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FEATURED FOR MARCH

Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals
Updated: Recipe Contests

Grilling & BBQ Tips, Articles & Recipes
Lenten Season and Shrimp
Seafood Recipes
Meatless & Vegetarian Recipes

· Mulled Wine with Citrus Recipe
· Breakfast Recipes
· Breakfast Facts & Trivia
· Spam Facts & Trivia

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March is National Peanut Month. National Peanut Month had its beginnings as National Peanut Week in 1941. It was expanded to a month-long celebration in 1974.

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SOME WINTER RECIPES

· Shrimp Recipes
· Seafood Soups, Bisques, Chowders, etc
· Quinoa Recipes
· Potato Soup Recipes
· Parsnip Soup Recipes
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Onion Soup Recipes
·
Turkey Soup/Stews
· Chile Recipes
· Basic Squash Cooking Preparation
· Green Bean Casserole Variations
· Harvest Sweet Potato Bake
 

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SOME WINTER COOKING ARTICLES
(Most with recipes)

· Biscuits and Gravy
· Homemade Jerky
· Chicken Soup 101
· Braising Takes Out Winter Chill
· Macaroni & Cheese
· Maple Syrup History & Making
· Comfort Foods
· Swiss Chard
· Sunday Dinner & Family
· The History of a Squash
· Holiday Fitness Tips
 

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March Food Months:

For Details, History and more DAY, WEEK and MONTH Food Holiday designations for MARCH, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please Click for
   DETAILED MARCH FOOD CALENDAR

MARCH is:

• American Red Cross Month
• Caffeine Awareness Month
   · Caffeine Facts & Trivia
• National Flour Month
   · Flour Facts and Trivia
   · Flour Kitchen Tips
• National Frozen Food Month
   · Frozen Food Facts & Trivia
   · Frozen Food Tips
   · What Not to Freeze
• National Kidney Month
• National Noodle Month
   · Pasta & Noodle Recipes
   · Pasta Cooking Tips
   · Pasta Facts & Trivia
• National Nutrition Month
   · Nutrition Articles
   · Healthy Food Choice Videos
• National Peanut Month
   · Peanut Facts & Trivia
   · Peanut Taste Tests
• National Sauce Month
   · Sauce Making
   · Sauce Recipes
• Canada: Nutrition Month
• UK: National Veggie Month
   · Vegetable Recipes
   · Vegetable Articles

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DID YOU KNOW?

Wheat is a member of the grass family that produces a dry one-seeded fruit commonly called a kernel.  More than 17,000 years ago, humans gathered the seeds of plants and ate them.  After rubbing off the husks, early people simply chewed the kernels raw, parched or simmered.  Wheat originated in the “cradle of civilization” in the Tigris and Euphrates river valley, near what is now Iraq.  The Roman goddess, Ceres, who was deemed protector of the grain, gave grains their common name today---“cereal.”

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see how they are made.”
Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898)
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Mulled Wine Day
IHOP Restaurant's National Pancake Day: March 3, 2015. Free Stack of Pancakes (Charity Fundraiser)
• National Cold Cuts Day (origin unknown)

• National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6, 2015)
   [School Nutrition Association]
• UK: SPAM Appreciation Week (March 2-8, 2015)

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1634 March 3 or 4: Samuel Cole supposedly opened the first tavern in Boston, Massachusetts.

1709 Andreas Sigismund Marggraf was born. A German chemist, in 1747 he extracted sugar from the sugar beet and determined it was identical to cane sugar. It wasn't until 1802 that the first beet sugar refinery would be built.

1797 The first patent for a washing machine was issued to Nathaniel Briggs.

1831 George M. Pullman was born (died Oct 19, 1897).  American engineer and industrialist. He designed and manufactured the Pullman sleeping car for railroads.

1845 Florida becomes the 27th state.

1847 Alexander Graham Bell was born (died Aug 2, 1922). Scottish-American inventor of the telephone.

1849 Congress creates the Minnesota Territory.

1855 Congress authorized $30,000 to purchase dromedaries (camels) for the military to use in the Southwest.

1879 Elmer McCollum was born. He was a chemist who discovered vitamins A, B and D.

1879 Congress establishes United States Geological Survey for the "classification of the public lands, and examination of the geological structure, mineral resources, and products of the national domain".

1881 Congress passes a new Trademark Act, targeting trademarks used in interstate commerce.

1887 The U.S. Congress passes the Fisheries Retaliation Act, banning Canadian vessels from US waters; stopped imports of Canadian fish.

1901 The National Bureau of Standards (NBS) was chartered by the U.S. Congress (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST).

1903 The Manitoba Grain Growers' Association is founded.

1923 The first issue of ‘Time’ the weekly newsmagazine was published.

1931 Cab Calloway recorded 'Minnie the Moocher' which became the bandleader's theme song.

1937 The first annual meeting of the General Wildlife Foundation, becoming the National Wildlife Federation in 1938.

1939 The college fad of swallowing Live Goldfish supposedly began on the campus of Harvard University today.

1945 The Andrews Sisters recording of 'Rum and Coca Cola' hit #1 on the popular music charts.

1971 Tyler Florence (Kevin Tyler Florence) was born. American celebrity chef, cookbook author and cooking show host. (Food 911; Tyler's Ultimate; The Great Food Truck Race; etc)
 

UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· Feb 26-March 8  Florida Strawberry Festival - Plant City, Fla
· Feb 26-March 8  Sacramento Beer Week - Sacramento, Calif
· March 1-7  Atlantic City Restaurant Week - New Jersey
· March 3-22  Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - Texas
· March 4-8  Charleston Wine + Food - Charleston, SC
· March 6-8  27th National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show - Albuquerque, NM
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)
 

IN SEASON FOR WINTER

Sweet Potato & Yams   • Parsnips   • Turnips
Onions   • Cranberries   • Squash   • Leeks
 

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What small vegetable takes its name for its part in the diet of one of the branches of the U.S. military in the second half of the 19th century?

2) William Mitchell, a research chemist for General Foods, invented a chemical process in 1956. For years the company searched for a way to utilize it, and finally came up with a novelty product in 1974. (Periodically a story surfaces (untrue) that when this product is eaten together with a certain beverage, the results will prove deadly.)
Can you describe this process and name the novelty food?

3) Cook them, mash them up, dehydrate them. Reconstitute them with moisture to make a dough; cut into a uniform size and shape and package in air tight containers.  They were introduced in 1969 by Proctor and Gamble. What were they when they started out, and what is the name of the final packaged product?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions
 

 



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.
· 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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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?

University of Michigan paleontologist Daniel Fisher had a theory that early Americans of 10,000 years ago used frozen lakes as refrigerators to store mastodon and mammoth meat.
   He tested his theory when a friend's horse died of old age.  Fisher dropped chunks of horse meat of up to 170 pounds below the ice in a nearby pond.  He anchored some pieces to the bottom.  Every week or so he cooked and chewed a piece of meat, and eventually swallowed each bite.  The meat remained safe to eat well into the summer.
   The theory is that as the water warmed in the spring, lactobacilli (the bacteria found in yogurt & cheese) colonized the meat, rendering it inhospitable to other pathogens.  So despite the smell and taste (similar to Limburger cheese), the meat remained safe to eat.

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