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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

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SEPTEMBER is:

Better Breakfast Month
All-American Breakfast Month

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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Family Meals Month

Hunger Action Month: A nationwide campaign to raise awareness about hunger in America and inspire action.

National Biscuit Month

National Bourbon Heritage Month
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National Mushroom Month

National Papaya Month (also June)

National Potato Month

National Rice Month

Organic Harvest Month: Organic September (observed in many countries)

Whole Grains Month

Grains of the Month: Rice & Wild Rice

UK: Seed Gathering Season
  (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2023)

UK: Sourdough September
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Yeasts are single celled fungi, with hundreds of known species. Yeasts have been used for thousands of years in fermentation and leavening processes - converting sugars and starches into alcohol and carbon dioxide.  They are used in baking, brewing and in making wine and alcoholic spirits.
 

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll sit in a boat with a fishing pole and drink beer all day.”
Lorena McCourtney, 'Invisible' (2004)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

Buffalo Round-Up (Sept 28-30, 2023)
  [Custer State Park, South Dakota]
  (American Buffalo Facts & Trivia)

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day
  (Pie Recipes  ---  Pie Quotes)

National Drink Beer Day
St. Wenceslaus' Day, patron of brewers:
  (Beer Trivia & Facts  --  Beer Quotes)

International Poke Day (A Hawaiin raw fish dish).

Maine Lobster Week (Sept 24-30, 2023)
  [Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative]
  (Lobster Trivia  ---  Lobster Recipes)

UK: [British Food Fortnight] (Sept 16-Oct 1, 2023)

UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2023)
[The Tree Council]  Gather seeds, fruits and nuts which can be nurtured to grow the trees of the future.
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1542 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo of Portugal, sailing under the Spanish flag, sailed into San Diego Bay. Cabrillo was the first European to reach California.
(California Food Trivia & Facts)

1725 Arthur Guinnesss was born (died Jan 23, 1803). Irish brewer, founder of the Guinness brewery.

1891 Herman Melville died (born Aug 1, 1819). American writer, best known for the novel, 'Moby Dick; or The Whale'

1895 Louis Pasteur died. A French scientist, who showed that microorganisms were responsible for disease, food spoilage and fermentation. He developed the process for killing these organisms by heat, called Pasteurization.
(Pasteurization Facts & Trivia)

1901 King Camp Gillette and William Emery Nickerson founded the American Safety Razor Company to sell stamped steel razor blades for use with a one-time purchase razor handle. (name changed to Gillette Safety Razor Company.in 1902).

1902 Emile Zola died. French writer and critic who was also known as a gourmand. His detailed descriptions of simple meals, banquets and eating in his novels are among the best to be found anywhere. He was also known for his own luxury dinner parties. "What will be the death of me are bouillabaisses, food spiced with pimiento, shellfish, and a load of exquisite rubbish which I eat in disproportionate quantities."

1925 'Applesauce' opened at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City.

1937 Joseph Bernard Friedman, of San Francisco, California, received U.S. patent #2,094,268 for soda straw with a flexible section that can be bent without reducing the diameter of the straw - a 'bendy' soda straw. [Original patent drawing]

1939 The final broadcast of the NBC musical variety radio show 'The Royal Gelatin Hour'  (formerly 'The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour' from 1929-1936).

1954 George Harrison Shull died. An American botanist, he developed the first hybrid corn. He is frequently called the 'father of hybrid corn.'  As a result of his researches, corn yields per acre were increased by 25 to 50 percent.
(Corn Trivia and Facts)

 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) All of the following events took place in the same year.  What year is it?
The Hotel Pennsylvania opened in Manhattan, with 2,200 rooms it was the largest hotel in the world at the time.
William B. Ward registered 'Hostess' trademark (for breads, biscuits and cakes).
The first airline meals are served by Handley Page Transport. A pre-packed lunch-box, costing 3 shillings, on their London to Paris service.
The National Restaurant Association was founded.

2) This member of the buckwheat family has roots and leaves that contain poisonous substances, and only one part of the plant is edible.  It is native to the region around Turkey, and some species have been used medicinally in China and Tibet for at least 4000 years. It was not used in Western cooking until the 18th century. It is used in compotes, chutneys, jams, pies, and in an Italian aperitif.  In 1947 it was legally classified as a fruit in the U.S., even though botanically it is a vegetable.
Name this plant.

3) This plant is believed to be the wild ancestor of the cultivated leek. Its flavor is in between garlic and onion, but milder.  Name this plant.

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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?

Fresh strawberries were once used as a toothpaste, as the juice cleaned discolored teeth.
 

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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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DID YOU KNOW?

Before the 17th century ale referred to beer brewed without the addition of hops. Today the term 'ale' has a much less precise usage and may refer to beer made with unroasted malt, beer with milder hops flavor or beer made with quickly fermented hops, etc.
 

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CAULIFLOWER - Tips
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COLLARD GREENS
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CRANBERRIES
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KALE - Trivia
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PARSNIPS - Trivia
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PUMPKINS - Trivia
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RUTABAGAS - Trivia
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SWEET POTATOES and YAMS - Trivia
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SWISS CHARD
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DID YOU KNOW?

The cow parsnip is a common weed and a member of the parsley family. The tender young shoots are cooked like asparagus in Siberia, and in northwestern Europe the seeds and leaves were used to make a potent beer.
 

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