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London Chop House Pancho Burgers

From: "Chris" 
Subject: Pancho Burger With Pancho Sauce recipe from the London Chop House -
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:38 PM

The London Chop House was a classy restaurant in Detroit. Great food. The staff knew the customers and everyone was loved. 
There was a jazz band that played... The kind of dining you don't see too much of anymore. 
I first learned of the Pancho Burger while attending Schoolcraft College's culinary program. (There are 5 master chefs teaching there. 
There's only 60 in all of US). The Pancho Burger was named after chef Philip 'Pancho' Valez. Fantastic!

Here's the recipe. Your readers will love it!

Pancho Burgers with Pancho Sauce


Stella D'Oro Peach Apricot Cookies

From: Dustin 
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:26 AM
Subject: Cookie Recipe Quest

Hello there! 
I stumbled onto your website while looking for pre-gelatin marshmallow recipes and thought you may be a good person 
to ask about my long search for a recipe of cookies I ate as a child. Stella D'oro made (and long ago discontinued) 
a peach apricot cookie. My sister is guessing that the cookie may have contained almond flour. The base was a flat 
circular cookie with scalloped edges and was topped with a peach and apricot dollop of dried fruit paste which was 
topped with a cross of the cookie base. My sister and I have reminisced about these treats from our childhood for 
years and I have spent hours looking online for any trace of a recipe. The only reference I have been able to find 
is in an old newspaper ad from the 70's that describes them as "light, crisp fruit tarts with an exotic tang" and 
can be found here... The Miami News - Sep 30, 1970
Help me Uncle Phaedrus. You're my only hope!


Hi Dustin,

Well, I could not find any recipe, copycat, or “tastes-like” for the Stella D’oro cookies, nor could I find any cookie recipe that exactly fit the description. I’m not familiar with those cookies, but am I correct in speculating that they were a sugar cookie or shortbread base with peach & apricot preserves on top and then covered with the cross of more cookie dough? If so, then you might be able to take a sugar cookie or shortbread recipe and use it for the dough. I didn’t see any recipes with almond flour, but I saw many that contain almond flavoring. You could make them sort of like “thumbprint cookies”, then use a small dollop each of apricot and peach preserves or jam in the indentation, finally putting the small cross of dough on top of the jam. See the recipe below for an idea.

I’ll post this on the site. I wouldn’t expect to find Stella D’Oro’s actual recipe, but someone might have a recipe that, in their opinion, “tastes-like” those cookies.


Jelly Belly Cookies

3/4 c. margarine
2/3 c. granulated sugar
1 egg
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla or almond flavoring
Raspberry OR apricot jam
10 x sugar, optional

  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the margarine and sugar together until creamy.  Beat in the egg.  
Mix in the flour and baking soda which have been sifted together.  Add your choice of flavoring and blend well.  
(It works very well to do this recipe in a food processor.)  Form dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches 
apart on an ungreased baking sheet.  Make a depression in the center of each ball with your thumb.  Put about 
1/4 teaspoon of your choice of jam in each "belly."  Bake 15 minutes.  Cool.  Dust with 10x sugar, if desired.  
(3 dozen.) 

McLean's Cafeteria Pecan Pie

From: Dena
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 11:29 AM
Subject: Pecan pie recipe

I'm looking for MCLEAN Cafeterias Pecan Pie recipe...If you can help me...I would appreciate it! !

Hi Dena,

I had no success with this. I will post it on my site. A reader might be able to help.


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