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One cup of unsweetened shredded coconut has about 25 grams fat and 280 calories.

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· Fresh Corn Saute
· Pan Roasted Spiced Corn
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· Skillet Zucchini w/Chopped Tomatoes
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· Tomato Pie
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· 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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• Better Breakfast Month / All-American Breakfast Month
• California Wine Month
• Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
• Food Allergy Awareness Month
• Fruit & Veggies: More Matters Month
• Hunger Action Month
• National Biscuit Month
• National Bourbon Heritage Month
• National Chicken Month
• National Cholesterol Education Month
• National Food Safety Month
• National Hazelnut Month
• National Honey Month
• National Mushroom Month
• National Papaya Month (also June)
• National Potato Month
• National Rice Month
• Organic Harvest Month: Organic September (observed in many countries)
• Wild Rice Month
• Whole Grains Month
• UK: Sourdough September

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“A consistent curiosity of cookbooks is that subsequent editions are almost always longer than earlier versions. It seems that no one ever shortens a cookbook.”  Mark Kurlansky, 'Choice Cuts' (2002)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• World Coconut Day (The annual coconut day was declared on the 25th APCC [Asian and Pacific Coconut Community] Session / Ministerial Meeting held in Vietnam in 1998. It is aimed at generating more awareness on the importance of coconut and to attract more investments in this sector for the welfare of coconut farmers.)
• National Blueberry Popsicle Day
• St. Agricola of Avignon, patron for rain, good weather and storks.


On this day in:

1666 The Great Fire of London began in the shop of the King's baker. After burning for four days, more than 13,000 buildings had been destroyed.

1752 Tomorrow was September 14. The Gregorian Calendar went into effect in Great Britain and its colonies, to correct an accumulated 11 day discrepancy. Most of the rest of the world had switched from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar in 1582.

1865 John Macadam died (born 1827).  Australian (born in Scotland) chemist and politician. The Macadamia nut was named for him.

1870 Samuel Augustus Maverick died (born July 23, 1803). An American cattleman and politician. He didn't brand his cattle, and his name is the source of the term 'maverick' referring to an unbranded animals.

1929 Unilever was formed by the merger of British soap and margarine maker Lever Brothers and Dutch margarine producer Margarine Unie.

1935 The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 hit the Florida Keys. Over 400 were killed and the Railroad to Key West was destroyed. It was the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the U.S., with winds estimated at 200 mph.

1964 Pepsi acquires the Tip Corp. including the rights to Mountain Dew soft drink.

1969 The first ATM is installed at the Chemical Bank in  Rockville Centre, New York.

1973 J.R.R. Tolkien died. Author of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. Food and hospitality play important roles in both.

1978 'Grease' by Frankie Valli was number one on the music charts.

1985 The wreckage of the British luxury liner 'Titanic' was located 73 years after it sank. This inspired a new interest in the menu and last meals that were served on the ship.


· August 27-Sept 7, 2015  Minnesota State Fair - Minnesota
· Aug 27-Sept 7  Great New York State Fair - Syracuse, NY
· September 4-6  Los Angeles Times' The Taste - California
· September 4-7  69th Michigan Bean Festival - Fairgrove, MI
· September 5  Whoopie Pie Festival - Strasburg, Penn.
· September 5-6  Hatch Valley Chile Festival - Hatch, NM

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) This Italian skim milk cheese dates back to at least the 13th century and may date even to the 11th century. It is made only from April 1 through November 11 each year with milk from cows that have been feeding on fresh pasture. Most of the cream is skimmed from the milk which is then cooked in copper containers, pressed in cheesecloth lined molds, salted in brine and then allowed to mature.
Name this cheese.

2) Walter A. Anderson and E.W. Ingram founded a food business in 1921. In 1954 James McLamore and David Edgerton founded a similar business. What are the names of the businesses these men started?

3) This food was created by Ruth Graves Wakefield in the 1930s, near Whitman, Massachusetts.  Ruth and her husband owned a small Inn and she came up with the recipe by accident when she had to substitute ingredients in a recipe.
Name this food.

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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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Coconut juice or coconut water is the liquid inside a coconut. Coconut milk is produced by steeping grated coconut in hot water then straining; coconut cream is coconut milk cooked down until it thickens, or grated coconut steeped in hot milk instead of water.

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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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