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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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• Canada: National Blueberry Month
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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“To eat, to love, to sing, and to digest; in truth, these are the four acts in this opéra bouffe that we call life, and which vanishes like the bubbles in a bottle of champagne.”
Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

• National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (Chocolate Chip Day is May 15)   (Chocolate Chip Cookie Trivia)

• National White Wine Day (?)

• [National Farmers Market Week] (Aug 2-8, 2020 1st full week in August)

• Alex’s Lemonade Days (August 1-9, 2020) [Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation]   (Lemonade Recipes)

• [World Breastfeeding Week] (Aug 1-7)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1608 John Tradescant was born.  He succeeded his father as naturalist and gardener to Charles I.

1693 Dom Perignon discovers the process for making champagne. "Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!"
(A widely held legend, but only a legend.)
(Champagne Articles)

1755 Nicolas-Jacque Conte was born.  He invented the modern graphite pencil.

1860 Obed Hussy died (born Aug 4, 1860).  Invented a horse drawn reaper.  (see also: Dec 31, 1833)

1902 Clara Peller was born (died Aug 11, 1987). She is the actress who is famous for her Wendy's TV commercial, "Where's the beef?" (see also March 22, 1985).

1930 The first King Kullen supermarket opens in Queens, New York.  It is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as "America's First Supermarket"  The company was founded by Michael J. Cullen.  (Supermarket Trivia and Facts)

1958 The first potato flake manufacturing plant opened in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
(Potato Trivia & Facts)

1970 Pillsbury registered trademark for "Poppin' Fresh" (the Pillsbury Doughboy), first used in 1965 for Pillsbury refrigerated dough products.

1970 Cumberland Packing registered "Sweet'n Low" trademark (first used in 1958). (Saccharin Trivia)

1978 Molson Brewery acquired the Montreal Canadiens hockey team.

1983 Dave Winfield, a N.Y. Yankee outfielder accidentally killed a seagull with an errant throw in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays.  He was arrested, charged with cruelty to animals and had to post a $500 bond.  The charges were dropped the following day.

2000 The movie 'Coyote Ugly' opened in U.S. theatres.  About a young barmaid at the Coyote Ugly bar in New York.

2017 Bumble Bee Foods plead guilty and was fined $25 million for its role in a canned tuna price fixing conspiracy involving Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea brands.  (see also June 17, 2020 and Sept 11, 2019).
 

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

This English navigator, a favorite of Elizabeth I, fought against the Spaniards and the Irish, explored Guiana and Trinidad, and sailed up the Orinoco. Fought against Spain again, and back in England after the death of Elizabeth, he was convicted of treason and sent to the tower of London, wrote a History of the World, was then released from prison to go back to the Orinoco to look for gold. Lost his fleet in storms and his men by desertion and disease, returned to England and was beheaded. Along the way he also wrote poems and political essays. And he NEVER spelled his name as we do today. Oh, I almost forgot, this is supposed to be about food - so here goes - he introduced to England two of the most important and widely cultivated plants of the modern world. (Only one of which is a food plant).
Question: A) Who is this?
Question: B) What are the two plants?
Bonus Question: How did HE spell his name?

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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
 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets of hot chocolate every day.It was thick, dyed red and flavored with chili peppers.

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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?

George Washington was the first person in the United States to own mules. He had heard that mules made good farm animals and he contacted the U.S. ambassador in Spain to ask about them. In 1785, King Charles III of Spain sent Washington a male donkey as a gift.
 

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STRAWBERRIES
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PINEAPPLE
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BEETS
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BROCCOLI:
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GREEN BEANS
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CABBAGE
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MUSHROOMS:
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ONIONS
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RHUBARB  -  Trivia

SPINACH
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DID YOU KNOW?

Chocolate (Theobroma Cacao). A 1545 document written in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs and other Central American peoples, shows that cacao was even used as currency - a turkey was worth 200 cacao seeds, a tamale was worth one, and the daily wage of a porter at the time was 100 cacao seeds. (Archaeology magazine Nov/Dec 2010)

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