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Heinz Fig Pudding

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Peter 
  To: Phaedrus 
  Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2009 9:45 AM

Uncle, years ago Heinz had a canned fig pudding that was the best I've ever had. 
Think you could find a recipe for it. Thanks for your help with Patak eggplant relish. 


Hello Peter,

Sorry, I had no luck at all finding copycat recipes for Heinz fig pudding.


Chicken in a Pita

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: gail 
  Sent: Saturday, September 05, 2009 7:39 PM
  Subject: recipe request from Great American Recipes

I am looking for a recipe from the Great American Recipe card collection - not 
quite sure of the name - something like "chicken pockets" or "chicken in a pita"

some type of oil, maybe red wine vinegar - let it set for awhile, then put into 
a pita pocket, and top with shredded cheese and salsa.

Thank you,

Hi Gail,

Sorry, I had no luck with this.


Fire Dogs

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jamz 
  Sent: Saturday, September 05, 2009 6:17 PM
  Subject: hot dogs/ fire dog bites

Hello , my name is Jamz and I just had the best hot dog ,only it was called a fire dog , 
at the Orange County Marketplace in Costa Mesa CA. and I was wondering if you could tell 
me where I might be able to get these "dogs" so my boys and I can enjoy them at home as 
it is a very long drive for us to get one, and it is the only thing we eat when we go 
there, that's how good they are, and that says a lot coming from me as I hate hot dogs. 
Thank you for your time...Jamz

Hello Jamz,

So, if you don't live in Costa Mesa, then, then where do you live? I'd need to know that to be able to tell you where to get them nearby. "Fire Dogs" are a commercial product made by the Vienna Beef Company in Chicago. Best I can tell, they are basically a hot & spicy Polish sausage. They are sold to a variety of stores & delis through local distributors. The Vienna Beef website does not have a location list for places that sell their products. You will need to look for places that sell Vienna Beef products in your local area. Try these sites for more information:

Vienna Beef 1

Vienna Beef 2

Sausage Shop in Commerce(5362 Slauson Ave.) may sell them. You might try for ordering online.

There are some Delis that handle Vienna Beef Hot Dogs (but not necessarily "fire dogs"), such as "Nate n Al" in Beverly Hills 310 274-0101, "Labels Table" on Pico, 310 276-0388.

See the discussion at:



French Steak Sauce

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jim 
  Sent: Sunday, September 06, 2009 6:04 AM
  Subject: Faux Filet Diphanous


  Have you heard of a french sauce for a steak composed of mayonise, shallots & 
armanac brandy please? I met it in Toulouse in '82?

  Thank you


Hello Jim,

Sorry, I searched everywhere that I could think of, but had no success with this.


Timm sent this:

Mayonnaise doesn’t lend itself well to brandies unless the alcohol is first burned off. 
The French sauce Jim is looking for was probably an Armagnac Cream Sauce. A sample of 
such a sauce is below. 

Timm in Oregon

Armagnac Cream Sauce


1/2 cup chicken broth 
2 tablespoons shallot, chopped
1/3 cup whipping cream 
3 tablespoons Armagnac or Cognac 
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and softened 
4 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed 
1/4 teaspoon white pepper, freshly ground


In medium saucepan combine chicken broth and shallot. Bring to boiling and then 
reduce heat; cover and simmer 2 minutes. Stir in the whipping cream and Armagnac 
or Cognac. Simmer, uncovered and over medium heat for about 12 to 14 minutes or 
until the sauce is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Remove from the heat and strain the 
sauce; return the sauce to the saucepan. Add the butter to the sauce, one piece at 
a time while stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Stir the in the lemon juice and 
white pepper. Yield: about 1 cup.

Apricot Almond Torte

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Margaret 
  Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 2:22 PM
  Subject: find recipe


  My name is Margaret and I am looking for a recipe:

a.. Published in Bon Apetit in the mid to late 80s 
b.. Apricot Almond Torte 
c.. Used rum soaked dried apricots, sliced almonds on top, torte crust with a custard filling 

If you can help me find it, I would appreciate it.


Hello Margaret,

Sorry, I cannot find any apricot almond torte recipe at all that calls for dried apricots.



Hello again

This is regarding the request from Margaret on Friday, September 11, 2009 for Apricot Almond Torte


Apricot Almond Torte
(Bon Appetit)

8 Servings


1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 egg yolk
4 tablespoons (about) cold water


2 cups dried apricots, chopped (about 8 ounces)
1/3 cup brandy

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups sliced almonds (about 6 1/2 ounces)

whipped cream

For Pastry:
Blend flour and sugar in processor. Add butter and cut in using on/off turns until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Blend in egg yolk and enough water by tablespoons to bind dough. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap
in plastic;chill 30-minutes. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead.)

Roll dough out on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch-thick round. Press dough into bottom and up sidea of 9-inch
diameter springform pan with 2-1/2-inch-high sides. Trim dough to 1/2-inch from top edge of pan. Refrigerate dough
while preparing filling.

For Filling: Combine apricots and brandy in bowl. Let stand 45 minutes. Drain apricots;reserve brandy.

Preheat ove to 350°F. Whisk butter and sugar in medium bowl to blend. Whisk in reserved brandy and eggs. Mix in almonds. 
Sprinkle apricots over dough. Pour almond mixture over. Bake until filling no longer moves in center when pan is shaken 
and top is brown. (Covering with foil if top becomes very brown) about 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool 30 minutes on rack.

Run small sharp knife arounf pan side to loosen. Release pan sides and cool torte completely. Cut into wedges. Serve
with whipped cream.


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