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Land of the Silver Birch

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Leah 
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 2:46 AM
Subject: A quest for a song

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

First I must tell you what a wonderful service and website you have created. 
Many kudos and much thanks. I have a request for you if you are able. There 
was a song we sang in school when I was a child, in the 70s sometime, that I 
would love to share with my children I would be ever so grateful if you could 
help me locate the title and lyrics to this song. I remember parts of the verses, 
it goes as follows:

"High on a rocky ledge I build my wigwam

Close by the waters edge.....

Blue lakes and rocky shores I will return once more

Where still the mighty moose wanders at will

Blue lakes and rocky shores I will return once more

Those are the only bits I remember, could you please help?? Thank you!!

Yours truly,

BC, Canada

Hello Leah,

The song is "Land of the Silver Birch", and it is a traditional Canadian folk song. It's often sung around campfires.
The different versions of the lyrics are here:
Land of the Silver Birch


Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

You are amazing!!! Thank you so very much! I never expected such a prompt reply. 
To be honest I never thought you would be able to find it, I had searched high and 
low and all to no avail. You are absolutely amazing! Keep up the fantastic work you 
do! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!!

Yours truly,


Cheeseburger Soup

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Linda 
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 2:20 PM
Subject: Cheeseburger soup

Dear Sir,  

I am looking for a recipe for cheeseburger soup that has chopped tomatoes and lettuce 
in it. I ate this soup at a resturant in both New York state and Orlando Fl. Neither 
place will give out the recipe I've found lots of recipes for Cheeseburger Soup, but 
none have the tomatoes and lettuce in it. The lettuce is whats throwing me off. What 
do they do to the lettuce to keep it from turning to mush.

Thank You

Linda in Pa.

Hi Linda,

There are recipes here:



The key is to keep the lettuce and tomatoes crisp and don't add them until just before serving.


Hershey's Can Fudge Recipe

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "stephanie " 
To: "Phaedrus" 
Sent: Saturday, September 11, 2010 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: the hershey chocolate tin recipe

> The Hershey's fudge recipe (with cream of tartar) that i sent you before
> was just one i found on the internet that someone else  claimed to 
> have been the one they had sought from the same time.  Any  of the recipes 
> that they gave you that may have been the one on the  can in the 50's 
> would be sooo appreciated. 
> Sincerely
> Stephanie

Hi Stephanie,

According to the copies that I have of the Hershey's Cocoa can labels, the fudge recipe below was on the can from 1947 until 1974. Even then, the only change in the ingredients that was made in 1974 (until at least 1992) was that the butter amount was changed from "4 1/2 tbsp. butter" to "1/4 cup butter".


Hershey's Cocoa Fudge

2/3 c. Hershey's cocoa
3 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. milk
4 1/2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla

(1) Combine cocoa with sugar and salt. (2) Add milk; bring to a boil, 
stirring frequently. (3) Cook until a small amount of mixture forms a soft 
ball when dropped in cold water. (4) Remove from heat; drop in butter.  Cool 
to lukewarm; add vanilla and beat until mixture thickens. (5) Pour into 
buttered pan and cut in squares.


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