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Florentine Lace Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: camille 
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2011 11:00 PM
Subject: florentine lace cookie

Was wondering if you could find a cookie called Florentine lace cookie.

The first layer is chocolate. Then I think a toffee lace cookie
than some craisins, nuts raisins and maybe other ingredients. 
They are very thin and light.

My son brought these to me when I was in the hospital.  He gets them from an
expensive store called Elegant Dining.  They are the most delicious cookie 
I have ever eaten.
Thank you so much if you can find this recipe.  He pays something like $25 
a pound for these and I would love to make them myself.

Hello Camille,

I found some recipes called "Florentine lace cookies", but none that mentioned "Elegant Dining". I suspect that the cookies you had were Elegant Dining's special version, and I would not expect their actual recipe to be available. Below is one recipe and there are others on these pages:

An Edible Mosaic

One Perfect Bite


They may not be exactly like what your son purchased at "Elegant Dining", but they are what is available.


Milk  Chocolate  Florentine  Lace  Cookies

2/3 c. butter
2 c. quick oats, uncooked
1 c. sugar
2/3 c. flour
1/4 c. corn syrup
1/4 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt

1 (11 1/2 oz.) pkg. (2 c.) milk chocolate morsels

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Melt butter in saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in 
oats, sugar, flour, corn syrup, milk, vanilla extract, and salt; mix well. Drop by 
level teaspoonfuls, 3 inches apart onto foil-lined cookie sheets.  Spread thin with 
rubber spatula.  Bake 5 to 7 minutes.  Let cool.  Peel foil away from cookies. 
Melt over hot (not boiling) water, milk, and chocolate morsels; stir until smooth. 
Spread chocolate on the flat side of each half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies. 
I love your site and have visited it many times and just recently I came across 
this post about Florentine Lace Cookies.  
Camille, the person requesting the recipe for them, mentioned that her son purchased 
the cookies at an expensive store called 'Elegant Dining'.  
As the recipe sounded interesting to me, I did some searching and came across this web site:  

or use this link if you want:
Elegant Eating Florentine Lace Cookies as it will lead to what I think might be the cookies 
she was looking for.  
I know there's no recipe but I thought maybe some people might like to see what those 
cookies might look like.  It appears the cookie part is formed over a semi-circle, 
dried/hardened and then covered with a thin layer of chocolate, to form somewhat 
of a bowl shape.  Camille's guess on the other ingredients are probably right on 
the money, at least according to the picture. 
Just thought I'd send this in case it helps someone else. 

Tuna Rice Casserole

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Phyllis" 
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2011 8:45 PM
Subject: Tuna Rice Casserole

Hi, I am trying to find a recipe like the tuna casserole my mother made for 
our family of 9 kids in Louisville,KY in the 50's and 60's and 70's. I know 
it had  MInute Rice (that is the only rice she used) and Campbells soup, 
mushroom I think, peas and canned tuna.   There were no potato chips .The 
special thing about it was she took the mixture and used a measuring cup to 
form mounds in the baking dish and served it with a spatula. My youngest 
brother(not so young anymore) loved it and asked me for the recipe. I have a 
lot of her recipes but of course not that one. Can you help I have browsed 
the internet but couldn't find that particular type of casserole. Thanks for 
whatever help you can give me. 
Phyllis from CA 

Hello Phyllis,

Below are some tuna casserole dishes with canned tuna, Campbell's soup, minute rice, and peas. I did not find any recipes that called for using a measuring cup to form mounds in the baking dish.


Tuna  Rice  Casserole

1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen peas
1 1/4 c. water
1 (11 oz.) can Cheddar cheese soup
1 (12 oz.) can tuna, drained and flaked
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 1/4 c. Minute rice

Bring peas, water, soup, tuna and bouillon cube to full boil in medium 
saucepan. Stir in rice.  Cover; remove from heat.  Let stand 5 minutes. 
Fluff with fork.
Tuna Casserole

1 pkg. frozen peas
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 2/3 c. minute rice
1 to 2 cans tuna fish
Cheddar cheese

Defrost peas.  In 1 1/2 quart casserole, put layer of rice, layer of peas, 
layer of tuna; repeat.  Add 1 can water or 1/2 water, 1/2 milk to mushroom 
soup.  Heat to near boiling. Pour over casserole.  Top with Cheddar cheese 
(slices or grated).  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
Tuna-Rice Casserole

1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 c. water
1 c. Minute rice
1 can tuna
1 onion, chopped
2 c. frozen peas
1 c. shredded American cheese

Heat soup and water in microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Add minute rice 
and heat for another 3 minutes.  Add onion, tuna, frozen peas and shredded 
cheese.  Heat again for another 3-4 minutes.  One tablespoon lemon juice may 
be added to the soup mixture. 

LA Schools Cookie Bars

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Sharon 
Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2011 7:06 PM
Subject: Recipe request

Dear Phaedrus,
I am hoping you will have better luck than I searching for the recipe.
Site it was prepared at:  Los Angeles City School
Paul Revere Junior High also Palisades High School
Name:  (it never had one that I know of)  Cookie Bar
Unusual Ingredients: oats sometimes coconut as well
Description: A bar cookie tasting like a blondie, but it was before anyone 
had come up with the name blondie.  It was usually served the same day the 
school served brownies, and sold for 15 cents during what they called nutrition. 
Thanks for checking for me!!!!

Hi Sharon,

Sorry, no luck.


I was browsing your website and noticed a posting on May 29th, 2011 from Sharon.  I believe these are the cookies about which she was asking.  
At my high school in Pasadena, they were called Ranger Cookies.

Flying Saucers


Chicken in a Basket

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Joy 
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2011 11:14 AM
Subject: Chicken In A Basket from the 40's

Dear Phaedrus,

I'm looking for a recipe and you seem to be the ultimate in recipe-finding.

In the 1940s my family drove down US 1 from Daytona Beach, FL where we lived, 
to the Port Orange area to a road-side chicken place. I think the name was 
Chicken In A Basket and I believe it was on US 1. They had the best tasting 
crust on the chicken and as I remember it was similar to the taste of Morrison's 
fried shrimp batter. I don't know if it was a franchise or a one-of-a-kind place. 
Don't think there were many franchises is those days. Do you have the resources 
to find this recipe? I have googled it to no avail. Love your web-site. 
Thanks for your help in this. Joy 

Hi Joy,

I had no success finding any mention of a "Chicken in a Basket" or "Chicken Basket" in Port Orange, FL. Sorry, I guess too much time has passed.


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