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Baked Lettuce

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Margaret 
Sent: Sunday, August 15, 2010 9:52 AM
Subject: Baked lettuce

>I had a Hungarian friend who, at a dinner party, let me help him make 
>baked lettuce. It was excellent and he gave me the reciepe, but over  two 
>moves I lost it, I only recall theat eh lettuc eas sprinkles with  some 
>mixture and baked in an oven, I think at a moderate temperature,  and it 
>came out crisp but moist and green. As it was a central  european dish I am 
>not sure you can help me, but if you can try, I  would be obliged.
> Margaret

Hello Margaret,

I cannot locate a recipe for "baked lettuce", nor can I find a Hungarian recipe that involves baking lettuce. We have several Eastern European recipe books, and there is nothing like this in any of them. I might be able to find it with the Hungarian or ethnic name for the dish, if you can provide that.


There are baked lettuce recipes here:


Baltimore Afro-American - Jun 24, 1958

Peach Conserve

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Swan 
Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2010 7:45 AM
Subject: peach conserve from old blue ball jar recipe book

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

I have used a delicious recipe for peach conserve that I found in an old, 
tattered Blue Ball jar recipe book (paperback). I can not find the book now. 
The recipe includes: chunked peaches, sugar, slivered almonds, thinly sliced 
oranges with peel, and ginger; cook on stove, place in jars, and process in 
usual manner. I do not remember amounts of ingredients or cooking time.

As you can imagine, searching with Google found hundreds of recipes, but 
I have not located this particular one yet.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Swan
(That is my real first name.)

Hello Swan,

The only peach conserve recipe that I can find which says it is from any version of the Ball Blue Book is the first one below, which does not sound like your description. The peach conserve recipe that I found to be closest to your description - with almonds and orange and ginger - is the second one below. However it does not mention the Ball Blue Book, and the orange is not thinly sliced as in your description.


Peach Conserve With Rum (Ball Blue Book 1989)

3 Tbsp slivered orange peel
2/3 cup chopped and seeded orange pulp (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup light rum
2 cups chopped, peeled and pitted peaches
3/4 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
3 tablespoons lime juice
6 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp mace

Combine orange peel and pulp with just enough water to cover in a small
saucepan. Cook until peel is tender; set aside. Put opened container of
rum into hot water and reserve. Combine orange mixture with peaches,
pineapple, cherries and lime juice in large pot. Add sugar and spices,
stirring until sugar dissolves. l Cook rapidly almost to the jelling
point. AS the mixture thickens stir frequently to prevent sticking. Remove
from heat, stir in hot rum. Ladle hot conserve into hot jars, leaving 1/4
inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, Adjust two piece caps, and process 15
minutes in boiling water bath. Yield: 2 pints
Peach  Conserve

6 c. sliced peaches
1 orange
5 c. sugar
1/2 c. almonds
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt

Combine peaches, pulp and grated rind of orange.  Boil 20 minutes.  Add sugar, 
cook until thick.  Add nuts, ginger and salt.  Pour boiling hot, into hot 
sterilized jars; seal at once.

Mamie Eisenhower Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Virginia 
Sent: Friday, August 13, 2010 7:26 AM
Subject: recipe request


I am searching for a lost Christmas cookie recipe, called Embassy Cookies. 
It became a favorite of my mother and our family, when Mother heard Mamie 
Eisenhour give the recipe to a TV Host. Mamie served these delicious chocolate 
cookies in the White House while she was First Lady.

The cookie ingredients include graham cracker crumbs, chocolate, and pecans. 
They were an instant hit with men anytime my mother served them.
I also remembered that the recipe includes sweetened condensed milk. I have 
searched Carnation and Nabisco. 
The cookies are delicious. I can't believe that the index card recipe is missing 
from my file.
I have never found a recipe for a similiar cookie.

Thanks for searching.


Hi Virginia,

Sorry, I cannot find a recipe called "embassy cookies", nor can I find a recipe like you describe that is connected with Mamie Eisenhower.


From what was listed, could the Eisenhower cookies be 7 layer cookies?
Seven Layer Cookies   
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups graham crackers
1 can Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup butterscotch chips
Melt butter in a cake pan. Sprinkle crumbs over butter and pour sweetened condensed 
milk over the crumbs. Top with remaining ingredients in the order given and press 
down firmly. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly brown at 350 degrees.
Hope this helps. . .

I sent this on to Virginia. She said:

Thank you, but the Embassy Cookies were drop cookies. 


Kim sent this one:

Hi Phaed,

Here is the link to Mamie Eisenhower’s cookies. There is no condensed milk in the 
recipe but they sure sound good

Mamie Eisenhower Marble Cookies

Love your site. Have a great day.
This one is a drop cookie, but it lacks the condensed milk and the graham cracker crumbs, and it has a different name. I did send it to Virginia, but I doubt this is what she wants.


Scott's last stab at the recipe. . .

Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies 

4 c. crushed graham crackers
1 can Eagle Brand milk
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1/2 c. nuts
Mix and drop by teaspoons on greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 
12 minutes. Makes 3 dozen cookies. 


I forwarded this one. The ingredients are right, but the name is wrong, and it gives no connection to Mamie Eisenhower.

Thank you, this sounds close. I believe that the chocolate chips were melted first. 
I will give this a try.


Skipper's Clam Chowder

----- Original Message ----- 
From: daphne 
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 8:42 PM
Subject: Skippers clam chowder

i have been searching for a recipee for restaurant skippers clam chowder. 
I know that it has pepper and potatoes and clams in it. But I do not know 
of any of the other ingrediants. It has been located in salt lake city utah 
at two different times in my life but it is currently not here right now. 
Thanks for your help.

Hi Daphne,

Sorry, no luck. Skipper's does not, of course, give out any recipes for their award-winning clam chowder, and no one appears to have created a copycat.

Skipper's has a website at: Skipper's
According to that site, Orem is currently the only Utah location with a Skipper's.

The only thing that I could find out about Skipper's clam chowder, other than that it's good, is that it is a New England style clam chowder.

There are New England style clam chowder recipes on my site at:

Clam Chowder


Update 2013: There is a "tastes-like" recipe here:

Brass Rail Coleslaw

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Linda 
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2010 11:44 AM
Subject: Brass Rail Restaurant cole Slaw recipe Knoxville LTN

The Brass Rail Restaurant on Gay Street in Knoxville Tennessee (which has been torn down) 
used to served Fried Flounder with an oil and vinegar based coleslaw that was delicious. 
I have been searching for this recipe unsuccessfully.  Hope you can find it.

Thank You


Hi Linda,

Sorry, I had no success in finding a coleslaw recipe from The Brass Rail in Knoxville. Since other oil & vinegar coleslaw recipes are fairly common on the Internet, I'm going to assume that you don't want just any oil & vinegar coleslaw recipe.


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