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From: Vickie 
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2012 8:30 PM
Subject: Hermit cookie recipe


My father-in-law (age 85)  lived in New England (Massachusetts and Rhode Island) and remembers buying a type
of cookie called ‘Hermits”—made with molasses and raisins and baked in a long strip, then cut into pieces.  
I have seen some recipes that you have for Hermits cookies that are rolled into a ball and then baked.  
Do you have anything closer to what he is describing?  I would like to make some and send to him.

Thank you,


Hello Vickie,

See below.



3/4 c. shortening (not butter)
3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
3 c. flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 c. molasses
1/8 c. water
1 c. raisins
1 c. nut meats

Cream shortening and sugar.  Add beaten eggs (reserve small amount to brush tops before cooking).  
Add dry ingredients and liquids, then nuts and raisins.  Spread in strips on greased cookie sheet, 
brush with beaten eggs.  Bake in 350 degree oven.  Cut on diagonal.  Bake 10-12 minutes. 
Will be browned.  Ovens vary, but do not over bake. Can make 4 strips (in all) on 2 cookie sheets.  

1/2 stick margarine
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1/4 c. molasses
3 1/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. ginger
3/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 c. raisins
1/4 c. chopped nuts

Mix shortening and sugar until creamed; add egg and molasses and mix well.  
Sift dry ingredients and mix in on medium speed.  Add raisins and nuts.  
Refrigerate until firm.  On ungreased cookie sheet, place three rolls of cookie batter 
(about size of a hot dog in width) down length of pan.  Flatten slightly.  
Bake 7-10 minutes only on top shelf of oven.  Cool, sprinkle with sugar and cut on bias.

2 eggs
3/4 c. shortening
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
3 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 c. molasses
2 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. lemon juice (I use bottled)
1 c. raisins
1/2 c. walnuts

Cream sugar and shortening, add eggs and beat well.   Add molasses, milk and lemon juice.  
Mix dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture.  Add raisins and walnuts.  
Bake in 350 degree oven about 15 minutes or until light brown.  Don't bake to much as this 
is a chewy cookie.  Grease cookie sheet.  Make 2 long strips on cookie sheet.  
Don't use too much dough and don't put them to close together because they have to have 
room to spread.  When you take out of oven, cut with knife and when cool separate. 

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. molasses
1 tsp. baking soda
3 c. flour
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. raisins
1/2 c. warm coffee
1 egg

Cream shortening and sugar, add molasses, then soda dissolved in coffee.  
Add sifted dry ingredients, then raisins and beaten egg.  Make 2 long strips using 2 greased 
cookie sheets (4 strips in all).  Sprinkle with sugar, leave a space between the strips.  
Cut on diagonal after cooling a few minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.   

Sweet Corn Pudding

From: Choc
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:13 AM
Subject: Sweet Corn Pudding

Dear Uncle Phaedrus, looking for recipe of Sweet Corn Pudding and also Southern Sweet Corn Pudding.

Thank You in advance for your help.

Hello Choc,

It’s not so simple as just to send you a corn pudding recipe. There are hundreds of corn pudding recipes, each one just a little different. They use different kinds of corn and have different additional ingredients. You don’t give me enough information to identify which one you want.

After looking at dozens of recipes, I find that there is little difference between “corn pudding” and “southern corn pudding”. The same thing that I said about “corn pudding” also applies to “southern corn pudding”. The same recipes are sometimes called “corn pudding” and sometimes they’re called “southern corn pudding”. You must be more specific regarding what you are looking for.

Below are several recipes. This is the best that I can do without more details about what you want. These are all “sweet”, containing sugar, whether they are formally called “sweet corn pudding” or not.


Sweet Corn Pudding

1 (17 oz.) can cream style corn
1/2 c. sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp. melted margarine
1/2 c. milk

  Combine all ingredients in order given.  Mix well.  Pour into greased casserole. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until set. 
Southern Corn Pudding

2 cans cream corn
1/2 or 3/4 c. sugar
2 round tbsp. cornstarch
4 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 can evaporated milk
1/2 c. regular milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 stick butter or margarine

  Mix sugar and cornstarch together in bowl.  Add rest of ingredients, except margarine or butter.  
Grease casserole with Pam or margarine.  Pour contents in and dot with margarine or butter.  
Bake in 375 degree oven until set and golden brown on top, about 30 to 45 minutes.
Southern Corn Pudding

2 eggs, beaten well
2 c. frozen corn
2 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
Dash of pepper
1 1/2 c. milk
2 tsp. melted margarine

Combine the eggs and the partially thawed corn; set aside.  Blend together the flour, sugar, salt and pepper.  
Stir in a little milk to make a paste.  Add rest of milk; beat until smooth.  Stir in margarine.  
Combine the milk and the corn mixture.  Pour into a greased casserole which you set inside a pan 
containing one inch of hot water.  Bake at 350 degrees for one hour and 15 minutes. 


1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. margarine
1/2 c. water

When the corn pudding is done, combine all the sauce ingredients over heat.  
Stir constantly until thick and golden.  Remove corn pudding from oven.  
Pour sauce on top and serve at once.  
Southern Corn Pudding

2 eggs
2 tbsp. sugar
1 heaping tbs. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
1 lump of butter
1 can creamed corn

Mix well.  Pour into buttered baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until done.  
Southern Corn Pudding

2 c. fresh corn, cut from cob
2 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. butter or margarine
2 c. milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine corn, sugar, salt and pepper.  Add eggs; mix well.  
Add butter to milk; heat until butter is melted.  Blend with corn and egg mixture.  
Turn into buttered 1 quart casserole.  Place in pan of hot water.  
Bake for 1 hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.  
Garnish with fresh parsley.  Yield: 6 servings.   

Apple Fritters

From: "Mary" 
Subject: Uncle Phaedrus, Finder of Lost Recipes
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:57 PM

Sometime ago, someone was asking for Apple Fritter recipe (like the ones served at local Fairs) -
This is my recipe -  Delicious!
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
3 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples
1 tbsp orange zest
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups self-rising flour
Hot oil
sifted confectioners' sugar OR cinnamon sugar
Beat egg & mix in sugar.  Then stir in milk & orange juice.  Stir in apple, vanilla & flour.  Drop mixture
by teaspoonfuls into hot oil.  Fry until brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side.
Drain on paper towels and dust or roll in confectioners sugar or cinnamon sugar.
If you don't have store bought, you can make your own and use in any recipe.
Self-rising flour:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Lunar Landing Recipes

From: Hayden Lloyd 
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 12:08 PM
Subject: "moon recipes"

This is Hayden in Cincinnati.How are things with you?

Do you have any suggestions for some "moon recipes", or anything along that line? ("space" or "astronaut", etc.)
I'm thinking to try to cook something in tribute to the astronaut Neil Armstrong who passed away last Saturday.
He was a resident of Cincinnati. I'll send his picture I took in 2009 at a Cincinnati Pops Concert where he narrated part of the concert.

All the best, 

Hello Hayden,

See these sites for some ideas:


Man on the Moon Cake

Moon Landing Recipes

Lunar Landing Cake

Lunar Landing Salad


Lunar Landing Recipe

A Walk on the Moon

Lunar Landing


Moon Landing

Moonwalk Cocktail


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