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Puerto Rican Mofongo

From: Marilyn 
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2017 11:43 AM
To: Uncle Phaedrus 
Subject: Mofongo

Hello again.
This time I'm looking for a recipe for Puerto Rican Mofongo that has been changed 
to a more healthy way of cooking.  All I can find are fried.  Not sautéed, which 
would be o.k., but not deep-fried.
Can you help, please?

Hello Marilyn,

I found several recipes. Some are sautéed in a little oil, and two are boiled instead of fried or sautéed:

Just a Pinch


The Latin Kitchen




Unusual Cheese and Banana Salad

From: "Tracy"
Subject: (Unusual) Cheese & Banana Nut Salad with Dressing
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2017 2:18 PM

Good morning, Phaedrus:

Your website is fantastic! I just found it last night while searching for some recipes. 
I thought I had lost a recipe for an unusual salad my mother made when I was a child but, 
thankfully, I found it tucked inside an old recipe book. Since I couldn't find it on your 
site, I thought I would share it. It would be interesting to know if anyone has heard of 
it. I couldn't find it on the internet and I spent quite a while looking.

Cheese & Banana Nut Salad with Dressing

In a large salad bowl, gently toss the following:
  6 large chopped bananas - not too ripe
  1 can diced pineapple - reserve juice
  1 lb grated cheddar or Colby cheese
  3/4 lb chopped pecans

Cook the following on medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly to avoid scorching:
  1 cup sugar
  1/4 cup vinegar
  1 stick butter (not margarine)
  2 beaten eggs

Cool and thin with reserved pineapple juice and serve over chilled salad. I recommend 
pouring over individual servings rather than the whole salad. A little lemon juice on 
the bananas will help keep them from browning.

Happy holidays!


Maggiano's Chocolate Cherry Zuccotto Cake

From: Barbara-Anne
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2017 2:47 AM
Subject: Maggiano's Chocolate Cherry Zuccotto Cake

Hi Phaedrus, 

I LOVE Maggiano’s Chocolate Cake and I do make it often at home, but this Christmas Season my husband 
took me there as a surprise for our 10yr Anniversary and we shared a this most devious piece of Chocolate 
Cherry Zuccotto Cake …. OMG!!! Talk about Heavenly!!! I think the chocolate cake recipe is the same, but
this was filled w/ this kind of whipped cherry ricotta mousse?? and had this luscious cherry chocolate 
ganache then topped w/ these cherries soaked in ???  … I have to have this recipe, if you could find it 
I would be SO grateful ?? 

Thank you, 

Hi BarbiAnne,

Well, first let’s be sure about what we are looking for. I cannot find any mention at all of a “Maggiano's Chocolate Cherry Zuccotto Cake”, not on their menu at: Maggiano's Menu, and not mentioned elsewhere on the web.

They do have a “Chocolate Cherry Cake” (Not "zuccotto".) listed as a “December Chef’s Feature.” This cake is described as a chocolate layer cake with “Black Cherries, Raspberry Mascarpone Mousse, Dark Chocolate Fudge Icing.” There is a photo of it at: Maggiano's Chef's Features .

The description of Maggiano’s “Chocolate Zuccotto Cake” describes this cake as being “Layered with Sambuca Mousse.” See the dessert menu here: Maggiano's Dessert Menu. “Sambuca” is an anise flavored liqueur.

I cannot find any mention of them having a “Chocolate Cherry Zuccotto Cake” with cherries and a “whipped cherry ricotta mousse” as you describe.

I have a copycat recipe for their Chocolate Zuccotto Cake here: 10-23-2015. It is a copycat and does not have the sambuca liqueur in the mousse.

I cannot find a recipe or a copycat recipe for their “Chocolate Cherry Cake.” It is a special dessert newly added to their menu for the month of December, so it is probably too new for anyone to have created a copycat recipe.

I’ll post this for reader input.


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