Weekly Trivia Quiz is below
TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE
“You arouse my gastronomic juices, madame.”
Hercule Poirot in 'The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding', by Agatha Christie
Food Holidays - Today is:
- National Noodle-Ring Day
- St. Gentian's Day, patron of innkeepers.
TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY
On this day in:
1686 Prince Louis II de Condé, known as the Great Condé, died. He was a French general who loved to hunt and had a passion for rice. Several dishes have been named for him, including Consommé Condé and Creme Condé.
1844 Nitrous oxide used in first successful surgical operation under anaesthetic. In Harford, Connecticut Dr. John M. Riggs extracted a tooth from fellow dentist Dr. Horace Wells.
1874 James Lewis Kraft was born. Founder of Kraft Co. a wholesale cheese distributor and producer. In 1916 he patented pasteurized process cheese, a low cost cheese that would not spoil. Not a great hit with the public, but the U.S. army purchased over 6 million tins of it during WW I. During the depression, it became popular because of its low cost.
1889 Walter Knott was born (died Dec 3, 1981). Co-founder, with his wife Cordellia, of Knott's Berry Farm in California. Their farm evolved from growing and selling berries from a roadside stand into the oldest and one of the largest theme amusement parks in the U.S.
1919 The citizens of Enterprise, Alabama, erected a monument to the boll weevil, the pest that devastated their fields but forced residents to end their dependence on cotton and to pursue mixed farming and manufacturing.
1940 David Gates of the music group 'Bread' was born.
1946 UNICEF (the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) was established.
1952 Sir William Cecil Dampier died (born Dec 27, 1867). British scientist, he developed a method to extract lactose (milk sugar) from whey. (Stories of Curds & Whey)
DID YOU KNOW?
Christmas Food Customs
Poland: The traditional Christmas Eve supper consists of 12 non-meat dishes, representing the months of the year and featuring fish such as pike, herring and carp. Other typical Polish dishes are fish soup, sauerkraut with wild mushrooms or peas and Polish dumplings with various fillings.
UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS
December 13-14, 2013 Hammond's Candy Cane Festival - Denver, Colo
December 13-14, 2013 A Dickens Christmas Feast - Newport, RI
December 30-31, 2013 Peeps Fest - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
December 31, 2013 Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell - Key West, Fla
FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ (new on December 2, 2013)
1) Which of the following foods were introduced to America from Europe ?
[a] the white potato
[b] the tomato
[c] the pumpkin.
2) Which of the following dishes were born in Italy?
[a] Caesar Salad
[b] Fettucine primavera
[c] Chicken Tetrazzini.
3) Liederkranz Cheese comes from which country?
[c] United States
4) In 1925, how many restaurants were in New York City?
5) Hello-Billo, Korn Kure, Malt-Ho, Tryabita, Tryachewa, Oatsina and Orange Meat were all brand names of what type of food in the early 1900s?
[a] Breakfast cereals
[b] health drinks
[c] vegetarian meat substitutes
[d] varieties of corn.
6) The slang term 'moxie,' meaning the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage, comes from:
[a] WW I army slang
[b] the name of a breakfast cereal
[c] the name of a soft drink
[d] a 1920s banker named George Moxie.
7) Hershey introduced the 5 cent Hershey bar in 1903. For how long did the price remain a nickel?
[a] 25 years
[b] 43 years
[c] 52 years
[d] 67 years.
8) While we are on the subject of Hershey, what candy product did Milton Stavely Hershey become rich selling?
[b] chocolate bars
9) John Styth Pemberton, the Atlanta pharmacist who created Coca-Cola, sold a 2/3 interest in his company in 1887 for how much?
[d] $25 million.
10) More than 75% of the world's supply of maple syrup comes from where?
[b] New Hampshire
[c] New York
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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.