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The people at Guinness, Ireland’s most famous brewery, estimate that in Great Britain alone, 92,749 litres of beer each year are lost in beer drinker’s moustaches and beards. They estimate that each pint (approx. ½ l) is raised 10 times, and each time, 0.56 ml is absorbed into the facial hair.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“Be content that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else.”
Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• Cinco de Mayo
• National Hoagie Day
Totally Chipotle Day
• School Nutrition Employee Week (May 2-6, 2016)
  [School Nutrition Association]
• National Herb Week (May 2-8, 2016)
  [International Herb Association:]
• National Raisin Week (May 1-7, 2016)


On this day in:

1865 Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochran) was born.  In 1889 Bly successfully completed an attempt to beat the record of Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg to go 'Around the World in Eighty Days'.  Bly was a U.S. newspaper reporter and completed the journey in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.

1903 James Beard, culinary expert and cookbook author was born (died Jan 21, 1985).  Quote: “The kitchen, reasonably enough, was the scene of my first gastronomic adventure. I was on all fours.  I crawled into the vegetable bin, settled on a giant onion and ate it, skin and all.  It must have marked me for life, for I have never ceased to love the hearty flavor of raw onions”.  
(James Beard Foundation)

1925 John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee public school.

1926 Ann B. Davis was born.  She played the role of Alice the housekeeper and cook on the TV show 'The Brady Bunch' (1969-1974).

1936 A patent was granted for the first bottle with a screw cap to Edward Ravenscroft of Glencoe, Illinois.

1961 The first franchised Hardee's fast food restaurant opened in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
(see also Sept 3, 1960)

2008 Irv Robbins died (born Dec 6, 1917).  Co-founder, with Burt Baskin, of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain in 1946 in Glendale, California.


· May 1-7  5th Annual NY Burger Week - New York, New York
· May 3-7  NC Strawberry Festival - Chadbourn, No. Carolina
· May 5-7  36th Mushroom Festival - Richmond, Missouri
· May 6-7  Dandelion Cookoff & May Fest - Dover, Ohio
· May 6-8  Texas Crab Festival 2016 - Crystal Beach, Texas
· May 7  42nd Annual Panacea Blue Crab Fest - Florida

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) In 1612, Captain John Smith described this dish as it was made by the Indians of Virginia: "Their corne they rost in the eare greene, and bruising it in a morter of wood with a Polt; lappe it in rowles in the leaves of their corne, and so boyle it for a daintie."  This ancient Mexican dish, was served by the Aztecs to the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez and his men. Name this dish.

2) This animal was domesticated about 10,000 B.C, probably in the area in what is now northern Iraq, and selective breeding was being practiced by ancient Roman times.  Its worldwide population today is over 1 billion. It is considered one of the most valuable of all domestic animals,  Wild forms of this animal can be found in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.  South America and Australia have no wild species, but domestic types are raised there. 
a) cattle   b) sheep   c) goats   d) pigs   e) chickens

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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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.
· Cpl. Thomas E. Saba, my nephew.  Died in action on Feb. 7, 2007 in Iraq.  He was 30 yrs. young.

          Chef James



The popularity of chewing gum was both helped by, and helped spawn the developement of the vending machine. The first vending machines were used to sell chewing gum in the New York Subways.

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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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The process used to make maple syrup is essentially the same one that Native Americans first used hundreds of years ago.
     For four to six weeks in the winter or early spring, farmers collect the sweet-water sap of dormant sugar maple or black maple trees. The sap is extracted through tap holes, which are carefully drilled into the trees and fitted with spouts and buckets or the more modern and common method, plastic tubing. The sweet-water sap is then boiled in pans to evaporate the liquid. The sap only yields one-thirtieth to one-fiftieth the amount of syrup as the original quantity of sap.

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