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Beet Soup

----- Original Message -----
From: jo
To: "phaedrus" 
Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2002 2:21 PM
Subject: beet soup

> Have you ever heard of a recipe for beet soup


Sure have. One kind is the famous Russian "Borscht". below are several recipes for different kinds of beet soup. The Polish one has spareribs in it.


Borscht  (Russian  Beet  Soup)

 Ingredients :
 2 c. beef stock
 2 c. finely diced beets
 4 med. carrots, diced
 1 lg. onion, finely chopped
 2 tbsp. butter
 1 c. shredded cabbage
 1 tsp. lemon juice
 1/2 c. thick sour cream

 Preparation :
    Cook beets, carrots and onion in 2 cups boiling salted water.
 Add butter, beef stock and cabbage.  Cook 15 minutes.  Add lemon
 juice and stir until combined. Serve in soup bowls, topped with a
 spoonful of sour cream.  Serves 4-6.
 Beet  Soup

 Ingredients :
 1 ham bone
 2 carrots
 4 beets or 1 can sliced beets
 1 onion, chopped
 2 c. shredded cabbage
 1/2 c. sour cream
 Salt and pepper to taste

 Preparation :
    Bring ham bone to a boil in 3 quarts of water.  Cover.  Add all
 ingredients except sour cream.  Reduce heat.  Cook for 1 hour.  Add
 sour cream.  Simmer until tender.
 Borsch  (Russian  Beet  Soup)

 Ingredients :
 2 c. sliced beets
 2 c. water
 2 tbsp. sugar
 Salt, pepper, cinnamon
 3 tbsp. vinegar
 4 eggs
 Sour cream

 Preparation :
    Combine beets, sugar, salt, pepper, and cinnamon.  Heat to
 boiling and simmer for 12 minutes.  Add vinegar and heat again to
 boiling.  In each serving dish place one well beaten egg.  Add beet
 liquor, mixing thoroughly.  Add beets if desired, and one tablespoon
 sour cream to each serving.
 Polish  Style  Beet  Soup  (Borscht)

 Ingredients :
 1 good-sized rack of spare ribs (approximately 2 lb.)
 2 bunches fresh beets or 2 cans sliced beets, undrained
 1 whole onion
 4 whole allspice
 1 sm. bay leaf
 1/4 tsp. marjoram
 3-4 tbsp. vinegar
 2 tbsp. flour
 2 heaping tbsp. sour cream
 Salt and pepper to taste

 Preparation :
    Bring spare ribs to boil and skim off foam.  Add whole onion and
 defuser filled with allspice, bay leaf, and marjoram.  If you don't
 have a defuser, tie spices in a piece of cloth.  Cook for
 approximately 1 1/4 hours.  Remove onion and defuser.  Peel and
 slice beets; add to broth and cook for approximately 20 minutes or
 until firm-tender. Pour in 3-4 tablespoons vinegar (broth should
 taste slightly tart).  Shake together flour and sour cream with a
 little water until smooth.  Slowly pour into soup, stirring
 constantly.  Heat for about 3 minutes more; do NOT boil.
 Beet  Soup

 Ingredients :
 8 lg. cooked sliced beets with the greens, cleaned & broken up
 4 c. water
 Salt & pepper
 3 slices fried bacon
 1 pt. sour cream

 Preparation :
    Combine beets, greens and water in a 2 quart saucepan.  Bring to
 a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 2 hours.  Stir in sour cream slowly
 and add bacon.  Salt and pepper to taste.
 Most  Elegant  Beet  Soup

 Ingredients :
 2 c. beets (canned or cooked & peeled)
 1/2 c. carrots, peeled & cut
 2 c. beef bouillon or broth
 1 tbsp. vinegar
 1 tsp. dill weed
 1 tbsp. sour cream per serving (opt.)

 Preparation :
    Cook vegetables through in bouillon.  Add vinegar.  Use a potato
 masher to crush vegetables for coarse consistency soup or puree in
 blender in small batches for fine consistency soup.  The pureed
 version is very elegant.  Top soup with 1 tablespoon of sour cream.
 Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon dill weed.  Serve hot or chilled.

Hard Boiled or Raw?

 ----- Original Message -----
From: John
To: phaedrus
Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2002 10:47 PM
Subject: Hard boiled or not!

> A little question for this big problem.  I raise chickens and sell eggs.
> My wife and I have about 8 dozen eggs in the frig and she has boiled a
> couple eggs. My wife placed these two hard boiled eggs in the shelf in
> the frig and when I noticed them I, not knowing that she had boiled them,
> placed them in the cartons with the other eggs. Can you please give me
> some idea of how I can figure out which eggs they were without having to
> break all the eggs we have to find the hard boiled ones. Got to have an
> answer out there some place. Thanks
> John

Hello John,

Spin 'em! To tell if an unopened egg is raw or cooked, spin the egg on a flat surface. If the egg spins easily and smoothly, it's hard-boiled. The yolk of an raw egg moves around inside a spinning egg, which changes the egg's center of gravity and causes it to wobble as it spins. This doesn't happen with a cooked egg because the insides are solid and don't move around.


Quilting Patterns

---- Original Message ----- 
From: mary
To: phaedrus
Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2002 11:57 AM
Subject: mary 

> dear sir:....i am trying to find a quilt pattern to
> make a Peace Star Quilt Pattern...Sure hope you can
> help me...Thanks, Mary

Hi Mary,

I can't find a quilting pattern with that name. Could it have another name? If you can give me more information, I 'll try to track it down.

Meanwhile, you should take a look at the quilting site at:

About.Com Quilting

That pattern's not there, but there are a lot of free patterns available.


Sweet Potato and Corn Soup

----- Original Message -----
From: anita 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2002 6:27 PM
Subject: soup made with sweet potatoes and and chunks of corn on the cob

Hello Anita,

Well, I didn't have much luck with this. The only thing I could find was the below beef stew recipe with sweet potatoes and corn chunks. If you can get a name for the dish or more ingredients, I'll look some more.


Favorite Beef Stew

2 lbs. beef stew meat, chopped fine
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup parsley
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 medium zucchini, sliced 1" thick
1 (16 oz.) can whole tomatoes,
3 small sweet potatoes, peeled with juice (reserve juice) & cut in 1"chunks
1/2 (4.5 oz.) can green chiles
2 ears corn, cut into 1"  pieces

Brown stew meat in stew pot, half at a time in hot oil. Return meat to pot
and add 3 cups water, parsley, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2
hours. Purée tomatoes, chiles, onion, 1/2 cup water, garlic, bouillon
granules and cumin in blender. Add to beef mixture with remaining
ingredients. Cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until vegetables are
done. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 6 servings.

Sweet Cornbread

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kim
  Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2002 1:05 PM
  Subject: Cornbread

  Looking for a recipe for cornbread with vanilla pudding mix in it . 

Hi Kim,

Well, I dunno why anyone would want to ruin anything as delicious as cornbread by putting anything sweet into it, but I found the recipe below. This version uses Jiffy cornbread mix, but as you can see, any cornbread recipe could be used - just add an extra egg and the vanilla pudding mix.... arrrgh!


  Sweet Cornbread

  List of Ingredients

  Jiffy cornbread mix
  Ingredients to make regular cornbread from back of box
  4 serving size Vanilla Pudding
  Extra egg


  Mix all ingredients
  Pour into prepared pan
  Bake according to direction on the Jiffy mix box


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