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Applewood Vegetable Soup

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Kathy 
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 1:18 PM
Subject: Vegetable Soup/Applewood Restaurant

Uncle Phaedrus,

You were awesome finding and sending me the recipes and the seasoning used 
in the buttered noodles from Zehnders in Frankenmuth, MI.   I truly didn't 
think I would hear back from you but when I opened my email one morning there 
was both the list of ingredients of the seasoning mix and the recipe for the 
Zehnders buttered noodles.  I loved it.

Since you were actually able to get the recipes and list of ingredients I now 
have another request that I try to figure out every time my husband and I go 
to Gatlinburg, TN  twice a year.  It is from the original Applewood Restaurant 
and the dish is actually their  vegetable soup. It is tradition that we start 
our long weekend at the original Applewood Restaurant in the old farmhouse 
where the huge red barn where anything and everything are sold apples.

But what I would love is the recipe to their soup they serve as a first course. 
Even my husband really likes it and he is a picky eater.  There is no meat in 
the soup and I can figure out a lot of the vegetables but I'm unable to figure 
the base they use.  It is a little spicy and gets the sinuses running everytime. 
Every time I talk to people about Gatlinburg, TN I have found the restaurant 
to be a favorite of every one that goes and they also talk about how good the 
vegetable soup is.  

I hope you are able to get the recipe and I will be watching for your reply and 
can't wait to see if you are able to get the recipe.  

Thank you 


Hi Kathy,

Since I'm not familiar with this restaurant, I'm assuming that you mean their vegetable soup. You don't say, and their online menu just says "homemade soup" served with each meal, although they have several different kinds of soup.

I must disappoint you. I had no success. One comment I found was that "their vegetable soup recipe is not available to the public". People have written to their website, hoping they might post the recipe there, apparently with no success. Apparently, no one has been able to create a copycat recipe for it, as I had no success finding one. Sorry.


Jay sent this:

This is from 

Knoxville News


Sandra sent in the Applewood Farmhouse vegetable soup recipe in answer to 
Susanís request for the Apple Barnís vegetable soup recipe. The restaurants 
are affiliated.

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurantís vegetable soup

1 (16-ounce) can crushed tomatoes 
1 soup can water 
1 large onion chopped 
1 carrot thinly sliced 
4 stalks chopped celery 
4-5 potatoes 
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce 
1 (8-ounce) can peas 
1 (8-ounce) can whole kernel corn 
1 (8-ounce) can green beans 
4 cups water, or more if needed 
1 /2 teaspoon Lawryís season salt, or to taste 
1 /2 stick margarine

Combine ingredients in pot. Cook on medium heat until potatoes and vegetables are tender 
(30-45 minutes). Add half-cup cooked rice or prepared macaroni during last 15 minutes of 
cooking, if desired. Serve warm. 

Cypress Knee Cafe Red Jambalaya

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Craig 
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 10:22 PM
Subject: recipe request

Would like to know if you would have the recipe for the spicy red jambayala 
that is serve at the Cypress Knee Cafe in the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. 
Appreciate any help you can give in locating the recipe. Thanks, Robin. 

Hi Robin,

Sorry, that recipe does not appear to be available.


Jay sent this:

I'm from New Orleans, and while I've never had the Jambalaya at the Zoo, this 
looks like a good  "Red" or "Creole" Jambalaya, probably very similar to the 
Zoo's version that Craig seeks. And the recipes from the Gumbo Pages are authentic 
and tasty.


Specific Chicken Thighs and Rice

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Lynne 
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2011 10:25 AM
Subject: Chicken Thigh Recipe

I am looking for a recipe that my mother-in-law used to make when my husband was a teenager. 
Below, I am listing the ingredients that I remember.  I am not sure if I have all of them, 
nor am I sure of the quantities or method.

Chicken Thighs
Can of Chicken Gumbo Soup
Dry Onion Soup Mix
Dry Rice

If you could locate this recipe, I would greatly appreciate it.


Hi Lynne,

Sorry, I had no success. I'll post it on my site, hoping that a reader can help. It would be helpful to know the exact name of the recipe and/or the original source.


James sent this recipe:

I have the the chicken thighs and rice recipe that was requested, except the recipe 
uses any pieces of chicken you like...;.leven a whole cutup chicken. I think the 
recipe came originally from either Campbell's soup or maybe even Lipton.  It must 
have come from a can or box since I handwrote the recipe onto paper. Otherwise, 
I would have simply filed it. At any rate it is just a variation of dozens of chicken 
and rice recipes that are posted and in cookbooks such as Bell's Best, published by 
the Telephone Pioneers. 
Chicken and Rice Casserole
1/2 stick butter
1 cup uncooked rice
1 medium fryer, cut up (or any chicken pieces you refer)
1 envelope Lipton's dry onion soup mix
1 can Campbell's Chicken Gumbo Soup
1 1/2 soup cans water
Melt butter in baking dish, put rice over butter and arrange chicken pieces over rice. 
Sprinkle with onion soup mix. Mix soup with water and pour over casserole. Cover tightly. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Serves six. Note: Do not peek. This will release 
steam and you will end up with not enough liquids. This will give you two cups cooked rice. 
If you need more rice, add one cup and another can of soup and 1 cup water. You now have 
four cups rice. 

Pastina Roll

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Katherine " 
Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2011 10:43 AM
Subject: Pastina Roll

> Hi,
> Years ago I clipped a recipe either from a magazine or a newspaper for  a 
> "Pastina Roll".   Cooked pastina was mixed with eggs, possibly   beaten 
> egg whites, possible flour, spread out in a jelly roll pan and  baked.  A 
> ricotta cheese mix was spread over the baked pastina, and it  was rolled 
> up in jelly roll fashion, topped with sauce.  I made it  once, lost the 
> recipe, and my husband has been hounding me for it  since.  The difficult 
> part would be getting the correct pastina mix  instructions so the whole 
> thing would hold together.  My husband would  be very grateful if you 
> could locate this recipe.
> Katherine 

Hi Katherine,

I cannot find anything at all like that using pastina. Pastina are tiny pieces of pasta, the smallest produced, and are used in soups. It seems out of place to use them in a roll such as you describe.

Perhaps you would be interested in a pasta roll recipe. See these sites:

Turos Dolci

The Italian Dish


From: "Katherine " 
To: "Phaedrus" 
Subject: Re: Pastina Roll I found it!
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011 3:19 PM

I have been searching for a day! Just found a version.

Miss Machiato


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