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Food Reference Newsletter, Vol 2, #3, January 24, 2001
ISSN 1535-5659
Food Facts, Trivia, History, Recipes, Key West and Blue Heaven News
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"Fish and guests stink in three days."
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac

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Modena Italy's balsamic vinegar (Modena aceto balsamico) is aged at
least 6 to 10 years and some are aged for 50 to 100 years. As could
be expected, these vinegars can be quite expensive, some costing over
$200 per ounce!

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King Edward I of England in 1274 ordered his sheriffs to provide
278 bacon hogs, 450 porkers, 440 fat oxen, 430 sheep, and 22,600 hens
and capons for his coronation feast.

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Sumatran coffee plantation workers track a discerning marsupial
who eats only the best beans. What he excretes becomes Kopi Luwak,
the world's most expensive coffee blend! ($130 per pound).

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Check out the new photos See if you recognize your waiter or waitress!

Email or send by regular mail, your photos in some way related to Blue
Heaven Restaurant or food to [email protected] I will add them to the
Blue Heaven Website.

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January 24
Chinese New Year Begins. Year 4699 of the ancient Chinese calendar, the
Year of the Snake.
Canned beer went on sale for the first time on January 24, 1935 at
Richmond, Virginia.

January 25
Birthdays: 1882 - English author Virginia Woolf
1874 - English author W. Somerset Maugham.
1759 - Scottish poet Robert Burns.

January 26
1875 - George F. Green patented the electric dental drill.
1784 - Eagle or Turkey? In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin
expressed his unhappiness over the choice of the eagle as the symbol of
America. He preferred the turkey.

January 27
Birthdays: 1756 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
1832 - Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) author of Alice's
Adventures in Wonderland was born. (He was really a mathematician).

January 28

January 29
National Puzzle Day

January 30
1798 - First Brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives.
1969 - The Beatles last public appearance. It took place on the roof of
their Apple Studios in London, and was interrupted by police after
neighbors complained of the noise.

January 31
1990 - McDonald's opened its first fast-food restaurant in Soviet Union.
1928 - Scotch tape developed by Richard Drew, of the 3M Company.

(from Chases Calendar of Events)

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14 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
3/4 cup plus 2 TB unsalted butter

10 egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar
1 TB Pure Vanilla extract
1 TB Grand Marnier
1 tsp Lime Juice

10 egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
- - powdered sugar and whipped cream for garnish

1) Melt chocolate ad butter in double boiler. When melted, hold aside.
2) Beat the egg yolks and 1 cup sugar until smooth, then stir in the
vanilla, Grand Marnier and lime juice. Add this to chocolate and blend
3) Beat the egg whites in large bowl until SOFT peaks form. Slowly add
the 1/2 cup of sugar, beating until STIFF peaks form.
4) Lightly STIR 1 cup of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then
FOLD in the remaining egg whites.
5) Flour and grease a 10 or 12 inch springform pan, and pour the batter in.
Bake in preheated 250 degree oven for 2 1/2 hours. Cool COMPLETELY before
removing from pan.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with dollop of whipped cream.
Email your recipe requests or food information or history questions to me at
[email protected]

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Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) of the pea family (Fabaceae).
Also Known as: Greek hay.
Description: An erect 2 to 3 foot tale annual herb with light green
leaves and small white flowers. The seed pods contain 10 to 20 small,
flat, yellow-brown, pungent, aromatic seeds to a pod. The seeds have
a strong aroma and somewhat bitter taste, variously described as similar
to celery, maple syrup, or burnt sugar.
Fenugreek is native to southern Europe, the Mediterranean region, and
Western Asia. It is cultivated from western Europe to China for the
aromatic seeds, and is still grown for fodder in parts of Europe and
northern Africa. It is an indispensable ingredient in Indian curries.

History: Fenugreek has a long history as both a culinary and medicinal
herb in the ancient world. It was one of the spices the Egyptians used
for embalming, and the Greeks and Romans used it for cattle fodder (hence
the Latin foenum graecum meaning Greek hay). It was grown extensively in
the imperial gardens of Charlemagne.

Purchasing, Handling & Storage: Store in a cool, dry place for maximum of
6 months. Should be roasted before use to reduce bitterness.

Culinary Uses: Uncooked fenugreek seeds have an unpleasant, bitter taste,
so the seeds are usually roasted and ground before use to mellow the
bitterness. The seeds are very hard, and difficult to grind, a mortal and
pestle working best. Fenugreek is a favorite in Northern African and
Middle Eastern dishes, and is one of the few spices that is usually used
in powdered form even in Indian curries. Seed extract is used in imitation
vanilla, butterscotch and rum flavorings, and is the main flavoring in
imitation maple syrup. Also used in breads in Egypt and Ethiopia. Ground
seeds and/or leaves, can give a nice lift to some bland vegetarian dishes.
Also good in marinades. Generally, a nice unusual flavor to experiment
with to achieve some different effects. Use very young shoots with only a
few leaves and some watercress for a nice salad addition. Fenugreek seeds
are also used in candy, baked goods, ice cream, chewing gum and soft drinks.
The seeds can be roasted and used as a coffee substitute.

Nutrition: Rich in vitamins and minerals, and because it is a seed and a
legume, it is high in protein. (Which makes it very useful in vegetarian

Other Uses: Formerly used as a yellow dye. The leaves are dried and used
as an insect repellent in grain storage. In various areas of North Africa
the seeds (ground into a paste) were traditionally eaten by women to gain
weight, in combination with sugar and olive oil. The seeds are still used
for weight gain in Libya and other areas. They are also an important source
of diosgenin, which is widely used in the production of steroids (which
probably accounts for the weight gain), sex hormones, oral contraceptives
and veterinary medicines.

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"I always eat my peas with honey;
I've done it all my life.
They do taste kind of funny but
It keeps them on my knife."

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A Frenchman, Count Odette Phillipe, planted the first grapefruit trees in
Florida around Tampa Bay in 1823. Today, Florida produces more grapefruit
than the rest of the world combined.

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Breakfast: 8am to 11:45am
Lunch: Noon to 3pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10:30pm
Sunday -
Brunch: 8am to 1pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10:30pm

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"A man who was fond of wine was offered some grapes at dessert after dinner.
'Much obliged', said he, pushing the plate aside; 'I am not accustomed to
take my wine in pills.'"
Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (Author of The Physiology of Taste)

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Jacques Lemaire, who makes and sells Mandala jewelry in our outdoor garden
near the gift shop has returned from Maine, and will be here again for
the winter. Check out his unique handmade items at our restaurant or on
his website at

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"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let
the food fight it out inside."
Mark Twain

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In the colorful argot of the lunch counter and diner, "cowboy with spurs"
is a western omelet with fries.

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