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Food History, Trivia, Quotes, Humor, Poetry, Recipes
Vol 2 # 11 March 25, 2001 (ISSN 1535-5659)
Sponsored by Blue Heaven Restaurant, Key West Florida
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Portobello Mushroom
This is simply an older, mature fully opened crimini mushroom. It has a lower moisture content, which gives it more flavor and a dense, meaty texture.

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"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year."
Mark Twain

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David at HUB-UK is also publishing some of my articles and recipes on his site. Please check out this site with Recipes and Great Food Ideas!

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Tomato Ketchup
Get them quite ripe on a dry day, squeeze them with your hands till reduced to a pulp, then put half a pound of fine salt to one hundred tomatoes, and boil them for two hours. Stir them to prevent burning. While hot press them through a fine sieve, with a silver spoon till nought but the skin remains, then add a little mace, 3 nutmegs, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and pepper to taste. Boil over a slow fire till quite thick, stir all the time. Bottle when cold. One hundred tomatoes will make four or five bottles and keep good for two or three years.

Mrs. Samuel Whitehorne, Sugar House Book, 1801, Collection of the Newport Historical Society.

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"Some people are fat, some people are lean. But I want you to show me the person who doesn't like butterbeans Yay!"
B-52's, Song, 'Butterbean', 1983

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The Food Trivia Quizzes are now moved to their own separate section after the newsletter is e-mailed. Check the Navigation Bar at the top of the page.

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They were invented by Frank Epperson in 1905, and were originally called Epsicles!

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Seward's Day - Alaska purchased in 1867
Birthdates: 1874 Robert Frost; 1911 Tennessee Williams

Birthdates: 1924 Sarah Vaughan; 1899 Gloria Swanson

1968 - HAIR opens on Broadway
1881 - P.T. Barnum & James A. Bailey merge their circuses to form the "Greatest Show on Earth"

Birthdates: 1867 Cy Young; 1918 Sam Walton (Wal-Mart); 1918 Pearl Bailey

1858 The pencil with an eraser top was patented by Hyman Lipman.
Birthdates: 1853 Vincent Van Gogh

Bunsen Burner Day
(in 1811 - Inventor Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born)
Anniversary of the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889
Birthdates: 1732 Franz Joseph Haydn; 1596 Rene Descartes

April Fools' Day
Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 A.M. (Turn your clock ahead 1 hour)
Fresh Florida Tomato Month
National Pecan Month
Keep America Beautiful Month
National Humor Month
National Poetry Month
Straw Hat Month

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RECIPES Tomato and Orange Soup

Serving Size : 6

-----STEP ONE-----

1 Large Onions -- finely chopped
1 Large Potatoes -- finely chopped
1 Large Garlic Clove -- minced
2 Fluid Ounces Clarified Butter

-----Step Two-----

2 Cups Tomatoes, Canned -- diced
1 ˝ Cups Chicken Stock
cup Orange Juice
1 Each Orange Zest, Zest of One Orange -- grated

-----Step Three-----

quart Heavy Cream
Sugar -- to taste
Salt And Pepper -- to taste

[1) Sauté Vegetables in STEP ONE on low heat until onions are translucent.
[2) Add ingredients of STEP TWO, and simmer for 30 minutes.
[3) Add Heavy Cream; and Salt, Pepper & sugar to taste.
[4) Return to a simmer, remove from heat and serve.


Email your recipe requests, food info or history questions to me at

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"It is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption."
Edward Bunyard, 'The Anatomy of Dessert'

"Life is a combination of magic and pasta."

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Mealy potatoes are the best for baked and mashed potatoes. Waxy types are best for boiling (potato salad). If you are not sure which type you have, make a brine of one part salt to 11 parts water (11 fl oz water and 2 TB salt). Waxy potatoes float, mealy potatoes will sink.

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In the 17th-century, farmers in New York City built a wall to keep pigs from roaming. The street running along this wall was called Wall Street.

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"Sex is good, but not as good as fresh sweet corn."
Garrison Keillor

"When the waitress puts the dinner on the table the old men look at the dinner. The young men look at the waitress."
Gelett Burgess, 'Look Eleven Years Younger' (1937)

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Jacques Lemaire, who makes and sells Mandala jewelry in the outdoor garden at Blue Heaven Restaurant in Key West has returned from Maine, and will be here again for the winter. Check out his unique handmade items at Blue Heaven Restaurant or on his WebSite

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"My favorite sandwich is peanut butter, baloney, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted bread with catsup on the side."
Hubert H. Humphrey (former Senator from Minnesota)

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The seeds are NOT the hottest part of chili peppers. It is at the point where the seed is attached to the white membrane inside the pepper that the highest concentration of capsaicin (the compound giving peppers their pungent flavor) is found.

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