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Blue Heaven Food Reference Newsletter, Vol 1, #10, December 5, 2000
Food Facts, Trivia, History, Recipes, Key West and Blue Heaven News
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Many new staff photos have been added (photos page 4 thumbnails)
Check them out at

Email or send by regular mail, your photos in some way related to Blue
Heaven Restaurant or food to  I will add them to
the Blue Heaven Website.

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Then there's the time a lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at
the grocery store, but couldn't find one big enough for her family. She
asked a stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?" The stock boy
replied, "No ma'am, they're dead."

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1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ginger
3/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice

1 cup molasses
1/2 cup shortening
4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Sift together the brown sugar, baking soda, salt and all the spices.
Heat molasses just to the boiling point but DO NOT BOIL. Stir in the
shortening until absolutely smooth. Cool slightly, then beat in the
sugar-spice mixture. Now knead in the flour with your hands until dough
holds together. Shape into a big ball and chill in the refrigerator
until firm. This dough will keep for weeks so you can bake as many
cookies as you want at a time.
Break off pieces of the dough and roll paper-thin on a lightly floured
board. Cut into circles, place on a greased cookie sheet, and bake 6 to
8 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven. Makes about 10 dozen.
(From the American Heritage Cookbook and Illustrated History of American
Eating & Drinking; 1964)

Recipe By: James T. Ehler
Servings: 10

  Amount Measure     Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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   2               cups Yogurt
   1               TB Lime Juice
   1               TB Lemon Juice
   1               TB Orange Juice
   3 fluid ounces Honey

Combine all and Mix Well.
Email your recipe requests or food information or history questions to
me at

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Early New Englanders gave carrot cookies as Christmas gifts.

In Queen Victoria's day, oranges were a treasured Christmas gift in

The Night of the Radishes is a Christmas Eve celebration in Oaxaca,
Mexico, when large radishes are cut into animal shapes.

Tortellini is a specialty of the Bolognese Christmas dinner (filled
with turkey, ham, and sausage forcemeat).

In Sweden, cinnamon-flavored rice pudding with an almond hidden inside
is a Christmas custom. Find it, and good fortune is yours for a year.

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Many of you have asked about a cookbook. I have been working on one for
a while, and should have one ready in about 2 months or so. I will keep
you posted on when it will be available.

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Check out Conch Republic Concierge for all your needs before, and during
your visit to Key West. We have some amazing rates for private homes,
yacht live-aboards, cottages and suites this season! We would like to
congratulate our many Brides and Grooms and Commitment ceremony clients
this year. To learn more about our wedding planning services go to:

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"Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal."

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"....while visions of sugarplums danced in their head"
Those famous sugarplums which fill children's dreams at Christmas time
were originally sugar coated coriander, a treat that offered a sweet
start and then a spicy burst of flavor. Later the recipe included small
bits of fruit and became the confection we know today.

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We hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.
Please remember that we are closed on Christmas Day so our staff can
enjoy the holiday with their friends and family.

Require a $10 per person deposit. Music and Party favors, etc. Deposit
is non refundable after December 15.
Please call us at (305) 296-8666 for New Year's Reservations.

STONE CRAB SEASON IS HERE - (Oct 15 to May 15)
Sweet, delicious Stone Crab claws are served every night at Blue Heaven.
Stone crabs (Menippe mercenaria) are found along the Atlantic coast of
the southern U.S. mainly around the Gulf Coast of Florida and the
Florida Keys. They cannot swim, and live mostly on shallow flats in
high salinity areas near oyster reefs. Even though they possess great
strength and can crack the shell of a large oyster, they have a mild
disposition and can be taken by hand.
Only the claw meat is eaten, and only one claw is removed from the crab.
They are then put back into the sea so the claw can regrow. The shell
of the claw is 'stone hard' and must be cracked with a hammer. Stone
crabmeat is firm in  texture and has a sweet succulent flavor, similar
to lobster.

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This is a fish pie of Cornish origin. It is made with the fishes' heads
sticking out of the crust all round the rim, and presumably takes its
name from their appearance of gazing skywards. In her Observer Guide to
British Cookery (1984) Jane Grigson notes that "it is a speciality of
Mousehole where they make it on 23 December every year, Tom Bawcock's
Eve, in memory of the fisherman who saved the town from a hungry
Christmas one stormy winter".

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Jacques Lemaire, who makes and sells Mandala jewelry in our outdoor
garden near the gift shop has returned from Maine, and will be here
again for the winter. Check out his unique handmade items at our
restaurant or on his website at

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"If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their
feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?"
Steven Wright.

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We are closed for breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday until
Christmas. However we are open for dinner on those days

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Don't' we love laughing at Floriduh??

FLORIDA: If you think we can't vote, wait till you see us drive.
FLORIDA: Home of electile dysfunction.
FLORIDA: We count more than you do.
FLORIDA: If you don't like the way we count then take I-95 and visit
one of the other 56 states.
FLORIDA: We've been Gored by the bull of politics and we're Bushed.
FLORIDA: Relax...Retire...ReVote.
FLORIDA: Viagra voters do it again! ...and again...and again...
FLORIDA: What comes after 17,311?
FLORIDA: Where your vote counts...and counts... and counts...
FLORIDA: This is what you get for taking Elian away from us.
FLORIDA: We don't just cheat in football.
FLORIDA: We're number one! Wait! Recount!
Palm Beach County: So nice, we let you vote twice.
Palm Beach County: We put the "duh" in Florida.

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James T. Ehler (webmaster, cook, chef, writer)
Blue Heaven Restaurant; Key West, Florida

© copyright James T. Ehler, 2000.


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