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Taco Seasoning

----- Original Message -----
From: K
To:  phaedrus
Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2002 2:44 PM
Subject: Taco seasonings

> I am so sick of the taco seasonings you can buy in the envelopes at the
> store.  Is there a good recipe that I can make at home?

Hi K,

Try the ones below.


Homemade Taco Seasoning 

6 ts Chili Powder
5 ts Paprika
4 1/2 ts Cumin
3 ts Onion Powder
2 1/2 ts Garlic Powder
1/8 ts Cayenne Pepper

In storage container with tight-fitting lid, combine all ingredients; mix
well. Seal tightly. Store in cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
Makes 21 teaspoons (about 1/2 cup). Seven teaspoons of mix equal a 1.25 oz.
pkg. of purchased taco seasoning mix.
TIPS: Cumin, an herb, is ground from cumin seeds, and there is no substitute
for its flavor. Seven teaspoons mix contains 90mg Sodium.
Homemade Taco Seasoning

Seasoning Mix
2 tsp instant minced onion
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp crushed red peppers
1/2 tsp instant minced garlic
1/4 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin

Combine above ingredients in a small bowl or container and set aside.

Apricot Chicken

----- Original Message -----
From: Terry
To: phaedrus
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2002 10:13 AM
Subject: chicken receipe

> Hi Lost my receipe for chicken made with thousand island dressing and I
> believe apricot jam. Can't remember the other ingredients. Please I need
> help. Thanks

Hi Terry,

Is the one below what you seek?


Apricot Chicken
Ingredients :
2 lbs. Chicken breasts
l - l0 oz. jar apricot jam
l - l0 oz. jar thousand island dressing
l   packet of dry onion soup mix

Instructions :
Mix all ingredients together and pour over chicken, bake at 325 for about l

Corned Silverside

 ----- Original Message ----- 
From: Eve
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2002 3:01 PM
Subject: corned silverside

I need a recipe for corned silverside, using my slow cooker 

Hello Eve,

Below are some ideas. Of course you can use corned silverside in any recipe that calls for corned beef, and you can adapt any regular corned silverside/beef recipe to your slow cooker.


Corned Silverside Soup 

Serves 6 

Main Meal 
1.5kg Piece of Corned Silverside (Beef) 
2 Tbs Sweet Pickles 
1 Tbs sugar 
1/2 cup brown vinegar 
1 onion, roughly chopped 
3 medium carrots, cut in half 
1/4 Cabbage, thickly cut 
2 large potatoes 
Milk, margarine, garlic (optional) 

2 medium leeks, chopped 
4 medium to large potatoes, diced 
6 medium carrots, diced 
1/4 small cabbage, chopped 

Main Meal Place the corned silverside in a large pot and cover with 
cold water. Add the Sweet pickles, sugar, brown vinegar, and onion 
and place lid on pot and bring to the boil. Then turn the pot down to 
simmer for 2 1/2 hours turning the silverside every 1/2 hour. 1 hour 
before cooking is due to finish place carrots into pot and then 1/2 
hour before cooking finishes place cabbage into pot. Meanwhile in a 
separate pot cut up potatoes and boil for 20 minutes, this is to make 
mashed potatoes. 

Remove the silverside from the pot and place on a plate and cover with 
foil to let sit for 10 minutes and in the mean time strain the 
potatoes and mash adding the margarine, garlic, and enough milk to 
make a moist consistency. Using tongs remove the carrots from the 
pot, then using a slotted spoon remove the cabbage from the pot. 

Soup With the left over juices/water from cooking the silverside I 
make a soup and place in the pot leeks, potatoes, carrots, and 
cabbage. The amount of vegetables you use can be altered to suit 
individual tastes however the above is what I do and works very well. 
Bring to the boil then simmer until all vegetables are cooked. Remove 
the vegetables and puree in a food processor until well blended. This 
will have to be done in batches and I use a large bowl to put the 
pureed vegetables in until I have pureed them all. Once this is done 
place the pureed vegetables back into the pot and stir thoroughly. 
I'm the only one who eats this delicious soup so I serve it up into 
containers and put one in the fridge for lunch the next day whilst I 
freeze the rest. 

I find that as the Silverside can be salty and the fact that I don't 
cook with salt anyway that there is no salt needed during the cooking 
process so it would be wise to add salt according to taste at the time 
of eating. 
Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

4 cups hot water
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 large or 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
1 (3 lb) corned beef round or brisket packaged with spices
8 small white potatoes, scrubbed and cut into quarters
1 head green cabbage, cored and cut into 10 wedges

In a 6 quart crock pot, combine the water, vinegar, sugar, pepper, and 
onions, mixing well. Place the corned beef into the mixture. Scatter the
potatoes over the top and around the sides. Cover and cook on high
heat for 4 hours. Remove the lid and scatter the cabbage wedges over 
the top. Cover and continue cooking on high 3 to 4 hours longer, or until 
the beef is tender. To serve, carve the beef into slices and serve with the 
cabbage and potatoes, with some of the cooking liquid spooned over
the beef to keep it moist. Serves 6 to 8
Corned Silverside
- good and old fashioned
2 - 21/2 kg Corned silverside  1 sliced Large onion  
1 sliced Large carrot  1/2 tspn Mustard seeds  
1/2 tspn Whole black peppercorns  6 whole Cloves  
1 tspn Raw sugar  1/2 cup White vinegar  

1. Rinse meat in cold water. Place in large pot, cover with cold water 
& bring to the boil. Discard water & put in fresh water to cover.
2. Add all other ingredients.
3. Simmer gently for 1 hour per kilo (or until tender) & serve with 
mustard or chutney, wedges of cabbage & boiled carrots 
(&, if you like, onion sauce).

It'll be delicious!  

Grandma's Sugar Cookies

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tamala
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Friday, August 02, 2002 9:28 AM
  Subject: Lost Recipe

  Please help me locate an old English family recipe known as Grandma 
  Miller's Sugar Cookies. It was a cake like cookie made with lard, 
  no butter, flour, small amount of sugar, egg (maybe), salt. They were 
  a rolled/cut out cookie. Baked @ 350 for 10 minutes and made about 6 
  dozen cookies. Any information would be greatly appreciated. 

Hello Tamala,

Searching on "Grandma Miller's Sugar Cookies" turned up two recipes, but neither of them contains lard, and neither is rolled and cut. See the first two recipes below.

On the other hand, searching on just "grandma's sugar cookies" and "lard" turned up the third recipe below, which is very close to what you decribe. The third recipe cookies do contain lard, they are rolled and cut, and they are baked for 10 minutes at 350.


  Grandma Miller's Sugar Cookies 

  This is the only cookie recipe I know of where you pour the batter 
  onto the trays. It's been in our family for years. 

  1 2/3 c. sugar 
  1 c. oil 
  2 eggs 
  1 c. buttermilk or sour milk (1 T. vinegar in 1 c. milk) 
  1 t. soda 
  3 c. flour 
  1/2 t. salt 
  3 t. baking powder 
  1 t. vanilla 

  Beat sugar, oil, and eggs together. Add soda to the buttermilk, 
  then add to the egg mixture. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, 
  and baking powder, then add 1 c. at a time. Beat well. Add vanilla 
  and beat until light. 
  Lightly sprinkle cookie sheet with flour (a sifter or sieve works well). 
  Pour cookie dough on 1/4 c. at a time. Bake at 450 for 5 minutes. 
  Sprinkle tops with sugar. 
  Grandma Miller's Sugar Cookies

  2 C. sugar
  1 C. shortening
  4 eggs
  2 tsp. vanilla
  5 1/2 C. flour
  2 tsp. baking soda
  1 tsp. cream of tartar
  1 tsp. salt
  1 C. thick sour cream

  Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until fluffy. 
  Alternate sifted dry ingredients and sour cream. Bake 8 to 10 minutes 
  at 350 degrees.
  Grandma's  Sugar  Cookies

   Ingredients : 
   1 c. lard
   2 c. sugar
   2 eggs
   1 c. sour milk
   1 tsp. vanilla
   1 tsp. salt
   2 tsp. baking soda
   5 c. flour

   Preparation : 
      Blend lard, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla together until smooth. 
   Add salt, soda and flour and mix.  Chill for a couple of hours. 
   Roll out and cut out with your favorite shapes.  Bake at 350 degrees
   for 8-10 minutes.  Cool.  Frost.

Longest Word in the Dictionary

 ----- Original Message -----
From: "Lee" 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2002 8:11 PM
Subject: Question:

> What is the largest word in the dictionary?
> Thanks for your help.

Hello Lee,

Perhaps you mean "longest" word.

It depends on which dictionary you're looking at. The longest non-proper noun in the English language is:
"pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis", a lung disease. But that word isn't in an ordinary household dictionary. It's in unabridged dictionaries and medical dictionaries.

The longest word usually found in ordinary dictionaries used to be "antidisestablishmentarianism" or "floccinaucinihilipilification". However, since the advent of the movie "Mary Poppins", they've been dethroned by "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in many dictionaries. If you count proper nouns, which might be in the geographical section of some dictionaries, then there's a town in Wales named "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch."

Of course, the real longest word is "smiles" because there's a "mile" between the S's: S - mile - S



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