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Beans and Noodles

-----Original Message-----
From: Nannette
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2016 8:36 AM
To: ''
Subject: grandma's recipe for beans and noodles


I am looking for a dish my grand mother made every Sunday.

It was a noodle dish made with very this homemade egg noodles and navy beans.

I think she used the water that the beans were cooked in to cook the noodles. 
Not sure if there was enough flour on the noodles to make the thick sauce
or if she added ingredients to make the sauce.

The beans and noodles were then served(if you can believe it) over mashed potatoes!  decadent!! but delicious

I'd like to make this and taste it again .

Can you help?

Thanks for your time 


if it matters or helps, my grandmother was Irish and my grandfather was German.

Hello Nannette,

I did not find any noodle & beans recipe that mentioned anything about serving over mashed potatoes.

Most of the noodle & beans recipes that I found were soups and/or contained potatoes or some sort of meat such as ham or sausage. The only Irish recipes that I found were like that, as were most of the German recipes.

The only recipe that I found which came close to your description was the Volga-German recipe called “Fried Noodles & Beans.” However, there is no mention of it being served over mashed potatoes. Possibly your grandmother’s family mixed the beans and noodles together and served them over mashed potatoes rather than serving them as the recipe suggests.

Volga-German Fried Noodles and Beans:

Take enough beans (navy or whatever) to make your meal. Put beans in large kettle with enough water to cover 1-inch. Bring to a boil, cover, remove from heat. Let soak another hour or so. Then boil again until tender. Upon cooling a bit add some heavy cream to the beans.
In a large pot, boil about as many egg noodles. Drain. Melt 1 cup of unsalted butter in skillet, add 1 cup of bread crumbs and fry until brown.
Add the cooked noodles to the skillet and fry and turn until noodles are brown.
To serve, put serving of noodles into bowls first, then add beans over the noodles. [variation: add ham or smoked sausage or whatever to skillet, for a main dish]

thanks for the info but that's not the recipe.. it was not soup. It was a noodle and bean dish that was in a kind of a thick gravy. 

Well, I’m out of ideas. All I can do is post it on my site for reader input. Due to the backlog, it will be about a month before it appears.


Cherry Cookies

From: Christi 
Sent: Friday, March 11, 2016 2:33 PM
Subject: Desperately seeking cookie recipe

I am desperately seeking an old family cookie recipe that was lost after my grandmother passed away. 
My family background is German, so the recipe could be German in origin, but I am not sure. She always 
just called them "Cherry Cookies."

The primary ingredients include:  flour, cream of tartar, egg yolk, almond extract, and maraschino cherries.  
I have searched the internet many times, and have tried to recreate the recipe partially from memory, 
but with only failed attempts.  I could duplicate the flavor, but the texture was always wrong, or the 
cookies would spread flat. 

The closest recipe I have is:

1 cup sugar
2 sticks butter
2 egg yolks
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar 
Maraschino cherries

The instructions were to mix the dough, then roll into cylinders, wrap them in plastic wrap, and chill 
in the fridge for several hours.  Small chunks of dough would be rolled into a ball, and half a cherry 
would be gently pressed in the center before baking.  

These cookies would almost melt in your mouth, but maintained a soft round shape that did not flatten too 
much during baking, and remind me of shortbread, but more moist and buttery.

Any help would be so appreciated!!!  Thank you in advance...


Hi Christi,

Well, I did one of my usual searches, with no success. In order for me to locate a particular recipe, I usually have to have a unique name for the recipe, or unique ingredients for the recipe, or some other unique thing about the recipe that would be included in the recipe itself. That’s how I identify a recipe as being the correct one. I have no way to locate a recipe based on the texture of the finished product or by how the cookie spreads. Even if I found a recipe with the name “cherry cookies” and with the ingredients flour, cream of tartar, egg yolk, almond extract, and maraschino cherries, then I still could not tell anything about the texture or how it spreads, because these things are not typically included in a recipe. You apparently found a recipe with the correct ingredients, but it still was not right. I also did not find anything like this by searching for German cookie recipes.

So, all I can do is post this on my site in the hopes that perhaps your description will ring a bell with one of my readers. It would be helpful if you could give more details about exactly what was “not right” about the texture in the above recipe.

On a more practical side, have you gone through any existing possessions of your grandmother, such as her recipes and cookbooks? Are any of her brothers or sisters, nieces or nephews or her other children or grandchildren living and accessible? Any of these might have more information about the cookies.

It will be a month before this request appears on my site.


Doritos Mexican Chef Salad

-----Original Message----- 
From: Anne
Sent: Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:11 PM
Subject: Doritos Mexican chef salad

In the early 80's, there was a recipe on packages of Doritos for Mexican 
chef salad. I haven't been able to locate it since.
Thank you for any help.


Hello Anne,

It is one thing to find such a recipe that says it is from "the Doritos bag", and it is quite another thing to find a recipe for "Mexican Chef Salad" that lists Doritos as an ingredient. I had zero success with the former. There are recipes for the latter on these sites:

Group Recipes

Liberally Spiced


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