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Cayenne Pepper Candy

----- Original Message -----
From: Jennifer
To: phaed
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2002 3:42 PM
Subject: cayenne pepper candy recipe

> Hi! I have just found your web page and was wondering if you might 
> be able to help me.  I am looking for a recipe for ceyenne pepper 
> candy.  It is a hard candy that is suppose to be good to help 
> prevent mouth sores(or help ease them) during chemo treatments.  
> My dad is starting his treatments today and we were told if my mom 
> could get the recipe to make him some. But I am unable to find it 
> so far.  Please, if you can help I would greatly appreciate it.
> Thank you!
> Jennifer

Hi Jennifer,

I think I found it for you. See below.


"Capsaicin the substance that makes chile peppers hot, has been found to
reduce pain in arthritis patients when topically applied repeatedly over
several is weeks.  Researchers have found that it reduces substance P which
is found at nerve endings and is involved in transmitting pain signals to
the brain".

"Using this principle, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine
have devised a candy, composed of hot chili peppers and taffy, to ease mouth
pain in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Often chemo causes painful
mouth sores that are difficult to treat.  The sugar in the candy inhibits
the burn of the capsacin in the mouth while the capsaicin provides pain

The following recipe was adapted from the Joy of Cooking Cookbook.

Hot Pepper Candy Recipe:

       1 cup sugar
       3/4 cup light corn syrup
       2/3 cup water
       1 tbs cornstarch
       2 tbs butter or marg
       1 tbs salt
       2 tsp vanilla
       1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
       8x8x2 buttered pan

In 2 qt saucepan, add sugar, corn syrup, water, cornstarch, 
butter and salt.

Over medium heat, stirring constantly till hard ball stage (256F). 
Remove the pan from heat. stir in vanilla and pepper

Pour candy into buttered pan to cool.  Don't scrape the sides of 
the saucepan or your candy might crystallize.

When the candy is cool enough to handle, butter your hands (important 
unless you like having toffee stuck to you) and pull until satiny and 
stiff.  Pull into long strips, cut into 1"pieces, and wrap with wax 

Tuna Balls

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bonnie 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 11:10 AM
  Subject: tuna balls

  Hi I have a daughter in law who remembers eating tuna balls and ritz 
  crackers at her uncles house during the holidays do you know of any 
  such thing and if so whats in it ?   Bonnie 

Hi Bonnie,

Tuna Balls are one of those appetizer recipes that comes in several varieties. There are a couple of recipes below.


  Tuna Balls

  6 1/2-ounce can tuna, drained
  1 egg
  1/2 cup bread crumbs
  3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  2 tablespoons chopped onion
  2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  2 tablespoons chopped almonds
  1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  1/2 cup crushed corn flakes
  2 tablespoons melted butter

  Combine tuna, egg, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, onion, parsley, almonds,
  mustard and poultry seasoning. Mix well. Shape into 40 balls; roll
  in corn flakes.  Dip in melted butter. Bake at 450: for 10 minutes.
  Serve on cocktail picks.
  Tuna Balls 
  16 cals/appetizer 

  fun to eat with fancy cocktail picks 

  1 (7-ounce) can water packed tuna, drained and flaked 
  1 (3-ounce) package Neufchatel cheese 
  2 tbsp finely chopped celery 
  2 tsp lemon juice 
  1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
  1/4 tsp salt 
  1/3 cup finely snipped parsley 

  Blend tuna and cheese. Add celery , lemon juice, W sauce and salt; 
  mix well. Allowing 2 tsp for each, form mixture into small balls. 
  Roll in parsley. Chill well. Serve with cocktail picks Makes about 

Festive Cake

----- Original Message -----
From: Tambrlyn
To: phaedrus
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2002 12:56 AM
Subject: looking for bundt cake recipe

> I hope you can help me find a recipe the recipe calls for bananas, 
> crushed pineapple, coconut, flour, sugar, chocolate chips, and 
> spice(I can't remember what kind or how many). It was decorated 
> with some white icing and monkeys that were made with addition 
> chocolate chips(flat design I have the stencil for the monkeys
> still). It was in a magazine in the last 3 years, I want to say it 
> was in Family Circle 2001. My kids loved it. The cake was made in 
> a bundt pan. I have tried to find a copy but have been unsuccessful. 
> Thank you for any help you can give.
> Tambrlyn

Hello Tambrlyn,

The below cake doesn't call for a bundt pan, although it does say "tube pan", nor does it mention monkeys. However, it does have all the ingredients. If that's not it, I'll have to have the name of the cake in order to have a hope of finding it.


Festive  Cake

 Ingredients :
 3 c. flour
 2 c. sugar
 1 tsp. baking soda
 1 tsp. salt
 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
 1 c. chopped nuts
 3 eggs, beaten
 1 1/2 c. oil
 1/2 tsp. almond extract
 1 tsp. vanilla
 2 c. chopped firm bananas
 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, undrained
 1 c. coconut
Cream Cheese Frosting:
cream together :
 8 ounce package cream cheese
 1/2 cup butter
 1 lb. powdered sugar
 1 tbsp. instant chocolate
 1 tsp. vanilla

 Preparation :
   Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Stir in nuts.
 Combine oil, eggs, almond extract, vanilla, bananas, undrained
 pineapple and coconut. Add to dry ingredients.  Mix thoroughly, but
 do not beat.  Spoon into well oiled tube pan.  Bake at 325 degrees
 for 1 hour and 20 minutes.  Soften an 8 ounce package cream cheese
 and 1/2 cup butter.  Whip together with other frosting ingredients
 until fluffy and frost cake.

Applesauce Pie

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dolly" 
To:  Dear Phaedrus,
>    Can you please help me? I had a recipe for an Applesauce Pie about 20
> years that I cannot find. It had a graham cracker crust. I found one that
> I think might be it, but all it has is the ingredients, and I don't know
> which ingredients go in the crust and which go with the applesauce. If
> you could help, I would be appreciative. Thank you. Sincerely, Dolly 
> p.s. since you are the psychic recipe detective, my husband wants to know
> if you could tell me where I put the recipe! He's so funny.

Hi Dolly,

I knew he was gonna say that...

Below is a recipe for an applesauce pie and a graham cracker crust, separately. Maybe that will help.


Applesauce Pie


3 cups tart applesauce
1 Graham Cracker Crust (see below)
1 cup whipping cream
Sugar and cinnamon

Turn applesauce, sweetened to taste, into the crust.

Whip cream, add sugar and cinnamon to taste, and pile lightly over 
top of pie, or pipe around the edge.

Serves 5
Graham Cracker Crust


22 graham crackers
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons cream

Roll crackers out to fine crumbs. Cut in butter with 2 knives 
or with a pastry blender; add cream, stirring to mix well.

Spread mixture in pie tin and pat into an even layer covering 
bottom and sides. Bake 5 minutes in a hot oven (425 degrees).

Makes 1 (8-inch) crust

Cherry Cobbler

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mae  Belle"
To: phaedrus
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2002 5:17 PM
Subject: Cherry Cobbler

> Dear Uncle Phaedrus
> Back in the late 1950's and early 1960's, my sister made a cherry
> cobbler that used tart pie cherries and the dough was not the usual "pie
> crust" dough--it was all through the filling. I don't remember how she
> made it, but I doubt she used cake mix......please help.
> Thanks.
> Mae Belle

Hi Mae Belle,

There's just not enough information there for me to locate a particular recipe. Below are a couple of ideas, though.


 Makes - Its - Own - Crust  Cherry  Cobbler

 Ingredients :
 2 c. sugar, divided
 1 egg, beaten
 1/2 c. milk
 3/4 c. self-rising flour
 1 tbsp. melted butter
 1 (16 oz.) can tart red pitted cherries, undrained

 Preparation :
   Combine 1/2 cup sugar, egg, milk, flour and butter; beat well.
 Pour into a greased 1 1/2 quart, deep baking dish.  Combine
 remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and cherries in a saucepan; bring to a
 boil, and pour over batter.  Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes
 or until top is brown and crusty.  Yield:  6 servings.
 Cherry  Cobbler

 Ingredients :
 2 c. sugar
 2 tbsp. melted butter
 1/2 tsp. salt
 1 c. sweet milk
 1 tsp. vanilla extract
 2 c. Gold Medal all purpose flour
 4 tsp. baking powder
 2 c. pitted tart cherries
 1 1/2 c. boiling water

 Preparation :
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a mixing bowl, cream together 1
 cup sugar, butter, salt, milk and vanilla.  Sift together flour and
 baking powder.  Add to creamed mixture and mix thoroughly.  Spread
 in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Scatter cherries over batter.  Sprinkle
 remaining cup of sugar over cherries.  Pour boiling water over
 ingredients in pan.  Bake 25 to 35 minutes.  Serve warm and top with
 vanilla ice cream.  Serves 8.


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