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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

 

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SOME AUTUMN RECIPES

· Butternut Squash w/Pumpkin Seeds

· Maple Cider Punch

· Halloween Witch Cupcakes

· Creepy Spider Cupcakes

· Pumpkin Soup Recipes

· Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie Recipes

· Mexican Style Beer Can Chicken

· Pulled Pork, Root Beer BBQ Sauce
 

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October Food Holidays:

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

OCTOBER is:

• American Cheese Month
• New Zealand Cheese Month
  · Cheese Trivia
 
• Cool Food for Kids Month
 
• Fair Trade Month
 
• National Cranberry Month
  · Cranberry Trivia
 
• National Apple Month
  · Apple Trivia & Facts
 
• National Applejack Month
 
• National Caramel Month
 
• National Chili Month
  · Chili Recipes
 
• National Cookbook Month
 
• National Cookie Month
  · Cookie Recipes
 
• National Country Ham Month
  · Ham Recipes  ---  Ham Trivia & Facts
 
• National Dessert Month
  · Dessert Recipes
 
• Eat Better; Eat Together Month
 
• National Farm to School Month
 
• National Kitchen and Bath Month
 
• National Pasta Month
  · Pasta Trivia  ---  Pasta Recipes
 
• National Pickled Peppers Month
  · Pickle Trivia  ---  Pickle Recipes
 
• National Pizza Month
  · Pizza Trivia & Facts  -  Pizza Recipes
 
• National Popcorn Poppin' Month
  · Popcorn Trivia
 
• National Pork Month
  · Pork Trivia  ---  Pork Recipes
 
• National Pretzel Month
  · Pretzel History
 
• National Restaurant Hospitality Month
 
• National Seafood Month
  · Seafood Recipes
 
• National Spinach-Lovers' Month
  · Spinach Trivia  ---  Spinach Recipes
 
• National Toilet Tank Repair Month
 
• National Tomato Month
  · Tomato Trivia  ---  Tomato Recipes
 
• Non-GMO Month
 
• Squirrel Awareness Month
 
• Vegetarian Awareness Month
  · Vegetarian Recipes

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Autumn basket

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.”  Dave Barry
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Chocolate Cupcake Day (Cupcake Recipes)

• St. Luke's Day, patron of butchers.

• National School Lunch Week (Oct 15-19, 2018)
  [School Nutrition Association]

• UK: [Pyrex National Baking Week] (Oct 15-21, 2018)
  (Baking Articles & Recipes)

• UK: [Seed Gathering Season] (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2018)

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1616 Nicholas Culpeper was born (died Jan 10, 1654). English botanist and herbalist.  He published the 'Complete Herbal' (1653) containing a comprehensive list of English medicinal herbs and their uses.

1753 Jean Jacques Regis de Cambaceres was born. A French politician and gourmet. A gastronomic contemporary and rival of Talleyrand and Carême. The dinners he gave were famous, and Cambaceres closely supervised the food preparation. He refused to admit late-comers, and was also said to have demanded complete silence while dining.

1871 Charles Babbage died. He invented the adding machine, and among his other inventions is the cowcatcher, the V shaped front end on locomotives.

1878 Thomas Edison made electricity available for household usage.

1892 The first long distance telephone line between Chicago and New York City was put in service.

1915 Victor Sen Yung was born (died Nov 1, 1980). American character actor, he played the cook Hop Sing on the TV show 'Bonanza'.  He also played Charlie Chan's son, Jimmy Chan in numerous Charlie Chan movies.

1919 William Waldorf Astor Born. William Waldorf Astor was a cousin of John Jacob Astor IV, the great grandson of John Jacob Astor. He built the Waldorf section (1893) of what would become the Waldorf Astoria (1897). The Empire State Building (1929) now stands on the site.

1931 Thomas Alva Edison, "the wizard of Menlo Park" died.

Chef James

1945 James T. Ehler, Chef and food writer, was born. That's me - the author of this Culinary Calendar and the Food Reference Website.
 

1966 S.S. Kresge died (born July 31, 1867).  An American merchant who started a chain of variety stores.  Renamed Kmart Corp. in 1977, which evolved into Sears Holdings Corp, parent of Sears and Kmart stores.

1969 Cyclamate, a non-caloric sweetener, was banned. Discovered in 1937, and widely used in the food industry, cyclamate was found to cause cancer in laboratory rats. Cyclamate is still used in many countries around the world.

1998 The 3,000 room Bellagio Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas, Nevada.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· October 1-31  Virginia Wine Month - Statewide

· October 10-21, 2018  149th South Carolina State Fair - Columbia, South Carolina

· October 15-20, 2018  103rd Annual Dillsburg Farmer’s Fair - Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

· October 17-20, 2018  Circleville Pumpkin Show
Circleville, Ohio

· October 19-20, 2018 - 14th Annual Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-Off - Llano, Texas

· October 20, 2018  6th Annual San Francisco’s Wharf Fest - San Francisco, California

· October 20-21, 2018  South Florida Seafood Festival - Key Biscayne, Florida

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) Gas ranges (stoves) were first introduced in the 1850s.  Why did it take several decades for them to become popular?

2) In 1967 Wisconsin was the last state to finally permit the sale of what food product, but still maintained special taxes on it?

3) In 1903, a German importer received a ship load of beans that had been soaked with saltwater during a storm. He turned to his researchers to figure out a way the shipment might be saved.
What did they come up with?

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?

Evaporated Milk contains no sugar - Condensed Milk (Sweetened Condensed Milk) has added sugar.

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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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Click Here for
Food Emergency
Websites, Phone #s, E-mails, etc.

 

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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Excavators in China discovered the world's oldest soup near the famed terracotta army of Xian. Now cloudy and green from the bronze cooking vessel in which it was sealed, the bone soup, surprisingly still in liquid form, was found in a tomb dating to the Warring States period (475-221 B.C.), alongside a vessel that may have held wine.

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IN SEASON FOR AUTUMN (Fall)

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?

The oldest recipe I have found for cupcakes is the following recipe from ‘American Cookery’ by Amelia Simmons (1796). Baked in “small cups” but the word ‘cupcake’ is not used:
"A light Cake to bake in small cups.
Half a pound sugar, half a pound butter, rubbed into two pound flour, one glass wine, one do. rosewater, two do. emptins, a nutmeg, cinnamon and currants."*

*'do.' means 'ditto' - the same as the previous ingredient - in this case ‘glass’. (A wine glass equals about 1/4 cup)
 

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