Weekly Trivia Quiz is below
TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE
“In general, I think, human beings are happiest at table when they are very young, very much in love or very alone.”
M.F.K. Fisher, 'An Alphabet for Gourmets' (1949)
Food Holidays - Today is:
• National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
• St. Bueno's Day, patron against cattle diseases
• Egg Salad Week (April 21-27, 2014 - the week after Easter)
[American Egg Board] Dedicated to the many delicious uses for all of the Easter eggs that have been cooked, colored, hidden and found.
TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY
On this day in:
1838 John Muir was born. Muir was a naturalist who was largely responsible for the establishment of Sequoia and Yosemite national parks in California in 1890.
1910 Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) Died. American author, pen name Mark Twain, who wrote ‘Tom Sawyer’, ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ etc. There are many quotes and descriptions about food and dining in his works (and on FoodReference.com). An example is:
"A man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe, but I think he would gradually waste away, and eventually die." (From 'A Tramp Abroad').
1930 Donald J. Tyson was born (died Jan 6, 2011). President and CEO of Tyson Foods, he built his fathers Arkansas chicken feed and hatchery business into one of the largest producers of chicken, beef and pork in the world.
1962 The Top Of The Needle restaurant in the Seattle, Washington Space Needle, was officially opened. It was the second revolving restaurant in the U.S. It seats 260 and rotates completely once every hour. (The world's first revolving restaurant was the La Ronde Restaurant built in 1961 atop the Ala Moana building fronting the Ala Moana shopping center. The restaurant has since closed down.)
1963 The Beatles and the Rolling Stones met for the first time at the Crawdaddy Club.
UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS
April 22, 2014 Earth Day - Worldwide (www.earthday.org/)
April 24-27, 2014 37th Vidalia Onion Festival - Vidalia, Georgia
April 24-27, 2014 Food & Wine Festival - Galveston, Texas
April 25-26, 2014 Baconfest Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
April 25-27, 2014 Stockton Asparagus Festival - Stockton, CA
April 26-27, 2014 Great American Pie Festival - Celebration, Fla
FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ (new on April 18, 2014)
1) All of the following events took place during the same year.
· General Mills introduced Hamburger Helper, created to stretch a pound of hamburger into a family meal.
· Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn was introduced.
· General Mills acquired the 2 year old Red Lobster restaurant chain.
· Classic French Cooking by Craig Claiborne and Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol II by Julia Child & Simone Beck were published.
· Food shortages in Poland result in high food prices which trigger a riot at the Gadansk shipyard, which in turn brings down the government.
· The Soviet Union acknowledges that food supplies are inadequate. Continental Grain in the U.S. receives an order from Moscow for 500,000 tons of corn.
· The Indian-Pacific Express begins service in Australia on the Trans-Australian Railway between Sydney on the East Coast and Perth on the West Coast, a 2400 mile trip.
During what year did all of the above events take place?
a) 1965 b) 1970 c) 1975 d) 1980 e) 1985
2) What do these words have in common?
Baseball, Club, Flatiron, Hanger, Shell.
3) What brownish, bitter, foul-smelling resinous material obtained from the roots of an Asian member of parsley family, is used as a condiment?
4) What do these foods have in common:
Bread, Marmalade, Vanilla Fudge, Vanilla Ice, Hot Chocolate, Hot Tuna and Humble Pie?
5) In what film do the following events take place?
· A giant 4-legged teakettle pours itself into a walking teacup.
· A Vacuum Flask inhales a 3-scoop ice cream cone.
· A large eggcup holding a soft-boiled egg flies across the hall.
· An apple and a pear are used to compose the '8' in the number 38.
· A bluebird appears holding 2 maraschino cherries.
6) This small annual herb, a member of the carrot family, is second in popularity only to black pepper throughout the world. It has dark green leaves and tiny white or pink flowers. The fruit, when green, has an unpleasant taste, but when ripe is aromatic and is used as a spice. Can you name this plant whose fruit is used as a spice?
7) What bitter extract from a southern European plant root is used in Angostura bitters, chocolate, vermouth, candy, ice cream and vanilla flavorings?
8) About what percentage of a lemon is juice?
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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.