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Chocolate Icebox Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Cathy 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2002 11:49 AM
  Subject: recipes are long lost?

  Hi there Uncle!  There are recipes Im dying to have but cannot 
  find them in your archives or any of the sites Ive scoured over 
  the years, can you help at all?  Thanks a million!

  Grisanti's garlic bread

  Christmas cookies where the plain chocolate dough is refridgerated 
  overnight then rolled into balls in powdered sugar and THEN baked.  
  The balls melt into cookie shapes in the oven and ahve a opretty 
  deisgn with the powdered sugar on them.

  If you can help at all id REALLY appreciate it!!!!!



Hi Cathy,

Please send each request in a separate e-mail.

There are no recipes from Grisanti's to be had on the Internet. Sorry.

Regarding the cookies, searching for a recipe on the Internet requires unique words or combinations of words for the search engines to "key" on. Descriptions of dishes are often too vague to make a search successful. The below recipe is the closest that I could find to what you describe.


Chocolate  Icebox  Cookies

 Ingredients : 
 1/4 lb. butter
 4 sq. baking chocolate
 4 eggs
 2 c. granulated sugar
 2 c. flour
 2 tsp. baking powder
 2 tsp. vanilla

 Preparation : 
   Melt butter and chocolate together.  Beat eggs, add sugar and add
 to butter and chocolate.  Combine flour and baking powder and add to
 chocolate mixture.  Add vanilla.  Refrigerate overnight.  Pinch off
 small balls and roll in powdered sugar.  Bake on greased cookie
 sheet for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  You can vary cooking time to
 more or less for crisp or chewy cookies.  Cool on rack.  

Increasing Exponentially

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: CAROLE 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 4:14 PM
  Subject: exponentially

  what does it mean to say that a value increases exponentially? 
  Thank you

Hi Wendy,

Sorry it took so long for me to reply. I've been on a two-week vacation.

"Exponentially increasing" is a name for that phenomenon where something increasingly increases. It's also sometimes called "geometrically" increasing. An exponential increase means that the faster it increases, the faster the rate of increase increases.

If my garden's tomato output increases by 10% this year, 10% the next year, 10% the next year, 10% the next year, 10% the next year, and so on, my tomato harvest is increasing arithmetically. The increase is 10% per year. The rate of increase is staying the same, not increasing.

However, if my tomato harvest increases by 10% this year, 20% next year, 30% the next year, 40% the next year, 50% the next year, and 60% the next year, then my tomato harvest is increasing exponentially. Not only is the harvest itself increasing every year, but the rate of increase is increasing every year.


Hard Fudge Frosting

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: NANCY
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 9:03 PM
  Subject: Fudge Frosting Receipe

  Hello, I have been looking for a lost fudge frosting receipe for 
  many years. This fudge frosting hardened on the cake or brownies 
  as hard as candy fudge. Any chance you might have that one? 
  Thank you, Nancy 

Hello Nancy,

You don't give me enough information to find your exact lost recipe, but I do have some fudge frosting recipes that harden like fudge. See below.


  Fudge  Frosting

   Ingredients : 
   1 c. sugar
   1/2 c. milk
   1 tsp. butter
   1 tsp. vanilla
   2 sqs. unsweetened chocolate

   Preparation : 
      Add sugar and milk, butter.  Stir until boils HARD!  Boil HARD 6
   minutes.  Don't stir while boiling.  Remove from heat.  Add vanilla
   and chocolate.  Stir until chocolate melted. Pour over cake.  Will
   be a hard, shiny frosting.  Tastes like fudge.  Frosting sets up
   very quickly.
    Fudge Frosting/Fudge

   Ingredients : 
   2 c. sugar
   2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate
   1/2 c. shortening
   1/2 c. milk
   Dash of salt
   3 tbsp. Karo syrup
   1 tbsp. margarine
   1 tsp. vanilla
   Marshmallows (handful)

   Preparation : 
      Mix together sugar, chocolate squares, shortening, milk, salt and
   Karo syrup. Bring to a boil about a minute of hard boiling.  Take
   from stove.  Add margarine, vanilla and marshmallows.  Stir to
   consistency to spread or put in buttered pan for fudge or serve
   directly from stove for hot fudge sauce.
  Fudge  Frosting

   Ingredients : 
   1 c. sugar
   1 sq. chocolate
   4 tbsp. sweet cream
   1 egg
   1 tsp. vanilla
   1 tbsp. butter

   Preparation : 
      Mix well and boil for 3 minutes.  Let cool and beat.  Double
   recipe for a large cake.  (Thin with cream if it gets too hard to

Habanero Hot Sauce

----- Original Message -----
From: W D
To: phaedrus
Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2002 5:56 PM
Subject: Habaneras & such

> Phaed,
> I am growing very hot peppers in a little pool side garden.
> Last year's crop is dried and still hanging in the pantry - (They 
> scare me).
> This years crop is a bumper!!
> I'd to make a home made pepper sauce for cooking and for friends.
> Although considering how hot they are my friendships may be a risk!
> I've looked over commercial sauces to note the ingredients but 
> amounts would be a guess. And of course this is not something 
> to "taste and tweak" without risk of injury.
> I personally like non (or low) vinegar based, very hot and tasty.  
> What have you got?
> Thanks
> *\*
> \__/
> Hopefully with your help I'll be able to proudly mark my creation: 
> "Gloves and safety glasses are recommended. Keep out of reach of 
> children and pets.
> In case of accident, seek medical attention immediately."

Hi WD,

Well, you hamper me when you say little or no vinegar. However, I did find a few. See below. Were I making the sauce, I'd use these as a starting point & vary the recipes to taste.


Habanero Sauce

Similar to Caribbean/Yucatan hot sauces

1 part chopped onion
1 part chopped tomato
1 part chopped Habanero peppers
1 part orange juice, or substitute a mix of 2/3 orange juice to 1/3 lime juice
Salt to taste.
Mix in bowl. Add enough juice to make it soupy.
(Note: use equal measurements of the above; ie, 1/4 cup of each to make 1
Death Wish Hot Sauce

15 habanero chiles -- stemmed
7 ounces A Taste of Thai Garlic Chili Pepper Sauce or other garlic-chile sauce
1/4 cup honey ("to deaden the pain momentarily")
3 medium garlic cloves -- minced
Grind the habaneros (with seeds) in a food processor. Add other ingredients and puree.
Serving Ideas : Use to marinate chicken wings.
Orange Rocket Hot Sauce

20 large habaneros
2 large navel oranges
20 dried chile peppers
1/4 cup lime juice
10 small peeled carrots
1/2 cup light carolls syrup (karo will do)
1 tablespoon black pepper
stem and seed habaneros peel oranges seed if necessary add all ingrediants
to blender and liquifey add water to thin if needed but should not have to
can in mason jar with pressure cooker or use with in three weeks
Salpicon de Chiles Habaneros (Yucatecan Table Sauce of Chiles Habaneros)

This typical sauce graces almost all tables in southeastern Mexico.

3 chiles habaneros or gueros, roasted
2 medium chiles xcatiks or 4 chiles serranos, roasted
4 green onions, finely chopped
Juice of 2 Seville (bitter) oranges or 1 grapefruit
Juice of 1 orange
Juice of 1 lime
20 sprigs of cilantro (coriander), chopped
Salt to taste
For the garnish
2 small limes, thinly sliced
20 sprigs cilantro, chopped
Slice chiles habaneros and xcatiks in thin strips, and place in a clay,
ceramic, or glass bowl. Add onion. Add Seville orange juice, orange juice,
lime juice, cilantro, and salt. Stir. Macerate for 2 hours.
Garnish with limes and cilantro. Serve with meat, Yucatecan specialties, and
Makes 1 cup.

Hershey Bar Chocolate Icing

----- Original Message -----
From: Cheryl
To: phaedrus
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 6:32 PM
Subject: hershey chocolate bar icing

> Greetings: Am looking for a recipe for chocolate icing that uses 
> Hershey chocolate bars. My mom recalls my grandmother making an 
> icing using the chocolate bars, but we have been unable to locate 
> a recipe. Any ideas?
> Thanks CW.

Hi Cheryl,

Check the recipe below.


Hershey  Bar  Icing

 Ingredients :
 1 sm. can evaporated milk
 1 1/2 c. sugar
 6 sm. Hershey bars
 1/4 stick margarine

 Preparation :
    Combine milk and sugar; boil 10 minutes.  Add Hershey bars and
 butter. Beat until cool and thick enough to spread.  Spread over
 cake and serve.


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