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Uncle Chris' Steak Seasoning

Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1:23 AM
Subject: Recipe Request


A friend of mine absolutely loves Uncle Chris' Gourmet Steak Seasoning.  I have shown him how to order it on line, but 
I would love to surprise him with a homemade version.  I have searched on line but couldn't find a Copycat recipe.  
I was hoping you could help. On the Fiesta Spices web site, they list the ingredients as:  Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Spices, 
Garlic, Onion, Bell Peppers, Butter Flavor (Corn Starch, Modified Tapioca Starch, Dextrose, Gum Arabic and Artificial Flavor), 
Lemon Powder [Sugar, Concentrated Lemon Oil, Citral and Silicon Dioxide (Free-Flow Agent)], Citric Acid and Tenderizer 
(Proteolytic Enzyme derived from Aspergillus Flavus Oryaze and from Papaya).
Thanks for your wonderful site — I have been a fan for quite some time.  I really enjoy spending time looking at all the great recipes.  


Hi Barbara,

Sorry, I had no more success than you with this. I’ll post this on the site.


Arundel Poultry Barbecue Sauce

From: Tim 
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:34 PM
Subject: Rotisserie Chicken Barbeque Sauce

Uncle Phaedrus,

I am inquiring about a Barbeque Sauce Recipe that was sold by Arundel Poultry at the Old Farmers Mkt. on Ritchie Hwy. 
They reopened another store a few years later after the Farmers Mkt. closed in Brooklyn Park MD. This store closed as 
well and the last I heard they were in Fredrick MD.

This sauce was incredible you could put in on anything but Rotisserie Chicken & Ribs was the mainstay. It was so good 
you would take your bread and sop it up like gravy. I cannot believe it would be a complex recipe because they gave you 
so much and it was about the consistency of thin gravy. It tasted nothing like any of the pre-bottled  brands.



Hello Tim,

I had no success locating a recipe. I did find a few message board posts about the barbecued chicken and sauce. The purveyor of this chicken seems to have sold it at several Farmer’s Markets in Maryland. Before Brooklyn Park, he sold it at the market in Glen Burnie, and as you say, perhaps later at the Frederick market. The gentleman’s name may have been William Balistreri. It does not appear that he ever gave out the recipe for his barbecue sauce. If not, then your possible sources would probably be limited to his family or someone who assisted him at his booth at the markets and who may have gotten the recipe. I did not find any mention of a copycat or “tastes-like” recipe for his sauce.

From Baltimore Sun Weblogs:
I miss the Anne Arundel Poultry Company in Brooklyn Park. They had the best barbecue chicken back in the eighties. They would roast a whole chicken on a spit, cut it up and put it in a bucket and poured the best homemade sauce I've ever tasted. I think they put Old Bay in it.

...the BEST BBQ sauce EVER at Anne Arundel Poultry. I tried to get the recipe once, but he wouldn't part with it. I dream about it!!

There is a message thread about this topic here: Glen Burnie

I’ll post this on my site in the hope that a reader can help.


World Class Chili

From: Mike
Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2014 2:02 PM
Subject: Chili

Any chance of finding any beef chili recipe for the old World class chili parlor that used to be in the Pike place market 
in Seattle Washington? Thank You.

Hello Mike,

There is an article about World Class Chili here:

Last Dying Dish

The creator and owner of World Class Chili was Joe Canavan, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 78. The only people who knew the secret recipes for his chili were his assistant, Elena Maldonado, and possibly his wife, Dorothy Canavan. When Canavan passed away, Maldonado expressed a desire to keep the shop open, but Canavan’s widow was not interested in seeing the business continue. I had no success locating any copycat recipes or “tastes-like” recipes for any of the four kinds of World Class Chili.


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