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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 FEBRUARY

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Winter & Spring Holiday Food Articles

Soups for Cold Winter Days

Chicken Wing Recipes
 

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SOME WINTER RECIPES

· Original Hot Wings Recipe

· Chile Recipes

· Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

· Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Bloody Mary Soup Recipe

· Maple Cider Punch

· Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

· Mexican Style Beer Can Chicken

· Pulled Pork, Root Beer BBQ Sauce
 

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February Food Holidays:

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

FEBRUARY is:

• African American History Month

• American Heart Month
• National Heart Health Month

• Bake for Family Fun Month
 · Baking Articles and Tips

• Canned Food Month
 · Can Trivia  -  Canned Food History

• Chocolate Lovers Month
 · Chocolate Trivia

• Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
 · Strawberry Trivia & Facts

• Great American Pies Month
 · Pie Recipes

• National Bird Feeding Month - February is one of the most difficult months in much of the U.S. for birds to survive in the wild.

• National Cherry Month
 · Cherry Facts & Trivia

• Children's Dental Health Month

• National Grapefruit Month
 · Grapefruit Trivia

• National Hot Breakfast Month
 · Breakfast Recipes

• National Potato Lover's Month
 · Potato Recipes  ---  Potato Trivia
 · Potato History

• National Snack Food Month
 · Recipes for Crunchy Snack Mixes

• Sweet Potato Month
 · Sweet Potato Trivia  --  Recipes

• Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
 · Shopping Cart Inventor Sylvan Goldman

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DID YOU KNOW?

Costmary (Chrysanthemum balsamita) a member of the Daisy family, is also known as bible leaf, alecost, mint geranium, and in France as Herbe Sainte Marie. It is native to Asia and was popular in ancient Greece and Rome. It was known as 'alecost' because of its use in flavoring ale and beer, and as 'bible leaf' because the larger leaves were used as bookmarks in bibles.
     The leaves of this herb have a strong lemon-mint flavor, and were used in game and meat dishes, chopped in salads, and for brewing as tea. A single leaf was frequently placed in the bottom of a cake pan, which would flavor the whole cake. Some old herbals also mention its use as a moth repelent.
 

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“I have trouble with toast. Toast is very difficult. You have to watch it all the time or it burns up.”
Julia Child (1912-2004)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Chocolate Mint Day

• National FFA Week: Feb 16-23, 2019 [Future Farmers of America] Week of Washington's Birthday, from Saturday to Saturday encompassing February 22
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1526 Charles de L'Escluse, or Carolus Clusius was born (died April 4, 1609). A pioneering French botanist, he contributed to the establishment of modern botanical science. Published many influential books including Rariorum plantarum historia (1601).

1764 Gottlieb Sigismund Kirchhof was born. He discovered glucose, developed a method for refining vegetable oil, and also experimented with brewing and fermentation.

1847 The Donner Party is rescued after being snowbound in the Sierra Nevadas. Almost half of the original 87 members died, and some of the survivors seemed to be well fed considering the ordeal they went through. Cannibalism itself is not a crime, and no charges were ever brought.

1855 Bread Riots in Liverpool.

1881 Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages. (Kansas Food Trivia)

1888 The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California opened, At the time, the 399 room hotel was the largest resort hotel in the world, and today is the second largest wooden structure in the U.S.
[Historical Photos on Hotel website]

1896 The Detroit Convention and Business Mens' League was formed to attract convention business to Detroit, Michigan.

1897 Adelaide Hunter Hoodless founds the Federation of Women's Institutes of Canada which promotes pasteurization of milk as one of its main projects.
(Pasteurization Facts)

1903 Tsingtao, China's first brewery, was founded by German settlers. (Some sources say it was 1897).

1906 Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company (W.K. Kellogg Company) was founded by Will Keith Kellogg to manufacture breakfast cereals (cornflakes).
(Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Trivia)

1913 Cracker Jack begins to put prizes in each box.

1953 The play 'Picnic' opened at the Music Box Theatre in New York City.

1976 Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Great Britain when the two couldn't settle their disagreement on the 'cod war' fishing rights issue. (Cod fish Trivia)

1985 Cherry Coke was introduced. Actually, soda fountains (remember them?) had been making them for decades.

1999 A new record strawberry shortcake was created in McCall Park, Plant City, Florida, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. The city set a new Guinness record for the world's largest strawberry shortcake, over 6,000 pounds.
(Strawberry Trivia & Facts)

2001 UK: The first suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease is detected in Essex. The disease ravages livestock in Britain in the worst epidemic since 1967.  By March it has spread to mainland Europe. Millions of animals are destroyed (see also Jan 14, 2002)

2012 A team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands announced they have successfully used stem cells to grow muscle tissue, with the goal of producing the first lab-grown hamburger later this year.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· February 18-24, 2019  72nd Annual Pasco County Fair - Dade City, Florida

· February 20-24, 2019  South Beach Wine & Food Festival - South Beach, Florida

· February 21-23, 2019 - New York Farm Show
Syracuse, New York

· February 21-24, 2019  International Eelpout Festival
Leech Lake, Walker, Minnesota

· February 23-24, 2019 - 38th Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook Off & Festival - Santa Cruz, California

· February 23-24, 2019  Denver Travel & Adventure Show - Denver, Colorado

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This tree is the only living member or its family, which dates back 286 million years.   There are both male and female plants and the female fruits have a very disagreeable odor, so male trees are preferred for gardening.  The roasted seeds of this tree are a delicacy in China and Japan. They are available fresh or canned (shelled, skinned and parboiled)and are used it stir fries, soups and stews.

2) What were the original 3 flavors of the breakfast cereal 'Fruit Loops'?

Click here for the answers

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Read an article about Chef James and the FoodReference.com website published in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers: Click here for the Article
 

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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?

Members of the mint family, Labiatae, have hairlike oil glands on the leaves and stems, the essential oil from these glands are what makes this family of plants so valuable as a flavoring.

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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?

Mint was used by the ancient Assyrians in rituals to their fire god. The ancient Hebrews scattered mint leaves on the synagogue floor so that each footstep would produce a fragrant whiff. Spearmint was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a flavoring herb, culinary condiment, and in perfumes and bath scents. Mint was named by the Greeks after the mythical character, Menthe. During the Middle Ages, besides culinary use, powdered mint leaves were used to whiten the teeth.
 

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IN SEASON FOR WINTER

Mango Tips

Pear Tips  --  Trivia

Pineapple Trivia

BEETS:
  Trivia  --  Tips

BROCCOLI:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

CARROTS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CAULIFLOWER:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CRANBERRY:
  Trivia  --  Tips

Celery Cooking Tips

Collard Green Tips

GREEN BEANS:
  Recipes  --  Tips

MUSHROOMS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

PARSNIPS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

PUMPKINS:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

SWEET POTATO:
  Trivia  --  Recipes

TURNIPS:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

SQUASH:
  Recipes  --  Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

There are about 30 species of mint and some say almost 500 varieties, including peppermint, spearmint, apple mint, orange mint, Spanish mint, pineapple mint, ginger mint, mackerel mint, lamb mint, horsemint, lemon mint, pennyroyal, water mint, chocolate mint, etc.

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