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------------------THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER-----------------
July 22, 2005    Vol 6 #14  ISSN 1535-5659
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-------------------------IN THIS ISSUE--------------------------

   ->  Website News
   ->  Recommended Books
   ->  'Food for Thought' by Mark Vogel
   ->  Quotes and Trivia
   ->  Website of the Week
   ->  Food Trivia Quiz
   ->  Readers questions
   ->  Ancient & Classic Recipes
   ->  Did you know?
   ->  Who's Who in the Culinary Arts
   ->  Requested Recipes
   ->  Cooking Tips
   ->  Culinary Calendar - selected events
   ->  How To Subscribe to this Newsletter
   ->  How to Stop receiving this Newsletter
   ->  General information and Copyright

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

Rather than bore you with detailed reasons, suffice it to say that due to technical problems, a hurricane, and my decision to move to Minnesota in October, it has been more than a month since the last issue of the newsletter.  I will try to publish weekly until I begin the move to the Winona, Minnesota area towards the end of October. Hopefully, the transition will be smooth, and I will not miss more than one or two issues during the move. Key West continues to change, and is approaching the point where the expense and problems of living here is no longer offset by its attractions (to me at least). It is becoming hard to tell if you are in the real Key West, or Key West, Disneyland. I lived in Minnesota from 1967 to about 1980, and still have friends living there. It is a beautiful and friendly state, and I look forward to the upcoming move.

------------------------RECOMMENDED BOOKS-----------------------

Beyond the Ice Cream Cone:
The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World's Fair
by Pamela J. Vaccaro
Excellent read - if you have any interest in food history, this is a fascinating book. If you are a food history buff, this is an indispensable read. Great black and white photos of the Fair, menus, etc. I highly recommend this book.

----------------'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' BY MARK VOGEL----------------

When Life Gives You Lemons.....Where and when the lemon became popular in various parts of the globe is a controversial topic. While researching this article, I discovered that agreement....


"After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's relatives."
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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The protein in almonds is more like the proteins in human breast milk of all the seeds and nuts, which is why it is the choice of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as the base for its baby formula.

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------------------------FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ------------------------
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------------------------READERS QUESTIONS-----------------------

QUESTION: Are the blossoms of the basil stalks edible? They flower so fast, I cannot keep up with them, and wondered what the harm might be using them in my pesto and in various dishes.  Thanks.   Carol

ANSWER: Virtually all blossoms from culinary herbs are edible - especially those of the Mint Family (which includes basil).
The mint family includes thyme, sages, lavender, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, savory, hyssops, basil, the various mints, catnip, betony, horehound and many other herbs
As a matter of fact, with many culinary herbs, the blossoms contain more of the essential oils than the leaves, making them more flavorful.


The Red Delicious is the most widely grown variety of apple in the world. Red Delicious have firm, white or cream white flesh that is juicy, aromatic, sweet tasting. They are best eaten raw because of their thick skin.
The Golden Delicious is not related to the Red Delicious, but was introduced by the same family, the Stark Brothers. Golden Delicious are highly aromatic, with a sweet, sprightly flavor, and crisp, juicy flesh.  They are great in pies and sauces.

--------------------------FRESH FLOWERS-------------------------

Fresh Flowers Directly from the Growers

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

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
4 anchovy filets
2 green onions, green parts only
1 1/2  tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped tarragon
2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
2 tablespoons minced chives

Puree all in ingredients in a blender.
Do not puree completely, it should not be a smooth dressing.
Even better is to grind the ingredients with a mortar and pestle.

Potato Salads

Cole Slaws


"Alas, what crimes have been committed in the name of chowder!"
Louis P. De Gouy, The Soup Book (1949)

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--------------------------DID YOU KNOW?-------------------------

The seeds are NOT the hottest part of peppers. It is at the point where the seed is attached to the white membrane inside the pepper that the highest concentration of capsaicin (the compound giving peppers their pungent flavor) is found.

-----------------WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS-----------------

Richard Hellman
Richard Hellmann was a deli owner in New York City in the early years of the 20th century. He made his salads and sandwiches with his wife Nina's mayonnaise. It was so popular, that he began selling it by the scoop, and then in bulk to other stores. In 1912 he built a factory for producing it in jars, and it was an immediate success. His Blue Ribbon mayonnaise in jars contributed greatly to the surge in popularity of cole slaw as a side dish.

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"Alcohol is a very necessary article. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright

------------------RECIPE REQUESTS FROM READERS------------------


1 lb. Feta cheese
2 cucumbers, sliced thin
1 lb. kalamata olives
1 red onion, sliced thin
2 scallions, sliced thin
1 small red or green bell pepper, sliced thin
4 large, ripe tomatoes cut into quarters
1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
4 oz. extra virgin olive oil
1 oz red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Drain the cheese, roughly chop it and place it in a large salad bowl.  Add the cucumbers, olives, scallions, bell pepper, tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper and mix.  Whisk the olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice in a bowl and then pour over the salad and toss.  Other common additions include romaine lettuce and anchovies.

Summer Salads

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 questions to me at

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--------------------------COOKING TIPS--------------------------

Contrary to what most people believe, and that includes most professionals, when using beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages in recipes, a lot of alcohol is left after cooking.     
Here are the facts from the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA (1989).         

Alcohol remaining after preparation:        
100% Immediate consumption  
70% Overnight storage 
85% Boiling liquid, remove from heat  
75% flamed        

Alcohol remaining: baked or simmered:       
40% 15 min.   
35% 30 min.   
25% 1 hour  
20% 1.5 hour  
10% 2 hours   
5% 2.5 hours


1967 The rock group Vanilla Fudge made its concert debut in N.Y.

1894 Arthur Treacher, actor, announcer was born. He later founded Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips restaurant franchise.

1910 The first publication of the Paul Bunyan stories of oral folklore, by James MacGillivray in the Detroit News-Tribune. A mythical hero of giant proportions who had an appetite to match his size. His camp stove had a griddle that was greased by men with sides of bacon strapped to their feet.

1872 It was reported to have rained black worms in Bucharest, Rumania.

1926 Roquefort cheese is the first cheese designated with an appellation d'origine controlee. Only cheese that is processed in Roquefort, France and aged in the caves there may be called 'Roquefort Cheese.'

1931 A swarm of grasshoppers destroyed thousands of acres of crops in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. The corn fields were totally destroyed, without a stalk left standing.

1586 The potato was introduced to England. It is claimed that Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to England on this day. (Some sources give December 3 as the date).

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The star fruit or carambola, is a unique fruit that has a 5 pointed star shape when cut across the middle of the fruit. They probably originated in Sri Lanka and the Moluccas, and have been cultivated in southeast Asia and Malaysia for several hundred years. They are also grown throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America and Hawaii. They range in taste from pleasantly tart and sour to slightly sweet. As a general rule, the yellower the sweeter. They are bruised easily, so handle with care. Star fruit can be eaten out of hand or sliced and used as a garnish or in salads. They can also be used in curries and tarts.


"All things require skill but an appetite."
George Herbert, English poet (1593-1633)

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