2/8/2016 – Apples


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, we cover apple products, while you might be reading this blog post on your Apple product. Enjoy!

1. Similar to a cobbler or crisp, what traditional dessert is a baked pudding layered with apples and buttered bread crumbs, while using brown sugar giving it its title color?

Question 1

2. Taking its name from the French hotel where it was first developed, name this upside-down pastry that uses apples caramelized in sugar and butter before it is baked?

Question 2

3. What is the main spice used when making an apple dumpling?

4. Complete this analogy. Apples : Cider :: Pears : ___

5. While a standard martini is primarily gin, an appletini (which Mark Zuckerberg named Facebook’s official drink after its appearance in “The Social Network”) is primarily made of which alcohol?

Learned League precedent (LL65, MD12) – While Kirsch is a brandy made from fermented cherries, Cognac is made from grapes, and Slivovitz from plums, what fruit is used to produce Calvados?

Tomorrow: You’ll flip for flapjacks. Tomorrow, it’s a pancake dinner, with your choice of a side of bacon or sausage.


1. Apple brown betty
2. Tarte Tatin
3. Cinnamon
4. Perry
5. Vodka
LL. Apples, duh

1/27/2016 – World Wednesday – Hawaiian


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.

In this World Wednesday, we travel to the Hawaiian islands for a sampling of wonderful island food that I imagine is served regularly at the King Kamehameha Club.

Huli pau!

1. Literally meaning “to cook in an underground oven”, what method of cooking involves an underground oven that’s used at luaus, and is especially used for cooking pork?

Question 1

2. What type of fish is used in the Hawaiian side dish known as “lomi-lomi”?

3. One of Hawaii’s most beloved dishes is what meal consisting of two scoops of white steamed rice, a side of macaroni salad, and an entree item like chicken cats or laulau?

Question 3

4. What rhyming Hawaiian dish consists of white rice, and usually topped with a fried egg, brown gravy, and a hamburger patty? The food is usually classified as a comfort food for Hawaiians.

Question 4

5. A traditional Hawaiian Mai Tai consists of white rum, dark rum, lime juice, Orgeat syrup, and what liqueur named after an island far away from Hawaii? It’s developed from the Valencia orange, and is often artificially colored blue.

Learned League precedent (LL65, MD1) –  Popular native dishes, such as a ubiquitous preparation in the tradition of Japanese musubi, as well as local varieties manufactured exclusively for the state, help make Hawaiians by far the greatest per capita consumers of what food item?

Tomorrow: We make sure you have lots of colors represented on your plate by asking questions about colorful foods!

Synergy: Last July, I interviewed the chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawaii about Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa as part of my crossword series “The X-word Files”, where I investigate words that appear frequently in puzzles, like KEA and LOA. Part of my interview talked about Kona coffee, which is grown in Hawaii. You can check out my interview with Dr. Ken Rubin [here].


1. Kalua
2. Salmon
3. Plate lunch
4. Loco moco
5. Curacao
LL. Spam

1/25/2016 – Milk


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, we start out with an essential part of a balanced breakfast, milk. Today’s questions focus more on the drink and its immediately derived drinks, as opposed to the thousands of cheeses and dishes that include milk. Enjoy!

1. The “percent” associated with purchased milk is the measure of how much butterfat by weight makes up a volume of milk. 1% milk has one gram of butterfat per 100 grams of milk. To the nearest quarter percent, what percent is whole milk, according to the USDA?

2. Similar to the syllabub dessert, what British spiced hot drink consists of milk curdled with wine or beer? Pictured below is a lemon variety of the drink.

Question 2

3. Evaporated milk is the process of removing 60% of the water from homogenized milk, making it shelf-stable. Condensed milk is the process of removing water content from milk and then performing what additional action?

4. Sharing its name with a four player card game, what food shares its name with the dish that is milk which has soured to a point where it is thick and curded, but not separated? The French dish crème fraîche is a cream-based dish similar to this American dish.

Question 4

5. Carnation, Coffee-Mate, and Nesquick are all dairy products of which company, the largest dairy company in the world?

Learned League precedent (LL65, MD5) – Kumis, leben, kefir, chal, and shubat are all regional culinary items made from what?

Tomorrow: We get a healthy dose of Vitamin C with five questions about citrus fruits!


1. 3.25%
2. Posset
3. Adding sugar
4. Clabber
5. Nestle
LL. Milk, duh

1/21/2016 – Confections


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, we satisfy our sweet tooth with a slate of confectionary treats! Enjoy!

1. The cake pictured here is decorated with which kind of icing? Made from sugar and water, its name comes from the French for “melting”.

Question 1

2. Salt water taffy, which contains individually salt and water but not salt water, was a creation in what East Coast city?

3. Name the Turkish confection shown here. One popular version of this snack combines sesame seeds and honey.

Question 3

4. Which nut is found in the center of the colorful dragée confectionery? They are also called the “Jordan” type of these nuts, which probably comes from the French word for “garden”.

5. As evidenced by their name, the golf ball sized truffle-like confections shown below are made from chocolate and which alcohol? These sweets are popular Christmas treats in European countries.

Question 5

Learned League precedent (LL65, MD20) – Name the sweetmeat confection, a specialty of southeastern France (where it is one of the traditional Provencal “thirteen Christmas desserts”), whose original ancient Roman recipe was based on honey, walnuts, and eggs. Its modern mass-produced version, such as in ZERO candy bars and Salted Nut Rolls, is rather different.

Tomorrow: We started this week with soup, so this week’s Freestyle Friday will appropriately end with nuts.


1. Fondant icing
2. Atlantic City, NJ
3. Halva
4. Almond
5. Rum (they’re called rum balls)
LL. Nougat

1/20/2016 – World Wednesday – Germany

german food pork sausage

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 is World Wednesday, and we’ll be enjoying the fine and meaty cuisines of Germany! So grab a cold bier and let’s get the fest on.


1. What is the English name of the dessert Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte? It consists of several layers of chocolate sponge cake and is topped with maraschino cherries.

2. Meaning “one pot”, which describes how the dish is cooked, what basic German stew consists of broth, vegetables, potatoes, and sometimes sausage?

Question 2

3. Turkish immigrants developed what dish, which is now a popular German street food? It’s comprised of thinly sliced meat, onions, lettuce, tomato, red cabbage, and covered in a hot sauce or yogurt sauce in a thick flatbread.

Question 3

4. Essentially German cottage cheese, what dairy product pictured here is made by warming soured milk also shares its name with a science term?

Question 4

5. No quiz on German food would be complete without Wiener Schnitzel. Although the specific meat changes depending on which nation you’re in, what meat is typically breaded and pan fried in German and Viennese Weiner Schnitzel?

Learned League precedent (LL65, MD15) – Similar in preparation to Salisbury steak, the method of cooking a steak by grinding the beef and shaping it into a flat round patty before grilling (or frying) is said to be a style associated with what European port city?

Tomorrow: It’s the confections of St. Christopher!


1. Black Forest
2. Eintopf
3. Doner kebab
4. Quark
5. Veal
LL. Hamburg