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The Russians are Coming

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Christine 
Sent: Saturday, April 04, 2009 9:37 AM
Subject: The Russians Are Coming

Hi Phaed,
Do you know whether or not Alan Arkin was really speaking Russian in the film The Russians Are Coming?
Thanks for all your help,

Hello Christine,

Apparently it is really Russian. I found this on a message board:

"As a russian viewer, I must say it's one of the few movies where american actors speak russian rather good (maybe because of Mr.Arkin's russian background). Usually russian language sounds awful even in contemporary movies - when everything is messed up."


Healing Salve

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Leah 
Sent: Saturday, March 28, 2009 9:03 PM
Subject: wound healing salve using turmeric olive oil beeswax tea tree oil aloe arnica 
slippery elm red clover thyme oil vitamin e

i dont have the measurements was hoping you might thank you very very much for your time!

Hello Leah,

The statement : "A nice formula for a wound healing salve is a mixture of olive oil, beeswax, tea tree oil, aloe, turmeric, arnica, slippery elm, red clover, thyme oil, and vitamin E" is from an article about the properties of turmeric on the website of "The California College of Ayurveda" at Turmeric-The Golden Goddess, and it's quoted in a few other places on the Internet. However, there does not seem to be a formula for such a salve anywhere.

Here is the contact information for "The California College of Ayurveda" :

The California College of Ayurveda
1117A East Main Street, Grass Valley, California 95945


Phone: General Information 530-274-9100
Fax: 530-274-7350

Your best bet is to ask them about a formula, since there is no other mention on the Internet of such a salve.


Crab au Gratin

From: "Diana" 
To: "Phaedrus" 
Subject: Another recipe
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 12:48 PM

Hello, friend!

Here's another recipe that was in today's Memphis Commercial Appeal. Perhaps you'll remember the 
old Capt. Bilbo's; it was a great place. I though others might be interested in the recipe.

Take care,

northeast arkansas

Captain Bilbo's Crab Au Gratin

1 1/2 cups green onion tops, finely chopped
1 large bell pepper, finely chopped
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups canned mushrooms, chopped medium
1/2 cup chablis or other white wine
1/2 lb. butter
1 cup flour
1 cup sour cream
3 egg yolks
1 pint half and half
1 tsp. Tabasco
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. oregano
1 lb. lump crabmeat
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Sauté green onion tops. bell pepper, celery, parsley and mushrooms 40 minutes in 1/2 pound 
of butter and chablis.
Remove pot from heat and mix in 1 cup flour and 1 cup sour cream.
In a medium pot, prepare milk-egg mixture by whipping together egg yolks and half and half.
Blend into milk-egg mixture Tabasco, salt, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce and oregano.
Mix together sautéed items and egg-milk mixture.
Squeeze excess liquid from crabmeat (lump crabmeat is best but any kind works) and mix into 
above sauce.
Place mixture in casserole dish or dishes, top with grated cheddar cheese and finish in 
350 degree oven until hot and bubbly-about 20 minutes.

Apricot Nut Bread

----- Original Message ----- 
From: David 
Sent: Friday, April 03, 2009 10:21 AM
Subject: Nut Tree in Vacaville


My name is David and I live in Newcastle, CA

When I was a kid and even a young and not so young man my parents, me alone and my wife and 
I would always stop in at the Nut Tree on our way to and from the Sierra's.  While there we/I 
would look at the airplane and cooking stuff and we would always get a few loafs of their 
apricot nut bread.  One would be devoured the next day, the others frozen and bought out on 
Sundays.  Toasting the bread and then putting butter on it was the best way to eat it but at 
times the need to just pound down the sweet and oh so wonderfully tart bread would overwhelm 
and the loaf would simply be devoured.  Their blueberry loaf was also quite good but could 
not stand up to the apricot's complexity.

I have searched and searched, as has my brother and his wife with no success....Please, I beg 
you help us all.  Sincerely, David 

Hello David,

The below recipe is listed on BigOven as the Nut Tree recipe. It is the only one on the Internet that I can locate.

If that's not it, then it might be in the Nut Tree Cookbook.:

"Nut Tree Remembered: The Cookbook" by Tara Baumann, Jim Moehrke, Roy Moehrke, 1997 (Vacaville Museum, CA - ordering info: 707-447-4513)


  Apricot Nut Bread

  2 1/2 cups flour 
  1 cup sugar 
  1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder 
  1/2 teaspoon salt 
  3 tablespoons oil 
  1/2 cup skim milk 
  2 egg whites 
  1/4 cup orange juice 
  4 teaspoons orange zest 
  1/4 cup finely chopped pecans 
  10 large dried apricot halves, chopped 
  1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2 Spray a non-stick 9 by 5 inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. 
  3 Measure all ingredients into a large mixer bowl. 
  4 Beat on medium speed for 30 seconds, scrape sides and bottom of bowl. 
  5 Pour into pan and bake in preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted 
in center comes out clean. 
  6 Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes; turn out and cool thoroughly. 
  7 Slice into 16 even slices. 

Italian Butter Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: AnaMaria 
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 9:01 AM
Subject: Looking for a cookie recipe

I just returned from a trip to NY and I live in Jacksonville, FL.  I bought 2 lbs of 
Italian cookies from Patsy & Son's Bakery in Lindenhurst, Long Island.  Now these cookies 
are a standard type that are usually garnished with sprinkles, dipped in choc. and or have 
a thin raspberry filling. 
I believe they are butter cookies, but I can never duplicate their delicate texture as 
they practically melt in your mouth.  And the flavor isn't really one that can be described 
as "buttery".  I know there are tons of the pignoli cookie recipes, and the rainbow cookies 
too, but I don't want any of these almond based cookies. Just the plain pale cookie that you 
can garnish with raspberry or choc, or anything else.  Any hope for a copycat recipe out there. 
I've been searching for years on the internet as I used to live in NY and miss the bakery treats.

  Thanks a bunch,


Hello Ana Maria,

Try the Italian butter cookies recipes found on these sites:







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