Sent: Friday, August 23, 2013 6:07 PM
Subject: Fiadone request
Hey Uncle Phaedrus-
My family are originally from Alto-Adige (Bolzano), Northern Italy. I remember when I was there they had a sort of appetizer called Fiadone
which resembled a Turnover or Calzone. It had a lot of melted cheese inside and the pastry was very flaky. I've tried to get recipes off the
net but all I could find were Fiadone that were sweet, and that's not what I want.
Could you find this for me? thanks.
Well, this was not an easy request. Searching for both “fiadone” and “fiadoni”, I found that, as you say, there are two or more types:
one that is sweet - made with ricotta cheese, sugar, sometimes with honey or fruit, and a savory one - usually made with pecorino and/or
scamorza cheeses. The dish may be called an “Easter cake” or an “Easter pie”. It is sometimes made as one larger pie, but is usually made
as smaller filled pastries.
I could not find a savory version from the Alto Adige – Bolzano – Trentino (Trentini) area. I did, however, find savory versions from Molise and Abruzzo.
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Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 1:05 PM
Subject: El Fenix Chili
I have tried to find a recipe for the chili that is served at the El Fenix Restaurants in the Dallas, Texas area. Can you help me out?
Checking El Fenix’ menu, I don’t see just “chili” listed, nor do I find any mention elsewhere of just “El Fenix chili”. Their menu can be found here:
El Fenix Menu
El Fenix Menu
According to their menu, they do serve a “chili con queso” dip and they serve a chili con carne sauce over their enchiladas.
I had no success looking for a recipe for their chili con queso, but I did find a copycat recipe for their chili sauce or
gravy that is served over their enchiladas. The actual El Fenix recipe does not appear to be available. The problem with the
copycat recipes is that “chili con carne” means “chili with meat”, and these recipes do not contain any meat. Since the sites
say that these recipes taste like the El Fenix chili, perhaps if you add some ground beef to these recipes, they will be spot on.
See the below sites:
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Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:40 PM
Subject: French Dip
I had a slow cooker recipe for "Better than French Dip" that called for beef, water, soy sauce, rosemary, garlic and another herb.
I cannot find this recipe and really love it. Could you please help me? Thank you
I cannot find any recipe at all with the name “better than French dip” or “better than a French dip.” Absolutely the only things
that I can find are a couple of recipes that someone says in the comments are “better than French Dip”. For instance: In this review
someone says this recipe is ”better than a French dip”: Recipe Review
The recipe itself is here: Food.com
There is an Italian beef sandwich here that, in the comments section, someone says is ”better than a French dip”: Maryland.247Sports.com
Those are all than I can find that say anything like that. As for the ingredients that you give, there are several French Dip sandwich
or “beef dip sandwich” recipes with those ingredients such as this one: Joelens Blogspot
But none of them says anything like “Better than French dip.”
Hi Uncle Phaedrus.
I've found many great recipes on your site over the years, but this is the firs time I've been able to help you.
I wonder if the recipe your correspondent is seeking isn't this crock pot French Dip recipe on Food.com
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 11:31 AM
Subject: Lost Hunter style chicken stew recipe
In the 80's, I had a recipe for Hunter's Chicken Stew that had chicken (of course), onions, mushrooms, butter and blackberry jam.
The recipe had originally been obtained through a magazine published by the Bluegrass RECC (an electric co-op). I lost my copy
and while I can find literally hundreds of recipes for Hunter's Stew, none have all of these ingredients or are comparable.
Hope you have better luck.
Sorry, the blackberry jam is a deal-breaker. I cannot find any chicken stew recipe, hunter style or otherwise, that calls for blackberries in any form.
I’ll post this on the site in case a reader can help.