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Green Bean Soup with Eggs

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Vida 
  Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 7:03 PM
  Subject: Green bean soup

Hi Phaedrus,

I am looking for a recipe for a green bean soup my mother used to make when I was a kid. 
When the soup was done she would drop whole eggs in it and it also had rosemary in it. 
When she served it, each of us got a whole poached like egg in our bowl. I have searched 
everywhere and can't find it. My Mother was Slovak Hungarian, but I don't know if the recipe 
was from her nationality. I remember the broth had sour cream mixed in it. Sure would like 
to find the recipe.

Thanks Much,

Hello Vida,

There is a Slovak green bean soup recipe below, but I cannot find one with poached eggs in it.


Green Bean Soup With Sour Cream
(Slovak Recipe)

1 lb. green beans, cooked (or #2 can)
3 to 4 med. potatoes, diced
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 clove garlic
1 c. sour cream
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp. flour
1/4 c. water

Cook potatoes in salted water. When half done, add beans, vinegar, pepper and garlic. 
(Spear garlic on toothpick for easy finding.) Simmer until potatoes are done. Thicken 
with paste of flour and water. Remove from heat. Remove garlic and slowly stir in sour 
cream. (Do not cook.) Season. Serves 6. Serve with dark rye bread 

Jade Red Chicken

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Barbara
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 8:02 PM
Subject: ISO: Jade Red Chicken Recipe

>The restaurant is Chino Bandido in AZ. It serves Chinese- Mexican food. 
>I checked their menu, both Jade Red Chicken and Pollo Diablo are listed. On 
>the DDD, Guy's Show on Food Network she demonstrated the Jade Red Chicken. 
>But, she posted the Pollo Diablo recipe on the site. How she cooked the 
>chicken is the same for both recipes, but the sauce is different. All I 
>know she used tomato sauce or ketchup and sugar, with some other things to 
>make the Jade Red Sauce. If anyone watched and knows how to make the sauce 
>let me know. Thanks This was shown yesterday Jan 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm. 
>Thanks for your help!!!!
> Barbara 

Hello Barbara,

Sorry, no success with this popular dish.


Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

This is in response to Barbara’s request of January 12, 2009 in which she was looking for the recipe for 
Jade Red Chicken as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy.  The featured restaurant was Chino Bandido.  
I recorded the recipe and my husband and I watched it over and over until we had every detail possible we could glean.  
Here is what we came up with.

Hope this helps Barbara.


Jade Red Chicken


The ingredients for the sauce portion were not specific in the video.  I believe these are very close, however.  
On the show, this sauce was cooked in a wok.

1/2 cup peanut oil
1/8 cup sesame oil
1/8 cup chili oil (sate)
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped green onions

Pour oils into wok.  Add ketchup and garlic.  Stir well.  Add sugar and stir until blended.  Let this boil gently.  
Add green onions.  Let sauce reduce by at least half.


The ingredients for the chicken portion were not specific in the recipe.  The amounts are my best guess.  
On the show, the chicken was deep fried in a wok.  My husband and I used a large pot, which doesn’t splatter as much.

Oil for deep frying
2 or 3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cut into bite size chunks
2 egg whites
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 to 1 cup cornstarch for dredging chicken

Bring oil close to temperature for frying.  Beat egg whites until frothy.  Add garlic salt and pepper.  
Add chicken pieces and coat thoroughly.  Drain, and then add chicken to the cornstarch.  Shake off the excess.  
Add chicken to oil one piece at a time so they do not stick together.  Deep fry until golden brown.  
Remove chicken from oil and drain a bit, and then toss with the sauce.

Re-Kul Cake Recipe

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Debby 
  Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 2:19 PM
  Subject: RE-KUL Cake Recipe

Hi there.  I'm Debby from Delaware.  I recently bought an old cake pan from the 1940s from the 
Salvation Army from the Re-Kul Company.  On the bottom there is an address where you can send 
a self addressed envelope to get the recipe for the sponge cake that is baked in the pan. 
I didn't try to send for the recipe because I figured it was a lost cause.  Do you happen to 
have the recipe.  I surfed the web and could only find info on the pan.  Any help you can give 
me would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance.
P.S. This is a WONDERFUL website.  Thanks for all your hard work! ! ! ! ! ! !

Hello Debby,

Sorry, I had no success with this. I'll post it and maybe a reader can help.


Veal Oregano

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Giles 
  Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2009 6:38 PM
  Subject: Veal Oregano

  In the late 1970's or early 1980's a recipe for Veal Oregano appeared in the Williams-Sonoma 
mail order catalog.

  Veal cubes
  Chicken stock
  Oregano, dried
  White wine
  Heavy Cream

  I can't locate the catalog with the recipe and the folks at W-S tell me that they don't archive 
this stuff. Perhaps they mean that they don't retrieve it easily and they don't do it for a casual 
call in request.

  I would be grateful if you could see what you can find.

  Thank you,


Hello Giles,

Sorry, I cannot find a veal oregano recipe that has any connection to Williams-Sonoma or that has the ingredients that you list. I'll post the request in the hopes that a reader can help.


Karo Jelly Roll

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Carol 
  Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 6:23 PM
  Subject: jelly roll using karo syrup, not sugar

  I have a customer who states that during WWII, they use to use Karo syrup instead of sugar 
to make jelly rolls, so they wouldn't use up their food ration stamps for sugar. Do this recipe 
sound familiar to you, or any of your readers?

  Thank you!


Hello Carol,

Well, it sounds reasonable that they would reduce the liquids and use syrup to save sugar. However, I can't find a recipe like that. Sorry.



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