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Blue Heaven Restaurant Newsletter, Vol 2, #1, January 8, 2001
Food Facts, Trivia, History, Recipes, Key West and Blue Heaven News
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Of the following:
a) fresh carrots, b) fresh tomatoes, c) whole milk and d) fresh celery;
whole milk contains the lowest water content at 87.2%. Fresh carrots contain 88.2%; fresh tomatoes 93.5%; and fresh celery 94.1%.

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"If, for a while, the ruse of desire is calculable for the uses of
discipline, soon the repetition of guilt, justification, pseudo-scientific theories, superstition, spurious authorities, and classifications can be seen as the desperate effort to 'normalize' formally the disturbance of a discourse of splitting that violated the rational, enlightened claim of its enunciatory modality."
--Homi Bhabha, The University of Chicago

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Elephant Stew
1 elephant, medium size
2 rabbits (optional)

Cut elephant into bite size pieces and cover with gravy. Cook over kerosene fire for about 4 weeks at 465 degrees F. This elephant serves 3,800 adults and 35 children. If more are expected, two rabbits may be added. Do this only if absolute necessary, as most people do not like to find a hare in their stew.

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Check out the photos from our employee Christmas Party on December 18 - see if you recognize your waiter or waitress!

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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January is:
Prune Breakfast Month
Oatmeal Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Soup Month
Bean Day--January 6
Hot & Spicy Food International Day--January 16
National Popcorn Day--January 19
National Buttercrunch Day--January 20
National Blonde Brownie Day--January 22
National Pie Day--January 23
Eskimo Pie Patent Day--January 24
National Cornchip Day--January 29

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Place 1 TB butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 2 pinchs cinnamon in a saute pan and heat on high - when butter is partially melted add 1 whole banana - split lengthwise then cross wise (4 pieces) and 1 1/2 TB orange juice - heat until butter and sugar are melted and sauce is bubbling - CAREFULLY add 1/2 to 3/4 ounce of Spiced Rum (we use Capt Morgans) - carefully tilt pan so rum ignites -
Pour over a slice of banana bread and top with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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"The joys of the table belong equally to all ages, conditions, countries and times; they mix with all other pleasures, and remain the last to console us for their loss."
Jean Antheleme Brillet-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste

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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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"Do you have a kinder, more adaptable friend in the food world than soup?
Who soothes you when you are ill? Who refuses to leave you when you are
impoverished and stretches its resources to give a hearty sustenance and
cheer? Who warms you in the winter and cools you in the summer? Yet who also is capable of doing honor to your richest table and impressing your most demanding guests? Soup does its loyal best, no matter what undignified conditions are imposed upon it. You don't catch steak hanging around when you're poor and sick, do you?"
Judith Martin (Miss Manners)

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...that early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk.

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Monday - Saturday
Breakfast: 8am to 11:45am
Lunch: Noon to 3pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10:30pm
Brunch: 8am to 1pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10:30pm

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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"Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks."
-Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living, 1937

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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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"What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of
Katharine Hepburn

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Fresh Sweet Potato Salad

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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3 medium fresh sweet potatoes
1 apple -- cored and diced
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lemon peel -- grated
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon tarragon

In medium bowl, combine shredded sweet potatoes with apple and nuts. In
small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Mix well. Add dressing to sweet
potato mixture. Blend thoroughly. Chill.
NOTES : Hint: Substitute 1 cup shredded jicama for 1 cup sweet potatoes.

Source: "The National Honey Board"

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In the 16th century, the Turks were hooked on coffee. Turkish women could
divorce their husbands if the man failed to keep his family's pot filled
with coffee.

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