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Tasty Bites, Kitchen Tips, Elvis Wedding Menu, Coffee Spice Rub.  Stephen Block
 Jun 20, 2002 11:23 PDT 
*-*-*-*Tasty Bites*-*-*-FROM THE KITCHEN PROJECT*-*-*-*-*-

June 20, 2002
Vol 4 # 5
Stephen Block, editor, The Kitchen Project

      Some Of The Best Of Susan’s Daily Household Tips.
         A Very Easy Tip For Getting Your Whites Whiter Than White
         Homemade Boursin Cheese,
         Simple Things To Add To Cake Mixes To Spice Them Up
An Easy Tip To Make Your Hamburgers ..Juicy

This is a brunch menu , when he married Pricilla in 1967
        Oysters Rockefeller, one of Elvis' favorites. The recipe
        and history behind this famous dish.

        Spicy Coffee flavored Meat Rub, This is phenomenal!    

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Add a wonderful flavor to your fresh fruit salad
Make your own super strength vanilla extract and add a few drops
The flavor is incomparable to store bought.

Order fresh Madagascar vanilla beans here;

-*-*-*Tasty Bites *-*-*-SUSAN’S DAILY TIPS*-*-*-*
By Susan Doyle
The Kitchen Project wants to salute Susan this month with her daily

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For 4 years she has given wonderful tidbits of Wisdom from her years as
a housewife and cook and working with the newspaper.


Mix one-half cup Cascade, one-half cup Clorox, and one-gallon hot
water in a plastic bucket. Soak clothing in this mixture overnight,
dump the solution and clothes into the washing machine, and wash as
usual. Add one-half cup Heinz White Vinegar to the rinse water.


Mix one cup Cascade and one gallon warm water in a plastic bucket.
Soak the clothes in this mixture overnight, then run them through the
washing machine. Cascade removes the gray due to detergent residue
build-up on white polyester.

The French love it and we love it, Boursin Cheese. We find it a bit
expensive for regular use. The solution is to make your own.


8 ounces Cream Cheese at room temperature
1 T. Lemon Juice
1 Garlic Clove minced
½ Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
½ Tsp. Dry Mustard
1 T. minced fresh Parsley
1 T. minced fresh chives or Scallions
¼ cup minced fresh herbs (Rosemary, Summer Savory, Thyme, Basil,
Marjoram, Oregano) or a selection of your favorites

Combine all ingredients in Blender and process until well mixed.
Serve at room temperature or chilled with crackers or bread, as a
stuffing for Cherry Tomatoes, Celery Sticks, new Potatoes or Baby
Beets. Thin with Sour Cream, Milk or Yogurt for a Vegetable Tray Dip.
As a Hostess gift, pack in an attractive container and wrap with a
pretty paper and ribbon. Keep refrigerated until ready to leave for
the party. Ask your Hostess to keep refrigerated if she is not using
it immediately.


We found this great formula for creating interesting new cake mixes
in Better Homes and Gardens "New Cookbook". If these ideas inspire
you to further experimentation, please let us know.

Create a special cake by using one or more of the following
suggestions with a yellow, white, or chocolate two-layer cake mix.

Add one of these to the dry cake mix:
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
¾ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground allspice
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

Add one of these with the eggs:
½ cup applesauce
1 T. instant coffee crystals, dissolved in the water called for in
the mix directions.
1 T. finely grated orange or lemon peel
1 tsp. maple flavoring
½ tsp. almond extract

Substitute an equal amount of unsweetened pineapple juice for the
water in white or yellow cake mixes.
Stir one of these into the mixed cake batter:
1 cup coconut
½ c. finely chopped nuts
½ cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
½ c. well drained chopped maraschino cherries

To one third of the white or yellow cake batter, add a half cup
chocolate flavored syrup. Pour the plain batter into baking pans,
pour chocolate batter on top and swirl with a rubber spatula.


To prevent food from sticking, "Remember the rule, hot pan, cold
oil." Never put oil in a pan and heat. Always heat the pan first,
add the oil and then, immediately, the food. You will have much less
sticking that way.

WATER YOUR BEEF ( For Extra Juicy Hamburgers)

For a really juicy burger, rub both sides of the meat with water
before grilling.

Meatloaf won't crack when baking if you rub the top with cold water
before placing in the oven.

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-*-*-*Tasty Bites *-*-*-GERMAN GOODIES*-*-*-*
Recipes from a German Grandma
Learn to make Soft baked Pretzels

Our German Cookbook is a nice gift , with recipes and anecdotes of a
German American Grandmother.

to sample our German Cookbook go here
*-*-*-*Tasty Bites *-*-*-COFFEE ON THE BBQ *-*-*-


A mixture of spices called a "rub" spread on the meat a head of time
will add a lot of flavor, and color to the meat, and also tenderize it.

I have used this for years now it is a wonderful spice mixture that I
tell everyone, "hey smell this …this is what I used on the steaks
tonight,The sweet, and spicy aroma always gets a “whats in that …it
smells so good!" …. Then you tell them if you want,that It is the ground
Italian Roast coffee that makes it smell so good. This Spice Rub also
makes a nice gift.

For about 10 lbs. of Meat;

2 C brown sugar

1 C coarse salt or Kosher Salt   

1 T Coarse Pepper

1-2 Tbl. Ground chipotle(chi-pote-lee) chilli's (other chili powders
may be substituted)

1/4 C ground to a powder dark roast Italian coffee

Mix all ingredients and store in a glass Jar.

*-*-*-*Tasty Bites *-*-*-Historical Menus*-*-*-
Elvis is enjoying a new resurgence of popularity now ….as they are
remixing his music for a new generation. I am not a huge fan ..but his
life was interesting …especially his eating habits. That is a subject in
its own and a study in obsessive behavior. However his love was for good
Southern American comfort foods. Here is the menu for his Wedding brunch
…when he got married to Pricilla.


Here is a recipe from it …for Oysters Rockefeller, and the history
behind this famous dish.

Information donated by Janet Clarkson

From the menu for the Wedding of
Elvis and Priscilla Presley


(Roy Alciatore's version, from Life magazine's cookbook
about this recipe's history

36 fresh oysters on the half shell
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons finely minced raw spinach
3 tablespoons minced onion
3 tablespoons minced parsley
5 tablespoons bread crumbs
Tabasco sauce to taste
1/2 teaspoon Herbsaint, or substitute Pernod
1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add all the ingredients except the
oysters. Cook, constantly stirring for 15 minutes. Press the mixture
through a sieve or a food mill. Cool. Line six pie tins with rock salt.
Set 6 oysters in the rock salt on each pie tin. Divide the topping into
36 equal portions. Place one portion on each oyster. Broil until topping
is brown. Serves 6.

About this Recipe

Oysters Rockefeller was created in 1899 by Jules Alciatore, of the
famous Antoine's restaurant in New Orleans. The dish is still prepared
after the original recipe at the restaurant, and this remains a closely
guarded secret.
Oysters Rockefeller consists of oysters topped with a flavored puree of
greens, and placed under the grill for a few minutes. It is the exact
nature of the greens and the various flavorings that is disputed. In
fact the only certain ingredient is the oysters!
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