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Solomon Grundy's Black Bean Soup

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Diane 
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:22 PM
Subject: Solomon Grundy's Black Bean Soup

Hi, my name is Diane and I wondered if you have the recipe from Solomon Grundy's Black Bean Soup. 
I hope  am spelling it correctly.  Solomon Grundy's used to be a very nice restaurant at the 
Berkeley Marina in California.  Thank you.

Hello Diane,

See below.


Solomon Grundy's Black Bean Soup

Serves 10

8 ounces black beans
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon ham base
3 quarts, 6 ounces water
2 1/2 ounces sherry
6 ounces flour
6 ounces oil
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon grated egg
Lemon slice

1. Place black beans into a 4-quart cooking pot. Add spices, ham base and water. 
 Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 hours.
2. Add sherry. Prepare roux by mixing oil and flour in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly 
 and add to the pot, stirring constantly.
3. Set fire below simmering point and cook for 15 more minutes. Garnish with a 
 lemon slice and grated egg.

-- Recipe from "Solomon Grundy's Cookbook." 

Per serving: 300 calories, 7 g protein, 28 g carbohydrates, 18 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 
20 mg cholesterol, 390 mg sodium, 4 g fiber. Calories from fat: 160. 

Capri Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Annette 
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 1:02 PM
Subject: Capri Cake


I've been looking for a recipe for the Capri Cake from a bakery that was in Newark, NJ. 
It has to be forty years ago since I had it.  It is a chocolate layer cake w about 4 layers. 
The chocolate icing is more like a thick dark chocolate pudding. 



Hello Annette,

Sorry, I cannot find a Capri Cake that is four layers. The only "Capri Chocolate Cake" that 
I can find is a one-layer Italian torte that has almonds and bittersweet chocolate.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Annette
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 6:39 PM
Subject: Re: Capri Cake

That sounds similar--I really don't remember the number of layers--i was guessing four. 
It was from and Italian bakery.

I'd like to see the info on the Capri cake that you found.



Hello Annette,

Gosh, it doesn't sound similar to your description to me, but see these sites:

Dessert First

Lovely Recipes


Big Oven


Onion Soup Bread

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Donna 
Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 11:26 AM
Subject: onion soup batter bread

A long time ago- in the 1960's- I had a recipe for Onion Batter Bread from the back of a 
package of dry Lipton Onion Soup Mix. The soup mix was incorporated with the flour and a 
batter was complete. I don't remember if it had to rise before  baking.

It was poured into a deep casserole dish and baked.  It was delicious and a family favorite. 
I would love to make it again.  

Thank you for trying to help my search.


Hello Donna,

I cannot find anything called "onion soup batter bread" or "batter bread with onion soup". The two recipes below fit your description.


Cottage  Style  Onion  Bread

3/4 c. milk
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter or margarine, soft
2 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 c. warm water
1 egg, beaten
4 c. unsifted flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease two 1 1/2 quart casseroles.  Scald milk and stir in 
sugar and butter, mixing until butter melts.  Cool to lukewarm.  Sprinkle yeast over warm 
water and stir to dissolve.  Add the lukewarm milk mixture, egg, and 1/2 of the flour. 
Beat until smooth.  Add remaining flour to make a stiff batter.  Cover tightly and chill 
at least 2 hours.   Cut dough in half, flatten and press evenly into the casseroles.  Brush 
each with melted butter and cover with clean towel.  Let rise in a warm place (80 degrees) 
free from drafts until doubled.  Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 35 minutes or until 
done (test to see if a hollow sound).  Remove from casseroles, brush with butter and enjoy! 
Casserole  Onion  Bread

1 c. milk, scalded
3 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. margarine
3/4 c. warm water
1 pkg. yeast
1 env. onion soup mix
4 c. unsifted all-purpose flour

In medium bowl, mix together milk, sugar and margarine.  Cool to lukewarm.  In water in a 
measuring cup, sprinkle yeast.  Stir until dissolved.  Add yeast mixture to milk mixture, 
then soup mix and flour.  Stir and blend about 2 minutes.  Cover bowl, let rise in warm 
place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Stir down 
batter, beat vigorously for 1 minute.  Turn into greased 1 1/2 quart casserole.  Bake 
uncovered for 1 hour.  Dough is very stiff.  Heavy bread is excellent with any meat dish.

Either of the  recipes you sent could be the one I'm looking for.  I'll try both.

Thank you so much!


El Pollo Chicken

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Tim 
Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2009 10:36 PM
Subject: Help

Am looking for the recipe for El Pollo Chicken.  I know it has a lot of citrus juices and 
maybe some chili sauce.but can you help me find it.thanks.  


Hello Tim,

See below.


El Pollo Loco Chicken (Copycat Recipe)


3/4 cup Heinz Chili Sauce 
1 lemon, juice of 
1 large orange, juice of 
2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
2 tablespoons vinegar 
2 teaspoons sugar 
2 teaspoons garlic powder 
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce 
Tabasco sauce 
4 boneless chicken breasts 


1 For marinade, mix all ingredients, except chicken, together. 
2 Add chicken and marinate for 4-24 hours. 
3 Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. 
4 Cook chicken on a hot grill for about 10 minutes on each side. 
5 Serve with tortillas and salsa. 

Ramen Noodle Salad

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Kathryn 
To: phaedrus 
Sent: Friday, July 03, 2009 1:57 PM
Subject: ramen noodlesalad

I've lost my receipe for that Ramen noodle salad that used sunflower seeds, shredded cabbage etc. 
can you help?  I tried the search but google came up with lots of reeipes but none from you. 
Thanks, Kaye

Hello Kaye,

There are dozens of recipes like that, with various ingredients on top of the basic recipe. Below are a few. I don't know which one you want.


Cloggers  Delight  Salad

1 pkg. beef or pork flavored ramen noodles
8 oz. pkg. cole slaw vegetable mix
3 to 4 oz. pkg. slivered toasted almonds
1/4 c. salted sunflower seeds
2 to 3 sliced green onions


1/2 c. oil
1/3 c. cider vinegar
1/4 c. sugar
Seasoning packet from ramen noodles

Break up noodles (do not cook).  In large bowl combine noodles, cole slaw vegetables, 
almonds, sunflower seeds and green onions.  In small bowl, combine dressing ingredients; 
pour over salad just before serving; toss to coat evenly. 
Oriental Salad

1 lb. cabbage slaw mix
1 bunch green onions
2 pkgs. Ramen noodle (chicken flavor)
1 c. sunflower & cashew nuts

In a large bowl mix together slaw mix, uncooked noodles (broken into small pieces) and 
chopped green onions.


1/3 c. cider vinegar
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. oil
Seasoning from noodles

Mix sugar, oil, vinegar and package dry soup seasoning.  Pour over salad about 2 hours 
before serving.  Add nuts, just before serving.  
Chinese  Cabbage  Salad

1 head (or 1 pkg.) chopped cabbage
1/2-1 chopped onion
Grated carrot
Slivered almonds
1/4 c. sesame or sunflower nuts
1 pkg. Ramen soup mix - original flavor


Ramen seasoning packet
1/2 c. oil
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. vinegar

Put soup noodles aside and add just before serving.  Mix Ramen seasoning packet with oil, 
sugar, and vinegar.  Mix all ingredients except soup noodles and vinegar.  Mix all ingredients 
except soup noodles and dressing.  Add noodles and dressing just before serving.  Serves 12. 
Ramen  Noodle  Salad

1 med. head cabbage, shredded
1 bunch green onion, chopped

Mix and chill. 
1 pkg. Oriental flavor Ramen noodles(uncooked and broken into pieces)
1 (2 oz.) pkg. slivered almonds
1/2 c. sunflower seeds

Saute almonds in 1 tablespoon butter. 


1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. pepper
1/4 c. vinegar
3/4 c. vegetable oil
Flavor packet from Ramen noodles

Mix well. Pour over all ingredients. Stir 
Note: Don't mix all together until just before serving as it gets soggy with time. 


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