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JULY 19, 2002     Vol 3 #26   ISSN 1535-5659
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When asked about his carving skills, replied: "I just yell at the bird and hope the meat will fall off."
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Cinchona was named after the wife of an obscure viceroy of 17th century Peru, the Countess of Chinchon. It was at one time believed, erroneously,  that the countess discovered its properties. In the 17th century Swedish botanist Carolus Lannaeus named the plant after her but misspelled her name.


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QUESTION: I have a recipe that calls for 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar. I do not have any at the moment and I read on your site that cream of tartar combined with baking soda, becomes Baking Powder. My recipe calls for  2 tsp cream of tartar and 1 tsp Baking Soda. My question, Would I be able to substitute Baking Powder instead of the Cream of tartar and Baking Soda combination AND if so, what would be the correct measurement of Baking Powder?  Sincerely, Maria

ANSWER: What you have there is the proportions for emergency baking powder -  2 tsp cream of tartar and 1 tsp baking soda.
1 Tablespoon baking powder could substitute.
But - it depends on the recipe - cream of tartar stabilizes meringue, and gives a creamy texture to some icings.


"Champagne's funny stuff. I'm used to whiskey. Whiskey is a slap on the back, and champagne's a heavy mist before my eyes." Jimmy Stewart, The Philadelphia Story


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Citrus pith is the major source for commercial pectin manufacture. Pectin is what thickens fruit jellies etc. Pectin has also been used in medicine in the treatment of intestinal disorders, as an antihemorrhagic, as a plasma extender, and for other purposes.


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Sauce Bearnaise Delmonico
   Chop one small onion or one-fourth garlic. Place it in a small sauce pan on hot stove, two tablespoonfuls of tarragon vinegar, four whole crushed peppers. Reduce until nearly dry, and put away to cool. Mix with it six egg yolks, stirring briskly, add gradually one and one-half ounce good butter, salt and a little cayenne.
   Put the sauce pan into a large one that has boiling water in it, thoroughly heat it, and stir hard. When the sauce is firm, add one tablespoon strong soup stock. Strain all and serve hot with meat.


"A man that lives on pork, fine-flour bread, rich pies and cakes, and condiments, drinks tea and coffee, and uses tobacco, might as well try to fly as to be chaste in thought."
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, 'Plain Facts for Old and Young'


Cocoa powder has a natural acidity, when it is treated with an alkali (lye) to neutralize this acidity it is called Dutch process cocoa. (The process was developed in 1828 by C.J. Van Houten in the Netherlands)

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* National Daiquiri Day

* National Crème Brulee Day
* National Lollipop Day
* 1801 Elisha Brown Jr. pressed a 1235 pound cheese ball on his farm. He presented it to president Thomas Jefferson at the White House.
* 1851 The first cheese factory in the U.S. to make cheese from scratch was started in Rome, New York in 1851 by Jesse Williams. He had his own dairy herd and purchased more milk from other local farmers to make his cheese. By combining the milk and making large cheeses he could produce cheese with uniform taste and texture. Before then, companies would buy small batches of home made cheese curd from local farmers to make into cheese, each batch of curds producing cheese with wide differences in taste and texture from one another.

* National Junk Food Day
* Peaches & Cream Day
* 1873 It rains ants in Nancy, France.
* 1988 An Indian Airlines Boeing 737 was charged by a bull while landing at Baroda Airport in western India. The bull lost.

* 1376 Rat Catcher's Day. The Pied Piper got rid of all the rats in the German town of Hamelin. When the townspeople refused to pay, the Pied Piper led all the towns children away.
* 1461 Charles VII of France was born. He owed his crown in part to Joan of Arc. His mistress, Agnes Sorel, was a celebrated cook who created several dishes, and had several culinary creations named in her honor.. (Agnes Sorel soup garnish, Agnes Sorel Timbales, etc).
* 1822 Gregor (Johann) Mendel was Born. Mendel was an Austrian botanist whose work was the foundation of the science of genetics. Working mainly with garden peas (some 28,000 plants over 7 years), he discovered what was to become know as the laws of heredity.
* 1967 Vanilla Fudge made its concert debut in New York.

* National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
* 1894 Arthur Treacher, actor, announcer was born.  He later founded Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips restaurant franchise.
* 1904 Ice Cream cone invented. (There are other conflicting accounts). Charles E. Minches invents the ice cream cone for his customers convenience at the St. Louis World's Fair (The Louisiana Purchase Exhibition). This is only one account, there are several other candidates.
* 1915 Vincent Sardi Jr. Born.  Owner, Sardi's Restaurant, New York, N.Y.

* 1802 Alexandre Dumas BORN.  French author (The Three Musketeers, etc.) was also well known as a gourmet, and author of 'Grande Dictionnaire de la cuisine,' which he finished a few weeks before his death in 1870, and was published in 1872.
* 1910 First publication of Paul Bunyan stories, by James MacGillivray in the Detroit News-Tribune.  Until then, Paul Bunyan was a hero of oral folklore.
* 1936 The Army Subsistence Research Laboratory opened. It was devoted solely to developing foods for the Army. One of its first products was the 'Logan Bar,' developed by Paul P. Logan, used in the Army's emergency 'D Ration.'
* 1938 Nestle introduced Nescafe instant coffee in Switzerland.
* 1959 Then vice president Richard M. Nixon argued with Soviet Leader Nikita Khruschev while Khruschev was touring the United States. They were touring a kitchen at the time, and the discussion became known as the Kitchen Debate.
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"Do you have a kinder, more adaptable friend in the food world than soup? Who soothes you when you are ill? Who refuses to leave you when you are impoverished and stretches its resources to give a hearty sustenance and cheer? Who warms you in the winter and cools you in the summer? Yet who also is capable of doing honor to your richest table and impressing your most demanding guests? Soup does its loyal best, no matter what undignified conditions are imposed upon it. You don't catch steak hanging around when you're poor and sick, do you?"
Judith Martin (Miss Manners)


One cup of unsweetened shredded coconut has about 25 grams fat and 280 calories.


Charles Elmer Hires (August 19, 1851 - July 31, 1937)

Charles Elmer Hires, a Philadelphia pharmacist,  introduced root beer to the world in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. This naturally effervescent beverage was billed as the 'National Temperance Drink.' The original formula included sarsaparilla, sassafras, ginger, pipsissewa, wintergreen, juniper and other flavor ingredients.


"No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers."  Laurie Colwin 'Home Cooking'


Until the middle of the 19th century when cottonseed oil production began, so much cotton seed was left over from cotton production, that it was considered a health problem.


"If you boil an egg while singing all five verses and chorus of the hymn, 'Onward Christian Soldiers.' it will be cooked perfectly when you come to Amen."
Letter to the Editor, London's 'Daily Telegraph'


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Cracker Jack caramel coated popcorn and peanuts is perfected and given it's name in 1896 by F.W. Rueckheim and Brother. They had been selling its forerunner (popcorn, peanuts and molasses) since 1893.


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"Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks."
Lin Yutang, "The Importance of Living" (1937)


About 50,000 tons of crawfish are produced in the U.S. each year, with more than 50% are cultured in ponds.

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