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NYC Greek Diner Jumbo Cookies

-----Original Message----- 
From: Phyllis 
Sent: Friday, October 04, 2013 4:40 PM
Subject: Recipe request

Could you obtain the recipe for the oversized cookies they serve in NY Greek 
diners? They come in chocolate chip and M&M style.
They are very chewy and wonderful!

Sent by Phyllis 

Hello Phyllis,

I'm not having much luck with this. Searching for cookies served in Greek diners is not paying off. It might help to have the actual names of some of the diners where you have had these cookies.

I've never had cookies in a Greek diner, so I'm not familiar with these. They don't appear to be a recipe brought over from Greece, at least not one with chocolate chips or M&Ms.


Triple Crown diner in Queens NY
Golden Reef Diner in Rockville Center NY
East Bay Diner in Bellmore
Blue Bay Diner in Queens

Hello Phyllis,

Sorry, still no success. Even when the cookies are mentioned on the menus of these places, they're just called "jumbo cookies". I cannot find any recipes at all for them.

I'll post this request on my site.


Caro's Restaurant Puffy Tostadas

From: Basil
Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2013 11:32 PM
Subject: Caro's Puffy Tostadas

Caro's Restaurant on Bluebonnet Circle in Fort Worth (John Whitten, owner) closed a few years back. 
Another restaurant took over but things were never the same because while the dishes said they had 
the same items, they were missing all the love.

Caro's was a family restaurant and was at that location about sixty years.

They had puffy tostadas. Crazy good. I tried several different recipes from the net for this sort of 
thing but it never did work.  Figured there were others asking for this too and wondered if anyone had 
luck finding a working recipe.


Hello Basil,

Sorry, I had no success finding a recipe for Caro’s puffy tacos or tostadas. There are lots of mentions of them on the web, but no recipes for their particular puffy tacos/tostadas. I never dined at Caro’s so I cannot really recommend a particular recipe, but you might try these:

Homesick Texan

Texas Highways


Below is a link to Caro's Mexican Restaurant and a clone recipe for the puffy taco and tostada shells.    
Timm in Oregon
Caro's Mexican Restaurant!

Caro's Puffy Taco and Tostada Shell Clone

Canola or vegetable oil for frying
3 cups corn tortilla mix
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tablespoon salt
2-1/4 cups warm water, about 105F to 110F degrees

Preheat a deep pot filled with cooking oil approximately 2 inches deep to 350F degrees.

Combine the tortilla mix, baking powder, salt and water in a large bowl; mixing thoroughly. 
When the dough is consistent in texture begin rolling dough balls about the size of a ping pong ball. 
Using a tortilla press that is lined in a thick plastic, such as a trimmed Ziploc bag, press out the dough. 
Press once and then rotate the tortilla 180 degrees and press again for even thickness. You use the plastic 
so that the dough does not stick to the tortilla press. Drop the flat tortilla in the hot oil and using a 
metal spatula repeatedly douse on top with the oil. You will see that it will begin to puff up. Flip it over 
and using the spatula make an indention in the middle of the tortilla to form a taco shape. Remove from oil 
and allow to drain. For Tostadas; do not make the indentation in the middle of the tortilla.
Subject: Caro's Restaurant Puffy Tostadas
From: Basil 
Date: 12/8/2019, 6:42 PM

Tried tons of times over a long time. Just now got it to work, thanks to various videos for tacos of this style...
Oil should be 375 to 380, water to maseca should be almost 1:1 and very warm at mixing and dough should 
be very thin when put in oil. Steam puffs it...


Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings

From: Cheryl
Sent: Monday, October 07, 2013 3:21 PM
Subject: Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings Recipe


My name is Cheryl and I am interested in finding the recipe for the Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings 
that are served at the Tasty Chicken in Greeley, CO.

Their website is: Tasty Kitchen Greely

They do not even have the ingredients listed but it is my all time favorite chicken wings.  
What I can see in it is green onions and some type of pepper.



Hi Cheryl,

I had no success at all in finding a recipe from “Tasty Kitchen Chinese” in Greely. It’s probably not available. You are most likely going to have to settle for a copycat recipe. I did not find a copycat recipe that specifically named the “Tasty Kitchen Chinese” wings, but there is a recipe for “Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings” on the below site that says “I was looking for a recipe and couldn’t find it so I decided to come up with my own. This is a Chinese dish...”. This recipe does have green onions and peppers. Coincidentally, although it has no connection with the restaurant, the site is named “”. Give the recipe a try and see if it comes close:


Possum Recipes

Shades of "The Beverly Hillbillies". Someone has been looking for possum recipes.

There are several on these pages:

Stuffed Roast Possum

Possum Stew


There's a Southern recipe called "Possum Pie", which actually has no possum in it. See:

Southern Possum Pie

All of these look pretty tasty to me.


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