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------------------THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER-----------------
December 25, 2004     Vol 5 #42   ISSN 1535-5659
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A SHORT CHRISTMAS ISSUE - May you all have a wonderful holiday.

   => Website News - New Recipes, Festivals & Books
   => Free Cookbook Drawing
   => Quote - 'Yes Virginia'
   => Food Trivia Quiz
   => Trivia
   => Ancient & Classic Recipes
   => Culinary Calendar - selected events
   => General information and Copyright

--------------------------WEBSITE NEWS--------------------------

------------------WEEKLY FREE COOKBOOK DRAWING------------------
Congratulations to the winner of last week's Free Cookbook Drawing, Linda Ameible who wins 2 Books - 'The Weight Watchers Complete Cookbook' and 'Weight Watchers 365 Day Menu Cookbook'

THIS WEEK'S DRAWING will be for 'The Essential EatingWell Cookbook' Edited by Patsy Jamieson


The following appeared in the New York Sun in 1897. Editorial writer Francis Pharcellus Church's reply to the letter of an 8-year-old girl has become a Christmas classic:

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Dear Editor,
     I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ``If you see it in The Sun, it's so.'' Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O'Hanlon
115 West Ninety-Fifth Street
     Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little.
     In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
     Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.
     Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
     Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.
     Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
     You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond.
     Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
------------------------FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ------------------------
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Christmas Mushroom
The enoki mushroom is native to both North America and eastern Asia, and were first cultivated in Japan, where they have become very popular. Enoki look somewhat like a fat-stemmed hat pin, with a long slender stem and a tiny white cap.  They have a crunchy texture and fruity flavor, quite unlike any other mushroom.  Wild varieties have yellow, brownish or orange caps.  They are usually eaten raw in salads and sandwiches, or quick cooked in stir-frys. They become tough and fibrous if overcooked.  Also known as winter mushroom, golden mushroom, Christmas mushroom, velvet stem, golden needles, snow puff mushroom, furry foot, and nametake.

--------------------ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES-------------------


1 qt water
8oz sugar
juice and rind of 3 lemons
half a bottle of rum
half a bottle port
grated nutmeg
1 apple sliced
1 orange sliced

Boil the water, sugar and lemon rind in a saucepan. Allow to cool a little and strain. Add the rum, port and lemon juice. Transfer into a pre-warmed large bowl. Float the fruit on top and sprinkle with nutmeg.


1931 Melvil Dewey died. He created the Dewey Decimal Classification system for cataloging library books.
640. includes Cookbooks; Home economics; Parenting

1960 Ray Charles recorded 'One Mint Julep.'

1869 William Finley Semple patented the first chewing gum, although he never commercially manufactured any gum.

1947 Ted Danson, American actor, was born. Best known for his role as bartender Sam Malone on the TV series 'Cheers'.

1817 The first coffee was planted in Hawaii. Genuine 'Kona' coffee is one of the great coffees (about $20 per pound).

1929 Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played 'Auld Lang Syne' as their New Years Eve song for the first time.

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