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JULY 25, 2002     Vol 3 #27   ISSN 1535-5659
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"Good cooking does not depend on whether the dish is large or small, expensive or economical. If one has the art, then a piece of celery or salted cabbage can be made into a marvelous delicacy; whereas if one has not the art, not all the greatest delicacies and rarities of land, sea or sky are of any avail." Yuan Mei (1936)

Replace that toothpick with QuickFloss, a disposable flossing device and toothpick combined. I was given some samples, and I like them. Some restaurants are giving them instead of wooden toothpicks. For more information check their website


Georgia is the largest producer of peanuts, pecans and peaches in the U.S.

The Wild Vegetarian Cookbook by 'Wildman' Steve Brill
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QUESTION: I am wondering if feta cheese is gluten free. I have many patients who must follow a gluten free diet. Can you explain what the "enzymes" are from in typical feta cheese? I don't see any other ingredients that would be a problem.
Thanks, Melinda

ANSWER: Generally speaking, cheese is made using enzymes of animal origin.  Although there are some cheeses made using vegetable rennets - Feta cheese uses animal derived rennet - but there may be some exceptions that I am not aware of.
I do not know of any cheeses using or containing gluten proteins.
I would advise contacting the manufacturer to be sure.


"It is not really an exaggeration to say that peace and happiness begin, geographically, where garlic is used in cooking." X. Marcel Boulestin (1878-1943)

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Ham and eggs are considered a typically American breakfast. Well, some sources reveal that this was also a favorite of Egyptians in 1500 B.C.


The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy (1806)
A Boiled Suet Pudding
Take a quart of milk, four spoonfuls of flour, a pound of suet shred small, four eggs, one spoonful of beaten ginger, a teaspoonful of salt; mix the eggs and flour with a pint of the milk very thick, and with the seasoning mix in the rest of the milk and suet. Let your batter be pretty thick, and boil it two hours.


"A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish."
W. H. Auden (Wystan Hugh Auden) (1907-1973)


In the July 5, 1905 'Chicago Daily News' the first advertisement for jelly beans was published.

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(Check the website daily for additional calendar entries)
* National Coffee Milkshake Day
* 1989 Leslie Merry was hit with a turnip thrown from a passing vehicle in London. He was knocked down and suffered a broken rib and a ruptured spleen. He died of respiratory failure, due to the accident.

* National Scotch Day
* 1931 A swarm of grasshoppers destroyed thousands of acres of crops in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.  The corn fields were eaten down to the ground, without a stalk left standing.

* National Milk Chocolate Day
* 1907 Earl S. Tupper was Born. The inventor of Tupperware.

* National Lasagna Day
* St. Martha's Day, patron saint of housewives, cooks, innkeepers, waitresses.
* 1796 Walter Hunt Born.  Invented the safety pin in 1849.

* National Cheesecake Day
* St. Abdon's Day, patron of barrel makers.
* 1898 Corn Flakes invented by William Kellogg.

* National Raspberry Cake Day
* 1921 It reportedly rained frogs in Sterling, Connecticut.
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"Nature alone is antique and the oldest art a mushroom." Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scots writer


The first football player on a Wheaties box was Walter Payton of Columbia, Mississippi.


William Wrigley, Jr (1861-1932)
William Wrigley Jr. started out as a traveling salesman at the age of 13, selling soap for his father's company. Later selling soap for another company, then selling baking powder with chewing gum as a premium. Customers liked the gum better than the baking powder, so he again switched products and began selling the chewing gum.  By the 1893 he was marketing his own brand of chewing gum, Lotta and Vassar, and then Juicy Fruit in 1893, and later that year Wrigley's Spearmint. His company, driven by his advertising genius, became one of the largest advertisers in the U.S., and the largest chewing gum manufacturer in the world.     



QUESTION:  Hello. I wonder if you know if it is possible to make a keylime pie filling without egg yolks for those people who don't like eggs.  Sincerely, Byron

ANSWER: Here you are Byron
Key West Power Squadron - no egg Key Lime Pie
1 can condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice (approx.)
8 oz cream cheese
12 oz cool whip
2 prepared pie shells (pre-baked or graham cracker)
Blend milk and cream cheese until smooth. Add lime juice and mix thoroughly. Add thawed cool whip. Pour into two pie shells. Garnish with grated lime rind. Refrigerate 6 hours

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"I went to this restaurant last night that was set up like a big buffet in the shape of an Ouija board. You'd think about what kind of food you want, and the table would move across the floor to it." Steven Wright


Only about 5% of the world's oat crop is consumed as food by humans, the majority of the crop is fed to animals.


"Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else." Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Quoted in James Boswell's 'The Life of Samuel Johnson'


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According to the National Pasta Association, Americans consume about 20 pounds of pasta per person each year. Italians eat more than 3 times that amount.


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"I understand the big food companies are developing a tearless onion. I think they can do it -- after all, they've already given us tasteless bread." Robert Orben


Pears have been cultivated for about 4,000 years, and are now grown in almost all temperate regions of the world. There are more than 5,000 varieties.

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