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• African American History Month
• American Heart Month
• Bake for Family Fun Month
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• Canned Food Month
  (Can Trivia  -  Canned Food History)
• Chocolate Lovers Month
• Florida Strawberry Month
• Great American Pies Month
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• National Bird Feeding Month - one of the most difficult months in much of the U.S. for birds to survive in the wild.
• National Cherry Month
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• National Children's Dental Health Month
• National Grapefruit Month
  (Grapefruit Trivia)
• National Hot Breakfast Month
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• National Potato Lover's Month
  (Potato Recipes - Potato Trivia & Facts - Potato History)
• National Snack Food Month
• Sweet Potato Month
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• Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month (Shopping Cart Inventor Sylvan Goldman)

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Flies are said to dislike fennel, and powdered fennel has been used to keep flies away in kennels and stables.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“Cooking is like love.  It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”
Harriet Van Horne, ‘Vogue’ 10/1956

Food Holidays - Today is:

• Valentine's Day: One of the busiest days of the year for restaurants.
• National Cream Filled Chocolates Day
• Bulgaria: Trifon Zarezan (Vinegrowers or Viticulturists’ Day). This is a very ancient holiday rite; Bulgarians prune the vines and sprinkle them with wine for a good harvest.
• UK: Bramley Apple Week (Feb 8-14, 2016)


On this day in:

1773 Benjamin Delessert was born (died March 1, 1847).  French industrialist who developed the first successful process to extract sugar from sugar beets

1779 Captain James Cook died. British explorer who charted and named many Pacific Islands, including the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).

1803 Moses Coates of Downington, Pennsylvania received a patent for a 'Machine for Paring Apples'

1833 Gottlieb Sigismund Kirchhof died. He discovered glucose, developed a method for refining vegetable oil, and experimented with brewing and fermentation.

1838 Margaret E. Knight was born. An American inventor, she invented an improved paper bag machine to make bags with flat bottoms.

1859 George Washington Ferris was born (died Nov 22, 1896). He developed the first Ferris Wheel for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois which opened on May 1, 1893.

1871 Thomas Adams, of Hudson City, New Jersey, received a patent for a method of producing chewing-gum. (See also Chewing Gum Trivia & Facts)

1886 California oranges were first shipped East by rail.

1903 The U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor was established.

1922 The Fleischmann Co. registered 'Fleischmann's' trademark for yeast (first used in 1876).

1923 The Velveeta Cheese Company is incorporated in Monroe, New York. Velveeta cheese was packaged using a 1921 invention of a tinfoil lining that could house the cheese inside a wooden box. Its special cooking properties quickly caught on. When melted, it was as smooth as velvet (hence its name), and it would never curdle when heated.  (Acquired by Kraft in 1927).

1972 The musical 'Grease' opened at the Eden Theatre in New York City.

2003 Dolly the sheep died. Dolly was the first animal cloned from an adult animal. (Born July 5, 1996)


· February 4-15, 2016  Florida State Fair - Tampa, Florida
· February 11-20  Arizona Beer Week - Statewide, Arizona
· February 11-28  San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo - Texas
· February 13-14, 2016  Big Cheese Festival - Fairfield, Ohio
· February 13-14  Annual Boston Wine Expo - Massachusetts

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) Growing on a relative of the mango, cashew and turpentine tree, these are native to central Asia (probably originating around Persia). They have been cultivated for over 7,000 years, (they are mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible) and before that were gathered from the wild. The Greeks were (and are) very fond of them, and use them in many pastries. Today they are grown mainly in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries and in California.

2) In the 16th century, boiled hedgehog was a common dish in what city?
   a) London   b) Paris   c) New York
   d) Berlin   e) Moscow

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Read an article about Chef James and the website published in January 2015 in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers
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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


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Fennel is the dried, ripe fruit of the perennial Foeniculum vulgare. Tall and hardy, this plant has finely divided, feathery, green foliage and golden yellow flowers. Oval seeds form in clusters after the flowers have died and are harvested when they harden.

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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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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes

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· Apple Trivia
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· Pumpkin Trivia
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· Cauliflower Recipes
· Sweet Potato Facts
· Cranberry Trivia
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Pineapple Trivia

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Fennel is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean area. The name fennel originates from the Greek word for "marathon” which is the famous battle at Marathon in 490 B.C. where the Greeks fought against the Persians who fought on a field of Fennel.

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