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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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DECEMBER is:

Grain of the Month: Buckwheat
  Buckwheat Trivia and Facts

National Egg Nog Month
  Eggnog Trivia & Facts
  Egg Nog Recipes

National Fruit Cake Month
  Holiday Fruit Cake Recipe
  Fruitcake Trivia

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
  Pear Quotes

  Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

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DID YOU KNOW?

Haagen Dazs ice cream was created in 1959 by Polish born New York businessman Reuben Mattus.  The Danish sounding name was also invented by Mattus, and the premium ice cream had a map of Scandinavia on the carton.
 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get the most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that, my friend, is dining.”
Yuan Mei
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

National Cotton Candy Day (also July 31)
  (Cotton Candy Trivia)

Feast of St. Ambrose of Milan, patron of beekeepers

[National Handwashing Awareness Week]
  (Dec 4-10, 2022)

Cookie Cutter Week: (Dec 1-7 ?)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1787 Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. (Delaware Food Trivia)

1863 Richard Warren Sears was born.  He developed his mail-order jewelry business (1886) into the Sears Roebuck & Company. By 1894 the Sears catalog was 507 pages.

1879 Charles Lavelle Broley was born (died May 4, 1959). A Canadian banker and ornithologist, he was one of the first to implicate DDT in the declining hatching success of bald eagles, and the environmental dangers of pesticides.

1901 Andre Tchelistcheff born (died April 5, 1994).  Tchelistcheff was a Russian-born U.S. enologist, was a pivotal figure in the revitalization of the California wine industry following Prohibition (1919-33) and used his Paris training in viticulture and wine making to pioneer such techniques as cold fermentation and the use of American oak barrels for aging. He was also an authority on the types of soil suitable for growing various grape varieties. Known as the "dean of American winemakers"

1904 Clarence Nash was born. The original voice of Donald Duck.

1909 Leo Hendrik Baekeland of Yonkers, N.Y. received U.S. patent No. 942,699 for ‘Bakelite,' the first plastic that did not soften when heated. Those black plastic knobs on stoves, and distributor caps for car engines are examples.

1913 Aaron Montgomery Ward died (born Feb 17, 1844). Founder of Montgomery Ward & Co. to sell general merchandise by mail order.

1926 The Electrolux Servel Corp. received the first U.S. patent for a household refrigerator cooled by a sealed gas refrigerant. (Refrigerator Trivia)

1942 Harry Chapin was born (died July 16, 1981). American singer-songwriter ('Taxi,' 'Cat's in the Cradle,' etc.). A dedicated humanitarian, a co-founder of the organization World Hunger Year in 1975 and influential in President Jimmy Carter's establishment of the Presidential Commission  on World Hunger in 1977. Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1987 for his humanitarian work.
006 The Hard Rock Cafes and Casinos were purchased by Florida's Seminole American Indian Tribe.

2009 British TV channel ITV apologized for the death of a rat on its reality show 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!' in Australia. Two contestants, Gino D’Acampo and Stuart Manning skinned, cooked and ate the rat during filming, and were later convicted of animal cruelty.
 

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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?
'Pop Rocks' popping, crackling candy is introduced by General Foods.
The first checkout scanner was installed in a supermarket.
The first McDonald's restaurant opened in London.
Yoplait Yogurt is introduced into the U.S.
Mrs. Fields Cookies is founded by Debbi Fields.
Life Savers enlarges the holes in its product and raises prices due to high sugar prices.

2) What citrus fruit is most likely a cross between a pomelo and a tangerine?

3) Here is a typical recipe for a traditional spice blend. Can you name it?
Equal parts of black peppercorns, mustard seeds, dill seeds, cloves, allspice, ginger, bay leaves.

4) What is a nickname for the fleshy part of the tail of a chicken, where the tail feathers grow?

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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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CHRISTMAS

Christmas Food Trivia

Christmas Tree Tree Trivia

Christmas Food Customs

Other Christmas Trivia

The Christmas Goose, A Poem

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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?

Gnocchi is Italian for dumplings. Gnocchi with tomato sauce is known as strangolapreti or strangoloprevete, meaning priest stranglers, because a local priest liked them so much, and ate them so fast, that he choked on them.

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IN SEASON FOR AUTUMN

APPLES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

BANANAS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

MANGOS
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PEARS
  Trivia  ---  Quotes

PINEAPPLE
  Trivia  --  Tips

BEETS - Recipes
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BROCCOLI
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

BRUSSELS SPROUTS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CAULIFLOWER
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

COLLARD GREENS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

CRANBERRIES - Tips
  Trivia  ---  Recipe

MUSHROOMS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

ONIONS - Recipes
  Trivia  ---  Tips

PARSNIPS - Tips
  Article  ---  Recipes

PUMPKINS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

RUTABAGAS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

SWEET POTATOS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

TURNIPS
  Trivia  ---  Tips

WINTER SQUASH
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

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DID YOU KNOW?

Germany: The Germans tend to have a game feast on Christmas day, usually wild boar or venison.

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