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Food History, Trivia, Quotes, Humor, Poetry, Recipes
March 6, 2002     Vol 3 #10   ISSN 1535-5659
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"Eating and sleeping are a waste of time."
Gerald Rudolph Ford (1913-?)


Albumen, or egg white, makes up about 60% of an eggs weight.
As an egg ages, the protein in the egg white changes and
becomes thinner and more transparent. Fresh eggs sit tall and
firm in the pan, and older eggs will spread out more.


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WARNING: Do not read this if you are eating Cinnamon Raisin
Bread with Peanut Butter or Tahini stuffed Mushrooms.

According to FDA regulations, the following is allowed:

30 insect fragments in each 3.5 ounces of Peanut Butter
35 fruit fly eggs per 8 ounces of Raisins
11 rodent hairs per 1.8 ounces of Ground Cinnamon
5 fruit fly maggots per 3.5 ounces of Canned Mushrooms
5 milligrams of rodent droppings per pound of Sesame Seeds

For more appetizing facts like this visit the FDA at:



QUESTION: Could you tell me the french name for frog legs? Lois.

ANSWER: 'cuisses de grenouilles' is the French term for
frog's legs.  Here is an amusing story on the subject.
In the early 20th century frogs legs were considered a
disgusting food by the British. Escoffier, while chef at the
Carlton Hotel in London, had them accepted by no other than
the Price of Wales by listing them on the menu as 'cuisses de
nymphes aurore', or legs of the dawn nymphs.


"The history of government regulation of food safety is one of
government watchdogs chasing the horse after it's out of
the barn."
David A. Kessler, M.D. (FDA Commissioner)


Butter has been colored yellow for a long time. During the
Middle Ages it was colored with marigold flowers.



The American Frugal Housewife,
Dedicated to Those Who Are Not Ashamed of Economy
By Mrs. Child
Author of "Hobomok," "The Mother's Book," Editor of the
"Juvenile Miscellany," &c.    12th edition (1833)

This is at once food and medicine. Some people have very great
faith in its efficacy in cases of chronic dysentery. It is made
thus: Boil a pint of new milk; beat four new-laid eggs to a
light froth, and pour in while the milk boils; stir them
together thoroughly, but do not let them boil; sweeten it with
the best of loaf sugar, and grate in a whole nutmeg; add a
little salt, if you like it. Drink half of it while it is warm,
and the other half in two hours.


"I am not a glutton -- I am an explorer of food."
Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)


Emmer wheat is an old form of wheat that was first cultivated
in Babylonia, and is still grown as a cereal grain in Europe. 
Also called two grained spelt or starch wheat.


Don’t for get to check David Jenkins,
he features some of my articles and recipes in addition to some
GREAT content from chefs around the world.


* 1841 Englishman Orlando Jones patented cornstarch.   
* 1903 Niagara Falls ran dry because of a drought.
* 1933 Prohibition ended, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt
signed a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and
wine containing up to 3.2% alcohol.           
* 1954 the first shopping mall opened, in Southfield, Missouri.

* 1880 The flour rolling mill was patented by John Stevens of
Wisconsin. It increased flour production by 70%.
* 1963 the Beach Boys released 'Surfin U.S.A.'

* 1989 The Exxon Valdez tanker created the most infamous oil
spill in history in King William Sound off the Alaskan coast.
Over 11 million gallons of oil were spilled.
* 1958 Elvis Presley joined the U.S. Army (s/n 53310761). 
James B. Patterson, a barber at Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas, cut his
Hair, charging him 65 cents.

* 1584 Sir Walter Raleigh's party of colonists sailed from
England to North America.
* 1957 The European Common Market came into existence.
* The play Lettice & Lovage opened at the Barrymore Theater
in NYC for 284 performances.

* 1821 Ernst Engel, German statistician famous for the Engel's
law, which states that a family's income is inversely related
to the proportion of it spent on food, was born on this day.
* 1880 Restaurant guide author Duncan Hines was born.
* 1937 The people of Dilley, Texas, during their second Spinach
Festival erected a statue of Popeye, the cartoon character.

* 1884 the first long-distance telephone call was made,
from Boston to New York.
* 1931 English novelist Arnold Bennett died after drinking
water from a sewage treatment plant to prove that it was safe.

* King George I of Great Britain was born. He was so unpopular
that the nursery rhyme "Georgie Porgie" developed about him.
* 1930 Constantinople became Istanbul.
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daily, weekly and monthly calendar events, most of them are
about food in one way or another.


"Never forget that the pheasant must be awaited like the
pension of a man of letters who has never indulged in epistles
to the ministers nor written madrigals for their mistresses."
Des Essarts, French actor in Comedie-Francaise (1740-1793)
Larousse Gastronomique (1961, English)


Garlic Mustard (Sisymbrium alliaria) also known as
Jack-by-the-Hedge, and 'sauce alone' is a Eurasian weed which
combines the taste of garlic and mustard. The young leaves are
good in salads and have an strong garlic flavor and odor.


M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992)
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was an American food critic and
writer, author of various articles, essays and books about
food, and translated Brillat-Savarin's 'The Physiology of
Taste' in 1949.


Here is a recipe for Chocolate Lovers from Chef Licia Penner of
Los Angeles, CA

Active time: 30 min.  Start to finish: 5 hr
For batter
12 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
4 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar

For sauce
10-oz package frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
1/4 cup sugar

Accompaniment: unsweetened whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9- by 2-inch round cake pan and
line bottom with a round of wax paper. Butter paper and dust
pan with flour, knocking out excess.

Melt chocolate and butter in a metal bowl set over a saucepan
of simmering water, whisking until smooth.

Cool slightly.

Beat together eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until
pale yellow, thick, and a ribbon forms when beaters are lifted,
about 8 minutes DO NOT CUT THIS TIME, it’s the secret of the

Fold one fourth of egg mixture into chocolate mixture
to lighten, then gently fold in remaining egg mixture.

Pour batter into cake pan and rap pan sharply on counter to
eliminate air bubbles. Put cake pan in a hot water bath and
place in middle of oven. Bake 45 minutes (top will be set, but
a tester will not come out clean).

Remove cake from water bath and cool completely in pan on a
rack. Run a thin knife around edge of cake and chill, covered,
at least 4 hours and up to 12.

Purée raspberries with sugar in a food processor or blender,
then force through a fine sieve into a bowl.
Chill until ready to serve.

Remove cake from pan:
Put cake pan directly on a burner at very low heat. Move pan
around on burner to warm bottom, about 30 seconds, then shake
pan to loosen cake. Invert cake onto a rack. Remove wax paper
and invert cake onto a serving plate.

Bring cake to room temperature.
Serve with sauce and whipped cream.

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"You have to drive a truck over a California orange to get any
juice at all."  Florida saying

"Florida oranges are so juicy that you have to eat them in
the bathtub" California saying


Bonne femme is French for 'good wife' or 'good woman' and
refers to dishes that are prepared in a simple, family style,
frequently served in the casserole dish, plate or pan that they
were cooked in. Sole bonne femme is poached sole served with
white wine and butter sauce, frequently garnished with
mushrooms and/or onions.


"The secret of success is honesty and fair dealing.
If you can fake those, you've got it made."
Groucho Marx (1890-1977)


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"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon
or not at all."
Harriet Van Horne (Vogue 10/1956)


George J. French introduced his French's mustard in 1904, the
same year that the hot dog was introduced to America at the
St. Louis World's Fair.


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