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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 # 15 April 22, 2001
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CULINARY CROSSWORD PUZZLE: Check for a new puzzle every Wednesday and Sunday -
CULINARY POETRY: Over a dozen new poems this week.
FOOD TRIVIA & TIPS - Almost 100 new items this week.
CULINARY QUOTES - Over 100 new quotes added!
NEW HUMOR ENTRIES: Some more celebrity answers to the question "Why did the chicken cross the road?" and other humor.

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Click here to print the latest Culinary Crossword puzzle

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NEWS FLASH: Smuckers, the jam & jelly company, has a PATENT on their version of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich and is suing another company for making a similar peanut butter and jelly sandwich! This is TRUE! Check for yourself at and enter patent # 6,004,596. Be careful making your kids lunch, you may be sued for that sandwich!

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"I have no truck with lettuce, cabbage, and similar chlorophyll. Any dietitian will tell you that a running foot of apple strudel contains four times the vitamins of a bushel of beans."
S.J. Perelman

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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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From the Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking-School Cook Book (1896)
Remove one section of skin from each of four bananas. Take out fruit, scrape, and cut fruit from one banana in thin slices, fruit from the other three bananas in one-half inch cubes. Marinate cubes with French Dressing. Refill skins and garnish each with slices of banana. Stack around a mound of lettuce leaves.

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DID YOU KNOW - (And you think you have a boring job!)
Chicks are separated into male and female by chicken sexers. They hold each chick by hand up to a 300 watt bulb to determine if it is male or female (the females are kept for egg laying). A typical chicken worker examines 1,000 chicks per hour, 80,000 per day, with 99% accuracy.

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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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"If you boil an egg while singing all five verses and chorus of the hymn, 'Onward Christian Soldiers.' it will be cooked perfectly when you come to Amen."
From a letter to the Editor, London's 'Daily Telegraph'. If anyone tries this, please let me know if it works, and I will publish your results in the newsletter. - James

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"The washing of dishes does seem to me the most absurd and unsatisfactory business that I ever undertook. If, when once washed, they would remain clean for ever and ever (which they ought in all reason to do, considering how much trouble it is,) there would be less occasion to grumble; but no sooner is it done, than it requires to be done again. On the whole, I have come to the resolution not to use more than one dish at each meal."
Nathaniel Hawthorne (while Mrs. Hawthorne was away) 1844

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*303 AD Saint George (the Dragon Slayer) Feast Day
*1896 First Movie Theater Opens (New York City)
Birthdays: 1564 William Shakespeare (Died 4/23/1616)
*1981 IBM's first personal computer
1815 Anthony Trollope, British Writer
1905 Robert Penn Warren, 1st American poet laureate, 1985
1766 Robert Bailey Thomas, founder of The Farmer's Almanac (1793)
*1507 Mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller's 'Cosmographiae Introductio' is published. He named the new world America after Amerigo Vespucci, whom he believed had discovered the new continent.
*Administrative Professionals Day (formerly Secretaries Day)
*1901 New York issues the first automoblie license plates
1874 Guglielmo Marconi (wireless inventor)
1917 Ella Fitzgerald "First Lady of Song"
APRIL 26 - MAY 7 Washington State Apple Blossom FestivalAPRIL 26
1822 Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Yosemite National Park, New York's Central Park etc.
1785 John James Audubon, American artist and naturalist
APRIL 27-MAY 6 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
*National Arbor Day
*National Cat Hairball Awareness Day
*Pompano Beach (Florida) Seafood Festival
*Babe Ruth Day (Yankee Stadium, 1947)
1900 Walter Lantz, creator of Woody Woodpecker
1791 Samuel Finley Breese Morse (Morse Code)
*National Sense of Smell Day
*Astronomy Day
*1789 The famed mutiny on the HMS Bounty took place today.
Birthdays: 1878 Lionel Barrymore, American actor
APRIL 29 - MAY 5 National Science and Technology Week
*National Puppetry Day
*1913 Gideon Sundbach received a patent for the zipper
1899 Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington
1863 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher

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Grilled Vegetable Roulade
Egg Plant
Roasted Red Peppers
Pecan Pesto: Use Pesto recipe and substitute pecans for pine nuts, or use Pecan Pesto recipe on Blue Heaven website

Remove the ends of the egg plant then with a very sharp knife then thinly (1/8 inch) slice the egg plant long ways. Lay paper towels on a sheet pan then lay the egg plant out on top of the paper, then sprinkle evenly with fine salt (about the amount you would use if you were to be generously seasoning them). You will need to leave them for 30 minutes for the moisture to be absorbed into the paper towel, sponge excess water off top of vegetables with paper towel. The purpose of putting the salt on them whilst on the paper, is that the salt will pull out what water is contained in the eggplant and the paper will absorb the excess moisture.
Repeat this process with the Zucchini exactly as done with the eggplant.
Heat grill on a high flame, when it is smoking hot you are able to grill the eggplant and zucchini. Brush the eggplant on both sides and lay on the hot grill (it is important that both sides get attractive sear marks from the grill, so do not turn more than necessary and ensure the grill is super hot). Allow to cool.
On a clean bench surface lay a large sheet of aluminum foil out (about the size of our large sheet pans). Sprinkle with water, this will help the glad wrap stick which you lay onto the aluminum foil.
Now lay the eggplant down on the glad wrap evenly so there are no gaps. Once the eggplant is covering the glad wrap place the zucchini on top, once again allowing no gaps. Now place a line of roasted peppers down the center (long ways). Now evenly spread the Pecan pesto 1/4 of an inch thick over the whole area except leaving a 2-inch gap from the side furthermost from you. Now roll away from you towards the furthermost side where there is no pesto, removing the glad wrap and aluminum foil as you go.
Chill before serving. Serve on bed of lettuce with orange vinaigrette.
NOTE: When grilling the eggplant and zucchini the purpose is not to cook right through, only to sear with good black lines from the grill.

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"It is, of course, entirely possible to cook without using wine. It is also possible to wear suits and dresses made out of gunny sacks, but who wants to?"
Morrison Wood, Introduction to With a Jug of Wine (1949)

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Salt makes a grapefruit tastes sweeter.

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Melons, citrus fruits and pineapple do not store starch that can be converted to sugar, as most fruits do. This means they will not get sweeter after they are picked, but they will improve in texture.

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"Garlic used as it should be used is the soul, the divine essence, of cookery. The cook who can employ it successfully will be found to possess the delicacy of perception, the accuracy of judgment, and the dexterity of hand which go to the formation of a great artist."
Mrs. W. G. Waters, The Cook's Decameron (1928)

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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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"These things are just plain annoying. After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual "food" out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps. Have the shrimp cocktail instead."
Miss Piggy

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The 'Robin Williams' is a little tongue and a lot of bologna, with pastrami, cole slaw, and Russian dressing.

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