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THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
November 15, 2002     Vol 3 #38   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
    =>  Thanksgiving Recipe
    =>  Subscribe/Unsubscribe information
    =>  General information and Copyright

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 QUOTE
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"Pumpkin pie, if rightly made, is a thing of beauty and a joy - while it lasts.....Pies that cut a little less firm than a pine board, and those that run round your plate are alike to be avoided.  Two inches deep is better than the thin plasters one sometimes sees, that look for all he world like pumpkin flap-jacks.  The expressive phrase, ‘too thin', must have come from these lean parodies on pumpkin pie.  With pastry light, tender, and not too rich, and a generous filling of smooth spiced sweetness - a little ‘trembly' as to consistency, and delicately brown on top - a perfect pumpkin pie, eaten before the life has gone out of it, is one of the real additions made by American cookery to the good things of the world.  For the first pumpkin pie of the season, flanked by a liberal cut of creamy cheeses, we prefer to sit down, as the French gourmand said about his turkey: ‘with just two of us; myself and the turkey.'"
The House Mother


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 TRIVIA
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General Foods 'Post Toasties' cereal (1904) was originally called Elijah's Manna.


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 THIS WEEK'S WEBSITE OF THE WEEK:
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World Health Organization
Food Safety Pages
http://www.who.int/fsf/
" ..... access to nutritionally adequate and SAFE food is a right of each individual."


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 FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ
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READERS QUESTIONS
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QUESTION: Dear Chef James,  Hopefully you can answer this eggplant question:  So often eggplant is bitter (and some of them are loaded with seeds).  Some cookbooks say to peel it, slice it, salt it, and weight it so the bitter flavor comes out.  Others say soak it in salted water and rinse it before preparing, still others say nothing and I assume just prepare it with no pre-preparation.  Do you have a suggestion?  I love it when it's not bitter.  Thanks, Suzanne

ANSWER: Hi Suzanne, Over the years, much of the bitterness has been selectively bred out of most varieties of eggplant through hybridization.
Today, most of the bitterness will come from older, overripe eggplant.  If an eggplant is soft, it is overripe and bitter. If it is hard, it is underripe.  Just right, ripe Eggplant should be firm and have a springiness to it.  They should also be heavy, and the skin should be shiny and tight. Avoid eggplant that has wrinkled skin.


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 TRIVIA
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In 1947, Marilyn Monroe was crowned the first Queen of the Artichokes!


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 ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES
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The Inglenook Cook Book (1906)
PUMPKIN PIE
Boil a quantity of pumpkin until quite soft, and press through a sieve to make it fine and smooth.  Take 1 quart of the fine pumpkin to make 4 large custards.  Add to it the yolks of 4 eggs, 4 tablespoonfuls of sugar and 4 tablespoonfuls of flour. Beat thoroughly and season with salt, pepper, and nut meg or other spices as desired.  Add to this 4 pints of sweet milk, and lastly the whites of the 4 eggs beaten to a froth. Pour the custard into 4 pie pans lined with pie dough and hake in a hot oven.
Sister Mary Elizabeth Replogle, Roaring Spring, Pa.


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 QUOTE
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"The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite."
A. J. Liebling


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 TRIVIA
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Green goddess dressing was created by the chef at San Francisco's Palace Hotel during the 1920s.  It was created in honor of actor George Arliss who was appearing in a play called 'Green Goddess'.  This classic dressing is a blend of mayonnaise, minced anchovies, chives, tarragon, parsley, scallions, and garlic.


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 THIS WEEKS CALENDAR
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(Check the website daily for additional calendar entries)
NOVEMBER 15
1660 Asser Levy from Portugal, applied for a license to sell kosher meat. He was the first kosher butcher in New Amsterdam (New York).

NOVEMBER 16
1620 The first corn (maize) was discovered by some Pilgrims led by Myles Standish, while exploring the area near Provincetown, Massachusetts. The named the spot Corn Hill.

NOVEMBER 17
Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, patron of bakers.

NOVEMBER 18
1956 Fats Domino performed 'Blueberry Hill’ on the Ed Sullivan Show.

NOVEMBER 19
1961 Michael Rockefeller, son of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, disappeared, and was presumed eaten by the cannibals of New Guinea.

NOVEMBER 20
1820 A whaling ship, the Essex, was rammed twice by a sperm whale and eventually sank.

NOVEMBER 21
Apparently nothing connected with food happened today.

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 DID YOU KNOW?
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Rutabaga is believed to be a cross between the turnip and cabbage, and to have originated during the Middle Ages in Europe.


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 WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS
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Dr. Edward Anton Asselbergs (1927 - June, 1996)
In 1960 Dr. Asselbergs developed the process for making instant mashed potato flakes, the patent that is still used world-wide today.


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 THANKSGIVING RECIPE
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Thanksgiving Turkey Cake
by Sandra Lee, author of Semi-Homemade Cooking
Makes 14 servings

2 (1 pound) cans vanilla frosting
Food coloring
2 (10-ounce) store-bought angel food cakes
1 cup chopped walnuts
9 chocolate turkeys

Prep time:15 minutes

Preparation:
Mix frosting with yellow and red food coloring, a drop at a time, until desired orange color is reached.

Place one cake upside down (narrow end down) on a serving platter.

Spread a thin layer of orange frosting on top.

Put second cake right side up (narrow end up) on top to form pumpkin shape.

Spread top and sides with orange frosting.

Spread chopped walnuts on the top and around the base of the cake.

Place one chocolate turkey on top of the cake, and the rest around the base of the cake. Gobble-gobble!

Copyright © 2002 Sandra Lee
Recipe is courtesy of Sandra Lee, North Point Press & FSB Associates

 Email your recipe requests, food info or history
 questions to me at [email protected]
  

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 TRIVIA  
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Those with thyroid problems should avoid eating large amounts of cabbage or cauliflower. They both interfere with the body's absorption of iodine, needed by the thyroid gland.


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 QUOTE
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"If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; if this is tea, please bring me some coffee."
Abraham Lincoln


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 TRIVIA
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The Lily Family of plants includes asparagus, onions, garlic, sarsaparilla, yams, lilies, yucca, daffodils, aloe, tulips and hyacinths.


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 QUOTE
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"A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety."
Aesop


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