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· Blackberry Peach Parfait Recipe
· Turkey Recipes
· Sweet Potato Recipes
· Classic Green Bean Casserole
More Thanksgiving Recipes
· Thanksgiving Articles with Recipes

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· Sweet Potato Pudding
· Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
· Baked Stuffed Pumpkin
· Parsnips Glazed with Apricots
· Fresh Cranberry Relish
· Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries
· Roasted Spiced Cauliflower
· Roasted Cauliflower & Cheese
· Sweet Potato Pancakes
· Chipotle Cheddar Sweet Potatoes

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(Most with recipes)

· Sweet Potato Nutrition
· Turkey and Ancient Maya
· Parsnip Facts and Uses
· Sweet Potato or Yam?
· When Did Brussels Sprout?
· Cranberries, Leaving Turkey Aside
· Winter Squash Varieties & Uses
· Beets: Beeting the French

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November Food Months:

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


• American Diabetes Month
  (Eating Healthy with Diabetes)
• National Georgia Pecan Month
  (Pecans: A Nut from America)
• National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month
  (Peanut Butter Origin & History)
• National Pepper Month
  (Pepper: Nothing to Sneeze At)
• National Pomegranate Month
  (History of Pomegranates)
• National Roasting Month
  (Roasting: Born to Roast)
• National Raisin Bread Month
• Sweet Potato Awareness Month
  (Sweet Potato or Yam?)
• World Vegan Month

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Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country.....The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Parfait Day

• National Family Week (Nov 22-28, 2015)
The Alliance for Children and Families and its member organizations have promoted National Family Week for more than 40 years.  It is an annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving, designed to build community connections and honor those who strengthen families.


On this day in:

1715 American Sybilla Masters was the first American to receive an English patent. A method for "Cleansing Curing and Refining of Indian Corn". (The patent was issued in her husband's name, Thomas Masters).

1846 Carrie Amelia Moore Nation was born (died June 9, 1911) Radical American temperance movement leader, she is notable for using a hatchet to destroy saloons.

1884 John Mayenberg, of St. Louis, Missouri received the first U.S. patent for a process to produce evaporated milk (patent # 308,422).

1884 Nestle registered "Nestle" trademark (condensed milk).

1915 Edwin Traisman was born in Chicago, Illinois (died June 5, 2007). Food scientist who developed the process for freezing McDonald's french fries and helped develop Cheez Whiz.

1924 Cellucotton Products Co. registered "Kleenex" trademark.

1940 Woody Woodpecker made his debut in the cartoon 'Knock Knock.'

1950 Rudolph Boysen was died (born July 14, 1895). A California horticulturist, he developed the boysenberry, a raspberry-blackberry hybrid in 1923.

1952 'The Mousetrap' opened in London. Agatha Christie's  murder mystery play is the longest running play in history. It hit 25,000 performances on Nov 18, 2012, and is still running today.

1967 'Incense and Peppermint' by Strawberry Alarm Clock hits number one on the charts.

1968 Upton Sinclair died (born Sept 20, 1878). His novel, 'The Jungle,' was a horror story about conditions in the meat packing industry of the time. It led to extensive reforms.

1987 Jehane Benoît died (born March 21, 1904).  Canadian food consultant, author, TV and radio commentator. Operated her own cooking school in Montreal, Fumet de la Vieille France.  Opened one of the first vegetarian restaurants in Canada, The Salad Bar, in 1935. Author of 30 books.

1998 The movies 'Home Fries' and 'A Bug's LIfe' opened in the U.S.

2010 Bernard Matthews died (born Jan 24, 1930).  Founder of Bernard Matthews Farms Ltd., Britain's largest turkey processor.


· November 26  Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation -  Mass.
· Nov 27-29  Columbia Gorge Thanksgiving Wine Weekend
Columbia Gorge Wineries, Oregon & Washington
· Nov 27-Dec 12  5th Annual Wood Gingerbread Festival - South Windsor, Connecticut
· November 28, 2015  Great Macaroni & Cheese Bake-Off - Traverse City, Michigan
· November 28  50th Annual Chitlin' Strut - Salley, S Carolina

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) How old is the oldest cranberry bed in Wisconsin?

2) What is the official state fruit of New Hampshire?

3) About how many walnuts laid end to end would it take to circle the equator?

4) What percentage of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving?

5) What do turkey giblets consist of?

6) How many pecans would it take to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool?

Click here for the answers to these Food Trivia Questions

Read an article about Chef James and the website published in January 2015 in the Winona Daily News, Minneapolis StarTribune, and numerous other newspapers
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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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According to the National Turkey Federation, about 24% of Americans purchase fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving, and 69% purchase frozen turkeys.

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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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Many people report drowsiness after eating Thanksgiving dinner. While turkey often receives the blame, studies suggest that carbohydrate-rich meals may cause sleepiness by increasing the number of tryptophans in the brain.  It is the unusually large, multi-coursed, carbohydrate-rich meal most people eat on Thanksgiving that is more likely the cause of the drowsiness. So just eat the turkey and the vegetables and you may not feel drowsy. 

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