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Lamb's Wool was a drink popular from the 16th to the 19th century in England. It was made with hot beer, sweetened and spiced with soft, baked apple pulp added.

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· Gorgonzola/Sun-Dried Tomato Burger
· Chicken and Mushroom Lasagna
· Pasta Al Forno Recipe
· Penne Pasta with Pine Nuts
· French Beans with Vanilla Truffle Oil
· Tilefish and Scallop Risotto
· Avocado, Endive, & Starfruit Salad


· 'The Mind of A Chef' Season 3: Sept 6
· Meatless: Alternatives to Beef & Chicken
· High Nutrition Vitamin Garden
· Homegrown Strawberries

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September Food Months:

For Details, History and more Daily, Weekly and Monthly Food Holidays for SEPTEMBER, including Links to Holiday Origins and additional information, please see the:


• Better Breakfast Month / All-American Breakfast Month
• California Wine Month (Wine Institute of Calif.)
• Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
• Food Allergy Awareness Month
• Hunger Action Month
• National Apple Month (Actually 3 months, Sept, Oct & Nov)
• National Biscuit Month (Biscuit History - Biscuits and Gravy)
• National Bourbon Heritage Month (Senate Resolution, Aug 2, 2007)
• National Chicken Month (Nat’l Chicken Council)
• National Cholesterol Education Month
• National Food Safety Month
• National Fruit & Veggies Month
• National Hazelnut Month
• National Honey Month (National Honey Board)
• National Mushroom Month (Mushroom Council)
• National Papaya Month (also June)
• National Potato Month
• National Rice Month (1991 by Congress & Presidential decree)
• Organic Harvest Month: Organic September (observed in many countries)
• Wild Rice Month
• Whole Grains Month (Whole Grains Council)
• UK: Sourdough September (Real Bread Campaign)

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Wednesday - September 17, 2014

DAILY Trivia Questions are below


“Coleridge holds that a man cannot have a pure mind who refuse apple-dumplings. I am not certain but that he is right.”
Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

Food Holidays - Today is:

• National Apple Dumpling Day

• UK: National Cupcake Week (Sept 15-21, 2014)
International Housekeepers Week (Sept 14-20, 2014)
Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight (Sept 6-21, 2014)


On this day in:

1630 Boston, Massachusetts was founded. Nickname, 'Bean Town.' (Massachusetts Facts & Trivia)

1836 Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu died. A French botanist whose ideas formed the foundation of a natural plant classification system.

1872 Phillip Pratt of Massachusetts received the first U.S. patent (No. 131,370) for an automatic sprinkler system.

1899 Charles A. Pillsbury, flour magnate, died (born Dec 3, 1842).

1900 Hotelier John Willard Marriott was born. Beginning with Hot Shoppe restaurants, then airline catering, and then motels, Marriott built his business into one of the largest, fastest growing, and most profitable hotel and restaurant businesses in the U.S.

1909 Peter Barr died (born April 20, 1826).  Scottish horticulturist popularly known as the “Daffodil King” for his work studying and popularizing this spring flower.

1968 Joseph ‘Joe’ Bastianich was born.  Restaurateur, winemaker and author. He is also a judge on TV cooking shows ‘MasterChef’ and ‘MasterChef Junior’.

1997 'Honey' by Mariah Carey is #1 on the charts.

1999 The movie 'Breakfast of Champions' opened in U.S. theatres.

2002 Elizabeth Coblentz died (born July 18, 1936). Syndicated Amish cooking columnist and cookbook author (The Amish Cook, The Amish Cook Cookbook, An Amish Christmas, etc.).


September 16-21  Kentucky Bourbon Festival - Bardstown, KY
Sept 18-21  77th Annual Walnut Festival - Walnut Creek, Calif.
Sept 18-21  46th Annual Texas Pecan Festival - Groves, Texas
September 19-21, 2014  Taste of the Beach - Pensacola, Florida
Sept 19-21  45th Annual Scallop Fest - East Falmouth, Mass.
Sept 20  10th Lowville Cream Cheese Festival - Lowville, NY
(See All Food Festivals & Shows)

FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ    (new DAILY questions)

1) What was the only bean known in Europe before the discovery of the New World?
     [a] the fava or broad bean.
     [b] the French or string bean.
     [c] the white or Great Northern bean.

2) Bain-Marie (Mary's bath) refers to the method of placing a pan of food in another pan with water in it to stabilize the heat reaching the food.
Who was the 'Mary' it was named after?
     [a] the Virgin Mary.
     [b] a French nun.
     [c] Moses' sister.

3) Which of the following statements is false?
     [a] Eaten to excess, sage is poisonous.
     [b] Butter has been colored yellow since the 1300s.
     [c] Bananas are related to orchids.
     [d] Thyme is one of the herbs and spices used by the ancient Egyptians to preserve mummies.
     [e] Allspice was used by the Mayans as an embalming agent.

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



Lady's Fingers is another name for okra.  This name only dates back to the early 20th century, and originally applied to a small variety of okra.  The kidney vetch, with small thin flowers said to resemble a small hand originally held claim to the name 'lady's fingers' (17th century), but in the late 19th century the name was applied to varieties of potatoes, apples, bananas and grapes.  Most have gone by the wayside, but the 'lady's fingers' name is still associated with okra, and of course, ladyfingers as applied to a small finger shaped sponge cake.

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A Betty is a baked dessert dating to Colonial America.  It is a baked pudding made with layers of spiced sweetened fruit (usually apples) and buttered bread crumbs. Apple Brown Betty is made with brown sugar and sliced apples.

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When the first colonists migrated to North America, they brought apple seeds with them. The first recorded planting was in 1629 by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

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