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THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
November 25, 2003     Vol 4 #30   ISSN 1535-5659
 
   IN THIS ISSUE

    =>  Website News
    =>  'Food for Thought' by Mark Vogel
    =>  Quotes and Trivia
    =>  Website of the Week
    =>  Food Trivia Quiz
    =>  Helping Others
    =>  Ancient & Classic Recipes
    =>  Did you know?
    =>  Who's Who in the Culinary Arts
    =>  Reader's Questions
    =>  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 crossword puzzles.

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 'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' BY MARK VOGEL
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Let’s Talk Turkey
This Thursday is Thanksgiving and households across America will be preparing the traditional turkey.  About 46 million turkeys will be “gobbled” up according to the National Turkey Federation.  Most people want to know how to cook a juicy bird.  Simple.  Make duck instead.
I don’t care what anybody says.  Turkey meat, particularly.....
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 QUOTE
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"A host is like a general: it takes a mishap to reveal his genius."
Horace, Roman lyric poet (65 -8 B.C.)

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 TRIVIA
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7-Up was originally called Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda when it was invented in 1929.


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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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 HELPING OTHERS
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CLICK FOR CANS - Campbell's is donating a can of soup to the needy for every person who goes to their site and votes for their favorite NFL team. Go to the site, it is right there, very easy to do. It will only take a few seconds of your time to fill some empty tummies with warm soup this winter.
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 TRIVIA
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California's vineyards were less than 100,000 acres before Prohibition, and by the end of Prohibition had expanded to over 600,000 acres!


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FOOD REFERENCE WEBSITE RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS
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COCINA deVEGA Mesquite meal, a traditional Native American food. Mesquite meal can be used as either flour or a spice. As flour, it is generally used in combination with other flours using about 30% mesquite. As a spice, sprinkle generously then grill, fry, broil or add it to almost anything for a great mesquite flavor. It won't take long to adjust the amount to use for your personal taste.
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 ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES
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Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook (1896)

ENGLISH MINCE MEAT FOR PIES

5 lbs raisins, seeded, finely chopped
5 lbs. suet, finely chopped
5 lbs. apples, finely chopped
4 lbs. citron, finely chopped
5 lbs. currants
5 lbs. brown sugar

1 1/2 lbs. blanched almonds, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon mace
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups brandy

Cook raisins, suet, apples, citron, currants, and sugar slowly for one and one-half hours; then add almonds, spices and brandy.

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"The Turkey should be cooped up and fed some time before Christmas. Three days before it is slaughtered, it should have an English walnut forced down its throat three times a day, and a glass of sherry once a day.  The meat will be deliciously tender, and have a fine nutty flavor."
Mrs. Stephen J. Field
'Statesmen's Dishes and How to Cook Them' (1890)

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 TRIVIA
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Historians generally agree that almonds and dates, both mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, were among the earliest cultivated foods.


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 DID YOU KNOW?
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Turkeys were brought from Mexico to Europe by Hernán Cortés's expedition of 1519. By the 1620s the turkey was well known in Europe, but many they these turkeys came from India. So when the Pilgrims arrived in America, they were very surprised to find wild turkeys in abundance.


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 WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS
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Phillipe, Count Odette
A Frenchman, Count Odette Phillipe, planted the first grapefruit trees in Florida around Tampa Bay in 1823. Today, Florida produces more grapefruit than the rest of the world combined.


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 READERS QUESTIONS
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Hi James,
I wonder if you can tell me whether or not the berries of my backyard juniper ("Hollywood" juniper) could be substituted for the usual juniper berries included in recipes.  For the past two years I have been scouting out our local better foods stores and haven't been able to find juniper berries. (I was able to do so 5-6 years ago.)  They seem not to be in demand and so I can't make my favorite prime rib recipe.  My questions -- will the flavor be similar and is it safe to use this other variety of juniper?    Thanks for a great website.  Kathy

ANSWER: Hollywood Juniper, 'Torulosa' (Kaizuka) (Juniperus chinensis) is NOT listed as one of the varieties that are edible. (It is a native of eastern Asia).
The main edible variety is common juniper (Juniperus communis), distributeD throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
Other edible varieties, native to North America, are Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum), California Juniper (J. californica), and Utah Juniper (J. ostesperma). These are the species most often quoted as being ground and made into mush and cakes by Native Americans.
Some juniper species have more resinous berries than others. The more resinous berries, if eaten in quantity, may cause stomach upset - some may cause kidney damage.

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 TRIVIA  
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Lemons contain 30 to 45 percent juice depending on variety, climate, maturity when harvested, and storage conditions. The extracted juice contains between 4.5 and 8.5% organic acids (mostly citric).

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"My favorite sandwich is peanut butter, baloney, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted bread with catsup on the side."
Hubert H. Humphrey (former Senator from Minnesota)

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 CULINARY CALENDAR - Selected Events
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26
1942 ‘Casablanca’, the movie, premiers in New York City on Thanksgiving Day.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28
1869 W.F. Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was issued the first chewing gum patent in 1869.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29
1968 The Who release 'The Who Sell Out,' which includes commercials for some real and some fictitious products, including Heinz Baked Beans.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
1838 The Great Pastry War. A brief conflict began between Mexico and France caused by a French pastry cook who claimed that some Mexican Army soldiers had damaged his restaurant. The Mexican government refused to pay for damages. Several other countries had pressed the Mexican government for similar claims in the past due to civil unrest in Mexico. France decided to do something about it, and sent a fleet to Veracruz and fired on the fortress outside the harbor. They occupied the city on April 16, 1838, and through the mediation of Great Britain were promised payment of 600,000 pesos for the damages. They withdrew on March 9, 1839.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1
1999 The Russian Duma passed an animal rights bill that prohibits people from eating their pets.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2
St. Bibiana's Day, patron against hangovers.

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 FOOD REFERENCE RECOMMENDED BOOKS & REVIEWS
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Culinary biographies, cookbooks, culinary history, food science, food reference books, etc.
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 TRIVIA
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An 'egg cream' is a New York specialty that has been around since the 1930's. There is no egg in an egg cream. It is a soda fountain drink made with milk, chocolate syrup and seltzer water, and when made properly has a foamy froth on top that resembles beaten egg whites.


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"Hunger: One of the few cravings that cannot be appeased with another solution."
Irwin Van Grove

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