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Rock Cress

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Deborah 
Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2011 9:32 AM
Subject: missing ingredient (obsolete?)

Hoping you or one of your readers can help me.

I want to try an old recipe, but it calls for "arabis, (herb of mustard family)". 
My web searches on the subject have revealed that this is most likely a form of 
rock cress used on salads and sandwiches. Unfortunately, I have been unable to 
locate any place to purchase this herb, online or off. I have found rock cress 
seeds for sale, but am unsure which specific plant is used. Would you please use 
your detective skills to determine if there is an appropriate substitute? 
Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.



Hi Deborah,

This may be spelled either "rockcress" or "rock cress", and it is, as you say, a member of the mustard family.

I found this on one site:

Montana Plant Life "All rockcresses are edible, with the typical sharp flavor of plants of the mustard family. The tender leaves and flowers are usually added to salads and sandwiches for flavor, but some people like their hot horseradish flavor, and enjoy them alone."

I also found on a gardening site:

How to Grow Rock Cress "Look for (arabis) plants at nurseries in spring and summer." There are dozens of varieties of rockcress (aka rock cress). See the list here:

Garden Guides Since all varieties of rockcress are edible but you are looking for the type used in a particular recipe, you would need to send me the exact recipe and any information that you have about the origin of the recipe before I could hope to find your answer as to the specific variety used in that recipe. Some rock cress varieties are found all over the U.S., some are Old World plants, and some are only found in very specific areas such a specific states. So, the geographic origin of the recipe might be important to determining which variety of rock cress might have been used. Once we have determined a probable variety or varieties, then we can try to find a source of young plants or seeds.

Possible substitutes might include watercress or mustard greens, although neither of them would have as strong a flavor.


Cherry Pie Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Pam 
Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2011 2:55 PM
Subject: Cherry Pie Cookies

Is there a recipe available for "Cherry Pie Cookies"?  I'm thinking of something 
like a sugar cookie dough with cherry pie filling sealed inside?



Hello Pam,

I could not find anything with sugar cookie dough. Most of the "cherry pie cookies" recipes that I found are simply sugar cookies or oatmeal cookies with cherry filling or cherry jam spread on top - no filled cookies made with actual cookie dough.

I did find something here that's close, but it uses pie crust dough:



When I lived in Oregon, famous for its cherry orchards, my neighbor used to make some 
cookie type ... thingies,  for which she kept several tablespoons of her cherry pie filling. 
I never got the recipe, unfortunately, maybe these two below might ring a bell.

I don't think the cookies she wanted had oatmeal, and the second link is the same recipe that I have linked to above.

James sent the recipe below.

Here is a recipe I have used many times. It is from Cooks magazine and is on the site. 
These are also called Pillows or Pockets and not usually referred to as cookies. The Better Homes 
and Gardens book "Biggest Book of Cookies" has six recipes with various fillings. 
From Cooks magazine
1 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
3 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder

Mix like for pie crust. 
Add to make dough: 1/4 c. milk 2 tsp. vanilla

Roll out on floured board. Cut in circles. Place small teaspoon of cherry pie filling 
in center of 1/2 of the circles. Place another circle on top. Crimp around edges. 
Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

La Madeleine Mushroom Soup

----- Original Message ----- 
From: margaret  
To: Phaedrus 
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2011 2:23 PM
Subject: La Madeleine mushroom soup

Hi Phaed,

Is there any chance you can find a copycat recipe for La Madeleine mushroom soup? 
I've searched what I know to search, but can't come up with anything.

Hi Margaret,

The only thing that I can find is this "tastes like":

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup


From: "margaret" 
To: "Phaedrus" 
Subject: Re: La Madeleine mushroom soup
Date: Monday, May 16, 2011 3:33 PM

That was quick! I've never seen that.


Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Louise 
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011 1:16 PM
Subject: ham and potatoes

I've asked you questions before and you've always been able to help me,I hope 
you can this time. while working in the Los angeles area,i had to buy my lunch 
from a "hot" wagon and he had small cans of Ham and potatoes and I fell in love.
I believe they were by Armour but I can't find them you have an address 
where I can find them?Smart and Final use to carry them but don't anymore. I need 
a recipe for them.
thanks Uncle
Your anwer will be appreciated. 

Hi Louise,

Armour Star, a division of Pinnacle Foods, used to have a line of products that they called "Armour Lunch Bucket". One of those was "Scalloped Potatoes with Ham". I'm guessing that is what you mean, because I can find no mention of any other such product made by Armour. When Armour dropped the "Lunch Bucket" line, they stopped making the "Scalloped Potatoes with Ham" product. Dinty Moore still makes "Scalloped Potatoes with Ham".

Armour's current product list is here: Armour Star

As for recipes, I cannot find one for duplicating the Armour product. However there are dozens, if not hundreds, of recipes for "scalloped potatoes with ham." Some have cheese, some have carrots, etc. See below for a few basic ones.


Microwave Scalloped Potatoes And Ham

7-8 med. potatoes
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2-3 tbsp. flour
3 c. milk
1 sm. onion, diced
3 c. diced ham

Peel potatoes and slice thin, put in microwave dish. Add remaining ingredients 
and mix well.  Cover and microwave 20-25 minutes, turning once, uncover the 
last 5 minutes.
Scalloped Potatoes And Ham

2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
2 tsp. salt
2 c. milk
6 c. raw sliced potatoes
1-2 c. diced ham (we use turkey ham)

Melt butter, stir in flour and salt. Add milk slowly and stir until mixture 
thickens. Add potatoes slowly and continue to stir until mixture boils again. 
Add diced ham. Put in greased casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes 
or until potatoes are tender. 
Crock Pot Ham And Scalloped Potatoes

6 to 8 slices ham
8 to 10 potatoes, peeled & sliced
Onion, sliced or chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
1 c. grated cheese
1 (10 oz.) can cream of celery or mushroom soup

Put half of ham, potatoes, and onions in crock pot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, 
then grated cheese. Repeat with remaining ham, potatoes and onions. Spoon undiluted 
soup over top. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on 
high for 4 hours.
Scalloped Potatoes & Ham

3 c. potatoes, sliced
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1 1/2 c. cooked ham
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
2 to 2 1/2 c. milk, warm

Arrange in alternate layers: potatoes, onions and ham in 1 1/2 quart greased casserole 
dish. Heat in oven 15 minutes. 
Cream Sauce:
Melt butter. Add flour and mix until smooth. Add warm milk slowly, stir constantly and 
cook until thick and smooth, about 5 minutes, after it comes to a boil. Pour over potato 
and ham mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour covered then 1/2 hour 

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