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JUNE 5, 2002     Vol 3 #21   ISSN 1535-5659
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"Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of
eating, very few survive."
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic (1856-1950)


A yabby is a freshwater crayfish from Australia. In the wild
some varieties can reach 10 pounds, but the farm raised ones
found in markets are usually 2oz to 5oz. They are bluish green
their meat is very sweet, and there is a fair amount of claw
meat in addition to the tail meat.  They are being flown in
live from Western Australia, and are available in large city
markets in the U.S. There is even a special dry white wine
that was created to be served with yabbies, St. Hallett's
Poacher's Blend.


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QUESTION: What year and location was the first Kentucky Fried
Chicken Restaurant?  Linda.

It depends on exactly what you mean by first.  Harland Sanders
first served chicken in Sanders Care located in a service
station in Corbin, Kentucky. He opened it in 1929 and it had
become so well known that it was in 1935 that he received his
honorary colonel's title from the governor. In 1939 he is
supposed to have perfected the secret recipe and the pressure
cooking method of cooking the chicken.

He sold the Sanders Cafe and while on the road trying to sign
up restaurants to sell his chicken. These were not KFC's, but
independent restaurants who would sell chicken made with his
secret method and recipe.  He only signed
up a few restaurants in this manner.  Details of these deals
are very sketchy.  I believe it likely that he was really
showing and selling the pressure cooking method at this time
(and maybe the equipment ???), and not
some secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices.

In 1952 he met Pete Harman from Utah, and the two of them
agreed on a franchise concept, with Harman becoming the first
franchisee. He opened the first Kentucky Fried Chicken in Salt
Lake City (also known as Harman's Cafe).


"I have a total irreverence for anything connected with
society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer
stronger, the food cheaper, and the old men and old women
warmer in the winter and happier in the summer."
Brendan Behan, Irish author (1923-1964)


The Guinness Book of World Records notes that Peter Dowdeswell
managed to consume 40 sandwiches in 17 minutes, 53.9 seconds
at a California donut shop on October 17, 1977.  Each sandwich
was 6 X 3 inches, spread with jam and butter.


 The Inglenook Cook Book (1906)
Put 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 1/2 cups of sweet milk, a piece of
butter the size of an egg, and salt to taste, in a pan. L
et come to a boil, then stir in corn meal to make a soft mush
easily dropped with a spoon; cook a few minutes, then add
2 eggs, beat well, cook a minute or two longer. 
Have the pancake griddle hot, with a liberal supply of
butter and meat fryings melted.  Drop the mush in by the
spoonful and fry brown on both sides. Serve hot.

Sister Susie Forney Puterbaugh, Kidder, Mo.

"A good kitchen should be sufficiently remote from the
principal apartments of the house, that the members, visitors,
or guests of the family, may not perceive the odour incident
to cooking, or hear the noise of culinary operations.
Mrs. Isabella Beeton, 'Book of Household Management' (1861)


Xanthan gum is produced by fermenting corn sugar. Is commonly
used by food processors as a stabilizer, thickener, and
emulsifier in salad dressings, and dairy products.

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)

* National Applesauce Cake Day
* National Cow Day
* 1907 The first household detergent, Persil is marketed by
Henkel et Cie of Dusseldorf.
* 1930   Commercially frozen foods are sold the first time.
* 1933   The first driven-in movie theater was opened by Richard
Hollingshead in Camdon, New Jersey.  It held over 400 cars on
10 acres of ground. The screen measured 40 feet by 50 feet.
The best thing ever to happen to popcorn sales in the U.S.
* 1988   Three large, 50 pound, snapping turtles were discovered
in a Bronx, New York sewage treatment plant. They were probably
unwanted pets flushed down the toilet.

* National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
* 1867   At the Cafe Anglais Chef Adolphe Duglere served the
famous 'Dinner of the Three Emperors,' for Tsar Alexander II
of Russia, his son (later to become tsar Alexander III) and
King William I of Prussia. The table service used for that
occasion is still on display at the oldest existing restaurant
in Paris, La Tour d'Argent.

* Doughnut Day
* Medard of Noyon Day, patron for good harvests & brewers
* Doughnut Day
* 1784 Marie-Antoine Careme was born in Paris, France."the
cook of kings and the king of cooks."
* 1786 The first commercially made ice cream is manufactured
by a Mr. Hall, in New York City.
* 1824 Washing machine is patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec
* 1871 Italian operatic soprano Louisa Tetrazzini  was born.
Chicken Tetrazzini, created by a New York chef, was named in
her honor.
* 1937 World's largest flower blooms in NY Botanical Garden,
a 12 foot Calla Lilly.
* 1985 Creme Fraiche, riddin by jockey Eddie Maple, wins the
Belmont Stakes.

* National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day
* 1822   Charles Graham patents false teeth
* 1869   Charles Elmer Hires sells his first root beer, in
* 1902   Modern fast-food is born.  Frank Hardart and Joe Horn
opened the first Automat at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.
* 1924   ‘Jelly Roll Blues’ is recorded by Jelly Roll Morton.
* 1934   Donald Duck's first appearance.

* National Black Cow Day
* 1985 Coca Cola announces it is bringing back the old formula
Coke, to replace the short-lived New Coke
* 1990   Burger King began using Newman's Own Salad Dressings

 JUNE 11
* National German Chocolate Day
* St. Barnabas feast day, patron saint of farmers.
* 1793   First American patent for a stove is issued to Robert
* 1939   King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain
traveled to America to visit President and Mrs. Franklin D.
Roosevelt.  They had their first taste of ‘hot dogs’ during
the event. I can find no record of what their reaction was.
* 1947   Sugar rationing ends in the U.S.

* National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

"A Georgia peach, a real Georgia peach, a backyard great-
grandmother's orchard peach, is as thickly furred as a
sweater, and so fluent and sweet that once you bite through
the flannel, it brings tears to your eyes."
Melissa Fay Greene, 'Praying for Sheetrock'


Nabisco produced 16 billion Oreo cookies in 1995 at its factory
in Chicago, Illinois, the largest of its kind in the world.



Luther Burbank, (1849-1926)
American horticulturist, he developed many new varieties of
fruits and vegetables, including the Burbank Potato (1873),
the Shasta Daisy, over 100 varieties of plums and prunes and
10 varieties of berries.


Buckeye Twice-baked Potato* 
4 servings 
Preparation Time: 25 Minutes 
Cooking Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes 

4 large Russet potatoes (10 to 11 ounces each)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon (3 to 4 slices)
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup (about 2 1/2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Pierce tops of potatoes with fork
several times. Do not wrap in aluminum foil.) Bake potatoes on
oven rack 70 to 85 minutes or until tender when pierced.
Remove from oven; cool 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in large
bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Cut a thin slice off
top of each potato. Using a teaspoon, scoop out center of each,
leaving a thin shell. Add potato centers to cheese mixture.
Using fork, break up potatoes and mix until well blended. Spoon
mixture into potato shells. Transfer to baking sheet. Position
potatoes under broiler so that tops are 5 inches from heat
source. Broil 4 to 6 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
Turn off heat; close oven door and leave potatoes in oven for
an additional 7 to 10 minutes or heated through.

*Recipe created by Chef Robert Price of Buckeye Roadhouse
in Mill Valley, CA.
This recipe is curtesy of - U.S. Potato Board

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"Food history is as important as a baroque church. Governments
should recognize cultural heritage and protect traditional
foods. A cheese is as worthy of preserving as a 16th century
Carlo Petrini


The first Dunkin Donuts and the first Howard Johnson's were
both in Quincy, Massachusetts.


"On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than
a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling
depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally's
Thomas Jefferson


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Dende is an orange palm oil that is semisolid at room
temperature because it is so high in saturated fat. It is
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Ava Gardner


The United States produces over 35 million pounds of dates
each year, mostly in California.

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