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Walker's Point Coney Island Secret Sauce

From: Patrick 
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2014 11:27 AM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com 
Subject: Walker's Point "Coney Dog" Sauce Request

Good Morning Phaedrus. My name is Patrick. There was a tiny restaurant in Walker's Point (Milwaukee), WI named Coney Island.  
The restaurant (now closed) served a Coney Island hot dog sauce that was excellent. There is a post from the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel (JSOnline News) about the restaurant & its famous sauce. 
I have searched everywhere I can think but with no success. Any chance you could find the recipe? Thank you in advance. 

Hello Patrick,

I had no success finding a recipe or a copycat or a “tastes-like” recipe for Mike Syrrakos’ secret sauce. However, I did find another article on jsonline that said the owners of Romine's High Pockets on 27th St. in Milwaukee bought the recipe from Syrrakos’ daughters and is serving the secret sauce on their Coneys. See:

JSOnline Food

I also found a statement on a message board that this place serves the same Coney sauce:

National Food Mart
Hot Dog Joint, Smoke Shop, and Grocery Store
530 W National Ave (6th Street), Milwaukee, WI

Phaed


Donut Shop Donuts

-----Original Message----- 
From: Susan 
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2014 11:36 PM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com
Subject: Doughnuts

First...thanks so much for the original ( and subsequent) Hershey's fudge 
recipes! I am in need of ( yes, need and not just want) to find a doughnut 
recipe. Mother was the last in the family to make this recipe and it went 
with her to heaven not long ago. The Krispy Kreme doughnuts taste just like 
Mother's and we sincerely wish to find the closest facsimile thereof. We 
wish to relive a bit of our childhood and to share it with our children. 
Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Her recipe did not 
start with storebought biscuits but it seems today's recipes do. Is there 
any hope for finding something similar to her old fashioned doughnut recipe?
Susan

Hi Susan,

Krispy Kreme's actual recipe isn't available, and if it were, it would probably be unusable by a home cook. The reason being that large chains have to do certain things to maintain consistency at all their stores around the country. The usual way they do this is by insuring that all the shops use the same amounts of ingredients from the same source and mix them the same way. In the case of donut shops, this means that they make up a mixture of the dry ingredients at a central location or commissary and then ship them out to the local shops in premixed and premeasured packages. That way, all the local shops do is mix the dry ingredients with liquid and fry the donuts. This makes for less variation in the process from store to store.

A home cook has no way to obtain this premade mix, and the exact ingredients and proportions are kept secret, so the only thing that a home cook can do is to use a "copycat" recipe, either of their own creation or created by someone else. A copycat recipe is a recipe that "tastes like" the donut shop product, but is not based on the actual recipe used by the donut shop. It's an attempt to make donuts that taste like the donut shop donuts, whether the recipe is exactly the same or not.

There are a number of these on the Internet for Krispy Kreme donuts. I've never tried any of them, so I cannot personally vouch for any of them. You'll have to try them yourself to find the one that, to you, is closest to what you want. Here are five that have detailed recipes, with pictures:

Instructables

Cooking Classy

Food.com

Look I Made That

The 99 cent Chef

Phaed


The Dinner Bell Fried Eggplant

-----Original Message----- 
From: Michael 
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2014 3:34 PM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com
Subject: Fried Eggplant

I am looking for the recipe for the Fried Eggplant served at The Dinner Bell 
Restaurant in McComb, Mississippi.

Fried Eggplant is THE signature dish at The Dinner Bell. The fried eggplant 
slices are crisp on the outside, moist on the inside and are not greasy.

Thanks

Michael 

Hello Michael,

I found the below recipe on a message board. I believe it may be from "Celebrating 50: The Dinner Bell Restaurant Golden Anniversary Cookbook", which you can get in their gift shop or by ordering from their website at: The Dinner Bell

Phaed

Fried Eggplant

1-2 large dark slender eggplants with firm, yet supple exterior
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup butter milk
2 cups corn bread mix
Vegetable oil for frying

Peel eggplant; slice into wide finger sized pieces; place on oven rack over kitchen sink
Sprinkle generously with kosher salt on one side and flip over for 4-5 minutes allowing 
bitter juices to fall into sink; repeat process to other side.
Rinse and thoroughly dry eggplant pieces; place into refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.
In mixing bowl, whip eggs, salt, pepper, and milk.
In separate pan place corn bread mix with pinch of salt.
When ready to serve, dip each eggplant slice into egg mixture, then cornmeal, back into egg 
and lastly into cornmeal.
Fry in about 1" of 360° vegetable oil, turning gently until golden brown; don't overcrowd.
Serves 6-8 as an appetizer

The above comes to us from the famous 50-year old Dinner Bell Restaurant in 
McComb, Mississippi; a favorite of locals and travelers alike. 
http://www.amazon.com/The-Dinner-Bell-eggplant-recipe-/forum/Fx1JBMT2I6YVFD4/Tx28WKCB70JDD3/1?_encoding=UTF8&asin=0811865770 

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