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Empire Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Sylvia 
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 6:01 PM
Subject: recipe


I was hoping that you could help me.
I am looking for a recipe for empire cookies. It is originally a Scotch or an English desert.
It is two cookies joined together with a jam filling and iced with a solid vanilla icing 
with a piece of a cherry on the top

Thank you very much


Ontario, Canada

Hello Sylvia,

See these sites for empire cookies recipes:

Canadian Baker

Empire Cookies

Empire Biscuits


Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Kim 
To: '' 
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 6:57 AM
Subject: New York Levain Bakery

New York Levain Bakery
Chocolate Chip Cookies..

don't know how they taste but the won the best every cookie contest on
and the photo looks fantastic ..


Hi Kim,

Levain does not publish their recipes, but there are several copycats around. See:

Judy's Kitchen


Tricia's Kitchen

Vanilla Kitchen

Cheeky Kitchen


Souplantation's Tuna Tarragon Pasta Salad

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Constance 
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 5:37 PM
Subject: Souplantation Tuna Tarragon Cold Pasta Salad

Dear Sir:

I've been eating at a restaurant, "Souplantation" for many years and have always 
loved their Tuna Tarragon Pasta salad which is served cold.  I've tried to obtain
the recipe for this dish from employees (past and present) from this restaurant, 
but they are very loyal to their employer and will not provide the exact recipe 
to me.  I know for sure that the dish contains mayo, shell pasta, tarragon (I don't 
know if fresh or dried) and I think maybe vinegar.  Is it possible for you to obtain 
this restaurant's exact recipe?  Thank you.


Hello Constance,

See below. This recipe was in the San Diego Union Tribune and was attributed to Souplantation.


Tuna Tarragon Salad 

Makes about 12 cups

1 tablespoon salt
5 cups small shell pasta
1 1/4 cups penne pasta
1 cup (3-inch pieces) spinach fettuccine pasta
2 tablespoons canola oil


2 (6-ounce) cans tuna packed in water
2 cups sweet pickle juice
1 3/4 cups mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups diced sweet pickle
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tablespoons dried tarragon leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper

For the pasta: In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon salt to a full boil. 
Add pastas and cook for about 10 minutes until al dente. Immediately strain pasta and 
cool by running cold water over pasta in strainer. Drain pasta completely and place in 
a bowl. Coat pasta with canola oil to prevent sticking.

For the dressing: Place tuna in a large bowl and break down into small pieces. Add the 
remaining dressing ingredients and thoroughly whisk to combine.

Combine the dressing and cooked pasta and mix thoroughly. Allow salad to marinate 
for 8 hours. Season to taste with salt, pepper or more sweet pickle juice.

From Souplantation in: Sign On San Diego

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: margaret 
To: Phaedrus 
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 5:06 PM
Subject: unknown grain

Hi Phaed,
There was a grain that was raised in East Texas in the '50's that was called "Hi Gear". 
I'm sure it was something like Hygeia, but I can't find a grain by that name, so apparently 
that's not the correct spelling.
We used to pop it and it made miniature "popcorn."
Do you know what it was?  

Hi Margaret,

Seems to be a type of sorghum called "hegari". See these quotes that I found:

"We lived at Camp Springs, Scurry County, Texas..."
"We had made a little cotton and some feed in 1933, but 1934 brought almost no rain. We made no cotton and hardly any feed. The feed was Hegari, a grain sorghum which grew to a height of about five feet with a head of grain on top. We called it Hi-gear, don't ask me why."

These quotes are from here:



This site tells how to "pop" sorgum grain in a hot air corn popper:

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