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Breakfast Cookie

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Susan 
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2011 11:17 AM
Subject: Breakfast Cookie Recipe

Dear Consulting Detective,

I have been searching for a cookie recipe that I made in home economics 
class when I lived in Texas, circa 1968!  I do not know the name of it. 
The ingredients included crumbled crisp bacon, corn flakes, eggs, flour, 
and of course sugar.  They were wonderful for a quick breakfast. 
Can you help me?



Hello Susan,

The ones that I find all include raisins, which you don't mention. Perhaps you can leave them out.


Breakfast Cookies 1 lb. bacon, cooked crisp and broken into 1/2 inch pieces 1 c. butter 1 1/2 c. sugar 2 eggs 2 c. flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 4 c. corn flakes 1 c. raisins Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat. Combine flour and baking soda and add. Stir in bacon, corn flakes and raisins. Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 15-18 minutes, cool minute, remove to rack to finish cooling. Yields 4 dozen.

Apple Pumpkin Pie

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Tara 
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 1:46 AM
Subject: Recipe request

I have been searching online desperately for a recipe I had from the Marlboro 
cookbook "Morning Fires, Evening Lights", and have had no luck. Its the pumpkin 
apple pie recipe. Do you think you could track it down for me? Thank you so much!! 


Hello Tara,

See below.


Apple Pumpkin Pie 

Pastry for 1 pie shell (see below)
2 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
2 eggs
1 cup mashed pumpkin
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Prepare pastry; fit into a 9 inch pie pan, pinching edge to form a high standing collar. 
Layer apples in bottom of pie crust; sprinkle with 1/2 cup sugar.
Beat eggs and 1/4 cup sugar together until thick and lemon colored. Beat in pumpkin 
cream cinnamon and cloves.
Pour pumpkin mixture over apples. Bake in 375  oven for 1 hour or until set. 
Cool before cutting.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Note: Use pastry trimmings for a top garnish. Bake in place - or alongside, 
on a baking sheet, the last 12 to 15 minutes.
Pastry for 1 Pie Shell

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp. shortening or cold lard
1 egg yolk
2 Tbsp. ice water
1 tsp cider vinegar

Mix flour, sugar and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Cut in shortening 
until mixture resembles small crumbs.
Lightly beat egg yolk, water and vinegar in a small bowl; add to flour, mixing 
with a fork until moistened.
Shape into a flat circle. Shape into a flat circle. Wrap in plastic or wax paper. 
Refrigerate at least 1/2 hour. 
Roll pastry out on a floured surface to make a circle 2 inches larger than a 
9-inch pie pan. Fit into pan and 
trim 1/2 to 1 inch larger than pan(save trimmings for garnish). Turn overhang 
under and crimp as desired. 
Fill and bake as directed.

Makes pastry for one 9-inch single pie crust.

American Beauty Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Suzanna " 
Sent: Monday, March 07, 2011 3:08 PM
Subject: American Beauty Cake Recipe

>I grew up in Coldwater, Michigan. My mom always made my birthday cake from 
>a hand written recipe she had called American Beauty Cake. It looks like a 
>red velvet cake, but it tastes even better than that. I know some of the 
>ingredients are Swan Cake Flour, buttermilk, white vinegar, Nestle's 
>Chocolate Quik. The frosting has crisco, milk, butter, sugar and vanilla 
>extract, also, I think a small amount of flour, maybe. I know you have to 
>cook part of the frosting on the stove. If you could find this recipe for 
>me I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.  Sincerely, Suzanna 

Hello Suzanna,

See below.


American  Beauty  Cake

 2 oz. red food coloring
3 tbsp. Nestle Quick chocolate drink mix
1/2 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. cake flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tbsp. white vinegar

  Mix food coloring and cocoa mix.  Place shortening and sugar in mixing 
bowl.  Cream well, add food coloring mixture; beat well.  Add eggs, 
buttermilk, salt, vanilla and flour.  Beat well. Dissolve soda in vinegar. 
Stir into batter by hand.  Pour into 2 greased and floured 8 inch cake pans. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

American Beauty Icing:

1 c. milk or Half and half
1/4 c. flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1/2 c. shortening (Crisco)
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

  Mix flour, milk and salt; cook stirring constantly until creamy and thick. 
Cool completely.  Beat butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla with mixer, 
until fluffy. Add flour mixture, beat until fluffy. 

Shelf Life

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Teresa 
To: 'Phaedrus' 
Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:31 AM
Subject: question

Hi, Phaedrus!

Is sriracha red-chili sauce the same as "A Taste of Thai: Garlic Chili Pepper Sauce? 
I was just wondering because I only need  teaspoon for a recipe and the bottle with 
"sriracha" on it at our store was twice the size of the Thai garlic sauce and I know 
I'd never use that much!

Another question:  How long do olives, hearts of palm, and Trader Joe's corn salsa 
keep in the refrigerator once the jars have been opened?



Hi Teresa,

Well, garlic chili pepper sauce and sriracha are not the same thing, although they are similar. You might not be able to tell much difference in a recipe calling for 1/2 tsp, but it's up to you to substitute if you want to take the chance.

Did you know that there is a website that gives shelf lives of products? It's called "Still Tasty" and it's at:

Still Tasty?

Here's what they say about the products you ask about:

opened olives - 1 year if you keep them submerged in the liquid in the bottle. (brine)
opened hearts of palm - 4 days
opened salsa - 1 month


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