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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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February Food Holidays:

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

FEBRUARY is:

Black History Month

American Heart Month

Bake for Family Fun Month

Canned Food Month

Chocolate Lovers Month

Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month

Grain of the Month: Barley

Great American Pies Month

National Bird Feeding Month - In January 1994, Illinois 10th District Congressman John Porter read a resolution in the Congressional Record making February National Bird Feeding Month. The observance was established because it's one of the most difficult months in much of the U.S. for birds to survive in the wild.

National Cherry Month

National Children's Dental Health Month

National Grapefruit Month

National Hot Breakfast Month

National Potato Lover's Month

National Snack Food Month

Sweet Potato Month

Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
(Shopping Cart Inventor Sylvan Goldman)
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

90% of the country's toothpick supply is produced in Maine.

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“According to the statistics, a man eats a prune every twenty seconds. I don't know who this fellow is, but I know where to find him.”
Morey Amsterdam (1908-1966)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

National Tortilla Chip Day (Tortilla Trivia & Facts)

World Bartender Day: Support your local bartender!

World Sword Swallower's Day (Feb 24, 2024 -last Sat)

National FFA Week: Feb 17-24, 2024 [Future Farmers of America] Week of Washington's Birthday, from Saturday to Saturday encompassing February 22

National CSA Week (Feb 19-25, 2024) Formerly CSA Day [CSA Innovation Network] Community Supported Agriculture.

UK: [Real Bread Week] (Feb 17-25, 2024) A celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them.
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1809 Asa Fitch was born (died April 8, 1879).  American entomologist who studied the relationship of insects to crops and whether they were beneficial or damaging.  Knicknamed 'Bug Catcher of Salem.'

1857 The Los Angeles Vineyard Society was established at what would become Anaheim, California.

1863 The Arizona Territory was created.
(Arizona Food Trivia and facts)

1874 John Bachman died. A Naturalist who wrote some of the text for John James Audubon's albums of birds and mammals of North America. He also published his own works on botany, agriculture and southern animals.

1896 Caesar Cardini was born in Italy (died Nov 3, 1956 in Los Angeles). Chef and restaurateur in the U.S. and Mexico, he is credited with creating the Caesar Salad at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico in the 1920s.
(Caesar Salad History  --  Caesar Salad Recipe)

1924 Abe Vigoda was born. American character actor. One of his well known TV characters was 'Fish' on 'Barney Miller'.

1938 DuPont begins production of nylon toothbrush bristles. A patent had been granted in 1937. The nylon bristles replaced hog bristles. No more brushing your teeth with hog hair!

1955 Steven Jobs was born, co-founder of Apple computer company. According to the company, he "grew up in the apricot orchards which later became known as Silicon Valley."

1989 A fossil egg was found in Utah that was 150 million years old.

2003 Bernard Loiseau died (born Jan 13, 1951).  French chef, owner of La Cote d'Or in Saulier, a Michelin three-star recipient.  He committed suicide, supposedly in response to reports that his restaurant might lose one of its 3 stars.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

February 17-25, 2024  Sourdough Bread Festival
Cherry Valley, California

February 21-25, 2024  90th Annual Minneapolis Home + Garden Show - Minneapolis, Minnesota

February 22-24, 2024  World's Championship Bar-B-Que - Houston, Texas

February 22-25, 2024  Newport Seafood & Wine Festival - Newport, Oregon

February 29-March 10, 2024  112th Central Florida Fair - Orlando, Florida

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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) What do these cheeses have in common: cottage cheese, pot cheese and farmer's cheese?

3) How do botanists classify the eggplant?

4) This dish takes its name from the pan it is cooked in, which in turn comes from the Latin word for 'pan' or 'dish.' It originated in the Valencia region, traditionally cooked outdoors and eaten right from the pan.
What is the name of this Spanish dish, AND the two ingredients common in all variations of it?

Click Here for Quiz 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.
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?

The exceptional quality of Idaho Potatoes is a product of the state’s rich volcanic soil, warm days, cool nights and an adequate supply of clean water for irrigation.

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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?

In the U.S. pistachios were dyed red to disguise imperfections in the shells and to make the nuts stand out in vending machines.

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IN SEASON FOR WINTER

APPLES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

MANGOS - Tips
  Trivia

RASPBERRIES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

BEETS - Trivia | Tips
  Recipes  |  Quotes

BROCCOLI - Trivia
  Tips  ---  Recipes

BRUSSELS SPROUTS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CAULIFLOWER - Tips
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

COLLARD GREENS
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

CRANBERRIES
  Trivia  ---  Tips

KALE - Trivia
  Tips  ---  Recipes

PARSNIPS - Trivia
  Tips  ---  Recipes

PUMPKINS - Trivia
  Recipes

RUTABAGAS - Trivia
  Tips  ---  Recipes

SWEET POTATOES and YAMS - Trivia
  Tips  ---  Recipes

SWISS CHARD
  Trivia  ---  Recipes

TURNIPS - Trivia
  Recipes

WINTER SQUASH
  Tips  ---  Recipes

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DID YOU KNOW?

There are more than 18,000 different plants in the Legume or pea family (Leguminosae). Legumes are the 3rd largest family of flowering plants.

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