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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?

Lady's fingers is another name for okra. This name only dates back to the early 20th century, and originally applied to a small variety of okra.  The kidney vetch, with small thin flowers said to resemble a small hand, originally held claim to the name 'lady's fingers' (17th century), but in the late 19th century the name was also applied to varieties of potatoes, apples, bananas and grapes. Most have gone by the wayside, but the 'lady's fingers' name is still associated with okra, and of course, ladyfingers as applied to a small finger shaped sponge cake.
 

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”
Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Banana Bread Day (Banana Bread Recipes)

• International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

• Ebbets Field Memorial Day (see 1960 below)

• World Sword Swallower's Day (Feb 23, 2019 - last Sat)    [Sword Swallowers Assoc. Int'l]

• [National 30 Hour Famine] (Feb 22-23, 2019 and April 26-27, 2019) Students in the U.S. and around the world unite to learn about hunger, raise funds to help the hungry, and then go hungry themselves for 30 hours!

• National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend:
  [Girl Scouts of America] (Feb 22-24, 2019)

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

• UK: [Real Bread Week] (Feb 23-March 3, 2019) A celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them.
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1603 Andrea Cesalpino died. An Italian philosopher and botanist, he helped establish botany as a separate science. He concentrated on fruits and seeds, and he classified them by logical principles, instead of their supposed medical properties.

1822 Boston ('Bean Town') was granted a charter to incorporate as a city. (Massachusetts Food Trivia)

1846 William Horlick was born (died Sept 25, 1936). Manufacturer of food for infants and invalids, he created and patented (1883) a new formulae named  'Diastoid' - later renamed and trademarked as 'malted milk' which found new and unexpected uses and markets.

1850 Cesar Ritz was born in Niederwald, Switzerland. He managed the Grand Hotel in Monte Carlo and the Grand Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland. He also worked with Escoffier at the Savoy and Carlton in London. In 1898 he opened the first hotel with his name, The Ritz Hotel in Paris. His name and his hotels became synonymous with the luxury.

1869 Frederick Walton of London, England was granted U.S. patent 87,227 for his invention, Linoleum, the first widely used smooth floor covering. (British patent 3,210 granted May 31, 1864).

1879 Agnes Arber was born. She was a British botanist, who wrote 'Herbals: Their Origin and Evolution' (1912) and 'The Gramineae: A Study of Cereal, Bamboo and Grass.'

1884 Casimir Funk was born (died Nov 19, 1967). Funk was a Polish-American biochemist who realized certain substances in food were essential for good health, He called them 'vitamines' later changed to 'vitamins.'  (Vitamin Trivia)

1896 Leo Hirshfield introduced the Tootsie Roll at his small store in New York City, and named it after his 5 year old daughter, whose nickname was 'Tootsie.'  It was the first individually wrapped penny candy.

1901 In Canada, the Supreme Court rules the Manitoba prohibition law of 1900 is null and void.

1931 Helen Porter Mitchel died. You probably do not recognize that name, but you may recognize her stage name, Nellie Melba. A world famous operatic soprano born in Australia, Melba Toast and Peach Melba were named for her. Escoffier is thought to have been involved with the creation and/or naming of both dishes. (Grilled Peach Melba Recipe)

1940 Folk singer Woody Guthrie writes ’This Land is Your Land’

1944 Leo Hendrik Baekeland was born. He was a chemist who invented Bakelite, the first plastic that did not soften when heated. Those black plastic knobs on stoves were made of bakelite.

1960 Ebbets Field is torn down, the home of the former Brooklyn Dodgers. They played their last game in Ebbets Field on September 4, 1957 and deserted to Los Angeles, California.

1995 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 4,000 for the first time, closing at 4,003.33.

2007 The movie 'The Astronaut Farmer' opened in U.S. theatres.

2009 Donald Crabtree opened Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, Maine, where the waiters and waitresses serve their customers topless.
 

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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) What vegetable is the unopened flower bud of a plant belonging to the thistle family.

2) Which of these has the most Vitamin C?
  a) Oranges
  b) Lemons
  c) Red Bell Peppers
  d) Limes
  e) Green Bell Peppers

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?

Ripe bananas glow bright indigo under a black light (ultraviolet or UV).  Researchers believe this is a 'lunch is ready' signal to banana eating animals like insects and bats that can see UV light.

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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?

Banana squash comes in three varieties: blue, orange, and pink. Among the three varieties, the pink banana is the most common in the United States. It is grown commercially in Florida. This large, thick-skinned cylindrical squash averages 20 inches long and weighs around 12 pounds. It is so large that it is usually sold in chunks instead of whole. Its creamy textured orange flesh offers a fruity and buttery delight to your palate. Although both baking and steaming are great ways to prepare this tasty squash, steaming produces a slightly sweeter, yet mild flavor.

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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?

Winter squash are those varieties of squash which are marketed only when fully mature. Some of the most important varieties are the Acorn, butternut, Buttercup, Hubbard, Delicious and Banana.  Winter squash are most plentiful from early fall until late winter.
 

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