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THE FOOD REFERENCE NEWSLETTER
May 19, 2004     Vol 5 #15   ISSN 1535-5659
 
   IN THIS ISSUE

    =>  Website News
    =>  'Food for Thought' by Mark Vogel
    =>  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
    =>  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 week on the website, along with a Daily Culinary Quote, Daily Trivia, Today in Food History, Recipe Contests, Food Festivals, etc.

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 'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' BY MARK VOGEL
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 QUOTE
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"Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first."
Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) (1818-1885)


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 TRIVIA
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An 'Airline Breast' is a boneless breast of chicken with the first wing bone attached.


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With nearly 70,000 members, the American Dietetic Association is the nation’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being.


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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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READERS QUESTIONS
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QUESTION: In last weeks quiz, 7) All citrus fruits originated in the Old World except one. Which one?
I would have thought pineapples would have been a New World citrus.  Carl.

ANSWER: Quite a few people are under the impression that the pineapple is a citrus fruit - but it is not. 
  Citrus belong to the Rutaceae or Rue family.
  Pineapples are in the Bromeliad plant family.
  Think about all the other citrus fruits and what they have in common: lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, citron, kumquat, etc. 
Their skin, the general shape, they grow on trees.
  Now think about pineapple ---  Nothing at all like citrus fruit - they look more like a yucca or agave in general appearance and they do not grow on trees.

QUESTION: What is the purpose of the banana tree that it used in the kitchen?  Thank  you for this information.  My husband and I have been wondering about this for some time.   LN

ANSWER: The kitchen 'banana tree' is simply a place to hang bananas so they don't bruise and develop soft spots from resting on a flat surface.

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 TRIVIA
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"the first printed mention of bagels...is to be found in the Community Regulations of Kracow, Poland, for the year 1610 – which stated that bagels would be given as a gift to any woman in childbirth."
from 'The Joys of Yiddish' by Leo Rosten


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 ANCIENT & CLASSIC RECIPES
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From the first English translation of
APICIUS DE RE COQUINARIA
Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
The oldest known cookbook in existence, by a chef named Apicius, from sometime between 100 BC and 100 AD.

INDIAN PEAS
Cook peas; when skimmed, put in the sauce pan finely chopped leeks and coriander to be cooked [with the peas]. Take small cuttle fish, most desirable because of the black liquor and cook them also. Add oil, broth and wine, a bunch of leek and [green] coriander and make it boil. When done, crush pepper, lovage, origany, a little wild cumin moisten with the juice [of the peas] add wine and raisin wine to taste; mince the fish very fine, incorporate it with the peas, and sprinkle with pepper.

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FANNIE FARMER BOSTON COOKING SCHOOL COOK BOOK (1896 Edition)
SALAD A LA RUSSE

Peel six tomatoes, remove thin slices from top of each, and take out seeds and pulp. Sprinkle inside with salt, invert, and let stand one-half hour. Place seeds and pulp removed from tomatoes in a strainer and drain. Mix one-third cup cucumbers cut in dice, one-third cup cucumbers cut in dice, one-third cup cold cooked peas, one-fourth cup pickles finely chopped, one-third cup tomato pulp, and two tablespoons capers. Season with salt, pepper, and vinegar. Put in a cheese cloth and squeeze; then add one-half cup cold cooked chicken cut in very small dice. Mix with Mayonnaise Dressing, refill tomatoes, sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, and place each on a lettuce leaf.


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"The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet."
Judith Martin (Miss Manners)

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 TRIVIA
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Vegemite is a popular spread in Australia and New Zealand. Vegemite is made from a brown yeast extract. It is spread on bread and sandwiches, and used to flavor soups and stews. The flavor is mostly yeast and salt. It is similar to marmite.


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 CULINARY SCHOOLS, TOURS AND CRUISES
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Cooking schools, classes and tours for the amateur & the professional.
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 DID YOU KNOW?
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A self-service restaurant first appeared in San Francisco during the California gold rush of 1849.  In 1891 the YWCA of Kansas City, Mo., established what food-industry historians consider the first cafeteria. The first place known to be called a cafeteria - though the proprietor spelled it cafetiria - was opened in Chicago in the early 1890s.  The word came from Cuban Spanish.


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 WHO'S WHO IN THE CULINARY ARTS
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Adolphe Duglere (June 3, 1805 - April 4, 1884). Duglere was a pupil of Careme, head chef of the Rothschild family, and in 1866 became the head chef of the most famous 19th century Paris restaurant, the Cafe Anglais. He is generally credited with creating Anna Potatoes. It at the Cafe Anglais that Duglere served the famous 'Dinner of the Three Emperors,' for Tsar Alexander II of Russia, his son (later to become tsar Alexander III) and King William I of Prussia. The table service used for that occasion is still on display at the oldest existing restaurant in Paris, La Tour d'Argent.


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 RECIPE REQUESTS FROM READERS
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BLACKBERRY CAKE
2 cups sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup buttermilk
4 eggs
1 tsp soda
1 tsp (heaping) baking powder
3-1/2 cups cake flour
1-1/2 cups (not jelly) blackberry jam/preserves
3 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp allspice
1 tsp nutmeg
 
Cream sugar and butter add eggs. Cream thoroughly. Sift all dry ingredients together 3 times. Add alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture. Add jam and mix thoroughly. Bake in 4 (four) layers in greased layer pans. Bake at 350 degree for 20-25 minutes. Put together with seven minute icing.
Note: Make one 4 layer cake or two 2 layer cakes. Yield: 12 Servings

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

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 TRIVIA  
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A single Alaskan King Crab can yield over 6 pounds of meat. They can measure up to a 6 foot leg span.


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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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 QUOTE
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"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."
Julia Child (1912-____)


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 CULINARY CALENDAR - A Few Selected Events
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THURSDAY, MAY 20
1810 On this day Dolly Madison, wife of president James Madison, supposedly served the first ice cream at the White House, for a reception.

FRIDAY, MAY 21
National Waitstaff Day

SATURDAY, MAY 22
1931 Canned rattlesnake goes on sale. Packed by George K. End of Arcadia, Florida. Not quite as big a hit as Spam.

SUNDAY, MAY 23
1922 Thomas Edison patented a method for making metal foils.

MONDAY, MAY 24
1929 The first Marx Brothers film, 'Coconuts' premiered.

TUESDAY, MAY 25
1986 Six million Americans participate in Hand Across America by holding hands and singing across 4,150 miles of road in support of the hungry and homeless.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26
Anyone have any suggestions for this date?

For a complete listing of each day's events, go here:
http://www.foodreference.com/html/HistoricEvents.html


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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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Basmati rice is a small but long grained aromatic rice with a nutlike flavor and aroma ('basmati' means fragrant). Basmati rice is of Southeast Asian origin, and has been cultivated in India and Pakistan for over 8,000 years.


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"You have to eat oatmeal or you'll dry up. Anybody knows that."
Kay Thompson, author of 'Eloise' (1905-1998)


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