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The Newsletter
ISSN 1535-5659
Sponsored by Blue Heaven Restaurant, Key West Florida
Food History, Trivia, Quotes, Humor, Poetry, Recipes
Vol 2 # 12 April 4, 2001
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I apologize for being late with this weeks newsletter, but due to technical difficulties, I was unable to email it sooner.


In about 2 weeks I will be switching web hosting servers. This will make a big improvement in the time it takes for the web pages to load, and give me more flexibility in the layout and looks of the various pages, improving the appearance of items like the recipe pages. The main reason I am switching it that I am very close to using all of the space I have been given on the current web host.

The main effect you will notice is that the addresses of the interior pages will be shorter - the main url will still be, but the other pages will have shorter addresses (the ".homestead" will no longer be there). So if you have bookmarked pages other than the home page, you will need to update them. I will send a special notice when the switch is made.

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General Ulysses S. Grant was inordinately fond of cucumbers. As General Horace Porter remarked in an article, "Campaigning with Grant", the General "often made his entire meal upon a sliced cucumber and a cup of coffee."

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"Let the sky rain potatoes."
William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor

"What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow."
A.A. Milne

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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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Apple Pancakes From The Townships ("Crepes aux pommes des Cantons")

Recipe By :Mme. Jehane Benoit's My Grandmother's Kitchen
Serving Size : 4

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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2 Cups Flour -- all purpose
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
3 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 1/4 Cups Buttermilk
2 Whole Eggs
1 Cup Apples; Unpeeled -- coarsely chopped
6 Tablespoons Butter -- melted

Sift together flour, baking powder (1 Tbsp amount is correct), baking soda, salt, sugar and cinnamon.

Beat sour milk and eggs in a small bowl. Add apples, unpeeled and cut into small pieces and melted butter. Add the sour milk mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir well.

Cook as you would ordinary pancakes in greased cast iron fry pan. Brown on both sides.

Serving Ideas : Serve plain or with butter and maple syrup.

NOTES : To quote Mme Benoit, " Each year at the end of September, the whole family would go to the Eastern Townships Apple Festival. And there, instead of eggs in syrup as was the custom at sugaring parties, apples pancakes were served with lots of butter and delicious Townships maple syrup."

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A Buddhist Monk walks up to the New York City hot dog vendor and says "make me one with everything". The Monk hands the vendor a $20 bill. The vendor puts the bill into his pocket and the Monk inquires about his change. The vendor says change must come from within.

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A facetious nineteenth-century American euphemism for 'dried beans', an ingredient in need of some talking up to make it palatable.

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New photos will be on the Blue Heaven site on Friday - Look for the latest progress on the Georgia Blue Heaven residence!

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"One must eat to drink, not drink to eat"
Raol Ponchon (1848-1937) French poet

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Both chicken a la king and lobster a la Newburg were created at New York's Delmonico's (1834 - 1923) In the 1830's, Delmonico's had a menu with 340 entrees, 11 soups, and 40 hors d'oeuvres.

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Durian is a fruit: a big, green thorny fruit native to Malaysia and Indonesia. In fact, it is considered "King of the Fruit" throughout South East Asia. It has a creamy texture, and the taste of its flesh sends its eaters into ecstasies (and it has the reputation of being an aphrodisiac) But is has one drawback. It has an extremely offensive odor described as garlic like, similar to stinky feet, and like Limburger cheese. Some countries even ban the presence of durian in hotels and on public transportation due to its offensive smell.

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"To wait too long for a late-comer is to show a lack of consideration for all those present."
Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) Preface to "Physiologie du gout"

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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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"Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Quoted in James Boswell's "The Life of Samuel Johnson"

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In the colorful argot of the lunch counter and diner, cluck and grunt is eggs and bacon.

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