2/26/18 – Mayonnaise 2


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Last Friday, we had our first food/drink question of the season, so let’s go to the tape:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL76, MD4) – (1) The Duke of Richelieu’s capture of Port Mahon on the island of Minorca in June 1756; (2) The town of Bayonne, located at the confluence of the Nive and Adour rivers in southwest France; (3) the French verb manier (“to stir”); (4) an Old French term for “egg yolk.” These are four possible etymologies for what word?

Mahon/Bayonne/Manier + “egg yolk” = Mayonnaise, which is our correct answer. I got it. And, I also swore this would have ended up being a Language question. I understand diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks, but I’m stunned this was a 44% get. But, even though it cost me wins in both of my matches, we forge on. I’m 1 for 1 on F/D this season.

We had a post about mayo back in 2016, and now we have a second helping of it. Enjoy! And if you’re not a mayo fan, tolerate!

1. Of the Quarter Pound with Cheese, the Whopper, and Dave’s Single, which one doesn’t have mayo on it?

2. Fritessaus is a leaner and sweeter version of mayonnaise that is used on top of French fries in what non-France country?

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3. Named after the German/American doll seen on the bottle, name this brand of squeezable Japanese mayonnaise seen here. It’s been described as having a rice wine vinegar flavor, with a healthy pinch of MSG.

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4. While mayo serves as the dressing, what two fruits are often found in a Waldorf salad?

5. Macaroni salad of course contains mayo, and macaroni salad is a staple of the meal known as plate lunch, which features white rice and a meat of your choice, usually served in styrofoam. Where would you mostly like eat a plate lunch?

Question 5


1. Quarter Pound with Cheese
2. Netherlands
3. Kewpie
4. Apples and grapes
5. Hawaii


2/23/18 – Gordon Ramsay


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

After three full Match Days, we still haven’t had a food or drink question, but we came real close!

LearnedLeague precedent (LL76, MD3) – Name the chef and fiery television personality whose namesake restaurant in London’s Chelsea neighborhood is one of only five Michelin three-starred restaurants in the United Kingdom.

As 89% of players also got, this is Gordon Ramsay. The question was classified as a Television question instead of a Food/Drink question, which I guess is fair. I mean, the question is about a chef and one of his restaurants. But, nonetheless, I unofficially count this as the first F/D question of the season.

As his excellency Guy Fieri was the first chef to get his own 5CT post, Gordon Ramsay will become the second. Enjoy!

1. Hell’s Kitchen is without a doubt Gordon’s most well known show. Name either the leftmost or rightmost person in these photos. The leftmost person served as sous-chef for the Red Team for the first 3 seasons, while the rightmost person served as sous-chef for the Blue Team for the first 10. The man standing behind Gordon was maitre d’, Jean-Phillippe Susilovic.

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2. Gordon Ramsay is the manager of the famous grill restaurant found inside what London hotel? Opening in 1889, this hotel is basically hosted everyone famous that ever lived in the 20th century, including Claude Monet, Charlie Chaplin, Babe Ruth, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and Harry Truman. Also, Bob Dylan filmed his “Subterranean Homesick Blues” in the alley next to it.

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3. Debuting in 2013, name the show that Ramsay is shown here hosting.

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4. While Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, his namesake restaurant, is three-starred Michelin and still going strong, the two American restaurants he owned with stars have since closed. Both were named Gordon Ramsay at The London, both had one-star ratings from Michelin, and both closed in late 2014/early 2015. What cities were the restaurants?

5. As reported from a 2012 article by eater.com, the name of what animal has been redacted by purple rectangles in the story shown here? The green rectangle is for censorship purposes.

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6. In this filmed bit for The Late Late Show with James Corden called “Hell’s Cafeteria”, Gordon is yelling at Julie Chen asking her “What are you?”. What is her answer?

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Have a great weekend all!


1. Mary-Ann Salcedo / Scott Leibfried
2. Savoy Hotel
3. MasterChef Junior
4. West Hollywood & New York City
5. Donkey
6. “An idiot sandwich”

2/20/18 – Good vs. Evil


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

It’s a brand new season, and I wish you all the best! Today’s post comes from an idea crafted by valued reader SeidlerA, and now I’m bringing it to you. Can you wrestle with the forces of good and evil by answering questions that are aligned for or against the world? Good luck!

1. Both angel food cake and devil’s food cake involve unique ingredients. Name the ingredient in angel food cake (formula KC4H5O6) that is added to stabilize the egg whites, and name the ingredient in devil’s food cake (formula NaHCO3) that is added to raise the pH of the cake and to give it a darker mahogany color.

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2. While often known as angel hair pasta, what Italian name, meaning “little hairs”, is the official name for this pasta?

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3. And you can top that pasta with its morally opposite sauce! Meaning “devil monk” in Italian, what red sauce is made with tomato and chili peppers? It often goes on pasta dishes that contain shrimp or lobster.

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4. What is bacon-wrapped in the dish angels on horseback? What is bacon-wrapped in the dish devils on horseback?

5. What brand name was advertised heavily on 90s commercials with angels in the sky above enjoying certain bread products, and featured the tagline “A little taste from heaven”?

6. Seen here are homemade versions of what treat, made by Drake’s Cakes (the makers of Ring Dings and Yodels)?

Question 6

Good luck with MD1!


1. Cream of tartar, baking soda
2. Capellini
3. Fra diavolo sauce
4. Oysters, Dates
5. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
6. Devil Dogs


2/19/18 – Spirits of ’76


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

It has been a while. But, that changes now. Tomorrow is LL76 MD1, and I’ll be here all season long giving you up-to-the-day news alerts about the food questions asked. I’m hoping this website gives me a leg up, and I hope it does the same for you.

In honor of LL76, today’s post is “Spirits of ’76” where we’ll ask questions about the alcohol consumed by our Founding Fathers! Enjoy!

1. Unfortunately, there is no major beer you can drink today that you can know was downed by the Framers. What is the oldest operating brewing company in the US, headquartered in Pottsville, PA, which was founded in 1829?

2….and this includes Sam Adams! The Boston Beer Company was founded in 1984, and the beer names itself after Samuel Adams. Adams was a poor businessman after college, so his father made in a partner in the family’s stock of what kind of business? Although Adams never brewed beer, his association with this business is the sole reason why we think of Adams as a beer man today.

3. George Washington was a man of alcohol. Some reports state that Mount Vernon was the largest whiskey producer in the country, as in 1799 (the year he died), the estate was producing more than 1000 gallons a month. Later in life, he enjoyed a bottle of Madeira a day. But, some time during the colonial time, Washington partook in a bit of what punch, maybe the most popular punch mixture during the colonial era, made of rum, cognac, peach brandy, and adorned with lemon slices? His revelry led to him not writing in his diary for three days.

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4. Which signer of the Declaration was involved with the 1768 Liberty affair, where he tried to sneak about 100,000 gallons of Madeira wine into the US, on his ship, the Liberty. Although he was charged by customs officers, the charges were eventually dropped.

Question 4 (This is him, by the way)

5. “He’s had a Thump over the Head with Sampson’s Jawbone”, “He’s Eat a Toad & half for Breakfast”, “Gold-headed”, and “Has Swallow’d a Tavern Token” are all entries in what 1737 alliterative publication by Benjamin Franklin?

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6. In which state was the 1791 Whiskey Rebellion, where farmers rebelled after the government issues its first tax on a domestic product?


Good luck to the new season! We’re rooting for you all the way!


1. Yuengling
2. Malthouse
3. Fish Bowl Punch
4. John Hancock
5. The Drinker’s Dictionary
6. Pennsylvania


2/5/18 – Steamed Hams


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

I hope you’re prepared for an  unforgettable luncheon.

1. Despite your directions, it seems Superintendent Chalmers has made it to your luncheon. Knowing you were having a roast for our main course, he brought over a bottle of wine. What type of wine, which takes its name from the third-most populous city of Iran, would be the most appropriate for this pairing?

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2. Ye gods! Your roast is ruined! And your oven is on fire! Hopefully you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, and have learned the mnemonic PASS – meaning that you should Pull the lockpin, Aim the nozzle at the base, Squeeze the handles together, and what fourth action?

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3. After being caught trying to escape to Krusty Burger (which you say was your isometric exercise), you tell Chalmers that the smoke rising from the oven is not smoke, but rather steam from the steamed clams you are about to enjoy. Make sure you impress Chalmers later by telling him this name of the neck of a clam you hold while eating steamed clams. It also shares its name with a tube used for stealing (which seems appropriate giving the following experiences).

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4. You save the day by serving up a hefty plate of mouth watering hamburgers (even though you call them steamed hams). They look like the classic burger from Krusty Burger, conveniently found outside of your kitchen window. While Burger King has the Whopper, what burger did McDonald’s create in 1997 to directly compete against the Whopper? The burger was discontinued in 2011.

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5. Chalmers has never heard anyone use the term “steamed hams” to refer to hamburgers, which you tell him it’s an Upstate New York expression. Then, he notes he’s from Utica, and has never heard of it, but you tell him it’s more of an Albany expression. Next time, you’ll have to prepare what classic Utica dish featuring chicken, peppers, tomato sauce, and rigatoni noodles?

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6. Chalmers is still bothering you that you call the dishes “steamed hams” despite the fact they are obviously grilled. While you don’t have a great answer for this, you tell him that you’re just trying to emulate Ted’s Restaurant in the city of Meriden that is pretty exclusively known for selling steamed hamburgers! In what New England state would you find Ted’s Restaurant?

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Question 6 Ted’s
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7. And finally, as Chalmers gets up to leave, he asks what is happening in your kitchen. Instead of saying it’s the burning oven you left on, you tell him it is the aurora borealis. If only it could have been the Canadian whiskey The Northern Lights! The brand is owned by Barton Brands, which is owned by what alcohol conglomerate? HQed near New Orleans, this company takes its name from a New Orleans cocktail made from cognac, absinthe, and a lemon peel.

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Question 7 Northern
Question 7 Cocktail

Well reader, you are an odd fellow, but I must say you steam a good ham.


1. Shiraz or Syrah
2. Sweep the nozzle
3. Siphon
4. Big N’ Tasty
5. Chicken riggies
6. Connecticut
7. Sazerac





2/2/18 – Pennsylvania Dutch

Punxsutawney Phil Makes Annual Forecast On Groundhog Day

Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

I’m back. Sorry. January has been a pain. But, now its February, and more importantly, its Groundhog Day! To celebrate this rich Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, let’s ask more questions about the region’s cuisine (that aren’t just scrapple and shoofly). Enjoy!

1. The bologna seen here is not a native to the Middle East, but rather what namesake county in Pennsylvania? Cured, smoked, and fermented, this bologna is served sweet and as an appetizer.

Question 1

2. A root beer kin, what word has been redacted on this can? This carbonated, non-alcoholic drink is derived from herbal extracts from the bark of its namesake tree.

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3. What spread is seen in these jars?

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4. Also called “Susquehanna turkey” or “Pennsylvania Dutch goose”, the dish called hog maw serves up the what part of the pig? Often stuffed with potatoes, this dish is a traditional New Year’s Day dish for PA Dutch families.

5. This is no laughing matter. Name the dessert seen here, essentially a vanilla pie that has a layer of chocolate on its bottom.

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6. It may look like strawberry ice cream, but a different fruit was involved. What fruit, which is found in the eastern US, is used in Pennsylvania as an ice cream?

Question 6


1. Lebanon County (it’s called Lebanon bologna)
2. Birch
3. Apple butter
4. Stomach
5. Funny cake
6. Teaberry


1/10/18 – Games


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

On Thursday, I head to Boston to be a part of the MIT Mystery Hunt, a massive event involving puzzles for a full weekend. A popular theme to these hunts are board games, whether it be the theme of the entire weekend, or if individual puzzles are based on games themselves. Nevertheless, I’ve got both food and games on the mind, so here’s a little quiz to see if you do too!

1. There are two pizza chains that feature the name of a game in their name. What are those chains? One of the games is played tabletop, while the other is a card game.

2. Name the Southern dish seen here, made with eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla, and corn meal.

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3. Which of the Battleship ships shares its name with this vodka drink, an alcopop known for its bright colors and fruit flavors?

Question 3

4. The Big Buford is a signature item of what restaurant chain, which has the slogan “Crazy Good Food”, and is a sister chain to Rally’s?

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5. Finish this analogy. Frubes : UK :: Yoplait Tubes : Canada :: ______ : US.


6. Not sharing a name, but close enough. What is the name of the dish seen here, a popular Pennsylvania Dutch dish combining scraps of pork with cornmeal and wheat flour?

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1. Domino’s and Uno Pizzeria
2. Chess pie
3. Cruiser
4. Checkers
5. Go-Gurt
6. Scrapple