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***** THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
January 26, 2007     Vol 8 #04   ISSN 1535-5659
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IN THIS ISSUE

   ->  Website News
   ->  '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


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***** 'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' BY MARK VOGEL

HOLLANDAISE
In the previous edition of “Food for Thought” we discussed the controversial origins of eggs Benedict, its ingredients, and the nuances of poaching eggs. But even more challenging.....
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***** QUOTE

"An honest laborious Country-man, with good Bread, Salt and a little Parsley, will make a contented Meal with a roasted Onion."
John Evelyn (1620-1706)



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***** TRIVIA

Quinoa is a member of the goosefoot family, and yields a supergrain. It is native to the Andes, and was a staple of the Incas. One cup has more calcium and protein than a quart of milk. Ounce for ounce it has as much protein as meat, contains all of the essential amino acids, calcium and iron. It supplies more of the nutrients necessary for life than any other food.



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***** FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ
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***** READERS QUESTIONS

QUESTION: I read online that you can leave eggplant in a dry cool place.  So I left mine out of the refrigerator overnight.  Now I read today on your site that it should have been refrigerated.  Is my eggplant okay to consume?  Which is correct.....fridge or pantry?  Thanks!!  
Kari-Lyn

ANSWER: Hello Kari-Lyn,
 
The ideal storage for eggplant is about 45 degrees.  Today, very few people have a place in the home where the temperature is 50 degrees or below, such as a cool pantry room, so storage is recommended in the refrigerator.  
Also, eggplant should be stored in a cool HUMID place, not a cool DRY place. 
Your eggplant is fine to eat - it just won't be at its best flavor and texture.
Chef James



***** TRIVIA

Salt preserves foods by creating a hostile environment for certain microorganisms. Within foods, salt brine dehydrates bacterial cells, alters osmotic pressure and inhibits bacterial growth and subsequent spoilage.  Salting fish made long-range explorations possible in the age of sailing ships.



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***** ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES

CABBAGE CATSUP

The Blue Grass Cook Book
Compiled by Minnie C. Fox (1904)

CABBAGE CATSUP

Chop very fine:
4 heads of cabbage,
3 large onions,
3 green peppers,
1 dozen cucumbers.

Sprinkle with salt and put in bag and hang up to drain over night.

Add to the vinegar, which must be enough to cover cabbage, etc.:

1/2 pound white mustard seed,
2 tablespoons made mustard,
1 tablespoon cinnamon,
1 tablespoon allspice,
1 tablespoon mace,
2 tablespoons celery seed,
2 tablespoons ground pepper,
12 tablespoons turmeric,
2 teacups brown sugar.

Boil and then add cabbage, etc., and boil till tender. Bottle while hot.



***** QUOTE

"Good cooking does not depend on whether the dish is large or small, expensive or economical. If one has the art, then a piece of celery or salted cabbage can be made into a marvelous delicacy; whereas if one has not the art, not all the greatest delicacies and rarities of land, sea or sky are of any avail."
Yuan Mei



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***** DID YOU KNOW?

Salt is an excellent cleaning agent, by itself or in combination with other substances. A solution of salt and turpentine restores the whiteness to yellowed enameled bathtubs and lavatories. A paste of salt and vinegar cleans tarnished brass or copper. A strong brine poured down the kitchen sink prevents grease from collecting and eliminates odors.



***** WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS

The Jolly Green Giant (1958- -)
When the Jolly Green Giant first appeared in Television commercials in 1958, he did not exactly have the desired impression.  He looked like a monster and scared kids! So they worked on his looks and added 'Ho, ho, ho' and the jingle 'Good things from the garden.'



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***** QUOTE

"Of all smells, bread; of all tastes, salt."
George Herbert, English poet (1593-1633)



***** RECIPE REQUESTS FROM READERS

QUESTION
Hi James,
It's me again, Roberta Harrison , the one with the yeast allergies. I wonder if you could help me find a salad dressing that did not have vinegar in it. I cant find that anyplace and i cant find it in the grocery stores either. Everything has some vinegar in it. Hope you can help me with this.. thanks a bunch.
Blessings, Roberta

ANSWER
Hi Roberta,
Just about all commercial salad dressings have vinegar.   You can easily make your own though.
Lemon juice, lime juice and/or orange juice are excellent substitutes for vinegar in salad dressings.  You can substitute citrus juice for vinegar in any salad dressing recipe.
     To come up with the best tasting result for you own taste, first experiment a little.  Combine 1 tablespoon of oil with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a small container and shake it up well.  Dip a small lettuce leave in and taste it.
Then try it with lime juice, then with orange juice.  Finally with a combination of orange juice and lime juice.   
     See which one you like best, and then you can use whichever citrus juice you liked best above as a substitute for the vinegar in pretty much any salad dressing recipe.
     I like to use 1/2 fresh orange juice and 1/2 fresh lime juice instead of vinegar. 
Chef James


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***** COOKING TIPS

Preventing mold - To prevent mold on cheese, wrap it in a cloth dampened with saltwater before refrigerating.



***** CULINARY CALENDAR - A FEW SELECTED EVENTS

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26
1838 The first state temperance law was passed in Tennessee.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27
1910 Thomas Crapper died. He is the frequently said to have invented the flush toilet. He was a plumber, he had several patents issued, but they seem to be improvements to devices invented by others.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28
1873 Colette, (Sidonie Gabrielle) was born. A French novelist, her novels contain many exact and detailed descriptions of food and the pleasures of the table, and quite a few recipes.

MONDAY, JANUARY 29
2004 A 60 ton, 56 foot long sperm whale exploded on a busy street in Tainan, Taiwan. A buildup of gas from internal decay caused the explosion. Researchers were taking the whale by truck to the National Cheng Kung University for a necropsy. The whale had beached itself and died on January 17. No one was injured in the explosion, but blood and entrails showered cars and shops, and traffic was held up for several hours while the mess was cleaned up.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30
1516 Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria instituted Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law, and probably the first consumer protection law.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31
1980 Due to record high sugar prices, Coca Cola begins substituting high fructose corn syrup for half of the sucrose (sugar) used in Coca Cola.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1
1939 State Assemblyman Seeder introduced a bill to the Maine Legislature to make it illegal to use tomatoes in clam chowder.

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***** TRIVIA

Salt helps destroy moths and drives away ants. A dash of salt in laundry starch keeps the iron from sticking and gives linen and fine cottons a glossy, like-new finish. A thin paste of salt and salad oil removes white marks caused by hot dishes or water from wooden tables.



***** QUOTE

"Oh, God above, if heaven has a taste it must be an egg with butter and salt, and after the egg is there anything in the world lovelier than fresh warm bread and a mug of sweet golden tea?"
Frank McCourt, 'Angela's Ashes (1996)



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