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Senate Bean Soup

From: Joe 
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 8:23 PM
Subject: a little help please

I have tried without success in trying to acquire the recipe for navy bean soup 
as prepared at the  U.S. Senate cafeteria. They sure know how to keep a secret.


Hello Joe,

That recipe is on the U.S. Senate website. See:

There are actually two versions, one for the original bean soup that had mashed potatoes as an ingredient, and the one that is served in the Senate Cafeteria now, which does not have any mashed potatoes, but has onions. See below for both. Note that the older recipe makes 5 gallons of soup.


The Famous Senate Restaurant Bean Soup Recipe (current)

2 pounds dried navy beans
four quarts hot water
1 1/2 pounds smoked ham hocks
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste

Wash the navy beans and run hot water through them until they are slightly whitened. 
Place beans into pot with hot water. Add ham hocks and simmer approximately three hours 
in a covered pot, stirring occasionally. Remove ham hocks and set aside to cool. 
Dice meat and return to soup. Lightly brown the onion in butter. Add to soup. 
Before serving, bring to a boil and season with salt and pepper. 
Serves 8.
Senate Bean Soup Recipe (for five gallons)(original)

3 pounds dried navy beans
2 pounds of ham and a ham bone
1 quart mashed potatoes
5 onions, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
four cloves garlic, chopped
half a bunch of parsley, chopped

Clean the beans, then cook them dry.  Add ham, bone and water and bring to a boil.  
Add potatoes and mix thoroughly.  Add chopped vegetables and bring to a boil.  
Simmer for one hour before serving.

Seesel's Chocolate Butter Pie

From: Julie 
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2013 9:16 AM
Subject: Chocolate Butter Pie

 I would like to have the recipe from the now sold and closed Seessel’s in Memphis, Tn. for their Chocolate Butter Pie.



Hi Julie,

The actual recipe from Seesel’s doesn’t appear to be available. However, the below recipe was printed in the Memphis Commercial Appeal as a “tastes-like” recipe.


Chocolate Butter Pie

1/2 cup melted butter
1/3 cup cocoa
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (9-inch) unbaked pastry shell

Mix all ingredients. Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Do not overbake. 

Casa Olé Red Salsa

From: Kevin 
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2013 10:45 PM
Subject: Case ole red salsa

Can you give me the recipe for Casa ole's red salsa for tortilla chips? 
Casa ole is a chain of Mexican restaurants found in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. 

Hello Kevin,

There are multiple requests for this on various message boards around the web. Below are the recipes that have been offered on message boards. Sorry if you’ve already tried these, but if people don’t tell me what they’ve already found and tried, then they’ll get whatever I find. They appear to be copycats or “tastes-like” recipes. I did not find any recipe for this that said it was actually from Casa Olé or from a Casa Olé employee. There doesn’t appear to be one available.


Casa Olé Red Salsa 

1 (14 oz can) oz whole tomatoes
1 can Original Rotel tomatoes
1 Tspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Casa Olé Red Hot Sauce Recipe

1 large can stewed tomatoes
1 large can whole tomatoes
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 tablespoon green Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic

In a large mixing bowl combine the above ingredients together in the order they are given in the recipe, 
stirring after each addition with a spoon by hand. Place lid on the bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours to 
allow the flavor to infuse.
Casa Olé Red Hot Sauce

1/4 onion
3 japalenos (depends on how hot you prefer)
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 large can whole tomatoes
1 regular can whole tomatoes

Casa Olé Red Salsa

1 large can tomato juice
1 large can V-8 juice
1 large can crushed tomatoes, drained
Jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (use them according to the amount of heat you want in the salsa)
Chopped fresh cilantro (to taste)
lime juice (to taste)
Finely chopped garlic (to taste)


McKenzie's Bakery Pecan Pie

From: John  
Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2013 11:53 AM
Subject: McKenzie's Bakery, New Orleans, LA, Pecan Pie

Uncle Phaedrus,
    It would be most appreciated if you could locate the recipe for
McKenzie’s Bakery, New Orleans, LA, Pecan Pie.

    And, yes, I am aware that “Tastee Donuts or Tastee Restaurant”,
in the Greater New Orleans, LA area has all the McKenzie’s recipes,
but they have yet to produce any pecan pies as of this date.

Happy New Year,

Hello John,

Sorry, I had no success in locating the pecan pie recipe from McKenzie’s Bakery. I’ll post this in case a reader can help.


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