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                THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
      Food History, Trivia, Quotes, Humor, Poetry, Recipes
         August 26, 2001     Vol 2 # 33  ISSN 1535-5659
        James T. Ehler, Editor, [email protected]
                 http://www.foodreference.com
     
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   IN THIS ISSUE
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    =>  Sponsorship Notice
    =>  Quotes and Trivia
    =>  Website News
    =>  Ancient & Classic Recipes
    =>  Food Trivia Question: What Am I?
    =>  This Weeks Calendar
    =>  Did you know?
    =>  Requested Recipes
    =>  Answer to Food Trivia Question
    =>  Culinary Crossword Puzzle
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 QUOTE
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 TRIVIA
Cardamom is one of the oldest spices in the world, and the most
popular spice in ancient Rome was probably cardamom. It is the
world's second most expensive spice, saffron being the most
expensive.

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 ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES
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From Fannie Farmer's 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book
Oysters and Macaroni
1 pint oysters
3/4 cup macaroni broken in 1 inch pieces
salt and pepper
Flour
1/2 cup buttered crumbs
1/4 cup butter

Cook macaroni in boiling salted water until soft; drain, and
rinse with cold water. Put a layer in bottom of a buttered
pudding dish, cover with oysters, sprinkle with salt and pepper,
dredge with flour, and dot over with one half of butter; repeat,
and cover with buttered crumbs. Bake 20 minutes in hot oven.

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 QUOTE
"the most usual, common, and cheap sort of Food all China
abounds in, and which all in that Empire eat, from the Emperor
to the meanest Chinese; the Emperor and great Men as a Dainty,
the common sort as necessary sustenance. It is called Teu Fu,
that is Paste of Kidney Beans. I did not see how they made it.
They drew the Milk out of the Kidney Beans, and turning it,
make great Cakes of it like Cheeses, as big as a large Sive,
and five or six fingers thick. All the Mass is as white as the
very Snow, to look to nothing can be finer....Alone, it is
insipid, but very good dress'd as I say and excellent fry'd
in Butter."
Friar Domingo Navarrete commenting on tofu in the 17th century

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 TRIVIA
Botanically, grapes are berries. There are about 25 million
acres of grapes worldwide.

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 FOOD TRIVIA QUESTION: WHAT AM I?
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 QUOTE
"All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is
called a philosopher."
Ambrose Bierce, American writer 1842-1914

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 TRIVIA
Most foods take 3-4 hours to digest, white rice has such a low
fiber content it only takes 1 hour to digest.

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he features some of my articles and recipes in addition to some
GREAT content from chefs around the world.

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 THIS WEEKS CALENDAR
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AUGUST 27
1859 The first commercial oil well reached oil at 69 ft 6 in

AUGUST 28
1922 First Radio Commercial, $100 for 10 minutes

AUGUST 29
More Herbs Less Salt Day

AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 1
Sweet Corn Festival, Millersport, Ohio

AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 3
Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, Morgan City, LA

AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 1
Oatmeal Festival, Bertram/Oatmeal, Texas
Wisconsin State Cow-Chip Throw, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin

AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 2
National Championship Chuckwagon Races, Clinton, Arkansas
Britt Draft Horse Show, Britt, Iowa

AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 3
National Sweetcorn Festival, Hoopeston, Illinois
Festival of Mountain & Plain, A Taste of Colorado, Denver, CO.
North Carolina Apple Festival, Hendersonville, North Carolina
Payson Golden Onion Days, Payson, Utah
Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, Sparks, Nevada
Marshall County Blueberry Festival, Plymouth, Indiana
Hog Capital of the World Festival, Kewanee, Illinois

SEPTEMBER
National Honey Month
National Organic Harvest Month
National Biscuit Month
National Chicken Month
National Rice Month
National Mushroom Month
Hug a Texas Chef Month
National Coupon Month

SEPTEMBER 1 - 3
Classic Labor Day Weekend

SEPTEMBER 1
World Championship Barbecue Goat Cook-Off, Brady, Texas
Emma M. Nutt, started work today in 1878 as the first woman
telephone operator. She worked in the job for 33 years.

SEPTEMBER 2
FULL MOON 5:43 p.m.
China: Festival of the Hungry Ghosts

SEPTEMBER 2 - 3
Harvest Wine Celebration, Livermore, California

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 QUOTE
"On the Continent people have good food; in England people have
good table manners."
George Mikes, British author, 'How to be an Alien' 1946

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 DID YOU KNOW?
Before attending the Cordon Bleu cooking school in the late
1940's, Julia Child had worked in advertising in the U.S., and
for the OSS (which later became the CIA) in Ceylon and China
during World War II.

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 RECIPES FROM READERS
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From Linda in Atlanta
      Title: Shrimp and Lobster Etouffee
      Yield: 8 servings
 
----------STEP ONE----------
      4    Lobster tails; 7-8 oz
      1 lb Shrimp (21-25)

----------STEP TWO----------
    1/4 c  Butter
      4    Lobster Tail Shells

---------STEP THREE---------
      2 c  Celery; diced
      2 c  Onions; diced
      2 c  Scallions; sliced white part only
      2 ts Garlic; minced

---------STEP FOUR---------
    1/2 c  Brown roux
      4    Tomatoes; large,peel,seed
      2 c  White wine
      1 qt Fish stock, strong
           Tabasco sauce; to taste
           Salt & pepper; to taste

---------STEP FIVE---------
    1/2 c  Cream Sherry

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(1) Cook Shrimp and Lobster in Shrimp Boil. Cut Lobster in
    1 inch chunks.  HOLD ASIDE.
(2) Roast Lobster Shells in Butter at 350 for 45 minutes,
    strain.
(3) Sauté Vegetables in the butter on high heat until browned.
(4) Combine Lobster Shells, Sautéed Vegetables and last group of
    ingredients
    EXCEPT Cream Sherry, and simmer 45 minutes.
(5) Add Cream Sherry. For service, add shrimp & lobster to
    sauce & heat. (remove lobster shells)
    Serve over rice (pecan rice) in casserole dish.
 
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 QUOTE
"I like children, if they're properly cooked."
W.C. Fields

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 TRIVIA  
The "stuffed paunch of an ass" was a delicacy of ancient Athens.

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"The English will agree with me that there are plenty of good
things for the table in America; but the old proverb says: 'God
sends meat and the devil sends cooks.'"
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 TRIVIA
In 1921, Walter A. Anderson (a short-order cook) and E.W. Ingram
 (an insurance executive) founded White Castle in Wichita,
Kansas. It is the oldest hamburger chain. They served steam-
fried hamburgers, 18 per pound of fresh ground beef, cooked on
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"A gourmet is a being pleasing to the heavens."
Charles Pierre Monselet, French author (1825-1888)

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