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Coconut Diamond Cookies

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Cindy
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Monday, October 21, 2002 7:14 PM
  Subject: coconut diamonds-bars

  Please help me find this receipe. I have been looking for 
  a year now, and I just cant seem to find it.  My parents 
  said it used to be in an old Betty Crocker cook book, but 
  I have tried every cook book with her name on it and I cant 
  find help me please.

  Thank you

Hi Cindy,

Below are the recipes that I find with that name. Please let me know if one of them is the correct one.


  Coconut  Diamonds

   Ingredients : 
   6 tbsp. margarine, softened
   1/4 c. sugar
   1/4 tsp. salt
   1 c. flour
   2 eggs
   1 tsp. vanilla
   1 c. brown sugar
   2 tbsp. flour
   1/2 tsp. salt
   1 c. flaked coconut
   1/2 c. chopped walnuts

   Preparation : 
      Cream together margarine, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. 
   Stir in 1 cup flour.  Pat into bottom of 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan.  Bake
   at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Meanwhile,
   beat eggs until blended.  Add 2 tablespoons flour and 1/2 teaspoon
   salt.  Stir in coconut and nuts.  Spread over top of baked layer. 
   Bake for 20 minutes longer or until toothpick comes out clean. 
   Cool.  Cut into diamonds.  Makes 1 1/2 dozen.
   Pecan  Coconut  Diamonds

   Ingredients : 
   1/2 c. butter (soft)
   1 c. granulated sugar
   1 c. and 2 tbsp. flour
   2 eggs
   1 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
   1/2 tsp. vanilla
   2 2/3 c. flaked coconut
   1 c. coarsely chopped pecans
   Dash of salt
   Confectioners' sugar

   Preparation : 
      Beat butter and granulated sugar in large bowl at medium until
   light and fluffy. Mix in 1 cup flour until blended. Press into
   greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12
   minutes or until lightly browned.  Beat eggs, brown sugar, 2
   tablespoons flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla in large bowl
   until well mixed.  Stir in coconut and pecans.  Spread mixture 
   over hot baked crust.  Bake 25 minutes.  Cool.  Cut in diamond 
   shapes and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.  3 dozen.
   Coconut  Diamonds

   Ingredients : 
   Layer 1:
   1/2 c. soft butter
   1/2 c. brown sugar
   1/2 tsp. salt
   1 c. flour
   LAYER 2:
   2 eggs
   1 tsp. vanilla
   1 c. brown sugar
   2 tbsp. flour
   1/2 tsp. salt
   1 (3 1/2 oz.) can coconut
   1 c. broken walnuts

   Preparation : 
      Cream together butter, sugar, salt, stir in flour.  Pat dough
   into ungreased 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees 12 to 15
   minutes or until light brown.  Beat eggs slightly; add vanilla,
   gradually, add 1 cup of brown sugar, beating just until blended. 
   Add the flour and salt.  Stir in coconut and walnuts.  Spread over
   baked layer.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out
   clean.  Cool.  Cut in diamonds.  Makes 2 dozen.

Mock Pecan Pie

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ronnie 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2002 8:35 AM
  Subject: bean pie

  I have found this web site a few months ago and really 
  like it.had an accident recently so I am laid up for a 
  while and maybe I'll get to check out all the archives. 
  The bean pie recipe brought up a recipe I remember from 
  20 years ago + or -. It is similar to pecan pie.
  Its as follows.
  Mock Pecan Pie
  3/4 c. cooked/drained/mashed pinto beans
  3 eggs
  1 1/2 c. sugar
  1/4 c. butter, melted
  2 teaspoons vanilla
  1- 9" pie shell
  Mix together. pour in pie shell. bake 350-375 degrees till firm

Thanks, Ronnie. I'll post it on the website.


Caramel Ice Cream Topping

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: mary
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2002 5:50 PM
  Subject: carmel ice cream topping receipe

  i am trying to find a receipe for makeing homemade carmel 
  topping for ice cream...maybe you can help me...thanking-you, 
  i am ...mary 

Hello Mary,

Below are three. Guess you folks made it through the hurricanes okay.


  Caramel  Sauce  For  Dipped  Apples  Or  Ice  Cream  Topping

   Ingredients : 
   1 1/4 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
   2/3 c. light corn syrup
   2/3 c. whipping cream
   1/2 stick butter
   1/8 tsp. salt

   Preparation : 
     Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan.  Stir over low heat
   until sugar dissolves (about four minutes).  Increase heat to
   medium-high.  Boil sauce without stirring until mixture registers
   238 degrees (softball stage) on candy thermometer, about 11 minutes.
    Cool.    Can be used over ice cream or to dip apples.  Roll the
   dipped apples in toasted nuts for Halloween treats.  
   Caramel - Pecan  Ice  Cream  Topping

   Ingredients : 
   1 1/2 c. brown sugar
   Dash salt
   2/3 c. light corn syrup
   1 (6 oz.) c. evaporated milk

   Preparation : 
      Combine sugar, syrup and salt; bring to full rolling boil. 
   Remove and cool slightly.  Stir in evaporated milk and nuts. 
   Excellent as ice cream topping.  Top with a little whipped cream to
   make quite special.

   Ingredients : 
   5 tbsp. margarine
   1 c. brown sugar, packed
   1/4 c. half and half
   Pinch salt
   Vanilla extract
   Vanilla ice cream

   Preparation : 
      Put margarine and brown sugar in heavy saucepan.  Stir on low
   heat until margarine melts and mixture is smooth.  Add half and half
   and salt.  Simmer 4 minutes.  Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. 
   Serve over ice cream.

Radiation Therapy Side Effects

----- Original Message -----
From: Lauren
To: phaedrus
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2002 2:12 AM
Subject: Whoops! Medical question to wrong address?

> Hello, Uncle Phaedrus: 
> There seems to be a lot (and I stress a lot), of
> confusing information on the Internet, even in different 
> doctors' offices, about radiation. e.g.- Radiation will 
> make you lose your hair,  but maybe not if it's received 
> by a different procedure (?)
> My question is: After stereotactic radiosurgery, and Gamma 
> knife surgery as well, even if separated by a few years- 
> How long might it take for the onset of side effects, and 
> what's the typical duration of those effects? 
> Ex: Have studies shown that  headaches usually go away in 
> a matter of weeks, but incontinence or fatigue could last 
> for months in some people, even years or a lifetime? 
> Thanks for your own curiosity and your help. Appreciated 
> the information on Chunky candy bars, too
> Very Sincerely,
> Lauren

Hello Lauren,

Below is what I found. "stereotactic surgery" is a general name for pinpoint radiation therapy used to treat cancerous brain, head, or neck lesions. "Gamma knife surgery" is one form of "stereotactic surgery". Hair loss is going to depend on where the lesion is located. If the treatment can be done so that the radiation beam does not pass though any hairy portion of the head, then there would be no hair loss. The duration of side effects should be measured from the end of the last treatment. The previous treatment, years before, should not affect the duration.


"Side effects vary from person to person. The type and site of 
the tumor may also determine the side effects experienced. 
The most common side effects are listed below:

Patients will lose their hair in the area being treated. This
normally happens two to three weeks after the commencement of 
the radiotherapy. Therapists try to arrange treatment so that 
hair will re-grow, but treatment will never be compromised for 
the sake of keeping hair. Hair can take a long time to re-grow 
following radiotherapy. A wig can be obtained for the patient 
if desired. During radiotherapy the patient can continue to
wash hair normally but using a mild baby shampoo. The hair 
should be gently towel dried and a hairdryer should not be used.

The skin in the treatment area may gradually redden from the 
second week of treatment onwards. It may become dry, itchy and 
sore especially around the ears if they are in the treatment area. 
To minimise dryness and irritation aqueous lotion may be used in 
the treatment area. During the summer months the area should be 
protected from the sun to prevent sun damage. Any skin reaction 
will soon clear up after treatment has finished.

Tiredness varies greatly from person to person. Generally it
increases throughout the radiotherapy and may last for a few 
weeks after completion of your treatment. 

In some patients the pituitary gland may receive a dose of 
radiotherapy, this may affect the gland and its hormone production. 
If it occurs, this happens a year or more after radiotherapy, and 
is easily managed. If this side effect applies to you, Your therapist
will explain it fully."

Bill Knapp's Restaurant

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Cheryl 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Monday, October 21, 2002 9:17 AM
  Subject: Recipes from Bill Knapp's Restaurants

  I was hoping you might be able to help.  My family and I have 
  been searching for some of the recipes from Bill Knapp's 
  Restaurant. We used to go there almost every Sunday after church 
  when we were young. My favorite was their ham croquettes, although 
  everything was delicious. I was hoping you might have run across 
  the recipe for this. Any information you may have would be wonderful.
  Thanks so much,   Cheryl

Hi Cheryl,

The first Bill Knapp's restaurant opened in Battle Creek, Michigan, in June 1948. By 1959, it boasted $1 million in annual sales. By 1971, the restaurant reached $1 million in sales per month.

In 1989 it was named the "No.1 Restaurant Chain in the U.S. Central Region" by a consumers poll in Restaurants and Institutions magazine.

The chain became known for serving low-priced food and catering to senior citizens and families. Many Bill Knapp's patrons were age 65 and up.

However, Bill Knapp's became a victim of changing times and changing food preferences and suffered declining profits after 2000. The last Bill Knapp's closed it's doors in August, 2002.

There are two Bill Knapp's recipes below. No ham croquettes. Sorry. Perhaps someone with access to Bill Knapp's recipes will read this and help us out with some other recipes, including the ham croquettes.

For all of the Bill Knapp's recipes that I have and have not been able to locate, see:
Most Popular Requests


Bill Knapp`s Au Gratin Potatoes

  6      cups          potatoes, about 7 medium -- diced, boiled, chill
  2      cups          milk
  1/2  cup           butter
  1/2  teaspoon      salt
  1/4  cup           flour
  1      teaspoon      paprika
  1/4  teaspoon      pepper
  1      teaspoon      instant chicken bouillon granules
  6      ounces        Velveeta cheese
  Prepare potatoes. Melt butter in large saucepan. Add flour 
  and blend. Gradually add the milk and cook until thick. 
  Add remaining ingredients and stir until cheese melts. 
  Add potatoes and stir well. Pour into a greased casserole 
  dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 F. for 25-30 minutes. until 
  top is browned. Note: for best results use whole milk and 
  butter. No substitutes. Can top with buttered soft bread crumbs. 
  Bill Knapp`s Chicken Marinade 

  Categories    : Copy Cat Recipes 

  1/2 C. Honey
  1/2 C. Apple juice
  2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  1/2 tsp. ground Ginger
  2/3 C. Soy Sauce
  1/2 C. Cider vinegar
  2/3 C. Vegetable. oil

  Mix all together in a blender and let chicken set over night 
  in fridge. You may want to grill, or bake. To grill this remove 
  chicken from marinade, let the marinade drip off. Cook in a 
  medium high heat pan with little oil. To bake, remove chicken 
  from marinade, set chicken in a baking dish, and bake at a 
  350-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until done.


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