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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Corinne" 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 6:10 PM
Subject: Chi-Chi's

> Hi,
> I have been searching for the recipe for Chi-Chi's Seafood Chimichangas
> and their Seafood Nachos. I can't find anything anywhere. I even wrote
> to Chi-Chi's to request the recipe or the ingredients list, at least,
> so I could attempt to recreate them. The recipes are proprietary so
> they weren't able to give me any information.
> I found a couple recipes for Seafood Chimichangas online but they
> aren't what I am looking for. Can you help? Thank you!
> Corinne 

Hi Corinne,

See below.


Chi Chi's Seafood Chimichangas with Cheese Sauce
Serves 6

1 pkg. flour tortillas, 6 or 8 inch
1 16 oz. package crabs, flakes
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes
1/4 tsp. onion powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix all ingredients except
tortillas.  Warm tortillas until pliable ( about 10 second in
microwave ).  Wet one side of tortilla and place wet side down.
Spoon on filling ingredients.  Roll to hold in filling.  Spray
baking dish with non-stick coating.  Lay chimichangas  seam side
down on baking dish.  Bake 25 minutes.  Serve with cheese sauce.

Cheese Sauce

4 Tbsp. butter or margarine
4 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 dashes pepper
2 cups milk (I use evaporated skim milk for this)
8 oz. grated montery jack cheese
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

In a small sucepan melt butter or margarine.  Stir in flour, salt, and
pepper.  Add milk all at once.  Cook and stir over medium heat untill
thickened and bubbly.  Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes more.  Remove from
heat.  Add cheese, stir until melted.  Just before serving, add lemon
juice and stir until smooth.
Chi Chi's Seafood Nachos

16 large tortilla chips
1 (8 ounce) package Louis Kemp Crab Delights
1 (8 ounce) package Louis Kemp Lobster Delights
1 frozen package salad shrimp, thawed
Shredded Monterey jack cheese

Spread tortilla chips on 10-inch wax paper-lined paper plate. Layer the
crab, lobster and shrimp over the nachos. Sprinkle the shredded Monterey
jack cheese on top. Microwave at medium (50%) until melted, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2

Serve with salsa or picante sauce.

More Chi Chi's Recipes

Mock Apple Rings

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Laurie
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 12:52 PM
  Subject: mock apple rings

  I used to make mock apple rings and can then in the fall.  I have lost my recipe.  
  Hopefully you will be able to find one for me.  They are made using large cucumbers, 
  core out the seeds and slice them to resemble apple rings - they also have red hot 
  cinnamon candies in them.   Thank you so much for your help.


Hi Laurie,

See below.


   Mock  Apple  Rings

   Ingredients : 
   15 lg., mature cucumbers
   2 c. pickling lime
   8 1/2 qt. water
   2 c. red hot cinnamon candy
   2 c. water
   1 c. vinegar
   3 oz. red food color
   8 1/2 qt. water
   3 c. vinegar
   12 c. sugar
   6 sticks cinnamon, broken

   Preparation : 
      Peel, core and slice cucumbers.  Mix lime with water.  Add
   cucumber rings and soak overnight.  Meanwhile, mix candy with 2 cups
   water.  Let stand overnight to dissolve.  Drain cucumbers.  Rinse,
   soak in clear water 3 hours.  Drain.  Simmer together 1 cup vinegar,
   food color and 8 1/2 quart water.  Pour over cucumbers.  Let set 2
   hours.  Drain.  Discard brine.  Combine vinegar, sugar, cinnamon
   sticks and cinnamon candy solution.  Bring to boil, stirring to keep
   from sticking.  Pour over cucumbers, let stand 1 day. Pour off syrup
   and reheat.  Pour hot syrup over cucumbers and let stand another
   day.  On the third day, pour off syrup, reheat to boiling again. 
   Pack cucumber rings in sterile jars.  Pour hot syrup over them and
   seal jars. 
   Mock  Apple  Cinnamon  Rings

   Ingredients : 
   15-20 golden lg. cucumbers
   2 c. pickling lime
   8 1/2 qt. water
   2 c. red hots (cinnamon candies)
   2 c. water
   1 c. vinegar
   3 oz. red food coloring
   8 1/2 qts. water
   3 c. vinegar
   10-15 c. sugar
   6 sticks cinnamon

   Preparation : 
      Peel, core and slice cucumbers 1/4" to 1/2".  Mix pickling lime
   and 8 1/2 quarts water.  Soak cucumber rings in solution overnight. 
   Mix red hots with 2 cups water.  Dissolve overnight (red solution). 
   Drain cucumber rings, wash and soak in clear water 3 hours; drain. 
   Simmer 1 cup vinegar, food coloring and 8 1/2 quarts water.  Then
   pour the brine over drained cucumbers.  Leave cucumbers in solution
   2 hours; drain.  Discard solution.  Make syrup with 3 cups vinegar,
   sugar, cinnamon sticks (broken) and red hot solution.  Pour this
   syrup over cucumber rings for 1 day.  Pour syrup off and reheat it. 
   Pour over rings again for 1 day.  On the 3rd day, pour off syrup.
   Reheat to boiling, pack in jars and pour over them and seal. 
   Mock  Apple  Rings

   Ingredients : 
   3 c. water
   2 c. red hots cinnamon candy
   12 c. sugar
   4 sticks cinnamon
   4 c. vinegar

   Preparation : 
      Remove seeds, peel medium cucumbers and slice.  Cover 2 gallons
   cucumber rings with 2 cups pickling lime and 8 1/2 quarts of cold
   water.  Day 1 - soak for 24 hours.  Day 2 - drain and wash, cover
   with cold water and soak for 24 hours.  Day 3 - drain and wash,
   cover with 2 cups vinegar and small bottle of red food coloring, 1
   tablespoon alum and water to cover.  Simmer 2 hours.  Drain.  Make a
   syrup as follows:  Boil this and pour over the cucumbers.  Let set 1
   day or overnight.  Day 4 - drain syrup into a kettle, heat and pour
   back the cucumbers.  Let set 1 day or overnight.  Day 5 - drain
   syrup and heat, put cucumbers in jars and heat - put hot syrup over
   them and seal.  Pickling lime is in most grocery stores or at

Pork Liver Patties

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Joe
  To: phaedrus 
  Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 12:04 AM
  Subject: Pork liver Patties.

  When I was a boy.  My parents use to make pork liver patties.  It in no way 
  taste's like regular liver and onion 's .  I lost the recipe I had.  Can you 
  get ahold of it for me.  The main ingredients I know of is Pork Liver and Onions 
  an flour. But can't remember the rest.  Thank you for you time.  

Hello Joe,

I found several recipes. See below.


  Liver  And  Onion  Patties

   Ingredients : 
   1 lb. pork or beef liver
   10 white soda crackers
   2 tbsp. milk
   1 med. onion
   2 eggs
   1 tsp. salt and pepper

   Preparation : 
     Grind liver to a fine grind, then grind onion and crackers.  Add
   slightly beaten eggs, milk and seasonings.  Form into patties and
   fry in hot oil until slightly crisp on both sides.  
   Liver  Patties

   Ingredients : 
   1 lb. beef  or pork liver
   3/4 c. chopped onions
   1/3 c. bread crumbs
   1 tsp. salt
   1/8 tsp. pepper
   2 tbsp. milk
   2 eggs, slightly beaten
   3 tbsp. shortening

   Preparation : 
      Remove membrane from liver and grind coarsely.  Mix ground liver
   with onion, crumbs, salt and pepper, milk and eggs.  Melt shortening
   and drop liver mixture by tablespoon, flattening a little and frying
   until slightly brown on both sides.  This makes 18 tempting patties.
   Liver  Patties

   Ingredients : 
   1 lb. liver
   2 med. onions
   4 slices dry bread
   1 egg
   Salt & pepper

   Preparation : 
      Grind liver, bread and onions.  Add egg, salt and pepper. Mix
   ingredients well.  Form into patties and fry.
  Pork Liver Patties
  Makes 8 servings  
  1/2 pound pork liver 
  1/2 pound ground pork 
  1 1/2 teaspoons salt 
  1 pinch ground black pepper 
  1 dash ground allspice 
  1 onion, chopped 
  1 tablespoon butter 
  1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 
  1 cup milk 
  1 egg 

  1 Put the liver, ground pork, salt, pepper, allspice and onion in a food processor 
    or meat grinder and let it run until mixture is still slightly coarse. 
  2 To make sauce: Melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Add milk, 
    stirring until smooth. 
  3 Combine sauce, egg and meat mixture and stir. 
  4 Fry in butter. The mixture is a little bit runny so don't shape patties, just drop 
    it from a spoon like pancakes.

   Makes 8 servings 
  Liver Patties (Lifrarbuff)

  500 gr.  Pork, beef, or lamb's liver  
  1/2 - 1 cup  flour  
  1 ea.  egg  
  3 ea.  potatoes, raw  
  1/2 - 1 cup  milk  
  2 medium  onions  
  1/2 tsp.  baking powder  
  to taste  salt, pepper and/or other favourite spice  

  Remove all membranes and blood vessels from the liver and peel the potatoes. Peel onions 
  and chop coarsely. Mince together liver, potatoes and onions. Mix in flour, baking powder 
  and spices. Add the egg. Thin the mixture with milk, until it is the consistency of porridge. 
  By this time it should look like a disgusting mess. 
  Drop the mixture by the tablespoonful on a hot frying pan and fry on both sides until firm. 
  Serve with butter-fried onion rings, mashed potatoes, green peas and rhubarb jam. Fried eggs 
  are also good with this dish.  
  Fried Liver Patties

  1 pound beef or pork liver   
  1 egg, beaten
  2 slices bacon    
  2 Tbsp. flour
  1 onion, chopped   
  Salt and pepper

  Grind or finely chop the liver. Add all remaining ingredients.  
  Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased skillet. Fry just a few 
  minutes on each side.  Leftovers make good sandwiches.   

Sassafras Bark

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: David
  To: phaedrus 
  Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 1:19 PM
  Subject: sassafras tea

  What the hell is safroled?  I'm looking for plain old sassafras bark to make tea why can't I find it?


Hello David,

Safrole is the essential oil found in sassafras bark. It has been shown to be a possible carcinogen in large quantities, and as a result, sassafras bark and extracts were taken off the market for a while. More recent testing showed that sassafras was not harmful in moderate quantities, so now it's possible to buy filé gumbo powder and sassafras bark again.

It took me only a few minutes to find the four online sources below for sassafras bark. You might also find it in a health food store.




"Pappy's" makes a safrole-free sassafras extract.


Whizz Burger Sauce

From: "August" 
To: phaedrus
Subject: Whizz Burger Sauce!
Date: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 9:52 PM

Whiz Burger was bought out by Artic Circle and closed the chain.  BUT, you can still have 
one of them in your own home. All you need is their famous sauce. Well, here it is!

Whiz Burger's(secret) Sauce

Best Foods/Hellman's mayomaise
Dill pickle juice
French's yellow mustard

It only contained these three ingredients. 
To make put a measure of mayo in a bowl. Add mustard to color. add a small amount of dill 
pickle juice. adjust mustard and dill pickle juice to taste. That is how they did it then 
and the only way I know.  That's it.


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