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Macheesemo Mouse Boss Sauce

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Vicki 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 2:10 PM
  Subject: Seeking recipe for Macheezmo Mouse Boss Sauce . . .

  Hi! I live in the Portland, Oregon area. We had a chain of healthy mexican restaurants 
here for some time, until the founder, Tiger Warren, was killed in a plane crash in the 
river with his two young sons. A tragedy for his family, to be sure, and the eventual 
demise of the restaurant (since resurrected by someone else, but not at all the same), 
has been sad for all of us who enjoyed this, fast food to be sure, wonderful lunch spot.

  They had two sauces which I crave, but for today, I'll only ask for one:

  Boss Sauce - this was a sort of barbecue sauce. It may have had a tomato base, but definitely
had an orange flavor, with overtones of Worcestershire. It was very much like Pickapeppa sauce,
but that sauce is sold as a condiment, and would be typically used in very small servings. It
is much too expensive to use by the ladleful, which is how most of us used Boss Sauce. The folks
at Macheezmo Mouse would fill a pint jar or soup cup with it, and we could take it home to ladle
onto our own rice and beans. 

  I've posted several requests for the recipe online, but not with any great success - there is
one thread on Willamette week, where a former worker posts the information that it contained orange
juice, chili, and worcestershire, but cannot recall all of the ingredients - not at all surprising.

  Please help me to find this recipe, I'll be eternally grateful! Vicki 

Hi Vicki,

Sorry, there doesn't seem to be a recipe available for it. There are requests all over the web for a recipe. The "real" recipe is held by Macheesmo Mouse's creditors, and no one seems to have ever been able to create a copycat recipe.

There is a site that sells "Boss Sauce". No idea if it's the same, but they're using the name. See:

Boss Sauce


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Vicki 
  To: Phaedrus 
  Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2008 1:00 PM
  Subject: Re: Seeking recipe for Macheezmo Mouse Boss Sauce . . .

  Hi, Thank you for your input - I think I may play with the suggestions from the MM former employee.
I think it needs orange zest, and the suggestions for orange juice, chili powder, and worcestershire
sauce sound right. There's definitely a touch of tamarind from somewhere, and the worcestershire sauce
would supply that. It is really too bad this great little chain of really good fast food places had to
die. Well, thank you for your effort! Vicki 

Hi Vicki,

Gosh, I was hoping you'd order some of the sauce that's sold on that website and then tell me whether it was like Macheesmo's. Oh, well. Good luck with your experimenting. If you come up with a good copycat recipe, please send it to me.


From: "Emily" 
Subject: Boss Sauce suggestions
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 3:32 PM

I was once employed at Macheesmo long ago that my memory is fading, so yeah, 
I can't remember the entire recipe for Boss Sauce.

But I loved that stuff SO MUCH that I made my own batches at home for my own personal Boss Sauce addiction.

What I do remember is having to boil the Ancho Chiles, then clean the seeds out of the softened chilies...
and then blending it into a paste.  This was the chili ingredient.  Then I remember using orange juice concentrate...
kind of a lot, too.  A tall can...16 oz.?  Not the normal frozen OJ can size, but the larger one you can buy at the store.   
This was, of course, part of a HUGE batch of Boss Sauce for one storefront.  

Then there was brown sugar and cumin.  And soy sauce!

I am sure I am forgetting many other ingredients, but I noticed that in your investigating you hadn't come across 
the FROZEN OJ concentrate and the Ancho Chili or the cumin ingredient and the soy sauce.  We used Kikkoman regular soy sauce.  
I seriously do not recall any worcestershire sauce, I am pretty sure that was the soy sauce.  Really.

I don't recall measurements at all.  I might play around with what I do remember and see if I can come close to 
recreating it a home once again.



McArthur Fudge

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: julie 
  Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2008 2:21 PM
  Subject: old recipe

  When I was little (1970's) my grandmother in North Carolina had a housekeeper named Vee-ella.
  She would make a dessert that she called "MacArthur Fudge".
  It had two layers.
  The bottom layer was a very moist brownie with nuts (probably pecans)- almost a cross between 
  a brownie and fudge.
  The top layer was a rich chocolate fudge/glaze with marshmallows in it. It wasn't a frosting.
  Both layers were about the same thickness.

  They were to die for!


Hi Julie,

Sorry, no luck.


Italian Sponge Soup

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Janet 
  Sent: Friday, October 17, 2008 1:48 PM
  Subject: Italian sponge soup

Have been searching for a recipe I found in a magazine of home cooks years ago.
The recipe owner said her grandfather made it every year only at Christmas as 
it was too special to make any other time of year.  The recipe had ground beef, 
flour, baking powder, eggs, and Parmesan cheese that was mixed, baked in a dish 
and then cut up to be served in broth.  They did resemble little sponges.  
Can you help?


Hello Janet,

Sorry, no luck. If it's really an Italian recipe, then it goes by another name. There is nothing like that in any of our Italian cookbooks.


Kresge's Banana Roll

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Susan 
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2008 5:47 PM
Subject: Banana roll

The Kresge department store in Windsor Ontario Canada, had a bakery and they made a 
banana roll can you find it for me  

Hi Susan,

Sorry, no luck.


German Coconut Pie

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Vicki 
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 6:43 PM
Subject: German Coconut Pie

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

I hope you can help me find the recipe for German Coconut Pie.

It was served at the Dinnerbell Cafeteria in Houston, Texas,  during the 70's. 
(Perhaps at other times as well, but definitely then.)

The pie was in a regular pastry pie crust, and the filling tasted a lot like the 
frosting on a German Chocolate Cake... .very gooey, with lots of coconut and pecans. 
It was very sweet...almost like candy.

I have looked and have not been able to locate a recipe for this pie.  Perhaps your 
skills will be more successful!

Thank you so much for your service,

Hello Vicki,

Sorry, I had no success at all finding The Dinner Bell's recipe. There is a "traditional" recipe with that name on the Internet, but you said it is not similar.



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