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“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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FEATURED FOR DECEMBER

• Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals
• Updated: Recipe Contests
Football & Tailgating Parties
Christmas Articles with Recipes

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· Sacher Torte Trivia
· Christmas Holiday Food Trivia
· Other Christmas Trivia & Facts
· Christmas Holiday Recipes

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SOME HOLIDAY RECIPES

· White Castle Turkey Stuffing
· Deep Fried Turkey
· Classic Green Bean Casserole
· Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
· Fresh Cranberry Relish
· Pumpkin Fritters
· Sweet Potato Pancakes

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SOME HOLIDAY FOOD ARTICLES
(Most with recipes)

· Broccoli Article with Recipe
· When Did Brussels Sprout?
· Carrots: What’s Up Doc?
· Mushroom History & Folklore
· Parsnips: Hardy Root Vegetable
· It’s the Great Pumpkin!
· Sweet Potato or Yam?
· Sweet Potato Nutrition
More Vegetable Articles
More Fruit Articles

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December Food Months:

For Details, History and more DAY, WEEK and MONTH Food Holiday designations for DECEMBER, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please Click for
DETAILED DECEMBER FOOD CALENDAR

DECEMBER is:

• National Egg Nog Month
  Egg Nog Recipes
• National Fruit Cake Month
  Holiday Fruit Cake Recipe
• Root Vegetables Month
  Root Vegetable Articles
• Pear Month: Many fruits are out of season during the winter months. Pears are available fresh during this time.
  (Pear Trivia & Facts)

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DID YOU KNOW?

The only Christmas Song to be #1 in the U.S. on Christmas Day:
In 1958 the #1 song on Christmas Day was 'The Chipmunk Song' by David Seville (Ross Bagdasarian) as sung by Alvin, Simon and Theodore (the Three Chipmunks). No other Christmas song has ever been #1 in the U.S. on Christmas Day.

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DID YOU KNOW?

The celebration of Christmas was banned in Boston from 1659 to 1681. Anyone showing Christmas spirit was fined 5 shillings!  This was due to the pilgrims belief that it was a decadent celebration.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.”  Mary Ellen Chase (1887-1973)
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• World Soil Day (UN Food & Agricultural Org.)
• National Sacher Torte Day
• The ‘Noble Experiment’ Ends (see 1933 below)

National Handwashing Awareness Week
(Dec 4-10, 2016)
• Cookie Cutter Week: (Dec 1-7, 2016)

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1624 Gaspard Bauhin died.  A Swiss botanist, he developed a binomial (2 name) system of plant classification.  He published 'Pinax Theatri Botanici', which was a compilation that included over 6,000 species that had appeared in works from Theophrastus, Dioscorides and many later herbals.

1822 Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz was born.  An American naturalist, cofounder with her husband (Louis Agassiz), of the Anderson school of Natural History.  She was also the first president of Radclife College.

1854 Aaron Allen patented a folding chair.  Setting up for banquets becomes a whole lot easier.

1855 Clinton Hart Merriam was born.  A biologist, he studied the effects of using birds to control agricultural pests.  He also helped found the National Geographic Society.

1870 Alexandre Dumas died. French author ('The Three Musketeers', etc.) was also well known as a gourmet, and author of 'Grande Dictionnaire de la cuisine,' which he finished a just a few weeks before his death in 1870.  It was published in 1872.

1876 D.C. Stillson patented the Stillson wrench, the first practical pipe wrench. Fixing that leaky pipe in the kitchen became a lot easier.

1920 Benjamin L. Holt died (born Jan 1, 1849) In 1904 he Invented the first practical track-type or crawler tractor (caterpillar tractor).

1933 Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment, repealing the 18th Amendment and ended prohibition, 'the noble experiment.'  The official effective date is December 15, 1933.  Cheers! (Prohibition Trivia)

1935 Ernest Brundin and Frank Lyon set up the first commercial scale hydroponic plant culture system.  A patent was issued to them on December 1, 1936.

1960 Walter D. Teague died (born Dec 18, 1883).  A pioneering industrial designer, he designed Steuben glassware, cameras for Kodak and Polaroid and Texaco gas stations.

1967 'Apple,' the Beatles (Apple Corps) clothing store opened in London. (Closed July 30, 1968).

1974 The BBC broadcast the last episode of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus.'

1985 A bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux that had belonged to Thomas Jefferson, sold at Christie’s London for 105,000 British Pounds ($158,000). The world's most expensive wine. (Bordeaux Wine Article)

2006 New York became the first U.S. city to ban artificial trans fats in restaurant food when the Board of Health voted to ban them today.  NYC restaurants will have until July 1, 2007 to stop using frying oils with artery clogging trans fats, and will have to eliminate trans fats from all foods by July 1, 2008.  (Trans Fats Facts)

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· Nov 25-Dec 23  Grass Valley Cornish Christmas - California
· Nov 30-Dec 4  Holiday Ale Festival - Portland, Oregon
· December 1-31  46th Christmas in Newport - Rhode Island
· December 3-4  11th  MetroCooking DC Show - Wash. D.C.
· December 8-11  Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival - Florida
· December 9-11  Sausalito Winterfest - Sausalito, California
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) There are Black Peppercorns, White Peppercorns, Pink Peppercorns and Green Peppercorns.  Three of them are from what is commonly known as the pepper plant.
   a) Which one is from an entirely unrelated plant?
   b) What are the differences between the 3 peppercorns from the pepper plant?

2)  Can you match the varieties with the correct fruit or vegetable?
     Fig - Apple - Eggplant - Grape - Banana
   · Northern Fox
   · Northern Spy
   · Norwegian Red
   · Gros Michel
   · Pink Bride
   · Brown Turkey

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions
 

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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?

98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms, while only 2% are cut from the wild.  To ensure enough trees for harvest, growers plant one to three seedlings for every tree harvested.  There are more than 15,000 Christmas tree farms in the U.S.

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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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IN SEASON FOR AUTUMN

· Beet Trivia
· Beet Recipes
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Brussels Sprouts
· Carrot Trivia
· Carrot Recipes
· Cauliflower Trivia
· Cauliflower Recipes
· Garlic Trivia
· Mushroom Trivia
· Mushroom Recipes
· Parsnip Recipes
· Pumpkin Trivia
· Pumpkin Recipes
· Sweet Potatoes
· Squash Trivia
· Squash Recipes
· Apple Trivia
· Grape Trivia
· Pear Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

Stargazy pie is a fish pie of Cornish origin. It is made with the fishes' heads sticking out of the crust all round the rim, and presumably takes its name from their appearance of gazing skywards. In her Observer Guide to British Cookery (1984) Jane Grigson notes that 'it is a specialty of Mousehole where they make it on 23 December every year, Tom Bawcock's Eve, in memory of the fisherman who saved the town from a hungry Christmas one stormy winter.'
 

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