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THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
March 26, 2003     Vol 4 #10   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
    =>  NEW FOOD REFERENCE WEBSITES
    =>  Culinary Calendar - selected events
    =>  Subscribe/Unsubscribe information
    =>  General information and Copyright

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 QUOTE
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"Alcohol is a very necessary article. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright

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 TRIVIA
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Croaker is any of a variety of members of the drum fish family found off the east coast of the U.S. and the Gulf of Mexico. They get their name from the croaking noise they make with their swim bladders. They range in size from 1 pound to 30 or more pounds, and include the black drum, corbina, Atlantic croaker, redfish, kingfish, etc.

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SeafoodFish.com - A New Food Reference Website
This is a collection of fish and seafood recipes from 10 classic cookbooks from 1747 to 1903. A complete list of the cookbooks used is in the Bibliography. Also included is general information about fish and seafood that was included in these cookbooks. These recipes are not just for curiosity - most of them are excellent recipes. There is also a selection of seafood recipes from Key West, Florida.

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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 have some Del Monte cans at home, they are old but I don't remember how old...  Is there a way to find out when they were done.  How long the food remains good in a can ?  Thank you, Christiane

ANSWER: Here is current information on Del Monte cans -
Del Monte Foods (voice: 800/543-3090)
First line, four digits
Position 1: Year
Position 2, 3 and 4: Julian Date
Example: 9045 (February 14, 1999 - that's '9' for 1999 and '045' the 45th day of the year)

Also visit this page on the website for more information on shelf life of cans and codes on the cans.
http://www.foodreference.com/html/tcannedfoodshelflife.html


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 TRIVIA
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"Genuine Smithfield hams [are those] cut from the carcasses of peanut-fed hogs, raised in the peanut-belt of the State of Virginia or the State of North Carolina, and which are cured, treated, smoked, and processed in the town of Smithfield, in the State of Virginia."
1926 Statute passed by General Assembly of Virginia

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 ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES
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POTTED ANCHOVIES
MODERN COOKERY FOR PRIVATE FAMILIES
By Eliza Acton (1845)

INGREDIENTS
Anchovies pounded, 3 oz.; butter, 6 oz.; mace, third of teaspoonful; half as much cayenne; little nutmeg.

Scrape the anchovies very clean, raise the flesh from the bones, and pound it to a perfect paste in a Wedgwood or marble mortar; then with the back of a wooden spoon press it through a hair-sieve reversed.

Next, weigh the anchovies, and pound them again with double their weight of the freshest butter that can be procured, a high seasoning of mace and cayenne, and a small quantity of finely-grated nutmeg; set the mixture by in a cool place for three or four hours to harden it before it is put into the potting pans.

If butter be poured over, it must be only lukewarm; but the anchovies will keep well for two or three weeks without. A very small portion of rose-pink may be added to improve the colour, but unless it be sparingly used, it will impart a bitter flavour to the preparation. The quantity of butter can be increased or diminished in proportion as it is wished that the flavour of the anchovies should prevail.

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"Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends."
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright (1856-1950)

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 TRIVIA
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Daikon is a variety of radish also known as Japanese radish, Chinese radish and Satsuma radish. They are white with a milder flavor than the small red radish, and can grow up to 3 feet long and weigh up to 100 pounds,.although they are usually  harvested at 1 to 5 pounds. Daikon can be eaten raw in salad, pickled, or in stir fries, soups and stews. They have a pleasant, sweet and zesty flavor with a mild bite.

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 DID YOU KNOW?
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Acorns are true nuts, and are the fruit of the oak tree.  They are high in carbohydrates, and were used as food primarily during times of famine. They are an important source of food for local wildlife.
To use: Gather acorns when they are ripe, in autumn. Remove the shells and the caps, and boil the acorns for at least 2 hours, changing the water several times. This removes the bitterness. They may then be roasted in the oven for one hour or so at 350 degrees F. They are now ready to eat or ground into flour.


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 WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS
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Dr. Alexander P. Anderson (November 22, 1862 - 1943)
Puffed Rice was developed by Dr. Alexander P. Anderson of NYC in 1902. It was first manufactured by American Cereal Co (which became Quaker Oats Co.) and was introduced at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904.

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 RECIPE REQUESTS FROM READERS
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I can't seem to find anyone who can answer my question about elephant garlic.  When preparing a recipe that calls for two cloves of garlic, do you use two cloves of elephant garlic?  Ginny

Recipes that call for 'cloves of garlic' are of course referring to 2 cloves of 'normal' garlic.
Elephant garlic is more closely related to the leek than to garlic.  Its flavor is much milder than garlic and different - again, closer to the flavor of leeks than to garlic.
I would experiment with one clove and see if you like the taste in the dish you are preparing.

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

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 NEW FOOD REFERENCE WEBSITES
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SeafoodFish.com
300 Seafood Recipes from classic cookbooks.
http://www.seafoodfish.com

Culinary Events Website
The Complete Events in Food History Calendar
http://www.culinaryevents.com

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 TRIVIA  
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World-wide, fish farming accounts for more than 70 million tons of fish each year.

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"If the elbow had been placed closer to the hand, the forearm would have been too short to bring the glass to the mouth; and if it had been closer to the shoulder, the forearm would have been so long that it would have carried the glass beyond the mouth."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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 CULINARY CALENDAR - Selected Events
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MARCH 27
1860 M.L. Byrn patented a new and improved corkscrew.

MARCH 28
Something on a Stick Day
1897 Victor Mills was born. He was a chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble. He improved Duncan Hines cake mixes, improved Jif peanut butter, and invented Pampers disposable diapers.

MARCH 29
1903 Gustavus Franklin Swift died. Founder of the meat-packing business Swift & Co., the inventor of the refrigerated railway car, and the first to ship 'dressed' beef to eastern markets instead of live animals.

MARCH 30
National Hot Dog Day

MARCH 31
1848 William Waldorf Astor was born. William Waldorf Astor was a cousin of John Jacob Astor IV, the great grandson of John Jacob Astor. He built the Waldorf section (1893) of what would become the Waldorf Astoria (1897). The Empire State Building (1929) now stands on the site of the former hotel.

APRIL 1
1582 France adopted the new Gregorian calendar. Prior to that, the new year began on April 1. Those who failed to accept the new start of the year on January 1 became the object of practical jokes.

APRIL 2
Feast of Acan, the Mayan God of Wine

APRIL 3
1985 The Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, California closed after 57 years. Robert Cobb, owner of the Brown Derby, created the Cobb Salad there in 1936.

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 TRIVIA
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'Bloom' refers to several processes of change in several different foods. One of these is 'Fat Bloom' that can appear on chocolate. It occurs when chocolate is stored at high temperature (above 80 degrees F) or experiences widely fluctuating temperatures, causing cocoa butter to crystallize on the surface as gray streaks. 'Sugar Bloom' occurs because moisture or extremely high humidity causes sugar to dissolve out of the chocolate. Sugar Bloom has a gritty texture.


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"We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons."
Alfred E. Newman

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