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Vanilla was used by the Aztecs to flavor chocolate, and they introduced the Spanish explorers to both.

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• Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  · Gluten Intolerance Article
• Food Allergy Action Month
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• Int’l Mediterranean Diet Month
• National Artisan Gelato Month
• National Barbecue Month
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• National Chocolate Custard Month
• National Egg Month
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• National Hamburger Month
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• National Salad Month
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• National Salsa Month
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• National Strawberry Month
  · Strawberry Trivia
• National Vinegar Month
  · Vinegar History & Manufacture
  · Vinegar Kitchen Tips
• Tavern Month (?)
• UK: National Asparagus Month
  · Asparagus, The Herald of Spring
  · Asparagus Recipes
• UK: National Restaurant Month

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Friday, May 22, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“....if a man hates tapioca pudding he is a good fellow and my friend.”
A.A. Milne, English Author, 'Lunch' (1934)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Maritime Day (Annual Presidential proclamation to honor the U.S. Merchant Marine - )
• National Vanilla Pudding Day

• UK: British Tomato Week (May 18-24, 2015)
  [British Tomato Growers’ Association]
• UK: National Vegetarian Week (May 18-24, 2015)
  [The Vegetarian Society]
• World Trade Week  (May 17-23, 2015) Every year, by Presidential Proclamation.
International Pickle Week (May 14-25, 2015) Observed for more than 50 years, Pickle Week is one of the longest running food promotions.


On this day in:

1819 American steamship SS Savannah sailed from Savannah, Georgia for Liverpool, England. The first steamship to cross the Atlantic. It arrived at Liverpool on June 20, 1819.  (The S.S. Savannah Story)

1859 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born.  Creator of Sherlock Holmes.  Holmes would go for days without food while working on a case.

1892 Dr. Washington Sheffeld invented the collapsible metal toothpaste tube.

1894 African American inventor S. Newson patented an "oil heater or cooker."

1931 Canned rattlesnake goes on sale.  Packed by George K. End of Arcadia, Florida.  Not quite as big a hit as Spam.

1934 David Wesson died.  An American chemist who developed a method to make cotton seed oil edible.  Cotton seed oil has almost no taste, so it allows the flavors of other foods to come through.  It is used in the manufacture of margarine, salad dressings, in commercially fried foods, and of course, Wesson Oil.

1946 The Culinary Institute of America is founded.

1947 Amedeo Obici died (born July 15, 1877).  Obici and Mario Peruzzi founded Planters Peanut Company in 1906. (Planter’s Peanut Trivia

1956 Lever Brothers registered 'Wisk' trademark for America's first liquid laundry detergent.

1990 Microsoft releases Windows 3.0

1992 Elizabeth David died (born Dec 26, 1913). "Britain's first lady of food."  Food writer who strongly influenced home cookery in Britain after the austerity of WW II, writing about European cuisines and traditional British cookery.

2005 Thurl Ravenscroft died (born Feb 6, 1914). Voice actor best known as the voice of 'Tony the Tiger' in Kellogg's Frosted Flakes commercials - "They're grrrreeat!" (The Tony the Tiger Story)


· May 11-22  6th Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week - Fla
· May 14-24  6th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week - Illinois
· May 20-25  New Orleans Wine & Food Experience - LA
· May 22-23  Ware Shoals Catfish Feastival - South Carolina
· May 23-24  32nd Pungo Strawberry Festival - Virginia

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This product was invented around 1910 by Swiss chemist Jacques Brandenberger. It is derived from wood pulp, and various types are widely used for breads, meat, produce, etc. 
Name this product.

2) The fruit from this tree is called 'monkey bread' and is eaten as is or used to make a drink, its flesh is dried and ground into flour, and the leaves are dried and crushed for flavoring. Even the pulp of the tree is sometimes eaten.
What is the name of this tree?

3) What is the name of the yeast-raised dinner roll created accidentally by the baker at a Boston Hotel in the 1870s?

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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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Until the middle of the 19th century when cottonseed oil production began, so much cotton seed was left over from cotton production that it was considered a health problem.

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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?"
Fictional cookery writer Hilary Small, in episode 6, series 2 of 'Pie In the Sky'

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A natural gelling agent found in ripe fruit. Pectin is an important ingredient in making jams and jellies. Some fruits have high pectin levels (e.g., citrus fruit, blackberries, apples and red currants) but others are low in pectin (e.g., strawberries) so lemon juice is added to strawberry jam to help the set.

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