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----- Original Message -----
From: "Kristen" 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Friday, December 27, 2002 10:55 PM
Subject: Berlinerbrot recipe

> When I was a little girl, my mother always made Christmas 
> cookies from an old German recipe she'd received from my 
> father's parents, who ran a bakery (Eggeman's bakery) in 
> Hamburg, Germany. It was called 'Berlinerbrot'. The recipe 
> has unfortunately been lost, and I would love to find it 
> again to share with my own children. Thank you for any help 
> you can give. It was an almond-flavored cookie (something 
> like a sugar cookie, but very rich, and containing chopped 
> almonds). It was cut into thin slices, and my mother topped 
> it with a lemony white glaze and sliced cherries, though I'm 
> not sure that was part of the original recipe.
> Kristen

Hello Kristen,

On all of the Internet, I could find only one Berlinerbrot recipe. see below.



300 gr white flour plain
250 gr white sugar
65 gr butter
2 eggs
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tblsp cocoa powder
1/2 tps ground cloves
65 gr chopped hazelnuts (other nuts like walnuts and pecans or almonds work too)

Mix all dry ingredients then add the softened butter and eggs. 
Knead together. (Makes a stiff shiny dough in time. Be strong and 
patient!) Shape three lengths the size of your baking tray, about 
11/2-2 inches wide. Bake in medium (200 C 390 F) hot oven till dry  
but not yet burned! Remove, allow to cool a little, cut in diagonal 
strips while still warm.

Cake Cookies

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Doris 
  To: phaedrus 
  Sent: Saturday, December 28, 2002 10:41 AM
  Subject: "Cake Cookies"

  As a child in the 50s my mother (deceased) used to make what 
  she called "Cake Cookies"  the batter was dropped on a cookie 
  sheet like drop-cookies.  They were round about 2 1/2". After 
  baking she would spread on an icing while warm much like what 
  goes on cinnamon buns.   They were so good and I haven't been 
  able to locate a recipe.

  Hope you can locate a recipe and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

  Sincerely,  Doris 

Hello Doris,

I think you mean cookies like those below. There are dozens of recipes. They're also called "cake mix cookies", because most of the recipes use cake mix. These don't usually have icing recipes with them, you use your own favorite icing if you wish.


  Cake  Cookies

   Ingredients : 
   1 box cake mix (any flavor) lemon, spice, chocolate are good
   1/2 c. vegetable oil
   2 eggs

   Preparation : 
     Mix oil and eggs into dry cake mix.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto
   ungreased cookie sheet.  350 degrees, 8-10 minutes. 
   Easy  Yellow  Cake  Cookies

   Ingredients : 
   1 box yellow cake mix (any brand)
   2 eggs
   1 stick oleo

   Preparation : 
      Mix with mixer until a stiff batter.  Work out into a 9x13 inch
   pan. Mix with mixer: 1 lg. cream cheese 2 eggs   Beat until smooth. 
   Put over top of cake mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45
   minutes; cool.  Cut in any size desired.  NOTE:  May also use
   chocolate cake mix and add nuts. 
   Cake  Cookies

   Ingredients : 
   1 pkg. cake mix
   1/2 c.  oil
   1/2 c. water
   1/2 c. flour
   2 eggs
   2 tsp. vanilla

   Preparation : 
      Mix flour and cake mix together, add other ingredients and mix
   well by hand.  Drop by teaspoon on greased cookie sheet.  Bake 8-10
   minutes at 350 degrees.  Don't over bake.  Yield:  4-5 dozen. 
   Cake  Cookies

   Ingredients : 
   1/2 c. shortening
   1 c. brown sugar
   1/2 c. white sugar
   2 eggs
   1 can Carnation evaporated milk
   1 tsp. vanilla
   2 3/4 c. flour
   1/2 tsp. soda
   1/2 tsp. salt
   Burnt Butter Glaze:
   2 tbsp. butter
   2 c. powdered sugar
   1/4 c. evaporated milk

   Preparation : 
      Mix shortening, sugar and eggs.  Stir in milk and add vanilla. 
   Add flour, soda and salt.  Chill for 1 hour before baking.  Drop
   with teaspoon on greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees until
   lightly brown.  While warm frost with glaze. In saucepan heat butter
   until golden brown.  Add powdered sugar and evaporated milk and beat
   until smooth.
   Cake  Cookies

   Ingredients : 
   1 pkg. yellow cake mix
   2 eggs
   1/4 c. oleo
   1/4 c. brown sugar
   1/4 c. water
   1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
   1/2 c. nuts

   Preparation : 
      Combine 1/2 of cake mix, eggs, oleo, brown sugar and water. 
   Blend well.  Add the other half of cake mix, chocolate chips and
   nuts.  Bake in well greased and floured jelly roll pan in 350 to 375
   degree oven approximately 20 minutes.
   Cake  Drop  Cookies

   Ingredients : 
   1 box cake mix (any kind)
   1 egg
   1 (4 1/2 oz.) carton whipped topping

   Preparation : 
  Mix the above ingredients.  Drop small teaspoons on greased
  cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Makes 60
  cookies. For Variation: Add sprinkles or powdered sugar while warm. 

Outback's Creamy Onion Soup

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kristen" 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Friday, December 27, 2002 10:55 PM
Subject: Outback's creamy onion soup

> I noticed that you had a recipe for the Potato Soup served 
> at the Outback steakhouse. A few months ago, I enjoyed a 
> creamy onion soup there (not French onion, but an onion soup 
> that was creamy instead of clear). I was told at the time 
> that they were discontinuing it from their menu. Too bad,
> since it was wonderful. Can you find the recipe for me? 
> Thanks. - Kristen

Hello Kristen,

I did find one copycat recipe for the creamy onion soup. See below.


Creamy Onion Soup Like Outback Steakhouse's

10 oz. can creamy onion soup
10 oz. can cream of chicken soup
10 oz. can cream of celery soup
10 oz. can chicken broth
1/2 c. well-shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/4 c. shredded Colby
1/4 c. shredded Provolone

In top of double boiler over gently simmering water combine all 
soups. When thoroughly hot, stir in cheeses.

Serve in ovenproof bowls, placing soup under broiler briefly to 
lightly brown the top. Because it is a very thick, slick, smooth 
onion soup, it's not easily imitated with pantry shelf products, 
but it comes close. If you want a more authentic version, use the 
addition of 3 T. cornstarch combined with that 10 ounce can clear 
chicken broth, in the blender til smooth, BEFORE stirring it into 
the other canned creamed soup mixture. then you can cut back on the 
cheese, using only half as much. Leftover soup does not keep well 
nor does it freeze well. In the refrigerator, covered, I try to use 
it within 2 or 3 days.

Vegan Crème Brulee

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: blove 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Sunday, December 29, 2002 12:54 PM
  Subject: vegan gelatin free cream brulee

  Hi ! Would love to know if there is a recipe of vegan cream brulee
  (gelatin free)? Thank you

Hello Blove,

Yes, there certainly is... You can do just about anything with tofu, y'know. See below for two recipes.


  Vegan "Crème" Brulee

  Serves 4

  10.5 oz. light firm tofu 
  1/2 cup lemon curd 
  1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  3 tsp. powdered sugar 
  10 strawberries, sliced 
  Raw sugar for garnish 

  Place tofu in a food processor, blend until smooth. Add lemon curd, 
  vanilla, and powdered sugar, and blend until smooth and even. 
  Pour into a mixing bowl, stir in the sliced strawberries 
  Spoon the mixture into four oven-proof ramekins. Cover the tops with 
  raw sugar and place under the broiler until the sugar has caramelized. 
  Remove from the over and serve. It's that easy!!! 
  Cruelty Free Creme Brulee 


  1 lb. silken tofu 
  4 Tbls vanilla soy milk 
  3/4 cup sugar plus 2 Tbls sugar (reserved) 
  1 tsp cinnamon 
  2 Tbls cornstarch 
  dash Kosher salt or sea salt 

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. 
  2. Press tofu until a little, not a lot, of water leaches out. 
  3. Put tofu and all other ingredients (except reserved sugar) 
   into a blender and blend until a smooth, creamy texture has 
   been created. The texture should be that of a thin pudding. 
  4. Pour into custard cups or a pie tin and bake in a water bath 
   until the tofu mixture browns a little and a knife inserted in 
   the middle comes out clean. 
  5. Remove mixture from water bath spread reserved sugar on top 
   and place under a hot broiler until the sugar melts and browns. 
  6. Allow sugar topping to harden. 
  7. Serve immediately or cool in the fridge. Fresh berries are a 
   nice addition. 

  Serves: 6 

Saturn Ion Commercial Song

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kathy
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Friday, December 27, 2002 3:09 PM
  Subject: Special K cookies

  Hi Phaed,
  Do you know the new TV commercial for Saturn? The one that shows some 
  people in a Saturn driving past a bunch of children playing on swings 
  and rocking horses? The song starts off with some high notes on a piano
  and then the bass & drums come in and then a singer. The car comes to 
  a sign that says "Now Leaving Childhood" and then they come to a sign 
  that says "Old Age Ahead", but they turn off before they get to that 
  sign. Can you find out the name of that song and the person or group 
  that sings it? Can you find the lyrics?


Hello Kathy,

Sure can. The commercial is for the Saturn Ion.

The song is "We've Been Had" by a New York group who call themselves "The Walkmen."

You can download the song in MP3 format here:

The lyrics are below.


Well I'm a modern guy
I don't care much for the go-go or the retro
image I see so often
tellin me to keep tryin'
maybe you'll get here someday
keep up the workin'
Okay, I close the book on them right there

I see myself change as the days change over
I hear the songs and the words don't change.
I write them out of the book right then. 

We've been had
you say it's over
sometimes I'm just happy I'm older
We've been had
I know it's over
somehow it got easy to laugh out loud

See me age 19 with some dumb haircut from 1960
moving to New York City, live with my friends there
we're all taking the same steps
seems foolish now

We've been had
you say it's over
sometimes I'm just happy I'm older
We've been had
I know it's over
somehow it got easy to laugh out loud


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