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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Diane 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2002 7:33 AM
  Subject: Recipe request

  Dear Phaedrus,
  Sure was glad to find your site.  I hope you can help me with this 
  one.  Looking for a recipe for a Cheesecake that used Duncan Hines 
  chocolate chip cookie mix for the crust. It also had an layer of 
  Kraft caramels melted with canned milk, and pecans, and maybe 
  additional chocolate chips.  It was in a little Duncans Hines 
  holiday recipe booklet that accompanied a fund-raiser cookbook 
  published by Fundcraft around 1986-7.

  Thank you, sincerely Diane 

Hello Diane,

I cannot locate a recipe that uses the cookie mix AND the caramels, only either/or. Below are two. Perhaps you can improvise & combine them?


  Irresistible  Company  Cheesecake

   Ingredients : 
   1 pkg. Duncan Hines chocolate chip cookie mix
   1 egg
   3 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
   3/4 c. sugar
   2 tbsp. flour
   3 eggs, lightly beaten
   1 tsp. vanilla extract
   3 tbsp. Duncan Hines canned chocolate frosting
   Strawberries for garnish, cut in half

   Preparation : 
     Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For crust, combine cookie 
 mix, contents of buttery flavor pack from mix and egg 
 in large bowl.Stir until thoroughly blended. Press 
 mixture into bottom of ungreased 9-inch springform pan.  
 Bake for 17-20 minutes or until set with edges lightly 
 browned. Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 
 450 degrees. For filling, beat cream cheese in large bowl 
 at low speed with electric mixer. Add sugar and flour
 gradually.  Add eggs and vanilla, mixing only until 
 incorporated. Pour onto crust. Bake at 450 degrees for 
 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees.  
 Bake for 28 to 33 minutes longer or until cheese cake is 
 set.  Loosen cake from sides of pan with knife or spatula.  
 Cool completely on rack.  Refrigerate 2 hours or until
 ready to serve. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with 
 strawberries around edge of cake.  Heat chocolate frosting 
 until thin.  Drizzle over strawberry halves.  12-16 servings.  
  Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

  Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
  2 Cups Cookie Crumbs 
  6 Tablespoons Butter Or Margerine 
  14 Oz. Bag Kraft Caramels 
  5 Oz. Can Evaporated Milk 
  1 Cup Pecans  chopped
  16 Ounces Cream Cheese  softened
  1/2 Cup Sugar 
  2  Eggs 
  1/2 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips  melted
  1 Teaspoon Vanilla 

  Preheat oven to 350F
  Mix crumbs and butter, press onto bottom and sides of 9-inch
  springform pan.Bake 10 minutes.

  Microwave caramels and milk in small bowl on high for
  4 - 5 minutes or until melted, stirring every minute.

  Pour over crust.
  Top with pecans.

  Beat cream cheese and sugar until well blended.
  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  Blend in chocolate and vanilla.
  Pour over pecans.

  Place pan on cookie sheet.

  Bake 45 minutes.  Loosen cake from rim of pan, cool before removing
  rim of pan. Keep refrigerated.  Garnish with whipped cream.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Larissa
To: phaedrus
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2002 5:58 PM
Subject: menudo

> Hi, I was reading about menudo on your website and
> looked at the recipe.  My grandma is mexican and I
> don't live anywhere near her,don't knwo where she
> is,however, she made excellent menudo.  All the
> recipes I find dont match hers. She had the broth that
> was slightly spicy-(probably the chili powder) btu she
> had white hominy,tripe and a soup bone,not any type of
> animal foot,just a bone,do you know anyrecipes with
> that?The recipe also had other spices,probably
> cilantro, and oregano,etc.thanks,
> Larissa

Hi Larissa,

Below are the similar menudo recipes that I found.



 Ingredients : 
 5 lbs. menudo (tripe)
 large soup bone
 8 c. water
 3 tbsp. oil
 2 tbsp. flour
 2 tbsp. chili powder
 1 c. water
 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
 1/2 tsp. comino
 1 1/2 tsp. oregano
 1 tbsp. salt
 1 (29 oz.) can hominy (white)

 Preparation : 
    Cut tripe into bite-size pieces.  Trim excess fat.  
Rinse pieces thoroughly. Place with soup bone in a 
6-quart pot with 8 cups water. Bring to a hard boil.  
Cover and reduce heat.Cook for 1 hour and 45 minutes 
or until tender. Remove from heat. Combine oil and 
flour. Brown flour over low heat. Remove from heat.  
Add chili powder to flour and slowly add 1 cup water 
to form paste.  Pour paste mixture into pot containing 
tender tripe.

 Ingredients : 
 3 lb. honeycomb tripe
 large soup bone
 2 lg. cans hominy
 1 can enchilada sauce
 48 oz. can chicken broth
 4 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
 1/4 c. dried oregano
 Chopped white onion
 Salt to taste

 Preparation : 
    All ingredients are approximate.  Wash and cut honeycomb tripe
 into bite size pieces.  Put in large soup kettle along with soup
 bone.  Cover with water and boil with garlic for about 30 minutes. 
 Add all other ingredients except onion.  Bring to a boil and turn
 down to simmer for about 2 hours.  When cooked, serve in soup bowls,
 spooning fresh, chopped onion on top.  (More oregano may also be
 added on top.)  Makes enough for 8 to 10 people for main dish. 
 Freezes well. 

 Ingredients : 
 3 lb. tripe
 2 lb. beef shank 
 1 whole onion
 3 garlic cloves
 1 lg. Las Palmas red chili sauce
 2 lg. cans hominy

 Preparation : 
    Cut and clean tripe by rinsing under water.  Put first 5
 ingredients in large pan and cover with water and cook 3-4 hours. 
 Skim fat off top and keep clean looking.  Last of all add chili
 sauce and hominy.  You can have oregano, cilantro, green onion or
 chili peppers on table to add if desired lemon.  Serve with warm
 flour tortillas.

 Ingredients : 
 5 to 6 lbs. beef tripe
 3/4 tbsp. chili powder
 1 tsp. oregano
 1 tsp. cumin
 2 bay leaves
 4 garlic pods
 1 med. onion
 1 can white hominy
 1/2 tsp. paprika
 Salt to taste

 Preparation : 
   Chop tripe in 1 inch cubes and put through at least 6 cold water -
 10 minute soaks.  Drain thoroughly each time.  Cover with water and
 simmer until done.  Add remainder of ingredients, mincing garlic and
 onion.  Add hominy and salt last and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.  

Pasta e Fagioli

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mark 
  To: phaedrus 
  Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2002 12:26 PM
  Subject: Re: prime rib soup

  Phaed-Thanks for Prime Rib Soup recipe. Ever run across Olive 
  Garden's "Pasta Fagiole" soup recipe?

Hello Mark,

I found three recipes for it. see below.


  Olive Garden Pasta E' Fagioli

  2 tsp. oil
  2/3 lb. ground beef
  5 oz. onion, chopped
  5 oz. carrots, slivered
  5 oz. celery, diced
  1 (16 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  2/3 red kidney beans
  2/3 C. white kidney beans
  29 oz. beef stock
  1 tsp. oregano
  3/4 tsp. pepper
  1 2/3 tsp. fresh chopped parsley
  1/8 tsp. Tabasco sauce
  16 oz. spaghetti sauce
  Shell macaroni

  Sauté beef in oil in a large pot until beef begins 
  to brown. Add onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes 
  and simmer for about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse beans 
  and add to the pot. Add beef stock, oregano, pepper, 
  Tabasco, spaghetti sauce and noodles. Simmer until 
  celery and carrots are tender, about 45 minutes. 
  Yields 3 quarts.
  Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli

  3 tsp. Oil
  2 lb. Ground beef 
  12 oz. Onion; chopped 
  14 oz. Carrots; slivered 
  14 oz. Celery; diced 
  48 oz. Tomatoes; canned, diced 
  2 C. cooked Red Kidney beans 
  2 C cooked White kidney beans 
  88 oz. Beef stock 
  3 tsp. Oregano 
  2 1/2 tsp. Pepper 
  5 tsp. Parsley; (fresh chopped) 
  1 1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce 
  48 oz. Spaghetti sauce
  8 oz. dry pasta Shell macaroni; or other pasta

  Sauté beef in oil in large 10-qt. pot until beef starts 
  to brown. Add onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes and 
  simmer for about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse beans and 
  add to the pot. Also add beef stock, oregano, pepper, 
  Tabasco, spaghetti sauce, and noodles. Add chopped 
  parsley. Simmer until celery and carrots are tender, 
  about 45 minutes. 
  Makes 9 qts. of soup! **Just cut the recipe in 1/2 for 
  smaller family needs! 
  Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli

  1 pound ground beef
  1 small onion, diced (1 cup)
  1 large carrot, julienned (1 cup)
  3 stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
  2 cloves garlic, minced
  2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  1 15-ounce can red kidney beans (with liquid)
  1 15-ounce can great northern beans (with liquid)
  1 12-ounce can V-8 juice
  1 tablespoon white vinegar
  1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  1 teaspoon oregano
  1 teaspoon basil
  1/2 teaspoon pepper
  1/2 teaspoon thyme
  1/2 pound (1/2 pkg.) ditali pasta

  Brown the ground beef in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat.
  Drain off most of the fat.
  Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and saute for 10 minutes.
  Add remaining ingredients, except pasta, and simmer for 1 hour.
  About 50 minutes into simmer time, cook the pasta in 
  1 1/2 to 2 quarts of boiling water over high heat. 
  Cook for 10 minutes or just until pasta is al dente, 
  or slightly tough. Drain. Add the pasta to the large 
  pot of soup.  Simmer for 5-10 minutes and serve.
  Serves 8.

Maraschino Cherries

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: George
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 2:58 PM
  Subject: Marishino Cherries

  If possible,  a recipe for marishino cherries.  To make.  
  Not just using them.
  Thank you, 

Hello George,

The original maraschino cherry was a wild, European sour cherry called the marasca, which was marinated in a cherry liqueur or cordial made from the juice of the Italian Dalmatian marasca cherry. These cherries became a rare dessert delicacy in France and all the rage of Paris in the late 1800s. Jars of these marasca cherries were brought to America, and before long all the cherry-growing states were bottling maraschino cherries.

Then, along came Prohibition. When alcohol became illegal, even maraschino cherries were affected. Since the liqueur could not be made, then the cherries could not be soaked in it. So an alternative was created. After 1920, brined, bleached, and artificially colored cherries were packed in a sticky, artificially flavored blend of corn syrup and fructose. Their only connection to original maraschino cherries was the name. The end of Prohibition failed to put an end to these ersatz maraschino cherries. The "maraschino" cherries you buy in the store are still made pretty much the same way.

Below are a couple of recipes for making homemade modern "maraschino cherries". Keep in mind that the kind of cherry that you use will be a strong influence on the final product.


  Homemade Maraschino Cherries Recipe 

  4-1/2 pounds pitted cherries
  4-1/2 pounds sugar
  3 cups water
  juice of one lemon
  1 ounce red food coloring
  1 ounce almond extract

  2 quarts water
  1 Tbsp pickling salt
  1 tsp alum

  Soak cherries overnight in heated brine (water, salt and alum). 

  The next morning, drain cherries. Rinse in cold water. Combine 
  cherries, water, sugar, lemon juice, and red coloring. Heat to 
  boiling point. Let stand 24 hours. 

  Again boil juices, pour over cherries and let stand 24 hours. 
  Bring to boil again. Add almond extract and cherries. Pack in 
  hot sterilized jars and seal. 

  Water Bath Time from The Ball Blue Book- pints 20 min, 
  quarts 25 min.
  Maraschino Cherries

  3 cups sugar
  1 cup water
  1 teaspoon red food coloring
  4 cups Royal Anne sweet cherries, carefully pitted
  1 teaspoon almond flavoring
  Mix sugar, water and coloring. Boil 3 minutes and add cherries. 
  Add flavoring and cook slowly in syrup for 20 to 25 minutes, 
  or until juice is thickened to the consistency of jam. 
  Seal in sterilized jars. 

Bean Bag Beans

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sherri
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Friday, November 01, 2002 12:01 PM
  Subject: bean bag chair

  I want to make a bean bag chair but I can't find the 
  polystyrene balls to put in it. Someone gave me the 
  material. Since it is for my dogs I don't want to buy 
  a vinyl. Toe nails will tear it. I tried all major craft 
  stores on the net. I found different countries selling them. 
  But I live in Iowa. I should be able to get them in the USA. 
  I just don't know where. Thanks for your help.

Hello Sherri,

Both of these sites sell refill polystyrene beans for bean bag chairs:

Bean Bag refill

Amy's Bean Bags



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