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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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· Sweet Potato Nutrition
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February Food Months:

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• African American History Month
• American Heart Month
• Bake for Family Fun Month
  (Baking Articles and Tips)
• Canned Food Month
  (Can Trivia  -  Canned Food History)
• Chocolate Lovers Month
• Florida Strawberry Month
• Great American Pies Month
  (Pie Recipes)
• National Bird Feeding Month - one of the most difficult months in much of the U.S. for birds to survive in the wild.
• National Cherry Month
  (Cherry Facts & Trivia)
• National Children's Dental Health Month
• National Grapefruit Month
  (Grapefruit Trivia)
• National Hot Breakfast Month
  (Breakfast Recipes)
• National Potato Lover's Month
  (Potato Recipes - Potato Trivia & Facts - Potato History)
• National Snack Food Month
• Sweet Potato Month
  (Sweet Potato Trivia
  Sweet Potato Recipes)
• Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month (Shopping Cart Inventor Sylvan Goldman)

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The word 'tragedy' comes from the ancient Greek and means "goat song"

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“There's a pizza place near where I live that sells only slices. In the back, you can see a guy tossing a triangle in the air.”
Steven Wright, Comedian, actor, writer. (1955- )

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Pizza Day
• National Bagels and Lox Day
• Shrove Tuesday (Feb 9, 2016 - February or March)
International Pancake Day - (Feb 9, 2016)
• Paczki Day (Feb 9, 2016) A day to enjoy these rich, sugar coated Polish pre-lenten pastries.
• Iceland: Bursting Day (Feb 9, 2016) Feast on mutton and pea soup.
• St. Apollonia's Day, patron of dentists.

• UK: Bramley Apple Week (Feb 8-14, 2016)
• Pancake Week - Feb 7-13, 2016 Shrove Tues week
  · Pancake Recipes  · Cooking Tips  · Facts & Trivia
• Jell-O Week (Feb 7-13, 2016) In 2001 Jell-O was declared Official State Snack of Utah and Governor Michael O. Leavitt declared an annual "Jell-O Week"


On this day in:

1854 Coffee County, Georgia was founded.

1870 The creation of the U.S. Weather Service (National Weather Service) was authorized by Congress.

1883 Garnet Carter was born (died July 21, 1954).  He opened the first miniature golf course on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee in 1926. He patented it under the name 'Tom Thumb Golf’. Within 5 years there were more than 25,000 miniature golf courses in the U.S.

1889 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was established as a Cabinet level agency.

1899 Minnesota's all time record low temperature:
59 degrees F below zero at Leech Lake Dam.

1894 Hershey's Chocolate Company was founded as a subsidiary of Milton S. Hershey's Lancaster Caramel Company.

1895 Volleyball (originally called 'Mintonette') is invented by William G. Morgan, the physical education director at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

1901 Fred Harvey died in Leavenworth, Kansas. Born in 1835 in London, Frederick Henry Harvey, was an American restaurateur who operated a chain of restaurants called the 'Harvey House,' and a series of railroad dining cars and hotels. The restaurants were opened along the route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, and were staffed by ‘Harvey Girls’, who over the years numbered in the thousands. Will Rogers said Harvey "kept the West in food and wives."

1909 Carmen Miranda was born. Brazilian singer and actress. Appeared in many Hollywood movies, she was known as "the Brazilian bombshell” and also "the lady in the tutti-frutti hat."

1943 Harry and David Holmes (Bear Creek Orchards) registered "Harry and David" trademark (fresh fruits).

1960 Adolph Coors, grandson of the Coors brewery founder, was kidnapped and held for ransom. He was later found shot to death.

2001 The American submarine USS Greenville accidentally strikes and sinks a Japanese fishing & high school training ship, the Ehime-Maru. Nine crew members of the Ehime Maru and 4 high school students were drowned. The submarine was practicing an emergency rapid surfacing maneuver at the time.


· February 4-15, 2016  Florida State Fair - Tampa, Florida
· February 11-20  Arizona Beer Week - Statewide, Arizona
· February 11-28  San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo - Texas
· February 12-13  27th Sandestin Gumbo Festival - Florida
· February 13-14, 2016  Big Cheese Festival - Fairfield, Ohio
· February 13-14  Annual Boston Wine Expo - Massachusetts

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) Historians believe the mint julep originated where?
  [a] Kentucky; [b] Persia; [c] France

2) Which of the following fruits are grown on every continent except Antarctica?
  [a] plums; [b] apples; [c] grapes

3) This item was so expensive up until the 1500s that it was used in small amounts in medicines, but not in food.
  [a] saffron; [b] vanilla; [c] sugar

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

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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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No citrus fruits are reproduced commercially from seed; all are grown by grafting selected "slips" onto young rootstocks of compatible citrus varieties, chosen for disease resistance, cold toleration and yield characteristics.

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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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Classic Fish and Seafood Recipes

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· Apple Trivia
· Apple Pies, etc.
· Carrot Trivia
· Carrot Recipes
· Pumpkin Trivia
· Pumpkin Recipes
· Beet Facts & Trivia
· Cauliflower Trivia
· Cauliflower Recipes
· Sweet Potato Facts
· Cranberry Trivia
· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Pineapple Trivia

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In 1877 the Quaker Man and the Quaker Oats name were first used as a trademark by Henry Crowell at his mill in Ravenna, Ohio. Crowell and 7 other mill owners formed the American Cereal Company of Chicago in 1891. In 1901 the name of the company was changed to Quaker Oats, the trademark name first used by Crowell.

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