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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 # 13 April 8, 2001
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There are many new Trivia, Quotes and Recipes on the site this week, including a recipe from Bruce and Darlene from Georgia. They are building a home there that is based on the Blue Heaven Restaurant building in Key West. Look for their latest pictures or the house on the Blue Heaven Website. See below for the Georgia Mountain Blue Heaven BBQ sauce recipe they have sent in. Don't forget to check the new culinary crossword puzzle. A new one twice a week.

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Cashews are native to the Americas, but widely cultivated in India and Africa since the 16th century. You never see cashews for sale in the shell because between the outer and inner shells covering the nut is an extremely caustic oil. The outer shell must be roasted or burned off with the oil (the smoke is also an irritant). The kernels are then boiled or roasted again, and a second shell is removed.

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"Our trouble is that we drink too much tea. I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient, which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats."
J. B. Priestley, British author (1894-1984) Observer (London, 15 May 1949)

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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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This salad is said to have been the great favorite of the wife of Charles I of England, Queen Henrietta Maria.

RECIPE: Cooked chicken is sliced into scallops and mixed with anchovy fillets with a touch of pepper, chopped celery, and a sauce made from a blend of vinegar and sauce Mayonnaise. The royal salad is served garnished with capers and sliced hard-boiled eggs.

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"A Béarnaise sauce is simply an egg yolk, a shallot, a little tarragon vinegar, and butter, but it takes years of practice for the result to be perfect."
Fernand Point (1897-1955) Ma gastronomie

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Thai Cucumber And Mint Salsa

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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3 Whole Cucumbers -- peel-seed-dice
2 Each Garlic -- minced
1 Each Thai Chile Peppers -- minced
1/2 Cup Fresh Coriander -- chopped
1/2 Cup Fresh Mint -- chopped
1/2 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves -- chopped
1/2 Cup Scallions -- minced
1 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Cup Lime juice
1 Tablespoon Vegetable oil

Combine and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

NOTES : This salsa makes a wonderful garnish for grilled fish. It can be used as a salad, garnished with grilled shrimp, bass or snapper, as well as chicken.

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Cassava: This tropical vegetable, also called manioc, manihot, yucca, sweet potato tree and tapioca plant. Cassava is native to South America, in the Amazon Basin of Brazil, and was one of the first cultivated plants in the western hemisphere. It is now also widely cultivated in Indonesia, Malaysia the Philippines and parts of Africa. The root is a long potato-like vegetable with a rough bark. Tapioca and cassareep (the boiled down and spiced juice) are products of cassava.

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New photos of Bruce and Darlene's 'Blue Heaven' home in Georgia. New Banquet menus will be up by Wednesday.
Don't forget us for your Easter Brunch next Sunday!

We had some international visitors here in Key West this past week, with the peace talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia being held at the Harry S. Truman Little White House. Rumor has it that Mayor Jimmy Weekly showed up to give Secretary of State Colin Powell a tropical shirt. (Key West the Newspaper).

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"We owe much to the fruitful meditation of our sages, but a sane view of life is, after all, elaborated mainly in the kitchen."
Joseph Conrad

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Bruce & Darlene Lewis from Georgia

Georgia Mountain Blue Heaven Barbeque Sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup minced onion
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil
1 medium can tomato sauce
12 ounce can beer
1/4 cup hot salsa or picante sauce of your choice (We use Shotgun Willies Picante Sauce)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 finely minced habenero (2 if you like it very hot, 3 if you live on the wild side!)
3 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons prepared mustard

Sauté onion in olive oil. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, oregano and basil to the onion and oil and cook very low for about 5 minutes. Add remainder of ingredients and simmer for about 30 minutes. This sauce is a work in progress. Play with it and enjoy!
Bruce & Darlene Lewis.


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"Recipes are like poems; they keep what kept us. And good cooks are like poets; they know how to count."
Henri Coulette

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Charles Ranhofer (1936-1899) was the first internationally renowned chef of an American restaurant, Delmonico's in New York City. He published a cookbook, The Epicurean in 1893, which contained more than 3,500 recipes.

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Cranberries are one of only three major fruits native to North America (Concord grapes and blueberries are the others)

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RECOMMEND this newsletter to a friend!

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"The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet."
Judith Martin

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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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The Pennsylvania Dutch introduced the Easter egg and the Easter Bunny. Originally they would also bake a big cookie rabbit in the act of laying an egg, until the squeamish objected.

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The breed of hen determines the color of the shell. Breeds with white feathers and ear lobes lay white eggs; breeds with red feathers and ear lobes lay brown eggs.

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