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Luby's Mustard Slaw

----- Original Message ----- 
From: salena 
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2009 4:10 PM
Subject: recipe

Hello, hello !!

I am seeking a recipe from Luby's Cafeteria.

Called >>>Mustard Slaw.

It is the usual slaw but with dill pickles and some kind of mustard.
Not sure if dry mustard, prepared, or ball park kind.
Do you have it??
Thanks so much,
Salena :)

Hello Salena,

Sorry, the Luby's recipe or a specific copycat of it does not appear to be available. However, there's a "Texas Mustard Slaw" recipe below.


Texas Mustard Slaw

12 c. shredded cabbage
1 c. chopped dill pickles
3/4 c. chopped green onions
1 c. mayo
2 T. yellow mustard
2 t. sugar
1 t. celery seeds
2 t. vinegar
1/8 t. pepper

Combine cabbage, pickles and onion in a large bowl, set aside. Combine remaining ingredients, 
mixing well. Pour over cabbage & toss. Cover & chill.

Chocolate Banana Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Deanna 
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2009 12:59 PM
Subject: Chocolate Banana Refrigerator Cake

Good aunt made a cake, probably a recipe from the 1950's, could be the 
forties....she is deceased and we have no record of the needed to be 
stored in the was a dark chocolate cake, with fresh sliced bananas, 
not mashed and whipped cream layers in the filling.....a whipped cream topping with 
chocolate shavings to decorate....have tried to duplicate, find, etc., not successful....
may have had black walnuts on top? not sure....she was english, may have come over with 
her...can you help, thank you deanna 

Hello Deanna,

Sorry, no luck. The only recipe that I could find that even seemed remotely similar is the one below.


Icebox  Banana  Cake  With  Chocolate  Cream


1 c. sugar
2/3 c. butter or margarine, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 c. (2 med.) mashed ripe bananas
1/4 c. dairy sour cream
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda

--Chocolate Cream:--

1 1/2 c. whipping cream
3 tbsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

2 bananas
2 tbsp. chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In large mixer bowl combine sugar, butter and 
2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until light 
and fluffy (1 to 2 minutes.)  Continue beating, adding eggs one at a time, 
until creamy (1 to 2 minutes).  By hand, stir in 1 cup bananas and sour cream. 
Fold in flour and baking soda.    Pour into 2 greased and floured 8 inch round 
cake pans.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes 
out clean.  Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely.  In chilled small 
mixer bowl, beat chilled whipping cream at high speed, scraping bowl often, until 
soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla; continue beating until 
stiff peaks form (1 to 2 minutes). Add melted chocolate; continue beating until 
well mixed (1 minute).  (Do not overbeat.)  On serving plate, place 1 cake layer. 
Spread with half of chocolate cream.  Slice 1 banana; layer banana slices on top of 
chocolate cream.  Top with remaining cake layer.  Frost top of cake with remaining 
chocolate cream.  Refrigerate or freeze cake 2 hours or overnight.  To serve, slice 
remaining banana; arrange banana slices around outside edge of cake.  Sprinkle pecans 
in center of cake.  Serve immediately or freeze to prevent bananas from browning. 
TIP: 2 (9 inch) round cake pans can be substituted for 2 (8 inch) round cake pans. 
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  
Good morning Phaed,
While the recipe is sort of the reverse of Aunt Millies it 
looks delicious and I will most definitely give it a whirl.
thank you so much for your time and effort, thanks again, Deanna

Fair-Time Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Viktoria 
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2009 4:39 PM
Subject: Fair-Time Cookies

I am looking for a recipe called "Fair-Time Cookies" which I think came from a 
Sunday supplement to a Pittsburgh newspaper some years ago.  I have only part of it. 
The recipe calls for shortening, butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking 
powder, baking soda, salt, crushed natural-granola cereal, and chocolate and/or 
honey glaze (optional).  The part of the recipe I have ends at step 4.  It is a 
rolled and refrigerated cookie, to be cut in slices, some to be cut with a small 
heart-shaped cutter.  Can you help me find this?  Thank you.

Hi Viktoria,

Sorry, that recipe is not in any of our files and does not appear to be on the Internet.


German Pear Dish

----- Original Message ----- 
From: nvnrn 
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2009 12:50 PM
Subject: Searching for German Pear dish


My grandparents came from Germany but there were only a couple things my mother 
ever made that came from her German ancestry.  The one I am looking for,she called 
Bierschnitzel  which she said meant Pear Bread.  I remember she made it in a frying 
pan. She used canned pears and, I think, she thickened the juice, and  added bread. 
I suspect that she added sugar but I don't really know.  It was a dessert.  I have 
had no luck finding the recipe.  Thank you for your time.


Hi Nancy,

I'll be happy to try to help, but I must tell you that you are chasing some false leads. "Bierschnitzel" does not mean "pear bread" in German, not even close. In German, "bier" means "beer", and a "schnitzel" is a meat cutlet, like a veal cutlet or a pork cutlet - a chop without the bone. Think about "wiener schnitzel" - it's a veal cutlet.

"Pear", in German is "birne" and bread is "brot" or "brod". Therefore, "pear bread" is "birne brot" or "biernebrod". There is also a sort of bread that has pears and other fruits, that is called "hutzelbrot", and another type of pear bread that is called "birnenwecken." I did find mention of a pear bread called "schnitzbrot" - schnitz means "carving". This, too was a loaf of bread, not a pudding.

There are German pear bread recipes that I could send you, but what you describe does not sound like a bread at all, but a pear bread pudding. I cannot find a German pear bread pudding recipe that's cooked in a frying pan. All that I find are like the one below in which the topping is made in a frying pan, but the pudding is cooked in a baking dish in the oven.


Pear Bread Pudding

1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dark rum
1 tablespoon butter 
2 cup ripe pears, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups bread (Brioche or Challah), torn or cut into cubes
3 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat rum mixture and pour over raisins, set aside. 
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in frying pan, add pears and cook 5-8 minutes. Add 1/4 
cup sugar, stir and cook 2 more minutes and then put aside. Put bread cubes in bowl. 
Scald milk, evaporated milk, or whatever dairy you choose and pour over bread. Let 
soak 5 minutes. Add raisin mixture and pears with syrup. Beat together eggs, rest of 
sugar, vanilla and stir in bread mixture. Pour in buttered baking dish, bake at 350 
degrees for 50 minutes or until golden and set.

Nut Tree Apricot Bars

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Jean 
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 4:59 PM
Subject: Bakery apricot Bars

From the Nut Tree Restaurant in Vacaville, Ca. The bakery section sold "Apricot Bars "
that were divine. They tasted like they had used dried apricots. May have used yeast 
dough but am not sure. They also sold them with apple but it's the Apricot I am searching for.


Hello Jean,

Sorry, no luck. I saw some unanswered requests for it on message boards around the web, which is usually a pretty good indication that it's not available. You might try to locate a copy of this cookbook:

"Nut Tree Remembered: The Cookbook" - Vacaville Museum and Nut Tree, Vacaville, California

It might be in there.



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