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THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
Food History, Trivia, Quotes, Humor, Poetry, Recipes
October 15, 2001   Vol 2 #40   ISSN 1535-5659
James T. Ehler, Editor, james@foodreference.com
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    =>  Website News  
    =>  Quotes and Trivia
    =>  Ancient & Classic Recipes
    =>  Food Trivia Question: What Am I?
    =>  This Weeks Calendar
    =>  Did you know?
    =>  Who's Who in the Culinary Arts
    =>  Requested Recipes
    =>  Answer to Food Trivia Question
    =>  Culinary Crossword Puzzle
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 WEBSITE NEWS     http://www.foodreference.com

CHECK THE WEBSITE DAILY - I am posting a new FOOD QUIZ question
each day on the website, along with a Daily Culinary Quote,
Daily Trivia and other interesting food items.
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 QUOTE
"Anybody who believes that the way to a man's heart is through
his stomach flunked geography."
Robert Byrne

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 TRIVIA
Ham and eggs are considered a typically American breakfast.
Well, some sources reveal that this was also a favorite of
the Egyptians in 1500 B.C.

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 QUOTE
"The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a
successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task,
courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance."
Bryan Miller, N.Y. Times 10/23/83

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 TRIVIA
In 1846, Nancy Johnson invented the hand-cranked ice cream
freezer. Nothing more is known about her. Her design was
patented in 1848 by William G. Young.

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 ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES

The Inglenook Cook Book:
Choice Recipes Contributed by Sisters of the Brethren Church
Subscribers and Friends of the Inglenook Magazine
Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, Illinois (1906)

OYSTER PIE
To 1 quart of flour take 2 small teaspoonfuls of baking powder,
sift two or three times, add a little salt and 1 small cup of
butter, mix as for biscuit, divide into 2 parts and bake on 2
medium-sized pie plates; those somewhat shallow are the best. 
Be careful not to let bake too brown or they will be too crisp.
 On 1 of these put the oysters, using the other for a top.
Pick over the oysters to rid of any shell that may be found,
drain off the liquor, and put oysters into a stewpan with
barely enough of the liquor to keep them from burning, season
with salt, pepper and butter; add a little sweet cream or milk
and 3 crackers rolled fine. Let the oysters simmer, but not
boil, or they will shrivel.  Fill the dish with the oysters
and gravy, put over the cover and serve hot.

Sister Jas. M. Rowland, Hagerstown, Md.

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 QUOTE
"The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want,
 drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not."
Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835-1910)

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 TRIVIA
Roquefort cheese is one of the world's oldest cheeses. It was
mentioned by Pliny, and was Charlemagne's favorite cheese. In
1411 Charles VI of France gave sole rights to the ageing of
Roquefort cheese to the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, and
all Roquefort still must be aged in the caves there today.

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GREAT content from chefs around the world.

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 THIS WEEKS CALENDAR
OCTOBER 16
World Food Day

OCTOBER 18
Chef James Birthday (THAT'S ME!)

OCTOBER 21 REPTILE AWARENESS DAY

OCTOBER 22 NATIONAL COLOR DAY
           NATIONAL SCIENTIFIC LITERACY DAY
 
OCTOBER 17-20 CIRCLEVILLE PUMPKIN SHOW, Ohio
OCTOBER 18-20 EAST TEXAS YAMBOREE
OCTOBER 18-21 MOUNTAIN STATE APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL, WV
OCTOBER 19-21 APPLE BUTTER STIRRIN', Ohio
OCTOBER 19-28 FANTASY FEST IN KEY WEST FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!
OCTOBER 20-21 ST MARY'S COUNTY OYSTER FESTIVAL, Maryland
OCTOBER 20-21 WOOLLY WORM FESTIVAL, North Carolina

OCTOBER 21-27
NATIONAL SAVE YOUR BACK WEEK
NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK
NATIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY AWARENESS WEEK
NATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS WEEK
             
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 QUOTE
"I'm Frank Thompson, all the way from 'down east.' I've been
through the mill, ground, and bolted, and come out a regular-
built down-east johnny-cake, when it's hot, damned good; but
when it's cold, damned sour and indigestible; --and you'll
find me so." (Captain talking to his crew)
Richard Henry Dana, Two Years Before The Mast (1840)

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 DID YOU KNOW?
Seven-Up's first advertising slogan was:
"It takes the ouch out of grouch."

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 WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS
Botherel, Marie, Vicomte de (1790-1859)

Marie, Vicomte de Botherel may have been the first to try the
concept of a dining car. In 1839 in Paris (or it's suburbs),
he installed kitchens on buses and stocked the food from
special kitchens he had built with the most modern equipment
available. His enterprise failed, and he is just a very
obscure footnote in history.

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 RECIPE REQUESTS FROM READERS

GRAND MARNIER PECAN PIE
Source: Grand Marnier, used with permission

For a 9-inch pie (5/6 servings)

DOUGH INGREDIENTS:

1 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup very cold unsalted cut up butter
2 tablespoons ice water
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the butter and work
it through with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse
crumbs.
Using the tines of a fork, stir in the water 1 tablespoon at a
time and work it in with your hands until having a smooth ball
of dough (do not overhandle the dough). Wrap in plastic and
refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut it in half.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a circle about 14
inches in diameter and 1/8 inch thick.
Gently fold the circle of dough in half and then in half again
in order to lift it without tearing it, and unfold it into a
9-inch pie pan. Crimp the edges, or pinch in a decorative border.

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

1/2 lb granulated sugar
2 oz butter
1/2 lb egg
13 oz dark corn syrup
1/4 oz vanilla
5 oz pecans
1 pinch of salt
1 oz GRAND MARNIER Cordon Rouge liqueur

Using a mixer at low speed, blend the sugar, butter and salt
until evenly blended.
With the machine running, add the eggs a little at a time,
until they are all absorbed.
Add the syrup, vanilla and GRAND MARNIER Cordon Rouge liqueur.
Mix until well blended.
To assemble pies, distribute the pecans evenly in the pie
shells and then fill with the mixture.
Bake at 450 F for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 F. Bake
for 40 minutes more, until set.
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 QUOTE
"My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is
a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the
sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and
bridges to the future."
Pearl Bailey

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 TRIVIA  
Estrogens (sex hormones) were first made from a related
compound in yams. Yams were used commercially to produce
hormones for contraceptive pills, and steroids.

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 QUOTE
"Talking of Pleasure, this moment I was writing with one hand,
and with the other holding to my Mouth a Nectarine -- how good
how fine. It went down all pulpy, slushy, oozy, all its
delicious embonpoint melted down my throat like a large,
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John Keats (1795-1821)

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 TRIVIA
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices used by man. It was used
in ancient Egypt 5,000 years ago and is mentioned numerous time
in the Old Testament of the Bible.

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 QUOTE
"The Americans are the grossest feeders of any civilized nation
known. As a nation, their food is heavy, coarse, and
indigestible, while it is taken in the least artificial forms
that cookery will allow. The predominance of grease in the
American kitchen, coupled with the habits of hearty eating, and
the constant expectoration, are the causes of the diseases of
the stomach which are so common in America."
James Fenimore Cooper, American novelist (1789-1851)
[The Last of the Mohicans, etc.] 

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