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Partridges were introduced to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The use of the name partridge in the U.S. is very confusing.  In varying parts of the country, the name Partridge is applied to the Bob White, the Quail and the Ruffed Grouse.

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· Gorgonzola/Sun-Dried Tomato Burger
· Chicken and Mushroom Lasagna
· Pasta Al Forno Recipe
· Penne Pasta with Pine Nuts
· French Beans with Vanilla Truffle Oil
· Tilefish and Scallop Risotto
· Avocado, Endive, & Starfruit Salad


· 'The Mind of A Chef' Season 3: Sept 6
· Meatless: Alternatives to Beef & Chicken
· High Nutrition Vitamin Garden
· Homegrown Strawberries

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September Food Months:

For Details, History and more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for SEPTEMBER, including Links to Holiday Origins and additional information, please see the:


• 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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Monday - September 1, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“I have long believed that good food, good eating is all about risk. Whether we're talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime 'associates,' food, for me, has always been an adventure.”
Anthony Bourdain, ‘Kitchen Confidential’ (2000)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Cherry Popover Day
• Partridge Day
• Oyster Season Begins
• St. Fiacre's Day, patron of gardeners.
• St. Verana's Day, patron of millers.

World Water Week (Aug 31 - Sept 5, 2014)
• National Waffle Week (Sept 1-6, 2014)
• UK: Zero Waste Week (Sept 1-7, 2014)


On this day in:

1819 J.J. Wood patented a plow with interchangeable parts.

1826 Alfred Ely Beach was born. American inventor and publisher of ‘Scientific American’ magazine.

1848 Auguste-Henri Forel was born. The next time you are on a picnic and become overtaken by ants, think of Forel. If you would like to know about ants, find a copy of his 5 volume 'The Social World of the Ants.'

1859 The first Pullman Sleeper railroad cars were put into service on the Chicago & Alton Railroad.

1906 Karl August Folkers was born. He was the first to isolate vitamin B12.

1910 Heinz Tomato Soup went on sale in the UK for first time, at Fortnum & Mason.

1914 Martha, the last surviving Passenger Pigeon died on September 1, 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo, the species having been commercially hunted to extinction.
(Passenger Pigeon Trivia)

1940 Lillian D. Wald died. She was a scientist and nurse, and among her activities, she helped initiate the enactment of pure food laws in the U.S.

1951 The Premier, the first supermarket in Britain, opened it's doors.

1971 Michael Romanoff died (born Feb 20, 1890). Born Hershel Geguzin, he was an actor, conman, professional imposter and Hollywood restaurateur. He posed as Russian Prince Michael Alexandrovich Dmitri Oblensky Romanoff from about 1919. He opened Romanoff's restaurant in Beverly Hills in the late 1930s, which became popular with Hollywood movie stars. The restaurant closed in 1962.

2009 New Fisheries Regulations in The Bahamas gives full protection to all Marine turtles found in Bahamian waters by prohibiting the Harvesting, Possession, Purchase and Sale of turtles, their parts and eggs.


Aug 29-Sept 1  NC Apple Festival - Hendersonville, N Carolina
Aug 29-Sept 1  154th Woodstock Agricultural Fair - Connecticut
August 30-Sept 1  Sylmar Olive Festival - Sylmar, California
August 30-September 1  Milan Melon Festival - Milan, Ohio
Aug 31-Sept 1  18th Sweet Tater Festival - Cullman, Alabama
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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) Originally grown in Mexico, transplanted to Louisiana where the demand eventually out grew the supply. They are now grown commercially in Central America and processed in Louisiana. What are they?

2) 946.35 cubic centimeters in the U.S or 1,136.52 cubic centimeters in Great Britain.
What is it?

3) Originally made by stuffing fish skin with a mixture of ground fish, eggs, meal, and seasonings, today the mixture is formed into patties or balls, poached, usually served cold and frequently served with grated horseradish.  The name means 'stuffed fish'.
What is it?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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



Jambalaya is a Creole dish brought by the Spanish to New Orleans in the late 18th century.  'Jamon' is Spanish for ham (French is 'jambon'), and this rice dish is a version of the Spanish paella.  It is seasoned with cayenne pepper instead of saffron, and initially contained only ham, but Creole cooks soon added shrimp.  Today's Jambalaya does not always contain ham, but usually has shrimp and crabmeat, and may contain chicken, sausage, peppers, oysters, tomatoes, and other ingredients.

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Pancetta is Italian pork-belly bacon cured with salt and spices, but not smoked.  Available rolled in a cylinder and used to flavor pastas, sauces, meats and vegetable dishes.

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