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Fernand Point, 1941


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A Cobbler is also a drink, which probably predates the fruit cobbler pie.  In 1809 Washington Irving referred to a "sherry cobbler" in his tongue-in-cheek 'History of New York'. It was described as being one of those new alcoholic drinks also being called a 'cocktail.'  A cobbler usually consisted of whiskey or rum with fruit juice and/or sugar, garnished with mint and/or citrus.

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“Nothing must disturb an honest man while he dines.”   Joseph Berchoux (1768-1839)


National Peach Cobbler Day
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National Library Week (April 7-13, 2024)
  [American Library Association]


1748 Joseph Bramah was born. An English engineer, among his many inventions was a beer engine, used to deliver beer from keg to glass without artificial carbonation being added.
(Beer Trivia  ---  Beer Quotes)

1796 The first elephant to be brought to the U.S. arrived from Bengal, India. It was exhibited in New York, and its diet was described as: "thirty pounds of rice besides hay and straw.... all kinds of wine and spiritous liquors....and every kind of vegetable; it will also draw a cork from a bottle in its trunk."

1860 The first Pony Express mail delivery arrives in Sacramento, California (or possibly not until 1 a.m. on the 14th). The trip from St. Joseph, Missouri took 10 days. (See also April 3, 1860).

1883 Alfred Packer was convicted of cannibalism in Colorado. (Actually he was convicted of murder, since cannibalism was not against the law). He was sentenced to death, but was retried in 1886 and sentenced to 40 years. He was paroled in 1901, and died in 1907.

1902 Baron Philippe de Rothschild was born (died Jan 20, 1988).  Innovative member of legendary Bordeaux wine growing family. (Bordeaux Wine Article)

1909 Mervyn Hugh Cowie was born. Cowie was a British wildlife conservationist, founder and director of Kenya's Royal National Parks.

1916 Funk Brothers Seed Company sold the first U.S. shipment of hybrid seed corn to Samuel Ramsay of Jacobsburg, Ohio. (Corn Trivia  ---  Corn Quotes)

1916 Edna Lewis was born, southern chef and author of 'The Taste of Southern Cooking' (1976).

1917 James Buchanan ('Diamond Jim') Brady died. An American financier and philanthropist, Diamond Jim was known for his diamond jewelry and his huge appetite.

1944 Hot Tuna bass guitarist Jack Casady was born.

1976 The $2 bill is reintroduced by the U.S. Treasury.

2008 The National Meats Institute in Uruguay organized a record Largest BBQ, grilling about over 26,000 pounds of beef on a mile long bbq grill using 6 tonnes of charcoal.

2013 John Galardi died (born March 4, 1938).  Founder of Wienerschnitzel (originally Der Wienerschnitzel) hot dog fast food chain.
(Hot Dog Trivia and Facts  ---  Hot Dog Quotes)

2020 Coronavirus:  All 50 States are now under Presidential Disaster Declarations for the first time in U.S. history.

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April 5-14, 2024  Spring SF Restaurant Week
San Francisco, California

April 5-14, 2024  103rd Annual Lake County Fair
Eustis, Florida

April 12-13, 2024 - Atlantic City Beer & Music Fest
Atlantic City, New Jersey

April 12-13, 2024  Annual World Grits Festival
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1) All of the following events took place in the same year.  What year is it?
Three people were arrested by the FBI for attempting to sell Coca-Cola trade secrets and recipes to Pepsi-Cola.
In the Chicago suburb of Villa Park, thieves stole a semi tractor trailer filled with broccoli, valued at $50,000.
The movies 'Beerfest' and 'How to Eat Fried Worms' opened in U.S. theatres.
The U.S. population reached 300 million.
Six Flags theme park in Gurnee, Illinois held a live cockroach eating contest.
Deep Fried Coca-Cola is offered at the State Fair of Texas.

2) This family of plants contains many species that are poisonous, including poison hemlock and water hemlock. However most members are aromatic herbs, including cumin and anise. Several species have a long history of use as herbal and folk remedies, such as goutweed and gum ammoniac, while others, such as sea holly, are grown as ornamentals.
Name this plant family.

3) Can you name 3 close relatives of the turkey?

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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.
Barbara Saba, my sister, who taught me how to dance.
Cpl. Thomas E. Saba, my nephew.  Died in action on Feb. 7, 2007 in Iraq.  He was 30 yrs. young.

          Chef James



A cobbler is a deep dish (casserole or souffle dish) fruit pie (peach is most common) with only a top biscuit dough crust. Fruit cobblers can be made with almost any fruit, singly or in combination.

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"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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All mustard was formerly made up into balls with honey or vinegar and a little cinnamon, to keep till wanted, when they were mixed with more vinegar. It was sold in balls till Mrs. Clements, of Durham, in about 1780, invented the method of preparing mustard flour or powder, which long went under the name of Durham Mustard.

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Avocados (Persea americana) are a fruit and not a vegetable.

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