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JUNE 12, 2002     Vol 3 #22   ISSN 1535-5659
James T. Ehler, Editor,
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"Acorns were good till bread was found."
Francis Bacon, English philosopher, statesman (1561-1626)


Marcel Boulestin became the first television cook when he
presented the first of the Cook’s Night Out programmes on BBC
on January 21, 1937.


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gleaned from countless websites I have visited during the course
of my research efforts on food related subjects. Some are fun,
some are educational, some are very strange.

Anything and everything you always wanted to know about Jell-O.
Historic Jell-O recipes, History of Jell-O, etc.
A website of the LeRoy, New York Historical Society.


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QUESTION: We have a customer who has inquired about the vitamin
content of black olives.  He needs vitamin K in his diet and
wondered if he is getting it from the black olives?
We like your website and look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks, H. Arnell Holliman, Cash & Carry Foods, Inc.

ANSWER: Black olives do not contain any vitamin K - their
monounsaturated fat content can help in the extraction and
retention of vitamin k in the body though. 
Vitamin K deficiency is extremely rare because our primary
source of vitamin K is from our own digestive system. The
bacteria that inhabit our small intestine synthesize vitamin K. 
Infants,  those on antibiotics and those with various
intestinal diseases are generally the only people who show
vitamin K deficiencies. 
Foods that do supply vitamin K are dark green, leafy vegetables
like Collards, kale and spinach; also cabbage, Brussels
sprouts, broccoli, liver, milk and eggs.


"But doth not the appetite alter? A man loves the meat in his
youth that he cannot endure in his age."
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 'Much Ado About Nothing'


Achiote is Spanish for annatto seed. Virtually tasteless,
they are used as food coloring (similar to turmeric).



'The Way To A Man's Heart'
'The Settlement Cook Book'
The Milwaukee Settlement House, 1903

1 quart shrimps (boiled)
1/2 can mushrooms
1/2 can French peas
1/4 can tomatoes
1 onion
3 cloves
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons catsup
Salt and cayenne pepper

Stew all the above ingredients together, one hour in a
casserole, adding the boiled shrimp cut into dice.
Serve very hot.


"The preparation of good food is merely another expression of
art, one of the joys of civilized living."
Dione Lucas


The Arawak Indians of the Caribbean used allspice to cure and
preserve meats, and called it 'boucan'. Europeans who learned
to cure meat with allspice were called 'boucaniers', hence
the term 'buccaneers'.


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 Lobster Day
* National Juggling Day
* St. Anthony of Padua, patron of starving people, domestic
animals, swineherds, harvests.
* 1789 Mrs. Alexander Hamilton served a new dessert treat
for General George Washington. The highlight of the dinner
party was ice cream!

* National Strawberry Shortcake Day
* Flag Day
* 1988 In New Jersey, students in a school were kept in an
extra 45 minutes by a six-foot black bear that had wandered
into the playground. They kept it at bay by tossing out
peanut butter sandwiches until the game warden arrived to
take him away.

* 1999 Nicholas Vitalich is arrested for assaulting his
girlfriend with a large tuna, outside a San Diego
supermarket. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

* Stewart's Root Beer Day
* National Fudge Day
* 1893 RW Rueckheim invents Cracker Jack

* National Apple Streudel Day
* 1978 'Cheeseburger In Paradise' by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32

* International Picnic Day

* National Martini Day
* 1987 Ben & Jerry Ice Cream & Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia
announce new Ice Cream flavor, Cherry Garcia
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"The dinosaur's eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is
good, an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better."
Eric Johnston


The apple is the official state fruit of New York,
West Virginia, Washington and Rhode Island. 
It is the official state flower of Michigan and Missouri.




Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was a French lawyer, magistrate,
and politician, who wrote on of the most celebrated works on
food, 'Physiologie du gout' (The Physiology of Taste), which
was published only months before his death. It consists of 8
volumes and its full title is 'The Physiology of Taste, or
Meditation on Transcendent Gastronomy, a Work Theoretical,
Historical, and Programmed.'  There are few recipes but many
anecedotes and observations covering all aspects of the
pleasures of the table. He was quite possibly the greatest
food critic ever.


This salsa is a little different from the common salsa verde,
even my wife likes this version.  I throw in a few more
serranos for my taste, however.  Dr. E.L. Rhamstine.


Makes about 1 pint.

3 C. quartered tomatillos
3 C. quartered sweet onions
1- 3  jalapeno peppers, seeds and ribs removed
1- 3  Serrano peppers (increase for hotter salsa), seeds
and ribs removed
------ Add more peppers to achieve the heat level desired.
3 small cubanelle peppers, seeds and ribs removed
3 - 6 cloves garlic
2 t. sea salt
juice of two limes
1 large bunch chives [about 1 C. coarse chopped]
1 large bunch cilantro [about 1 C. coarse chopped]
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
1/3 C. olive oil
Optional - 1 T. sugar

Place first 10 items in a food processor and pulse to get the
consistency you like.  Add vinegar and olive oil.  If too dry
add more vinegar and oil. 
If too thin add Ultra Gel, 1 T. at a time.

Refrigerate for at least one hour before using.

Made with the minimum amount of hot pepper this is very mild
and has a wonderfully fresh taste that compliments almost
any meat dish.. 

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"A loaf of bread, the Walrus said,
Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed--
Now if you're ready, Oysters, dear,
We can begin to feed!"
Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832-1898)
'Alice Through the Looking-Glass'


Supposedly, one of the first shipments of bananas to reach
the colonies was in 1690 at Salem, Mass. They tried boiling
them with pork. It took nearly 200 years after that culinary
disaster for bananas to catch on with North Americans.


"Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before
breakfast, eat your breakfast first."
Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) (1818-1885)


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Annual 2001 beer production of Anheuser-Busch: 93,000,000


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"Boiled cabbage l'Anglaise is something compared with which
steamed coarse newsprint bought from bankrupt Finnish salvage
dealers and heated over smoky oil stoves is an exquisite
William Connor, Daily Mirror, England (1950)


Boniato or Cuban sweet potato is a variety of sweet potato with
white flesh rather than the yellow or orange flesh of other
varieties.  They tend to be irregular in shape, and skin color
can vary from reddish to cream colored. They are drier and not
as sweet as other varieties of sweet potato.

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