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January Food Months:

For Details, History and more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for JANUARY, including LINKS to Holiday Origins and Additional Information, please see the:

January is:

• Be Kind To Food Servers Month (Tennessee)
• Bread Machine Baking Month
• Fat Free Living Month
• National Fiber Focus Month
• National Hot Tea Month
• National Mail Order Gardening Month
• National Meat Month
• National Retail Bakers Month (?)
• National Soup Month
• Oatmeal Month (More oatmeal is eaten in January than any other month)
• Prune Breakfast Month
• Wheat Bread Month

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Maryland Chicken is basically Southern Fried Chicken served with a cream gravy.  It is so well known, that even Escoffier included a recipe for Chicken a la Maryland in his book 'Ma Cuisine.'  Recipes vary on whether the chicken should be dipped in batter, just floured, or dipped in egg and bread crumbs.  Recipes for the Cream Gravy also vary widely. There is no definitive recipe.
     One source states that in Australia, Chicken Maryland refers to a chicken leg with both thigh and drumstick attached.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“Look, there's no metaphysics on earth like chocolates.”
Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet (1888-1935)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Chocolate Cake Day

• UK: Farmhouse Breakfast Week (Jan 25-31, 2015)


On this day in:

1521 The Diet of Worms begins. Not a fad diet, but the assembly of the Holy Roman Empire at which Martin Luther made his famous appearance.

1832 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born. Dodgson's pen name was Lewis Carroll. He was an English mathematician and creator of ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’. Alice had a habit of eating and drinking unknown substances.

1851 John James Audubon died. Ornithologist, naturalist and artist, known mainly for his paintings and sketches of North American birds.

1880 Thomas Edison was granted patent Patent No. 223,898 for electric lamps giving light by incandescence (application filed Nov 4, 1879).

1888 The National Geographic Society was officially incorporated.

1910 Thomas Crapper died. He is the frequently said to have invented the flush toilet. He was a plumber, he had several patents issued, but they seem to be improvements to devices invented by others.
(Toilet Trivia & Facts)

1918 The first Tarzan movie was released, the silent film 'Tarzan of the Apes'

1922 Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochran) died. In 1889 Bly successfully completed an attempt to beat the record of Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg to go 'Around the World in Eighty Days'. Bly was a U.S. newspaper reporter and completed the journey in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.

1933 In Saskatchewan, Canada, record setting hen Lady Victorine died after laying her 694th egg.
(Egg Trivia & Facts)

1940 David Murray Cowie died (born 1872). An American pediatrician, he was a pioneer in convincing table salt producers to add iodine to their product to reduce the incidence of goiter (swelling of the thyroid gland) in the U.S. (Salt Trivia & Facts)

1950 'Science' magazine announce the discovery of the new antibiotic, terramyacin. What made it unusual is that Pfizer & Co. had discovered the antibiotic in a soil sample from Indiana. Pfizer had been searching soil samples from around the world for new bacteria fighting organisms.

1962 'The Peppermint Twist - Part 1' was number 1 on the music charts.

1984 Michael Jackson's hair catches fire while filming a Pepsi commercial.

2005 Procter & Gamble announced it agreed to buy Gillette for $57 billion, combining some of the world's best known household brands.

2006 The last Western Union Telegrams are sent. Western Union ended its Telegram service today.

2010 J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger died (born Jan 1, 1919).  Author of 'The Catcher in the Rye' (1951).

2013 U.S. first class postage rates are raised to 46 cents and post cards to 33 cents.


· January 17-31, 2015  Texas Citrus Fiesta - Mission , Texas
· Jan 22-Feb 1, 2015  St. Paul Winter Carnival - St. Paul, Minn
· Jan 27-Feb 1  Key West Food & Wine Festival - Florida
· January 30-31  10th Seafood & Wine Festival - Portland, OR
· January 31, 2015  Annual Kumquat Festival - Dade City, Fla
· January 31, 2015  BaconMania VIII - Des Moines, Iowa


Sweet Potato & Yams   • Parsnips   • Turnips
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FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What do the following products all have in common: Barnum's Animal Crackers, Cream of Wheat Cereal, Grey Poupon Mustard, Knox Gelitin, Life Savers, Milk Bone Dog Biscuits, Planters Peanuts and A.1. Steak Sauce?

2)  All of the following events took place in the same year.     What year was it?
•• The U.S. Congress passes the National School Lunch Act
•• Self rising cornmeal is marketed for the first time
•• The New Haven Restaurant Institute opens in a storefront. It soon becomes The Culinary Institute of America
•• Frozen French Fries go on sale at the R.H. Macy department store in New York
•• Tupperware was introduced
•• French's Instant Potato (mashed potatoes) is introduced
•• The cocktail 'Moscow Mule' is created (Smirnoff vodka and ginger beer in a copper mug)
•• George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' was published
•• The Andrews Sisters recorded 'Avocado'
•• Brennan's French & Creole Restaurant opens in New Orleans

3) Kemmons Wilson of Memphis, Tennessee named his famous hospitality company after his favorite movie.
What was the name of the movie?

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


"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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Lemons are believed to have originated in Southeast Asia, and spread to Spain and North Africa during the Middle Ages. The cultivated variety is thought to be a hybrid of wild species of lime and citron. Lemon trees bloom throughout the year, and fruit is picked 6 or more times a year, with an average commercial tree yielding about 1,500 lemons per year.

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Mahi-Mahi is the Hawaiian name for dolphin (the fish NOT the marine mammal!), also known as Dorado. Most restaurants use the name Mahi-mahi rather than dolphin, so as not to have any confusion with the marine mammal of the same name.  Mahi-mahi have an iridescent blue body, and yellowish bellies; they lose their color rapidly once out of the water. Their flesh is very low fat (less than 1%), with a firm moist texture and mild, almost sweet flavor. Mahi-mahi are found in warm waters around the world.

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