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Guerrilla Cookies

-----Original Message----- 
From: cezar
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2011 2:20 AM
Subject: Gorilla cookies

A commercial cookie baked by some hippie kitchen and sold locally in Madison 
Wisconsin about 1970-1980 (?). All natural, Famous. Packed in a dozen in a 
plastic bog with twist tie and a tiny xerox label loose inside the bag. Not 
sure if they were "gorilla cookies" or "guerilla cookies"

Hello Cezar,

These cookies were baked by a baker named Tim Odell, and he has apparently never given out the original recipe. There's lots of discussion about them and recipe suggestions for the cookies on the web, particularly on these sites:

Lindy's Toast

The Daily Page

This is probably the recipe that is closest to the original:

Chicago Tribune


Fanny's Spaghetti Sauce

From: Susie 
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2011 4:24 PM
Subject: Fanny's Spaghetti Sauce

Can you find the spaghetti sauce made by Fanny’s of Evanston, IL fame?  My husband would love it!

Thanks so very much.


Hello Susie,

The restaurant closed in 1987, and Fanny Bianucci died in 1990. Her son, John, has the recipe for the sauce and the salad dressing, but he's not giving them up. No one else has the recipe and it appears that no one has been able to make a copycat recipe. However, you can buy both from the Fanny's of Evanston website:

Fanny's of Evanston


Spicy Mac & Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese like Copeland's

1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked according to pkg directions
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon paprika, preferably smoked Spanish paprika
chopped fresh parsley


1 Prepare macaroni.
2 In large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter.
3 Whisk in the flour; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 2 minutes.
4 Gradually whisk in milk.
5 Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
6 Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.
7 Preheat broiler.
8 Grease shallow 2 1/2 to 3 quart baking dish.
9 Remove sauce from heat; whisk in 2 cups of cheese, salt, mustard, pepper, and hot sauce until smooth.
10 Stir into macaroni until noodles are evenly coated.
11 Pour into prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese, dot with remaining butter, then sprinkle with paprika.
12 Broil 2 inches from heat for 5 minutes or until bubbly and browned.
13 Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Poor Man's Casserole

Poor Man's Casserole 

1 small head of cabbage 
2 large potatoes 
1 large onion, diced 
1 1/2 pounds of hamburger 
1 teaspoon cumin 
1/2 stick butter or margarine 
1/2 teaspoon salt, more or less. depending on taste 
pepper to taste 
dash of paprika 

Cut cabbage into cubes, salt and pepper to taste and cook until well done. 
Drain. Peel and quarter potatoes. Salt and cook until well done. Drain and mash 
potatoes with butter but make sure the mash potatoes are on the dry side. Place 
hamburger in large skillet, add onion and cook until well done. Drain off all 
the fat. Stir in the cumin. Line baking dish at least 3" inch deep with cabbage. 
Place meat mixture on top of cabbage. Cover the top with the mash potatoes, 
sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 25 minutes at 350°F. makes 4 large servings. In 
the casserole you had your whole meal. Meat potatoes and your vegetable. 

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