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Basque Bread

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Barbara 
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 1:48 AM
Subject: Basque Bread


I was wondering if I could get the recipe for the round ,large french bread from 
the Pyrenees French Basque bakery in Bakersfield California. I had the bread 46 
years ago and have never forgotten it. Since I am unable to travel now I would 
love to be able to make a loaf before  I get to much older. I was 16 when I tasted 
the bread and with my first love. We didn't last but the memory of the bread has.
The bakery has been in business I think since 1945. They have a web page. Here it is:  Pyrenees Bakery
I love your site it is wonderful Thank you Barbara

Hi Barbara,

I had no success at all in finding a recipe or copycat for any bread from Pyrenees French Bakery. They likely don't give out their recipe, and apparently no one has been able to make a copycat version.

Searching for a similar recipe is problematic, because unless the recipe itself says "like Pyrenees French Bakery french bread", then how would one identify a similar recipe when he saw it?

Pyrenees French Bakery has several bread products, but I'm speculating that you want a sourdough French bread.

There are sourdough French Bread recipes on these sites:
Big Oven
France Travel Secrets

There are French Bread Recipes on these sites:
Cyber Kitchen
Sugar Laws

I found no mention of any Basque connection on the Pyrenees French Bakery website other than the "Pyrenees" in their name. They refer to themselves as simply a "French Bakery", and to their product as "French Bread" or "Sourdough French Bread". I did find a couple of "Basque Bread" recipes on these sites:
Big Oven Basque Bread Recipe
All Easy Recipes

I hope you find something on these sites that works for you. You might be able to obtain more information by posting on the Pyrenees Bakery facebook page at:
Pyrenees Bakery Facebook Page

If you contact the bakery, they might overnight a loaf to you.



A reader was searching for Basque Bread in the 9-9-2011 column.
There is a community  of Basque Sheepherders in the area of
Bakersfield, CA. (and across the desert area of the U.S.).
Their Sheepherder's bread was famous in the mid to late 1960's.
I seem to remember it was even sold commerically under the
name "Sheepherder's bread" in southern California. 
Maybe that's what the reader was looking for?

Basque Sheepherder's Recipes -
Basque Sheepherder's Bread baked in a Dutch Oven

Reser's Potato Salad

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Tom 
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 5:58 PM
Subject: Yummy Potato Salad 

Hi Phaed., have another project for you...ha ha..I purchased a 3 lb tub 
or Reser's potato salad, and looked on the side of the plastic tub for 
the ingredients....although only partially listed, I was wondering if 
you have any way of finding out the proper amounts of each taste buds 
are yelling for more of this..and would like to make this for summer picnics..
what are listed on the side of the plastic tub( 1.25 kg ) are..potatoes, 
mayo, soybean oil, water, egg yolks, vinegar, glucose/fructose, salt, spice, 
calcium, disodium edta, celery, carrot, vinegar, onion, salt, sugar, 
modified corn starch, ,citric acid ,potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, 
dried chives, xanthan gum, and spice. I realize some are added for preservatives, 
and others for stability of the product..
What I really would like to know is the proper amounts of each to make about 3 lbs. 
I have searched the web, and recipe clone sites, but none offer anything that seems 
reasonably close..Tons of potato salad recipes though..anyway...any help would be 
appreciated...  oh yeah..thanks for the information on the coffee.. I will continue 
my quest one cup at a time...ha ha ha    Thanks Phaed.

Hi Tom,

Sorry, I had no success with this one. As you say, there are dozens of potato salad recipes around, but I could not find any that claimed to be similar to Reser's.


Hormel Sandwich Spread

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Carmie 
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 1:22 PM
Subject: sandwich spread

Hormel used to market a sandwich spread (somewhat like ham salad) in a tube. 
They have discontinued it.  A local market used to carry sandwich spread in 
their deli and they have discontinued it. I need to find a recipe for it. 
Can you help!



Hello Carmie,

I cannot find any mention of Hormel sandwich spread in a tube. Sorry. There is no possible way that I could find out anything about the sandwich spread sold in your local market without knowing the name and location of the market.

There is a Hormel recipe for a sandwich spread made using Hormel SPAM here:

There is a recipe for a ham sandwich spread here:
CD Kitchen


Steamboat Chicken

----- Original Message ----- 
From: chris 
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 5:28 PM
Subject: Steamboat Chicken

Dawn you hat and lite your pipe . . .
Can you find the recipe for the chicken with lemon and honey made at Steamboat Chicken?

Loving YOU,

Hello Chris,

I have had no success locating a restaurant named "Steamboat Chicken".

"Steamboat" is an Asian method of cooking in which skewered bits of beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables, etc., are dipped into a steaming pot of broth for cooking. It's similar to "Mongolian hot pot" or Mongolian fire pot". I believe "The Melting Pot" restaurant chain has some dishes that are prepared this way.

I have no idea if this is to what you are referring but, if so, see these sites:
All Recipes
The Food Site


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