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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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MAY is:

American Cheese Month

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Grain of the Month: Amaranth

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DID YOU KNOW?

In 1893, the United States Supreme Court ruled, for the purpose of levying a tariff, that the tomato was a vegetable. The Tariff Act of 1883 levied a tax on imported vegetables, but not on fruits. The Court ruled that even though the tomato was botanically a fruit, it was a vegetable in function and common usage. A previous case (1889) had ruled that even though beans are botanically seeds, in common use they are vegetables.
 

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally's cellar.”
Thomas Jefferson
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

National Taffy Day

International Heritage Breeds Week (May 19-25, 2024)  [Livestock Conservancy]

Ireland: National Herb Week (May 20-26, 2024) An annual event in Ireland celebrating herbs and herbal medicine. [Irish Register of Herbalists]

UK: British Sandwich Week (May 20-26, 2024)
  [The British Sandwich Association] (Sandwich Trivia)
  (Sandwich Recipes  ---  Sandwich Quotes)

UK: [National Doughnut Week]  (May 18-26, 2024) participating bakers across the UK will be helping to raise money for The Children's Trust by donating money for every doughnut they sell.
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1707 Carolus Linnaeus was born.  He was a Swedish botanist who developed the 2 name or binomial system for defining and naming plants.

1725 Robert Bakewell was born (died, October 1, 1795).  Bakewell was an agriculturalist who helped revolutionize cattle and sheep breeding in England.  He obtained the best animals he could find and then worked with a closed herd, inbreeding only superior animals.

1774 Residents of Chestertown, Maryland react to news of the Boston Tea Party by staging a similar protest, dumping a shipment of tea into the Chester River.

1788 South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.  (South Carolina Food Trivia)

1820 James Buchanan Eads was born (died March 8, 1887). Created special boats and a diving bell for salvaging goods from sunken riverboats on the Mississippi river. He also created a jetty system on the Mississippi for New Orleans which used the river's flow to cut its channel deeper enabling year round navigation.

1868 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, died.  His last words were supposedly "Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili."

1911 The New York Public Library, the largest marble structure ever constructed in United States, was officially dedicated by President William Howard Taft. The beaux-arts building, located on Fifth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Streets, cost $9 million and took 14 years to complete.

1922 Thomas Edison patented a method for making metal foils.

1933 Max Wasserberg of Brooklyn, New York received a patent for a Collapsible Beach and Lawn Chair.

1939 William Underwood Company registered "Underwood" trademark for canned deviled ham.

1950 Frederick M. Jones was issued U.S. patent No. 2,509,099 for a "System for controlling the operation of refrigeration units".

1960 Georges Claude died (born Sept 24, 1970). A French engineer, he invented the neon light, commonly used for signs.

1968 'Yummy, Yummy, Yummy' by the Ohio Express is #1 on the charts.

2016 Archaeologists uncovered a 5,000-year-old brewery in the Central Plain of China. It is the oldest beer-making facility ever discovered in China.  Residue from inside the uncovered pots and funnels included a mix of fermented grains: broomcorn millet, barley and Job's tears, a chewy Asian grain also known as Chinese pearl barley. The beer 'recipe' also called for tubers, which were added to sweeten and flavor the beer.  (As reported in the journal 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences').
(Beer Trivia & Facts)

2020 Coronavirus:  The Minnesota State Fair is canceled for 2020;  Coronavirus still causing problems at meat and poultry plants.
 

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May 23-27, 2024  Kodiak Crab Festival
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May 24-26, 2024  Worlds Largest Brat Fest
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May 24-27, 2024  64th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival - Garden Grove, California

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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?
Farmers are 3.4% of the labor force. There are about 2,439,500 farms, averaging about 426 acres.
The New England Culinary Institute was founded.
McDonald's test marketed Chicken McNuggets in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Cook's magazine begins publication. Christopher Kimball is the publisher.
Coca Cola begins substituting high fructose corn syrup for half of the sugar in Coca Cola.

2) Here is the recipe, can you name this dish?
Brown roux mixed with bouillon, vinegar, mustard, and catsup, simmered until thick, then add parsley, pickles, and chopped walnuts.

3) Take some dried whitefish and soak it in water for 5-8 days. Then soak it in a lye solution for 2 days. Then soak it in water for another 2-4 days. Finally poach it for 8-10 minutes.
What is this?

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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?

Tomato Catsup has a high acid content (due to both the tomatoes and vinegar in it) and therefore does not have to be refrigerated after opening. It is safe to store it at room temperature, but it will taste better if kept refrigerated.

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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?

Dill is reputed to have a calming effect on the digestive tract. It was once given to crying babies, thus deriving its name from the Old Norse, dilla, meaning "to lull." Dill is also reputed to cure hiccups, stomach aches, insomnia, and bad breath. Dill's most famous culinary use - the Dill pickle - is at least 400 years old.

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IN SEASON FOR SPRING

APPLES
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KIWIFRUIT
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STRAWBERRIES
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ASPARAGUS - Trivia
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BROCCOLI - Trivia
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COLLARD GREENS
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KALE - Trivia
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PEAS - Trivia
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RHUBARB
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SWISS CHARD
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DID YOU KNOW?

During the middle ages, peppercorns were accepted in lieu of money for dowries, rent and taxes.
 

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