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February 10, 2003     Vol 4 #5   ISSN 1535-5659

    =>  Website News
    =>  Quotes and Trivia
    =>  Website of the Week
    =>  Food Trivia Quiz
    =>  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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"Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries thrive here. From these they make a wonderful dish combined with syrup and sugar, which is called 'pai'. I can tell you that is something that glides easily down your throat; they also make the same sort of 'pai' out of apples or finely ground meat, with syrup added, and that is really the most superb."
An immigrant living in Beloit, Wisconsin, wrote to friends back in Norway, on November 29, 1851 about Pie.

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The fuzzy melon (Benincasa hispida), also called fuzzy squash, hairy melon and moqua, is a winter melon that is 6 to 10 inches long with green skin and fine hairlike fuzz that disappears when the fruit matures. Their shape varies from cylindrical to dumbbell like. It's mild subtle flavor is described as somewhat like a cucumber or summer squash. They are originally from southern China and have been cultivated there since antiquity.

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Havarti is a rich, mild, semisoft Danish cow's milk cheese. It has a very mild tang, and the cheese has many small holes. It can frequently be found with dill, caraway seeds, mustard seeds, etc., and there is also a spreadable version.           Havarti was named after the farm were it was developed in the 19th century.

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First, prepare a sauce with the coral of a hen lobster, pounded and rubbed through a sieve, and very gradually mixed with a good mayonnaise, remoulade, or English salad-dressing of the present chapter.
Next, half fill the bowl or more with small salad herbs, or with young lettuces finely shred, and arrange upon them spirally, or in a chain, alternate slices of the flesh of a large lobster, or of two middling-sized ones, and some hard-boiled eggs cut thin and evenly. Leave a space in the centre, pour in the sauce, heap lightly some small salad on the top, and send the dish immediately to table.
The coral of a second lobster may be intermingled with the white flesh of the fish with very good effect; and forced eggs may be placed at intervals round the edge of the bowl as a decoration, and an excellent accompaniment as well.
Another mode of making the salad is to lay the split bodies of the fish round the bowl, and the claws, freed carefully from the shells, arranged high in the centre on the herbs; but the colour will not then be good.

Obs. — The addition of cucumber in ribbons laid lightly round it, is always an agreeable one to lobster salad: they may previously be sauced, and then drained from their dressing a little.

A more wholesome and safer mode of imparting the flavour of the cucumber, however, is to use for the salad vinegar in which that vegetable has been steeped for some hours after having been cut up small.

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"I want order and taste.  A well displayed meal is enhanced one hundred per cent in my eyes."
Antonin Careme (Marie-Antoine Careme)(1783-1833)

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Most of the world's macadamia nuts are grown on the island of Hawaii.

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The Food Reference DATES IN CULINARY HISTORY CD contains over 2,000 food dates and events listings. Use year after year, an excellent reference for students, teachers, writers and chefs.

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When you eat ice cream, or any hard frozen dessert for that matter, you may get a very painful headache. This is caused by blood vessel spasms which are triggered by the intense cold from the ice cream. The resulting headache is much the same as a migraine - the spasms interrupt the blood flow and cause the vessels to swell. To avoid this, just eat your ice cream slower.

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H.B. Reese (20th century)
H.B. Reese, a Pennsylvania farmer, took a job operating one of Hershey's dairy farms in 1917 and later started a candy company of his own. He introduced Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in 1923.

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I am looking for a cold cereal recipe fashioned after the Post grape nuts variety.  It would be made from ground whole wheat flour.  If you have access to one I would very much appreciate it.  Marsha

Yield: 20 Cups
      7 c  Whole wheat flour
      3 c  Packed brown sugar
  2 1/4 ts Baking soda
      1 ts Salt
  2 1/2 c  Buttermilk
      6 tb Butter; melted
      2 ts Vanilla
    1/2 ts Maple flavoring; optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 6 13x9x2" pans.
  2. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add buttermilk, butter, vanilla and maple flavoring, if desired. Spread into baking pans. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool; break up and process in processor until pieces are small.
  3. Reduce oven to 250. Return cereal to pans and bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, or until light brown and crisp. Store airtight.

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

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Honey contains 18 more calories per tablespoon than refined sugar.

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"A man's own dinner is to himself so important that he cannot bring himself to believe that it is a matter utterly indifferent to anyone else."
Anthony Trollope, English novelist (1815-1882)

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 CULINARY CALENDAR - Selected Events
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FEB 12
1935 (Georges-) Auguste Escoffier died. "the king of chefs and the chef of kings."

FEB 13
1971 'One Bad Apple' by the Osmonds reached Number 1 on the charts.

FEB 14
Valentine's Day. One of the busiest days of the year for restaurants.
1838 Margaret E. Knight was born. An American inventor, she invented an improved paper bag machine to make bags with flat bottoms

FEB 15
1758 Benjamin Jackson advertised mustard for sale for the first time in America. The advertisement was in the Philadelphia Chronicle, and claimed Jackson was the first and only manufacturer of mustard in America.

FEB 16
1937 Dr. Wallace Hume Carothers received a patent for Nylon. (Which he discovered in 1935). One of its first uses was to replace the hog bristles that had been used in toothbrushes. Think about it: people used to brush their teeth with pigs hair.

FEB 17
Fornacalia; Old Roman Bread Festival or Feast of Ovens.
1889 H.L. Hunt, the pioneering Texas oil millionaire (Hunt Oil Company) was born. He carried a brown bag lunch to his office each day and considered himself as 'just plain folks.'

FEB 18
1930 At the St. Louis International Air Exposition, a cow supposedly flew in an airplane for the first time, and this same cow became the first cow to be milked while flying. Most likely the first true flying cow dung also.
(For some reason this reminds me of the ‘WKRP’ TV show - the Thanksgiving episode in which the radio station gave away 40 turkeys by dropping them from an airplane over a shopping center, and Mr. Carlson (the station owner) uttered those famous words, “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”)

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The Horseradish tree (Moringa oleifera or M. pterygosperma), also known as Drumstick tree, is native to India. The roots taste like horseradish, and can be used as a substitute.  The unripe pods are boiled like beans, the flowers and leaves are also cooked as vegetables. The seeds yield ben oil, used for salad oil, machine oil and in soaps.

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"Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer."
Arnold Schwarzenegger  1975

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