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Sweet Pepper Relish

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Marvin 
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2011 11:19 AM
Subject: Sweet Pepper Relish

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

Looking for Sweet Pepper Relish recipe that has red peppers no other vegetables.  

Thank You

Hello Marvin,

See below for several.


Red Sweet Pepper Relish

15 red sweet peppers
2 1/2 c. white vinegar
3 3/4 c. sugar

Grind peppers in meat grinder and drain.  Cook and stir until thick (about 2 hours). 
Can in 1/2 pint jars.  Good on meat. 
Sweet Pepper Relish

1 dozen large sweet red peppers
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. sugar
1 pt. vinegar

Put peppers through meat grinder, add salt.  Let stand 3 hours.  Rinse peppers by 
putting in a sieve and running water through to get rid of red juice. Add sugar and 
vinegar. Cook until thick. Watch closely to keep from sticking. Put in airtight jars. 
Sweet Pepper Relish

12 red peppers
1 1/2 c. vinegar
5 c. white sugar
1 (6 oz.) bottle liquid Certo

Put peppers through grinder or food chopper.  Drain well.  Put chopped peppers in 
Dutch oven and add vinegar and sugar.  Mix well.  Bring to rolling boil and boil 
hard for one minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and add Certo. 
Boil 5 to 10 minutes.  Pour into hot sterilized jars.  Seal with paraffin wax. 
Chill.  Good spread on cream cheese and crackers.   Makes 5 medium sized jars
Sweet  Pepper Relish

12 lg. green peppers
3 c. white sugar 
1/2 c. dry mustard, powdered 
3 tsp. salt 
1 1/2 pt. vinegar 
1/2 c. flour 

Take seeds from peppers and grind.  Using 1/2 of the vinegar, pour over ground peppers 
and cook for 10 minutes.  Mix flour, sugar, mustard, salt and remainder of vinegar. 
Add this mixture to peppers.  Now you are ready to can. 

Three Soups for Christmas Eve

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lois " 
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 2:50 PM
Subject: three soups for christmas eve

>my aunt used to make them,the soups,for christmas eve and all i know  is 
>that they were mushroom with the dried kind, barley and lima bean  was 
>another and for the life of me i can't remember the last kind.  all i know 
>is that they were meatless and we used to enjoy them with  perogi 
>afterwards on that one special day and now i haven't gotten  the recipe 
>for none of them. (except the perogi's)
>thanks for listening. hope you can help. oh and we are polish if that 

Hello Lois,

It appears that quite a few families have the tradition of serving three soups on Christmas Eve, but there are a wide variety of soups used for this.

I found a site about Polish Christmas Eve Supper , or "Wieczerza Wigilijna" here:
Polish Christmas Eve

The three soups used, with recipes, are:
Christmas Eve Barszcz (barszcz wigilijny) (borscht)
Almond Soup (zupa migdalowa)
Dried Mushroom Soup (zupa grzybowa czysta)

For more on Polish Christmas Eve foods, see here:


Chico's Tacos

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Christine 
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2011 8:12 AM
Subject: Chicos Tacos

There is a restaurant called Chico's Tacos in El Paso TX where my husband and 
his family is from. They LOVED this place but I have never been and we all live 
in SC now, so it is likely we will never return there. I would love to know how 
to make a dish from there so that I could surprise my husband for his birthday 
10/21/11. He LOVEs Tacos, and enchiladas and really anything at a Mexican restaurant. 
Thank you in advance for any help you could provide. I LOVE your website and recipes. 



Hi Chrisie,

The actual recipes from Chico's are not available, but I did find some copycats for the tacos, for the taco sauce and for the "green sauce": Green Sauce





Chico's Taco Sauce

1/4 5oz can peeled tomatoes
1/2 can of water from tomatoes
1 medium fresh jalapeno
1 medium clove garlic
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of oregano

blend all together in blender
add more water if you want it thinner
cook high simmer for 20 minutes!

Shrimp Portofino

Shrimp Portofino like Macaroni Grill

Serves/Makes: 4

16 medium mushrooms
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/2 cup butter, melted
16 large shrimp, cleaned
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed, peeled, minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
4 slices lemon
2 tablespoons parsley

Saute mushrooms and garlic in butter until almost tender. Add shrimp and saute 
until shrimp is cooked, about 3 minutes (do not overcook!). Add remaining ingredients 
except lemon and parsley and heat through.

Serve over pasta or rice. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley. 

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