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THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
November 2, 2002     Vol 3 #37   ISSN 1535-5659
 
   IN THIS ISSUE

    =>  Website News
    =>  Quotes and Trivia
    =>  Website of the Week
    =>  Food Trivia Quiz
    =>  Readers questions
    =>  Ancient & Classic Recipes
    =>  This Weeks Calendar
    =>  Did you know?
    =>  Who's Who in the Culinary Arts
    =>  Requested Recipes
    =>  Subscribe/Unsubscribe information
    =>  General information and Copyright

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 WEBSITE NEWS     http://www.foodreference.com
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the website, along with a Daily Culinary Quote, Daily Trivia,
Today in Food History, and other interesting culinary facts.

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 QUOTE
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"I could write a better book of cookery than has ever been written; it should be a book upon philosophical principles. Pharmacy is now made much more simple. Cookery may be made so too. A prescription which is now compounded of five ingredients, had formerly fifty in it. So, in cookery, if the nature of the ingredients be well known, much fewer will do....you shall see what a book of cookery I shall make!"
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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 TRIVIA
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Most vegetables and fruit that is to be frozen, is picked, packaged and frozen within 6 hours of so of being harvested. Many frozen vegetables have more of certain vitamins than the fresh ones that may have been harvested 5 or more days before you cook them.


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 THIS WEEK'S WEBSITE OF THE WEEK:
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An organization comprised of teachers, supported by all those who believe in education as a passport to an optimistic future.  Presently, we represent 84 countries.  The knowledge and experience of a huge community of teachers, 59 million worldwide, is our greatest asset. We are membership and volunteer-based.   It is an organization developed along the evidence of what makes good teaching.
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 FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ
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READERS QUESTIONS
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QUESTION: Is cotton candy food?  Joel
ANSWER: Hi Joel, It depends on what you mean by 'food'
Cotton candy is spun sugar with coloring and flavoring. You eat it and it contains nutrients. It is food.
Is it GOOD food?  Not really.
Is it ESSENTIAL food? No.
Does it contain nutrients? Yes, carbohydrates.
Does it contain enough nutrients to sustain life on its own? I don't know anyone who has tried it.


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 TRIVIA
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The fuzzy melon (Benincasa hispida), also called fuzzy squash, hairy melon and moqua, is a winter melon that is 6 to 10 inches long with green skin and fine hairlike fuzz that disappears when the fruit matures. Their shape varies from cylindrical to dumbbell like. It's mild subtle flavor is described as somewhat like a cucumber or summer squash. They are originally from southern China and have been cultivated there since antiquity.


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 ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES
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Miss Leslie's Directions for Cookery
Eliza Leslie (1851 edition)

COCOA-NUT PUDDING
Having opened a cocoa-nut, pare off the brown skin from the pieces, and wash them all in cold water. Then weigh three quarters of a pound, and grate it into a dish. cut up half a pound of butter into half a pound of powdered loaf-sugar, and stir them together to a cream; add to them a glass of wine and rose water mixed. Beat the whites only, of twelve eggs, till they stand alone on the rods: and then stir the grated cocoa-nut and the beaten white of egg alternately into the butter and sugar; giving the whole a hard stirring at the last. Put the mixture into a buttered dish, lay puff paste round the flat edge, and bake it half an hour in a moderate oven. When cold, grate powdered sugar over it.


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 QUOTE
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"Wine makes a man more pleased with himself. I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Boswell's "Life of Johnson"


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 TRIVIA
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Garlic and onions are among the oldest cultivated food plants.  There're culinary, medicinal and religious use dates back more than 6000 years.


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 THIS WEEKS CALENDAR
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(Check the website daily for additional calendar entries)
NOVEMBER 3
1718 John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich was born. (Some sources list November 13). Captain Cook named the Sandwich Islands after him (now known as Hawaii). The Earl is supposed to have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions.

NOVEMBER 4
* St. Charles Borromeo, patron of  apple orchards.
1873 Anthony Iske was issued a patent for a meat slicing machine. It worked much like a mandoline, with a frame to hold the meat while sliding it against the blade.

NOVEMBER 5
1946 Musician Gram Parsons was born. Member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

NOVEMBER 6
1923 HyperInflation ran rampant in Europe. A loaf of bread cost 140 Billion German Marks.

NOVEMBER 7
1965 The Pillsbury Doughboy, 'Poppin' Fresh,' was born. He made his debut in a commercial for crescent rolls.

NOVEMBER 8
National Harvey Wallbanger Day

NOVEMBER 9
1857 The first issue of the Atlantic Monthly was published. It contained the first installment of Oliver Wendell Holmes' 'The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table.'

  
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 SOFTWARE FROM THE FOOD REFERENCE WEBSITE
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The Food Reference DATES IN CULINARY HISTORY CD contains over 2,000 food dates and events listings. Use year after year, an excellent reference for students, teachers, writers and chefs.
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 DID YOU KNOW?
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Research has shown that ginger is more effective than Dramamine in combating motion sickness.


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 WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS
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Philip Danforth Armour (May 16, 1832 - January 6, 1901) Philip Danforth Armour was an American industrialist and pioneer in use of refrigeration and meat canning. Armour & Co. helped make Chicago the meatpacking capital of the world, and Armour & Co. became the largest meatpacking company in the world.


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 RECIPE REQUESTS FROM READERS
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QUESTION: chef james, have you got a simple chocolate mousse recipe?

GRAND MARNIER CHOCOLATE MOUSSE  
5-6 servings

5 oz semisweet dark chocolate
2 oz butter
1 egg yolk
3 egg whites
1 oz GRAND MARNIER liqueur

Melt the chocolate in a saucepan.
Take the pan off the heat, mix the butter and the egg yolk into melted chocolate.
Whip the egg whites.
Slowly fold in the GRAND MARNIER liqueur then the whipped egg whites.
Refrigerate before serving.

 Email your recipe requests, food info or history
 questions to me at james@foodreference.com
  

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 TRIVIA  
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Goldwasser or Danzig Goldwasser is a liqueur flavored with orange zest, herbs and spices. It also contains flecks of real gold leaf. It has been claimed by some to be the oldest cordial made.


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 QUOTE
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"A glass of good wine is a gracious creature, and reconciles poor mortality to itself, and that is what few things can do."
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)


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