Foodie Friday: Fact or Fiction

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My General Manager once told me the story of the Caesar salad.  Back in the time of Caesar, salt was incredibly scarce.  Salty fish named anchovies were abundant though.  So to create the salty taste in the dressing they used the anchovies.  Even though we have plenty of salt today, we still use the anchovies to pay tribute to Caesar.

I told this story hundreds of times.  Guests loved hearing it.  It made something regal about the plain old Caesar salad.  The problem was that it was completely incorrect.  The Caesar salad was named after Caesar Cardini who invented it in his Mexican Restaurant in 1924. When I confronted my GM he laughed at the notion I ever believed the story in the first place.

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14 Responses to Foodie Friday: Fact or Fiction

  1. Brenda June 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    Didn’t do as well as I expected, but I did get the bonus. 7 of 10 + 1 bonus right. This was fun. How about Cut Onions and Spoiled Mayonaise.

    • tipsfortips June 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

      Anything that grows on the ground should be washed before eating and peeled before slicing. A huge culprit here is cantaloupe because it is tough to rinse. Peel the cantaloupe whole, rinse, sanitize knife, then slice. Onion layers make this far easier, but always peel the first few layers before slicing through the middle. Mayo is Pasteurized so no worries there.

  2. Brenda June 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    Didn’t do as well as I expected, but I did get the bonus. 7 of 10 + 1 bonus right. This was fun. How about Cut Onions and Spoiled Mayonaise.

    • tipsfortips June 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

      Anything that grows on the ground should be washed before eating and peeled before slicing. A huge culprit here is cantaloupe because it is tough to rinse. Peel the cantaloupe whole, rinse, sanitize knife, then slice. Onion layers make this far easier, but always peel the first few layers before slicing through the middle. Mayo is Pasteurized so no worries there.

  3. yellowcat June 12, 2010 at 1:50 am #

    I failed. I only knew #5, 7, 8 & 10. I always know my poisons. :-)

  4. yellowcat June 12, 2010 at 1:50 am #

    I failed. I only knew #5, 7, 8 & 10. I always know my poisons. :-)

  5. Chris June 17, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    Unbelievable! I got 100% and the bonus question. A lot of lucky guesses

  6. Chris June 17, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    Unbelievable! I got 100% and the bonus question. A lot of lucky guesses

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