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Garlic Chocolate Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lydia ." 
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2010 3:21 PM
Subject: lost my recipe

> Greetings Uncle Phaedrus!
> I was hoping to find a recipe similar to one i recently lost.
> We had a fire and most of my books were lost.
> I am trying to re-create mt recipe library.
> I had a recipe for chocolate cake that used garlic in it.
> The garlic really enhanced the chocolate and gave it a little bite.
> But you could not identify the garlic flavor at all.
> I checked your archives and did not find one.
> Maybe you might know of a Chocolate Cake with Garlic recipe?
> Thank you for your time.
> Sincerely:
> Lydia

Hi Lydia,

Sorry, I had no success locating a recipe for chocolate cake with garlic.

I'll post this on the site - perhaps a reader can help.


Cookie Walk Cookies

------ Original Message ----- 
From: Tom 
Sent: Saturday, December 04, 2010 11:51 AM
Subject: cookie request

I found your web site and read your requirements for a recipe search. 
I realize that this probably doesn't fit your parameters but I do not 
know where to turn. I apologize in advance if I am wasting your time. 

I found these cookies at various local (Delaware) cookie walks around 
Christmas time. While they have been available at cookie walks they 
could be a candy like item or a bar. They are cut small and rectangular 
are light brown in color with a very thin dark chocolate coating. I 
believe they are made with a light colored molasses and or corn syrup. 
They have an almost peanut like taste but no nuts. It is completely smooth. 
It is not quite brittle or toffee but in that ballpark. Since I don't 
have a name or exact ingredients I just don't know how to find it. I went 
to two cookie walks this morning and no luck. I have one or two more next week. 

Any help would be appreciated. 

Thank you,

Hi Tom,

Don't worry about wasting my time - it's just personally frustrating to me when a request comes to me that I have little chance of finding with my methods. A recipe request with no recipe name and basically only a description of how the finished product looks is one of those.

I tried searching based on the "Delaware cookie walks" clue, and on the two probable ingredients that you give, but found nothing to approximate your description.

The best route for your request is for me to post your request on my site. Perhaps another reader will recognize the cookie and have a recipe or at least a name for the cookies.


Kathy sent this recipe:

Dear Phaed,

It sounds as though the request is for toffee bars.  Here is my recipe:

Toffee Bars

1 C. butter
1 C. light brown sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
1/2 tsp.salt
1 bag milk chocolate chips
3/4 c. finely chopped pecans

1. Cream butter & sugar
2. Add egg, blend well
3. Add vanilla, flour, & salt, mix well
4. Pat into ungreased 10x15 pan
5. Bake 25-30 min. at 350*  till slightly brown at the edges. (Do not overbake)
6. Put chocolate chips in top of hot cake, let melt & spread evenly
7. Sprinle w/finely chopped nuts.
8. Cut into bars while still warm. Cool & store in airtight tin.


Crusty Beefeater

----- Original Message ----- 
From: jamie 
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 4:27 PM
Subject: recipe request

I have been looking for a recipe for "crusty beefeater" for a long time now. 
they used to serve it at school when i was a child..i have looked everywhere 
for this recipe, but to no avail. It was some sort of meat/cheese casserole 
with a bread like topping.  Any information would be wonderful.

Hi Jamie,

You don't say where you went to school.

This is a message board quote from someone who attended school in Tulsa, OK:
Tulsa Memories
"I was a student in the Tulsa Public Schools system for a time. One menu item I remember particularly well was something called "Crusty Beefeater". I'm not sure exactly what it was, but it looked like already-consumed lasagna with a think layer of liquefied fat on top."

Their description of the topping for the dish, at least at their school, is quite different, although the basic dish sounds similar

I cannot locate any recipe called "crusty beefeater" or "crusty beef eater". There are dozens of "crusty beef casserole" and "crusty beef, cheese, and noodle casserole" recipes which sound similar. However, I did not find any of these that have a "bread like topping".
They either mention no topping or they have a cheese topping. Most of these are similar to the one below, but there are several variations, with the sauce being slightly different in several of the recipes. Some use pizza sauce, some spaghetti sauce, etc.


Crusty,  Beef,  Cheese,  And  Noodle  Casserole

2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 lbs. ground beef
4 (10 1/4 oz.) cans meatless mushroom sauce (for spaghetti)
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. fine noodles, cooked and drained
1 lb. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated or shredded
Salt to taste

Heat oil and add onion and cook until golden.  Add the meat and cook until 
it loses its red color.  
Add mushroom sauce and salt; beat.  Arrange in casserole, half of noodles, 
half sauce, and half cheese.  
Sprinkle with seasoning salt. Make another layer of noodles, sauce, and 
cheese.  Bake at 325 degrees 
for 1 hour; top should be nicely browned.  8 to 10 servings.

Frisch's Fish Sandwich

----- Original Message ----- 
To: Phaedrus 
Sent: Saturday, December 04, 2010 1:23 PM
Subject: Frisch's Fish 

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,
One thing our whole family loves here in Cincinnati is Frisch's Fish Sandwich. 
It is more expensive than other fast food places, but it is worth it. Many 
people say here in Cincinnati say  "You pay so much for the fish sandwich, 
go on and get the platter." It is worth it. Do you have a source for the fish 
recipe? Sometimes it's so fun with our family to actually cook things ourselves. 
We'd love to find a good recipe instead of always going put to eat it. The fish 
is some type of thick solid white fish with two rectangular blocks on each sandwich 
in some type of partial cornmeal breading, plus their delicious tartar sauce and 
optional cheese. Love this website. Thank you. Hayden

Hello Hayden,

I found lots of raves about Frisch's Big Boy's fish sandwich, but no recipes or copycats for the fried fish itself. I did find the following description of the sandwich on a nutrition values website:

"center-loin, cold-water cod dipped in special-recipe batter and fried to a golden brown and served on a toasted Grecian roll with tartar sauce."

At least that description tells the kind of fish. "Center-loin, cold water cod" explains why it's an expensive sandwich. That's some good fish. No idea on the batter/breading, but there are two tartar sauce clones below. The first one may be best.


Frisch's Tartar Sauce Clone

1/3 cup finely minced onion
1/3 cup dill relish strained but not quite dry
1/4 teas hot sauce
Mayonnaise to bring qty to 2 cups approx 1-1/3 cup

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate. 
Frisch's Big Boy Tartar Sauce Clone

2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 lemon, juice of
2 Tbsp. horseradish
2 Tbsp. minced onion, scallions, or shallots
2 Tbsp. minced red or green pepper, sweet or hot
1/4 cup minced dill pickle/gherkins/capers
1 clove garlic, minced
2 hard cooked eggs, yolks mashed, whites chopped
1 dash Tabasco Sauce
1/3 cup catsup

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate.

Frozen Shrimp Soup

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Barbara 
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2010 12:47 PM
Subject: Cauliflower with Shrimp Sauce


My all time favorite recipe for cauliflower depends on a product no 
longer available, Campbell's frozen Shrimp Soup. Do you know of a 
replacement for the frozen shrimp soup which would give the same results? 
It really is a great recipe.  Thanks for any help you might be able to give.


Cauliflower with Shrimp Sauce

2 heads cauliflower broken into florets
2 cans frozen Campbell's Shrimp Soup 
slivered peeled almonds
1 pt sour cream
1 T white wine, opt

Bring pan of water to a boil and cook cauliflower gently and barely. 
In another saucepan heat, but do not cook, shrimp soup.  Just when well 
heated, add almonds, sour cream, and wine.  Heat through gently.  Drain 
cooked cauliflower.  Add to sauce.  Mix and serve.  8-10 servings.  

Hi Barbara,

The only mentions of a substitute that I can find anywhere are this quote from Peg Bracken's "I Hate to Cook Book":
"1 can frozen shrimp soup, thawed (if not available, use 1 can of undiluted shrimp or celery soup and throw in 3 ounces of fresh or canned shrimp..."

and a recipe on this page for a fresh shrimp soup to be used as a substitute:
Taste of Home

The Campbell's frozen product has been off the market for a long time. Time for someone to figure out how to use Campbell's canned condensed cream of shrimp soup in all those recipes that call for the frozen version. Maybe you?


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