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Carne a la Mexicana

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Jeanne 
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:10 PM
Subject: Carne A La Mexicana


I'm looking for a recipe for Carne A La Mexicana.  I get it at Pepe's Mexican Restaurant. 
Pepe's is a chain of Mexican restaurants in the Chicagoland area.  The menu lists it as:

"Sauteed and diced beef skirt steak seasoned with garlic, tomatoes, onions, and peppers 
(they're bell).  Hot or Mild".  What I'm confused about is what type of sauce, salsa, 
gravy, base, or whatever you want to call it, is it cooked in?   I asked them and they 
said that they just use their salsa.  Their salsa tastes like warm tomato soup.  This 
dish has a robust/bolder base.  It's not a watery consistency, but it's definitely a 
little saucy.  It says tomatoes in the menu, but they aren't visible.  I get it "Hot" 
and they use sliced jalapenos.  I've tried it at other restaurants and although it was 
tasty, it was dry.  Tasted like steak fajitas, bell pepper & onion chopped up in little 

I crave this stuff (can't be pregnant, I'm 60 years old!) but it's getting expensive 
3 days a week!


Hi Jeanne,

Pepe's Carne A La Mexicana recipe just doesn't seem to be available. I cannot find it. Someone else posted a request for it on this forum back in March, but has had no success:
Recipe Secrets

That's a good sign that it's not available.

There are recipes called "Carne a la Mexicana", "Carne Asada a la Mexicana", "Steak a la Mexicana", "Beef a la Mexicana", "Bistec a la Mexicana", etc. Some use skirt steak, but some use flat iron steak, and some use other cuts. You are probably not going to find an exact duplicate for Pepe's Mexicana Salsa without knowing more about it. Mexicana sauce typically uses tomatoes, garlic, onions, and peppers, but the exact preparation varies.

There is a similar recipe called "Sauteed Steak a la Mexicana", using flat iron steak, in this cookbook: "Simply Mexican" by Lourdes Castro. You can probably find a copy at Amazon.

There are recipes on these sites that may or may not be similar:

with sirloin and several different peppers

Beef a la Mexicana - with peanuts?


Butter Crumbtious Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Diane 
Sent: Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:28 AM
Subject: Butter Crumbcious (Crumbtious) Cake

Hi , I remember my mother used to make this simple  but delicious cake in the sixties 
and early seventies but she can't find her recipe, I think it may have been published 
in a newspaper back then. It was a simple yellow cake with a buttery, crumbly topping. 
It had flour, butter, sugar, eggs, baking powder and baking soda (I think) and I don't 
know what else.  Thanks for your help!!! Diane ;)

Hi Diane,

Sorry, I can't find a recipe with either of those unique names. See below for some recipes that may be similar.


Butter Scrumptious Cake

Cut 1/4 cup butter or margarine into 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup firmly packed 
brown sugar to make crumb mixture. 
Sift together: (2 cups flour), 2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 
1/2 tsp. salt. 
Cream 1/2 cup butter or margarine with 1 cup (8 ounce package) cream cheese. 
Gradually add 1 1/4 cups sugar; cream well.  Blend in 2 unbeaten eggs and 
1 teaspoon vanilla; beat well. Add 1/2 cup milk, alternately with dry 
ingredients beginning and ending with dry; blend well after each addition. 
Turn into 13"x9"x2" pan, greased and floured. (Bake 350 degree oven for 30 to 
40 minutes.) 
Sprinkle with crumb mixture and add 1/2 cup chopped nuts if desired.
Butter Crumb Cake

1 Pillsbury yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1 stick of real butter
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 lb. powdered sugar

Mix yellow cake mix with 2 eggs; add 1 stick of real butter, melted. 
Spread on large cookie sheet.

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
1 lb. powdered sugar

Mix with hands.  Add:2 eggs

Pour over cake and bake for 20-25 minutes at 325 degrees. 
Butter Crumb Cake

1/2 c. butter 
8 oz. cream cheese
1 1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar

Cream 1/2 cup butter, cream cheese and sugar; set aside.  Blend eggs, 
vanilla and milk; set aside.  Blend 2 cups flour, baking soda and baking 
powder; add alternately with egg-milk to butter-cheese mixture.  Pour into 
prepared 13x9 inch pan.  Combine 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup flour and brown 
sugar to make crumbs; sprinkle on top of batter. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  
Subject: Butter crumbtious cake
From: Diane 
Date: 4/27/2020, 1:58 PM

Hi quite a while ago I was searching for my momís recipe for this cake. 
You found a butter crumb cake and now 10 years later I found a copy of 
her recipe. I spelled it wrong as crumbtious instead of crumshus! My bad! 
Thanks for all you do I will send a photo of her recipe on another email. 
Stay safe and thanks again! 

Butter Crumshus Cake

Cut 1/4 cup butter or margarine into half cup flour and half cup brown sugar 
to make crumbs.
2 cups sifted flour 
2 tsp. baking powder 
1/2 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt 
Cream 1/2 cup butter with 1 cup cream cheese - 8 ounces. 
Gradually add 1 1/4 cups sugar; cream well. Beat in 2 unbeaten eggs and 
1 tsp vanilla; beat well. Add 1/2 cup milk, alternate with dry ingredients. 
Turn into 13"x9"x2" pan, greased in bottom. 
Sprinkle with crumb mixture and add 1/2 cup chopped nuts if desired. 
Bake 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes. 

Banana Dream Boats

----- Original Message ----- 
From: barbara 
Sent: Sunday, September 19, 2010 8:25 PM
Subject: banana dream boats


I am looking for a recipe to make the "Banana dream boats" of the 70's 
At one time it was made by a bakery called Mickey. They were bakery items 
sold in a two pack like twinkies or hostess. Any help would be appreciated. 
It was a spice cake like bottom with a banan cream top.

Hi Barbara,

This search is complicated by that fact that there is an old camping recipe with the same name that's made by wrapping a banana with marshmallows and chocolate in aluminum foil and baking it in a campfire. You'd have to sort out one from the other by checking each one.

However, there's an entire page devoted to nostalgia about the commercial product "banana dream boats" here:
In the

If all those folks haven't been able to find a recipe for making them at home, then there probably isn't a recipe available.


Lost Military Field Recipes

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Rusty 
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 5:18 PM
Subject: HI Iam new to this but have a question about a recipes

Hi my name is  Rusty 
I have been searching for  long lost recipes,,of our  military,,
recipes  from battle ships  they used in the kitchens,,,
I am searching for  battle field  recipes,,,what the men cooked  on the battle field,,
recipes  served on ships  like beef stew for 500  military,,
things  like  Battlefield  cake,,,,do you know of any web  sight  I can go to or have 
any recipes  at all on  long lost  military  Recipes,,,thanks for any help 

Hello Rusty,

I don't know of such a site. There is a book on the subject available here:
Culinary Campaign: A History of Military Cuisine with Stories, Songs, and Recipes

Other books and war memoirs might be helpful. Check the used books sites like Amazon.

This site has some info on rations:
History of Military Rations

Your best bet may be veteran's organizations' message boards. You'll probably have more luck by breaking this down by service branch and era - WWI military recipes, WWII military recipes, Korean War military recipes, Vietnam War military recipes, etc.

A site like this might also be helpful. They have a forum.
US Military.About.Com

Margaret sent this link to a site that has some field ration recipes: Ration Cookbooks

Rival Quesadilla Maker Manual

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Liz 
To: Phaedrus 
Sent: Sunday, September 19, 2010 4:52 PM
Subject: looking for instructions

Would you be able to help me find an instruction manual?  It's for the Rival 
Quesadilla Maker qm100 thanks in advance.  I bought one at a thrift shop and 
you guessed - no instructions.


Hi Liz,

Dozens of people are looking for this owner's manual on the Internet and no one is finding it. Sorry. All I can do is post the request on my site and hope that someone has the manual and a scanner.


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