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The Domesday Book, a great English land survey of 1086 and the oldest surviving public record, listed the town of Dunwich as one of the 10 largest towns in England, with royal annual taxes of 68,000 herring.

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


• Family Meals Month
• Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month
• Harvest Month
• Maine Lobster Month
• National Catfish Month
• National Goat Cheese Month
• National Panini Month
• National Peach Month (Presidential proclamation, 1982)
• National Sandwich Month
• National Water Quality Month
• Canada: National Blueberry Month (North American Blueberry Council)
• UK: National Fishing Month
(July 18-Aug 31, 2014)

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DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“If you want to catch a trout, don't fish in a herring barrel.”
Ann Landers

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Spumoni Day
• St. Bernard Tolomeo's Day, patron of olive growers.
• Sweden: Surströmingspremiären, Sour Herring Premiere (Aug 21, 2014)  By ordinance, the year's supply of sour herring may begin to be sold.


On this day in:

1814 Benjamin Thompson, Count von Rumford died.  American physician who invented the percolator, a pressure cooker and a kitchen stove.  He is frequently credited with creating baked Alaska.

1910 Second day of the Great Fire of 1910 in the north-western U.S.  (see August 20, 1910).

1959 Hawaii officially became the 50th state of the U.S.  (Voters in the Hawaii Territory had ratified a state constitution on November 7, 1950). (Hawaii Facts)

1988 Pubs are now allowed to stay open 12 hours each day (except Sunday) in the U.K.

1997 The largest food recall in U.S. history.  Hudson Foods closed its Nebraska plant and recalled 25 million pounds of ground beef that were potentially contaminated with E. coli 01557:H7


August 21-24  31st Annual Tomato Festival - Pittston, Penn
August 21-24, 2014  Los Angeles Food & Wine - California
August 22-23  5th Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off - Florida
August 23-30  National Championship Chuckwagon Race - Ark.
August 24  Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival - Austin, Texas
August 24, 2014  Minnesota Cooks - St. Paul, Minnesota
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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) Thyme, sage, betony, horehound, rosemary, hyssop, lavendar, and savory are all members of what plant family?

2) Marshmallows were originally made from a plant, the marsh mallow.  Which of the following plants are in this same Mallow family?
a) Hollyhock;  b) Cotton;  c) Okra;  d) Rose of Sharon

3A) Why is salt used to preserve food such as salt fish, corned beef, etc.?
3B) What human endeavor was made possible in part by salt fish?

4) What is Manchego and what connection does it have to Don Quixote?

5) What fruit is the design motif known as 'Paisley' based on?

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



Carpaccio was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1950 at Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy.  It was named for the Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio who was noted for his use of red in his paintings.  Thin sliced raw beef served with a cold vinaigrette made with olive oil, or just olive oil and lemon juice (and sometimes Parmesan cheese).  Generally served on a bed of greens such as watercress, endive, arugula and/or radicchio

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The term 'kippers' refers to herring that is split, dressed, salted and smoked. Originally, kippers were salmon, and herring was not used until sometime in the 19th century.

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