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Blueberry Rhubarb Jam

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: karen 
  To: phaedrus 
  Sent: Friday, August 09, 2002 4:27 PM
  Subject: Need more help with Jam recipes

  You were so good to help me with the Peach/raspberry jam and I 
  really appreciate it. I now need one more if you can possibly 
  dig it up. Blueberries are plentiful here as well as rhubarb. 
  I once made bluebarb(blueberry/rhubarb)jam for my hubby. I would 
  love to locate this again. Hoping you can come to my rescue again.
  Thanks in advance


Hi Karen,

Try the one below.


  Blueberry-Rhubarb Jam 

  8 c Blueberries
  4 c Rhubarb, chopped in 1 inch pieces
  1 ts Lemon rind, grated
  2 tb Lemon juice
  1 c Water
  4 c Granulated sugar

  In a large heavy saucepan, combine blueberries, rhubarb, lemon rind 
  and juice and water. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, reduce 
  heat and simmer, very gently, for 10 minutes. Stir in sugar; increase 
  heat to high and boil vigorously until jam reaches setting point. 
  (218 - 220F or 103 - 104C), 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  Remove from heat, skim off foam and stir for 3 - 5 minutes to suspend 
  fruit evenly throughout jam. Fill sterilized jars and seal. Makes 
  about 4 pint jars or 8 - half pint jars. 

Boston Market Tortellini Salad

----- Original Message -----
From: Diane
To: phaedrus
Sent: Friday, August 09, 2002 1:17 PM
Subject: boston market tortellini salad

> Hello:
> Several years ago in Washington state there was a restaurant chain called
> Boston Market.  They have since closed all of their restaurants in this
> area.  They had a tortellini salad that was really good.  I have tried to
> duplicate it with no success.  It had strips of red pepper and a creamy
> white dressing. Thank you!
> Diane

Hi Diane,

Sorry, I cannot locate the Boston Market recipe. I did, however, find the one below.


Tortellini Salad

1 (16-ounce) bag frozen cheese tortellini, cooked according to package
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons minced lemon zest
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 tablespoon honey
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
1 small red onion, sliced into thin strips
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, 
pine nuts, and honey. Combine cooked pasta, peppers, red onion, and 
olives in a large bowl. Toss with dressing and feta cheese.
Makes 6 servings.

Eggless Cake

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: LM 
  To: phaedrus 
  Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2002 8:39 PM
  Subject: eggless cakes

  I can not eat eggs. do you have any recipe with out eggs?
  thank you.

Hello LM,

Try the ones below.


  Aunt Dodie's Eggless Cake
        Yield: 1 Servings
        1 c  Sugar
      1/2 c  Lard
        1 c  Sweet milk
        1 ts Vanilla
      1/2 ts Ground cloves
      1/2 ts Cinnamon
        1 ts Salt
        1 ts (scant) cream of tartar
        1 ts (scant) baking soda
        2 c  Flour
    Cream sugar and lard. Add milk and vanilla. Add
    cloves, cinnamon and salt. Mix together the cream
    of tartar, baking soda and flour. Beat this into
    the batter, a little at a time. Pour into a
    greased tin, bake in a moderate oven until done.
    This is good with a little cream poured over each
  Applesauce Cake
  (gluten, dairy, corn, soy, egg and rice free)

  2 c applesauce (not baby food as these generally have less pectin) 
  2 c sugar 
  1 tsp safe baking soda 
  2 c flour (1 c potato, 1/2 c tapioca, 1/2 c chana or light buckwheat) 
  1 tsp cinnamon 
  1/2 tsp nutmeg 
  1/2 tsp cloves 
  1 tsp safe baking powder 
  1 cup sultanas or Thompson seedless raisins 
  1 c chopped nuts (optional) 
  1/2 c vegetable oil or melted shortening
  Preheat the oven to 350  F. 
  Prepare a 9" x 13" pan by spraying with a safe vegetable coating, or 
  by greasing it and then dusting with potato flour. 
  In the medium or large bowl of a mixer, gently blend the applesauce, 
  sugar and soda together. 
  In a second bowl, sift together the remaining dry ingredients several 
  times to add air into the flours and help them better absorb liquid 
  with retaining grit. 
  Blend the dry ingredients into the applesauce and sugar mixture in 
  small amounts. 
  With the last amount of dry ingredients add in the raisins and nuts, 
  if desired. 
  Finally, blend in the vegetable oil. 
  Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly 
  Chocolate Cake
  This basic chocolate cake recipe may be used as a base for more 
  ornate cake recipes.

  1 1/2 cups sorghum flour (purchase from ) 
  1/2 cup cocoa (e.g. Hershey's) 
  1 cup sugar 
  1/2 tsp. salt 
  1 tsp. baking soda 
  1/2 - 1 tsp xanthum gum 
  1/2 cup oil 
  1/2 cup milk 
  1/2 cup hot water 
  1 egg 
  2 tsp. vanilla
  Mix together dry ingredients. 
  Add wet ingredients. 
  Grease and flour an 8" x 8" pan. 
  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until done.
  May be decorated with frosting or cut into layers for layer cake.
  Yellow Cake
  Use this basic recipe to improvise and make plain to fancy variations.

  2 1/2 cups sorghum blend (my blend is 2 cups's sorghum, 2/3 cup arrow root, 1/3 cup tapioca) 
  1 tsp baking soda 
  2 tsp xanthum gum 
  3 tsp baking powder 
  1/2 tsp salt 
  4 eggs 
  3/4 cup oil 
  1 2/3 cups sugar 
  2 tsp lemon juice 
  1 cup light coconut milk (I use Trader Joe's brand, I've also 
  used pineapple juice or pear juice)
  combine the first five ingredients and set aside 
  with an electric mixer blend eggs, oil, sugar and lemon juice 
  beat well so oil is completely emulsified, and the mixture is 
  light and lemony looking 
  turn beater to low and add flour mixture and liquid, alternating 
  pour batter into greased and floured tins (a 9" x 13" pan, two 9" 
  round pans, or cup cake tins) 
  bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes for cakes, 15-20 minutes for cup cakes 
  do the tooth pick test to be sure it cooked all the way through
  Yum Yum Cake

  15 oz box seedless raisins
  2 cups sugar
  2 Tbs Crisco
  3 tsp cinnamon
  1/4 tsp salt
  1 heaping tsp of baking soda sifted with
  3 cups flour

  Cover raisins ( should be a bit over 2 cups etc) and bring to a
  boil.  Cool. Drain and reserve raisins and 2 cups raisin water.

  Mix raisins, 2 cups raisin water, sugar, Crisco, cinnamon and salt
  and mix well. Mix in the flour and baking soda. Pour into greased
  and floured tube pan. Bake at 300 for about 2 hours or tested done.
  Moist, flavorful and and freezes well.
  Eggless Chocolate Cake

  Makes 1 - 10 inch bundt cake  
  1 cup butter 
  1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 
  2 3/8 cups self-rising flour 
  1 1/8 cups unsweetened cocoa powder 
  2 teaspoons baking powder 
  1 teaspoon baking soda 
  1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle cola-flavored carbonated beverage 
  1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter and dust 
  with flour a 10 inch bundt tin. 
  2 Cream the butter or margarine till light and fluffy. Beat in the 
  condensed milk. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and 
  baking soda; mix into the creamed mixture alternately with the cola. 
  3 Bake for 45 minutes, or until the cake tests done. 

Loukomades - Greek Honey Balls

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mary 
  To: 'phaedrus' 
  Sent: Friday, August 09, 2002 7:11 AM
  Subject: RE: Greek Honey Balls

  I found the Greek name for honey balls, it is Loukoumades.  I am hoping 
  that you have this delicious recipe.  
  Thank you so very much for all your help!

Hi Mary,

Ok, that helped. See the recipe below.




1 large cake yeast
2 egg yolks
8 oz. whole milk (lukewarm)
4 oz. water
2 c. cake flour
1 tsp. sugar
pinch of salt
oil for frying
16 oz. jar honey
1 c. water
chopped nuts

Melt yeast cake with a little milk; add eggs, rest of
milk, water, sugar and as much flour as it will take to form a
loose dough. Let mixture rise in a warm place about 1 hour.
Drop spoonfuls of mixture in hot oil and fry until all sides
are golden brown. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to
absorb excess oil. Dilute honey with water and warm in large
pan. Dip loukoumades in honey; remove and roll in chopped
nuts. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve warm. Excellent for
brunch or as a dessert served with fruit.

Baker's Chocolate Brownies

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mimi
  To: phaedrus 
  Sent: Saturday, August 10, 2002 11:35 AM
  Subject: Searching for recipe

  I am looking for the original brownie recipe from the back 
  of the Baker's unsweetened chocolate box, not the current 
  one bowl recipe.


Hello Mimi,

Both of the below recipes claim to be from the Baker's box, and neither of them is the one-bowl recipe.


  Baker's Classic Brownie

  2 aquares Baker's unsweetened chocolate
  1/3 cup butter
  2/3 cup all purpose flour
  1/2 tsp baking powder
  1/4 tsp salt
  2 eggs
  1 cup sugar
  1 tsp vanilla
  1/2 cup chopped nuts

  Melt chocolate with butter over hot water.
  Cool. Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Beat eggs.
  Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended. Blend in
  chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. Fold in nuts.

  Spread in greased and floured 8 inch (2 litre) square pan. Bake @
  350 (180C) for 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  Brownies 2

       Brownies-2 - Serious chocolate brownies
       This is an adaptation of the ``Scrumptious Brownies'' recipe
       found  on  a  box  of  Baker's  unsweetened chocolate.  I've
       reduced the amounts of sugar and flour  from  the  original,
       which I find makes for a very fudgey brownie.

  Ingredients (32 brownies)
  8 oz       unsweetened chocolate (8 squares)
  1/2 lb     butter
  5          eggs
  2 1/2 cups sugar
  1 Tbsp     vanilla extract
  1 1/2 cups flour
  2 cups     coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

  (1)  Grease a 13x9 inch pan and pre-heat oven to 375 deg. F.
  (2)  Melt the chocolate and the butter in the top of a double 
       boiler over simmering water. Whisk until smooth. Set 
       aside to cool while beating eggs.
  (3)  Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed for a full 
       10 minutes.
  (4)  Blend in the chocolate-and-butter mixture at low speed.
  (5)  Add flour, beating just to blend. Stir in walnuts, if desired.
  (6)  Bake 30 to 35 minutes.  Do not overbake.  The brownies are 
       done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out 
       slightly dirty.
  (7)  Cool in pan, then cut into squares.


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