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AUGUST 1, 2002     Vol 3 #28   ISSN 1535-5659
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"The pedigree of Honey does not concern the Bee
A Clover, any time, to him, Is Aristocracy."
Emily Dickinson, American poet (1830-1886)

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Mangos have been cultivated in India for about 5,000 years, and were originally small, fibrous fruits, somewhat like plums, with a taste like turpentine. There are now over 500 varieties grown there.


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Do you know where potato pancakes originated and when.  Also, can you help me find information on the culinary habits of the country where potato pancakes started?

Well, start with where potatoes come from, the Peruvian Andes (it was a staple food of the Incas.)
Then, what is a pancake? It is basically a flat bread (unleavened bread)
My best guess is that some form of potato pancake was being made by the Incas.
Modern versions with a long history include the 'latke', a Jewish potato pancake. Latke is Yiddish, and probably ultimately comes from the Russian (Ukraine)


"Moderately drunk, coffee removes vapours from the brain, occasioned by fumes of wine, or other strong liquors; eases pains in the head, prevents sour belchings, and provokes appetite."
England's Happiness Improved (1699)


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Almost every species of livestock has been milked, including horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, camels, buffaloes, reindeer, and yaks. The only exception is the pig, although nutritionally its milk is close to that of human beings.


La Cuisine Creole, by Lafcadio Hearn (1885)
"Candied Pumpkin
Peel a piece of pumpkin, and cut it in thin slices. Make a nice, thick syrup of brown sugar and water, and put the pumpkin into it, with a little of the juice of the lemon. boil this until the pumpkin is nicely candied. Mace, or other spices, may be used for flavoring instead of lemon, if preferred. it may be eaten hot with meats at dinner, and is equally nice, when cold, for supper or lunch."


"My kids always perceived the bathroom as a place where you wait it out until all the groceries are unloaded from the car."       Erma Bombeck(1927-1996)


In the 17th-century, farmers in New York City built a wall to keep pigs from roaming.  The street running along this wall was called Wall Street.

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1889 It rained ants at Strasbourg, Germany.
1960 Chubby Checker's 'The Twist' was released. The best exercise music ever!

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
1887 Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire. The beginning of the end of open range in the Old West.

1811 Elisha Graves Otis was born. He invented the first safe elevator, and opened the door to rooftop restaurants.

National Chocolate Chip Day
1693 Dom Perignon discovers the process for making champagne.

National Mustard Day

The Savoy Hotel opened in London.

1925 M.S. Swaminathan was born. Swaminathan is an Indian genetist and a leading figure in India's Green Revolution, which distributed high yield wheat and rice varieties to poor farmers.

1899 A.T. Marshall of Brockton, Massachusetts patented the refrigerator. It took a long time for refrigerators to become a common household appliance.

National Rice Pudding Day
1593 Isaak Walton was born. Author of 'The Compleat Angler.'

National S'Mores Day
St. Lawrence of Rome Day, patron of cooks and vineyards
1889 Dan Rylands patented the screw cap for bottles. He worked at the Hope Glass Works, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England.
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"If the God has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony."
Fernand Point (1897-1955)


In 1900 there were over 1,800 breweries in the U.S. In 1980 there were 44, and in 2001 there were close to 2,000. The ups and downs of brewing beer!


Charles I, England(November 19, 1600 - January 30, 1649)King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Ice cream is said to have come from France to England when he married Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henri IV, and sister of Louis XIII.


"Gluttony is a great fault; but we do not necessarily dislike a glutton. We only dislike the glutton when he becomes a gourmet--that is, we only dislike him when he not only wants the best for himself, but knows what is best for other people."
G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)


Bitterness in cucumbers can be caused by any stress on the plant such as high temperature, low moisture, low soil nutrients, etc. Bitterness is also associated with fruit harvested late in the season from poor yielding, unhealthy plants.


"I'm only a beer teetotaller, not a champagne teetotaller."
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright (1856-1950)


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One large egg yolk contains more than 2/3 of the daily limit of cholesterol recommended by the American Heart Association.


"Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili."
Harry James


George J. French introduced his French's Mustard in 1904, the same year that the hot dog was introduced to America at the St. Louis World's Fair.

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