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THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
December 24, 2003     Vol 4 #33   ISSN 1535-5659
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS

This Christmas issue will be a little shorter than most issues.
I would like to take this chance to wish all of you a very Joyful Holiday season, and a Healthy and Happy New Year. 
I appreciate and enjoy all of the emails from subscribers throughout the year - the questions, comments, praise, complaints and those pointing out mistakes of fact or grammar. You are what makes this endeavor worthwhile, and I wish to thank all of you for your input and support.
CHEF JAMES

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 'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' BY MARK VOGEL
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CHRISTMAS BREAD PUDDING
Various pudding recipes, especially bread pudding, have been traditional Christmas dishes since the 19th century.  Before discussing bread pudding we must first illuminate what pudding in general is, and that’s the real challenge.  According to the culinary encyclopedia Larousse Gastronomique, pudding is “Any of numerous dishes, sweet or savory, served hot or cold, which are prepared in...............
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 QUOTE
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"In my experience, clever food is not appreciated at Christmas. It makes the little ones cry and the old ones nervous."
Jane Grigson


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 TRIVIA
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Ugly Duckling of Santa’s reindeer herd. The Montgomery Ward Co. had been for years buying and giving out coloring books for Christmas at their stores, in an attempt to cut their cost they had one of their employees, copywriter Robert May write a story. Robert May wrote the story to cheer up his 4yr old daughter Barbara whose mother was dieing of cancer. Rollo then Reginald were the first names he'd named the deer before he settled on Rudolph. His wife died shortly before the story was published.
     He had Denver Gillen from the Ward’s art dept. illustrated the story. Montgomery Ward’s distributed 2.4 million copies of the booklet in 1939.
     In 1947 Montgomery Ward’s gave the copyright to May who had become deeply indebted with his wife’s medical bills. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was printed commercially in 1947 and a cartoon came out in 1947 to be shown in theaters. Songwriter Johnny Marks wrote a musical version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, taking a few liberties with May’s story. May’s Rudolph lived in a reindeer village elsewhere, not the North Pole with Santa’s reindeer, May’s grew up in a good household though taunted by other reindeer, and May’s Rudolph was discovered by accident when Santa seen his glowing nose while he was delivering presents to Rudolphs’ house, and being already distressed the by fog, asked Rudolph to lead his sleigh.
     Gene Autry recorded Mark’s song in 1949, selling two million copies the first year and became the second top selling song of all time. In 1964 Rankin/Bass TV special was made and narrated by Burl Ives, which is still popular Christmas rerun.

(This is from this week's Website of the Week, below)

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 THIS WEEK'S WEBSITE OF THE WEEK:
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CHRISTMAS TRIVIA WEBSITE
http://users3.ev1.net/~hwillcox/main.html
This website has a huge amount of information about Christmas and its traditions.

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 FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ
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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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 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)

WASHINGTON PUNCH FOR 12 PEOPLE
One-half pineapple, sliced fine and sprinkle liberally with granulated sugar.  Add one-half bottle Rhine or Moselle wine, and set aside for twenty-four hours to ripen;  then strain and add two bottles Rhine wine, one bottle claret, and the remainder of the pineapple, slice fine.  Just before serving, add one quart champagne. Either use a large piece of ice to cool, or have the wines ice cold before mixing.

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 QUOTE
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A three-year-old gave this reaction to her Christmas dinner: "I don't like the turkey, but I like the bread he ate."
unknown

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 TRIVIA
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Tortellini is a speciality of the Bolognese Christmas dinner (filled with turkey, ham, and sausage forcemeat).


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 DID YOU KNOW?
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"....while visions of sugarplums danced in their head". Those famous sugarplums which fill children's dreams at Christmas were originally sugar coated coriander, a treat that offered a sweet start and then a spicy burst of flavor. Later the recipe included small bits of fruit and became the confection we know today.

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 QUOTE
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"Heaped on the floor were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, bartrels of oysters, re-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething bowls of punch that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam."
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) A Christmas Carol, 1843


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 CULINARY CALENDAR - Selected Events
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24
Children have visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads tonight.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25
Christmas Day
1887 Conrad Nicholson Hilton was born. Founder of one of the largest hotel chains. It all began when he and his father turned their large New Mexico house into an inn for traveling salesmen.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26
1792 Charles Babbage was born. He invented the adding machine, and among his other inventions is the cowcatcher, the V shaped front end on locomotives.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27
National Fruitcake Day
1900 Carry Nation smashed her first bar.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28
1869 William Finley Semple patented the first chewing gum, although he never commercially manufactured any gum.

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30
1851 Asa Griggs Candler was born. In 1887, Asa Candler (1851-1929) a wholesale druggist, purchased the formula for Coca-Cola from John S. Pemberton an Atlanta pharmacist for $ 2,300. He sold the company in 1919 for $25 million.


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 TRIVIA
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Stargazy pie is a fish pie of Cornish origin. It is made with the fishes' heads sticking out of the crust all round the rim, and presumably takes its name from their appearance of gazing skywards. In her Observer Guide to British Cookery (1984) Jane Grigson notes that 'it is a speciality of Mousehole where they make it on 23 December every year, Tom Bawcock's Eve, in memory of the fisherman who saved the town from a hungry Christmas one stormy winter.'


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 QUOTE
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"Truffles are only really good after Christmas.....So let us allow ignorant fops, beardless gourmands, and inexperienced palates the perry triumph of eating the first truffles."
Grimod de la Reynière (1758-1838)


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