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Household Searchlight Gingerbread Cookies

-----Original Message----- 
From: janet 
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 9:37 PM
Subject: Could you find the recipe for soft gingerbread cookies from the 
Household Searchlight Recipe book? It was the one my brother and I ate as 
kids. I have her cookbook, but it is literally in pieces. Brother doesn't 
understand that piece is missing. Please help me.


Hi Janet,

Well, I don't have any of the Household Searchlight recipe books, nor could I find that gingerbread recipe online.

I have four suggestions for you:

1. Check your local library. They might have a copy.
2. Buy another copy. E-Bay has it, so does Amazon and other used booksellers.
3. Write to this blogger. She has the book and she might send you that recipe. You can email her or post a comment or tweet to her on Twitter: Joy of Desserts
4. I will, as always, post this for reader input. However, I have quite a backlog of posts, and I cannot guarantee that this will posted before February.


Thanks to both Anna and James for sending the recipe from the cookbook. Also to M., who sent me a scan of the actual cookbook page.

From: "Anna" 
Subject: Household Searchlight Gingerbread Cookies
Date: Monday, February 13, 2017 4:10 AM

Hello, Uncle P! 
I wasn't sure, but I thought I had one or two Household Searchlight Recipes buried deeeeep down 
in my folders, from several years ago. This is what I came up with, hope it helps.   Anna
From: "james" 
Subject: Ginger cookies
Date: Monday, February 13, 2017 1:59 AM

I saw the post requesting the Gingerbread cookies from the Searchlight
Cookbook published by The Household Magazine of Topeka, Kansas. It was
first published in 1931 and again in 1937 and revised in 1942. Only 100,000
copies were printed that year. I have a copy passed to me by my late
mother. I am happy to share the recipe.

Ginger Cookies
(Mrs. Rose P. Sauten of Utica, N.Y. contributed the recipe to the magazine)

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 up butter
1/2 cup honey
2 tbs sweet cream
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 eggs
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Cream butter or butter substitute and sugar. Add honey, cream and beaten
egg yolks. Mix well. Sift flour, measure and sift with salt, baking powder
and spices. Add oats and nuts. Mix thoroughly. Fold in stiffly beaten egg
whites. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto well-oiled baking sheet. Bake in moderate
oven (375 degrees F) about 10 minutes. 36 serving. If desired, 1/2 cup soy
or lima bean flour may be substituted for 1/2 cup flour.



Chef Jean Francois Houdre's Yule Log Cake

-----Original Message----- 
From: Greer 
Sent: Friday, December 23, 2016 11:04 AM
Subject: Lost Recipe

     Hello. I am looking for the Complete recipe of the Jellyroll-cake
by Jean Francious. Fab has the original recipe, but are
missing parts. When I hit the link for the buttercream or pastry links,
it takes me to a different website. Can you help me? His recipe is the
only one I want.

Thank you,

Hello Greer,

Hmmmmm.... Interesting. Going to the Fab Foods site, which is part of the "She Knows" website, I find that the article is not for a "Jellyroll-cake by Jean Francious." Rather, it is "Making a Yule Log Cake with Pastry Chef Jean Francois Houdre."

The article itself tells how to assemble the parts of the cake. It does not tell how to make the components, such as the jellyroll cake or the icing or the pastry cream filling. In the article is this:

"Before you can begin making the cake, you will need to make its components. For the cake in the photos Jean François used a plain cake that he soaked with simple syrup flavored with Frangelico liqueur. He filled his cake with hazelnut flavored pastry cream and hazelnut flavored buttercream. You can use any flavors you wish. Perhaps a chocolate filling or even jelly (the Yule Log is essentially a jellyroll) might better suit your personal taste. Use your imagination. Below are links to basic recipes:"

"Jellyroll Cake Recipe"
"Pastry Cream Recipe"
"Buttercream Icing Recipe"
"Simple Syrup"

Note that those links do not claim to lead to Chef Houdre's recipes for "plain cake soaked in a simple syrup flavored with Frangelico liqueur," "hazelnut flavored pastry cream ," and "hazelnut flavored buttercream." The text says that those links just go to basic recipes, presumably located on the Fab Foods website itself. However, those particular links do not lead to recipes anymore. They all lead to the same page, which is a completely unrelated page of "She Knows." I searched the web to see if Chef Houdre's yule log cake recipe might be found elsewhere. I had no success. A search for his cake delivers a lot of "hits", but most all of them lead back to the "Fab Foods" page or to a page containing a copy of that same "Fab Foods" article or to an unrelated page.

Finally, I went back to the "Fab Food" site. I wanted to see if those four "basic recipes" were still on the site at all. They were, and I found them using the search box at the top of the "Fab Food" page. Here they are, in the order they are listed on the page:

1. Main Article: "Making a Yule Log Cake with Pastry Chef Jean Francois Houdre"

2. Basic Jellyroll Cake

3. Basic Chocolate or Vanilla Pastry Cream

4. Basic Buttercream Icing

5. How to Make Simple Syrup

Note that these are just basic recipes for the components. They are not the same recipes that Pastry Chef Jean Francois Houdre used to make his yule log cake. I had no success finding his recipes anywhere. They are, however, the "basic recipes" referred to in the article. If you want Frangelico flavored simple syrup, you'll have to add Frangelico to the basic recipe. If you want hazelnut flavored pastry cream and buttercream, you'll have to add hazelnut flavoring to the basic recipes.

Good luck. I hope it works out well for you.


Smokin' Mo's BBQ Coleslaw

From: deirdre  
Sent: Friday, December 23, 2016 3:16 AM
Subject: looking for coleslaw recipe served a Smokin' Mo's BBQ, Chico, CA

looking for coleslaw recipe served a Smokin' Mo's BBQ, Chico,  CA


Hello Dierdre,

I had no success finding a recipe that claimed to be from Smokin’ Mo’s. However, a reviewer on this page: TripAdvisor comments that Mo’s uses the same coleslaw recipe as The Pantry in Los Angeles. The Pantry’s recipe is below.

I’ll post this for reader input, but it will be Feb. before it appears.


The Pantry Coleslaw

servings 8 
1 large head cabbage, finely shredded


3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/3 cup oil
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1 dash black pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)


Blend dressing ingredients in a blender.
Pour dressing over cabbage in a large bowl, and toss well. 

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