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Garlic Pickles

From: Danny 
Sent: Friday, June 14, 2013 12:08 PM
Subject: Garlic Pickles

As a boy growing up, we had this elderly lady across the street that made what she called “Garlic Pickles”. 
The taste was so wonderful, not really a garlic or sweet taste but something in between. I don’t remember the 
recipe but I do remember some aspects of it. She started out with a gallon jar of whole dill pickles. I know 
that she used garlic and sugar. She would cut the pickles across about a 1/4 inch thick, layer them in a crock 
on ice for 3 days. At the end of the process she put them in pint jars. 

While this lady was an American her husband was from England. They lived in England for some time (I am guessing 30’s 40’s) 
before moving back to the states. Perhaps this pickle recipe is something she picked up in England. 

I remember as a kid back in the mid to late 50’s sitting down and eating a whole jar of pickles at a time. 



Hi Danny,

There are lots of “garlic pickles” and “garlic dill pickles” and “crock pickles” recipes. I’m not finding any recipes that are specifically made in a crock with sugar and garlic and dill pickles and layered with ice.

The closest that I can find is the first recipe below, which does not call for a crock, because it assumes that you are going to use the same jars that the dill pickles came in. It’s the only one I found that calls for icing the pickles. Most recipes just say refrigerate, like the second recipe. I did not find any recipes with an English connection.


Garlic Dill Pickles

2 gal. whole dill pickles
2 (5 lb.) pkgs. sugar
1 pt. white vinegar
1 box McCormick pickling spices
1 whole bulb garlic

Drain pickles and slice.  Cover with ice for 1 hour.  Drain.  Add spices, sugar, vinegar and garlic.  
Let set 1 day.  Stir occasionally.  Put into smaller jars. 
Garlic Dill Pickles

1 gallon jar dill pickles (plain not Kosher)
1 (5 lbs.) sack sugar
for 3 garlic buds

Slice pickles in approximately 1/4 inch slices.  Alternate layers of pickles, sugar and garlic in air tight container (I use Tupperware).  
Place in refrigerator for three days without opening container.  At the end of three days, the pickles are crispy and delicious.  

Both recipes sound good and I will give them both a try. 

The first one sounds real close to what I was remembering. I would almost bet that this lady made up her own pickling spices.

Just like all old recipes everyone puts their own spin on it and I too will experiment now that I have something to work with.

Thanks for your prompt response.



From: "Ron" 
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 9:13 PM

an elderly lady used to make a garlic pickle
she was close to 90 when she passed recipe on to me
i am trying to jog my memory as to how she did them
been at least 25 yrs since i made them

i believe it was soak fresh cucumbers in a crock filled with salt brine,overnite or for as long as you want, months even
when ready to use boil them in a 50/50 vinegar water solution, or even stronger vinegar if desired, she used to like to eat them at that stage
the last stage was drain then slice pickles

or use  dill pickles from store, sliced, drained
much easier

she never used recipe, or measurements, so i am guessing at amounts
layer pickle slices in jar with  dry white sugar, tablespoon of whole cloves,more or less to taste
5 or more garlic cloves, peeled, again more or less to taste
and she always said a piece of alum the size of a pea
too much alum and they will shrink up to shirt button size, i found out

put in refrigerator, shake jar several times a day
add more sugar if needed to keep pickles covered
the alum will pull moisture out of the pickles to make juice/syrup
ready to eat in 3 days or so

feel free to correct spelling or typos


Golden Chicken Bake

From: Dolores  
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:41 AM
Subject: I have a lost recipe request


A chicken recipe - bone in breast stuffed with corn, maybe zucchini, Velveeta cheese, and mayo. The outside coated with a 
crushed buttery cracker ( Town House) mixed with mayo, maybe. I believe I was making this recipe back in the early 80's. 
I wrote to Velveeta and they said it was not their recipe. But I really did think it came from their cheese box. I am thinking 
maybe it came from the cracker box. Maybe not Ritz or Town House, But another buttery cracker that maybe is not made anymore.

I would like to thank you in advance for helping me.



Hello Dolores,

Sorry, no success with this.


From: Dolores  
Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2013 7:58 PM
To: Phaedrus 
Subject: Re: I have a lost recipe request

Golden chicken bake. Googled more and was sent to I found it on the 4th page. Happy!!!

Hi Dolores,

Glad you found it, Dolores. I can’t understand why I missed it. The url is Golden Chicken Bake


Chiffon Mist

From: Karen
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2013 7:27 PM
Subject: Kroger brand Chiffon Mist creme dessert recipe

Hello, Do you have recipe for  a discontinued product from Kroger food store. It was a gelatin dessert found in deli refrigerated case, 
packaged in a 21 oz plastic mold. Chiffon Mist... crème dessert..   a cool and creamy dessert blended with pineapple,mandarin oranges,cherries 
and strawberries. three different  colors &  merged from one to the other  orange / green / red  
Thank you, 
p.s. I saved a plastic lid, it has all the ingredients

Hello Karen,

I had no success locating a recipe for making chiffon mist at home. It’s made by Lakeview Farms, and if Kroger sold it under the Kroger brand name, Lakeview Farms probably made it for them. See:

Lakeview Farms

If you want to compare ingredients, there’s an ingredient list for the Lakeview Farms product here:


I didn’t find anything saying that Lakeview Farms had stopped making the product, so maybe it’s just Kroger that stopped selling it. You may still be able to buy it under the Lakewood Farms name.


Name That Tune

From: Barbara 
Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 6:56 PM
Subject: I did not realize

Hi, I did not realize that you do songs as well.

I think this is a song by Janis Ian  but I remember the first line but can not find the song title.

"I am thinking about my mother, who never thought I would come so far from nowhere just to hear my songs be sung......."

Thank you 


Hello Barbara,

Yes, I enjoy searching for songs and movies and books and TV shows, etc. It’s a nice break from recipes when I get such a request.

Barbara, there are dozens of song lyric sites on the web, and nearly every song that has had any degree of popularity has its lyrics posted somewhere. I can’t find any song at all that contains the line that you give. Perhaps your memory is paraphrasing the lyric rather than recalling the exact wording. If so, there is little more that I can do to search for it. I tried breaking your line above down into short phrases and searching for lyrics containing them, but I did not find any song like that, by Janis Ian or anyone else. Janis Ian has the lyrics of all of her songs on her website, so if you want to check them one at a time, go here:

Janis Ian

I’ll post this on the site in case it sparks someone’s memory.


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