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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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DID YOU KNOW?

The Broad Bean (Vicia faba) is a leguminous plant of the Pea family. Also known as: fava or faba bean, horse bean, windsor bean, pigeon bean, tick bean and field bean. It was the only bean known in Europe until the discovery of the New World.  Old English cookbooks refer to it as "the common bean."
 

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.”  Albert Einstein
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

National Devil's Food Cake Day (1904 Recipe)

National Aperitif Day: May 19, 2022 - 3rd Thursday (declared annually in press release by [Maison Lillet], the celebrated vintner in Bordeaux)

American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22, 2022)
  [Brewers Association]   (Beer Trivia  - Beer Articles)
  (Beer Quotes)

International Heritage Breeds Week (May 15-21, 2022)    [Livestock Conservancy]

UK: National Vegetarian Week (May 16-22, 2022)
  [The Vegetarian Society]    (Vegetarian Trivia)
  (Vegetarian Recipes  ---  Vegetarian Quotes)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1713 More than 200 people rioted on Boston Common over the high price of bread.
(Massachusetts Food Trivia)

1834 Catharine Furbish was born.  An American botanist, she spent almost 40 years traveling and painting watercolors of the flora of the state of Maine.  (Maine Food Trivia)

1861 Helen Porter Mitchel was born (died Feb 23, 1931). Stage name, Nellie Melba. A world famous operatic soprano born in Australia,  Melba Toast and Peach Melba were named for her. Escoffier is thought to have been involved with the creation and/or naming of both dishes.

1864 Carl Akeley was born (died Nov 18, 1926). A biologist, taxidermist, nature photographer and conservationist.

1910 The Earth passed through the tail of Halley's Comet and nothing happened.  There had been dire predictions that everyone would die, and many hucksters sold 'comet pills' to counter the effects of the 'comet gas.'

1911 In Canada, The Dominion Parks Branch of the Department of the Interior is established, the world’s first national parks service. (Canadian Cuisine)

1927 The luxury Boston Ritz-Carlton hotel opened. Room rates were $15.  Purchased by Taj Hotels in 2006 and renamed Taj Boston; current room rates range from $350 to $3,000.

1941 Jane Ellen Brody was born. New York Times 'Personal Health' columnist and author of numerous books on health and nutrition, including 'Jane Brody’s Nutrition Book' and 'Jane Brody’s Good Food Book'.

1962 Marilyn Monroe sings 'Happy Birthday' at a birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.

2006 Nicole Belinda Franzen Reese was chosen as the 59th 'Alice in Dairyland' by the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection. She will be the spokesperson for the states agriculture industry.
(Wisconsin Food Trivia)

 

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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 first issue of Gourmet magazine was published.
Maytag Dairy Farms began producing its world famous Maytag Blue Cheese.
Garbage disposals were introduced.
General Mills introduced 'Cheerioats' breakfast cereal, later renamed to 'Cherrios'.
M&M's Plain Chocolate Candies are introduced.

2) Mike Ilitch was born in Yugoslavia in 1929, immigrated to the U.S., played baseball for the Detroit Tigers farm team, worked in several jobs including as a door to door salesman. He began cooking in the back kitchen of a Detroit nightclub, saved up his money and opened his own restaurant in 1959 in Garden City, Michigan.  His company was very successful - in 1982 he was able to buy the Detroit Red Wings hockey team and in 1992 he purchased the Detroit Tigers baseball team. 
What is the name of this family owned fast food business?

3) What cookie did Nabisco introduce in 1912 to compete with Hydrox Biscuit Bonbons?

4) What popular candy bar was named for a horse?

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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 original organizers of the colony of Virginia required every man to plant anise seeds.
 

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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?

The first record of the word in English was as 'catchup' in 1690; in 1711 the spelling 'ketchup' appeared, and finally in 1730 the spelling 'catsup' appeared. This was all before the advent of 'tomato ketchup' sometime near the end of the 18th century.

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IN SEASON FOR SPRING

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CABBAGE
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COLLARD GREENS
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KALE
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LETTUCE
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DID YOU KNOW?

The first ready mix food sold commercially was Aunt Jemima Pancake mix in 1889.

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