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COOK'S CORNER : SWEET-AND-SOUR CABBAGE SOUP A LA JERRY'S FAMOUS DELI MADE WITH BEEF RIBS.

Byline: Marge Powers

Rick Betti of Sherman Oaks saw the recent recipes in this column for cabbage soup, and they reminded him of the cabbage soup at Jerry's Famous Deli that he loves. He called to see if we had such a recipe. Betti is in luck, as a facsimile recipe ran in the Restaurant Replicas column more than a year ago. The copycat version, which is a little less sweet than the restaurant's, was made with beef back ribs, (but you can use flanken or any type of meat or meaty beef bones) water, diced canned tomatoes, tomato paste, coarsely shredded green cabbage, lemon juice and sugar. Make the soup sweet and sour to personal taste by varying the amounts of lemon juice and sugar.

SWEET-AND-SOUR CABBAGE SOUP

1 1/2 pounds beef back ribs

6 cups water

2 teaspoons beef stock base

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon peppercorns

1 can (28 ounces) cut-up, peeled tomatoes, undrained

1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste

8 cups packed coarsely shredded cabbage

1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt OR more to taste

1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper

1/2 lemon, sliced

3 to 4 tablespoons sugar OR more to taste

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

In a large stock or soup pot, combine beef, water, beef base, bay leaves and peppercorns. Heat to boiling, skim off any residue or foam that rises to surface. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Remove meat and bone from pot; cool. Save for another use.

Strain stock; discard bay leaves and peppercorns. Return stock to soup pot. Add undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, cabbage, seasoned salt, pepper and lemon slices. Mix well. Heat to boiling, reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 30 to 40 minutes, until cabbage is limp.

Stir in sugar and lemon juice, adjusting as necessary to make soup sweet and sour tasting. Heat a few minutes longer. Makes 6 or more servings.

Miracle cake

A reader recalls seeing a recipe for a cake using Miracle Whip Salad Dressing and would like to make it.

After searching, we came up with the novel recipe from Kraft Foods for Heavenly Chocolate Cake.

Bake and enjoy!

HEAVENLY CHOCOLATE CAKE

CAKE:

1 package (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix (NOT pudding included) 1/2 cup sweetened cocoa powder

3 eggs

1 1/3 cups water

1 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing

FROSTING:

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 cups sifted powdered sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. Line bottom of pans with wax paper.

For Cake, in a large mixing bowl, stir together cake mix and cocoa; add remaining cake ingredients. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl frequently. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake in preheated 350-degree oven 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Immediately remove wax paper. Cool completely on wire racks.

For Frosting, in a bowl, beat cream cheese, milk and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until well-blended. In another bowl, mix powdered sugar and cocoa. Gradually add to cream cheese mixture, beating well after each addition.

Fill and frost cool cake layers. Keep cake refrigerated. Makes 12 servings.

VARIATION: For a sheet cake, substitute a greased and floured 13x9-inch baking pan for 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Do not remove cake from pan to frost. Frost as desired.

Can you help?

If you have recipes that can help this reader, please send them along to us at the address below to share in a future column.

I have been searching for a recipe for smothered pork chops. When I was in college, we had a cook in the fraternity house that made pork chops in a frying pan with peppers, onions and tomato sauce - they were delicious.

- Gene Margoluis

Los Angeles
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Date:Apr 22, 1998
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