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Volume 9 No. 4, July 14, 2008



Food Quotes
Food For Thought
Food Trivia Quiz
Food Trivia Quiz Answers
Readers Questions
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Requested Recipes
Ancient & Classic Recipes
Food History Calendar
Kitchen Tips


"If I could only have one food for the rest of my life? That's easy: Pez. Cherry  flavored Pez."
Jerry O'Connell as Vern Tessio in 'Stand by Me' (1986)

"If the divine creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things  to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony."
Fernand Point  (1897-1955)


FOOD FOR THOUGHT by Mark Vogel 'Maximizing Flavor II'
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I was once told that the notched tine in the salad fork was to pierce a cherry tomato so that it did not explode when you put it in your mouth. is this correct?

In the late 19th century, refrigerated railroad cars made salad vegetables more abundant, and available for most of the year. The salad fork originally featured curved claw-shaped tines and was known as a 'lettuce fork.' To provide leverage when cutting thick veins of lettuce or broad vegetables served in salad, the salad fork is made with an extrawide left tine that is sometimes grooved. This is the 'notched tine' that you refer to in your email. It was not developed to prevent cherry tomatoes from exploding.  (For additional strength, the second and third tines of the salad fork are also occasionally connected by a rod.)



The Big Book of Chocolate
By Jennifer Donovan

Classic Breads: Delicious Recipes from Around the World
by Manuela Caldirola, Nicoletta Negri & Nathalie Aru

Napoleon's Everyday Gourmet Grilling
by Ted Reader



EGGPLANT PARMESAN - 4 Eggplant Parmesan Recipes



BISCOTTI - 6 Biscotti Recipes


Daniel Webster's Chowder Recipe
From 'The Cook' (1885)

Four tablespoonfuls of onions, fried with pork.
One quart of boiled potatoes, well mashed.
One and a half pounds sea-biscuit, broken.
One teaspoonful of thyme, mixed with one of summer savory.
Half-bottle of mushroom catsup.
One bottle of port or claret.
Half of a nutmeg, grated.
A few cloves, mace, and allspice.
Six pounds of fish, sea-bass or cod, cut in slices.
Twenty five oysters, a little black pepper, and a few slices of lemon.

The whole put in a pot, covered with an inch of water, boiled for an hour, and gently stirred.


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FOOD HISTORY CALENDAR (A few selected events)

Tuesday, July 15
Hippolyte Mege Mouries patented margarine. Emperor Napoleon III had offered a prize for a suitable substitute for butter, for use by the French Navy.

Wednesday, July 16
The City Manager of Key West, Florida fired its Official Chicken Catcher. Armando Parra was hired in January to catch and relocate some of the more than 2,000 'wild' chickens that roam this small island city. They did not feel he would meet his contract quota to relocate 1,000 chickens by September.

Thursday, July 17
The Supremes first single recording was released, 'Buttered Popcorn.'

Friday, July 18
The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is invented. It is a giant hot dog on wheels. Invented by Carl Mayer, nephew of Oscar Mayer, it was built by General Body Company at Chicago, Illinois. There are now a fleet of six.

Saturday, July 19
Flitch Day. A married couple who can prove to a mock court with a jury of bachelors and maidens, that they have 'not wished themselves unwed,' are awarded a 'flitch' of bacon (half a pig). The origins of this custom are in Dunmow, Essex, England,  details are not certain, but references to it go back to 1104. It has been a regular civic event in Dunmow since 1855. Now held every 4 years, and frequently televised.

Sunday, July 20
Elisha Brown Jr. pressed a 1235 pound cheese ball on his farm. He presented it to president Thomas Jefferson at the White House.

Monday, July 21
An Indian Airlines Boeing 737 was charged by a bull while landing at Baroda Airport in western India. The bull lost.

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Sweet potatoes spoil rapidly. To keep them fresh, store them in a dry, cool (55-60) place such a cellar, pantry, or garage. Do not store them in the refrigerator, where they will develop a hard core and an "off" taste. If stored properly, sweet potatoes will keep for a month or longer. At normal room temperature, they should be used within a week of purchase. You may brush off any excess dirt before storing, but do not wash them until you are ready to cook them. It is the moisture from washing that will increase their spoilage.


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