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Thai Pork Dish

From: Joe
Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:07 PM
Subject: Thai


    I did R&R in Bangkok in 1970. While there, I had a dish made of ground, spiced pork,
Served over rice with a clear, fiery hot dipping sauce. I’ve never seen the recipe in all
Of the subsequent years. Do you think you could come up with something?

Thanks, Joe

Hi Joe,

Sorry, not much luck. Need the name of the dish in English or Thai.

But take a look at the Thai pork recipes here:
A Taste of Thai

And follow these links for more Thai recipes to look through:
Thai Recipes

Also, it sounds like it might be a form of “laab” or “larb”, served over sticky rice. The sauce is usually not served separately.

See these recipes:


larb moo


Thanks Phaed, this one looks to be close to it, too:



Cock of the Walk's Tartar Sauce

-----Original Message----- 
From: Paula 
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2011 11:19 PM
Subject: Cock of the Walk Tartar Sauce

We have a local restaurant here called Cock of the Walk. My family is in 
love with their Tatar sauce. I believe it has capers in it. It is not a 
sweet tartar sauce. It seems to have a good amount of pepper in it.
I don't detect any pickles either. Can you help us find this recipe?

Thanks in advance,

Hi Paula,

Judging from the number of requests that I found on the web, a lot of people would like to have the Cock of the Walk's tartar sauce recipe. However, I'm afraid that I can offer no joy.

I can find only one recipe that claims to be it, and it impossibly calls for 1/2 bushel of green onions:

Cock of the Walk Tarter(sic) Sauce

2 cup or as needed hellmans mayo
1/2 onion
1/2 bushel(sic) of green onion(sic)
diced dill pickles to taste
salt and pepper to taste

put ingredients in a blender and grind it to a coarse blend. still liquidy(sic) as well as diced. perfect for making cole slaw too

There is a recipe here for Cock of the Walk's catfish. It has an attached tartar sauce recipe, but it appears that only the catfish part of the recipe is from Cock of the Walk:


I found these other Cock of the Walk recipes while searching for the tartar sauce recipe:


Fried Pickles

Pickled Onion Rings

No joy, Paula. Sorry.

I've never tasted Cock of the Walk's tartar sauce, but if you decide to try to duplicate their tartar sauce, let me give you a couple of general hints that might help:

When making sauces and dishes that call for "mayonnaise", some people doom themselves from the start by using "Miracle Whip" salad dressing instead of real mayo. This sweet product is not mayonnaise, and it will ruin any recipe that calls for mayonnaise. Also, beware of mayonnaise that has no lemon juice. Most good institutional mayo is closest to Hellman's, and Hellman's is the #1 choice of mayonnaise consumers. I prefer Kraft mayo, because it has even more lemony taste.

I did a quick search, and I found tartar sauce recipes that contain capers and/or dill pickle and/or sweet pickle, but I did not find any in a quick search that contained only capers. There may be some, but they aren't typical. The idea sounds interesting. I think tartar sauce should have a sour taste, so capers or capers and dill pickle would be my choice. A sour taste goes well with fish, which is why many people squeeze a lemon over their fish or sprinkle it with malt vinegar.


I have an old recipe virtually identical to the one you posted except it calls for 
1/2 bunch (2 to 4) of green onions not 1/2 bushel.

Timm in Oregon

A Particular Applesauce Cake

From: Patsy 
Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2011 9:02 PM
Subject: applesauce cake

I am searching for an applesauce cake that was in the FAMILY CIRCLE OR WOMAN'S DAY in the late 1960s   
The unique ingredients were butter and  rum flavoring.  Also, the liquid was water. 
The baking powder caused it to rise causing it to be a lighter version than applesauce cake with baking soda.  
I think the title was "Uncle (can't remember name) Applesauce Cake.

Hope this is enough info to set you to searching.



Hello Patsy,

Sorry, I had no success in locating a recipe that fits your description.


A Particular Italian Dressing

From: Kaye
Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2011 10:56 PM
To: Phaedrus 
Subject: not sure this is a recipe...

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

Several years ago I purchased a bottle of Sweet Creamy Italian Dressing from a store in Kansas City, Mo.  
Can't remember the name of the store or the brand name of the salad dressing but it was the BEST Italian 
Dressing I've ever eaten. I've searched for a recipe several times but haven't found anything that sounds 
like it might be the "one".  It was a white dressing.  
Can you help?


Hi Kaye,

Sorry, no luck. I cannot find any bottled dressing called “sweet creamy Italian dressing.” Not enough to go on. Need the brand.

For a recipe, I’d need a way to recognize the right recipe when I saw it. Just the color isn’t enough.


-----Original Message----- 
From: Kaye 
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2012 1:59 PM
Subject: Sweet creamy Italian salad dressing

Several years ago I purchased a bottle of "Sweet Creamy Italian Dressing". 
Before I had a chance to copy the brand or any other info my husband threw 
the empty bottle away.  I have no idea where I purchased it from but it may 
have been a /World Import store.  I've asked around and looked for this item 
for several years but to no avail.  I hate Italian dressing but this one was 
awesome.  It came in a tallish bottle with a long neck.  Any help or even 
recipes would be gratefully appreciated.


Hello Kaye,

Kaye, I believe that you wrote me about four months ago with this same request. See:
Request for Sweet, Creamy Italian Dressing

I had no success finding it then, and I had no success today. Although I posted your request on my site, no one has responded. Sorry, I cannot find any mention of a brand of Italian Dressing that calls itself "Sweet Creamy Italian Dressing".

There are a couple of recipes for homemade dressing with that name on these sites:



I do not know of anything else that I can do to help you find this.


From: Christina 
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2012 12:41 AM
To: phaedrus 
Subject: A particular creamy Italian salad dressing
I know exactly what product the person from the 11/11/11 post was looking for: Hereford House Creamy Italian Dressing. 
Glass bottle with a brownish label. I unfortunately moved from Kansas City, so I can't run to Hen House or Price Chopper 
(not related to New England Price Chopper stores) to determine who bottles it. I am pretty sure that it is still being bottled. 
(The owner of the Hereford House restaurants burned down a restaurant for the insurance money, so I can't guarantee it will 
continue to be bottled for a whole lot longer....that was big news in Cowtown.) My suggestion is to contact the 
Best of Kansas City Store 1-800-366-8780 & I am sure they would know if it is still being made, & 
if it is they will ship it right out to you. Not affiliated, just a happy customer.


Hi Christina,

Thanks, it really helps to have the name!

The Anderson Restaurant Group, who marketed the Hereford House dressing, has a note on their site that it has been discontinued. See:

Hereford House Creamy Italian Dressing



Hello Kaye,

One of my readers thinks that your dressing might be “Hereford House Creamy Italian Dressing.” “Hereford House” is a popular steakhouse chain in Missouri. Their creamy Italian dressing is so popular that it was bottled and marketed retail. It‘s not called “Sweet” on the label, though. Hereford House has a website here:
Hereford House Restaurants

The dressing was marketed by Anderson Restaurant Group, whose website is here:
Hereford House Creamy Italian Dressing

There is a picture of Hereford House Creamy Italian Dressing on that site. Note also that beside the picture, they say this: “This Item has been DISCONTINUED. We cannot accept orders which exceed current stock levels.“
Their phone number is on that page. You might call them and ask if they have any bottles left. If that does not work out, then your other option would be to call or go by one of the Hereford House restaurants listed on their website and see if you can get the dressing that way.


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