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THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
December 11, 2003     Vol 4 #32   ISSN 1535-5659
 
   IN THIS ISSUE

    =>  Website News
    =>  'Food for Thought' by Mark Vogel
    =>  Quotes and Trivia
    =>  Food Trivia Quiz
    =>  Readers questions
    =>  Ancient & Classic Recipes
    =>  Did you know?
    =>  Who's Who in the Culinary Arts
    =>  Requested 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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 'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' BY MARK VOGEL
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‘Butter’em Up’
The other day I was in line in a supermarket’s seafood department endeavoring to buy shrimp, when the guy after me cut in line and ordered king crab legs. As the clerk was bagging the legs the guy asked him ..........
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 QUOTE
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"The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance."
Bryan Miller, N.Y. Times 10/23/83

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 TRIVIA
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The ancient Greeks and Romans referred to barbarians as "milk drinkers."

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READERS QUESTIONS
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QUESTION: On Jacques Torres tv show he uses  something he calls acetate sheets when he is making his candy forms    can you tell me where these are to boughten.  have checked local candy stores.  R. Mackin   thank you

ANSWER: Most hobby shops should carry them, and even print supply shops.  Acetate sheets are just clear 'plastic-like' sheets, just like those used to protect a sheet of paper in a loose leaf binder, or for printing transparencies on an ink jet or laser printer.
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 TRIVIA
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Pineapples, like melons, do not have any starch reserves, so they do not get sweeter after they are picked. They must be harvested after they begin to ripen. The sweetest part of the pineapple is at the base.

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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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"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.
(A great holiday, party, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, recipe)

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 QUOTE
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"I never eat in a restaurant that's over a hundred feet off the ground and won't stand still."
Calvin Trillin, American writer (New Yorker magazine)

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 TRIVIA
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In Queen Victoria's day, oranges were a treasured Christmas gift in England.

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 DID YOU KNOW?
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Cheshire cheese is the oldest cheddar type cheese, and the oldest named cheese in Britain. There are 3 varieties, a white, a 'red' (actually yellow in color) which is dyed with annatto, and a blue-veined variety originally considered undesirable when it occurred accidently.


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 WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS
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Jean Avice, 19th century
Jean Avice was an excellent pastry cook of the early 19th century. He was patisser with the famous M.Bailly in Paris, and was also appointed chef to Talleyrand. Careme was trained by Avice, who later called Avice the 'master of choux pastry.' Avice is said in some stories to have been the creator of the Madeleine, a small, rich, shell-shaped cake, when he had the idea of baking pound-cake mixture in aspic molds. However, most authorities believe the madeleine is much older than that.

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 RECIPE REQUESTS FROM READERS
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REQUEST: My paternal grandparents were married in the late 1890's.  She made a fruitcake at Christmas and called it "Farmer's Fruit Cake".  I never saw or heard of a recipe so I have no idea where she got the recipe. 
It was a 3 layer spice cake with lots of dried fruit and nuts.  The icing was a plain liquid sugar icing.  The cake itself was dark brown.
Have you ever heard of a cake like this?  I sure would like to have the recipe for it.
Thanks. Sincerely, Harry R.

ANSWER: Any subscribers who might have a recipe for this cake, please email it to me so I can forward it to Harry.
Thank you, Chef James

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

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 TRIVIA  
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Cowboy cooks would take their sourdough starter to bed with them to keep the cold night air from stopping the crucial fermenting process.


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 QUOTE
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"If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
Carl Sagan, (1934-1996)'Cosmos'

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 CULINARY CALENDAR - Selected Events
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11
St. Gentian's Day, patron of innkeepers.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12
1967 The movie 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' premiered, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
1884 Percy Everitt patented a coin operated scale.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14
1968 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' by Marvin Gaye hits number 1 on the charts.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15
1686 Isaak Walton died. He is mainly known for ‘The Compleat Angler, or, the Contemplative Man’s Recreation,’ which is one of the most frequently published books in English literature. It is a literary discourse on the pleasures of fishing.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16
1863 Gerard Adriaan Heineken bought the Amsterdam brewery, 'The Haystack', which dated back to 1592. This was the beginning of Heineken beer.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17
1892 The first performance of Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker' in St. Petersburg.

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 TRIVIA
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General Foods 'Post Toasties' cereal (1904) was originally called Elijah's Manna.

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 QUOTE
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"A man who drinks only water has a secret to hide from his fellow men."
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet

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