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----- Original Message -----
From: Vicki
To: phaedrus
Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 10:02 AM
Subject: recipe search/black bean and corn empanadas

> Hi Uncle Phaedrus,
> I just found your website today and there is a recipe that 
> I have been searching for and have not found.
> It is from the Border Cafe Restaurant and it is a vegetarian 
> dish.  I believe the full name is Black Bean and Corn Empanada.  
> My husband loves these.  I would like to know how to make these 
> at home.
> They have black beans and roasted corn and maybe some cheese.  
> They appear to be deep fried and they have a red/orange colored 
> sauce on top.
> Thank you for your help!
> Vicki

Hello Vicki,

I cannot locate the Border Cafe recipe, but I found one vegetarian recipe for black bean and corn empanadas here: South American Food at I was also able to find the recipe below for black bean & corn "mini empanadas", but the recipe uses canned biscuits, so it is notauthentic. There are a lot of empanada recipes here:


Mini Bean Empanadas

1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 11oz can Mixicorn drained
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons drained can diced green chilies
2 chopped scallions
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
3 packets refrigerated flaky biscuits
1 egg yolk

Preheat oven to 400F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. 
In bowl mash 1/2 cup beans. Stir in remaining beans, corn, 
cheese, chillies, scallions, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 
1/4 teaspoon cumin.

On lightly flowered surface, roll out each biscuit to make a 
4" circle. Place 1 tablespoon bean mixture on half of each 
biscuit. Using pastry brush, brush outside edge of each biscuit 
with cold water. Fold empanadas in half. press dough together to 
seal edges. Put in freezer for 15 minutes.

Lightly beat egg yolk and 1 teaspoon water. Brush empanadas with 
yolk mixture, sprinkle with remaining chili powder and cumin. 
Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

German Chocolate Cake

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: T
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 6:45 PM
  Subject: German Chocolate Cake Recepie

  I am looking for a German Chocolate Cake Recipe that appeared 
  on the back of the Swans Cake Flour Box approximately 11 years ago.


The two below were in the database.


  German  Chocolate  Cake

   Ingredients : 
   1 pkg. Bakers German Sweet Chocolate
   1/2 tsp. salt
   1/2 c. boiling water
   1 tsp. soda
   1 c. buttermilk
   1 c. butter or other shortening
   1 tsp. vanilla
   2 1/2 c. Swans Down Cake flour
   4 egg whites
   4 egg yolks, unbeaten
   2 c. sugar

   Preparation : 
      Melt chocolate over boiling water.  Cool.  Cream butter and sugar
   until fluffy, add egg yolks, one at a time, and beat well; add
   chocolate, and vanilla; mix well.  Sift together salt, soda and
   flour, add alternately with buttermilk to the chocolate mixture;
   beating well and until smooth.  Fold in beaten egg whites, pour into
   3 (8 to 9 inch) layer cake pans lined with wax paper.  Bake at 350
   degrees 30 to 40 minutes.  Cool and ice.
   German  Chocolate  Cake

   Ingredients : 
   1 (4 oz.) bar Baker's German sweet chocolate
   1/2 c. boiling water
   1 c. butter or margarine
   4 egg yolks, unbeaten
   2 1/2 c. sifted Swans Down cake flour
   1/2 tsp. salt
   1 c. buttermilk
   2 c. sugar
   1 tsp. vanilla
   1 tsp. baking soda
   4 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  Coconut-Pecan Frosting:
   1 c. evaporated milk
   1 c. sugar
   3 egg yolks
   1/2 c. butter or margarine
   1 tsp. vanilla

   Preparation : 
      Melt chocolate in boiling water; cool.  Cream butter and sugar
   until fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time and beat well after each.
    Add melted chocolate and vanilla.  Mix well.  Sift together flour,
   salt and soda.  Add alternately with buttermilk to chocolate
   mixture; beat well.  Beat until smooth.  Fold in egg whites.  Pour
   into 3 deep 8" or 9" layer pans, lined on bottoms with paper.  Bake
   in moderate oven at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.  Cool. Frost
   tops of layers only.  Assemble into 3 layer cake, using
   Coconut-Pecan Frosting below.  Combine; cook and stir over medium
   heat until thickened, about 12 minutes. Add: 1 c. chopped pecans  

Mock Chicken Legs

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Brad 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 8:57 PM
  Subject: Mock Chicken Legs?

  Grandma McFarlane made a delicious item called mock chicken legs. 
  As far as I can remember she used chunks of beef and pork skewered 
  on small wooden skewers and the meat was coated in a fry mix and 
  fried or roasted. The end result was a very tender and delicious 
  meat on a stick.

  PS: Your Red Beet Pickled Egg link is bad. Can't find the recipe...

Hello Brad,

Below are some mock chicken leg recipes, and the red beet pickled egg recipes are here:

Red Beet Pickled Eggs


  Mock  Chicken  Legs

   Ingredients : 
   2 lb. lean pork, cut in cubes
   2 lb. veal, cut in cubes
   4 eggs, slightly beaten
   1 pkg. Saltine crackers, crushed
   2 cans cream of mushroom soup,
      thinned with a little milk
   8-12 meat skewers

   Preparation : 
      On meat skewer, alternate veal and pork cubes.  Roll each skewer
   in egg and cracker crumbs.  Brown in skillet with oil.  Layer the
   browned skewered meat in baking dish.  Cover with mushroom soup. 
   Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
   Mock  Chicken  Legs

   Ingredients : 
   1 1/2 lbs. beef roast or round steak
   1 1/2 lbs. pork roast or pork steak
   2 eggs
   1 tbsp. water
   1/2 tsp. pepper
   1 dozen saltines
   12 to 15 meat sticks

   Preparation : 
      Cut fat from meat.  Place in fry pan on medium heat to melt.  Cut
   meat into strips.  Start with beef strips, then pork, continue to
   place on stick alternately.  Crush saltines to fine crumbs.  Mix
   eggs, water, pepper with fork.  Dip meat filled stick in egg
   mixture, roll in cracker crumbs.  Lay carefully in hot fat.  Turn
   when golden.  Set on end in casserole with sliced onion on bottom. 
   Cover.  Bake at 325 degrees about 2 hours. 
   Mock  Chicken  Legs

   Ingredients : 
   1 lb. beef, cut in bite size pieces
   1 lb. pork, cut in bite size pieces
   2-3 eggs
   Cracker crumbs
   1 can cream of mushroom soup
   1 pkg. Lipton dry onion soup mix

   Preparation : 
      Put pieces of meat on wood skewers alternately.  Beat eggs with a
   little milk. Roll "chicken leg" in egg mixture, then in the cracker
   crumbs.  Fry in oil until brown.  Layer in roaster.  Pour off extra
   oil.  Add water to pan, mushroom soup and onion soup mix.  Cook this
   up and pour over "chicken legs" in roaster.  Make sure you add
   enough water to cover meat.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 3 to 3
   1/2 hours. 

Jaffa Cake

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Beatrice 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Saturday, November 16, 2002 9:24 AM
  Subject: pims

  Dear Phoedrus,
  I like PIMS more than any other kind of sweetes. 
  I think you know they are the delicious English sweetes 
  with orange jam and chocolate;I usually buy them at the 
  supermarket,but I'd rather make them with my hands.
  I couldn't find the recipe,can you help me?  

Hello Beatrice,

I cannot find any recipes for PIMS sweets. I did find the recipe below for jaffa cakes, which I'm told are similar.


  Hersheys Jaffa Cakes 


  Preheat oven to 190 C Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl 
  and add chocolate chips. Chop whole orange and place in a food 
  processor with sugar, process until orange is finely chopped 
  and then add egg and butter. Process until well combined. Add 
  orange mix to the flour along with the milk and baking soda, mix 
  lightly to combine. Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake for 
  15 minutes or until springy on top. 

Icons on Desktop

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Chuck 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 10:32 PM
  Subject: Icons

  How do you add an icon to your desk top? ie, I would like to put 
  Goggle search icon on my desk top, so if I wanted to go directly 
  to goggle I could click on the icon on the desk top.   
  Thanks Chuck

Hello Chuck,

Nothing to it. Just go to the webpage of your choice (Google) and right click your mouse in the center of the screen. Click on "create shortcut" on the menu that appears. A shortcut icon for Google will be created on your desktop.



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