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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 AUGUST

• Updated: Over 9,000 Food Festivals
• Updated: Recipe Contests
Summer Food Ideas & Recipes
BBQ & Grilling Articles & Recipes

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· Salt Trivia and Facts
· Chop Suey History & Origin

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SUMMER RECIPES

· Green Bean Saute Recipe
· Green Beans Amandine with Vanilla
· Grilled Eggplant with Gruyère
· Minted Sugar Peas
· Mushrooms with Herbs
· Cheddar Stuffed Tomatoes
· Baked Sweet Peppers
· Zucchini Boats
· Strawberry Pie Recipe

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SUMMER FOOD ARTICLES
(Most with recipes)

· Bell Pepper Facts & Uses
· Eggplant: Identity Crisis
· Leafy Greens Articles
· Mushroom History & Folklore
· Tomatoes: Heirlooms & Recipes
More Vegetable Articles
· Rhubarb Description & Uses
· Apricot History & Description
· Melon Varieties and Uses
· History of Strawberries
More Fruit Articles

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August Food Months:

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

AUGUST is:

• Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month
• Maine Lobster Month
• National Catfish Month
• National Goat Cheese Month
• National Panini Month
• National Peach Month
• National Sandwich Month
• National Water Quality Month
• Canada: National Blueberry Month
• UK: National Fishing Month (July 22-Aug 29, 2016)

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DID YOU KNOW?

Around 10,000 B.C. man first started eating a crude form of flat bread—a baked combination of flour and water. Ancient Egyptians are usually credited with inventing the oven and discovering yeast leavening. About 3,000 B.C. they started fermenting flour and water mixtures by using wild, air-borne yeast. Eventually they added sugar, salt and flavorings such as poppy and sesame seeds.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below

TODAY’S FOOD QUOTE

“Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea.”  Pythagoras (580 BC - 500 BC)
 

Food Holidays - Today is:

• More Herbs Less Salt day
• National Chop Suey Day [see 1896 below]
• St. Sabina's Day, patron of housewives

World Water Week (Aug 28-Sept 2, 2016) World Water Week is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. It has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991.

TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY

On this day in:

1749 Sir Gilbert Blane was born (died June 26, 1834).  A Scottish physician, he served as Physician to the Fleet and head of the Navy Medical Board. He was largely responsible for requiring citrus juice (lemons, later limes) on all naval vessel to prevent scurvy, and improving the general health and sanitary conditions of sailors.
(Scurvy Trivia & Facts  --  Citrus Trivia & Facts)

1809 Oliver Wendell Holmes was born.  American physician, poet and humorist.  Author of 'The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table,' 'The Professor of the Breakfast Table,' 'The Poet of the Breakfast Table,' and 'Over the Teacups.'

1896 Supposedly, the Chinese-American dish, chop suey, was created in New York City by the Cantonese chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-Chang.  (Chop Suey History & Origin)

1905 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist was born.

1915 Nathan Pritikin was born.  A nutritionist who believed that exercise and a low fat, high unrefined carbohydrate diet helped reverse his own heart disease.  He founded the Pritikin Longevity Center in 1976.

1953 Rick Downey of the rock group ‘Blue Oyster Cult’ was born.

1999 Swiss Winegrower's Fete (Fête des Vignerons). Held periodically (about every 20 years or so) since 1797 in Vivey, Switzerland. The next festival will be in 2019.

2007 Alfred Peet died.  He was the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea in Berkeley, California in 1966.  The founders of Starbucks were fans, and openly acknowledge his influence.
 

UPCOMING FEATURED FOOD FESTIVALS

· August 25-Sept 5  Maryland State Fair - Timonium, Maryland
· August 25-September 5, 2016  Minnesota State Fair
· Aug 25-Sept 5  Great New York State Fair - Syracuse, NY
· August 26-Sept 5  Colorado State Fair - Pueblo, Colorado
· Aug 26-Sept 5  Nebraska State Fair - Grand Island, Neb.
· Aug 26-September 5  Oregon State Fair - Salem, Oregon
(SEE ALL FOOD FESTIVALS and OTHER FOOD EVENTS)

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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) These fungi are common on plant leaves and in the intestinal tracts of warm blooded animals. They are also found in the soil and in saltwater. Some are also used in food and vegetable production. 
Name this fungi.

2) The seeds and leaves of these evergreen trees and shrubs contain poisonous alkaloids that stop the heart of an animal so quickly that no symptoms are seen; the animal just drops dead. The flesh of the berries are the least poisonous parts.  These trees were sacred to the Druids, and wood from the trees was formerly used to make long bows.
Name this tree.

3) What is a deep dish (casserole or souffle dish) fruit pie (peach is most common) with only a top biscuit dough crust?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions
 

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Read an article about Chef James and the FoodReference.com website published in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers: Click here for the Article

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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?

Bombay duck is a small (up to 16 inches) edible lizardfish which in India is salted then sun dried and used as a condiment.  It is also used as a food fish in many areas of southern Asia. Also known as bummalo, bumla and bombil.

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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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Food Emergency
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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes
 

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IN SEASON FOR SUMMER

· Bell Pepper Trivia
· Corn Trivia
· Corn Recipes
· Cucumber Trivia
· Eggplant Trivia
· Eggplant Recipes
· Garlic Trivia
· Green Bean Trivia
· Fresh Bean Recipes
· Mushroom Trivia
· Mushroom Recipes
· Peas Trivia
· Pea Recipes
· Tomato Trivia
· Tomato Recipes
· Apricot Trivia
· Blackberry Trivia
· Kiwifruit Trivia
· Strawberry Trivia

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DID YOU KNOW?

Common salt, sodium chloride, is sold in several different particle sizes (gradation) and forms, depending on the intended end use. Discrete crystals can be seen in rock salt used for deicing. Fine granules are typical of table salt and even finer popcorn salt. Kosher salt, pickling salt and ice cream salt are slightly coarser. Small compressed pellets are used in water softeners and large salt blocks are used as salt licks for livestock. When viewed under strong magnification, all sodium chloride is crystalline. Very large cubic crystals, of two, three or more inches in size, can be seen in some salt mines. They are transparent and cleave into perfect cubes when struck with a hard object.

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