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THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
December 26, 2002     Vol 3 #43   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
    =>  Readers Recipes
    =>  Culinary Calendar - selected events
    =>  Subscribe/Unsubscribe information
    =>  General information and Copyright

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 WEBSITE NEWS     http://www.foodreference.com
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CHECK THE WEBSITE DAILY - New FOOD QUIZ questions each day on the website, along with a Daily Culinary Quote, Daily Trivia, Today in Food History, and other interesting culinary facts.

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"The best Maxim I know in this life is, to drink your Coffee when you can, and when you cannot, to be easy without it. While you continue to be splenetic, count upon it I will always preach. Thus much I sympathise with you that I am not cheerful enough to write, for I believe Coffee once a week is necessary to that."
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

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 TRIVIA
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Tamarind pulp has more sugar and fruit acid per volume than any other fruit. It is also an ingredient in Worcestershire sauce.

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 QUOTE
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"If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating."
Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)

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 FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ
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The Food Trivia Quizzes are now moved to their own separate section after the newsletter is e-mailed. Check the Navigation Bar at the top of the page.

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READERS QUESTIONS
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QUESTION: I was really quite intrigued to try the Pfeffernusse recipe that you listed, and I also noticed another of your recipes called for citron.  I called my local specialty stores and no one carries it (half of them didn't know what it was).  I also did a small search on the internet and I had trouble finding somewhere to buy citron at a reasonable price or
quantity.  Any suggestions?

ANSWER: Apparently this years crop of citron (etrog) in California (the only large scale producer in the U.S., so citron is scarce and expensive.
See article: http://www.jewishsf.com/bk990924/1betrog.shtml

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 TRIVIA
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Before setting up the McDonald's fast-food restaurant chain, Ray Kroc was a high school dropout, ambulance driver, jazz pianist, Florida real-estate salesman, radio station manager, and paper cup salesman.

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 ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES
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EGGNOG RECIPES
Miss Leslie’s Directions for Cookery Eliza Leslie (1851)
Eggnog
Beat separately the yolks and whites of six eggs. Stir the yolks into a quart of rich milk, or thin cream, and add half a pound of sugar. Then mix in half a pint of rum or brandy. Flavour it with a grated nutmeg. Lastly, stir in gently the beaten whites of three eggs.
It should be mixed in a china bowl.
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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)
Egg Nog
Beat the yolk of one egg, add one tablespoon sugar, and beat until light.  Add one-half cup of milk.  Beat the white of the egg well and fold it in lightly.  Add one-half teaspoon vanilla or a little grated nutmeg.

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"Before I was born my mother was in great agony of spirit and in a tragic situation. She could take no food except iced oysters and champagne. If people ask me when I began to dance, I reply, 'In my mother's womb, probably as a result of the oysters and champagne - the food of Aphrodite.'"
Isadora Duncan, American dancer (1878-1927)

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 TRIVIA
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Rice, millet, and sorghum are thought to be the first crops ever cultivated.

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 SOFTWARE FROM THE FOOD REFERENCE WEBSITE
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NEW RELEASE: Available January 15, 2003
CHEF JAMES FAVORITE KEY WEST, SEAFOOD & CARIBBEAN RECIPES on CD
(Most of these recipes are not on the website)
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 DID YOU KNOW?
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Supposedly created in 1849 during the California goldrush, possibly at the Cary House in Hangtown (now Placerville). Food was expensive in the mining camps and towns, and oysters and eggs were the most expensive. Either a miner with a bag full of nuggets wanted the most expensive meal he could order, or it was the last request of an outlaw about to be hanged. The Hangtown Fry is eggs, oysters and bacon cooked together as a scramble or an omelette.

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 WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS
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Charles Grey, 2nd Earl (March 13, 1764 - July 17, 1845)
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl (also Baron Grey and Viscount Howick) was given the recipe for Earl Grey Tea by a Chinese mandarin with whom he was friends (and/or whose life either he or another British diplomat saved).

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 RECIPES FROM READERS
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This recipe was sent in by Linda Hanley.
PRINCE OF WALES CAKE
Dark Part
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Brown sugar
3 Egg yolks
1 cup Raisins, dredged with flour
1 tablespoon Molasses
2 cup Flour, sifted
1/2 cup Sour milk
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Ground cloves
1 teaspoon Baking soda

White Part
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 cup Granulated sugar
1/2 cup Milk
2 teaspoon Baking powder
3 Egg whites, stiffly beaten

Directions for DARK CAKE:
Cream the butter; then add sugar, and beat well.
Add egg yolks one at a time, with a spoonful of the flour.
Beat well and add raisins.
Slowly pour in the molasses and milk, with a small amount of the flour.
Sieve in the remaining flour, with spices and baking soda.
Mix well.
Pour into prepared straight-sided pan and bake at 350 F for about 1 hour.

Directions for WHITE CAKE:
Sift the flour and cornstarch together. Rub in butter. Blend in sugar.
Mix milk with baking powder and combine well.
Fold in egg whites. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake at 350F for about 1 hour.
Caramel or almond icing are suggested for this cake.

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 questions to me at [email protected]

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 TRIVIA  
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When dehydrated, potatoes lose more than 25% of their weight but apples only lose 10% of their weight.

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"I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than badly cooked dinners and untidy ways."
Mrs. Isabella Beeton

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 CULINARY CALENDAR - Selected Events
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DEC 27
National Fruitcake Day
1900 Carry Nation smashed her first bar.

DEC 28
Eat Vegetarian Day

DEC 29
1997 Fear of the 'bird flu' led Hong Kong to order its entire population of chickens, over 1 million birds, to be killed.

DEC 30
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

DEC 31
National Champagne Day
New Year's Eve

JAN 1, 2003
1905 The New York Times builds the Times Tower at Long Acre Square, has the name changed to Times Square and celebrated the event with a New Year's Eve Fireworks show. The beginning of an American tradition at Times Square.

JAN 2
Feast Day of St. Marcarius, patron saint of confectioners, cooks, pastry chefs. Before he became a hermit, Marcarius was a sugarplum merchant.

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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 TRIVIA
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The hazelnut or filbert, blooms and pollinates in the middle of the winter. These trees can keep producing nuts for several hundred years.

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 QUOTE
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"One of the saddest things is that the only thing a man can do for eight hours, is work. You can't eat eight hours a day, nor drink for eight hours a day, nor make love for eight hours."
William Faulkner (1897-1962) American writer.

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