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THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
December 21, 2002     Vol 3 #42   ISSN 1535-5659
 
   IN THIS ISSUE

    =>  Website News
    =>  Quotes and Trivia
    =>  Website of the Week
    =>  Food Trivia Quiz
    =>  Readers questions
    =>  Ancient & Classic Recipes
    =>  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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In case you do not receive next weeks issue before Christmas, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my Christian subscribers a Merry Christmas.

I received some interesting comments on the question and my response in last weeks newsletter about the practice of eating dog meat in Korea. I have posted two of them, with the original question and answer on the website
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 QUOTE
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"When other Sin's grow old by Time,
Then Avarice is in its prime,
Yet feed the Poor at Christmas time."
Poor Richard's Almanack, December 1757


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 TRIVIA
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Hiding an almond inside rice pudding is a Christmas custom in Sweden. Whoever gets it has good luck for the new year.


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 THIS WEEK'S WEBSITE OF THE WEEK:
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RESTAURANTEDGE.COM
http://www.restaurantedge.com/
RestaurantEdge is a site written and developed by restaurant professionals for restaurant professionals. It provides the restaurant / foodservice communities with important tools needed to be more successful, profitable, and compliant with the various governing agencies that control the industry.

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 FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ
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Sorry, but I did not have the time to put together a quiz this week.


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 TRIVIA
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Stargazy pie. This is a fish pie of Cornish origin. It is made with the fishes' heads sticking out of the crust all round the rim, and presumably takes its name from their appearance of gazing skywards. In her Observer Guide to British Cookery (1984) Jane Grigson notes that "it is a speciality of Mousehole where they make it on 23 December every year, Tom Bawcock's Eve, in memory of the fisherman who saved the town from a hungry Christmas one stormy winter.


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 QUOTE
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Christmas in England
"For many of the islanders, this anniversary is memorable (apart from all religious significance) because it evokes a great slaughter of turkeys, geese and all kinds of game, a wholesale massacre of fat oxen, pigs and sheep; they envisage garlands of black puddings, sausages and saveloys . . . mountains of plum-puddings and oven-fulls of mince-pies....       On that day no one in England may go hungry .... This is a family gathering, and on every table the same menu is prepared. A joint of beef, a turkey or goose, which is usually the pièce de résistance, accompanied by a ham, sausages and game; then follow the inevitable plum-pudding and the famous mince pies." Alfred Suzanne, 'La Cuisine anglaise et americaine' (English and American Cookery)


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READERS QUESTIONS
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QUESTION: Hi I am a chef and have tried many methods to remove fish smell from my hands.  Lemon and salt does some good, but not enough.  Is there anything that I can buy to help alleviate this problem.  Thanks for any advice. 
Auturo, Thanks.

ANSWER: Some of the products most recommended by both taxidermists and fish house workers are the following products
* New Dawn dish liquid, antibacterial formula (note: it is not the antibacterial formula itself - it is this particular soap and its scent that works)
* Orange GoJo (available at Wal-mart, etc.)
* Murphy's Oil Soap
* Epo-Grip Hand Sanitizer (approved by the USDA for food handlers)

(Also mentioned: ginger; soy bean paste; milk; rice wine)


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 TRIVIA
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The celebration of Christmas was banned in Boston from 1659 to 1681. Anyone showing Christmas spirit was fined 5 shillings!  This was due to the pilgrims belief that it was a decadent celebration.


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 ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES
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"The Settlement Cookbook" (1903 edition)
THE WAY TO A MAN'S HEART
Under the Auspices of
"The Settlement" (The Milwaukee Settlement House)

Pfeffernusse

Sift together two cups of sugar, four cups of flour, one tablespoon of cinnamon, half a teaspoonful of cloves, one teaspoonful and a half of baking powder, and add half a cup of citron, grated or chopped fine, the grated yellow rind of a lemon, and a liberal grating of nutmeg. Mix to a dough with four large eggs, beaten slightly, without separating the whites and yolks. With buttered hands shape the mixture into small balls about the size of a hickory nut, and bake on buttered tins, an inch apart. The recipe makes about six dozen cakes, having the size and appearance of macaroons.

MORE CHRISTMAS RECIPES ON THE WEBSITE
http://www.foodreference.com/html/recipesholidays.html

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 QUOTE
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"In my experience, clever food is not appreciated at Christmas. It makes the little ones cry and the old ones nervous."
Jane Grigson


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 TRIVIA
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Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870.


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 SOFTWARE FROM THE FOOD REFERENCE WEBSITE
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 DID YOU KNOW?
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Camel was considered an unclean meat in the Bible, but was highly regarded in Ancient Rome, where grilled camel's feet was a gourmet dish. Both Aristotle and Aristophanes mention it.  Young camel is eaten in some North African and Middle Eastern countries, and in Mongolia. During the siege of Paris in 1870, it was listed on the Voison restaurant's Christmas Eve menu.


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 WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS
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M. Foyot, 19th century
Chef to Louis Phillipe, King of France (1830 to 1848).
When the French Revolution put him out of work, he opened his own restaurant. When he died, he weighed so much that a special coffin had to be built for him. Foyot Sauce is a Béarnaise sauce with meat glaze added.


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 RECIPE REQUESTS FROM READERS
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james, i really need a recipe for plum pudding   HELP!  Janice
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Fannie Merritt Farmer Boston Cooking-School Cookbook (1896 edition)

1/2 lb. Stale Bread Crumbs
1 cup Scalded Milk
1/4 lb. Sugar
4 Eggs
1/2 lb. Raisins, seeded, cut in pieces, and floured
1/4 lb. Currants
1/4 lb. Finely Chopped Figs
2 oz. Finely Cut Citron
1/2 lb. Suet
1/4 cup Wine and Brandy mixed
1/2 Grated Nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/3 teaspoon Clove
1/3 teaspoon Mace

Soak bread crumbs in milk, let stand until cool, add sugar, beaten yolks of eggs, raisins, currants, figs, and citron; chop suet, and cream by using the hand; combine mixtures, then add wine, brandy, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, mace, and whites of eggs beaten stiff. Turn into buttered mould, cover, and steam six hours.

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

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 TRIVIA  
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In Oaxaca, Mexico, Christmas Eve is also the Night of the Radishes, when large radishes are cut into animal shapes.


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 QUOTE
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"Hallo! A great deal of steam! the pudding was out of the copper. A smell like a washing-day! That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook's next door to each other, with a laundress's next door to that. That was the pudding."
Charles Dickens (1812-1870), 'A Christmas Carol'


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 TRIVIA
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"....while visions of sugarplums danced in their head". Those famous sugarplums which fill children's dreams at Christmas were originally sugar coated coriander, a treat that offered a sweet start and then a spicy burst of flavor. Later the recipe included small bits of fruit and became the confection we know today.


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 QUOTE
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"At last the dishes were set on, and grace was said. It was succeeded by a breathless pause, as Mrs. Cratchit, looking slowly all along the carving-knife, prepared to plunge it in the [goose] breast; but when she did, and when the long- expected gush of stuffing issued forth...."
Charles Dickens, 'A Christmas Carol'
Now how many of you have ever seen stuffing gush from a stuffed goose breast or any other stuffed bird breast? Come on Charles.


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