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THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
February 3, 2003     Vol 4 #4   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
    =>  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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the website, along with a Daily Culinary Quote, Daily Trivia,
Today in Food History, and other interesting culinary facts.

For those subscribers who visit Key West, Florida, I have started a Restaurant and Food Store Review section. Check the main page navigation for a link to the reviews.

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 QUOTE
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"There has always been a food processor in the kitchen. But once upon a time she was usually called the missus or Mom."
Sue Berkman, 'Everything But the Kitchen Sink,' Esquire 9/84

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 TRIVIA
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Goldwasser or Danzig Goldwasser is a liqueur flavored with orange zest, herbs and spices. It also contains flecks of real gold leaf. It has been claimed by some to be the oldest cordial made.

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 THIS WEEK'S WEBSITE OF THE WEEK:
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If you need a few minutes or so of diversion from a hard busy day, try this website.
HATS OF MEAT "One always looks neat in a hat made from meat."
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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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 TRIVIA
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A good date palm can produce 300 to 600 pounds of dates per year, and will produce for 100 years or more.

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 QUOTE
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"It [soup] breathes reassurance, it offers consolation; after a weary day it promotes sociability...There is nothing like a bowl of hot soup, it's wisp of aromatic steam teasing the nostrils into quivering anticipation."
Louis P. DeGouy (Chef at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for 30 years) 'The Soup Book' (1949)

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 ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES
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MODERN COOKERY FOR PRIVATE FAMILIES
By Eliza Acton (1845)
INDIAN LOBSTER CUTLETS
In India, these cutlets are made from the flesh of prawns, which are there of enormous size, but lobsters, unless quite overgrown, answer for them as well or better.
Select fish of good size and take out the tails entire; slice them about the third of an inch thick, dip them into beaten egg, and then into very fine crumbs of bread seasoned rather highly with cayenne, and moderately with salt, grated nutmeg, and pounded mace.
Egg and crumb them twice, press the bread upon them with the blade of a knife, and when all are ready, fry them quickly in good butter to a light brown.
Serve them as dry as possible, arranged in a chain round a hot dish, and pour into the centre, or send to table with them in a tureen, some sauce made with the flesh of the claws heated in some rich melted butter, flavoured with a tablespoonful of essence of anchovies, one of strong chili vinegar, a little salt and mace, and coloured with the coral of the fish, should they contain any.
A few shrimps may be added with good effect; or the sauce may be made of these entirely, either whole or pounded, when they are preferred.
In either case, they should only be heated in it, and not allowed to boil.
East or West Indian mangoes or other hot pickle should accompany the dish.
The cutlets may likewise be dipped into light French batter, and fried; but the egg and bread-crumbs are somewhat preferable.
It is an advantage to have lobsters little more than parboiled for them.
Herbs can be added to the crumbs at pleasure; the writer does not, however, recommend them.


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 QUOTE
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"Be not angry or sour at table; whatever may happen put on the cheerful mien, for good humor makes one dish a feast."
From a Shaker manual, 'Gentle Manners'

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 TRIVIA
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Both Chicken a la King and Lobster a la Newburg were created at New York's Delmonico's Restaurant (1834 - 1923). In the 1830's, Delmonico's had a menu with 340 entrees, 11 soups, and 40 hors d'oeuvres.

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 DID YOU KNOW?
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The Red Delicious is the most widely grown variety of apple in the world. Red Delicious have firm, white or cream white flesh that is juicy, aromatic, sweet tasting. They are best eaten raw because of their thick skin.
The Golden Delicious is not related to the Red Delicious, but was introduced by the same family, the Stark Brothers. Golden Delicious are highly aromatic, with a sweet, sprightly flavor, and crisp, juicy flesh.  They are great in pies and sauces.

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 WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS
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Emile Zola (April 2, 1840 - September 28, 1902)
French writer and critic who was also known as a gourmand. His detailed descriptions of simple meals, banquets and eating in his novels are among the best to be found anywhere. He was also known for his own luxury dinner parties. "What will be the death of me are buillabaisses, food spiced with pimiento, shellfish, and a load of exquisite rubbish which I eat in disproportionate quantities."


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 RECIPE REQUESTS FROM READERS
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I would like to have the recipe of Amelia Simmons johny cake.
Could you forward the recipe as soon as posible. Thank you.

American Cookery, Amelia Simmons (1796)
Johny Cake, or Hoe Cake.
Scald 1 pint of milk and put 3 pints of Indian meal, and half pint of flower -- bake before the fire. Or scald with milk two thirds of the Indian meal, or wet two thirds with boiling water, add salt, molasses and shortening, work up with cold water pretty stiff, and bake as above.

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

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 TRIVIA  
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Dill seeds are very small and very light. It takes more than 10,000 dill seeds to make an ounce.

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 QUOTE
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"To me, an airplane is a great place to diet."
Wolfgang Puck

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 CULINARY CALENDAR - Selected Events from the Events CD
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FEBRUARY 4
1946 Dan Quayle is born. Destined to make the potatoe famous.

FEBRUARY 5
National Chocolate Fondue Day
1967 Tom Smothers fell into a vat of chocolate today. (The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour premiered).

FEBRUARY 6
Feast of St. Amand, patron of bartenders, brewers, vintners.
1617 Prospero Alpini died. An Italian physician and botanist, he is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe and to have been the first to artificially fertilize date palms.

FEBRUARY 7
1989 It was reported that a rain of sardines fell in Ipswich, Australia.

FEBRUARY 8
Feast of St. Meingold, patron of bakers.

FEBRUARY 9
1854 Coffee County, Georgia was founded.
1894 'Hershey's Chocolate Company' was founded as a subsidiary of Milton S. Hershey's 'Lancaster Caramel Company'.

FEBRUARY 10
1945 The Andrews Sisters recording of 'Rum and Coca Cola' hit #1 on the popular music charts.
1957 The ‘Styrofoam’ cooler was invented.

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 TRIVIA
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"The doum palm is native to the Nile region in Africa. The edible fruits taste like gingerbread. Also called gingerbread palm, gingerbread tree, dhoum palm and Egyptian palm.

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 QUOTE
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"Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal."
Voltaire (1694-1778)

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