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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 AUGUST

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

BBQ and Grilling Articles & Recipes

100 Hamburger Variations

79 potato Salad Recipes

62 coles Slaw & Slaw Salad Recipes

40 pizza Recipes

33 chicken Wing Recipes

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Grilled Garlic Corn On The Cob

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Meatball Appeatizer Recipes

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Jerk Asparagus Recipe

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August Food Holidays:

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

AUGUST is:

Air Conditioning Appreciation Days
  (July 3 to Aug 15)

Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month
  Kiwi Trivia

Maine Lobster Month
  Lobster Recipes  ---  Lobster Trivia
  Lobster Quotes

National Catfish Month
  Catfish Trivia  ---  Catfish Recipes

National Goat Cheese Month
  Cheese Trivia  ---  Cheese Quotes

National Panini Month

National Peach Month
  Peach Trivia  ---  Peach Quotes

National Sandwich Month
  Sandwich Recipes
  Sandwich Trivia  ---  Sandwich Quotes

National Water Quality Month
  Water Trivia  ---  Water Quotes

Canada: National Blueberry Month
  Blueberry Trivia

UK: National Fishing Month
  Fish Trivia  --  Fish Recipes
  Fish Quotes

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DID YOU KNOW?

In 1896, Fannie Farmer had to pay the printing costs of her cookbook, The Boston Cooking School Cook Book, because Little, Brown and Company were not very enthusiastic about publishing another cookbook.  But she also kept ownership of the copyright and became wealthy, much to the regret of Little, Brown.  By 1977, over 4 million copies had been sold, outselling any other book published by Little, Brown and Company.
 

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“I do not believe that you have to spend a lot of money to eat well: it is hard to beat a plain old baked potato.”  Laurie Colwin(1944-1992)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day
  (Ice Cream Tips  --  Ice Cream Recipes)

National Hot & Spicy Food Day
  (International Hot & Spicy Food Day is January 16)
  (Chile Pepper Trivia & Facts)

National Potato Day (Potato Trivia  |  Potato Tips)
(Potato History  |  Potato Recipes  |  Potato Quotes)

Feast of St. Magnus, patron of fish mongers.
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1851 Charles Elmer Hires was born (died July 31, 1937).  Pharmacist and creator of Hires Root Beer, which he introduced to the world at the Philadelphia Centennial Expo in 1876.  He sold it in small packets containing  a mixture of various barks, herbs and berries to brew as 'root beer.'  In 1880 he introduced a more convenient liquid version.
(Why does root beer foam?)

1856 Gail Borden was granted U.S. patent #15,553 for a process to make condensed milk, which he had developed in 1853.  (Condensed Milk Trivia)
(Borden Co. Trivia & Facts)

1887 Spencer Fullerton Baird died (born Feb 3, 1823).  An American naturalist and zoologist, a leading authority on North American birds and mammals.  In 1878 he was named the second Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

1913 Candy manufacturer Clarence Crane registered 'Life Savers' trademark.  He invented the mint hard candy in 1912.  (Life Saver’s Trivia)

1913 Canada: An estimated 40,000 men travel west from the Maritime (eastern) Provinces to help bring in a record breaking harvest on prairie farms in central Canada.

1919 William B. Ward registered 'Hostess' trademark (for breads, biscuits and cakes).

1934 Soap Box Derby:  Newsman Myron Scott organized the first All-American Soap Box Derby in Dayton, Ohio.  362 kids ages 6-16 competed with their homemade soap box vehicles.  The national winner was Robert Turner of Muncie, Indiana, who made his car from the wood of a saloon bar.

1935 Prince Edward Island, Canada records record breaking temperatures of over 101 degrees F.

1947 Dutch chemists, Jozef Ferdinand Arens and David Adriaan van Dorp. synthesized vitamin A.

1960 The USSR launched Sputnik 5 into Earth orbit carrying 2 dogs, 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants. The capsule was successfully returned to Earth the next day on August 20.

1996 Miss Universe was told to lose 27 pounds or lose her crown.

2002 The Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington DC put the kitchen of legendary cook Julia Child on display.  Child had donated the kitchen from her Cambridge home of 32 years, and it had been disassembled and moved to the Smithsonian.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) The following events took place in the same year.  What year is it?
'Canada Dry Ginger Ale' is introduced.
Popsicles are invented by Frank Epperson, they were originally called Epsicles!
About 41 million cases of canned food are produced in the U.S.
G. Lombardi's an Italian restaurant on Spring Street in New York City, served America’s first pizza.

2) These 'grains' are native to West Africa and are related to cardamom. They were previously an important spice, especially around the 14th and 15th centuries. Today they are not used much outside of West and North Africa. They are pungent and aromatic, and are used sometimes to flavor vinegars, beer and wine, in herbal remedies and in veterinary medicines.  Name these 'grains.'

3) This family includes some of the most important staple food plants, and some of the earliest cultivated plants. Members of this family of plants are also the main source of food for domestic animals, as well as wild herbivores. Some members of this family are sugar cane, oats, corn and sorghum.
Name this plant family.

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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.
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
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

A diet of potatoes and milk will supply all nutrients the human body needs.

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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?

It is most likely that all of Europe's potato crop in the 1800s originated from only 2 plants brought back to Europe by the Spaniards. This lack of genetic diversity is one of the probable causes of the devastating potato blight of the late 19th century.

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IN SEASON FOR SUMMER

APPLES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

APRICOTS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

BANANAS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

PINEAPPLE
  Trivia  --  Tips

RHUBARB
  Trivia  ---  Tips

STRAWBERRIES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

ASPARAGUS -   Trivia
  Recipes  ---  Tips

BROCCOLI
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CABBAGE
  Recipes  --  Trivia

CARROTS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

COLLARD GREENS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

KALE
  Trivia  ---  Tips

LETTUCE
  Trivia  ---  Tips

MUSHROOMS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

ONIONS - Recipes
  Trivia  ---  Tips

PEAS - Recipes
  Trivia  ---  Tips

SPINACH - Recipes
  Trivia  ---  Tips

SWISS CHARD
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

TURNIPS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

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DID YOU KNOW?

The potato, which originated in Peru, took a long journey to reach North America.  The Spaniards took it back to Spain in the 16th century; from there it made its way to Italy and northern Europe, then to Bermuda and the Virginia colonies of North America.

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