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AUGUST 15, 2002     Vol 3 #29   ISSN 1535-5659
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"What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow."
A.A. Milne


According to 'Larousse Gastronomique', here in American we serve boiled or grilled corn on the cob with "redcurrant jelly or maple syrup".


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QUESTION:  I am cooking with fenugreek and it has a very bitter and distinctive flavor.  I am trying to mute the flavor and smell.  Do you have any suggestions on how I could do that?
Many thanks, Samuel
ANSWER:  Fenugreek is one of those seasonings that must be used sparingly.  The only way to mute the flavor and smell is to use less. Adding a small amount of sugar will help a little to mellow the bitterness. Also, never purchase cheap fenugreek. The seeds must be dry roasted before being ground.  This mellows the flavor a bit, and some processors may skip
this roasting step.


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Some cranberry beds are over 100 years old and still producing.


 The Inglenook Cook Book (1906)
Take 1 can of cove oysters, 3 hard-boiled eggs, 3 or 4 stalks of celery, same quantity of broken crackers as oysters, butter size of an egg. Chop the whites of the eggs, oysters, and celery separately, season and toss together lightly with a fork. Mash yolks very fine with the butter, add 2/3 pint of vinegar, 1/2 teaspoonful of prepared mustard. Let come to a boil, stirring constantly, and pour over the mixture.

Sister Sara Reese Eby, West Elkton, Ohio.


"Do no make a stingy sandwich; Pile the cold cuts high. Customers should see salami coming through the rye."
Alan Sherman, 'Sandwiches'


Cucumbers are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables, having been cultivated since about 8,000 B.C.


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1888John Styth Pemberton died. Pemberton was the pharmacist who invented Coca-Cola in 1885.

St. Mammas Day, patron of shepherds.

1850 French author Honore de Balzac Died. Balzac would lock himself away during creative bursts, drinking coffee and eating only fruit and eggs. When he finally took a break, he was known to consume huge quantities of food. One report recalls that at the Véry restaurant he consumed at one sitting 'a hundred Ostend oysters, twelve cutlets of salt-meadow mutton, a duck with turnips, two partridges and a Normandy sole,' not to mention the desserts, fruit and liqueurs he finished up with.

1856 Gail Borden was granted a patent for his process for making condensed milk.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Day, patron of beekeepers

1988 Pubs are now allowed to stay open 12 hours each day (except Sunday) in the U.K.

1647 Denis Papin is born. The French physicist who invented the pressure cooker (Papin's Digester) in 1679.
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"There are two types of onions, the big white Spanish and the little red Italian. The Spanish has more food value and is therefore chosen to make soup for huntsmen and drunkards, two classes of people who require fast recuperation."
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)


Red and white currants are used to make the prized French Bar-le-Duc jelly, from the town of the same name in Lorraine. Red currants are also the key ingredient of Cumberland sauce.


Kitchiner, Dr. William(1775-1827)An optician, telescope maker, gourmet and exceptional cook. He wrote 'Cook's Oracle,' which was a bestseller in both England and America.  He was also the creator of Wow-Wow sauce.


hi James, i need a recipe for carrot and raisin salad for my class. do you have one.  sue
                          Carrot & Raisin Salad
Serving Size  : 12

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  12             Whole  Carrots -- grated coarsely
  1 1/2          Cups  Raisins
  1 1/2          Cups  Pecans; Or Walnuts -- chopped
        2  Tablespoons Lemon Zest -- grated
  1/2      Tablespoon  Salt
                        Pepper -- to taste
  1 1/2          Cups  Mayonnaise
  1 1/2          Cups  Sour Cream

[1) Mix first group of ingredients together.     

[2) Combine Mayonnaise and Sour Cream, and toss with above.
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"Wine is sure proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


Young, tender, spring dandelion leaves make an excellent addition to salads; they can also be cooked like spinach. Older leaves tend to be bitter. The flowers can be used to make dandelion wine.


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


"And please don't cook me, kind sirs! I am a good cook myself, and cook better than I cook, if you see what I mean. I'll cook beautifully for you, a perfectly beautiful breakfast for you, if only you won't have me for supper."
Bilbo Baggins to the Trolls in 'The Hobbit', J.R.R. Tolkien


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Albumen, or egg white, makes up about 60% of an eggs weight. As an egg ages, the protein in the egg white changes and becomes thinner and more transparent. Fresh eggs sit tall and firm in the pan, and older eggs will spread out more.


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Benoite Groult, 'La Mer a la Cuisine' in 'Loaves & Wishes'


The fig leaved gourd was one of the earliest plants cultivated in the Americas. There is archaeological evidence that it was cultivated in Peru around 3000 B.C.

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