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APRIL 18, 2002     Vol 3 #14   ISSN 1535-5659
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"Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers."
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Romeo and Juliet


Some names of candy bars that were introduced in the 1920s:
Milk Nut Loaf, Fat Emmas, Big Dearos, Vegetable Sandwich,
Kandy Kake (actually the original name of the Baby Ruth),
Oh Henry!, Mr. Goodbar, Milky Way, Butterfingers, Snickers, and
the Chicken Dinner (this chocolate peanut roll actually survived
until the 1960s!)


Only the best of the best will be recommended here. These are
NOT paid ads, they are my personal recommendations gleaned from
countless websites I have visited during the course of my
research efforts on food related subjects.

The Electric Eclectic
A large collection of links for writers and lovers of words and
language. I have been checking these links for months and have
not yet visited even half of them! This site is addicting.


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QUESTION: Yesterday at work someone asked me where our kitchen
term "86" came from. My guess was that it was an old nautical
term related to burial at sea.  The bosun had to call out "86"
when they reached water that was 86 fathoms deep before they
could send the deceased to Davey Jones' locker.
What do you think???  KenCo

No one knows for sure, but here are a few of the stories.
The most often repeated are # 1 and #2.
1) Chumley's, a bar in Greenwich Village, which during
speakeasy days through unruly customers out the back door,
which is number 86 Bedford Street - they were '86'd'

2) Same bar, Chumley's same time period - the front door
address was 86 Worth Street and there was a chalk board inside
the front door with the address painted across the top - the
chalkboard was were items that had been sold out were posted -
it soon became known as the '86' board.

3)  Same time period, maybe the same bar, when a new customer
(not a regular) came into the speakeasy, the bartender would
'86' them - serve them 86 proof booze instead of the 100 or
higher proof stuff reserved for the regulars.

4) Similar to #3: drunks were given 86 proof booze instead of
higher proof stuff they had been drinking.

5) Same city, different restaurant - Delmonico's at the turn
of the century had a menu with more than 100 items. They always
seemed to be out of #86, and it became an expression used by
the service staff  meaning to be out of something - 86'd.

6) Same city (New York) The old Manhattan subway route ended
at 86th Street. That's it, all out, can't go further, everybody
out. You were 86'd.

7) A grave is 8 feet long, 6 feet deep. 86'd

8) French soldiers in WW I were issued 85 bullets -
86 and that's it!


"If people let government decide what foods they eat and what
medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a
state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny."
Thomas Jefferson


During Prohibition years when alcohol sales were banned by the
18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1920-1933) wine growers
would put large labels on their grape juice that stated:
"Warning: Will Ferment and turn into wine," and then proceeded to
give detailed instructions of what NOT to do so the grape juice
would not accidentally turn into wine!



Watergate Salad (From Kraft Foods )
Watergate Salad
Prep Time:  15 min
Total Time:  1 hr 15 min
Serves:  8
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant
Pudding & Pie Filling
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1 cup JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1-3/4 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Stir pudding mix, undrained pineapple, marshmallows and pecans
in large bowl until well blended. Gently stir in whipped
topping; cover.
Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve.


"A diet that consists predominantly of rice leads to the use
of opium, just as a diet that consists predominantly of
potatoes leads to the use of liquor."
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)


Pepsi spent a lot of money on an advertising campaign in China
with the slogan 'Pepsi gives you life' - the only problem was
they got the translation a little wrong - the translation came
out 'Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave.'


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.


(Check the website daily for additional calendar entries)

ICELAND: First Day of Summer. A national public holiday.
APRIL 19-21
World Cow Chip Throwing Championship Contest. Beaver, Oklahoma
World Grits Festival, St. George, South Carolina

EARTH DAY (First observed in 1970)

1564 William Shakespeare born
1616 William Shakespeare died
Saint George Feast Day, patron saint of England

"A well made sauce will make even an elephant or a grandfather
Grimod de la Reynière (1758-1838)


The potato, related to tobacco and tomatoes, native to South
America, came to the United States as a food crop from Ireland
in 1719.


Ray Kroc (1902-1984) Ray Kroc was a distributor for a line
of blenders which could mix 5 milk shakes at the same time. One
of his customers was a restaurant in San Bernardino, California
owned by Maurice and Richard McDonald. Kroc set up a chain of
drive-in restaurants based on the McDonald brothers model of
assembly line preparation for high volume food sales. He opened
his first restaurant on April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois.
By 1961 he had 228 restaurants and he bought out the McDonald
brothers. When he died in 1984 there were over 7,500 McDonald's


What do you feel makes the perfect Caesar's Salad? Jon Ma

Depends on what you mean by 'perfect Caesar salad' -
the original used coddled eggs and had no anchovies.
If you mean my personal perfect Caesar salad, I believe
freshness does make a difference.
The egg should be coddled for just under 1 minute - it does
give a more pleasant smooth texture to the dressing.
I like the taste of the added anchovies, I use 1 or two small
fillets mashed well with a fork.
Freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano, freshly grated black pepper.
And I prefer the taste of fresh squeezed Key lime juice instead
of lemon juice.  I mince a clove of garlic, and then crush
that with the side of the knife. I make the croutons an hour
ahead.  Fresh bread, cubed, tossed with garlic oil and a pinch
of basil, and baked at 350 degrees.
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"I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted
most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them."
Nora Ephron 'Heartburn'


Olive trees may live to be 1500 years old, the average life
span is about 500 years.


"An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a
vegetable invented to make them laugh."
Will Rogers (1879-1935)


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Cashews are native to the Amazon region, and were introduced to
India by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Today, India and
East Africa are the world's largest producers.


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"The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey
....and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it."
Winnie the Pooh in A.A. Milne's 'The House at Pooh Corner.'


Kefir is a fermented camel's milk beverage with a 2-3% alcohol
content, popular in the Caucasus (a region between the Black
Sea and the Caspian Sea). Kefir was originally made from
camel's milk, but is now frequently made  from cow's milk.

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