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Food History, Trivia, Quotes, Humor, Poetry, Recipes
January 25, 2002     Vol 3 #3   ISSN 1535-5659
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"Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food, and an
immense quiet."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Cowpea is another name for black-eyed-peas. Other names are
China bean and black eyed bean. They are native to Asia and
Africa, but have been cultivated since ancient times in China.
They are grown throughout the southern U.S. as a hay crop and
for human consumption.

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QUESTION: Can you tell me please if flank steak and skirt
steak is the same thing? Thank you, Joanne

ANSWER: It depends on whether you are reading a British or an
American recipe.
Looking at a cow from the side, the very lower third of the
body (the chest and belly) is basically divided into 3
sections, front to back.
Right behind the front legs is the Brisket.
In front of the hind legs is the Flank.
Between the two is the Plate.
Previously, the plate was the source of the skirt steak in
Britain and the U.S. Today in British usage the skirt steak is
usually cut from the Flank.
In the U.S. according to the USDA, a skirt steak is one cut
from the Plate.

"The major problem - one of the major problems, for there are
several - one of the many major problems with governing people
is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to
get people to let them do it to them.      To summarize: it is
a well known fact, that those people who most want to rule
people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To
summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting
themselves made President should on no account be allowed
to do the job."

In sugar refining, molasses is separated from the sugar
crystals after each of three boiling or extraction processes
that sugar cane goes through. The 3rd and final separation is
called blackstrap molasses, and is used mostly as an ingredient
in cattle feed.

CREOLE COOK BOOK, Lafcadio Hearn (1885)
--Soda Teacakes Without Eggs--
Take half a pound of sugar, and half a pound of butter; beat it
to a cream. Dissolve a teaspoonful of fine soda in a cup of milk,
and pour it into the batter, half a nutmeg and flour to make a
stiff batter. Bake in tin squares or a shallow pan, cook 20 min.

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"I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work.
Let God worry about your modesty; I want to see your enthusiasm."
Robert Farrar Capon

Celtuce is also known as celery lettuce, asparagus lettuce and
stem lettuce. It looks like a cross between celery and lettuce
and is actually a lettuce variety.  It is popular in China where
it is grown in commercial quantities for its celery like stem.

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he features some of my articles and recipes in addition to some
GREAT content from chefs around the world.

JAN 25
1984 Apple's Macintosh computer went on sale for $2,495
JAN 26
1875 George F. Green patented the electric dental drill

JAN 29 National Puzzle Day

JAN 30
National Inane Answering Machine Message Day
1798 First brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives

"To eat steak rare . . represents both a nature and a morality."
Roland Barthes, French critic (1915-1980)

Clotted cream or Devonshire cream is a thick cream made by
slowly heating rich, unpasteurized milk to about 82 degrees
Centigrade and holding it that temperature for about an hour.
A very thick, yellow layer of clots or coagulated clumps of
cream forms on the top. It has a minimum fat content of 55
percent. It is a traditional accompaniment to the English
'cream tea,' served with jam and scones.

Agnes Sorel was mistress of French King Charles VII, and
several culinary creations were named for her, and since she
did not hesitate to work with the chefs herself, she created
several dishes on her own.  (Wood cock salmis, Agnes Sorel
soup garnish, Agnes Sorel Timbales).

I have had several requests for soft chocolate chip cookies.

2            eggs
1/3 cup      water
1/4 cup      margarine or butter
1 cup        peanut butter
1 pkg        yellow cake mix (Duncan Hines works best)
1/2 - 1 pkg  chocolate chips

Beat eggs , water, margarine, peanut butter, and half cake mix
till smooth.  Stir in remaining mix and chips.  Bake on
ungreased cookie sheet 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cool on
sheet 1 minute then remove.  Approx.  3 dozen cookies

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asparagus and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either.
He's simply got the instinct for being unhappy."
'Saki', pen name of Scottish writer Hector Hugh Munro

Dates contain up to 70% sugar by weight.

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"As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is
a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is
the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose
name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for
Sandra Boynton, "Chocolate: The Consuming Passion"

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