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Bloomin' Onion

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Nazz
  To: phaedrus 
  Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2001 1:51 PM
  Subject: recipie

  could you please send me a recipie for a blooming onion thank you 


Here's the original Outback Steakhouse copycat recipe.


  Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion

   Ingredients and Directions:

   1/3 C. Cornstarch 
   1 1/2 C. Flour 
   2 tsp. Garlic -- minced 
   2 tsp. Paprika 
   1 tsp. Salt 
   2 tsp. Pepper 
   4 Vidalia or Texas Sweet Onion 

  Start with 1 cup of beer and add more until you get the batter
  to  the consistancy that you desire.

   Seasoned Flour

   2 C. Flour 
   4 tsp. Paprika 
   2 tsp. Garlic powder 
   1/2 tsp. Pepper 
   1/2 Ceyenne pepper 

   Combine and mix well. 

   Creamy Chili Sauce

   1 pint Mayonnaise ** ?? I think that is 2 cups ** 
   1 pint Sour cream 
   1/2 C. Tomato chili sauce 
   1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper 

   Combine and mix well. 

   Mix cornstarch, flour, and seasonings until well blended. Add beer, mix 
  well. Cut about 3/4" off top of onion and peel. Cut into onion 12 to 16 
  verticle wedges but do not cut through bottom root end. Remove about  1"
  of petals from center of onion. You may want to seperate the onion petals
  slightly, do not do this too much, you will destroy the onion. Dip onion
  in seasoned flour remove excess by shaking. Separate petals to  coat
  thoroughly with batter. Dip in batter. Dip in flour mixture again.
   Gently place in fryer basket and deep-fry at 375 to 400 1 1/2 
   Turn over, and fry an additional 1 1/2 minutes. Drain on paper 
   Place onion upright in shallow bowl and remove center core with
   cicular cutter or apple corer. Serve hot with Creamy Chili Sauce.

Candy Lipstick

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Roberta 
  To: phaedrus 
  Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2001 7:47 PM
  Subject: looking for a candy recipe

  I just found your web site and wonder if you remember a candy lipstick 
  which was sold in most candy stores up until the 60's . It probably 
  started in the 40's or sooner. Once in awhile you can find a new version 
  but is nothing like the old. Thank you!

Hi Roberta,

Gosh, I really don't remember anything about candy lipstick. For novelty candies I was more into chocolate cigarettes and Lik-M-Ade and Pixie Stix. It sounds like the sort of commercial candy that is very difficult to make at home.

This site has something like that for sale:

And these sites have lots of old-time candies:


History of the Crockpot

----- Original Message -----
From: Erica
To: phaedrus
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2001 2:23 PM
Subject: crockpot

> Phaed,
> I'm trying to find information about the history of the crockpot. Can you
> help?
> Thanks,
> Erica

Hi Erica,

This was not easy to find. Remember that "Crockpot" is a registered brand name of the Rival Company for their particular "slow cooker". The particulars of their slow cooker is that it heats from around the sides of the cooker as well as the bottom, and it has a crockery inside. There are other types of "slow cookers." Some heat from just the bottom, and some have insides that are not made of crockery. That said, you can find information about the history of the device, which started as a bean cooker, at:History of the Crockpot


Golden Marjoram

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Guy 
  To: phaedrus  
  Sent: Friday, May 04, 2001 1:29 PM
  Subject: Golden Marjoram

  I was looking for some sweet marjoram to plant and found the above.
  It smelled good when crushed between my fingers.Can it be used 
  interchangeably in cooking.Thanks as always for your help.


Hi Guy,

Golden Marjoram can be used exactly the same as regular marjoram. It's just not quite as strong flavored.


The Monix Mystery

 ----- Original Message -----
From: KH
To: phaedrus 
Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2001 12:05 AM
Subject: Mystery: MONIX surname

> Greetings,
> I saw your web page and found it interesting (I happen
> to have an ancestor who was enumerated in Sparta,
> Edgecombe, NC...the "Old Sparta" answer helped me also
> :)
> Well here is my question. This is a tough one. I've
> been trying to trace the surname MONIX for a while and
> I get stuck at 1910 in Washington Co., MS, with the
> spelling "Municks". This is indeed my family but when
> I try to go back further, nothing. I have tried census
> indexes, soundex for almost every possible spelling,
>, message boards...I am at my wit's end.
> The only clue I have (George MONIX was born in Union
> town, Perry Co., AL in 1868) leads to nowhere. I don't
> expect you to do any genealogy for me, but what I
> really want to know is where the heck this surname
> came from in the first place. Us Afro-american Monix's
> seem to be the only folks in the entire USA with this
> name!
> Thanks,
> KH

Hi KH,

I did a bit of researching on the surnames "Monix" and "Municks", and I found that both of those exact spellings of surnames originally came from Prussia, which is now part of Germany. There were a couple of hits on "Municks" in the Netherlands, but these were probably Prussians who had moved to Holland, rather than native Dutch families.

Now, there are a multitude of similar names that originated in England: Monox, Munnoxe, Manix, Monoux, Monnox, Munnox, Monax, Monock. In Ireland: Mannix, and in Scotland: Monnock.

There were Prussian settlers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia in the 1700's. Also, the Dutch (and possibly Prussians living in Holland and sailing under the Dutch flag.) were responsible for bringing many, many Afro-American ancestors to this country in the 1700s and early 1800s.

If you want to explore these possible connections further, I suggest you start at the Latter-Day Saints website, which is where I found these surname listings. It's at:

Good luck!



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