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Food Reference & Blue Heaven Newsletter Vol 2 # 8 March 4, 2001
ISSN 1535-5659
Food Facts, Trivia, History, Recipes, Key West & Blue Heaven News

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Rating the newsletter ezine will help increase the circulation, boost my ego and keep me writing it. Thanks, James.

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I have added over 200 new food quotes, over 100 trivia items, new recipes, food history items, new Food Poems and Food Humor pages, and much more. Check them out!

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ANCIENT AND CLASSIC RECIPES: RECIPE FOR TRUFFLES by Colette (Sidonie Gabrielle) French novelist (1873-1954).

"Steep in good very dry white wine (keep your champagne for banquets; the truffle does very well without it), lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. Cook in a covered black cocotte. For 25 minutes it dances in the boiling liquid with 20 or so lardons - like Tritons playing around a black Amphitrite - which give substance to the cooking juices. No other spices whatsoever! And to hell with the pressed napkin, tasting and smelling of chlorine, the final bed of the cooked truffle! Your truffles should come to the table in their court-bouillon. Take a generous helping: the truffle whets the appetite and assists the digestion."

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Our life size sculpture, Miss Agnes, is still missing, anyone having any information please call us at 305-296-8666 or Email to I have posted a picture of Miss Agnes on the Blue Heaven home page

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The Food Trivia Quizzes are now moved to their own separate section after the newsletter is e-mailed. Check the Navigation Bar at the top of the page.

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Subscriber Martin sent me this poem, I contacted the author Joy Harjo, and she graciously gave permission to use it. My thanks to both.

***Perhaps the World Ends Here --from The Woman Who Fell From The Sky © Joy Harjo, 1994

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.

We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teeth at the corners.

They scrape their knees under it.

It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.

At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.

Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.

This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.

Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory.

We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.

At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.

Perhaps the world will end here at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

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March 4 - 10 - National Professional Pet Sitters Week

March 4 to 11 *Conserve Water/Detect-A-Leak Week; *Special Olympics World Winter Games, Anchorage, Alaska (

March 4 * First meeting of Congress in 1789. BIRTHDAYS: Mariam Makeba (1932); Knute Rockne (1888)

March 5 to 9 - National School Breakfast Week (

March 5 to 11 - National Procrastination Week

March 5 *Saint Piran's Day - Patron Saint of Cornish tinners. *In 1521 the Island of Guam was discovered by Magellan. BIRTHDAYS: Rex Harrison (1908); Gerhardus Mercator, Cartographer (1512)

March 6 *Remember the Alamo! (1836) BIRTHDAYS: Alan Greenspan (1926); Michelangelo (1475); Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806)

March 7 *Monopoly Invented (1933) *Suez Canal Opens (1869) BIRTHDAYS: Luther Burbank (1849)

March 8 ***U.S. Income Tax Anniversary (1913) *International Women's Day in Russia (National Holiday) *International (Working) Women's Day *United Nations International Women's Day. BIRTHDAYS: Kenneth Grahame (1859) Author of 'The Wind in the Willows'

March 9 *Full Moon at 12:23 P.M. *Richard C. Adams died in 1988 (invented the paint roller in 1940) BIRTHDAYS: Mickey Spillane (Frank Morrison)(1918); The Barbie Doll (1959); Amerigo Vespucci (1451)

March 10 *Telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell (1876) * First Paper Money issued in U.S. (1862). BIRTHDAYS: Chuck Norris (1940); Clare Boothe Luce (1903)

March 11 to 17 - Girl Scout Week (Buy some cookies!)

March 11 *Datona 200 AMA Superbike Classic Road Race. BIRTHDAYS: Rupert Murdoch (1931); Lawrence Welk (1903); Malcolm Campbell (1885) first man to travel 5 miles a minute in an automobile (300 mph).

(c) 2001 Chases Calendar of Events)

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No other recipe this week, sorry - I worked on the new website. I will resume posting recipes next week. Thanks, James
Email your recipe requests, food info or history questions to me at

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"You pay its weight in gold for it, then in most cases you put it to some paltry use. You smear it with foie gras, you bury it in poultry overloaded with fat, you chop it up and drown it in brown sauce, you mix it with vegetables covered in mayonnaise.....To hell with thin slices, strips, trimmings, and peelings of truffles! Is it not possible to like them for themselves?" Colette (Sidonie Gabrielle) French novelist. (1873-1954)

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Check out Conch Republic Concierge for all your needs before, and during your visit to Key West. We have some amazing rates for private homes, yacht live-aboards, cottages and suites this season! We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Carte Blanche, JCB, and Checks.

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QUOTE: "The pleasures of the table belong to all ages, to all conditions, to all countries and to every day; they can be associated with all the other pleasures and remain the last to console us for the loss of the rest." Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

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TRIVIA: Almost every species of livestock has been milked, including horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, camels, buffaloes, reindeer, and yaks. The only exception is the pig, although nutritionally its milk is close to that of human beings.

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Recommend this newsletter to a friend!

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QUOTE: "Cuisine is both an art and a science: it is an art when it strives to bring about the realization of the true and the beautiful, called le bon (the good) in the order of culinary ideas. As a science, it respects chemistry, physics and natural history. Its axioms are called aphorisms, its theorems recipes, and its philosophy gastronomy." Lucien Tendret (1825-1896)

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MANDALA JEWELRY - Jacques Lemaire, who makes and sells Mandala jewelry in the outdoor garden at Blue Heaven Restaurant in Key West has returned from Maine, and will be here again for the winter. Check out his unique handmade items at Blue Heaven Restaurant or on his WebSite

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TRIVIA: Miracle fruit is a tropical African plant whose small red fruit has a very unusual property. When the fruit is eaten, anything bitter or sour tastes sweet.

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LUNCH COUNTER LINGO: In the jargon of the lunch counter and diner, squeeze it means make it fast.

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TRIVIA: Ancient Romans bred moray eels in seaside ponds and supposedly fed them on live slaves. There are some 80 species and their flesh can be toxic. Henry I of England died from indigestion caused by eating moray.

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