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Apple Pie Lasagna

-----Original Message----- 
From: Mike
Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2014 1:06 AM
Subject: Apple Pie Lasagna?

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

Quite a few years ago, while attending a conference in Indianapolis, I
had Apple Pie Lasagna for dessert at a hotel restaurant (the name of
which is lost in the mists of time) downtown. It was delicious! It
consisted of layers of apple pie filling and lasagna noodles baked
together. I recall there was crumb topping involved also, and a
raspberry sauce. I have searched for the recipe several times, and
although there are apple lasagna recipes on the Internet, they all
include sour cream, ricotta, or both. The dish I had did not.



Hi Mike,

Sorry, I had no success with this. The only apple pie lasagna recipes that I can find without ricotta or sour cream have cream cheese, except for one person's attempt at making an apple pie lasagna here: Apple Pie Lasagna

I'll post this on the site in the hope that a reader can help.


Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

Wow! That was quick. Thank you very much for the attempt. I may try the 
example you sent, perhaps adding a crumb topping.

Again, thanks.


Thinaddictives Almond Thins

From: Sharna
Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2014 9:40 PM
To: Phaedrus 
Subject: THINaddictives (brand name)


I am seeking a recipe similar to the above, which are very thin biscotti like cookies with almonds mango and coconut. 
There are some varieties with cranberries too. They are not as hard or as dense as biscotti but very crisp.

I have searched the internet but wasn't successful.

I don't mind which variety you will hopefully find, as it would be simple to substitute the kind of fruit that is used for another.

Hope you will have some success.

Thank you.


Hello Sharna,

Thinaddictives began with V I S , Inc, a bakery in Ville St-Laurent, Quebec, which was bought in 2012 by Nonni’s, the leading baker of premium biscotti in North America.

They come in these flavors:

Cranberry Almond
Pistachio Almond
Cinnamon Raisin Almond
Blueberry Oat Almond
Banana Dark Chocolate Almond
Mango Coconut Almond

They have a website here: THINaddictives

They are also featured on the Nonni’s Foods website here: Nonni's

I had no success finding a recipe or a copycat recipe or a tastes-like recipe for any of these. There does not appear to be one available.

The company calls these “almond thins” rather than biscotti, but they look like thin biscotti to me.

While I have never tasted Thinaddictives and therefore cannot recommend a recipe as being similar, you might try the recipes on these sites as a starting point in creating your own “tastes-like” recipe:

Pistachio Biscotti Thins

Cookie Thins


I am so impressed with your efficiency! Thanks for your quick and efficient reply. After checking the links you
provided, I noticed that 2 of them refer to a site I already look at regularly and didn't see the similarities.
I also realized that I have a book by Marcy Goldman which an almost identical recipe. Your guidance is most

School Cafeteria Beef Vegetable Soup

From: Bobby 
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:21 AM
Subject: are you still there?

Hey, Phaedrus, This is Bobby in Valdosta, Ga. Again.  I have not used you in so long, I don’t know if you are still doing 
this recipe thing.  If you are, I am looking for  a recipe that you will probably think is too simple for me to be writing about.  
I would like to find the recipe for vegetable soup that schools in the South used when they served soup in the lunch room.  
I don’t know what was different about this soup except that it was the best vegetable soup that I have ever had.  
If you can help me, thanks.

Let me know if you are still doing this.

Hello Bobby,

Yes, I am still finding recipes. Did the soup have ground beef? If so, then this may be it: 04-03-2009

If that’s not it, write back.

You can always keep up with my latest activity by checking this page: Archives


From: Bobby 
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2014 8:48 AM
To: 'Phaedrus' 
Subject: RE: are you still there?

This may be it, but I know that it was not ground beef that was used.  It was chunks of meat and the potatoes were diced in large chunks.  
This soup was served in Georgia lunch rooms.

The reason I didn’t know if you were still around is that I had to replace my computer and I lost lots of good stuff.  
I did a search on “recipe finder” and nothing turned up.  I went back and looked at some hard copies of stuff you had 
sent me before and wrote to your email address.  I’m glad that you are still around.  Thanks for the help.  
Try again and see if you can find anything with cut up meat.

Hi Bobby,

Sorry, all of the school cafeteria vegetable beef soup (or beef vegetable soup) recipes that I can find call for ground beef. School cafeterias have access to a Food Service product called “canned beef” – pre-prepared pieces or “chunks” of beef that come in cans and may be used in a variety of dishes. Perhaps your school used that in the soup.


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