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Almond Breaded Chicken

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marie" 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 6:41 PM

My name is Marie. When I lived in Auburn Washington (many moon's ago) there
was a chinese restaurant called "The New Moon".
They had a dish called, Almond Breaded Boneless Chicken, which was white
meat chicken, dredged in an almond coating and deep fried, they had a
special gravy that goes over the breaded chicken. I actually found the dish
at a restaurant in Seattle and I think it was called New Hong Kong????
Anyway, I hope you can find the recipe for me.


Hello Marie,

The "Palace of China" in Seattle also has it on their menu.

The only recipe that I could find with the name "almond breaded chicken" or "breaded almond chicken" is the one below.


Boneless Breaded Almond Chicken

Recipe By     :
Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
Categories    : Chinese Food

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
1 whole boneless chicken breast (2 pieces) no skin
1 Tbsp. light soya sauce
1 Tbsp. chinese cooking wine (optional)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg beaten, with a dash of salt
1 c. flour 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 c. water few drops sesame oil
1/2 c. almonds, chopped fine
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 c. shredded lettuce

1.  Marinate chicken breasts with salt, light
 soya sauce, wine and sesame oil for a few
minutes. 2.  Use a bowl to prepare the batter
 mix with flour, cornstarch, egg, baking
powder and 1 c. of water.  Stir until smooth.
 3.  Dip chicken into batter mix and deep fry
in hot oil for 5 min. until brown. 4.  Line a
plate with shredded lettuce, chop chicken
into bite sized pieces and put on top of
lettuce. Sprinkle with almonds and serve hot.

Mixed Grill

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Kristen
To: phaedrus
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2004 8:51 AM
Subject: Olive Garden Mixed Grill

> Hi, I am looking for the recipe for Olive Garden's Mixed Grill.  It is
> basically grilled chicken, grilled italian sausage in a rosemary sauce.
> There are roasted potatoes, zucchini and yellow squash as well.
> Olive Garden's website describes it as follows:
> Skewers of grilled chicken and Italian sausage with a rosemary demi-glace
> sauce. Served with freshly roasted vegetables and potatoes.
> I've searched everywhere for the recipe and haven't been able to locate it.
> I was hoping you would be able to help me out.  I'd appreciate it!  
> Thanks in advance.
> Kristen

Hi Kristen,

See below.


olive garden's mixed grill

Servings: 4 servings
Category: Chicken Pork & Sausage Skewer

2 lb. skinless boneless chicken breast
(4 oz each)
1 lb. Italian sausage links, mild
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 bag bamboo skewers, soaked in water

2 tsp. colavita pepper oil
2 tbs. chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. salt
3 bay leaves broken into pieces
2 large garlic cloves pressed

Cut each piece of chicken in half lengthwise. Thread each chicken piece onto
a skewer; add a cherry tomato to the end of each skewer. For chicken
marinade, in a large baking dish mix pepper oil, rosemary, lemon juice,
salt, bay leaves and pressed garlic. Place each chicken skewer in the
marinade and marinate for at least three hours. Bake sausage at 350 F for 20
minutes. Cut each link into three pieces; set aside. Cook chicken on grill
until internal temperature reaches 165 F or cook in oven at 350 F until
internal temperature reaches 165 F. Skewer sausage and place on hot grill
until internal temperature reaches 155 F or cook in oven at 350 F until
internal temperature reaches 155 F. When cooked completely, place on a large
platter, garnish with rosemary sprigs, lemon halves and any remaining cherry

Lunchroom Peanut Butter Bars

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Cynthia
To: phaedrus
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2004 9:15 PM
Subject: peanut butter bars

> Sir,
> I hope you can help me locate an old recipe. My husband still remembers
> the peanut butter chocolate bars that they used to make in the school lunch
> room. I have searched and found many different versions of peanut butter bars,
> but, I am really unsure of which one is the "right" one. I would appreciate any
> help you can offer! Thank you.
> Cynthia 

Hello Cynthia,

Both of the recipes below claim to be school cafeteria peanut butter bars, but the second one doesn't have chocolate. I guess the first one is what you want.


Peanut Butter Bars

Remember those flat peanut butter bars you used to get in your school
cafeteria lunches? Well, here they are!

2    cups flour
1    teaspoon baking soda
1/4    teaspoon salt
1    cup butter
3/4    cup peanut butter (such as Jif or Skippy smooth or chunky, your
choice - do NOT use "natural peanut butter")
1/2    cup granulated sugar
1/2    cup packed dark brown sugar
1    teaspoon vanilla extract
1    egg
2    cups semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
1    cup milk chocolate chips (optional)

1.  Combine flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
2.  Cream together the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar,
and vanilla in a large bowl.
3.  Beat in egg.
4.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.
5.  (If you'd like, you can add 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the
mixture, but I know*my* school could never afford such luxuries as
chocolate!) Spread batter into a 13x9x2 inch pan.
6.  Bake at 375F for 15 to 18 minutes.
7.  (If you'd like to go the extra mile past what your school could probably
afford to make for your lunches, you can take 1 cup of milk chocolate chips
and put them on the surface of the peanut butter bars just after you've
removed them from the oven. The bar) Let the bars it cool in the pan on a
rack then cut into bars.
Peanut Butter Chewies
This recipe came from someone whose mother worked in a school cafeteria.
These are the peanut butter bars you may remember from your childhood.

3 cups sugar
1-cup brown sugar
1 T vanilla
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups Peanut butter
1/2-pound (2 sticks) butter, melted
3 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1 t salt

Mix sugars, vanilla, and melted butter. Add eggs and peanut butter. Mix
well. In separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.
Add slowly to the peanut butter mixture (may be too thick for electric
mixer). Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan. (For thinner bars, may be made in
3 9-inch square pans) Bake at 350 until the batter rises (about 15-20
minutes). Pull the pan out of the oven so that batter falls, then return
to the oven until done ( approximately 30-35 minutes total). (Can easily
be reduced to 1/3 recipe.)

Coconut Syrup

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Arlene"
To: phaedrus
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 5:51 PM
Subject: Coconut Syrup

> Dear phaedrus:  you have helped me more times than I can remember and it
> seems that you can find anything..I need a recipe for coconut syrup. Can
> you help me please.  Thank you & god bless

Hello Arlene,

See below.


Coconut  Flavored  Pancake  Syrup

 Ingredients :
 1 c. sugar
 1 c. light Karo

 Preparation :
    Boil sugar and Karo together until sugar is dissolved.  Take off
 heat and add 1 cup cream and 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring.  Keep in

Gino's Hamburgers

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Karen" 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 8:35 AM
Subject: Gino's ?

> Hi
>   My name is Karen & I am looking for a recipe for a sauce used by a fast
> food hamburger place.
> It was named Gino's,& It was in the 70's that I would buy these. Their
> most popular were
> called" Gino Giants"  it was a double patty with lettace & tomato, 3
> layers, & topped with this sauce!
> I don't know if this would help, but I would buy these in Clifton,NJ.
> Any assistance with this request is greatly appreciated !!
> I really enjoy your site & get lots of good recipes, tips & sometimes even
> laughs!.
> Thank you,
> Karen

Hello Karen,

Sorry, no one seems to have the Gino's secret sauce recipe. Former employees say the sauce came in premixed, so they never knew exactly what was in it, but it was like a thicker version of thousand island dressing.

There's a Gino's website at:
Gino's Hamburgers

and a Gino's forum at:
Gino's Forum


I found this recipe on a message board:

Gino's Special Sauce
Source: Gil Zentgraf to Gino's Hamburger's Bulletin Board

"It may not be the exact recipe, but it makes my mouth happy."

1 quart of Hellman's Mayonaise
1 cup of Heinz Ketchup
1 cup of Sweet Pickle Relish
1 Tablespoon of McCormicks Spanish Paprika
1 Teaspoon of Texas Pete Hot Sauce

Mix together and let set for 2 hours before using.


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