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                THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
      Food History, Trivia, Quotes, Humor, Poetry, Recipes
         September 4, 2001    Vol 2 # 34  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?
    =>  Feedback from visitors
    =>  Requested Recipes
    =>  Answer to Food Trivia Question
    =>  Culinary Crossword Puzzle
    =>  Subscribe/Unsubscribe information

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remain working at Blue Heaven, but I must now chose a new
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next few weeks, and support them as you have Blue Heaven.
Thank you, James

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 QUOTE
"We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our
friend, so we buy ice cream."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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 TRIVIA
Pliny thought the radish was "a vulgar article of the diet"
because of its "remarkable power of causing flatulence and
eructation."

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 FOOD TRIVIA QUESTION: WHAT AM I?
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 QUOTE
"Bouillabaisse is only good because cooked by the French, who,
if they cared to try, could produce an excellent and nutritious
substitute out of cigar stumps and empty matchboxes."
Norman Douglas, British novelist (1868-1952)

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 TRIVIA
Electric refrigerators were first sold to American housewives
in 1916, and cost $900.

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 ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES
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CHESTNUT SOUP (19th Century Recipe)

Scald, peel and scrape 50 large chestnuts; put these into a
stewpan with 2 oz. of butter, an onion, 4 lumps of sugar, and a
little pepper and salt, and simmer the whole over a slow fire
for three-quarters of an hour; then bruise the chestnuts in a
mortar; remove the pulp into a stewpan, add a quart of good
brown gravy, and having rubbed the purée through a Tammy, pour
it into a stewpan; make it hot and serve with fried crusts.

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 QUOTE
"Milk is valued for giving a part of its whiteness to the skin
of women. Poppea, wife of Domitius Nero, took 500 nursing asses
everywhere in her traveling party, and soaked herself completely
in a bath of this milk, in the belief that it would make her
skin more supple."
Pliny (23-79 A.D.)

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 TRIVIA
In a survey conducted in 1951 of the U.S. armed services,
banana cream pie was the favorite dessert.
Rice pudding came in last.

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 THIS WEEKS CALENDAR
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SEPTEMBER 3
CANADA AND UNITED STATES: LABOR DAY
1783 Treaty of Paris ends American Revolutionary War
Snake River (Plastic) Duck Race, Nome, Alaska
SEPTEMBER 4
1882 First Electric Lights, Wall Street area office buildings
Birthday: 1768 Francois Rene De Chateaubriand, French writer
SEPTEMBER 5
1914 Babe Ruth's first pro home run
Birthday: 1847 Jesse James, bandit
SEPTEMBER 5 - 8
Prime Beef Festival, Monmouth, Illinois
SEPTEMBER 5 - 9
Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee
SEPTEMBER 6 - 8
Marion Popcorn Festival, Marion, Ohio
SEPTEMBER 6 - 9
Great Peanut Tour, Skippers, Virginia
SEPTEMBER 7
Montana State Chokecherry Festival, Lewistown, Montana
Birthday: 1936 Buddy Holly, musician
SEPTEMBER 7 - 8
Hopps of Fun, Beer & Wine Festival, Mackinaw City, Wisconsin
Chili and Bluegrass Festival, Claremore, Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 7 - 9
Norwalk Seaport Oyster Festival, Norwalk, Connecticut
SEPTEMBER 8
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, Valparaiso, Indiana
Potato Day Festival, Greeley, Colorado
1921 First Miss America Crowned
1966 Star Trek TV premiere
1974 President Ford proclaims 'absolute pardon' for Nixon
SEPTEMBER 8 - 9
California Prune Festival, Yuba City, California
SEPTEMBER 8 - 10
Michigan Wine and Harvest Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan
SEPTEMBER 9
National Grandparents Day
Homesteader Harvest Festival, Brandon, South Dakota
Sundae in the Park, Yerington, Nevada
Birthday: Colonel Harland David Sanders, chicken man
SEPTEMBER 9 - 15
Biscuits and Gravy Week

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 QUOTE
"Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does
not depend on us. We are not the only experiment."
R. Buckminister Fuller

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 DID YOU KNOW?
Rice, millet, and sorghum are thought to be the first crops
ever cultivated.

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 From our Readers:
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I would like to thank you for a great compilation of
information. My students have been using the information in your
newsletter for the past few months and find it very worthwhile.
Many thanks,  Carlton Brooks CEPC, CCE, CMB
East Valley Institute of Technology, Mesa, AZ
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What a wonderful website James. Delightful, comprehensive and
humorous. What more could we ask? Oh yes......and its free.
Andy Anderson  Champaign, Illinois
http://www.angelfire.com/weird/FatManAndy/index.html

Thank you very much Carlton and Andy!

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 RECIPE REQUESTS FROM READERS
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BASIC OLD FASHIONED RECIPE
Title: Macaroni and Ham Au Gratin
Yield: 10 servings

      1 lb Elbow Macaroni or shells
      3 fl Butter
      3 T  Flour
  2 1/2 c  Half & Half
      1 ts Salt
    1/2 ts White Pepper
    3/4 lb Cheddar cheese; grated
    1/4 ts Dry mustard
           Water
  1 1/4 lb Ham; diced
           Paprika
    1/2 c  Bread crumbs; dry
    1/4 c  Parmesan cheese, grated

  [1) Cook Macaroni, rinse and hold aside.

  [2) Make roux with Butter and Flour, cook 5 minutes

  [3) Add half & half and seasoning to roux, heat...

  [4) Add Cheese to sauce, whip smooth.....

  [5) Mix enough water with Mustard to make a paste.
      Add to sauce

  [6) Combine Macaroni, Sauce and Diced Ham.
      Put in casserole dish.

  [7) Mix Bread Crumbs and Parmesan cheese together.
      Sprinkle Crumbs and Paprika over top of Macaroni.
      BAKE IN 350 DEGREE OVEN FOR 30 MINUTES.

 Email your recipe requests, food info or history
 questions to me at [email protected]

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 QUOTE
"Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of?
It's made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in
pencil sharpeners! "
Roald Dahl (1916 - ?) 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

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 TRIVIA
In the 18th-century young Pennsylvania Dutch men gave their
sweethearts carved rolling pins as engagement presents.

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 TRIVIA
The first American cookstove was cast in Pennsylvania at Mary
Ann furnace in 1765.

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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 (1478-1535)

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