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Italian 7 Layer Cookies

----- Original Message -----
From: jjprty
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2001 8:19 AM
Subject: 7 layer cookies????

> I am looking for a recipe for 7 layer cookies, not the traditional
> american version.  These are Italian, sold mostly in the N.Y. area
> pastry shoppes.  They are 7 layers, consisting of a sponge type cake, a
> white layer, filling, a red layer, filling, green layer, filling, a
> white layer.  The top and bottom of this has a very thin layer of
> chocolate.  I have seen them listed on the web site of  Mona Lisa Pastry
> Shoppe in the cookie section, but for sale only.  I would die for this
> recipe, they are absolutely wonderful.  Can you help me???


Well, I went to the Mona Lisa site and got the list of ingredients that they give there:

Pure cane sugar,Whole eggs,Almond paste,Flour,Rich chocolate,Fresh raspberry jam, Strawberry flavor,Pistachio flavor,Butter.

You know, ads for that brand are the only place on the Internet that those cookies are mentioned. That makes me think that no one else calls them "seven layer cookies". They may have an Italian name. However searches on the ingredients themselves turned up nothing, either. If you can get the Italian name for them, I might be able to locate a recipe. They are similar to something called "Italian wedding cookies" for which a recipe is below. If you take this recipe and flavor one of the cakes with almond, one with strawberry, and one with pistachio, you'll have something very close, I think.


Italian Wedding Cookies

8 ounces almond paste
1 1/2 cups butter
1 cup white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (12 ounce) jar seedless raspberry jam
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
5 drops green food coloring
5 drops yellow food coloring
5 drops red food coloring

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2 In a large bowl break up the almond paste. Add the softened butter,
sugar, eggs and almond extract. Beat batter until light and fluffy.
Beat in the flour and the salt. Split the batter into thirds and add
enough of the three different food colorings to each third to color
the batter nicely. Spread the batters into three 9x13 and 1/4 inch
deep aluminum baking pans. Be sure the batter is only about 1/8 inch
thick or it will rise too high.
3 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 12 to minutes. Cool.
4 Remove baked and cooled cakes from pans and place on a cookie sheet
or cutting board. Heat the jam and spread between the layers as you
stack them. Spread the melted chocolate over the top layer and
refrigerate. When stiff remove cookies from the refrigerator and let
chocolate soften slightly before cutting into small rectangles.

Crumb Pie

 ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: liz  
  Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2001 1:22 PM
  Subject: "Crumb Pie"

  It was called Crumb Pie, the recipe was from a church ladies cookbook. 
  It always seemed like a 1950's style recipe to me, or even older.  
  The ingredients were graham cracker crumbs, ground walnuts? folded into 
  a meringue and baked. After cooling, it was frosted with whipped cream 
  then refrigerated overnight or so. The baked part soaked up the moisture 
  of the whipped cream and BOY! was it rich and delicious. I remember the 
  basics but not the proportions etc! Help!


Hi Liz,

Could the recipe below be what you're looking for? It sounds correct, although it doesn't say that the walnuts should be ground.


  Graham  Cracker  Crumb  Pie

   Ingredients : 
   3 egg whites
   1 c. sugar
   1 c. walnuts 
   2/3 c. graham cracker crumbs
   1 tsp. vanilla
   Cool Whip or whipped cream

   Preparation : 
      Beat egg whites until stiff.  Add sugar and blend.  Add other
   ingredients and put in greased pan.  Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
    Cool and cover with whipped cream.  Cover and let stand overnight.

Egg Rolls

----- Original Message -----
From: "Elizabeth" 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2001 3:47 PM
Subject: egg rolls

> i need a few recpies for pork egg rolls or any egg roll
> thanks

Hi Elizabeth,

No problem. See below.


Pork Egg Rolls

This recipe is good with either pork or shrimp. Be sure to set aside 
enough time to prepare the rolls. You can put them in freezer bags, and 
they can stay in the freezer for about a month.


1 lb ground pork or chopped shrimp
1/4 cup chopped water chestnuts
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup minced fresh mushrooms (optional)
1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
2 egg yolks (optional)
3 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
1/4 tsp garlic
salt to taste
pepper to taste

For wrapping and frying:

Fresh Spring Roll Wrappers
vegetable oil
Plum sauce for dipping

Cooking Directions:

Mix all of the filling ingredients in large bowl.
Test the filling by microwaving a spoonful in a small microwave-safe plate
and taste to determine if seasonings need adjustment.

To roll, place wrapper in front of you with the corners turned so it forms a
diamond rather than a square. Spoon 1 teaspoon of filling on the quarter of
the wrapper nearest you and roll the point away from you and around the
filling, folding in the sides and pinching them together as the filling
rolls past them. As you complete the roll seal the edges with water. Repeat
until all the wrappers and filling have been used up. Deep fry in oil until
golden brown. Serve hot with sweet and sour sauce. Makes 50 rolls.

Fajita Seasoning

----- Original Message -----
From: Ken & Bev
To: phaedrus
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2001 11:32 AM
Subject: fajita seasoning recipe with low salt or sodium ingredients

> My husband and I would like a recipe for fajita seasoning to 
> make ourselves rather than going out and buying something off 
> the shelf.  If you would have anything that would work we would 
> appreciate it.
> Thanks, Ken and Bev

Hi Folks,

Well, I didn't find a lot of recipes for homemade fajita seasoning. Most recipes for fajitas include the seasoning as part of the overall recipe instead of separately. I did find one, though. The first recipe below. To make it low sodium, use garlic powder instead of garlic salt. This recipe calls for chili powder, so you might want to make your own chili powder, then make your homemade fajita seasoning using your homemade chili powder, right? So below the fajita seasoning recipe is a homemade chili powder recipe.


Fajita Seasoning

4 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground oregano
2 tsp garlic salt (for low sodium, use garlic powder instead)
Stir well and store air tight.....use as you would the pkts....
using 2-3 tbsps of mix instead.....
Homemade Chili Powder

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
   1      c.               dried chili peppers or
 3/4     c.               crushed hot red pepper flakes
 1/4     c.               ground cumin
   2      Tbsp.         garlic powder
   1      Tbsp.         oregano
   1      Tbsp.         cayenne pepper or more to taste
Remove stems and most of seeds from the chili peppers;shred coarsely. 
Put all ingredients in blender and whirl until powdered; let chili powder 
settle before removing cover of blender.

Self-Rising Flour

----- Original Message -----
From: mary
To: phaedrus
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2001 8:40 AM

> i am looking for a receipe to make SELF RISING
> FLOUR...i hope you can help me....thanking you, i am mary

Hi Mary,

To make self rising flour out of all-purpose flour, put 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a measuring cup, then add enough all-purpose flour to bring it to exactly one cup. Repeat for each cup of self-rising flour needed.
That's it.



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