FoodReference.com Logo

FoodReference.com     (since 1999)

 

HOME   |   Articles   |   Food_Trivia   |   Today_in_Food_History   |   Food_History_Timeline   |   Recipes   |   Cooking_Tips   |   Food_Videos   |   Food_Quotes   |   Who’s_Who   |   Culinary_Schools_&_Tours   |   Trivia_Quizzes   |   Food_Poems   |   Cookbooks   |   Free_Magazines   |   Food_Festivals_&_Events

Chef James

“The duty of a good Cuisinier is to transmit to the next generation everything he has learned and experienced.”
 
Fernand Point, 1941

FEATURED FOR DECEMBER

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals

Football: Game Day Food & Recipes

Christmas Articles

Christmas Food Trivia and Facts

Christmas Tree Trivia

Christmas Food Customs

Christmas Recipes

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

 


** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

FEATURED RECIPES & TIPS

Goose Recipes

Turkey Cooking Tips

Turkey Recipes

Classic Green Bean Casserole

White Castle Turkey Stuffing

Award Winning Bundt Cake Recipe

Fresh Cranberry Relish

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

Tropical Pumpkin Pie

Classic Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie with Bourbon Sauce

Florida Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Virginia Sweet Potato Pie

Maple Walnut Squares

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Pumpkin Fritters

Stuffed Pumpkins

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes w/Pecans

Skillet Sweet Potatoes
 

** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

 


** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

FREE Magazines and
other Publications

An extensive selection of free food, beverage & agricultural magazines, e-books, etc.

** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

DID YOU KNOW?

98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms, while only 2% are cut from the wild.  To ensure enough trees for harvest, growers plant one to three seedlings for every tree harvested.  There are more than 15,000 Christmas tree farms in the U.S.
 

December Food Holidays:

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

DECEMBER is:

Grain of the Month: Buckwheat
  [Whole Grains Council]
  (Buckwheat Trivia and Facts)

National Egg Nog Month
  (Eggnog Trivia  ---  Egg Nog Recipes)

National Fruit Cake Month
  (Holiday Fruit Cake Recipe)
  (Fruitcake Trivia)

Root Vegetables Month
  (Root Vegetable Articles)

National Pear Month: Many fruits are out of season during the winter months. Pears are available fresh during this time. (Pear Trivia  ---  Pear Quotes)

  [Worldwide Food Service Safety Month] (created in 1994 by the National Restaurant Association)
 

** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

DID YOU KNOW?

Otto Frederick Rohwedder has been called the father of sliced bread. He worked for many years on developing a bread slicer, starting in 1912. His firsts efforts met with resistance from bakers, who informed him that the sliced bread would quickly go stale. By 1928, Rohwedder had finally designed a slicer that would also wrap the bread. For additional information see Sliced Bread
 

** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

Monday, December 4, 2023

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Mr. Jesmond made a peculiar noise rather like a hen who has decided to lay an egg and then thought better of it.”   Agatha Christie
'The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding' (1925)
 

FOOD HOLIDAYS - TODAY IS:

National Cookie Day (Cookie Recipes)
  (Cookie Trivia  ---  Cookie Quotes)

St. Barbara, patron of brewers, hatters, sailors, and storms.

[National Handwashing Awareness Week]
  (Dec 3-9, 2023)

Cookie Cutter Week: (Dec 1-7 ?)
 

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

1619 Thirty-eight colonists arrived from England and ventured ashore to settle the land grant along the James River that became known as the Berkeley Hundred (Berkeley Plantation). They observed a prayer of Thanksgiving for their safe passage to the New World.  December 4 became a day of Thanksgiving at Berkeley, "yearly and perpetually kept holy" as the plantation charter directed.

1783 General George Washington bid farewell to the officers of the victorious Continental Army in the Long Room of [Fraunces Tavern] on the corner of Pearl and Broad streets in New York City, across the Bowling Green from the Whitehall Ferry landing.  There, a barge waited to carry Washington across the Hudson River to New Jersey and then to Annapolis to resign his commission.

1812 Peter Gaillard of Pennsylvania received a patent for a horse drawn mowing machine.

1858 Chester Greenwood was born in Farmington, Maine (died July 5, 1937).  He invented and patented the earmuff while still a teenager (U.S. patent No. 188,292 - March 13, 1877). He also patented many other inventions including a tea kettle and a steel tined rack. In 1977 Maine designated December 21 as Chester Greenwood Day.

1860 George A. Hormel was born (died June 5, 1946).  Founder of meat packing company, George A. Hormel & Co. (Hormel Foods) in Austin, Minnesota in 1891.  Developed the first canned ham in 1926, introduced 'Spam' in 1937. (Hormel Trivia & Facts)

1864 John Fowler died. An English Engineer, he invented the steam-hauled plow and several other special use plows.

1867 Patrons of Husbandry, later known as the National Grange, organized by USDA employee. It was the first organized agricultural movement in the U.S.

1893 John Tyndall died (born Aug 2, 1820). British physicist. He is popularly remembered as the first to explain why the sky is blue (atmospheric molecules preferentially scatter the sun's blue rays).

1942 Chris Hillman of the music group 'Flying Burrito Brothers' was born.

1942 Bob Mosley of the music group 'Moby Grape' was born.

1970 Cesar Chavez was jailed in California for refusing to cancel a United Farm Workers lettuce boycott.

1973 Alfred C. Fuller died (born Jan 13, 1885). Canadian-born American businessman, founder of the Fuller Brush Company in 1906 in Hartford, Connecticut

2012 Pizza Hut Canada produced 110 bottles of 'Eau de Pizza Hut' perfume to commemorate reaching 100,000 Facebook fans. (Pizza Hut Trivia)

 

** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

 

** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

December 7, 2023  Kosher Food and Wine Experience
Miami, Florida

December 9, 2023  Annual Christmas on the Bayou
Gulfport, Mississippi

December 9, 2023-January 6, 2024  Holiday Tours & Annual Gingerbread House Display
Oxnard, California

November 27-January 2, 2024, 2023  31st Annual National Gingerbread House Competition & Display
Asheville, North Carolina

(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) All of the following events took place in the same year.  What year is it?
'Grape Nuts' cereal is introduced by C.W. Post as a health food.
Alfred L. Cralle of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, patented an "Ice-Cream Mold and Disher" (ice cream scoop).  His basic design is still used.
Campbell's Soup invents condensed soup.
The Waldorf-Astoria opened (the combined Waldorf and Astoria hotels). It was the largest in the world at the time with 1,300 rooms.

2) What city of northwest Italy, southeast of Turin is noted for its sparkling wines?

3) An English dish originally from India, it will contain rice, lentil, and hard cooked eggs, with a rich cream sauce (bechamel), sometimes with curry. The English version usually contains smoked fish, or cooked fish.

Click Here for Quiz Answers
 

** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

 

** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

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
 

** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

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
 

TOP

NEW YEAR’S EVE DROPS:  Moon Pie, Pinecone, Pelican, Possum, Muskrat, Pickle, Bologna and other odd things that cities drop to mark the countdown to the New Year.

**********

Turkey Trivia
Turkey History
Turkey Quotes
Turkey Tips
Cranberry Trivia
Cranberry Tips
Pumpkin Trivia
Walnut Trivia
Pecan Trivia

** ** ** ** ** **

 


** ** ** ** ** **

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'

** ** ** ** ** **

Click Here for
Food Emergency
Websites, Phone #s, E-mails, etc.

 

** ** ** ** ** **

Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

** ** ** ** ** **

DID YOU KNOW?

The first Macy' Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York was in 1914.  It was originally named Macy’s Christmas Parade, but was renamed Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1927.
 

* ** ** ** ** **

IN SEASON FOR AUTUMN

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

** ** ** ** ** **

DID YOU KNOW?

Lutefisk is a Norwegian specialty of air dried (unsalted) cod, which is soaked in water and lye before cooking. It is then simmered in water for 10 to 15 minutes, until just done. It is usually served with a cream sauce. Lutefisk and lefse is a traditional Christmas Eve meal.

** ** ** ** ** **

  Home   |   About Us & Contact Us   |   Privacy Policy   |   Chef James Biography   |   Bibliography   |   Food Links  

Please feel free to link to any pages of FoodReference.com from your website.

For permission to use any of this content please E-mail: [email protected]

All contents are copyright © 1990 - 2023 James T. Ehler and www.FoodReference.com unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved.

You may copy and use portions of this website for non-commercial, personal use only.
Any other use of these materials without prior written authorization is not very nice and violates the copyright.

Please take the time to request permission.
 

Website last updated on Sunday, December 3, 2023