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Candied Yams

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Albert 
  To: phaedrus 
  Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 9:10 AM
  Subject: Recipe

  Hello. I am looking for the recipe for a New England Candy Yam Pie.

Hello Albert,

Well, you know, in the U.S., yams and sweet potatoes are the same thing. When people say they are making candied yams, they really mean sweet potatoes. True yams are a different plant. Real yams are more of a tropical plant and are rarely used in the U.S.

Now, I have recipes for candied yams, but I don't consider that a pie, because it has no crust. I also have recipes for yam pie, and I have recipes for sweet potato pie. I don't know what a New England yam or sweet potato pie would be unless that just means that it doesn't have pecans like a Southern sweet potato pie usually does.

Below are recipes for these things, including one for "yankee" candied yams.


  Candied Yams - Yankee Style

   Ingredients : 
   4 to 5 lg. sweet potatoes
   1 stick butter or margarine
   1 1/2 c. brown sugar
   2 tbsp. water

   Preparation : 
      Peel potatoes, slice in half lengthwise and boil for 15 minutes,
   fork tender but not well done.  Drain.  In a large skillet melt
   butter on medium heat.  Add brown sugar and stir until butter and
   sugar are well combined.  Stir in water, bring to a boil on medium
   heat and cook approximately 5 minutes.  With mixture at a continuous
   boil add potatoes, turning occasionally to coat both sides. 
   Continue cooking until syrup thickens and potatoes are coated well. 
   (If mixture is slow to thicken, increase heat but watch carefully to
   prevent burning.)  Serves 8
  Yam Pie

   Ingredients : 
   2 c. mashed cooked yams
   3/4 c. packed dark brown sugar
   2 tbsp. butter, melted
   1/2 tsp. salt
   1 tsp. cinnamon
   1/2 tsp. nutmeg
   1/2 tsp. ginger
   1/4 tsp. all spice
   3 eggs
   2/3 c. instant non-fat dry milk crystals (powedred)
   1 c. water
   1 (9 in.) pie shell, unbaked
   Cool Whip, optional

   Preparation : 
     Combine yams, sugar, butter, salt, spices and eggs; beat until
   well blended.  Stir milk crystals into water; add to yam mixture. 
   Pour into pie shell.  Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour or until set. 
   Cool thoroughly.  Garnish with Cool Whip and candied ginger, if
   Yam  Pie

   Ingredients : 
   Pastry for 9" shell
   2 c. mashed cooked yams
   3/4 c. sugar
   2 eggs
   1 tsp. cinnamon
   1/2 tsp. nutmeg
   1/2 tsp. ginger
   1/4 tsp. cloves
   1/4 tsp. salt
   1 1/2 c. milk
   2 tbsp. melted butter

   Preparation : 
      Press foil into shell.  Bake 6 minutes.  Remove foil and bake 4
   minutes (450 degrees).  Combine filling ingredients, pour into shell
   and bake 15 minutes.  Reduce heat and bake 30-40 minutes at 300
   degrees.  Filling should be set around edges and center slightly
   off. Serve warm with whipped cream.
   Yam  Pie

   Ingredients : 
   3 eggs
   2/3 c. sugar
   1 1/2 tbsp. melted margarine
   1 c. cooked, mashed yams
   1/2 c. light corn syrup
   1 1/2 tbsp. flour
   Few grains salt
   1 tsp. cinnamon
   1/4 tsp. nutmeg
   1/2 tsp. vanilla
   1/4 c. pecans or walnuts
   9 inch unbaked pie shell

   Preparation : 
      Beat eggs, then add sugar, yams, butter, and syrup.  Stir in
   flour, salt, spices, and nutmeg.  Pour into shell and bake at 375
   degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with nuts.  Brush
   lightly with corn syrup and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes
  Sweet Potato Pie

  Makes two 8-inch pies or one 9-inch deep dish pie

  1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  3 eggs 
  1 & 1/2 cups mashed sweet potato 
  1 tsp. vanilla 
  1 stick butter, melted 
  1 small can evaporated milk (2/3 cup) 
  Pastry for 1 pie crust
  Cream eggs and sugar. Add sweet potato, vanilla and melted butter. 
  Last, add milk. Mix well. Pour into unbaked pie shell. 
  Bake for 1 hour at 350F degrees
  Candied Yams 
  Serves: 8 or more 
  Here's a lightened version of the American holiday classic.

  1/2 cup orange juice, preferably 
  1/2 cup light brown sugar or Sucanat 
  1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
  Pinch of nutmeg 
  2 tablespoons whipped butter or natural light olive margarine, melted 
  3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and 
  sliced 1/4-inch thick 
  1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  for topping, optional 
  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  Combine all the ingredients except the last two in a large mixing bowl. 
  Stir until well combined. Add the sliced potatoes and stir well, then 
  transfer to a shallow 1 1/2 -quart round or 9- by 13-inch baking dish. 

  Bake, covered, until the sweet potatoes are just tender, about 40 
  minutes. Stir once or twice during that time to distribute the liquid 
  over the potatoes. If desired, sprinkle the nuts over the sweet potatoes 
  at this time. Bake, uncovered, for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or 
  until the glaze thickens. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve

Pound Cake

----- Original Message -----
From: Cindy
To: phaedrus
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 10:22 AM
Subject: Lost cake recipe

> My mom used to bake a pound cake of some sort and used
> either lemon or rum flavoring. I just remember that when she baked the
> lemon one, I got a piece right out of the oven. The top was crusty and
> sweet and it was a dense cake. I found the recipe once years ago in an
> old cookbook of hers and when we moved someone threw it away not knowing
> how old it was. I would love to find this or something similar if at all
> possible.
> Thanks
> Cindy 

Hi Cindy,

Well, you don't give me much to go on. I found hundreds of pound cake recipes. Some with lemon flavoring, some with rum flavoring, some with both. All I can do is send you some of them and hope one of them is right.


Old  Fashioned  Pound  Cake

 Ingredients :
 1 c. Crisco
 1 stick butter, softened
 3 c. sugar
 6 eggs (1 at a time)
 3 c. plain flour, sifted
 1 tsp. baking powder, sifted
 1 c. milk
 1 tsp. lemon flavoring
 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring

 Preparation :
   Mix together first 4 ingredients, then add the next 2 ingredients
 sifted together.  Mix, add last 4 ingredients and mix together well.
  Bake 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees.
 Million  Dollar  Pound  Cake

 Ingredients :
 1 lb. butter
 3 c. sugar
 6 eggs
 4 c. plain flour
 3/4 c. milk
 2 tsp. lemon extract

 Preparation :
   Bake in a 10 inch tube pan that has been greased and floured at
 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
   Eula's  Pound  Cake

 Ingredients :
 3 c. sugar
 3 c. plain flour
 1/2 lb. butter (2 sticks)
 1/2 c. Crisco
 5 eggs
 1 c. milk
 1 tbsp. rum flavor
 1 tbsp. almond flavor

 Preparation :
   Cream butter and Crisco well.  Add sugar.  Add eggs, one at a
 time.  Beat well.  Add flour and milk, starting and ending with
 flour.  Add flavor.  Start in cold oven, 300 degrees, for 2 or 2 1/2
 hours.  Do not open door to oven until well done.
 "Real"  Pound  Cake

 Ingredients :
 1 lb. butter (not margarine)
 1 lb. sugar (2 generous cups)
 1 lb. eggs (10)
 1 lb. flour (2 c.)
 1/2 tsp. mace
 1 tsp. baking powder
 1/2 tsp. rum flavoring
 1/2 tsp. lemon flavoring

 Preparation :
   Cream butter.  Add sugar gradually.  Add yolks of eggs.  Make sure
 they are thoroughly blended.  Add whites of eggs that have been
 beaten until frothy.  Sift dry ingredients together.  Slowly add to
 cake.  Add flavorings.  Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan.
 Bake 1 1/4 hours at 350 degrees.
 Pound  Cake  Delight

 Ingredients :
 1/2 c. shortening
 3 c. sugar
 3 1/2 c. all purpose flour
 1 tsp. baking powder
 1 tsp. rum flavoring
 1 tsp. lemon extract
 1 c. butter
 1 c. milk
 6 eggs
 1/2 tsp. salt
 1 tsp. coconut flavoring
 Almond Icing (recipe follows)
--ALMOND ICING:--1 c. sugar
 1 tsp. almond extract
 1/2 c. water

 Preparation :
   Cream shortening, butter and sugar together.  Add eggs, one at a
 time, beating well after each addition.  Add sifted dry ingredients,
 alternately with milk and flavorings, beginning and ending with the
 dry ingredients.  Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1
 hour and 30 minutes in a 10" greased and floured tube pan.  Boil all
 ingredients together for 2 minutes.  Pour over warm cake which has
 been poked with holes.  Brush on side.
 Shaker  Pound  Cake

 Ingredients :
 1 c. butter
 1 c. sugar
 5 eggs
 1/2 tsp. rum flavoring
 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
 2 c. flour (sifted)

 Preparation :
    Cream butter well; add sugar gradually.  After adding each egg,
 beat again.  Add flavoring and gradually work in flour.  Bake for 45
 minutes in 350 degree oven.  NO OTHER LIQUID IN THIS RECIPE.
 Pound  Cake

 Ingredients :
 3 c. flour
 3 c. sugar
 9 eggs
 1 tsp. rum extract
 1 lb. butter (salted)

 Preparation :
    Let butter get soft at room temperature.  Sift flour.  Combine
 all ingredients in large mixing bowl.  Mix with mixer on medium
 speed for 12 minutes.  Pour into greased tube pan.  Bake at 325
 degrees for 1 hour and 5 minutes.  Cool before placing on cake plate.

Italian Knot Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: demi
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Friday, November 23, 2001 8:43 PM
  Subject: hi

  can u please help me i need an italian recipe for knots there cookies!
  i appreciate it!


Hi demi,

Well, there are several kinds of Italian cookies that are made into knots. The "Italian Heritage" Cookbook gives the farfalette recipe below. Other sources give the "love knots" (recipes below), which are traditionally served at weddings. One gave the red wine cookies (recipe below). Italian cookie recipes can be very confusing. hope one of these is right.


  Title: Farfallette Dolci (Fried Bow Knots)
    Categories: Cookies
         Yield: 23 servings
         6    Eggs
         3 tb Granulated sugar
       1/4 ts Salt
       1/2 ts Orange flavoring
         1 ts Almond flavoring
         3 c  Flour
         2 tb Butter; - softened
              Oil; for frying
       1/2 c  Confectioner's sugar
         6 c  Flour
         2 tb Baking powder
       1/4 c  Sugar
         1 ts Salt
       1/2 c  Lard; softened
         6    Eggs
              Oil; for frying
         1 c  Confectioner's sugar
 Beat  eggs,  sugar,  salt  and  flavorings;  place flour on board, 
 cut in butter;  add eggs  and knead until s smooth ball; if dough 
 is too soft, gradually add a little flour; divide dough into 4 pieces 
 and roll each piece to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured board; cut 
 with pastry cutter into strips 6 inches long and 1 inch wide; tie 
 into a loose knot and deep fry until golden brown;  drain and sprinkle 
 with confectioner's sugar.
  Variation: Combine dry ingredients and mix well; cut in lard and 
  add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition; knead as 
  above; cut into strips,  tie into a knot, fry and drain on paper 
  towels; cool and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.
  Italian Bowknot Cookies
  Cenci alla Fioorentina  
  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 
  1/4 teaspoon salt 
  1 tablespoon white sugar 
  3 tablespoons butter 
  2 eggs 
  1 cup vegetable oil for frying 
  1 cup confectioners' sugar 
  1 cup honey 
  1 Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and white sugar together. 
  Cut in the butter until well blended. Stir in the eggs and mix 
  2 Knead dough on a floured surface until dough is elastic. Let 
  dough rest for 1 hour. 
  3 Divide into 4 parts. Roll each to 8x10 inch rectangle. Cut into 
  strips about 8 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. Tie each strip into 
  loose knot. 
  4 Fry cookies in hot oil 3-4 at a time, until golden brown. Drain 
  well and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and honey, if desired. 
  Serve hot or cold. Keep in airtight container. 
  Makes 4 dozen 
   Lovers Knot Cookies

  4 eggs lightly beaten
  1 cup sugar
  1 stick margarine or butter
  pinch of salt
  1 Tsp. vanilla
  4 Tsp. baking powder
  4 to 5 cups flour (dough will be thick) 

  Cream sugar and margarine together.
  Add remaining ingredients and mix together.
  Roll dough into 4 inch lengths and tie in a knot.
  Bake 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Cool.
  Ice with vanilla, powder sugar and water. 
  Italian Knot Cookies
  "Try These"
  Makes About 3 Dozen Cookies

     4 large Eggs
     1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
     6 Tbs. Oil
     2 tsp. Anise Extract
     1/2 tsp. Salt
     3 cups All-purpose Flour
     6 tsp. [2 Tbs.] Baking Powder
     Confectioners Sugar
  Pre-heat oven to 350-F degrees and select a pair of cookie sheets for 
  baking. Mix together eggs, sugar, oil, anise, and salt. Sift flour and 
  baking powder together and add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. 
  Blend until a soft dough is formed.

  Pinch off walnut-sized pieces of dough. Roll between fingers to 
  lengthen, and tie each into a knot.

  Continue pinching, rolling, and knotting dough for each cookie. 
  (If the dough becomes a bit sticky, simply keep your fingers well-dusted 
  with flour.)

  Bake for about 12 minutes, or until cookies are light brown in color.

  Remove from oven and sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Store in an 
  airtight container.
  Italian Wandies (Fried Red Wine Bow Knot Cookies)
  2 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  2 1/2 cups red wine
  2 1/2 cups water
  12 cups all-purpose flour
  additional oil for frying cookies
  2 cups honey (appox.) heated

      Warm the wine over medium heat. Remove 
  from heat and add 2 1/2 cups of oil and 12 
  cups of flour. Stir in 2 cups of water. If 
  consistency is too dry, add up to 1/2 cup 
  more of water.  Knead well.                       
      Roll the dough into a snake and cut into 
  two inch pieces. Run each piece over a basket 
  or use a fork to get ridges in the dough. Tie 
  each piece of dough into a knot shape-or you 
  can just leave them as they are.                      
      Heat additional oil for frying in a large 
  pot. Deep fry cookies until medium brown. 
  Drain on paper towels.                       
      Warm honey in a frying pan until very 
  liquid. Roll the cookies in the honey, and 
  then place in a dish. Allow the honey to cool 
  and serve.
  Italian Love Knots

  makes about 60 cookies depending on size.

  6 eggs beaten well
  1/2 cup sugar
  1/2 cup margarine or butter
  3 cupls flour
  1 tablespoon baking powder
  1/2 cup milk (scant)
  1/2 teaspoon salt

   Beat sugar, eggs and butter well.
  Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
  If the mixture is stiff add milk; if nt, no milk.

  With your hands, roll out a small bit of the dough about the size 
  of a walnut into a string effect.
  Form a loop and pull one end through the loop.
  Place on a cookie sheet about 1/2 inch apart.
  Bake at 375 until slightly brown (about 15 to 17 minutes)
  Remove cookies to a cookie rack to cool.
  When cooled, store in an air-tight container. You can place a piece 
  of apple in the container to keep them from getting hard. 
  This cookie may be eaten plain or with a simple powdered sugar, milk 
  and vanilla (you may use other flavorings and food colorings) icing 
  spread thin over the cookie. 
  Italian Love Knots 


  3 Cups Flour
  3 Eggs
  3 Tsps. Baking Powder
  1/2 Cup Sugar
  2 Tsps. Lemon Extract
  1/2 Cup Butter, Softened

  Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
  Cream butter
  Add eggs, sugar and lemon extracts and mix well
  In a separate bowl combine flour and baking powder together
  Add flour mixture to the butter mixture, adding a small amount of milk 
  if the batter is to thick or dry
  Mix batter until formed into a dough
  Shape pieces of dough into a cigar shape, about 4 or 5 inches and then 
  loop the dough into a knot shape
  Place knot shaped dough onto greased cookie sheet
  Bake 8 to 10 minutes
  Cook and frost with icing made of powdered sugar, milk and a dash of 
  lemon extract 

Knights of Pythias

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Joan
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2001 9:21 PM
  Subject: Knights of Phythius and Woodmen of the World

  Dear Phaed,

  I am searching for information on the following two societies in 
  hopes of finding family geneological information.  Do you have 
  contact information for these two groups.  Thanks in advance.
       1.  Knights of Phythius
       2.  Woodmen of the World


Hi Joan,

There is nothing specifically about genealogy information on their websites, but here's the general contact information:

Supreme Lodge Knights of Pythias
59 Coddington Street, Suite 202
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169-4150
Telephone (617) 472-8800


Woodmen of the World:

Contact Information:

Member Services:

Postal Address:
Woodmen Tower
1700 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102



Die-Cast Motorcyle Models

----- Original Message -----
From: Ron
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2001 3:18 PM

> Hi, my name is Ron. I recently got a computer, and find that search
> engines are not always successful.
> I am looking for things, and hope you can help with as many as
> possible.
> The first is an item I am trying to buy--had it stolen about three years
> ago. It is a replica of a motorcycle made by Maisto.
> Complete name is "silver logo shadow American Classic  Edition Honda 110
> scale"
> I tried every search imaginable, got hits on real life-size motorcycles,
> clubs for motorcycles, and parts for Honda products.
> I just don't have any luck when it comes to these kind of searches. I
> thought it was meant to be easy.
>  If you can help, I'd appreciate it.
> Ron

Hello Ron,

Well, no, it's not so easy. i just spent more time on your three questions than I have on any other three questions in a month, at least. You have to think about how whatever you are looking for might be listed - common sense does not always prevail. Even then, you may not have much luck. The thing you're looking for may not be on the Internet at all.

I had mixed results with your request.

Maisto has their own website:

I checked their Honda Motorcycles, both in 1:10 and 1:18, and I didn't see the one you're looking for, although they have several others at:

Here is a directory of die - cast model sites: rucks/Diecast/

More die-cast model car & motorcycle sites: ecast/

If this particular model was a limited edition issue by Maisto, you're probably going to have to go to one of those collectibles bulletin boards and just post that you're looking for it. I did not find it or any mention of that particular model anywhere on the www.

You'll also want to check E-Bay, the auction site, for your motorcycle. This sort of thing is right up their alley. They have a few Maisto Honda Shadows listed: sto+honda&ht=1&st=2&SortProperty=MetaEndSort&BasicSearch=

I don't know if the above long url will work. If not, just go to:
in "Search", enter:
maisto honda

Sorry I couldn't be more help.



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