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Baked Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Recipe
Apple Pie Recipes - Apple Pie Trivia
Apple Pie Cooking Tips
Chestnuts Roasting on Open Fire

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Cornichon is French for gherkin, a very small, crisp pickle made from tiny gherkin cucumbers.

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· Panfried Pumpkin with Tomato Sauce
· Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds
· Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole
· Basic Squash Cooking Preparation
· Harvest Sweet Potato Bake


· Halloween: Off With Their Heads!
· Turkey and the Ancient Maya
· The History of a Squash

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October Food Months:

For Details, History and more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for OCTOBER, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please see the:


• American Cheese Month
• Cool Food for Kids Month
• Cranberry Month (Cranberry Trivia)
• Fair Trade Month
• Gourmet Adventures Month
• National Apple Month
• National Applejack Month
• National Caramel Month
• National Chili Month
• National Cookbook Month
• National Cookie Month
• National Country Ham Month
• National Dessert Month
• National Eat Better; Eat Together Month
• National Farm to School Month
• National Kitchen and Bath Month
• National Pasta Month
• National Pickled Peppers Month
• National Pizza Month
• National Popcorn Poppin' Month
• National Pork Month
• National Pretzel Month
• National Restaurant Hospitality Month
• National Roller Skating Month
• National Seafood Month
• National Spinach-Lovers' Month
• National Toilet Tank Repair Month
• National Tomato Month
• Non-GMO Month
• Squirrel Awareness Month
• Vegetarian Awareness Month
• {Celiac Disease Awareness Month is now celebrated by all major organizations in MAY}

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Friday, October 24, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.”
Helen Keller

Food Holidays - Today is:

U.S. Food Day - A day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level.
• World Tripe Day (Wine Braised Tripe Recipe)
• National Bologna Day (Bologna Trivia & Facts)

• UK: Bramley Apple Pie Week  (Oct 20-26, 2014)
National Chestnut Week (Oct 12-25, 2014)


On this day in:

1753 The first volume of Carolus Linnaeus 'Species Plantarum' was published, listing plants with a systematic names that are still in use today.

1788 Sarah Josepha Hale was born (died April 30, 1879). Author, editor (Ladies' Magazine and Godey's Lady's Book).  She was influential in having Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. Author of the poem 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'; Hale also founded the Seaman's Aid Society in 1833.

1817 Hippolyte Mege Mouries was born. A French scientist, he invented margarine and patented canned meat. (Margarine Trivia & Facts)

1836 Alonzo Dwight Philips patented the phosphorous friction safety match in the U.S.

1861 The first transcontinental telegraph was completed and went into operation. Within days the Pony Express ceased operations.

1901 Annie Taylor, a widowed schoolteacher desperate for money, became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive. Her goal of making money to pay off her debts was unsuccessful. She died a pauper in 1921.

1911 Nathaniel Wyeth was born. A chemist and inventor, he patented the PET (polyethylene terephthalate). It was the first plastic strong enough to use to bottle carbonated beverages.

1929 'Black Thursday' - the first day of the panic driven stock market crash that precipitated the Great Depression.

1939 Employees at DuPont's factory in Wilmington, Delaware purchased the first nylon stockings for sale in the U.S. They were available nationally in May, 1940.


October 21-25  NC Yam Festival - Tabor City, North Carolina
October 22-26, 2014  Yambilee Festival - Opelousas, Louisiana
October 25  9th Annual Central Florida Veg Fest - Orlando, Fla
October 25  Food & Wine Fest - Fredericksburg, Texas
October 25-26  19th Vegetarian Food Festival - Boston, Mass.
October 26  Tailgate & BBQ Festival - Spring Valley, California
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Brussels Sprouts   • Pumpkin   • Parsnips
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Broccoli Trivia - Broccoli Recipes

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) Due to a shortage of baking flours after World War II breadmakers were forced to substitute up to 25% of wheat flour with something else.
What did they use as a substitute?

2) According to an American Dairy Association random sampling survey, pizza is America's fourth most craved food.
What are the first 3 most craved foods?

3) What president of the U.S. served hot dogs to the Queen of England?

4) Who was Murat Bernard 'Chic' Young, and what is his connection to the Hawaiian Islands, a British politician, gambling, newspapers and a classic American food?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions


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



Cashews are native to the Americas, but widely cultivated in  India and Africa since the 16th century.  You never see cashews for sale in the shell because between the outer and inner shells covering the nut is an extremely caustic oil.  The outer shell must be roasted or burned off with the oil (the smoke is also an irritant).  The kernels are then boiled or roasted again, and a second shell is removed.

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Cereal grains such as wheat, corn, rice, millet, rye, barley, and sorghum provide more than 85% of all protein consumed througout the world.

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Cowberry, lingonberry, foxberry, mountain cranberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea). This is an uncultivated member of the cranberry family and is primarily used in northern Europe to make jams and preserves.

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