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THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
July 23, 2003     Vol 4 #19   ISSN 1535-5659
 
   IN THIS ISSUE

    =>  A Note from Chef James
    =>  'Food for Thought' by Mark Vogel
    =>  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
    =>  Culinary Calendar - selected events
    =>  Subscribe/Unsubscribe information
    =>  General information and Copyright

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 A NOTE FROM CHEF JAMES
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My thanks to all of you who emailed get well wishes and hints on coping with arthritis, and letting me know how much you missed the 4 skipped issues of the newsletter. Hopefully that will not happen again.

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 'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' BY MARK VOGEL, JULY 23, 2003
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‘Will the Real Strawberry Please Stand Up’
Saint Hildegard was a 12th century German abbess, (the nun in charge of a convent), who supposedly had prophetic and apocalyptic visions.  The theological authorities at the time confirmed her visions as authentic.  In addition to her prophesies about God and the end of the world, Saint Hildegard believed strawberries were.....   (Click link for more)
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(A recipe for STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CRISP is included.)

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 QUOTE
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"Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


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 TRIVIA
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"Jack and Jill went up the hill....."   the 'jill' in this nursery rhyme refers to what we now call a 'gill', a unit of liquid measure equal to half a cup.  A 'jack' was a 2 ounce measure of wine, and a 'jill' was twice the size of a 'jack'.  When Charles I of England (1600-1649) reduced the size of 'jack' so he could collect a higher tax, the 'jill' was automatically reduced in size also -- "and 'jill' came tumbling after".


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 FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ
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READERS QUESTIONS
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QUESTION: I am writing to tell you that I have been unable to find Liederkranz cheese in stores in California for years now. How can I obtain this wonderful cheese?   Margo

ANSWER: At the end of 1981, Borden (owners of the cheese since 1929) announced it would no longer make natural cheese - they would now only produce 'process cheese.'  A few months later the Fisher Cheese Company purchased the Van Wert, Ohio cheese plant and began to produce Liederkranz. In 1985 there was a problem with contamination of a batch of Liederkranz and several other cheeses, and Fisher withdrew Liederkranz from the market. That was the last batch to be made.

The unique bacterial culture for making Liederkranz is supposed to have been kept alive - but I have also heard it has been lost forever.

I have heard that Beatrice Foods Company now owns the rights to Liederkranz. I have also read that it is owned by the New Zealand Dairy board.

According to an article in the April 9, 2003 issue of the Contra Costa Times (California) the Marin French Cheese Company (a 100% American company founded in 1850 in Marin County California) has produced a wreath-shaped California Liederkranz.   I don't know what relation it has to the original Liederkranz cheese, if any.  It is not listed on the Marin website.

That's it - when and if I find more information, especially if it becomes available, I will post it on the website.


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 TRIVIA
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Lollipops were first made in New Haven, Connecticut in 1908 by George Smith. They were named after a race horse of the time, Lolly Pop.


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 ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES
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DEVILLED SCALLOPS. (Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, 1896)

1 quart scallops.               
1/3 cup butter.                 
1/3 teaspoon made mustard.    
1 teaspoon salt.
Few grains cayenne.
2/3 cup buttered cracker crumbs.

Clean scallops, drain, and heat to the boiling point; drain again, and reserve liquor.
Cream the butter, add mustard, salt, cayenne, two-thirds cup reserved liquor, and scallops chopped.
Let stand one-half hour.
Put in a baking-dish, cover with crumbs, and bake twenty minutes.


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 QUOTE
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"Without the assistance of eating and drinking, the most sparkling wit would be as heavy as a bad souffle, and the brightest talent as dull as a looking-glass on a foggy day."
Alexis Soyer 19th century French chef.
The Modern Housewife (1851)


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 TRIVIA
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The potato, which originated in Peru, took a long journey to reach North America.  The Spaniards took it back to Spain in the 16th century; from there it made its way to Italy and northern Europe, then to Bermuda and the Virginia colonies of North America.


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 DID YOU KNOW?
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Chicago artist Dwight Kalb made a statue of Madonna from 180 pounds of ham.


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 WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS
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Elsie the Cow (? - April 16, 1941). Elsie the cow was originally a cartoon character that appeared in magazine ads for Borden Milk.  At the 1939 New York World's Fair, when people began asking where Elsie was, the company picked from their herd a good looking, good natured Jersey cow named 'You'll Do Lobelia."  This original Elsie stared in commercials, made personal appearances, and even stared in an RKO feature film, 'Little Men.'  Elsie was seriously injured in a truck accident in 1941, and had to be put to sleep.  A new Elsie was soon chosen to replace uhe original.  Elsie is buried in Plainsboro, New Jersey, and a headstone has been placed near the spot where she was buried (the marker has been moved several times and no one knows exactly where she was actually buried).


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 TRIVIA  
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Iceberg lettuce got it's name from the fact that California growers started shipped it covered with heaps of crushed ice in the 1920s. It had previously been called Crisphead lettuce.


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 QUOTE
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"If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girl friends. And they tolerated it and let"us go ahead and play with our toys."
Orson Welles, actor, director, producer, writer (1915-1985)


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 CULINARY CALENDAR - Selected Events
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JULY 24
1938 Nestle introduced Nescafe Instant Coffee in Switzerland.

JULY 25
1872 It was reported to have rained black worms in Bucharest, Rumania.

JULY 26
1922 Blake Edwards, writer, director was born. One of his movies was ‘Breakfast at Tiffany's.’

JULY 27
1931 A swarm of grasshoppers destroyee thousands of acres of crops in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. The corn fields were totally destroyed, without a stalk left standing.

JULY 28
1907 Earl S. Tupper was Born. The inventor of Tupperware. (Tupperware makes the containers used to conduct mold and bacterial experiments in the back of refrigerator shelves).

JULY 29
1878 Don Marquis, American journalist and poet was born. He wrote 'archy and mehitabel,' a book of poems written by a cockroach who couldn't use the shift key.

JULY 30
1838 It supposedly rained frogs in London.

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 TRIVIA
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In 1907, one of the ad campaigns for Kellogg's Corn Flakes (then the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company) offered a free box of cereal to every woman who would wink at her grocer.


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 QUOTE
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"Avoid fruits and nuts. You are what you eat."
Jim Davis, 'Garfield'


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