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Hamburger in a Pea Patch

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "judy " 
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2008 7:48 AM
Subject: Hamburger in a Pea Patch Recipe

> Hi. I'm hoping you can find a recipe for me. My Mother use to make it when 
> I was a kid. It's called "Hamburger In A Pea Patch". We have looked for 
> the recipe through out the years with no success. It was made by mixing 
> ground beef and peas(although I'm not sure if they were frozen or canned) 
> with a sauce or gravy of some kind. It was served over a bed of rice. My 
> Mother thinks that the sauce/gravy may have been made with a canned soup 
> but she is not sure. It may help you to know that she made this recipe in 
> the late 60s until the mid 70s.

Hello Judy,

I only found one recipe with that name. See below.


Hamburger  In  A  Pea  Patch

Brown 1 pound hamburger in frying pan.  Add 1 1/2 cups water and 1 package 
of onion gravy mix.  Stir in 1/3 cup uncooked rice; add salt, pepper, and 
garlic powder to taste.  Simmer about 15 minutes (watch that mixture doesn't 
get too dry during this time).  When rice is cooked, add 1 small can of 
water chestnuts (sliced), 1 package of peas (and carrots, if desired).  Heat 
through.  Just before serving, stir in 1 can of French fried onion rings. 

Jocko the Chimp

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Robert 
  Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2008 1:56 AM
  Subject: Request for a bit of linguistic and historic trivia

Hi, I have what I hope is an intriguing puzzle for you. 

Back in 'olden days', namely the 19th century or so, possibly earlier, it seems that 'Jocko' 
was a slang term used for apes. I came across this recently on the site Cryptomundo, and after 
finding your site I thought I'd see what you could find on the subject of the origins of the 
use of that word in that context. On the Cryptomundo site, look for an article on 'Who discovered 
the Bonobo', that's where I found the usage in question. 
Thanks for your time and efforts,

Hello Robert,

It turns out that "jocko" originated as merely a mispronunciation of the original local African word for "chimpanzee". It seems to have gone like this: "Encheko" or "Nshiego" to "Engeco" or "Nchego" to "Enjocko" to "Jocko" This is a citation from the Old English Dictionary: "Jocko. Also Jacko. [a. F. jocko, erroneously made by Buffon out of engeco, properly ncheko, the native name of the chimpanzee in the Gaboon country, West Africa.]" "Their local name for the Chimpanzee is Enche-eko, as near as it can be anglicised, from which the common term Jocko probably comes. [1861 P. B. DU CHAILLU Equat. Africa xx. 359 In the Gaboon country the Chimpanzee is called Nshiego, in the interior it is known as the Ncheko. Ibid. 362 The Chimpanzee is called Engeco by Battel, 1625;..Enjocko, Jocko, by Buffon, 1766; Inchego, by Bowdich, 1819; Enche-eco, by Savage, in 1847; Ntchego, by Franquet, in 1852; Nchego, by Aubry Lecomte, 1854-57; most of which are variations again of the Camma name, which, according to our English mode of spelling, should be, as I have given it, Nshiego..the negro name for the true Chimpanzee.] 1863 HUXLEY Man's Place Nat. i. 14 Thus it was that Andrew Battell's 'Engeco' became metamorphosed into 'Jocko', and, in the latter shape, was spread all over the world, in consequence of the extensive popularity of Buffon's works." Phaed

German Pork Chops

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Elizabeth 
  To: phaedrus 
  Sent: Monday, October 13, 2008 9:07 AM
  Subject: German pork chops

  I have some smoked german pork chops, I believe they call them Kessler, or something like that.
  How do I prepare them?  Are they to be baked in the oven?  Thank you in advance.

Hello Betty,

Try the below recipe.


  Kassler  Rippchen  And  Kraut

  6 (1 inch thick) smoked pork chops
  1 lg. onion, sliced
  1/4 c. butter
  1 lb. kraut, drained
  1 apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  1 tbsp. caraway seeds
  1 clove garlic, crushed
  1 tsp. salt
  1/8 tsp. pepper
  1/2 c. dry white wine
  1/2 c. water

    Brown chops and onion in butter, 5 minutes per side.  Remove chops.  Add and mix other ingredients. 
 Put mixture in 1 1/2 quart casserole.  top with chops. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. 

Spanish Potatoes

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christy" 
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2008 12:44 PM
Subject: recipe request

> Dear uncle phaedrus             When i was younger my mom dated a spanish 
> guy and his mom would book for us every sunday. She made this spanish dish 
> with potatoes with almonds and a yellow gravy. It was so yummy sorry i 
> can't remember anything else about the dish. Your help would be 
> greatly appreciated.

Hello Christy,

See below for a possibility.


Spanish Potatoes

2 pounds boiling potatoes, peeled and cut in quarters
2 pinches saffron
3 T olive oil
1 slice white bread, torn into pieces
1/2 c blanched almonds, chopped
2 large cloves garlic
1 t paprika
2 c boiling vegetable stock or water
1 T parsley, chopped


Preheat oven to 375.
Lightly oil a large baking dish, arrange potatoes in a single layer, season 
with salt, pepper, and saffron.

In a small frying pan, heat oil over medium heat, add bread, almonds, and 
garlic, and sauté until golden. Process in food processor with paprika and a 
bit of the stock until smooth.

Sprinkle mixture over potatoes, then pour remaining stock on top.

Cover and bake 45 minutes, gently stir, and continue baking, uncovered, 
20-30 minutes, until liquid is gone and potatoes are cooked. Place under 
broiler for a moment until brown, sprinkle with parsley, and serve.

Crunchy Cookies

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: mel 
  Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2008 5:15 PM
  Subject: Cookie Recipe


  I'm looking for a cookie recipe made with chow mein noodles. It's not the Haystack cookie, 
it's actually a baked drop cookie. I remember the recipe made a lot of cookies, there were 
always plenty to share with everyone. I've been Googling, but haven't been able to find 
anything other than the Haystacks or a layered bar cookie. When we were first married, I 
used to make these cookies for my husband and to take in his lunch during the fall hunting 
season. Even though it's been awhile since I made them, I think the fall weather has made us 
nostalgic for them. Thanks for any help. I enjoy reading and trying your recipes.


Hello Mel,

See below.


  Crunchy  Crisp  Cookies

  1 c. butter
  1/2 c. granulated sugar
  1 1/2 c. brown sugar (packed)
  2 eggs
  1/2 tsp. vanilla
  2 c. flour
  1 tsp. baking soda
  1/2 tsp. salt
  2 c. quick oats
  1 pkg. (12 oz.) chocolate chips
  2 c. chow mein noodles

Beat butter and sugars until creamy and fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla. 
Gradually add sifted dry ingredients.  Mix well.  Stir in oats, chocolate 
chips and noodles.  Drop by teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.  Yield:  28 cookies. 
  Crunchy  Chip  Cookies

   1 c. butter
  1/2 c. sugar
  1 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  2 eggs
  1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  2 c. flour
  1 tsp. soda
  1/2 tsp salt
  2 c. of quick oats, uncooked
  6 oz. butterscotch chips
  2 c. of LaChoy chow mein noodles

    Beat butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually 
add dry ingredients.  Mix well.  Stir in oats, chips, and noodles. Drop by teaspoonfuls 
on greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  


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