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· Classic Apple Brown Betty Recipe
· Egg Facts & Trivia

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The breed of hen determines the color of the shell. Breeds with white feathers and ear lobes lay white eggs; breeds with red feathers and ear lobes lay brown eggs.

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· Asparagus with Honey Garlic Sauce
· Fresh Corn Saute
· Pan Roasted Spiced Corn
· Minted Sugar Peas
· Peas with Goat Cheese & Horseradish
· Cornmeal Crusted Eggplant
· Skillet Zucchini w/Chopped Tomatoes
· Fried Green Tomatoes
· Tomato Pie
· Dips, Salsas and Spreads
· Lamb Recipes

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(Most with recipes)

· Greek Coney (Hot Dog) Sauce Recipe
· History of Corn
· Eggplant: Identity Crisis
· Will the Real Strawberry Stand Up
· A Short History of Strawberries
· Peas in a Pod
· Spinach, Popeye's Secret Weapon
· Cucumber History & Recipes
· Macaroni & Cheese   · Comfort Foods

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October Food Months:

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


• American Cheese Month
• New Zealand Cheese Month
• Cool Food for Kids Month
• Cranberry Month
• Fair Trade 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 & 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
• UK: Seed Gathering Season

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Monday, October 5, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate the eggs, but it doesn't say how far to separate them.”
Gracie Allen

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Apple Betty Day

Health Care Food Service Workers Week (Oct 5-11)
UK: British Egg Week (Oct 5-11, 2015)
UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2015)


On this day in:

1582 If you lived in Italy and many other Catholic countries, this day and the next 10 days did not exist due to the Gregorian Calendar Adjustment (it corrected an accumulated 11 day discrepancy).  The day following Thursday, October 4, 1582 was Friday, October 15, 1582.  It was effective in most Catholic countries.  The old Julian calendar continued in use in Britain and its colonies until 1752, in Japan until 1873, in China until 1912, in Russia until 1918, in Greece until 1923, and in Turkey until 1925.

1902 Ray Kroc is born in Oak Park, Illinois (died Jan 14, 1984). Ray Kroc sold blenders for milkshakes, and one of his customers was a restaurant in San Bernardino, California owned by Maurice and Richard McDonald.  Kroc set up a chain of drive-in restaurants based on their efficient assembly line production kitchen.  He opened his first restaurant on April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois.  By 1961 he had 228 restaurants and he bought out the McDonald brothers.  When he died in 1984 there were over 7,500 McDonald's restaurants.

1947 President Harry Truman became the first U.S. president to address the nation on television. He called on farmers and distillers to cut grain consumption to help Europeans who were still recovering from WW II and suffering from famine. Truman asked the public to not eat meat on Tuesdays and forego eggs and poultry on Thursdays.

1948 Brian Connolly of the music group 'Sweet' was born.

1983 Earl Silas Tupper died.  The inventor of Tupperware.  (Tupperware makes the containers used to conduct mold and bacterial experiments in the back of refrigerator shelves).

2007 One week after recalling almost 22 million pounds of ground beef products, Topps Meat Company announced it was going out of business.  Topps had to recall the meat after samples tested positive for E. coli bacteria, and at least 30 people had become ill since July.  Topps was one of the country's largest manufacturers of frozen hamburgers.

2011 Friendly Ice Cream restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy.

2012 The film 'Butter' about a young girl with a talent for butter carving, opened in the U.S. and Canada.


· Oct 5-10  94th West Side Nut Club Fall Festival - Indiana
· October 6-10  71st Floresville Peanut Festival - Texas
· Oct 9-11  South Jersey Pumpkin Show - Woodstown, NJ
· October 10  33rd Sweet Potato Festival - Darlington, SC
· October 10-11  46th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival - Waynesville
· October 10-11  Garlic & Harvest Festival - Bethlehem, Conn

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) "'The time has come' the Walrus said, To talk of many things."
What are those 'many things'?

2) A canape is a cracker or small slice of bread or toast cut in various shapes and garnished with savory foods such as cheese, meat, etc.  What connection does 'canape' have with mosquitos?

3) What year was the teflon coated frying pan introduced?

4) What was the "pear of confession"?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

Read an article about Chef James and the website published in January 2015 in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers
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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


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A Betty is a baked dessert dating to Colonial America.  It is a baked pudding made with layers of spiced sweetened fruit (usually apples) and buttered bread crumbs. Apple Brown Betty is made with brown sugar and sliced apples.

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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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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes

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· Apple Trivia
· Apple Pies, etc.
· Carrot Trivia
· Carrot Recipes
· Pumpkin Trivia
· Pumpkin Recipes
· Beet Facts & Trivia
· Cauliflower Trivia
· Cauliflower Recipes
· Sweet Potato Facts
· Swt Potato Recipes
· Cranberry Trivia
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Pineapple Trivia

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In "The Tempest", Shakespeare describes a character with "a very ancient and fish-like smell."  This is an example of a genetic disorder which causes a person's breath and perspiration to smell like rotting fish. It is caused by a lack of the body's ability to produce an enzyme which processes an odorous protein produced by digestive bacteria. People with this relatively rare disorder must avoid eating seafood, liver, eggs and various other foods which lead to the production of the offending enzyme.

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