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Hunt's Matchbook Sweet & Sour Pork

From: Gregg 
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2012 12:57 PM
Subject: Hunts Matchbook Sweet n Sour Pork Recipe

Hello Uncle Phaedrus,

Great website!!

I'm hoping you can help me. I'm looking for a sweet n sour pork recipe that was on a Hunts' matchbook cover in the 60's. 
My mother used to make it and we all loved it. I recently asked my mother if she still had it or could remember how it was made...No luck. 
This is what she can remember: "Bite size chucks of pork (lightly sautéed ), brown sugar, vinegar, tomato sauce and chunk pineapple."

We would really appreciate it if you could use your magical powers and hunt it down for us.

Best regards,


Hi Gregg,

See below.


Sweet  And  Sour  Pork

3 lb. pork, cut in bite size
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/2 c. vinegar
1/3 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. pineapple tidbits and juice
3 (8 oz.) cans Hunts tomato sauce

Lightly brown pork in large skillet.  Add remaining ingredients.  Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. 

Mrs Field's Chocolate Chip Cookies

From: John 
Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2012 5:26 PM
Subject: Mrs Fields chocolate chip cookies

Dear Phaedrus,

I’m sure you know the story about the Mrs. Fields cookie recipe.I had one of those supposedly original recipes years ago. 
Besides chocolate chips it had a grated up chocolate bar in it. I lost it in a fire.I can’t find it on the net. Can you help?



Hello Linc,

Well, I had no problems locating several recipes for Mrs. Field’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. Todd Wilbur made a copycat recipe. See:
Top Secret Recipes

Some of the Internet recipes do not have the grated chocolate bar, some have oatmeal and some don’t, some have nuts and some don’t. None of them specifically said that they were the same recipe that was in that email.

The one below has both chocolate chips and grated chocolate bar and may be the one you want. Note that this recipe is very similar to the “Nieman–Marcus Cookies” recipe that also went around in emails.

As for the real, original Mrs. Fields chocolate chip cookies recipe, Mrs. Fields says she has never sold it or released it at all. It remains a secret.


2 c. butter
2 c. sugar
2 c. brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4 c. flour
5 c. oatmeal, ground in blender
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. soda
24 oz. chocolate chips
4 oz. grated Hershey bar

Cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix in flour, oatmeal, baking powder and soda. Stir in chips and Hershey bar. 
Bake 7-10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Timm sent this recipe from the cookbook "Mrs. Fields I Love Chocolate! Cookbook".

From Timm in Oregon

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans
Source: Mrs. Fields I Love Chocolate! Cookbook


2-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup pecans, chopped and toasted, optional
12 ounces chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 300F degrees. In medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl with electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until just combined. 
Add the flour mixture, toasted pecans and chocolate chips; beat on low speed until just blended. 
Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes.

Weight Loss Contest

From: Patti 
Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2012 9:00 AM
Subject: pds vs B.M.I.

Hello Uncle Phaedrus,

Hope you can settle this discussion or at least shed some light on it..... 
We at work have joined ( once again) in a weight loss contest between ourselves.  
The first time we did this we agreed to count the loss by pounds. 
This time , most of the crew want to go by BMI  loss.  
A few of our folks argue that it is not a fair way to go.  
What is your thoughts on this ?

Thank You and Happy New Year !


Hi Patti,

I did some reading on this, and what I read convinced me that neither measure is a fair way to judge a weight-loss contest. An individual who is very overweight, whether measured in pounds or calculated using BMI, has an advantage in a contest using either of these. A very obese person will lose more pounds while dieting than a person who only needs to lose a lower number of pounds. They will also lose more BMI than a person who is just a little overweight. The fairest way to do it is to use the percentage of body weight lost. This method “levels the playing field.” This is what the TV shows use.

Here's how to calculate percentage of body weight lost:

1) Starting weight less ending weight = total lost. Example: If starting weight = 150 lbs and ending weight = 137 lbs, then total lost = 13 lbs
2) Total weight lost divided by starting weight = proportion of weight lost. Example: If total lost = 13 lbs and starting weight = 150 lbs, then proportion lost = 13 divided by 150 = .087
3) Proportion lost times 100 = percentage of body weight lost. Example: If proportion lost = .087, then percentage lost = .087 times 100 = 8.7%

Excel spreadsheets are handy for this. You can calculate weekly to see how each person is doing, then use the overall as a final measure to determine the winner.


Lum's Ollieburger Spices

From: "Benjamin" 
Subject: Response to search for Lum's Ollie Burgers
Date: Sunday, February 05, 2012 10:11 AM

Response to

There is still quite a 'cult' following of this fantastic creation.  I 
remember it from the mid seventies and have recently been making it and 
enjoying it again thanks to a post I stumbled in to about 2 years ago.  
I had tried the myriad of horribly wrong recipes posted all over the 
internet and then stumbled in to a post from the former operations 
director of Lum's who kindly provides the spice mixture and recipes for 
Lum's Ollie Burgers, Ollie Fries, Beer Steamed Hot Dogs and several 
other of the Lum's favorites missed by so many.  After trying his Ollie 
Burger spices and the Ollie Bun Sauce it became immediately apparent 
that there is no other recipe any where on the internet that is remotely 

This seems to be the ONLY way to recreate the Ollie Burger and I am sad 
to think that this will be lost forever at some point in the hopefully 
very very distant future when we no longer have access to Dennis.

The site is not put together all that well - but you are basically 
looking for Dennis DeBlasis email address - with the spice order he 
includes recipes for several things, even there Key Lime Pie.

I have ordered the spices from Dennis  DeBlasis 3 or 4 times so far and 
it's apparent that he is not doing this to make money but rather just to 
keep Ollie Burger alive for those of us that were fortunate to 
experience it.  For those of you that were not --> I can honestly say 
that you have, thus far, missed out on the best hamburger on the planet.


Hi Ben,

Thanks for the info!

The article is: Long live the Ollie Burger

The emails for purchasing the Ollieburger seasoning and the french fry seasoning are: or at

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