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       Food History, Trivia, Quotes, Humor, Poetry, Recipes
                May 13, 2001     Vol 2 # 18
         James T. Ehler, Editor, [email protected]
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Acording to legend, raspberries were originally white. The nymph
Ida pricked her finger while picking berries for the crying
infant Jupiter, and raspberries have since been tinged red with
her blood. (The botanical name of the raspberry is Rubus idaeus.
Rubus means 'red', and idaeus means 'belonging to Ida'.

Sarah Bernhardt's recipe for LARKS:
"Pound in a mortar the flesh of two larks; add some butter, some
chopped samphire, some breadcrumbs soaked in milk, some Malaga
raisins, and some crushed juniper berries.  Stuff a third lark
with the mixture and roast it on a spit covered with samphire
leaves and a strip of fat bacon.  Serve on a crouton soaked in
gin, and then toasted and buttered."

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"Serenely full, the epicure would say,
Fate cannot harm me, I have dined today."

Sydney Smith, quoted in 'Lady Holland's Memoir'

California discovered the commercial potential of raisins quite
by accident. In 1873, a freak hot spell withered the grapes on
the vine. One enterprising San Francisco grocer advertised
these shriveled grapes as "Peruvian Delicacies" and the rest is
history. California is now the world's leading producer of

As I was watching a food delivery truck trying to squeeze its way
around the narrow streets here in Key West, I remembered an
article I had read last night in the April issue of Smithsonian
Magazine. It was about the traffic problems in modern cities. It
also gave some information on traffic problems in cities of the

In New York for instance, in 1900, horses left 2.5 million pounds
of manure on the streets each day, along with 60,000 gallons of
urine. Those were definitely not streets paved with gold!

I have heard stories about the traffic problems in modern Rome.
Well some things never change.  In ancient Rome, the traffic was
so bad they banned chariot driving in the downtown area during
daytime hours!

The Smithsonian article also mentions a study by the University
of Maryland which found that on weekdays, parents spend twice
as much time in their cars as they do with their kids.

None of this has anything do with food, other than that we also
now spend much less time preparing our own food, and less time
enjoying it. So take the time today to smell the aromas of some
home cooked food with your kids. Then eat slowly and enjoy it.
Long live Slow Food!

"If you do not shake the bottle
None'll come and then a lot'll."


There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples, but only about 20
are grown commercially in the U.S. Eight varieties account for
80% of total U.S. production. Red Delicious, Golden Delicious,
Granny Smith, McIntosh, Rome Beauty, Jonathan, York and Stayman.

MAY 14
* 1607 Jamestown, Virginia founded, the first permanent English
  settlement in U.S.
* 1804 Lewis & Clark Expedition begins
* First day of the Midnight Sun at North Cape, Norway. From May
  14 until July 30 the sun never goes below the horizon.

MAY 15
* Peace Officer Memorial Day
* 1930 Ellen Church became 1st airline stewardess
* 1940 Nylon stockings go on sale for the first time
Birthdays: 1856 Lyman Frank Baum (Author, Wizard of Oz stories)

MAY 16
* 1929 First Academy Awards
Birthdays: 1919 Liberace (Wladziu Valentino Liberace)

MAY 17
* 1792 New York Stock Exchange established
* 1875 First Kentucky Derby, Aristides is the winner

MAY 18-20 Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
MAY 18-27 Lilac Festival, Rochester, N.Y. (500,000 attendance)

MAY 18
* National Bike to Work Day
* International Museum Day
Birthdays: 1902 Meredith Wilson, playwright (The Music Man)
           1920 Pope John Paul II

MAY 19
* Armed Forces Day
* World Championship Steak Cookoff, Magnolia, Arkansas
* 1906 Boys Clubs of America founded
* Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland

MAY 20-21
* 1927 Lindbergh's solo Trans-Atlantic Flight

MAY 20
* International Aids Candlelight Memorial
* 1932 Amelia Earhart's solo Atlantic Flight
* 1916 Norman Rockwell's first Saturday Evening Post cover
* 1875 International Bureau of Weights and Measures established
* 1862 Homestead Act signed. It opened the American West
Birthdays: 1768 Dolly Madison (Dorothea Dandridge Payne Todd)
           1799 Honore de Balzac; 1908 Jimmy Stewart

Diogenes, the ancient Greek philosopher, once advised a young
courtier, "If you lived on cabbage, you would not be obliged to
flatter the powerful."
To which the courtier replied, "If you flattered the powerful,
you would not be obliged to live upon cabbage."

Potatoes and lettuce are the two most popular fresh vegetables
in the U.S.

 Jacques Lemaire makes and sells Mandala jewelry in the outdoor
 garden at Blue Heaven Restaurant. Check out his unique handmade
 items at Blue Heaven Restaurant
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the great work. Ciao (chow)  Patrick   

Sweet Potatoe Puree

¼ Lb Butter
½ cup Brown sugar
2 Egg yolks
Place butter and Sugar in a small sauté pan and heat until sugar
is melted into the butter. Add egg yolks. Contine heating and
stir to a smooth consistency. Remove from heat.
Peel sweet potatoes and cut into large dice. Place into stain-
less pot and cover with cold water, place on a high heat and
bring to simmer. Cook until potatoes will drop from a knife
when it is inserted.
Drain off the water, allow cooling a little, then pureeing in
food processor.
For every food processor bowl full of sweet potato (about 3 to
4 cups before pureeing) add 2 tbsp of butter mixture.
When a smooth consistency is achieved, check seasoning and
place into pastry bag ready for service.

Ensure all the water is drained off the potato once they are
cooked. You could return the potatoes to the heat briefly to
get rid off any excess water.
Ensure there are no lumps after pureeing.

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"There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an
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the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that, my
friend, is dining."
Yuan Mei, 1936

Kansas artist Stan Herd has created many acre-sized reproductions
of paintings by artists such as Cézanne and Van Gogh, designed to
be seen from the air, by selecting seeds that yield plants with
the exact colors he needed.

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Each saffron crocus flower hs 3 stigmas, it takes about 80,000
flowers (240,000) stigmas to make a pound of saffron. It takes
an experienced picker about 12 days to pick this many. By the
time saffron gets to retail stores, it's cost is over $4000
per pound.

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"Oysters are more beautiful than any religion....There's nothing
in Christianity or Buddhism that quite matches the sympathetic
unselfishness of an oyster."
'Saki', pen name of Scottish writer Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916)
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