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Bon Appetit Lobster Recipe

From: Karen 
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 4:17 PM
Subject: Lost Recipe

Some years ago (early nineties more/less) there was a recipe in Bon Appetit 
for a seafood and rice dish for 2 that had lobster in it.  
The flavor was Thai but I do not believe that the word Thai or curry appeared 
in the title.  I made it for several years on our wedding anniversary but haven’t 
been able to find it among the (less than well organized) recipe collection that 
I keep.  As I recall it was published in February issue in a feature article about 
romantic menus and recipes for 2.  On and off for several years now I have searched 
on epicurious and elsewhere online.  Tried again today.  I thought that I had hit 
the mark when I found the Project Foodie site and could search by issue. But no luck.  
I also remember that the menu included a caramel sauce for ice cream that I also made.  
Our anniversary is coming up on February 16 and I would so like to make this seafood 
dish again   Your help would be ever so much appreciated.  
Best wishes for a happy New Year!!  


Hi Karen,

Sorry, I had no success. Too bad that you can’t remember the actual name of the dish – it might be on the Internet, but whoever posted it might not have posted that it was from Bon Appetit – that happens a lot. The Project Foodie site and Epicurious have few recipes from before 1995. I had no success there with 1990s recipes containing lobster and rice, whether for two or not. “Romantic Menus” and “Valentines Day menus” and “Menus for Two” are features that Bon Appetit has been doing fairly regularly for years. I found a February, 1994 issue of Bon Appetit with Valentine’s Day menus in it for sale here:
Search Old Magazines

Another one, the February 1990 issue, is for sale here:
Back Issues

Those sites are good places to look for back issues of magazines. If you can determine for sure which issue it was in, then you can probably find a copy for sale. E-Bay is another good place to look. If you can find all of the February issues from the 1990s on these sites, maybe you'll recognize the cover of the issue that had your recipe.

I’ll post the request on my site so that readers can contribute, but that’s the only other suggestion that I have.


Hi Uncle Phaedrus,
I don't usually write in to things like this, but read one request 
that I knew I could answer and felt compelled to help since it was 
a favorite anniversary recipe that the woman had really searched for 
with no luck so far.  I am a busy mom of two, but it's hard not to 
anwer when you know a few minutes of your time will solve someone's 
compelling request!  
The posting on your website was from Karen on 12/28/11.  She requested 
two particular recipes from a February Bon Appetit in the early 90's.  
I have those magazines so with a quick flip through just the 1990's 
February issues, I found your reader's request exactly as described.  
The recipe she seeks is for Lobster, Shrimp, and Scallop Curry with 
Tropical Salsa from the February 1994 Bon Appetit as described from an 
article about elegant meals for two.  Once I had an exact recipe name, 
I easily found the full recipe already posted on-line 
(see link following recipe):
Lobster, Shrimp, and Scallop Curry with Tropical Salsa
Bon Appetit, February 1994
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 lobster tail (about 4 oz)
10 large uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined
4 ounces sea scallops
1 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, minced
1 small shallot, minced
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 T minced lemon peel
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp grated lime peel
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp dried crushed red pepper
1/2 cup bottled clam juice
1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
Steamed rice 
Heat 1 tsp oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add lobster, saute 
until almosted cooked throug about 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl. 
Add shrimp and scallops to skillet;saute until almost coked through, 
about 2 minutes per side. Place in bowl with lobster

Heat 1 tsp oil in same skillet over medium high heat. Add gineger, 
shallot, garlic, lemon peel, coriander, lime peel, curry powder, 
turmeric and crushed pepper; stir 1 minute. Add clam juice, coconut 
milk and juices from seafood; cook to sausce consistency, stirring 
occasionally, about 9 minutes. 
Add seafood; simmer until heated through, about 1 minute. Serve with 
rice and salsa 

Read More: 
She also requested the accompanying dessert recipe for caramel sauce.  
It is not on-line but here it is:
Coconut-Coffee Parfaits with Sesame Caramel Sauce
Bon Sppetit, February 1994
2 servings
3 Tbsp. finely chopped macadamia nuts (about 1 ounce)
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. water
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Coffee ice cream, softened
1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place nuts and sesame seeds on baking sheet.  
Toast in oven until golden, about 8 minutes.
Combine sugar and water in heavy small saucepan.  Stir over low heat until 
sugar dissolves.  Increase heat to high and boil until mixtures is a deep 
amber color, brushing down sides of pan with cold water and swirling pan 
occasionally, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add cream.  Stir in corn 
syrup, butter and macadamia nut mixture.  
Cool slightly.  
Spoon some carramel sauce into 2 parfait glasses; spoon in some ice cream.  
Repeat layering. Drizzle 1 Tbsp. caramel sauce over each. Cover. Freeze at 
least 1 hour. Sprinkle with coconut.
Please pass these two treasured recipes on to Karen with my compliments.  
Hopefully you can E-mail them to her directly.  
(Please do not forward or post my last name or E-mail address for privacy 
reasons. Thank you!)  
You make a lot of people happy by solving their mysteries!

Zuider Zee Hushpuppies

From: Jim 
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2011 3:10 AM
Subject: Zuider Zee Hush Puppies

Uncle Phaedrus, 

I am looking for Bill Martin's/Zuider Zee Restaurant's hush puppy recipe. 
All the recipes I found on your site were the round ball type. 
The Zuider Zee hush puppies were three to four inches long and about a 
1/2 inch in diameter.

I have searched the internet but did not find anything about his hush puppies. 
Did find Bill Martin's gumbo recipe, and information about a law suit, but no 
hush puppies.



Hello Jim,

Sorry, no luck. Dozens of people have requested that recipe on various websites, with no success. No one seems to have the recipe.

Bill Martin’s grandson, Martin Richardson is, or was, affiliated with this website:
Domestic Ease

His e-mail is there. If you write to him, you might have some success. If so, please share it.


From: "Basil" 
To: "Phaedrus" 
Date: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:23 PM

I noticed some requests for hush puppies from Bill Martin's Second/Third Edition 
(Zuider Zee was the first restaurant he had). I don't have his recipes but I remember 
the product on the plate. It was much more of a Puerto Rican sorullito than a hush puppy. 
This recipe comes close.
Thanks very much!

From: "Sandy" 
Subject: Zuider Zee Hushpuppies
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:31 PM

Hushpuppies from Zuider ZeeRestaurantsmade  by Lone Star Fun Foods      
Toll Free: 800-658-5637;Dallas: 214-946-2185; 

Lone Star Fun Foods' website is: Lonestar Fun Foods

Hello Sandy,

There is no mention on Lone Star Fun Foods’ website that the hushpuppies featured are the same as Zuider Zee’s. See: Lone Star Fun Foods

So, you are saying that Zuider Zee buys their hushpuppies from Lone Star?


I spoke to the previous manager and he said that this is what was used. 

Jordan Marsh Banana Bread

From: gigi
Sent: Friday, December 23, 2011 9:56 AM
Subject: Jordan Marsh banana bread

Jordan Marsh used to serve a slice of banana nut bread with their entrees. 
I have been looking for that recipe for years,all i find is for blueberry muffins.
Can you please help me find the recipe for banana nut bread?

Thank you

Hello Gigi,

I looked for this recently with no success. Sorry.


Uncooked Candy

From: gayle
Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2011 11:40 AM
Subject: recipe

I am looking for a recipe for candy that is a very simple recipe. 
The main ingredients are Eagle Brand milk, pecans, and powdered sugar. 
It is a no-bake recipe and I believe it was refrigerated. Similar to 
divinity, but no cooking. There is no chocolate nor coconut in this 
recipe. Sorry to be so vague, but it has been since the early 70's 
since we made this recipe. Thanks so much for your help. :)
Gayle is my first name and I really appreciate your help. Thank you. 

Hi Gayle,

I did a diligent search, but I cannot find an uncooked candy recipe that fits your description. Most recipes like that have coconut and/or chocolate.(like Martha Washington balls) Mexican candy (“penuche”) has brown sugar and is cooked. There are some "pecan candy" recipes, but they call for granulated sugar and are cooked. Is your recipe a “roll” or dropped, or cut into squares like fudge? There’s a recipe for snow balls below that has the right ingredients, but it is cooked.


Snow  Balls

3 c. nuts, finely chopped
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
Powdered sugar, sifted as needed (about 1 c.)

 In large saucepan, combine nuts and milk.  Cook and stir over low heat 
until mixture forms a ball and pulls away from sides of pan, about 5 minutes.  
Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.  Form into 1" balls and roll in 
powdered sugar.  Makes 4 dozen. 
Hello, this is Hayden in Cincinnati. 
Remember seeing this recipe before. Have never tried it, but sounds similar to 
"Gayle's" request from 1/13/12. The coconut, pecans, or "anything you want" are 
all optional. Maybe the "dip" is similar to dipping "buckeyes" in a chocolate 
and paraffin combination.(This Ohio buckeye has dipped and eaten more than my 
share of buckeye candy.)
Hope "Gayle" can use this. Hayden

No Cook Fondant Candy 

2 sticks butter, melted
2 boxes powdered sugar
1 can Eagle Brand milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Sift sugar, melt butter. Add all ingredients and mix, then beat until fluffy. 
Add nuts, coconut, flavorings, etc. (Anything you want.) 
Shape small amounts into dipping size, leave in refrigerator 2 to 3 days, then dip.
Uncle Phaedrus,

I was reading the request for "uncooked candy" posted by Gayle and appearing in 
your 1/13/12 update.  In searching Google Books for magazines, I found several 
references in Life magazine from the late 1940s and early 1950s for this recipe.  
I wonder if this one is similar, since it includes only the milk and powdered 
sugar plus flavoring.

Recipe for 5-Minute Fondant (8 varieties)

2/3 cup Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

Blend Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk and vanilla.  
Gradually add confectioners' sugar, mixing until smooth and creamy.  
Result:  1 1/2 pounds of real homemade candy.

Enjoy it plain, or in any of the following varieties: Use fondant 
between nut meats or as a stuffing for dates.  
Or form into small balls and roll in chopped nut meats, shredded 
coconut, grated chocolate, or candied fruit.  
Or color fondant with vegetable coloring and flavor as desired with 
oil of peppermint,  
Hi, Phaedrus,

It’s been a long time since I e-mailed you (ref the “Once is happenstance” quote), 
but I was searching for Zuider Zee Hushpuppies and saw the request from gayle.  
I’ve been making this Eagle Brand Fondant since the late 1950’s when we learned 
the recipe in a Home Ec class.  While gayle didn’t mention any dates in what she 
remembered, I took this candy to a party last Christmas and one lady requested the 
recipe saying it tasted like Divinity.  I had never made that connection, but I also 
love Divinity and realized she was right.  It isn’t a true Fondant, but that how it 
was listed in the old Eagle Brand leaflets.  Works for me!


2/3 cup Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup chopped dates

Combine sugar, milk, vanilla. Add dates and nuts.  Mix thoroughly – will be a 
“heavy” mixture.  Roll into balls to serve if desired.
Best regards,   Shelia

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