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----- Original Message ----- 
From: Kathleen 
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2010 10:32 AM
Subject: German dish

Good morning Phaed,

I enjoy your website a lot. Thank you for keeping it. 

When I was a child my father would make a specific dinner every now and then. 
I don't know what the real name of it was, and I'm sure we all said it incorrectly, 
but we called it 'Catsnifla'. (cats-nif-la) my father was of German descent, so 
I'm thinking it was a German dish. 

He would make ravioli pasta and fill it with dry curd cottage cheese. Then, if 
I remember correctly, the 'sauce' was fresh bread, cubed and sautéed in a lot of 
butter until crispy. I remember all 5 children raving over it. I have tried to 
make it a few times but it's never the same as dads. Would you, by chance, have 
any recipe like this? I really don't know if there were onions or garlic, or any 
other spice along with it. The last time I made it, it just seemed really 
greasy-gross and I don't remember it being greasy-gross.

Thank you in advance for your help,


Hi Kathleen,

Well, I scoured our German cookbooks and several German recipe sites, but I cannot find any dish with a name that would sound like "catsnifla".

There is a dish called "käsenudeln", but it is "cheese-noodles" - something like macaroni & cheese made with noodles and emmentaler cheese.

As for something like a ravioli stuffed with cottage cheese, there is "varenikje", but it does not have the bread cubes topping that you describe. See: Cottage Cheese Varenikje


Hi Phaedrus,
Re:  the "Catsnifla" dish
Look at the last recipe--It doesn't have the name, but the dish sounds close:

German-Russian “Ravioli”

Looks right to me, Margaret. The Southern Russian - Germans call them "Käseknöpfle". That's phonetically pretty close to "catsnifla", and it does have the breadcrumb topping. I sent the url on to Kathleen, so we'll see.

Bizarro Clams Linguine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: darlene 
Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 10:26 PM
Subject: recipe

Hi. Requesting recipe from Bizarro Italian Cafe in Seattle. Called Clam Linguini. 
Ingredients: clams, white wine butter sauce, pancetta and jalapenos.
Thanks Darlene

Hello Darlene,

They have the Clam Linguine and other recipes right on their site at: Bizarro Italian Cafe


Bizzarro Clam Linguine

1 Cup Pancetta
4 Jalapeños
3 Tablespoons Crushed Garlic
1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
3 Tablespoons Flat leaf Parsley ( chopped )
1 Lb Fresh Linguine
4 lbs Manila Clams
1/4 Cup Salt
1 Cup Dry White Wine

Roast jalapeños on baking sheet. 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until tender. Once jalapenos have cooled, remove stems, cut lengthwise, remove seeds and then dice.
In large bowl rinse clams under cool tap water with a 1/4 cup of salt for 5 minutes. Discard any open clams.
In large skillet on medium heat add pancetta and toss until crispy, stir in garlic, then add wine before the garlic browns.
Remove from heat and set aside for 2 minutes.
Add clams, return to heat and cover.
When first clam starts to open (approximately 2-3 minutes) add butter and 2 tablespoons parsley.
Cover and cook until all clams open (again, around 2-3 minutes).
Discard any clams that remain closed.
Drop linguine in boiling water and cook for 2 minutes.
Drain and toss in with clams, bring it all back up to heat and allow the mixture to thicken.
Top with parsley and serve.

Fried Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Patricia 
Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2010 11:13 AM
Subject: cookie

I have been looking for a cookie recipe a friend grandmother mommy Kitty, used to 
fix afterschool she would fry this cookie then put in a brown paper bag and shack 
with power sugar this cookie had pecans in it.  I can't find it or my school friend. 
We live in Dekalb county, Ga and they were the Alexander's on Wren Road that has 
been over 48 years ago. I sure hope you can find this cookie recipe for me. 
Thank you Patricia 

Hello Patricia,

Sorry, no success with this. Not enough specific information.


Sylvan Beach Hot Dog Sauce

----- Original Message ----- 
From: George
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 4:52 PM
Subject: Sylvan Beach Hot Dog Relish

Hi Phaedrus

I have been looking forever for a recipe for "Eddies Restaraunt" hot dog chilly sauce.
Eddies is located at Sylvan Beach NY...I hope you can help!
Thank you

Hello George,

Sorry, I had no success with this. Apparently, no one has cracked the code, and they, of course, don't tell.


MGR Dutch Apple Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Stew 
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 2:12 PM
Subject: Hi, I'm Stew, got a recipe question 4u

question concerns
from 'My Great Recipes' cards, printed in holland. desserts section
missing the card so I'm wondering this particular recipe for the 
'Dutch Apple Cake' in the desserts pack. might have been called 
'Dutch Apple Pie', i forget exactly.
thank you for your help.

Hello Stew,

Sorry, no success with this. I'll post it on the site - perhaps a reader has the set and will help.


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