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National Apricot Day – January 9

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National Apricot Day – January 9 Quote of the Day: The only thing better than this is an apricot in Damascus, meaning “it doesn’t get any better than this”. Turkish expression Today is National Apricot Day in the United States. This golden healthy fruit is enjoyed fresh, canned and dried. History of the Apricot The apricot has a long – long history dating back 4,000 years ago to China where the first tree was planted and nurtured into what became groves of apricot trees. The Chinese associate the apricot with education and medicine. For instance, the classical word 杏 壇 (literally: “apricot altar”) which means “educational circle”, is still widely used in written language. The association with medicine comes from the common use of apricot kernels as a component in traditional Chinese medicine. The apricot tree loved to travel. It...

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Early Morning Inspirations

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Famous Chefs, Food, Food History, Food Inspiration, Roadtrips R Us, Signature Dishes, Travel, Travel & Food Blog | Comments Off on Early Morning Inspirations

Quote of the Day:  Necessity… the mother of invention. Early Morning Inspirations I grabbed one of my favorite books titled “Don’t Try This At Home” Culinary Catastrophes from the World’s Greatest Chefs upon waking this morning.  While thumbing through this wonderful book,  I came across a short story by Tom Douglas.  Tom is the owner of countless restaurants in Seattle, Washington. But, his first venture, The Dahlia Lounge, was not going as well as expected.  This being Tom’s first venture as an owner/chef and having borrowed six figures from his wife’s relatives was a risky venture.  With funds dwindling, the savior was going to be New Year’s Eve.  The restaurant was booked to its capacity of two hundred and fifty diners.  The weather forecast was not cooperating.  Snow was in the vicinity and disaster seemed to be on the forefront.  Tom’s wife being...

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