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Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad was invented in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico, by a man named Caesar Cardini who ran the restaurant and night club called "Caesar's Place." At the time, Tijuana was a hotbed for nightclubs and eating out, being just across the Mexican border -- a border which during the 1920s meant that on one side you could get alcohol, on the other (the American side) you couldn't.

Caesar's version used Romano cheese (instead of Parmesan, which we now do), 1-minute coddled eggs (instead of raw egg yolk), and whole romaine heart leaves, which he meant people to eat with their fingers. He also used lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and croutons, as we do now. Worcestershire sauce and anchovies, though now considered "traditional" in most versions, were not a part of Caesar's original version, making their appearance around 20 years later in the 1940s.

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Dried Porcini Mushrooms
Porcini Mushrooms are pale brown with a meaty texture and a rich, woodsy flavour.

They don't have gills underneath the cap; they have pores instead. The caps can be anywhere from 1 to 10 inches wide (2.5 to 25 cm.) They are still collected from the wild; efforts to cultivate them domestically have not yet succeeded (as of 2004.)

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"There is nothing so innocent, so confiding in its expression, as the small green face of the freshly shelled spring pea. Asparagus is pushing and bossy, lettuce is loud and blowsy, radishes are gay and playful, but the little green pea is so helpless and friendly that it makes really sensitive stomachs suffer to see the way he is treated in the average home."

-- William Wallace Irwin (American writer. Author of "The Garrulous Gourmet", 1952)

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