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------------------THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER-----------------
December 21, 2006     Vol 7 #17   ISSN 1535-5659
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-------------------------IN THIS ISSUE--------------------------

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

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--------------------------WEBSITE NEWS--------------------------
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----------------'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' BY MARK VOGEL----------------
One of the most renowned Christmas culinary traditions is baking. There are countless classic preparations the world over......


"When other Sin's grow old by Time,
Then Avarice is in its prime,
Yet feed the Poor at Christmas time."
Poor Richard's Almanack, December 1757

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Tortellini are small ring shaped pasta stuffed with meat or cheese. Tortellini is a speciality of the Bolognese Christmas dinner (filled with turkey, ham, and sausage forcemeat).

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

QUESTION: The other night I was melting nestle's chocolate chips, I decided to add TRIPLE SEC to add some flavouring and liquify it so I could easily drizzle over some crepes. The minute the triple sec touched the chocolate it hardened. I had to add butter and milk to liquify.  Can a liquor be added to melted chocolate?
thank you, joe namy

ANSWER: Adding any liquid to melted chocolate will cause it to 'seize up'. Sometimes even steam or a wet spoon can cause the chocolate to seize up like that.
   When chocolate 'seizes up', adding butter or vegetable oil 1 teaspoon at a time will usually save it.
   To avoid the problem in the future, chop the chocolate into pieces and combine it with the liqueur (or other liquid) and heat them together over low heat.   
   Also, some chocolates may need at least 1 tablespoon of liquid per 2 ounces of chocolate in order to melt properly with a liquid.


The Dutch eat chicken stuffed with sauerkraut at Christmas to mark the end the year and celebrate the beginning of the New Year. The reason for chicken?  Because the animal scratches the ground, it symbolizes scratching the earth over the old year.

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

"The Settlement Cookbook" THE WAY TO A MAN'S HEART (1903 ed)
Under the Auspices of "The Settlement"
(The Milwaukee Settlement House)

Spiced Cookies No. 1
• 5 whole eggs
• 1 lb. brown sugar
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 teaspoon ginger
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• Flour to roll

Mix the above together, add enough flour to handle it, roll it into small balls and bake on greased pans.

Spiced Cookies No. 2
• 1/2 cup butter
• 2 cups brown sugar
• 4 eggs
• 1 teaspoon each of cloves and cinnamon
• 4 cups flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder

Cream butter and sugar, add the eggs beaten slightly one at a time, then flour. Roll out and bake as the above cookies.


"Hallo! A great deal of steam! the pudding was out of the copper. A smell like a washing-day! That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook's next door to each other, with a laundress's next door to that. That was the pudding."
Charles Dickens (1812-1870). 'A Christmas Carol'

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

The first American cookbook was titled "American Cookery, or the Art of Dressing Viands, Fish, Poultry and Vegetables, and the Best Modes of Making Pâtés, Puffs, Pies, Tarts, Puddings, Custards and Preserves and All Kinds of Cakes, from the Imperial Plumb to Plain Cake, Adapted to This Country and All Grades of Life"
By Amelia Simmons: An American Orphan (1796)

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"For the millions of us who live glued to computer keyboards at work and TV monitors at home, food may be more than entertainment. It may be the only sensual experience left."
Barbara Ehrenreich, author, social critic

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

Number of Servings: 6

• 2 Cups (8-Oz.) Grated Cheddar cheese
• 1 Package (3-Oz.) Cream cheese, softened
• 1 Cup Chopped toasted walnuts, divided
• 1 Can (2 1/4-Oz.) Sliced ripe olives, drained
• 1 Tsp. Prepared creamy horseradish

In a medium bowl, combine cheddar cheese with cream cheese.
Add 1/2 Cup walnuts, olives and horseradish; mix until well blended.
Refrigerate about 20 minutes, or until easy to handle.
Shape mixture into log shape; roll in remaining 1/2 Cup walnuts.
Refrigerate until firm.
Serve as a spread for crackers.

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 questions to me at

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

Turkey Cooking Tips:

The rainbow of iridescent color seen on slices of ham is caused by light refraction on the fat film on the ham slice. It does not indicate the ham is old, or spoiled. (Although spoiled ham can show this same iridescence).


1884 American cattle rancher John Simpson Chisum died. He blazed the Chisum Trail in 1867 from Paris, Texas to New Mexico. He developed the largest cattle herd in the United States.

1940 Jorma Kaukonen of the music group 'Hot Tuna' was born.

1809 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, was born. When he died May 23, 1868, his last words were supposedly "Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili."

Merry Christmas!
1887 Conrad Nicholson Hilton was born. Founder of one of the largest hotel chains. It all began when he and his father turned their large New Mexico house into an inn for traveling salesmen.

1865 James H. Mason received the first U.S. patent for a coffee percolator.

1741 Jean Etienne Bore was born. The inventor of the sugar granulating process (1794 or 1795), founder of the sugar industry in Louisiana.

1886 Josephine Garis Cochran patented the first commercially successful dish washing machine. It became a huge hit at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Her company eventually evolved into KitchenAid.

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Early New Englanders gave carrot cookies as Christmas gifts.


"Give me book, fruit, French wine, and fine weather and a little music out of doors played by someone I do not know."
John Keats

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