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Candy Trivia and Facts
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More than 80% of parents confess to eating some of their child's Halloween candy haul.  About 26% wait until the kids go to bed or school before sneaking some candy!

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· Panfried Pumpkin with Tomato Sauce
· Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds
· Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole
· Basic Squash Cooking Preparation
· Harvest Sweet Potato Bake


· Halloween: Off With Their Heads!
· Turkey History and Facts
· Turkey and the Ancient Maya
· The History of a Squash
· Persimmons

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• American Cheese Month
• Cool Food for Kids Month
• Cranberry Month (Cranberry Trivia)
• Fair Trade Month
• Gourmet Adventures 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
• National 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
• {Celiac Disease Awareness Month is now celebrated by all major organizations in MAY}

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Friday, October 31, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“According to superstition, empty egg-shells should always be broken up -- lest witches make boats thereof.”
Dorothy Hartley (1892-1985)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• Halloween, or All Hallow's Eve
• National Caramel Apple Day

Merry Halloween


On this day in:

1826 Noah Cushing was issued a patent for a threshing and winnowing machine.

1831 Carl von Voit was born. German physiologist whose work on metabolism helped establish modern nutritional science. (Basal Metabolism)

1888 Scottish inventor John Boyd Dunlop was issued a patent for pneumatic bicycle tires.

1917 Patience Gray, British cookery writer, was born. ’Plats Du Jour’ (1957), ‘Honey From A Weed’ (1986)

1920 Justice Oliver Wendell Homes handed down the decision of the Supreme Court, which upheld trademark violations for The ‘Coca-Cola Company’ against 'The Koke Company of America'.

1950 John Candy was born. Canadian comedian and actor, member of 'The Second City' comedy troupe.

1981 Dunkin' Donuts opened its first store in Thailand.

1982 Waverley Root, cookbook and food author died in Paris at age 79.

2007 David Tallichet, founder of Specialty Restaurants Corp, died (born Dec 20, 1922). A former WW II pilot, many of the restaurants have aviation themes, or are located on prime waterfront or hilltop properties. (I was Executive Chef at one of his restaurants, 'Britanny Hill' in Denver, Colorado in the 1980s - Chef James)

2011 The United Nations reported that the world population had reached 7 billion. (Population Trivia)


Oct 29-Nov 2, 2014  NYC Food Film Festival - New York, NY
Oct 31-Nov 1, 2014  Florida Seafood Festival - Apalachicola, Fla
Oct 31-Nov 9, 2014  71st National Peanut Festival - Dothan, AL
Nov 1-2  16th Annual Wine & Food Affair - Sonoma County, Calif
November 1-2, 2014  Indy Cooking Expo - Indianapolis, Indiana
November 2, 2014  The Chocolate Expo - Secaucus, New Jersey
(See ALL Food Festivals & Shows)


Brussels Sprouts   • Pumpkin   • Parsnips
Sweet Potato & Yams   • Cranberries   • Squash
Broccoli Trivia - Broccoli Recipes

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) In 1899, Amedeo Obici, age 12, arrived in America from Italy, with no money and no knowledge of the English language, but he knew he had an uncle somewhere in Pennsylvania. He found his uncle, and worked at his fruit stand. In 1906 at age 19, he starts his own business in partnership with his future brother-in-law Mario Peruzzi. By 1912 the business has grown so rapidly that he is buying directly from farmers and opens his own processing plant.  The company's "trademark" and "spokes-person" was chosen in a contest conducted at a Suffolk, Virginia high school in 1916.
Can you guess the very well known product and "spokes-person"?
   a) Planters Nuts & Mr. Peanut.
   b) Cakes and Sarah Lee
   c) Pancake Syrup and Mrs. Butterworth
   d) Tomato Sauce and Chef Boyardee
   e) Milk and Elsie the Cow

2) What animal was called "Mr. McDonald's" and why?

3) What is the difference between 'Cajun' and 'Creole'?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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



The first book published by Bram Stoker (1847-1912) was 'The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland'. He is much better known as the author of 'Dracula' (1897)!

There were 50,900 acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2013 with an estimated value of almost $150 million.  Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 547.6 million pounds, followed by California, Ohio, Michigan, New York and then Pennsylvania.

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43% of people say the narrow white end of candy corn should be eaten first.

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After Halloween, looking in the garbage of the average American, one finds empty candy wrappers, but no candy thrown away. After Valentine's Day, you can find the wrappers, the box and the candy all thrown away.

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