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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Shannon 
  Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 1:27 PM
  Subject: Looking for an Old Recipe


  I am looking for a recipe for a treat I had made when I was a kid living in Singapore. 
It was called flapjacks, but it was not pancakes.    It was more of a bar-type thing, made 
with oatmeal, brown sugar and butter, and other stuff I don't remember, but those were the 
main ingredients.  The mixture was pressed into a glass pan and baked until crisp and golden 
brown.  I LOVED these things, and I have been searching for something similar for years now. 
It must be called something different

  I would appreciate any help you could offer.



Hi Shannon,

I dunno. Maybe this is it?



  5 oz. butter
  4 oz. brown sugar
  8 oz. rolled oats

  Melt sugar and butter; add oats and mix well. Spread into 8 inch square tin. 
  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cut into squares while hot. 

A reader sent this:

From: "Tina" 
Subject: Flapjacks
Date: Friday, December 19, 2008 7:10 PM


I noticed a recent request from Shannon for a recipe for Flapjacks. 
These are a type of British bar cookie, similar to a chewy granola bar. 
I have several different recipes, but the simplest one is as follows:


1 cup unsalted butter
finely grated rind of 1 orange
2/3 cup golden syrup 
(my recipe recommends Lyle's Golden Syrup, but corn syrup will work just fine)
1/3 cup light brown sugar
3 3/4 cup rolled oats

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line the bottom and sides of a 
8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
2.  Put the butter, orange rind, syrup and sugar in a large sauce 
pan and heat over low heat until the butter melts.  
3.  Pour the rolled oats into the butter mixture and stir to mix thoroughly. 
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
4.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, just until it begins to brown around the edges. 
Remove form oven and allow to cool in the pan.
5.  Lift the flapjack out of the pan in one piece and cut into finger sized slices.

Note:  Don't over bake these bars.  They are supposed to be chewy, not crisp.

Of course, since this is a basic recipe, it can easily be modified, adding nuts, raisins, 
dried fruit, etc.  Other recipes in my collection call for these ingredients to be added 
to the butter mixture at the same time as the rolled oats.

I hope this is what Shannon was looking for.



Hot Groceries Peanut Butter Pie

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: David 
  Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2008 9:36 PM
  Subject: peanut butter pie

  Looking for a recipe from a restaurant called Hot Groceries in Gulfport Mississippi, 
  Peanut butter pie can you help?  We were there in late 1976


Hello David,

Sorry, no luck with this. "Hot Groceries", on the old Gus Stevens' Restaurant site, did not survive Hurricane Katrina.


Hmmmm..... I wonder.... "Hot Groceries" was on the site of the old Gus Stevens' Restaurant in Biloxi. Gus Stevens' was noted for their peanut butter pie. Maybe "Hot Groceries" used Gus Stevens' recipe? Nah.... couldn't be that easy. Just in case, though, see below.

Gus Stevens' Peanut Butter Cream Pie

3/4	cup sugar
1/4	cup all-purpose flour or 3 T. cornstarch
1/4	t. salt
2	cups milk
3	slightly beaten egg yolks
1	t. vanilla
1	9" baked pastry shell
4 - 5	ounces peanut butter, softened
whipped cream topping

In saucepan, combine sugar, flour or cornstarch and salt.
Gradually cook and stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat, until bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir small amount of hot mixture into yolks; immediately return to hot mixture. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add vanilla.
Place peanut butter in microwave to soften; then gradually stir into mixture Place into cooled pie shell and let cool Add whipped cream topping.

Rigatoni Martino

Rigatoni Martino (like Carraba's)

7 ounces tomato cream sauce
1/3 cup mushrooms, sautéed
10 to 12 pieces sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
1 (8 ounce) grilled chicken breast, cut into 6 equal strips
2 1/2 cups cooked rigatoni pasta
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

To serve:

1/4 cup grated ricotta salata (shredded to order)
Green onions, sliced, to taste

Place tomato cream sauce, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes in a 10-inch skillet and heat over 
a medium flame.

Heat rigatoni in clean, boiling, salted water until hot - about 30 seconds. Drain pasta and add 
to skillet along with chicken and toss to coat pasta with sauce.

Sprinkle Romano cheese over pasta and toss again over a medium flame until sauce is a creamy 

Spicy Shrimp & Chicken

Spicy Shrimp And Chicken (like Carino's)

Spicy Romano Sauce

1 pint heavy cream
4 tbsp butter
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
1/4 cup romano cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 tsp cayenne pepper

Melt butter in hot saute pan. Add cream, salt, and pepper, and heat to a boil. Take off flame 
and fold cheeses and cayenne pepper into sauce. Allow to sit for 2 to 3 minutes after cheese 
has melted.

Spicy Shrimp And Chicken

1 1/2 oz. melted butter
3 oz. sliced cooked chicken
2 oz. black tiger shrimp
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup green onions
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
10 oz. cooked penne pasta
1 pinch of salt, pepper, and garlic salt
1 oz. heavy cream
6 oz. romano sauce

Combine melted butter, chicken, shrimp, onions, sun dried, mushrooms, salt, pepper, and garlic 
salt to a hot saute pan. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes to ensure shrimp are fully cooked. Add heavy 
cream and romano sauce to saute pan and allow to thicken. Once sauce begins to boil, add penne 
pasta. Toss and serve.

Sugared Walnuts

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Saudjie 
  Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2008 2:39 PM
  Subject: sugared walnuts

  I used to make these for Christmas and I've lost my recipe. 
  I can't find it and can't remember it. 
  The ingredients are 

  walnut pieces
  brown sugar
  sour cream
  orange zest

  The sour cream and brown sugar are cooked to a particular ball stage 
  (soft or hard) the zest added   and then the walnuts added. Stir then 
  turn on to waxed paper. 

  I made these for years and could do them in my sleep. I gave them as 
Christmas gifts in a basket with fudge and divinity.   I stopped making 
Christmas candies about 15 years ago and now a medical condition has left 
me with almost no memory. I can't for the life of me remember how I made 
what I called Sugared Walnuts. I could spend a day in my kitchen and figure 
it out but thought maybe you could save me a lot of messing about.


Hello Saudjie,

I cannot find a single recipe with both sour cream and orange zest, but I did find the below recipes.


  Sugared  Walnuts

  1 c. brown sugar
  1/2 c. granulated sugar
  1/2 c. sour cream
  1 tsp. vanilla
  2 1/2 c. walnuts (or pecans)

Combine sugars and sour cream.  Cook to soft boil at 230 degrees. 
Add vanilla and beat until mixture begins to thicken.  Add nuts. 
Stir until coated.  Turnout on large greased platter or cookie sheet. 
Separate into individual pieces.  Makes 2 dozen.  
  Sugared  Walnuts

  1 c. brown sugar
  1/4 tsp. salt
  1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  1 tsp. grated orange peel
  1 tbsp. milk
  1 tsp. vanilla
  2 1/2 to 3 c. walnut halves

Combine ingredients, except nuts, and cook to soft ball stage, add nuts. 
Turn out on waxed paper, separate. 


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