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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 # 14 April 15, 2001
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Hi, I hope everyone had a very good Easter weekend. It's been very busy down here in Key West, but I was able to get a lot done on getting ready to move the website to the new server. It should be done sometime this week. The main thing to remember is that you may have to change your bookmarks to the inside pages - the main address will remain the same ( ).

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Each blossom has three stigmas ; it takes up to 240,000 stigma (80,000 flowers)to make a pound of saffron, and the blossoms must be picked by hand; twelve days of backbreaking work for an experienced picker. By the time it reaches a retail shop in the United States, saffron costs close to $5000 per pound.

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"Why anyone, of any nationality, would willingly eat a simultaneously harsh and insipid, watery, stringy root that manages to combine the almost chemical sweetness of cabbage grown too slowly with the rank bitterness of elderly turnips and the least fortunate perfumes of them both is beyond comprehension"
Leslie Land (The New England Epicure, Dell, NY, 1988).

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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 FRITTERS (Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking School Cook Book 1896 edition)

1 can Tomatoes
6 Cloves
1/4 cup Sugar
3 slices Onion

1 teaspoon Salt
A few grains Cayenne Pepper
1/4 cup Butter
1/3 cup Corn Starch
1 Egg

Cook first four ingredients twenty minutes, rub all through a sieve except seeds, and season with salt and pepper.
Melt Butter, and when bubbling, add Corn Starch and Tomato gradually; cook 2 minutes, then add Egg slightly beaten.
Pour into a buttered shallow tin and cool.
Turn on a board, cut into squares, diamonds, or strips.
Roll in Crumbs, eggs, and crumbs again, fry in deep fat, drain.

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"Rice is a beautiful food. It is beautiful when it grows, precision rows of sparkling green stalks shooting up to reach the hot summer sun. It is beautiful when harvested, autumn gold sheaves piled on diked, patchwork paddies. It is beautiful when, once threshed, it enters granary bins like a (flood) of tiny seed-pearls. It is beautiful when cooked by a practiced hand, pure white and sweetly fragrant."
Shizuo Tsuji

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50% of all the world's rice is eaten within 8 miles of where it is grown.
In the late 20th century, the world rice crop averaged between 800,000,000,000 and 950,000,000,000 pounds annually and was cultivated on an average of about 358,000,000 acres (145,000,000 hectares).

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Busy, busy, busy, and lots of special events. It's springtime in Paradise!

Parties all over town.

ALL MORNING - Great American, Florida, and Monroe County Cleanup in the Conch Republic - help keep the Florida Keys beautiful.
Sixth Annual Conch Republic Tattoo Contest, GREAT CONCH REPUBLIC DRAG RACE - racing Drag Queens in this benefit for Florida L.E.G.A.L.
Conch Republic Royal Family Investiture Party. Boogie the night away in Royal Fashion and support the Conch Republic Foster Children's Fund

8 PM - The World's Longest Parade - down Duval Street from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. For the tenth year in a row, the Republic's only totally impromptu Parade will roll...get out of the car, step out of the bar, everyone is a Star...

12 PM - The Raising of the Colors at Fort Taylor...Complete with firing of the Civil War Cannons...the Fort becomes ours!
7 PM - The Conch Republic Naval Parade and Great Battle for the Conch Republic...Sponsored by the Flagship Schooner WOLF this is THE event of the Celebration...there is nothing like it in the known universe.

10 AM - 5 PM~- The Conch Republic Crafts Show and Food Fest Sponsored by the Cultural Preservation Society...On Greene Street between Duval and Whitehead Streets. The arts, crafts, and foods of the Conch Republic.
Noon - 5 PM - The Tenth Annual Lower Duval Crawl...The bars of old town howl all afternoon.
1 PM - The Seventh Second Annual Conch Republic Pedicab Downhill Invitational...For the seventh year this madcap race run in traffic will feature degrees of difficulty unparalleled in Conch Republic History. A benefit for the Conch Republic Foster Children's Fund.
4 PM - The 18th Annual Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race...Our oldest and most famous event...beds race down Duval ...the most fun you can have in bed with your clothes on!
6 - 11 PM The Great Conch Republic Chili Cook Off to Benefit the Monroe County School Board American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team...the 200 Block of Duval Street will howl all night long with great live music, and fabulous chili.

9 - 12 AM The Conch Republic Family Breakfast Presented by the Key West Sunrise Rotary of the Conch Republic at Bayview, fellowship, and fun for the whole family.
1 PM - The Wrecker's Race Series Finale...This one-way race to the reef re-enacts the ancient wrecking tradition of the Keys. Viewing from the harbor-front hotels and Mallory Square.

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Oriental Chicken And Pasta Salad

Serving Size : 6

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 1/4 cups Mayonnaise

1 TB Soy Sauce

1 teaspoon Fresh Grated Ginger


3/4 pound Cooked Chicken -- julienned
10 ounces Pasta -- Cooked
1/4+ pound Bean Sprouts
3 1/2 ounces Waterchestnuts -- sliced
2 TB Green Onions -- chopped

[1) Mix Dressing ingredients well.
[2) Add remaining ingredients and toss together.

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Vegetable Hummus Sandwiches

Serving Size : 8

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

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1/2 Cup Green Onion -- finely chopped
3 Tablespoons Parsley -- Chopped
1/2 Cup Green Pepper -- finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise, Imitation, No Cholesterol
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Mint Leaves
1/2 Teaspoon Oregano
1/8 Tablespoon Red Pepper

2 Cups Garbanzo Beans, Canned

4 Each Pita Bread, Whole-Wheat
1 Medium Tomato -- sliced
1/2 Cup Monterey Jack Cheese -- shredded
2 Cups Alfalfa Sprouts

Combine Green Onions, Green Pepper, Parsley, Sesame Seeds, Mayonnaise, Oregano, Garlic Powder, Red Pepper & Mint leaves.

Cover With Plastic Wrap & Vent. Microwave At High for 3 Min.

Place This Mixture & Garbanzo Beans in Processor. Process 1 Min. OR Until Smooth.

Spoon About 1/4 Bean Mixture (Hummus) Into Each Pita Half; Top With 1 TB. Cheese. Cover With Paper Towels & Microwave At High For 1min. Cut Tomato Slices in Half. Open Sandwiches & Place 2 Tomato Slice Halves & 1/4 Cup Alfalfa Sprouts Into Each Sandwich Half.

Serve Immediately.


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

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"As for rosemary, I let it run all over my garden walls, not only because my bees love it but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance and to friendship, whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language."
Sir Thomas More

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ADVERTISEMENT: 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 accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Carte Blanche, JCB, and Checks.

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West Virginia motorists who run down the odd critter can legally take it home for dinner under a law passed in 1998 by the Legislature. The bill lets drivers keep their road kill provided they report it to conservation or police officers within 12 hours. The measure became law when Governor Cecil Underwood declined to veto it. Proponents said if drivers can be encouraged to eat their road kill, the state could save money it now pays state Division of Highways workers to remove the dead animals. (Boy, would this be a fun concept in Key West - a chicken in every pot!)

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Each blossom has three stigmas ; it takes up to 240,000 stigma (80,000 flowers) to make a pound of saffron, and the blossoms must be picked by hand; twelve days of backbreaking work for an experienced picker. By the time it reaches a retail shop in the United States, saffron costs close to $5000 per pound.

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RECOMMEND this newsletter to a friend!

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The Treasury of Botany says: "There is a vulgar belief in Gloucestershire and other counties, that Rosemary will not grow well unless where the mistress is "master"; and so touchy are some of the lords of creation upon this point, that we have more than once had reason to suspect them of privately injuring a growing rosemary in order to destroy this evidence of their want of authority."

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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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"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all."
Harriet Van Horne

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