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“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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Cool Food for Kids Month

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New Zealand Cheese Month

UK: Seed Gathering Season

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During World War II when Japan had conquered most of Southeast Asia, America's main source of tin was cut off. Most canned foods were needed for military use, so the frozen food industry expanded rapidly to fill the void left by the limited supply of canned goods. Until then, most frozen foods were luxury foods.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance.”
Bryan Miller  (N.Y. Times 10/23/83)


National Boston Cream Pie Day
(Boston Cream Pie is not a pie, it is a cake composed of 2 layers of sponge cake with a layer of custard or cream filling, usually topped with chocolate. Boston Cream Pie is the official state dessert of Massachusetts)

National Canning Day (See 1752 below)
  (Canned Food Trivia and Facts)

Feast of St. John of Capistrano: The swallows of Mission San Juan Capistrano in California leave to winter in Argentina. On March 19 they return to California.    [Mission website]

UK: [Coffee Week] (October 18-24, 2021).  (Postponed from April/May).  The nation’s largest celebration of coffee, all for a good cause.

UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2021)
[The Tree Council]  Gather seeds, fruits and nuts which can be nurtured to grow the trees of the future.


1752 Nicolas Appert was born. (The year is listed in various sources as 1749, 1750 and 1752; month and day also varies in October and November). Inventor of the canning process, preserving food by sealing it in sterilized containers. He published the results of 14 years of research in 1810 & received 12,000 franc award from French government.
(History of Canned Foods)

1762 Samuel Morey was born (died Aparil 17, 1843).  American inventor. His first patent, issued on January 26, 1793 (No. X51), was for a steam powered roasting spit, and was signed by George Washington.

1817 Pierre Athanase Larousse was born (died Jan 3, 1875). French educator and publisher. Published many outstanding reference works including the encyclopedic 15 volume Grand Dictionnaire. In 1938 the Larousse publishing house published an encyclopedia of gastronomy, 'Larousse Gastronomique' edited by Prosper Montagne.

1819 The first boat passed through the Erie Canal from Utica to Rome, New York. On board were Governor DeWitt Clinton and various state officials and others.

1874 The winner in an Oyster shucking contest in Montreal, Canada shucked 300 oysters in 30 minutes.
(Oyster Trivia  --  Oyster Recipes  ---  Oyster Quotes)

1927 William Barron Hilton was born. A son of Conrad Hilton (founder of Hilton Hotels. Barron Hilton is a former co-chairman and president of the Hilton Hotel chain.

1928 Hoberg Paper & Fibre Co. registered the 'Charmin' trademark for toilet paper, paper towels, etc.

1928 The musical comedy 'Animal Crackers' starring the four Marx Brothers, opened on Broadway.

1943 Barbara Ann Hawkins of the vocal group 'The Dixie Cups' was born.

1947 Greg Ridley of the music group 'Humble Pie' was born.

1947 The Canadian government ends wartime price controls of meat.

1951 The 'Dial' trademark was registered for bar soap

1986 Edward Adelbert Doisy died (born Nov 13, 1893).  American biochemist who shared (with Henrik Dam) the 1943 Nobel Prize for Medicine for the isolation and synthesis of vitamin K.

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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?
Legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse was born, known as one of the founders of  'nouvelle cuisine'.
The Mount Olive Pickle Company was founded in North Carolina.
The first automatic pop-up toaster was introduced by the Waters-Genter Company of Minneapolis, MN.
Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota marketed the first canned ham.
Milk Duds are introduced by Chicago candy maker Milton J. Holloway.

2) These fruits grow on spiny evergreen shrubs and trees which are members of the rue family, bearing white or purple flowers. The fruits are classified botanically as a type of berry called a hesperidium, with spongy or leathery skin.  They are native to Southeast Asia and the East Indies and have been cultivated there for about 4,000 years. Jupiter presented one to Juno as a wedding gift. Muslim armies broughT them to Spain in the 6th and 7th centuries, and other varieties were introduced into Europe in the 12th century, and to America in the late 15th century. They are now grown in many areas of the world including North and South America, the Mediterranean region, Australia, and South Africa.
Name this fruit.

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Read an article about Chef James and the website published in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers: Click here for the Article

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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



Thyme dates back to ancient Greece, where it symbolized courage. Roman soldiers bathed in water infused with thyme to gain vigor, courage and strength. In the Middle Ages, ladies embroidered a sprig of Thyme on the scarves of knights for bravery.

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"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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Limburger cheese is a Belgian cow's milk cheese named for Limburg province in Belgium where it was first sold. Limburger is a semisoft surface ripened cow's milk cheese notable for its strong, pungent aroma, which develops as the cheese ripens, and becomes very strong within a few weeks. The distinctive flavor is not as strong as its odor.
Although originally a Belgium cheese, it has become essentially a German cheese since the 19th century.

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Caraway seeds are believed to have been used in Europe longer than any other condiment. Their use was first recorded in Egypt, in the medical papyrus of Thebes in 1552 B.C.

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