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------------------THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER-----------------
January 14, 2005     Vol 6 #2   ISSN 1535-5659
-------------------------IN THIS ISSUE--------------------------

   ->  New Book Review
   ->  '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
   ->  General information and Copyright

------------------------NEW BOOK REVIEW-------------------------

by Rozanne Gold, Helen Kimmel
This is a keeper - a recipe book you will still be using years from now. Don't let the '3 ingredients' fool you. These recipes may only have 3 ingredients (not counting water, salt & pepper), but they are very tasty and varied - from 'very low carb' to 'just counting carbs'. Don't expect a book full of 3 minute recipes either - some of these recipes are quick and easy - but many are not. Rozanne Gold has a knack for developing very good 3 ingredient recipes, and working with Helen Kimmel, a registered dietitian and certified nutritionist, she has come up with a great low-carb addition to her '3 ingredient' recipe book series.

------------------WEEKLY FREE COOKBOOK DRAWING------------------
I do not get a chance to reply to all the comments that come with your entries in the contest. But I want to let all of you know that I read every one of them, and they are very much appreciated. Please keep them coming, they help keep me going!

Congratulations to the winner of last week's Free Cookbook Drawing, Genevieve Kennedy. She won a copy of "Low-Carb Gourmet: 250 Delicious and Satisfying Recipes" by Karen Barnaby

THIS WEEK'S DRAWING will be for 'Victoria's Home Companion: Or, The Whole Art of Cooking: A History of 19th Century Foods, with Recipes' - by Victoria Rumble


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----------------'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' BY MARK VOGEL----------------
Gourmet Food?
What exactly is “gourmet” food? By the book, gourmet food is characterized by high quality, accurate preparation, and artistic presentation. Let’s tease apart that definition.


"I went to this restaurant last night that was set up like a big buffet in the shape of an Ouija board. You'd think about what kind of food you want, and the table would move across the floor to it."
Steven Wright

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Haggamuggie - This unusual dish is a Shetland Island speciality that resembles haggis. It consists of the stomach (muggie) of a large fish, stuffed with chopped fish liver and oatmeal. The ends are tied and then it is boiled in salted water.

----------------THIS WEEK'S WEBSITE OF THE WEEK-----------------

FOODLEXICON - This site gives the visitor food related translations between English, French, German, Danish, Dutch and Spanish in about 24,000 words.

------------------------FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ------------------------
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---------------CULINARY SCHOOLS, TOURS AND CRUISES--------------

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------------------------READERS QUESTIONS-----------------------

QUESTION: I saw an evening menu for a fine dining restaurant and they listed a soup: zuppa. Is that Italian for "soup" or is it a specific kind of soup?  It's especially confusing because I make a dessert - multi layered cake, cream, chocolate sauce, etc- called Zuppa Englaise (sp?). Nothing to do with soup! 

ANSWER: 'Zuppa' or 'zuppe' is an Italian word for soup - 'zuppa' are thicker soups, while 'minestre' are thinner broths with vegetables, pasta, etc. added.
  'Zuppa Inglese' translates as 'English Soup' - it is sort of an Italian version of an English trifle. 
  Created by Neapolitan pastrycooks in the 19th century, it was inspired by English puddings of the time.  It originally consisted of sponge cake soaked with brandy or kirsch, layered  with custard (pastry cream) and sometimes candied fruit, covered with cream or Italian meringue, and baked in the oven. 


GARLIC HATERS: Shakespeare, Louis XV, the ancient Roman poet Horace, King Alfonso XI of Castile, Thomas Nash, ancient Greek Priestesses, Egyptian priests.

GARLIC LOVERS: Aristotle, Eleanor Roosevelt, Pliny, Hippocrates, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Moses, Aristophanes, Homer, Nero.

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

The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book (1901)

3 Eggs.
1 Teaspoonful of Milk.
1 Tablespoonful of Butter.
1 Glass of Jamaica Rum.

Beat the yolks well; add the milk, and then add the whites of the egg's, beaten to a stiff froth. Beat all together. The longer the eggs are beaten, the lighter will be the omelet. Make a plain omelet.
Melt the butter in a frying pan, letting it grow hot, but not by any means brown. Pour in the mixture of egg. Let it stand about two minutes, shaking occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Continue shaking over a quick fire until the eggs are set.

Fold and turn quickly into a hot dish; place three lumps of loaf sugar on top of the omelet, and bring to the table hot. As you place it on the table, pour the rum over the omelet and around. Set the rum on fire with a match, and with a tablespoon dash the burning rum over the omelet till all the sugar has melted over it and all the rum has evaporated. When it ceases burning, serve immediately. This is served as a sweet entremet.


"If the elbow had been placed closer to the hand, the forearm would have been too short to bring the glass to the mouth; and if it had been closer to the shoulder, the forearm would have been so long that it would have carried the glass beyond the mouth."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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

Throughout history pork has been the most widely eaten meat in the world, and still is today.

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

Henri Charpentier (1880-?) - Henri Charpentier was a French chef who became John D. Rockefeller's chef in the U.S. He undoubtedly popularized the flaming dessert 'crepes Suzette' in America.  Some sources, probably erroneously, attribute the actual creation of the dish to him either at the Cafe de Paris in Monte Carlo or at La Maison Francaise in Rockefeller Center.

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"Life is too short to stuff a mushroom."
Shirley Conran (1932-?) 'Superwoman'

------------------RECIPE REQUESTS FROM READERS------------------
hi there, this is an email from New Zealand.  i enjoy the wide variety of items on your newsletter.  do you have a recipe for buckwheat pancakes?  I am looking for a recipe that makes a thin "crepe", rather than the fatter American style pancake.  hope you can help. regards,  Judy Young

Yield: 6 Servings

1 c    water
1 c    milk
3      eggs
1/2 c  buckwheat flour
2/3 c  white flour
1/2 ts salt
3 tb   melted butter

TO MAKE BATTER IN A BLENDER, put all ingredients into a blender jar in order given, and blend briefly at medium speed. Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender jar; then blend for another 5 seconds or so. Pour out the batter into a bowl, cover and let rest for 1 hour before using.
TO MAKE BATTER BY HAND, beat the eggs slightly, add milk, water, salt and melted butter, then gradually whisk in flours. Pour the batter through a strainer and let sit for 1/2 hour before using. To cook crepes, melt a little butter in a crepe pan and cook. As buckwheat has an enormous capacity to absorb liquid, you might find it necessary to thin the batter with more milk or water.

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

Cilantro, Chinese parsley and fresh coriander leaves are different names for the same herb plant. Cilantro usually refers to the fresh leaves, and coriander to the seeds. They are quite different in flavor, and can not be used as substitutes for one another.


The Great Molasses Flood in Boston, Massachusetts

1920 Prohibition began in the U.S., which banned the sale of all alcoholic beverages. Gangsters flourished, importing and producing bootleg alcohol, and American drank more than ever. Prohibition was finally repealed in 1933. The end of the 'noble experiment.'

1922 Betty Marion White was born. She was the actress who played the 'Happy Homemaker' Sue Ann Nivens on the Mary Tyler Moore TV show.

1943 Pre-sliced bread was banned in the U.S. for the duration of World War II, to conserve metal from spare parts that might be needed.

1915 George Claude of Paris was issued a U.S. patent for a neon tube advertising sign.

1988 Russian goldminers found the remains of a prehistoric mammoth with flesh so well preserved that it looked edible. ("Where's Mikey, he'll eat anything").

1937 Marcel Boulestin became the first television cook when he presented the first of the Cook’s Night Out programs on the BBC. (There is some dispute about this date - various sources differ on the year. Accurate records appear not to be available).

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Today's aluminum can weighs less than 1/2 ounce and is thinner than 2 pages of a glossy magazine page, and withstands more than 90 pounds of pressure per square inch - 3 times the pressure of an automobile tire!


"Luncheon: as much food as one's hand can hold."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) 'Dictionary' (1755)

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