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· Broccoli & Green Beans with Ginger
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MAY is:

• Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  · Gluten Intolerance Article
• Int’l Mediterranean Diet Month
• Int’l Respect for Chickens Month
• National Artisan Gelato Month
• National Barbecue Month
  · Barbecue & Grilling Articles
• National Chocolate Custard Month
• National Egg Month
  · Egg Trivia & Facts
• National Hamburger Month
• National Salad Month
  · Salad Recipes   · Dressing Recipes
• National Salsa Month
  · Salsa Trivia   · Salsa Recipes
• National Strawberry Month
  · Strawberry Trivia
• National Vinegar Month
  · Vinegar History & Manufacture
  · Vinegar Kitchen Tips
• Tavern Month
• UK: National Asparagus Month
  · Asparagus, The Herald of Spring
  · Asparagus Facts & Trivia
  · Asparagus Recipes
• UK: National Restaurant Month ?

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Salt may have been a large factor in determining the success of various societies and even the amount of freedom its citizens had. Where salt was scarce, heavy-handed rule prevailed to ensure the availability of salt to all, but where salt was plentiful the need for strong government was not as great, and citizens had more freedom.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Daily Trivia Questions are below


“Grilling, broiling, barbecuing - whatever you want to call it - is an art, not just a matter of building a pyre and throwing on a piece of meat as a sacrifice to the gods of the stomach.”
James Beard (1903-1985) 'Beard on Food' (1974)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Coq Au Vin Day (Coq Au Vin Recipes)

• UK: English Wine Week (May 28-June 5, 2016)
  [English Wine Producers]
International Pickle Week (May 20-30, 2016)
  (Pickle Trivia  --  Pickle Recipes)


On this day in:

1630 Charles II, king of England was born.  The 'Merry Monarch,' tea was introduced to England during his reign.  On December 23, 1675, he issued a proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses.  The public response was so negative that he revoked it on January 8, 1676.

1716 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton was born.  A French naturalist and pioneer in several fields including plant physiology.  He also conducted agricultural experiments and introduced Merino sheep to France.  First director of the Museum of Natural History in Paris.

1781 John Walker was born (died May 1, 1859).  English chemist who invented the friction match (strike anywhere) in 1826.

1790 Rhode Island became the 13th state.
(Rhode Island Food Trivia  --  RI Food Festivals)

1848 Wisconsin became the 30th state.
(Wisconsin Food Trivia  --  Wisconsin Food Festivals)

1886 Coca-Cola, invented by pharmacist John Styth Pemberton in 1885, was advertised for the first time in the Atlanta Daily on this day. (Coca Cola Trivia)

1919 Charles Strite of Stillwater, Minnesota applied for a pop-up toaster patent.

1953 At 11:30 am, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1961 Mr. and Mrs. Alderson Muncy of Paynesville, West Virginia, were the first food stamp recipients on May 29, 1961. They purchased $95 in food stamps for their 15-person household.

1971 'Brown Sugar' by the Rolling Stones hits number 1 on the charts.

1978 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 15 cents and post cards to 10 cents.

2004 Tens of millions of pounds of almonds were recalled by one of the world's largest almond producers, located in California due to a salmonella outbreak.  At least 25 people were sickened in states from Alaska to Michigan.
(Almond Trivia and Facts)


· May 19-29  7th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week - Illinois
· May 26-29  New Orleans Wine & Food Experience - LA
· May 27-29  California Crawfish Festival - Oakland, California
· May 27-30  Worlds Largest Brat Fest - Madison, Wisconsin
· May 28-29  33rd Pungo Strawberry Festival - Virginia
· May 28-30 38th Taste of Cincinnati USA - Cincinnati, Ohio

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) The following events all took place in the same year. Can you guess the year?
· An actress arriving in New York poses for photographers and exposes an more leg than is customary - the reporters call it 'Cheesecake.'
· The first self service grocery stores open in California.
· Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce is introduced.
· Morton's Table Salt is introduced.
· Hellmann's Blue Ribbon Mayonnaise is introduced in glass jars.
· Prince Macaroni company is founded on Prince Street in Boston.
· Oreo biscuits, 2 chocolate wafers with a cream filling, are introduced. (Hydrox 'biscuit bonbons' were introduced 2 years before.)
· Lorna Doone cookies are introduced.
· The Whitman Sampler is the first candy box to be wrapped in cellophane.
· The U.S. prohibits the sale of Absinthe.
· New York's Grand Central Terminal opens, and so does the Grand Central Oyster Bar.
· Arnold Reuben opens his sandwich shop on upper Broadway in New York.
· The first Horn & Hardart Automat in New York opens.

2) Water boils at 212° F at sea level.
At what temperature does it boil at 10,000 feet?
  a) 232° F     b) 192° F     c) 202° F
  d) 222° F     e) 212° F

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



Rooster blood was the original thickener for the traditional French dish Coq Au Vin (Chicken in Wine)

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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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· Cabbage Trivia
· Cabbage Recipes
· Green Bean Trivia
· Fresh Bean Recipes
· Mushroom Trivia
· Mushroom Recipes
· Onion Trivia
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· Peas Trivia
· Pea Recipes
· Spinach Trivia
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· Broccoli Trivia
· Broccoli Recipes
· Pineapple Trivia

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Sage is a perennial shrub about 2 feet high and has over 500 varieties. Its flowers are fragrant, usually purple or blue, sometimes white, red or pink. They are rich in nectar, and it's honey is in great demand in Europe because of its spicy flavor. Some varieties, have broad leaves; others have foliage variegated with red, yellow, or white.           For most of its long history it has been a healing herb (supposedly curing everything from snake bites, eye problems, infection, epilepsy, intoxication, memory loss, worms and intestinal problems) or prescribed as an aphrodisiac.
     The dried leaves are use to season meats, in baked goods and beverages. Sage leaves are also used to flavor vermouth and various bitters. For years it has been used in the preserving of foods. We now know that sage contains powerful anti-oxidants which slow spoilage. Sage is also antibacterial in nature, is effective in treating sore throats and is even effective as an antiperspirant.

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