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“The duty of a good Cuisinier is to transmit to the next generation everything he has learned and experienced.”   Fernand Point, 1941

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FEATURED FOR DECEMBER

• Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals
• Updated: Recipe Contests
Football & Tailgating Parties
Christmas Articles with Recipes

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· Grouse Trivia & Facts
· Christmas Holiday Food Trivia
· Other Christmas Trivia & Facts
· Christmas Holiday Recipes

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SOME HOLIDAY RECIPES

· White Castle Turkey Stuffing
· Deep Fried Turkey
· Classic Green Bean Casserole
· Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
· Fresh Cranberry Relish
· Pumpkin Fritters
· Sweet Potato Pancakes

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SOME HOLIDAY FOOD ARTICLES
(Most with recipes)

· Broccoli Article with Recipe
· When Did Brussels Sprout?
· Carrots: What’s Up Doc?
· Mushroom History & Folklore
· Parsnips: Hardy Root Vegetable
· It’s the Great Pumpkin!
· Sweet Potato or Yam?
· Sweet Potato Nutrition
More Vegetable Articles
More Fruit Articles

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December Food Months:

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

DECEMBER is:

• National Egg Nog Month
  Egg Nog Recipes
• National Fruit Cake Month
  Holiday Fruit Cake Recipe
• Root Vegetables Month
  Root Vegetable Articles
• Pear Month: Many fruits are out of season during the winter months. Pears are available fresh during this time.
  (Pear Trivia & Facts)

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DID YOU KNOW?

The first aluminum Christmas Tree was introduced in 1959 by the Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Do you want to make a tamale with peanut butter and jelly?  Go Ahead!  Somebody will eat it.”
Bobby Flay, celebrity chef, restaurateur
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

Terra Madre Day -  A worldwide celebration organized by Slow Food to reconnect communities with local food.
• National Lager Day (Lager Trivia)
• Belgium: Foire aux Noix (Nuts Fair) 2016
• St. Eulalia, patron of sailors, mariners and rain
• UK: Grouse season ends. [Starts on August 12]

National Handwashing Awareness Week
(Dec 4-10, 2016)

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1817 Mississippi became the 20th state.
(Mississippi Food Trivia  --  Miss. Food Festivals)

1851 Melvil Dewey was born. He created the Dewey Decimal Classification system for cataloging library books.

1869 John Campbell, governor of the Wyoming Territory, approved the first law in U.S. history explicitly granting women the right to vote.
(see also: Nov 5, 1889)

1877 Dr. Jared Kirtland died. A physician, naturalist, botanist and teacher, he is credited with developing 26 varieties of cherries and six varieties of pears.

1889 O.C. Barber and J. A. Baughman of Akron, Ohio received a patent for a 'machine for making match sticks.'

1923 Prohibition ends in Saskatchewan, Canada.

1947 Walter Orange of the music group 'The Commodores' was born.

1958 A National Airlines Boeing 707 with 111 passengers flew from New York to Miami. It was the first domestic passenger jet flight.

1964 Robert William Flay (Bobby Flay) was born. Celebrity chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, host of numerous TV cooking shows.
 

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UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· Nov 25-Dec 23  Grass Valley Cornish Christmas - California
· December 1-31  46th Christmas in Newport - Rhode Island
· December 8-11  Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival - Florida
· December 9-11  Sausalito Winterfest - Sausalito, California
December 10, 2016  Niantic Light Parade - East Lyme, Conn.
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) They are among the largest, strongest, fastest, most cunning, and ferocious of all animals, but many of them are quite harmless. In many countries they are valued as food, some have uses in bird cages and artists pigments. Never very popular in the U.S. except in ethnic communities (Greek, Italian, Asian, Portuguese), The Greeks hurl them against rocks and the Portuguese beat them with bottles to tenderize them before they are cooked. When properly prepared they are as delicate and tender as chicken.
Name these animals.

2) This genus of tuberous rooted herbs of the daisy family, is native to Mexico and Central America, and grows at elevations of 5,000 feet and above. (It is the national flower of Mexico.) They were brought to Spain in 1789 and soon spread to Britain, France and the rest of Europe. The botanist, Andreas Dahl, considered it a vegetable, and the French, like the Aztecs, cultivated the plant for its edible tuber. The tuber has a taste similar to the Jerusalem artichoke, and are cooked in the same manner. The emphasis soon switched to its use as a garden flower, when some of the larger, double flowered varieties arrived in Europe. There are about 2,000 varieties grown for their flowers, which include single and double flowers in white, yellow, red, orange, purple and bicolor. 
Name this plant.

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions
 

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Dedication
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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DID YOU KNOW?

An advertisement in 1910 for Ivory Soap showed a child waiting for Santa Claus in front of a fireplace with a bowl of water, a towel and a bar of Ivory soap so Santa could wash up after coming down the sooty chimney.

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A FOOD LIFE

"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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IN SEASON FOR AUTUMN

· Beet Trivia
· Beet Recipes
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Brussels Sprouts
· Carrot Trivia
· Carrot Recipes
· Cauliflower Trivia
· Cauliflower Recipes
· Garlic Trivia
· Mushroom Trivia
· Mushroom Recipes
· Parsnip Recipes
· Pumpkin Trivia
· Pumpkin Recipes
· Sweet Potatoes
· Squash Trivia
· Squash Recipes
· Apple Trivia
· Grape Trivia
· Pear Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

Camel was considered an unclean meat in the Bible, but was highly regarded in Ancient Rome, where grilled camel's feet was a gourmet dish. Both Aristotle and Aristophanes mention it.  Young camel is eaten in some North African and Middle Eastern countries, and in Mongolia. During the siege of Paris in 1870, it was listed on the Voison restaurant's Christmas Eve menu.
 

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