Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:16 PM
Subject: recipe request
Dear Uncle Phaedrus,
Years ago (maybe 2002) I ate a piece of pie at Agnes & Muriel's, a
restaurant located at Monroe Drive in Atlanta, GA. I understand the
restaurant was relocated to Piedmont Rd. in Buckhead, GA., and later went
out of business.
The occasion was Thanksgiving. The pie was a fabulous Butterscotch Cream
Pie. It was very rich, with caramel drizzled on top and had small bits of
butterscotch and maybe another kind of morsel bits scattered here and there.
It had a meringue topping.
I have never forgotten that pie, and have looked numerous places for the
recipe. I bought a cookbook of theirs, but the pie was not in it. I read
some bloggers who had eaten there about the time that I did and they even
mentioned this pie, but nothing more. I am not a creative cook -- I have to
have a recipe.
Could you possibly obtain the recipe for me?
As you say, Agnes and Muriel's was sold by owner Glenn Powell and relocated
from Atlanta to Buckhead in 2009 and then closed completely.
Agnes & Muriel's Chef Glenn Powell did publish a cookbook, used copies of which
can be purchased at Amazon, E-Bay, and other purveyors of used books:
Agnes & Muriel's Cafe Cookbook
However, you say you have that cookbook and the butterscotch cream pie is
not in it.
Atlanta Public Broadcasting did a show with Agnes & Muriel's owner and chef
Glenn Powell. He demonstrated and gave the recipes for six of his dishes on
that program, but the Butterscotch Cream pie was not among them. See:
Sorry, I had no success finding Agnes & Muriel's or Chef Glenn Powell's
Butterscotch Cream Pie recipe. I'll post this for reader input.
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 5:33 PM
Subject: Cantonese Butterfly Shrimp with Bacon
Hi Uncle Phaedrus,
In the 1960s and 70s there was a Cantonese dish that was very popular called
butterfly shrimp with bacon. The large shrimps were cut butterfly style
dipped in egg, topped with a piece of bacon and fried. It was served with
scallions and onions in a sweet red sauce.
Do you think you could find one like it?
thank you for all the good work you do!
While searching, I found several Chinese restaurants that have butterfly
shrimp on their current menus. The ones that I saw were in Delaware,
Maryland, and New Jersey.
The basic shrimp with bacon recipe seems to be rather simple. You have it
well covered in your description: "large shrimps were cut butterfly style
dipped in egg, topped with a piece of bacon and fried."
There are a few variations in the recipes that I found. Chinese restaurants
often offer dishes with the same name, but slight variations. I did not find
any recipes with the red sauce, onions, and scallions, but that may be a
The sweet red sauce with scallions and onions may be simply ketchup with
sautéed onions and scallions, or it may be something quite unique to the
restaurants at which you ate the dish years ago.
The recipe at the bottom, and the one at this link, lack the red sauce, onions, and scallions.
This one has a red sauce made with ketchup, but part of the instructions
seem to be missing:
This recipe has a red sauce made with ketchup & Worcestershire, and sautéed
Same or similar to the one above
A video recipe:
Butterfly Shrimp (China)
1 1/2 pounds fresh large shrimp
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 slices bacon
2 cups vegetable oil
Remove shells from shrimp, leaving tails intact. Cut each shrimp down the
back using point of small sharp knife. Remove vein. Rinse shrimp and pat dry
with paper toweling. Cut deep slit down back of each shrimp. Flatten cut
side slightly with fingers.
Beat egg yolks, cornstarch, salt and pepper with fork. Dip each shrimp into
mixture. Cut bacon into 1 1/2 x 1/4-inch strips. Place a bacon strip on cut
side of each shrimp.
Heat oil in wok over medium-high heat until it reaches 400 degrees F. Fry
shrimp, a few at a time, in oil until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on
Makes 4 to 6 entree servings or 8 to 10 appetizer servings.
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 9:05 AM
Subject: Lubys Almond rice
Lubys Almond rice
Sorry, I had no success with this.
Subject: Luby's Almond Rice
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:20 PM
I have a Luby's cookbook and found a recipe for almond rice. Hope this is what David
was looking for.
1 cup diced white onions
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
1/4 cup butter
5 cups cooked converted white rice
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup toasted sliced almonds
1/4 cup sliced green onions
In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté onions, celery and carrots in butter 5 to 7 minutes
or until tender. Stir frequently. Add rice, green peas, garlic, seasoned salt and pepper and
blend together. Stir gently over medium heat and cook until hot. Once rice is hot, remove and
fold in toasted sliced almonds. Garnish with sliced green onions.