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Polpette di Lupo

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Valarie 
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 6:05 PM
Subject: Old recipe to make for my mom

I make just about all my mom's food do to her dietary needs and health issues. 
I can turn any recipe around so that she is able to eat it.  

Well, she's 74.  She keeps telling me about how her favorite was when she went to 
her Aunt's house and she would make homemade italian spaghetti sauce with Bread Balls 
in it.  She has been craving them and i would love to make them for her. 

I love you're website! Any recipe that i use is terrific. This is a great service you 
provide those of us that like to eat real food and cook it as well. I truly appreciate it.

Have a great evening!



Hello Valerie,

Perhaps "polpette di lupo" is what you want. Try the recipes on these sites:

polpette di lupo

meatless meatballs


Thank you.  I will run it by my mom and see.  They do look like what she's talking about. 
I appreciate all your efforts.  It's making an old woman happy.

Black Pepper Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Toby 
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2009 6:05 PM
Subject: lost recipe

> Phaedrus,
> I once had a cook book that was devoted to recipes with lots of  spices. 
> It may have been called The Spice Cookbook, but I am not  sure.  In this 
> cookbook was a fabulous cake recipe with lots of black  pepper in the 
> contents.  I would love to do this cake again but my  search efforts 
> haven't even come close to the recipe.  Do you think  you could conjure up 
> this elusive recipe?  Thank you so much,
> Toby

Hello Toby,

I cannot find a cake recipe with lots of black pepper that says it is from "The Spice Cookbook". That recipe may be on the internet, but if it is, is does not mention "The Spice Cookbook". In order to find the correct recipe, I would need more information than the fact that it contains a lot of black pepper.

Your best bet might be to get a copy of that cookbook. "The Spice Book" by Avanelle Day and Lillie Stuckey is available on See:

"The Spice Book" by Avanelle Day and Lillie Stuckey

There is a "black pepper cake" recipe below.


Black  Pepper  Cake

1 c. walnuts
1/2 c. shortening
2 c. brown sugar
3 eggs, separated
3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. milk

  Place nut meats in boiling water a few minutes, then drain.  Cream 
shortening and sugar, add well beaten egg yolks.  Sift together dry 
ingredients and add alternately with milk to the creamed mixture.  Add nut 
meats.  Fold in well beaten egg whites.  Bake in 3 layers at 350 degrees for 
about 20 minutes. 
Good Morning!

Thank you for your prompt answer!  I am fairly sure that your black 
pepper cake is the one I needed!  I will check it out when I get my 
Amazon copy of "The Spice Cookbook".  I will use your version today 
with a dear friend for our annual holiday cake baking day .

Thanks again.  Your web site is superior!

Man's Favorite Cake

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Charlotte 
  Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 11:25 PM
  Subject: Man's Favorite Cake Recipe

My mother has searched for this recipe for years. she said her Aunt use to make it. 
she said it has raisins, cinnamon or other spices. It has an orange flavor, possibly 
in the icing. She at this as a child, she is 70 years old now. She thinks it may have 
come out of a paper or magazine at that time. I have googled the recipe, but no luck.


Hello Charlotte,

All of the cake recipes that I can find with that name and with raisins and cinnamon are like the one below. I did not find any that had any orange in either the cake or the frosting.


A Man's Favorite Cake

1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 c. seedless raisins
1 c. applesauce (sweetened for table use)
1 tsp. soda
1 egg
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. hot water

Blend shortening, sugar, and eggs thoroughly in 1 operation.  Add raisins and applesauce. 
Sift spices and salt with flour and add in several portions. Before the last of the flour 
is added, stir in the soda dissolved in hot water. Beat well, pour into a greased loaf or 
tube pan and bake about 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Coffee Cream Icing:
4 tbsp. butter or margarine
1/4 tsp. salt
3 or 4 tbsp. hot coffee
2 tbsp. cocoa
2 c. powdered sugar

Blend butter, salt, cocoa and 1/2 cup sugar.  Add alternately coffee and rest of sugar until 
a spreading consistency is reached.

A reader sent this suggestion:

I wonder if Charlotte might be looking for Orange Kiss-Me Cake. 
This was the 1950 Pillsbury Bake-Off winner, so it fits the time frame given by her mom, 
probably was printed in a magazine, and it has orange, cinnamon, and raisins. Just a thought.

Have a great day!


Independence Burgers

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Ginny 
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 2:12 PM
Subject: Recipe Request - Independence Burgers

Hello Uncle Phaedrus!

Here is a real challenge for you!  I used to make a recipe from the back of the Chex 
cereal box called "independence burgers".  These are beef hamburgers made with chex 
cereal (not sure what else).  I have lost the recipe (dated to the 1970's I believe) 
and I have had no luck finding anything online.  I did find a few recipes which included 
pineapple, which is not the one I seek (no pineapple in the recipe I seek).  I even 
contacted (General Mills) to no avail.

It would be great if you could find this! 
Thanks, Ginny 

Hi Ginny,

See below.


Independence Burgers
Celebrate the 4th of July with this unique version of an All-American favorite.

1 egg, slightly beaten
2 T. catsup
1-1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. seasoned salt
3/4 t. chili powder
1 c. Wheat Chex cereal crushed to 1/3 cup
1/4 c. coarsely chopped radishes
2 T. finely chopped green onion
1 lb. lean ground beef

Combine egg, catsup and Worcestershire sauce. Mix in seasoned salt and chili powder. 
Stir in Chex. Add radishes, onion and ground beef. Mix thoroughly. Shape into 4 patties 
about 1/2-inch thick. Grill or broil about 15 minutes or until of desired doneness. 
Turn once. Brush with barbecue sauce as desired.
Makes 4 patties.
Wow, you are AMAZING!!!!!!!  Thanks so very much!!!!!      Ginny

Jumbo Jack Sauce

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "camp" 
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 9:18 PM
Subject: Recipies

> Hello Phaedrus,
> Looking for Jack In The Box Jumbo Jack Secret sauce.
> Kind regards,
> Camp 

Hello Camp,

As for the Jack Sauce, there's a "recipe" below, but it looks more like the listing of ingredients from a label, rather than a recipe.

However, several people say it's just French or Russian dressing.


"Here is the recipe for Jack In The Box's secret sauce. While the portions 
were not provided, the following ingredients are here for your experimenting 
pleasure. Bon Appetit!"  (Channel 10 KGTV San Diego)

soybean oil
tomato paste
high fructose corn syrup
onion (dehydrated)
egg yolk
corn syrup salt
Worcestershire Sauce
A-1 steak sauce
xanthan gum
Tabasco sauce
sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (added as preservatives)
oleoresin paprika 


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