieth century that they were grown in the United States. All that are commercially grown in the United States are grown in California.  They are actually a flower bud, and if allowed to flower, the blossoms measure up to seven inches in diameter and are a violet-blue color.
Name this plant.

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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.

          Chef James


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"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?"
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Richard Hellmann was a deli owner in New York City in the early years of the 20th century.  He made his salads and sandwiches with his wife Nina's mayonnaise.  It was so popular, that he began selling it by the scoop, and then in bulk to other stores.  In 1912 he built a factory for producing it in jars, and was an immediate success.  His Blue Ribbon mayonnaise in jars contributed greatly to the surge in popularity of cole slaw as a side dish.

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