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Carnival Spring Chicken?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Chris
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2009 7:58 PM
Subject: looking for a receipe

First off, thank you so much for providing this service. We really appreciate it. 
We (my husband, children and my Mom and Dad and I) were extremely fortnuate to be 
able to take our 1st cruise last summer. We went with the Carnival cruise lines. 
We tried so many foods that were amazing, but the one that my boys loved the most 
is of course the one receipe that I can't find. It's the Spring Chicken. We have 
had Spring Chicken other places, but something about the one on the cruise, made 
a hit with them. Since then, we have bought cookbooks, looked on the web and library 
and so forth, and I have NOT been able to find it. If you could find this, I would be 
so grateful. It's not everyday that you find something that makes that kind of hit with 
a 14 yr old and 10 yr old boys, (unless its McDonalds, etc.) again., thank you so much 
on this service, even if you can't find anything, I still apprecaite your efforts.


Christina from TN

Hi Christina,

Well, it's probably not on the Internet, since neither you nor I could find it. Here's the way it's described on the Carnival menu:

Carnival Dining Spring Chicken Santa Lucia, chicken breast stuffed with ham and banana, rolled coconut breading served with sweet potato dumplings

Carnival sells cookbooks of their dishes. It might be in one of those. See:

Bon Voyage

If not, then I'm afraid your last hope is to write to Carnival and beg. There should be an e-mail contact address on their site at:

Carnival Cruise Lines


A reader sent this:

From: Timm
Subject: Chicken Breasts Santa Lucia
Date: Friday, April 17, 2009 7:56 PM

I think I have the recipe that Chris is looking for… 

 Timm in Oregon 

Chicken Breasts Santa Lucia 


8 chicken breast halves, boneless and skinless 
8 slices ham 
4 bananas, sliced lengthwise 
Sea salt to taste 
White pepper, freshly ground to taste 
6 tablespoons flour 
4 large eggs, beaten 
6 tablespoon shredded coconut 
1/2 cup bread crumbs 
7 ounces vegetable oil 


Pound the boneless chicken breasts flat. Place a slice of ham on the chicken 
and top with half of a banana. Roll up the chicken breasts and refrigerate to 
firm. Season the rolled chicken breasts with salt and pepper then roll in flour. 
Mix the coconut and bread crumbs and set aside. Dip the rolled chicken breasts 
in the eggs and coat them with the coconut/bread crumb mixture. Deep fry the 
chicken breasts in preheated 350F degree oil for 2 minutes or until lightly colored. 
Place the fried chicken rolls on a buttered sheet pan and place in a preheated 350F 
degree oven for 10 minutes or until done. 

Johnny Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Adele 
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2009 1:41 PM
Subject: Johnny Cake

My Aunt was in the Guardian Angel Home for orphans in Joliet, Illinois from about 
1930 - 1935. The German nuns (they were from Germany) made a cake they called 
"Johnny Cake."  It was a big brown cake with no frosting.  It was neither cornmeal 
cake nor cornbread nor was it Gingerbread. It might have contained molasses. 
Anyway my aunt always talked about how delicious it was. The Guardian Angel Home 
is still in existence in Joliet.

If you find this recipe, you are truly a detective


Hello Adele,

I wish I could help, but I had no success. There are lots of mentions on the Internet of the Guardian Angels Home in Joliet, but there are no recipes from there and no mentions of a "Johnny Cake" in connection with the home. I also searched for a German johnny cake recipe, but nothing turned up that sounded like your description. Sorry.


Readers sent the below recipes:

From: "Stephanie 
Subject: Johnny Cake recipe
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009 5:13 PM


Regarding that Johnny cake recipe…  think this might be it?

Journey Cake with Hard Sauce


*	12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
*	1 1/2 cups sugar
*	4 cups all-purpose flour
*	1 teaspoon baking soda
*	1 teaspoon cinnamon
*	1 teaspoon cloves
*	1 3/4 cups apple cider
*	2 sticks unsalted butter
*	1 pound confectioners' sugar
*	1-2 tablespoons rum


Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter a 9x13-inch pan.

In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed
until fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add sugar, beating until well
combined. Set aside.

Sift together the flour, soda, and spices. Using a large wooden spoon, add
the dry ingredients alternately with with cider, stirring well after each
addition, and beginning and ending with dry ingredients.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a
toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. 

Serve with Hard Sauce.

Hard Sauce:
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed
until it is very fluffy, at least 7 minutes. Gradually add half the
confectioners' sugar, beating well after each addition. Beat in the rum,
then beat in the rest of the confectioners' sugar.

Refrigerate any unused sauce.


Add 1/4 cup flour for high altitudes.
From: Timm
Subject: Johnny Cake
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009 5:42 PM

I may have a similar recipe to what Adele is looking for. It came from my 
aunt in Iowa and was a popular cake in the 1930’s and 40’s. It was sometimes 
served with Molasses butter.
 Timm in Oregon 

German Molasses Cake 


1/2 cup dark molasses 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 cup boiling water 
2-1/4 cups flour 
1 cup sugar 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup butter, melted 


Combine the molasses, baking soda and boiling water in large bowl; it will start to foam up. 
In separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients; the mixture will be crumbly. Mix the 
molasses mixture with crumbly mixture, just until incorporated. Pour the batter into a round 
shallow 8 or 9 inch cake pan and bake at 350F degrees for approximately 45 minutes. 

Molasses Butter 


1/2 cup butter, softened 
1 teaspoon sugar 
1 tablespoon Molasses 


Cream together the butter, sugar and molasses; refrigerate until ready to use. 

Broccoli for a Crowd

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Virginia 
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2009 8:11 PM
Subject: Broccoli for a crowd

I am looking for a recipe that appeared in a cookbook made up of recipes from home economics 
teachers.  I lost the book in a move and I don't know the title of the book, but the recipe 
was called, Broccoli for a Crowd.  It was made with 2 or 3 boxes of frozen chopped broccoli 
with other ingredient one of which was grated cheese, perhaps spaghetti cheese.  Wish I could 
remember more.  It was baked in a large casserole and was different than the usual casserole 
with the yellow cheese and broccoli.  

I do remember there were several cookbooks in a series that contained recipes from home 
economics teachers with different titles.  I had three of them, one of which contained 
this recipe.  They all disappeared in the move. Thanks for you time


Hi Virginia,

Sorry, I had no success.


Shrimp Bongo Bongo

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Nancy 
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:28 AM
Subject: Shrimp Bongo Bongo

I'm looking for a Shrimp recipe from The Pub Tiki restaurant
in Phila.,PA. which was open in the 60's and 70's.
The recipe was called Shrimp Bongo Bongo and was delish.
It had bacon and green and red peppers. I'm not sure what
else. Any help in locating this recipe would be appreciated.

Hi Nancy,

Sorry, I had no success locating a recipe for this.


Someone requested this recipe on 4/17, while I don't have the recipe 
I did find the menu online from that restaurant and it shows the ingredients. 
(Unc: Lightly browned shrimp in sweet & punget sauce with pineapple, green peppers,
tomatoes, and lichee nuts. Topped with shredded papaya.)
Here is the link:
Pub Tiki Menu
The name intrigued me that's how I found this!
Love your site,

Canasta Buns

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Penny 
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 10:08 PM
Subject: canasta buns recipe

Quite a few years ago, I found a recipe for canasta buns on the net. 
Unfortunately lost the card I put them on & now cannot find them anywhere. 
Have googled to no avail.  I know there were 2 options, one with corned beef, 
not sure the other, maybe tuna.  It was a mixture on buns. 
Sorry, that's all I remember.

Hello Penny,

Sorry, no luck. Nothing at all.



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