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San Pasqual Dressing

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Pam 
Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2011 3:21 PM
Subject: Recipe request, please

I had a salad dressing on a mandarin orange salad while out in California, 
this past July, that was absolutely fantastic!
It was called Marstons' San Pasqual Salad dressing and I would love to 
have a recipe that was close to if not exactly like it.  It was, seriously, 
the best I've ever tasted! 
As far as I can tell, there's sugar or corn syrup maybe, oil, garlic, onion, 
a sweet cider(?, maybe some Worcestershire and I think some tamarind, too...
I've not been able to duplicate it and was hoping you could help.

Thank you,

Hi Pam,

You can buy the real thing by mail. See:

Marston Products

I only found one attempt at a copycat. See below:


Marston's Salad Dressing (Clone)

2/3 cup cider vinegar
3/4 cup flax seed oil
1.5 generous tbsp white sugar
1/4 red onion, diced very fine
1 clove garlic, minced
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together and toss salad with fresh tarragon, poached chicken, and mandarin oranges. 
You ROCK! Thank you!!
I think I can tweak that to make it close to perfect and I'll let you know 
if I come up with the absolute best clone!
I would love to be able to afford the cost of the real thing but with a 6 bottle 
minimum purchase and in this economy .... Well, enough said!
Thank you again from a LONG TIME (since 2003, I think) FAN!
Marston's Salad Dressing (Clone)

Dear Sir:   

I saw the one recipe you were able to come up with.   They left out a couple of important ingredients.

Here is my recipe:

1 c. corn oil (or any other oil)
1/2 c. cider vinegar
1 tbsp. Stevia or 2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. crushed garlic (can use kind in jar)
2 tbsp. minced onion or 1 tsp. onion powder 
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
S & P to taste 
1 tsp. Spike Veg-Sal (most grocery stores have this seasoning)
1 tsp. Anchovy Paste

I copied each ingredient from the label and just had to decide the amounts of each.   
The other recipe you have does not have the last two ingredients.


Chicken Fricassee with Meatballs

----- Original Message ----- 
From: phyllis 
To: Phaedrus 
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 5:19 PM
Subject: chicken fricassee with meatballs

Phaedrus, I am hoping that you could shed some light on an old recipe 
(50 years old) that my mom made when I was a child:  The recipe for 
chicken fricassee and baby meatballs. 

The main ingredients are chicken wings, chopped meat, string beans, 
onions and carrots.  The sauce was brown (did not include any milk products) 
Thanks, Phyllis 

Hello Phyllis,

This seems to be a popular Jewish recipe. There are dozens of versions of the dish. The closest one that I found to your description is here:

Cornelius Today


Magic Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Vivian 
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 4:03 PM
Subject: Magic Cake

Searching for  Magic Cake recipe, probably from the late 60's or early 70's. 
Made frosting first -  contained, I believe, butter, cream cheese, and powdered 
sugar, boiling???? water. You then reserved about half to top the cake later, 
and used rest of frosting to make the cake batter.  Contained, I think, more 
butter or oil, buttermilk, eggs, salt, baking soda? and flour.  This was one 
of my children's favorite cakes, and I rather liked the ease of preparation. 
Once you got the cake baked and cooled, you had the frosting ready.  Every 
heard of this one??? Thanks, Vivian

PS  I enjoy your site very much --- have replaced several recipes I had really 
lost, plus quite a few I didn't have to have lost!!!

Hi Vivian,

Perhaps this is it:

Tide Fans


Virginia Peanut Pie

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Virginia Peanut Pie

1 c. roasted peanuts, chopped
3 lg. eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c. white sugar
3/4 c. light brown sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
6 tbsp. butter or butter flavor Crisco

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine egg, sugar, corn syrup, salt, vanilla 
and butter in bowl.  Stir in peanuts and pour mixture into unbaked pie shell. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until set.  Cool.

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