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Prickly Pear Jelly

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sandy" 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 11:03 PM
Subject: Prickley Pear Jelly

I lost a recipe for Prickly Pear Jelly.....the one I had starts with Prickly
Pear juice rather than with starting with fruits and making the juice  I
need this, asap, as I need to make 70 jars prior to Sept. 9th.  Thanks.

May you have a blessed day,


Hello Sandy,

See below for several.


Prickly  Pear  Jelly

 Ingredients :
 1 c. pear juice
 1 c. sugar
 1/3 c. lemon juice
 1/2 bottle Certo

 Preparation :
   Combine juice and sugar.  Place over high heat and bring to a full
 boil, stirring constantly.  Add Certo, boil for 1 minute.  Pour in
 sterilized jars or glasses and seal
 Prickly  Pear  Jelly

 Ingredients :
 1 (12 oz.) can apple juice concentrate
 2 (12 oz.) cans of water
 1 (32 oz.) prickley pear juice
 1 (7 1/2 oz.) bottle pure lemon juice
 1 sm. pkt. of Sure Jell
 5 lbs. cane or beet sugar

 Preparation :
   Use a large kettle or steamer.  Bring to a boil and let sit for 30
 minutes over medium heat.  A pinkish-green froth will form around
 the sides and this must be skimmed off.  C learing froth will result
 in sparkling clear jelly.  Add small packet of Sure Jell and let
 dissolve.  Stir occasionally.  Add 5 lbs. of cane or beet sugar.
 Bring to a rolling boil for at least 3 minutes.  Watch constantly so
 that the liquid doesn't boil over.  Have 7 pint jars and lids
 sterilized and ready.  Skim again and scoop the hot liquid into the
 waiting jars.  Cover and invert while cooling.
  Prickly  Pear  Cactus  Jelly

 Ingredients :
 3 c. juice
 1/2 c. lemon juice
 1 pkg. pectin or Sure Jell

 Preparation :
    Beautiful garnet color - with a distinct, delicious taste.
  Strain juice through cheesecloth.  Combine ingredients in a 5
 quart pan:  Bring to a boil - add 4 1/2 cup sugar - bring to a boil
 again and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat,
 skim the froth off for nice clear jelly.  Pour into jelly glasses
 and seal with melted paraffin.  Should set in a couple of days - if
 not may need to be reboiled.
 Prickly  Pear  Jelly

 Ingredients :
  3 1/2 c. juice
 1 pkg. jell pectin
 6 c. sugar
 1-2 tbsp. lemon juice

 Preparation :
 Strain in cloth bag.  Add lemon juice.  Skim off foam.  Pour juice in
 sterilized jars.  Cover with wax.  Juice can be frozen and used

School Cafeteria Recipes

From: "Jo Ann"
To: phaedrus
Subject: School recipes
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2004 11:05 PM

Chicago Public School Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes 9 dozen cookies

1 1/4 pound (5 sticks) butter, softened
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups brown sugar, packed
1 pound peanut butter
3 eggs
5 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy, 
about 3 minutes. Add both sugars and mix until no granules remain, about 5 
minutes. Add peanut butter and mix until combined. Add eggs; continue to 
beat on high speed for 1 minute.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add flour 
mixture to butter mixture; stir until well-blended.

Drop dough by heaping tablespoonsful onto greased baking sheets. Flatten 
dough with palm of hand to form 3-inch circles that are 1/4 inch thick.

Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.

Nutrition facts per cookie: 105 calories, 7 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 17 mg 
cholesterol, 10 g carbohydrates, 2 g protein, 25 mg sodium, 0 g fiber
Chicago Public School Cafeteria Butter Cookies


2 sticks softened butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups & 2 Tablespoons all Purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla


Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy; add
vanilla. Mix in flour in small increments. Roll dough into balls;
Press out on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until golden brown.
Makes about 1-1/2 dozen.

More School Cafeteria Recipes

Smoked Paprika

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pat" 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 3:18 PM
Subject: hard to find

> Do you have any sources for smoked paprika?
> Thanks.
> Pat

Hi Pat,

Try these sites:


The Cuban Food Guy

Oakville Grocery

Chef Shop


Flora's Fudge

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jo Ann"
To: phaedrus
Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2004 10:25 PM
Subject: Flora's Fudge-PS

> One unusual item in this recipe: After the fudge was cooked (saucepan but
> very simple), the recipe called for beating a egg into the fudge, then
> pouring into a pan and refrigerating....
> Dear Uncle Phaedrus:
> The greatest fudge I've ever had - and I really like the stuff - is made
> from the recipe that appeared on the back inside cover of the old Disney
> Comic Book about Sleeping Beauty....she had three Fairy Godmothers (Flora,
> Fauna and Merryweather) and the comic book inside cover had recipes from
> these three of them was "FLora's Fudge"  I had it and loved
> it, but I've lost it in a move.....I've searched the internet and written
> to Disney without any success....can you help?  I'd be most grateful for
> your help.
> Jo Ann 

Hello Jo Ann,

The recipe is here:
Flora's Fudge

That Dell comic - "Sleeping Beauty's Fairy Godmothers" is a collector's item, and it's for sale at several of the comics collector's websites for around $10.00 to $20.00. See:

Nostalgia Zone


T Comics


Cheese Fudge

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Patricia
To: phaedrus
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 9:26 AM
Subject: chocolate fudge

> Around 1967 I went to school in a small rural community in eastern
> kentucky (grapevine elementary school).  The cook's at that school 
> made a fudge no bake candy that I remember having cocoa, sugar and 
> american cheese as part of the ingredients.  Could you find that recipe? 
> Thanks, Patricia

Hi Patricia,

See below.


Uncooked  Fudge

 Ingredients :
 1/2 lb. American cheese
 1/2 lb. butter
 2 lb. powdered sugar
 1/2 c. cocoa

 Preparation :
   Melt together in double boiler or heavy pan.  Mix together in
 large bowl.  Add melted cheese and butter to sugar and cocoa
 mixture.  Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup chopped nuts and put into
 9 x 13 inch pan.  Refrigerate.
 Easy  Cheesy  Fudge

 Ingredients :
 1 lb. cheese (American or Velveeta)
 1 lb. margarine
 4 lbs. powdered sugar
 1 c. cocoa

 Preparation :
   Melt together cheese and margarine.  Sift together powdered sugar
 and cocoa.  Mix cheese and margarine with sugar.  Add vanilla if you
 like.  This makes a very big batch of candy.


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