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                  Fernand Point, 1941


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The Muscovy Duck is a greenish black duck with red wattles, found wild in Mexico and northern South America. The Muscovy was domesticated in South America before the arrival of Columbus.  The Muscovy and the wild Mallard are believed to be the ancestors of all modern domestic ducks.




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Occasionally, a hen will produce double-yolked eggs throughout her egg-laying career. It is rare, but not unusual, for a young hen to produce an egg with no yolk at all. One chicken supposedly laid an egg with 9 yolks.

APRIL Food Months

(for more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for April with links & details See:  April Food Calendar


• Bacon Month (Baconfest Chicago)
  · Bacon Facts & Trivia
  · Bacon: the Next Health Craze?
  · Bacon Cooking Tips

• Florida Tomato Month (fresh tomatoes are harvested from every growing district in Florida - Florida Tomato Commission)
  · Florida Facts & Trivia
  · Tomato Facts & Trivia
  · Tomato Kitchen Tips  · Recipes
  · Tomatoes and Taxes

• Global Child Nutrition Month
    (Global Child Nutrition Foundation)
  · Food Scarcity & Hunger Articles

• National B.L.T. Month

• National Garden Month
   (National Gardening Association)

• National Grange Month (The National Grange - advocates for rural America and Agriculture)
  · Agriculture Articles
  · Agriculture Facts & Trivia

• Grilled Cheese Month (unknown)
  · International Grilled Cheese

• National Pecan Month (National Pecan Shellers Association)
  · Pecan Facts & Trivia
  · A Nut from America

• National Soft Pretzel Month
  · History of the Pretzel
  · Soft Pretzel Recipe
  · Another Pretzel Recipe

• National Soyfoods Month (Soyfoods Association of North America)
  · Soybean Facts & Trivia

• Alcohol Awareness Month  (since 1987 - National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence)

• Defeat Diabetes Month
   (Defeat Diabetes Foundation)


Weekly Trivia Quiz is below


“In general, I think, human beings are happiest at table when they are very young, very much in love or very alone.”
M.F.K. Fisher, 'An Alphabet for Gourmets' (1949)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
• St. Bueno's Day, patron against cattle diseases

• Egg Salad Week (April 21-27, 2014 - the week after Easter)
[American Egg Board] Dedicated to the many delicious uses for all of the Easter eggs that have been cooked, colored, hidden and found.


On this day in:

1838 John Muir was born. Muir was a naturalist who was largely responsible for the establishment of Sequoia and Yosemite national parks in California in 1890.

1910 Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) Died. American author, pen name Mark Twain, who wrote ‘Tom Sawyer’, ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ etc. There are many quotes and descriptions about food and dining in his works (and on An example is:
"A man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe, but I think he would gradually waste away, and eventually die." (From 'A Tramp Abroad').

1930 Donald J. Tyson was born (died Jan 6, 2011).  President and CEO of Tyson Foods, he built his fathers Arkansas chicken feed and hatchery business into one of the largest producers of chicken, beef and pork in the world.

1962 The Top Of The Needle restaurant in the Seattle, Washington Space Needle, was officially opened. It was the second revolving restaurant in the U.S. It seats 260 and rotates completely once every hour. (The world's first revolving restaurant was the La Ronde Restaurant built in 1961 atop the Ala Moana building fronting the Ala Moana shopping center. The restaurant has since closed down.)

1963 The Beatles and the Rolling Stones met for the first time at the Crawdaddy Club.


April 22, 2014  Earth Day - Worldwide (
April 24-27, 2014  37th Vidalia Onion Festival - Vidalia, Georgia
April 24-27, 2014  Food & Wine Festival - Galveston, Texas
April 25-26, 2014  Baconfest Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
April 25-27, 2014  Stockton Asparagus Festival - Stockton, CA
April 26-27, 2014  Great American Pie Festival - Celebration, Fla


FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new on April 18, 2014)

1) All of the following events took place during the same year.
· General Mills introduced Hamburger Helper, created to stretch a pound of hamburger into a family meal.
· Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn was introduced.
· General Mills acquired the 2 year old Red Lobster restaurant chain.
· Classic French Cooking by Craig Claiborne and Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol II by Julia Child & Simone Beck were published.
· Food shortages in Poland result in high food prices which trigger a riot at the Gadansk shipyard, which in turn brings down the government.
· The Soviet Union acknowledges that food supplies are inadequate. Continental Grain in the U.S. receives an order from Moscow for 500,000 tons of corn.
· The Indian-Pacific Express begins service in Australia on the Trans-Australian Railway between Sydney on the East Coast and Perth on the West Coast, a 2400 mile trip.
During what year did all of the above events take place?
     a) 1965   b)  1970   c) 1975  d) 1980   e) 1985

2) What do these words have in common?
Baseball, Club, Flatiron, Hanger, Shell.

3) What brownish, bitter, foul-smelling resinous material obtained from the roots of an Asian member of parsley family, is used as a condiment?

4) What do these foods have in common:
Bread, Marmalade, Vanilla Fudge, Vanilla Ice, Hot Chocolate, Hot Tuna and Humble Pie?

5) In what film do the following events take place?
· A giant 4-legged teakettle pours itself into a walking teacup.
· A Vacuum Flask inhales a 3-scoop ice cream cone.
· A large eggcup holding a soft-boiled egg flies across the hall.
· An apple and a pear are used to compose the '8' in the number 38.
· A bluebird appears holding 2 maraschino cherries.

6) This small annual herb, a member of the carrot family, is second in popularity only to black pepper throughout the world. It has dark green leaves and tiny white or pink flowers.  The fruit, when green, has an unpleasant taste, but when ripe is aromatic and is used as a spice. Can you name this plant whose fruit is used as a spice?

7) What bitter extract from a southern European plant root is used in Angostura bitters, chocolate, vermouth, candy, ice cream and vanilla flavorings?

8) About what percentage of a lemon is juice?

Click here for the answers to this Culinary Quiz


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 saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower of Arizona. The white, funnel shaped, night blooming flowers, grow on the trunk and branches of the saguaro cactus during May and June. The red fruits of this largest American cactus are edible.



A chicken egg shell has as about 17,000 tiny pores on the surface of the shell.

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The type of food a chicken eats largely determines the color of the egg yolk.  Yellow orange plant pigments called xanthophylls found in chicken feed determine the yolk color. Yellow corn mash and alfalfa meal will produce medium yellow egg yolks. Wheat or barley produce lighter colored yolks.  Bright yellow marigold petals added to feed will enhance the color of the yolk.  A white cornmeal diet will produce egg yolks that are almost colorless.

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