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Magic Pan Cheddar Cheese Sauce

From: Jodi
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2015 2:23 PM
Subject: (no subject)


I was brought to your site for the Magic Pan recipes. I see you have the 
Spinach Souffle recipe but you didn't include the cheese sauce that they 
put on the crepe. Do you know what the ingredients are? Or is it the 
Hollandaise sauce they put on it?

Thank you 

Hello Jodi,

I could find only one reference about the sauce used on the Magic Pan spinach soufflé crepes. On a message board I found the below recipe given as that sauce.


Magic Pan Cheddar Cheese Sauce
Makes 1 cup

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp salt
Ground black pepper to taste

Heat butter in small saucepan until melted. Stir in flour smoothly. Gradually add milk, stirring. 
Heat to boiling, stirring until mixture thickens. Add remaining ingredients for the sauce, stirring 
until cheese melts.  

HEB Butternut Squash Soup

From: andrea 
Sent: Friday, November 27, 2015 6:34 PM
To: Phaedrus Subject: Happy Thanksgiving! 

Happy Black Friday! I hope you were able to enjoy a yummy meal and partake in the Black Friday 
festivities. Along with the autumn weather, I'm trying to find a recipe for a butternut squash soup.  
I used to make it all the time, but now I understand what people say about losing recipes when they 
move! Anyway, I think I got the recipe from HEB's Central Market here in Houston, but can't find it 
on the website.  
I believe I remember all the ingredients: butternut squash chicken broth or stock minced garlic 
bacon!cream/milk/half & half (I can't remember which--I do know I would usually buy whole milk 
especially to make this)salt & pepper to taste What is unique about this soup is it didn't 
have apple or any other spices and was so easy.  It allows the sweetness of the butternut squash 
to come through.  What I don't remember is the proportions of the ingredients. As best as I can 
recall, you cooked the cubed squash in the broth (and I often cut myself trying to cut 
the squash up which is why I didn't make it all the time--now, I can buy pre-cubed squash, 
eliminated one kitchen hazard).  Once it was tender, you smashed the squash in the broth 
(I would use a potato masher in the pot).  Then the bacon was diced and the minced garlic 
was fried in the bacon fat in a separate pot.  I think I cooked the bacon, pulled it out and 
then threw the garlic into the fat.  The garlic was stirred into the soup along with the dairy.  
I can't remember if you topped the bowl of soup with bacon or mixed it in (or both). Can you help? 


Hello Andrea, 

I had no success finding a butternut squash soup recipe that fit your description and mentioned any connection to HEB. I did find some recipes that were similar to your description:

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon

Roasted Winter Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon

I’ll post this for reader input, but it will be January before it appears. 


Original Jello Cake

From: Kathleen 
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2015 7:08 PM
Subject: Surprise - looking for an older recipe ...

Hello Phaedrus,

I am looking for the “original” Jell-O Cake recipe.   Not the infamous poke cake, 
but the first one that came out in the late sixties or early seventies, I believe.  
The things I remember about it are as below:

1 box cake mix (usually yellow, but white could be used)
1 small box any flavor Jell-O gelatin 
4 eggs (pretty sure)
Oil (not sure of amount)

1 cup powdered sugar (pretty sure)
2 cups orange juice (?)
2 T lemon juice (?)

Prick holes in top with fork all over after baking for ?  ,  Sift approximately 1 cup (?) 
powdered sugar over top of cake. Then sprinkle with mixture of (?) Tablespoons lemon juice 
and 2 cups (?) orange juice all over the top to soak the powdered sugar into the cake.  
Place cake back in oven for maybe 10 minutes, then remove and cool.

Been searching on the internet and have not found it yet – came across several 
“lemon Jell-O cake” recipes, but they used lots of lemon juice , no orange juice.  
Found an orange cake that used orange juice, but no lemon, and used Jell-O pudding, 
not gelatin in the mix.  Can you help please?

Thank you,


Hi Kathy,

I had no success finding a recipe that claimed to be the “original” Jello Cake recipe. (That would be too easy.) Nor did I find a non-poke cake with Jello that fit your description exactly.

However, there are dozens of recipes that are similar to what you describe. They vary in that some call for yellow cake mix and some call for white cake mix; some call for lemon Jello and some call for orange Jello; some call for lemon juice in the mix, some call for orange juice, some call for lemon or orange peel or both; and some call for one or the other in the icing. See below for a sampling. I’ll post this for reader input.


Jello Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
1 (6 oz.) box lemon Jello
2/3 c. water
2/3 c. vegetable oil
4 eggs

Mix cake and Jello; add water and oil.  Beat 2 minutes and add eggs, beat 2 minutes more.  
Bake in ungreased tube pan. Let cool thoroughly before removing from pan. 

--Orange  Glaze:--

2/3 c. granulated sugar
1/3 c. orange juice

Heat on stove to melt sugar and pour over cake while glaze is hot.  
Lemon Cake

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 pkg. lemon Jello
3/4 c. cooking oil
1 c. orange juice
2 tsp. lemon flavoring
4 eggs, separated


1 1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
Lemon juice

Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry in a small bowl.  Set aside.  
Mix all the other ingredients together.  Fold in egg whites.  
Pour into a tube pan that has been greased and floured.  
Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees.  Combine confectioners' sugar and lemon juice.  
Glaze cake while still warm.  
Orange Cake

1 white cake mix
1 pkg. orange Jello
1 c. water
1/2 c. oil
4 egg yolks

  Mix as recipe calls for on cake box.  Then fold in 4 stiffly beaten egg whites.  
Bake cake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. When cake is done.  Prick with fork 
over top of cake well.  Then pour icing over cake while still hot.
1 c. sugar
Juice of 3 lg. oranges

  Mix well together.  Pour over cake.  A very moist cake. 
Lemon Cake

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 sm. pkg. lemon Jello
4 eggs
3/4 c. water
3/4 c. oil

  Mix first 4 ingredients together for 2 minutes.  Add oil beat 3 minutes more.  
Bake at 350 degrees 40 minutes in 9 x 13 pan.

2 c. powdered sugar
Juice and rind of 2 lemons
Rind of 1 orange

  Mix well.  When cake comes out of oven perforate with 2 tine cooking fork or spoon.  
Pour topping over entire top.

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