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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 Fannys 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


Subject: Fannys Spaghetti Sauce info
From: Jeffrey
Date: 5/7/2022, 8:11 AM

On 5/6/2022 1:56 PM, Jeffrey wrote:

After much tracing and nosing around I have found out that 
Fannys Spaghetti Sauce is made at Dorina So-Good Inc. in 
Union Illinois. Isnt that interesting.


Hello Jeffrey,

Fanny passed away in 1990. Her son, John, continued to sell the sauce, having it distributed by "World Wide Food Products" of Skokie. He, too, passed away several years ago. I wouldn't be surprised to find that John or his heirs had sold the sauce recipe and rights to use the name to someone, perhaps to Dorina So-Good Inc. I could not find any verification online that Fanny's sauce is being made by Dorina So-Good Inc. There are many mentions of Dorina So-Good on the web, but they are all just brief business listings, not much about the products they make. They don't have a company website as far as I can tell.

There is an article here about Fanny's Spaghetti Sauce, with a photo of the jar and with a couple of "copycat" or "tastes-like" recipes given in the notes: Fanny's of Evanston

There is a photo of a Fanny's frozen sauce box here, on which you can read the ingredients: IMGUR


Re: Fannys Spaghetti Sauce info
From: Jeffrey 
Date: 5/7/2022, 10:08 AM

Hello and thank you for your email.I have a couple of bottles in
my closet but after investigating with the dept. of agriculture 
they tell me it is made in Union Il. by Dorina so-good inc. I had 
talked to Helen Bianucci a few years ago and even bought some 
sauce from her, but I have not contacted her lately.I think they 
changed some of the ingredients. Now MILK is listed at the end 
and seperately from the other things, and the sauce is a lot more 
orange now rather than red. Also the meat content is lower now, 
its 40% in it now where it was either 46 or 48% before, why they 
would change this I have no idea. I tried to get her to sell 
sauce to Woodmans Market in Carpentersville Illinois because they 
have hundreds of brands of other sauces but she never followed 
thru I guess they dont want to really expand. I know since I have 
been buying it again, around 10 years ago these ingredients have 
changed. Dorinas does not sell the sauce that is just where it is 
produced. Anyway when I want some I usually order it from Healthy 
Heart Market and they sent it to my house, but its not cheap thats 
for sure and I think I can taste the difference in the sauce now. 
I know when I heat it up I put water in it, I have been tempted to 
put butter but if I dont like it then I ruined a whole jar of sauce. 
I have never tasted ot seen the frozen kind, people seem to say it 
is better than the jar.

Thanks for your letter.


You can buy it at Healthy Heart Market

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 350F. makes 4 large servings. In 
the casserole you had your whole meal. Meat potatoes and your vegetable. 

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