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A & P Rice Pudding

From: Ron  
Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2014 1:32 PM
Subject: A&P rice pudding recipe

I read one of your posts that you found a rice pudding recipe from an A & P rice box.
I have been looking for that recipe and wonder if you would please send it to me.

Hello Ron,

See below. Hope itís the one you want.


A&P Rice Pudding

1 package (4-serving size) vanilla pudding and pie filling (not instant)
1 1/2 cups freshly cooked A&P rice 
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg or cinnamon

Prepare the pudding according to package directions. Add the rice. Add the raisins and nutmeg.
Makes 6 servings. 

We tried the recipe and it was as good as I remembered. 
Thanks for sending it on.

Cake Nook Meltaway Cake

From: Richard
Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2014 12:26 PM
Subject: Meltaway cake

Dear Uncle Phaedrus, 

A bakery on West Grand Street in Mount Vernon, New York, called the Cake Nook -- now closed -- used to make the best meltaway cake.  
It was a ring-shaped very tender danish-like cake with a light crumb topping and it really did melt in your mouth.  They made it in 
both cinnamon and chocolate versions.  Although other bakeries make meltaways, I've been unable to find one that's like the Cake Nook's.  
I hope you can locate the recipe.


Hello Richard,

Sorry, I had no success with this.


Capri Bakery Black & White Cake

-----Original Message----- 
From: Joseph 
Sent: Monday, February 03, 2014 7:58 PM
Subject: Capri Black and White Cake

I saw your name in an old chat room seeking to find information on the Capri 
Bakery black and white cake.   My name is Joe Pelaia and my Uncle Anthony 
Pelaia was the owner and baker of the cake.  I too have been trying to find 
out any info about the cake and who knows the ingredients.  Any Luck?

Hello Joseph,

Sorry, still no luck with the Capri Bakery's actual recipe. I did find this description:

Hackettstown Life:
"Does anyone remember Capri Bakery on Bloomfield ave in Newark? Now they had this cake called black and white cake and it was incredible. I have been trying for years to find a bakery to make this cake and no one has any idea what I am talking about. It's like a black and white checkerboard inside with pudding (I think) and icing."

If you are mainly interested in how they made the checkerboard cake, see these sites:

How to Make a Checkered Cake

Black and White Park Avenue Cake Recipe


 Dear Phaed,
   Saw the request on your website where "Joseph" was looking for info about the cake which was 
a Checkerboard style cake at the Capri Bakery.. Well, knowing how bakers around NJ try to simulate 
good items from other bakeries OR hire the bakers when other bakeries close I did a bit of research 
to find another bakery with the "Capri Cake".  Well, I think I'm in luck and even called the bakery 
that is in Hammonton, NJ that sells a Checkerboard Cake.  One of the patrons on it's FACEBOOK website 
wrote that it's "the Best Black and White Cake since Capri's in Newark, NJ."  Bakery info is:   
Sorrento Bakery, East Hanover, NJ. Joseph can either bring that up in FACEBOOK or google the phone 
number and address. The lady at the bakery was very nice when I asked the information about the cake 
and seemed to know of Capri's (they were busy, so I had to make it short).
Good Luck,
Mark R. in NJ

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