7/5/18 – Asparagus


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.

Before the Fourth, we had a question, so going to the tape:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL77, MD24) – The items in this montage (not pictured to scale) were all produced specifically for preparing or serving what vegetable?
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So apparently, you use these things to cook and prepare asparagus. Top left is a peeler or cutter, top middle is a steamer, top right is a plate for holding asparagus and a sauce pot, and the bottom is a pair of asparagus tongs. I put potato, because you definitely peel potatoes. From what I understand, the tongs are the thing to know, as fancy people have their own server for asparagus. With this miss, looks like I’ll go 6 for 9 for the season.

Well, while we are talking about asparagus, here’s a few more questions about it. Enjoy!

1. The three main varieties of asparagus are typically classified into colors. Besides green, what are the other two colors?

2.  The first documented recipe for what sauce was written in author François Pierre de la Varenne’s 1651 cookbook Le Cuisinier françois under the heading “asparagus with fragrant sauce”?

3. Named after the king of Sweden from 1872 to 1902, name the dish seen here made with calf meat, topped with crab or crayfish, bearnaise sauce, and asparagus?

Question 3

4. Also called “mountain asparagus”, what three letter name is given to the Japanese vegetable seen here, whose roots are often cooked like asparagus and served in miso soup?

Question 4

5. Asparagus contains asparagusic acid. Scientists believe that asparagusic acid is mostly closely connected to what effect?



1. White and purple
2. Hollandaise sauce
3. Veal Oscar
4. Udo
5. Making urine smell


7/4/18 – Hot Dogs 3

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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.

Tomorrow is the final day of the season! Good luck with it, and hopefully you land where you want.

Today is the Fourth of July, and that means lots of annual tradition, including watching the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. While we find out if Joey or Matt wins, I have some questions for you. I’ve written twelve questions each for Hot Dogs and Hot Dogs 2, so here are twelve more. Happy Fourth!

1. What’s the only MLB team whose home stadium sells more sausages than hot dogs?

2. First sold in Mexico, what alliterative name is given to hot dogs that are bacon wrapped and often fried?

Question 2

3. Shown here is the logo of what famous Manhattan hot dog location, which Julia Child called the best hot dog in New York?

Question 3

4. Slightly different than the most common type, the top-loading hot dog bun seen here is named for what region?

Question 4

5. The character seen here that became an Internet meme in 2017 is associated with what company?

Question 5

6. Named after its shape, what slang term for hot dog has the initials TS? Not a great question, but apparently this is a thing.

7. Known for its hot dogs, the restaurant seen here is considered the largest drive-in fast food restaurant in the world. Give the name of this restaurant, and name the city where it is found.

Question 7

8. The Montreal hot dog and the Carolina hot dog are unique as they both feature what ingredient?

9. According to their classic jingle, what brand of hot dogs are enjoyed by both kids who climb on rocks and by kids with chicken pox?

10. Soy meat, which is often used to create vegan hot dogs, is sometimes called by a three-word term abbreviated TVP. What does TVP stand for?

11. The hot dog seen here, which is topped with a chili first created by Macedonian immigrants as well as shredded cheese, is native to what Midwestern city? The chili is also used for spaghetti in the city, and is the signature ingredient of the chains Gold Star Chili and Skyline Chili.

Question 11

12. What 2011 comedy song’s music video features this scene?

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Question 12


1. Milwaukee Brewers
2. Danger dog
3. Papaya King
4. New England
5. Snapchat
6. Tube steak
7. The Varsity, Atlanta
8. Coleslaw
9. Armour Hot Dogs
10. Textured vegetable protein
11. Cincinnati
12. “Threw It On The Ground” by The Lonely Island


7/3/18 – Microwave Times


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.

Today’s post is super silly. But I’m excited to do it.

I’ll give you a brand name food item that is known for going in the microwave. You have to tell me how much time it should cook. All of these values are from the manufacturer’s suggested steps. If you do TOO good on this quiz, I hope you will consider picking up some fresh fruit or vegetables at the supermarket.

1. Kraft Easy Mac

Question 1

2. Lean Cuisine – Sesame Chicken flavor

Question 2

3. A single Hot Pocket

Question 3

4. Kellogg’s Pop Tarts (there is a toaster oven instruction, but I’m looking for the microwave instructions)

Question 4

5. A 15oz can of Spaghetti-O’s

Question 5

6. Orville Redenbacher’s microwave popcorn

Question 6

7. Cup (O’) Noodles

Question 7


(1) 3.5 minutes
(2) 4 minutes
(3) 2 minutes
(4) 3 seconds
(5) 1.5 to 2 minutes
(6) 4 minutes
(7) You don’t microwave the noodles, you add boiling water to cup, so it’s the amount of time to boil water

7/2/18 – Pizza Hut


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.

We had an architecture question last week:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL77, MD21) – This Pittsburgh-area medical clinic sits at the former site of what restaurant?
A nice reminder of my childhood, as my local Pizza Hut had a roof similar to the one in the pictures above. I am now 6 for 8 in F/D this season.

Now, succeeding my posts on McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Arby’s, today’s post is about Pizza Hut. Enjoy!

1. Brothers Dan and Frank Carney opened the first Pizza Hut in 1958 (this year marks the 60th anniversary) while they were college students. What university was the site of the first Pizza Hut, whose team name is the Shockers?

Question 1

2. Pizza Hut’s greatest contribution is probably what style of pizza, which was introduced in March 1995? This style of pizza was first advertised in commercials with Donald and ex-wife Ivana Trump.


3. One of the oddest ads in history is a 1997 international Pizza Hut ad where what former world leader appears at a Pizza Hut?

Question 3

4. The first console video game to ever feature in-game advertisements was a 1990 NES game named after what well-known characters? Some versions of this game also featured a cover that included this ad, which did in fact carry a coupon for a Personal Pan Pizza.

Question 4

5. What is the food delivery system shown here called?

Question 5

6. And ending with another blast from the past, what is the name of the literacy incentive program created by Pizza Hut in 1985? The top part of its round logo is shown here.

Question 6



1. Wichita State
2. Stuffed crust pizza
3. Mikhail Gorbachev [full ad here]
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
5. Dinner Box
6. Book It!

6/28/18 – Basic Mexican


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.


LearnedLeague precedent (LL77, MD18) – A specially prepared cornmeal dough usually stuffed with sweet or savory fillings and steamed inside a trimmed corn husk or banana leaf—this describes, most commonly, what dish? Zacahuiles are giant ones, while norteños are a smaller variety.


I missed it. I thought of a bunch of basic Mexican dishes, and I knew it wasn’t any of those. The name “tamale” did not cross my mind. I’m now 5 for 7. This was a painful miss. Definitely my worst miss this season.

Today’s post is going to be easy. It is the Wiktionary definitions of the most basic units of food you see on a Mexican restaurant menu. Not going to miss layups like this again.

1. A Mexican dish made by wrapping a filling in a tortilla, then baking in a sauce.

2. A Mexican dish consisting of a flour tortilla wrapped around a filling of meat and/or beans, cheese etc.

3. A specialty food of south-central Mexico, consisting of a bowl-shaped fried tortilla stuffed with chopped meat, lettuce, cheese, etc.

4. A deep-fried wet burrito.

5. A Mexican dish made by filling a tortilla (corn or flour) with cheese, folding in half and toasting until the cheese is melted.

6. A fried corn or flour tortilla, filled usually with beef or chicken and cheese, rolled up, and dipped in a form of salsa, or guacamole.

7. A Tex-Mex dish of strips of spicy marinated meat and/or vegetables in a soft flour tortilla, often served with salad or a savory filling.

8. A thick tortilla as made in Mexico, frequently stuffed and made of corn flour.


1. Enchilada
2. Burrito
3. Chalupa
4. Chimichanga
5. Quesadilla
6. Taquito
7. Fajita
8. Gordita

6/27/18 – Fruity Alcohols


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.

Before we get to my embarrassing Mexican mess up, we have a question from last weekend we need to review.

LearnedLeague precedent (LL77 Midseason Classic) – Chambord liqueur is produced with honey, vanilla, citrus peel, and cognac, with an infusion predominantly of what fruit?

I did not know this. Even though I should have, because apparently I’ve missed this question in various venues in the past, including a previous MiniLeague and a Quizzing Circuit of America event. As I’ve expressed before, I’m not great at alcohol, and this was another case. At least it wasn’t during the season.

So, in the spirit of the spirits, a quick quiz. I’ll give you a spirit, and you have to name the fruit that is predominately used to make it.

1. Gin
2. Calvados
3. Kirsch
4. Crème de cassis
5. Pálinka (from Hungary)
6. Cognac
7. Tepache (from Mexico)
8. Arrack (from Indonesia/Sri Lanka)


1. Juniper berry
2. Apples
3. Cherries
4. Blackcurrants
5. Apricots
6. Grapes
7. Pineapples
8. Coconut

6/26/18 – Spice 2

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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 week, we had a food question to cover, so we go to the tape.

LearnedLeague precedent (LL77, MD17) – What spice is most closely associated with the cuisine of Hungary and is the namesake for one national dish and dominant seasoning for another (goulash)?

Hungary is the country of paprika. Paprika came up in the Hungarian World Wednesday, and I’ve already missed one paprika LL question. LL66 gave us the question featured on my original Spice post. That one was harder, but I got it despite. I am now 5 for 6 this season.

The original Spice post was February 2016, and now we do a sequel. Mamma mia, is that a spicy meatball? Let’s find out! Enjoy.

1. Give the last name of the man seen here, first name Willoughby, who in 1889 at age 25 began to sell root beer and flavored extracts door-to-door.

Question 1

2. The Indonesian Banda Islands were until the mid-19th century the only source of nutmeg and what other spice, which is made from the crimson seed cover of nutmeg?

Question 2

3. Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, and vanilla is the second-most expensive in the world. What is the third-most, found in Nordic cuisine, Wrigley gum, and masala chai tea?

Question 3

4. What spice, with the scientific name Pimenta dioica, takes its name from its aroma which seemed to combined cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg?

5. Herbs are made from the leaves of a plant, while spices are made from the roots, bark, or seeds of a plant. The herb cilantro is made from the leaves of the cilantro. What spice is made from the seeds of the cilantro plant?

Question 5

6. What’s the only Spice Girl whose name is an actual spice?



1. McCormick
2. Mace
3. Cardamom
4. Allspice
5. Coriander
6. Ginger Spice