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Mailing Food

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sandy
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2002 12:06 AM
  Subject: (no subject)

  I have developed a fondness for baking, and decided this year 
  I would like to send people that are very dear to me, some 
  homemade goodies. My problem is I am not sure what can be mailed 
  and what can. I know most cookies can, but not sure about any 
  kind of fruit breads or pies. also if anyone has a recipe for 
  cheese cake that (of course baked) but can be mailed. Any help 
  would be greatly appreciated. 
thank you 

Hello Sandy,

This website has tips about mailing food:

Mailing Food

I would add that it's probably not a good idea to mail cheesecakes or pies at all. The fruit breads will probably be ok.


Pickled Stuff

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: DrsMom 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2002 8:41 PM
  Subject: Pickled corn, beets, eggs, and most other things pickled?

  Hi Phaedrus! I was wondering if you could help me find a few recipies 
  for pickled things such as Pickled corn, eggs, beets and most other 
  stuff that you can pickle. thanks a million. 

Hello DM,

Gosh, that's a pretty tall order. People pickle just about everything from peaches to pig's feet. There are dozens of recipes in the archives on my website for various pickled things.

Some specific ones are here:

Pickled Stuff

Below are a few more.


  Spiced  Pickled  Beets

   Ingredients : 
   2 c. cider vinegar
   4 c. water
   2 c. sugar
   1 tsp. whole cloves
   1 tbsp. whole allspice

   Preparation : 
     Mix all together and heat real well.  Place beets in vinegar
   mixture.  Cook until heated real well.  Place in jars and seal with
   lids.  Makes enough liquid for about 7 or 8 pints.  Use as many
   beets as you want, small or medium size.  Cook beets, then place
   them under cold water to peel.  
   Pickled  Beets

   Ingredients : 
   2 tbsp. sugar
   3/4 tsp. salt
   1/2 tsp. dry mustard
   1/4 tsp. ground cloves
   1/3 c. water
   1/3 c. cider vinegar
   2 (16 oz.) cans whole or sliced beets
   1 med. onion, sliced (optional)

   Preparation : 
     Add first 6 ingredients, stirring well.  Add beets and onions;
   toss well to coat.  Cover and chill.  
   Pickled  Corn

   Ingredients : 
   4 qt. corn
   2 qt. cabbage
   1 c. sugar
   1 tbsp. salt
   2 tbsp. mustard seed
   2 tbsp. celery seed
   Enough vinegar and water to cover

   Preparation : 
     Boil and put in jars.  Make it sour to suit your taste.   

35 Fruitcake Recipes

 ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: roger 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2002 1:23 PM
  Subject: fruitcake

  Hi, My name is Carolyn and I am trying to find a recipe for 
  dark fruitcake that was published in the Womans Day Encyclopedia 
  of Cooking in the 70s( I hope I have the date right. The recipe 
  used preserves and fruit juice in it. My husband really likes it, 
  but we moved and guess what got lost. The recipe book. 
  Hope you can help. Thanks. Carolyn

Hello Carolyn,

Sorry, the search engines don't turn up any fruitcake recipes from "Woman's Day". Best I can do is give you a website with a lot of fruitcake recipes. Maybe one will be suitable: 35 Fruitcake Recipes


Oatmeal Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Luisa"
To:  phaedrus
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2002 1:13 PM
Subject: oatmeal cookie recipe

> Hello, 
> About 27 years ago I accidentally threw out one of my
> mother's recipes.  It was for Oatmeal cookies and it
> came on the back of a box of Del Monte Raisins, which
> was one of the ingredients.  She recently mentioned
> how much she missed that recipe.  I would love it if
> that could be found again.
> thank you.
> Luisa

Hello Luisa,

Could the below recipe be the one you want?


Raisin  Oatmeal  Cookies

 Ingredients : 
 1/2 c. shortening
 1 1/4 c. granulated sugar*
 1/2 c. molasses
 2 eggs
 1 3/4 c. sifted flour
 1 tsp. each salt, soda & cinnamon
 2 c. rolled oats
 1 1/2 c. Del Monte seedless raisins

 Preparation : 
    Beat shortening, sugar, molasses and eggs.  Sift together and add
 the flour, salt, soda and cinnamon.  Stir in oats and raisins.  Drop
 by spoonfuls 2" apart on a cool, lightly oiled cookie sheet.  Bake 8
 to 10 minutes in moderate hot oven, 375 degrees.  *I use 1 cup
 granulated sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar. 

Spoon Fudge

----- Original Message -----
From: Amy
To: phaedrus
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2002 2:53 PM
Subject: Margarine Tub fudge

I have a friend who used to make the best fudge that was given 
to friends in a margarine tub ( the one with the lids). It was 
not too rich and you could eat it with a spoon out of the tub 
after it had hardened. do you know of any such recipes???


Hello Amy,

I think Amy's talking about "spoon fudge." See:

Pumpkin Tart



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