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• 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
• Nat’l 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
• UK: Seed Gathering Season

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Red, black yellow, white, purple - these were the colors that carrots started out with. Everything but orange. Carrots were first cultivated in Afghanistan in the 7th century, and they started with yellow flesh and a purple exterior. It was the Dutch who developed the orange carrot, and the French in the 17th who most likely developed the elongated carrot, ancestor of the ones we eat today. The English brought the carrot to the New World.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“Eating is touch carried to the bitter end.”
Samuel Butler (19th century British author)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
Global Champagne Day (Oct 21, 2016)
• World Apple Day (A Common Ground Project) Apple Day is intended to be both a celebration and a demonstration of the variety we are in danger of losing, not simply in apples, but in the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture too.

• National Bulk Foods Week (Oct 16-22, 2016)
  [Bulk is Green Council]
• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2016)


On this day in:

1422 Charles VI of France died. It was during Charles VI rule that Taillevent was made Master of the King's kitchens. Charles VI also gave sole rights for the aging of Roquefort cheese to the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, and all Roquefort must still be aged in the caves there today.
(Roquefort Cheese Trivia)

1449 George Plantagenet, duke of Clarence was born. Brother of Edward IV whom he was accused of plotting against. He was thrown into prison and secretly executed in the Tower of London. The rumor is that he was drowned in a butt (large cask) of malmsey wine.

1805 The Battle of Trafalgar.  Admiral Horatio Nelson's defeat of the combined French and Spanish Navies established Britain as the dominant world naval power for a century. Nelson was killed in the battle and his body was preserved in a cask of rum (or brandy) for shipment back to England.

1852 John Fowler of Temple Gate, Bristol, UK, received Royal Letters Patent for "Improvements in Machinery for Draining Land" - believed to be the first patent for steam cultivation of the land.

1879 Thomas Edison demonstrated the first commercially practical light bulb at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

1892 Dedication ceremonies were held for the World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago World's Fair), celebrating the 400th anniversary of Columbus arrival in the New World.  The Fair would not open to the public until May 1, 1893.

1911 William A. Mitchell was born (died July 26, 2004). American food chemist. While working for General Foods Corp. he invented Tang, Pop Rocks, Cool Whip, quick-set Jell-O, powdered egg whites, etc.

1933 The play 'Let 'Em Eat Cake' opened on Broadway.

1977 Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday) 2nd album 'Bat Out of Hell' was released.

1990 Tom Carvel died. He was the inventor of the soft-serve ice cream machine, and founder of the Carvel ice cream chain.

2010 Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wisconsin 1,810.5 pound pumpkin was confirmed by the Guinness World Records as a new world’s heaviest pumpkin.


· October 12-23, 2016  147th South Carolina State Fair
· October 13-23  North Carolina State Fair - Raleigh, NC
· October 16-22  Fairfield Restaurant Week - Fairfield, Conn.
· October 19-22  Circleville Pumpkin Show - Circleville, Ohio
· October 20-23  80th Int’l Rice Festival - Crowley, Louisiana

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This large subtropical evergreen tree is one of Australia's few food plant contributions to the world. It was named by botanist Ferdinand von Mueller after his friend, a Scottish born Australian physician, chemist and teacher who promoted its cultivation. Various species are native to coastal rainforests and near streams in Queensland and New South Wales. Demand for this trees product is greater than the supply, so it remains fairly expensive. It is used in everything from sweets to soups and stews as well as eaten alone. It is cultivated today in such diverse areas as Indonesia, Brazil, Kenya, Guatemala, South Africa, Hawaii, Costa Rica, the West Indies, California and in many Mediterranean countries.
What Am I?

2) I was one of America's earliest health foods. Named after 19th century vegetarian Sylvester, I am still popular today.
What Am I?

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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



A champagne cork can pop out at as fast as 100 miles per hour!  The pressure in a bottle of champagne is about three times that of a car tire.   Champagne bottles are made of thicker glass to prevent them from exploding for the inside pressure.

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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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· Cauliflower Trivia
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· Pumpkin Trivia
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· Sweet Potatoes
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· Apple Trivia
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A Whoopie Pie is a sandwich made with two soft cookies or cakes and a sweet, fluffy white filling (or Marshmallow Fluff).  The original whoopie pie used chocolate cookies, but gingerbread and pumpkin cakes are also used.        The Whoopie Pie originated with the Amish in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but is also a well known comfort food in Maine (where it is the Official State 'Treat') and New Hampshire. Today they are increasingly sold throughout the U.S.

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