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Champagne Chicken and Dumplings

From: Cheryl 
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2012 3:53 PM
Subject: Champagne Chicken and Dumplings

About 10 years ago, I was at Abilene, TX country club for New Years. They served a Champagne chicken and dumplings dish that was absolutely wonderful. 
Do you have a recipe for a dish like this?
Thank you.

Hi Cheryl,

I need a bit more information. Please reply even if you don’t know the answers.

Was the dish simply called “champagne chicken and dumplings”?

Was this specifically the “Abilene Country Club” or another country club in the Abilene area?


From: Cheryl 
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2012 4:45 PM
To: Phaedrus 
Subject: Re: Champagne Chicken and Dumplings

Hi, Thanks so much for such a prompt email. I had this dish at Abilene Country Club in Abilene, TX.  
It was on New Years night and I do not know if it was a special dish they made for that night. 
Also I do not know if they had a name for the dish. The food was a buffet style event. When I asked 
why it tasted so good, the waiter told me it was chicken and dumplings cooked in a champagne sauce/lite gravy. 
They used chicken breasts cut up and small dumplings or may have been spaetzel noodles. I would like to 
find a recipe for this dish if you know of one.

Thank you. 
Hello Cheryl,

I had no success locating any recipe or any mention of a champagne chicken dish from the Abilene Country Club. The Abilene Country Club’s current menus do not list any such dish. Their menus are here: Abilene Country Club

It may have been a special creation of whoever was their chef at that time. On the other hand, it may have been one of the many champagne chicken recipes that are commonly available, and the novelty was to serve it with spaetzel or dumplings. Champagne chicken appears to commonly be served with rice or pasta.

There is a recipe for “Chicken In Champagne Sauce With Herb Spaetzle or Dumplings” here, but I could not say if it is similar: Chicken In Champagne Sauce With Herb Spaetzle or Dumplings

There is a “Chicken ala Champagne” recipe that is served with rice here: Chicken ala Champagne


Shrimp with Tomatoes and Peppers

From: Marina 
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:12 PM
Subject: Shrimp with Tomatoes and Peppers


Love the site, just stumbled across it… 
Been looking for a recipe for a while now, hoping you may know it..

I live out here in Los Angeles, but I moved from Philadelphia, PA. There was a GREAT Chinese restaurant up the street from where I lived. 
There food was awesome. My favorites dish, which I am looking for – was something I haven’t found in any other Chinese restaurant.

Shrimp with Tomatoes and Peppers

Big shrimp, peeled and cleaned,
Large hunks of tomato
Hunks of red bell pepper
A tomato type sauce -- not spicy at all (I don’t eat spice)

It was super tasty – even better the next day in the fridge after it had a chance to blend with the rice.
I tried a few recipes that were close – but they didn’t really taste like it. Ideas?

Thanks so much!



What was the name and approximate street address of the restaurant? Please respond even if you don’t remember.


From: Marina 
Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 5:24 PM
To: 'Phaedrus' 
Subject: RE: Shrimp with Tomatoes and Peppers

Hi Phaed,

Wow – quick response I do appreciate it! Thanks!

Ask, and ye shall receive… 

201 Second Ave (next to Redner’s)
Suite 105
Collegeville, PA 19426

China Jade restaurant



Hi Marina,

I’m afraid that I must disappoint you.

I wanted the name & address of the restaurant so that I could try to find a copy of the China Jade menu online, in the hopes that it might give me more information about the dish.

I did find their menu, with “shrimp with tomato and pepper” listed, on the website that you referred me to. However, there was no additional information about the dish given.

I had no success locating any “shrimp with tomato and pepper” recipes from China Jade, or any recipes that even mentioned China Jade.

“Shrimp with tomato and pepper” appears to be rather commonly dish served in Chinese restaurants around the country, although it may be different at China Jade. It is on many Chinese Restaurant menus online. There are also some recipes online for “shrimp with tomato and pepper”. The problem is that I cannot find any that specifically call for red peppers. Another difficulty is that, unless a recipe specifically says “this is like the dish served at China Jade”, then there is no way for me to be able to determine whether a given recipe will taste like the China Jade dish or not.

There is a recipe on this site that might be similar except for the peppers being green, but like any recipe that I might find, I have no way of knowing whether it will taste like the China Jade dish, or whether it is one that you may have already tried: Stir-Fried Shrimp with Peppers and Tomatoes

Sorry that I can’t be of more help. I’ll post this on my site in the hopes that a reader may be able to assist.


Van de Kamp's Spanish Rice

From: Lori  
Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 7:45 PM
Subject: Van de Kamp's Spanish Rice in a can

I have been looking for the recipe for Van de Kamp's Spanish Rice in a can which is no longer available for purchase.  
Can you help?  I have looked several places on the web with no success.


Hello Lori,

Sorry, I had no success locating a copycat or “tastes like” recipe for this product. All I can do is post your request on my site.


Dear Phaed,

    Not knowing how requests come into you for format or what people ask for, I saw a recent answer you had given about a copycat 
recipe for Van de Kamp's Spanish Rice and that someone could not find the Spanish Rice in cans.  Unfortunately it was produced by 
Con Agra which, as you know, is VERY QUICK to delete an item from production if it is a slower seller - even the ones that are 
somewhat popular but still slower selling.
    Anyway, I know a friend used to use that product to make Stuffed Green Peppers so asked what she uses now. She said in the last 
FEW years that most of the canned rice (other companies)  have gone goodbuy AFTER a number of manufacturer's have made it dried boxed 
style (easier shipping and processing). She uses  ZATARAIN's New Orleans Style Spanish Rice )box) or KNORR "Fiesta Sides" Spanish Rice 
Mix (envelope).
    Online I tried to investigate also but only came up another company that makes it -- a "La Prederida" canned Spanish Rice and 
their website is  (there is a products key at the site).

Hope this might help you and/or the person that wanted Spanish Rice.

Take Care and as always, thanks for all you do.

Mark R in NJ

Country Style Ribs Recipe

From: Barbara
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2012 10:18 AM
Subject: Rib Recipe


Country Ribs(?)
I seem to have misplaced a recipe I printed off the internet. I thought it might be Cooks or All recipes but cannot seem to locate it.  
If I recall correctly it used 2 packages of country ribs (boneless) and then you seasoned it, and marinated with Dijon mustard and garlic 
and browned it. After the ribs became browned, you cooked it in a crockpot with other ingredients that made a great sauce. Unfortunately 
the recipe may not have been put away correctly , and I bought the ribs to make but no sauce. I am sorry I cannot recall the source but it
was printed on what looked like a 3x5 ' card. Thanks!       


Hello Barbara,

Sorry, I had no success. Your best bet is to retrace your steps on the Internet.


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