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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

 

FEATURED FOR DECEMBER

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

The Christmas Goose

Christmas Food Trivia

Christmas Food Customs

Other Christmas Trivia

Holiday Articles with Recipes

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SOME HOLIDAY RECIPES

· Turkey Cooking Tips

· Turkey Recipes and Goose Recipes

· Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

· Sweet Potato Recipes

· Roast Turkey Recipe from the Titanic

· Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe

· White Castle Turkey Stuffing

Ham Recipes

· Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie Recipes

· Pumpkin Soup Recipes

· Holiday Fruitcake Recipe

· Butternut Squash w/Pumpkin Seeds

· Pfeffernusse Cookies

· Maple Cider Punch

· Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

· Honey Roasted Mashed Sweet Potato

· Mexican Style Beer Can Chicken

· Pulled Pork, Root Beer BBQ Sauce
 

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December Food Holidays:

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

DECEMBER is:

• National Egg Nog Month
  (Egg Nog Trivia  ---  Egg Nog Recipes)

• National Fruit Cake Month
(Fruit Cake Trivia  ---  Fruit Cake Recipe)

• Root Vegetables Month
  (Root Vegetable Articles)

• National Pear Month: Many fruits are out of season during the winter months. Pears are available fresh during this time. (Pear Trivia & Facts)

•  Worldwide Food Service Safety Month
  (Food Safety Articles)
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

In Oaxaca, Mexico, Christmas Eve is also the Night of the Radishes, when large radishes are cut into animal shapes.

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Holly, rightHolly, left

SATURDAY
DECEMBER 15, 2018

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them.”  Nora Ephron, ‘Heartburn’
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Lemon Cupcake Day
  (Cupcake Recipes  ---  Cupcake Trivia)

• International Tea Day (Since 2005, observed in major tea growing nations)
(Tea History  ---  Tea Trivia)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1593 Dutch windmill owner, Cornelis Corneliszoon van Uitgees, received a patent in Holland for a windmill with a crankshaft.  It converted the windmill's circular motion into back-and-forth motion to power a saw.

1686 Isaak Walton died (born Aug 9, 1593).   He is best known for ‘The Compleat Angler, or, the Contemplative Man’s Recreation,’ which is one of the most frequently published books in English literature.  It is a literary discourse on the pleasures of fishing.
(Fishing Trivia and Facts)

1854 The first practical street cleaning machine began operation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  A series of brooms attached to a cylinder was turned by a chain driven by the turning of the cart's wheels.

1902 Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet died.  A French botanist, he saved the vineyards of France from total destruction by the grape phylloxera, a small greenish-yellow insect which sucks the fluid from grapevines.  He did so by grafting the French vines on American rootstock, which was resistant to phylloxera.  He also developed the first widely used plant fungicide.
(Phylloxera Article)

1903 Italo Marchiony received U.S. patent # 746,971 for an ice cream cup mold. Initially, he would fold warm waffles into a cup shape. He then developed the 2-piece mold that would make 10 cups at a time.
(Ice Cream Trivia & Facts)

1925 The third Madison Square Garden opened. Demolished in 1968/69 and replaced by the current Madison Square Garden on the site of the original Pennsylvania Station.

1933 The 21st Amendment ending national prohibition in the U.S. became officially effective. (see also Dec 5, 1933 and April 7, 1933).

1939 DuPont began commercial production and sale of yarn for nylon hosiery (see also May 15, 1940).

1946 Carmine Appice of the music group 'Vanilla Fudge' was born.

1962 Vail Ski Resort opened with two chairlifts and one gondola. Lift tickets were $5.

1964 Canada adopted the maple leaf as the official symbol for its national flag. (Maple Trivia & Facts)

1995 European Union leaders agreed to call the new, single European currency the "Euro" and confirmed it would be introduced on Jan 1, 1999.

2001 Italy's famous Leaning Tower of Pisa was reopened to the public after almost 12 years of corrective reconstruction and stabilization efforts.  It was declared stable for at least another 200 years.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· Nov 19, 2018 - Jan 4, 2019 - 26th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition & Display
Asheville, North Carolina

· December 8-30, 2018  Holiday Tours & Annual Gingerbread House Display - Oxnard, California

· December 13-16, 2018  Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival - Palm Beach, Florida

· December 20-31, 2018  NOLA Christmasfest
New Orleans, Louisiana

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) On June 22, 1897 Queen Victoria celebrated her 60th year on the throne.  What dessert was created for this occasion by Auguste Escoffier, who was the chef at the Carleton House in London at the time?

2) These 5 events all took place in the same year. What year is it?
* Procter & Gamble is founded in Cincinnati.
* The outgoing U.S. president serves a 1,400 pound, 4 foot diameter cheese at a public reception in the White House's state dining room.
* Tetley Tea and Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce are introduced in England.
* Delmonico's Restaurant reopens in New York after having been destroyed by fire 2 years ago.
* 'The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club' are published.

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
 

TOP

DID YOU KNOW?

· Christmas Recipes

· Christmas Tree Trivia

· Christmas Quotes

· Turkey Trivia

· Sweet Potato Trivia

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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?

The oldest record of a decorated Christmas tree came from a 1605 diary found in Strasburg, France (Germany in 1605). The tree was decorated with paper roses, apples and candies.

In 1959 the Aluminum Specialty Co. of Manitowoc, Wisconsin introduced the first aluminum Christmas Tree.
 

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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 average age of cranberry beds in Wisconsin is 40 years, with the oldest bed reported to be planted 140 years ago.

• There are approximately 450 cranberries in a pound, 4,400 cranberries in one gallon of juice, 45,000 cranberries in a 100-pound barrel.

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