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Stuffed Mushrooms

From: Sandy
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2012 5:15 AM
Subject: 1970s (ish) Stuffed Mushrooms

Hello.  I've been searching high and low on Google, Bing and AOL for a lost stuffed mushroom recipe.  
I believe the last time I made them was in the early 70s.

Button mushrooms are washed, lightly sauteed and then stuffed with Fritos, of all things!  It's the 
stuffing recipe that I can't remember/find.  I do know that the Fritos were crushed.  I think butter 
was added along with finely minced onions, some sort of cheese, (I think it was mozzarella) and a 
package of Frito-Lay French Onion Dip mix.  I think there was a little soy sauce added as well.  
Then the shrooms were baked till the cheese melted.  The dip mix came in a small red and orange package.  
I remember that much but I don't believe it's made any longer.  That's OK.  I figure if you can find the 
recipe, I can substitute Lipton's.

These mushrooms were fabulous and always devoured right out of the oven.  It would really make my day 
and save face for me as I've already promised to make them for a New Year's Eve party.  Can you help?

Thank you so much for your consideration.  Happy Holidays!



Hello Sandy,

I cannot find a recipe that exactly matches your description. The below recipe is similar and may in fact be a modified version of the same recipe.


Stuffed Mushrooms

36 fresh mushrooms
3 tbsp. melted butter
1 stick butter, softened
1 clove finely minced garlic
2/3 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/3 c. finely crushed Fritos
2 tbsp. red wine
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 pkg. toasted onion soup mix

Remove stems from mushrooms and brush with melted butter.  Combine softened butter with garlic and cheese; mix well.  
Add wine, soy sauce, dip mix and chips; mix.  Fill mushrooms with mixture.  Place on baking sheet and broil for 3-5 minutes.  
Remove to microwave safe dish and microwave for 30-50 seconds on high.   

OMG!!!!!!!  That sounds EXACTLY like my missing recipe!  I had forgotten there was wine in there.  Where on earth did you find it?  
I've been looking on and off for years.  Do you happen to know how the weight of the pkg. of dip mix since I'll have to substitute 
from Lipton's which I know is a larger pkg?   Thank you so very much.  I am so blown away.  You're incredible.
Very Sincerely,

Bugles Tuna Dip

From: Mary
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2012 9:47 PM
Subject: lost recipe

Many years ago I found a recipe for a dip using tuna fish on the back of a box of bugles. Any chance you have heard of this recipe?

I would love to serve this again. Thank you for any help.


Hi Mary,

There are lots of dip recipes that mention serving with Bugles, because Bugles are good for dipping. However, I did not find any tuna dip recipe that said it was from the Bugles package. People often put recipes on the Internet without saying where they got them. The recipe may be out there, but you donít give me enough information to identify it if it doesnít say that itís from the Bugles package.

I did find a brief mention from a message board Ė no recipe, though Ė of a tuna dip from the Bugles package that contained boiled egg and lemon. Perhaps thatís it. Below is a tuna dip recipe with boiled egg and lemon that seems to be popular.

There are also several tuna dip recipes here:

Food Ferret


Parmesan Tuna Dip

1 c. sour cream
1 can tuna, drained and flaked
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 hard cooked egg, chopped
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. dry Italian salad dressing mix

Combine all ingredients, cover and chill.  Serve with raw vegetables, or crackers, or chips, or party rye bread, or "Bugles".   

Chili Sauce like Johnny & Hanges

From: Lin
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2012 12:53 PM
Subject: Johnnie and Hangies

Hey Phaedrus :)

When I was a kid in New Jersey, one of my Fondest memories was my parents taking me to a restaurant called Johnnie and Hangies? (spelling)  
They made a sauce for their hamburger and hot dogs that I have NEVER had ANY where, and can't even duplicate it.  I would be SO GRATEFUL 
if you could find it.  The sauce seemed to be some kind of chili sauce and was unbelievably delicious!!  
Thank You So Much!!  and Best of Luck!!  

Hi Lin, These chili sauce recipes are usually not difficult to find if they are available. The problem is that they usually arenít available. The people who own these places donít give out their chili sauce recipes. Many times, no one but the owner will even know the recipe. Heíll go in and make the sauce himself. He wonít even tell his employees the recipe. The recipes are often handed down in families, and the only time they go outside the family is when the owner sells the restaurant. These sauces are notoriously difficult to copy without the recipe. Johnny and Hanges is still going strong. Itís said that the recipe has been kept secret since 1939. Some people say that the original recipe was lost when the restaurant changed owners in 1999, but others disagree and say itís still the same. Johnny and Hanges has a website here: Johnny & Hanges

Thereís an article and a lot of discussion about the sauce and a recipe on this site:

Off the Broiler

There is a recipe posted there that claims to be the actual recipe. No way to tell but to make it and see. Itís below.


Johnny And Hanges Chili Sauce

2 lbs ground beef
2 8 oz cans tomato paste
2 cups water
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp cumin
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
3/4 tbsp paprika
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground pepper
6 oz Heinz ketchup
2 tbsp spicy brown mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup finely chopped onion and another 2 cups that do not go into the recipe.

The process is just as important as the ingredients, so please do not try to rush this.
1) Put all measured dry ingredients above into a small bowl and mix well, set aside.
2) Brown the ground beef while breaking it into the smallest pieces possible, drain most of the grease, leave a little.
3) Add tomato paste and water directly to the pan with the beef, medium heat, combine well.
4) Sprinkle all dry ingredients evenly into beef/tomato paste mixture while keeping a medium to low heat.
5) Add all other remaining ingredients to pan and stir/mix well. Remember, only 1 cup onion goes in.
6) Slow simmer for at least 1 hour, adding water as necessary so as not to dry out or burn.

Your final sauce should have enough consistency so it does not drip or get too runny, yet thin enough not to clump into a ball.

Hot dogs should be deep fried until the outside has a bit of a snap when biting into it.

Open hot dog bun and put about 1 tbsp chopped onion evenly down center from end to end, add hot dog, then top with all-the-way 
sauce until dog is covered. EAT.

Donít forget to deep fry the Sabrette's skinless hot dogs 

WOW!! You are the BEST!!  Thank You SO VERY VERY MUCH!!  I will definitely give this a try, and again TY for answering So Quickly !!  Lin

Robert Pile's Crab Lasagna

Robert S. Pile's Crab Lasagne

1/2 lb. lasagna noodles
2 cups medium white sauce
1 cup finely chopped fresh shrimp
1 lb. fresh crabmeat
2 cups small curd cottage cheese
1 egg
6 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
2 teaspoons basil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tomato, thinly sliced
Grated cheddar cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

  Cook noodles 15 minutes, drain. Heat shrimp & crabmeat. 
Mix cream cheese (softened),cottage cheese, egg, basil, 
onion, salt, and pepper.
  Place half of noodles in casserole; add half of cream
cheese mixture. Add all shrimp & crabmeat. Cover with
noodles and remaining cream cheese mix. Top with tomato 
slices. Bake for 15 minutes in 350į Oven. Cover with the
cheddar cheese and bake another half hour. Let set for 
10 - 15 minutes after baking before serving.

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