Dear SOS: On a recent trip to Monterey we were served several unusual and excellent soups as appetizers. I can't find a recipe for Tomato-Ginger Soup in any of my cookbooks and would appreciate it if you could obtain it from Domenico's on Fisherman's Wharf.
Dear Marcia: This gingery soup would be a charming summery appetizer for patio meals.
3 ounces fresh ginger
1 medium white onion
4 tomatoes, peeled and seeded
4 ounces duck fat or 1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup chicken consomme
2 tablespoons sugar
Salt, white pepper
1 cup whipping cream
2 egg yolks
Puree ginger and onion in food processor. Set aside. Puree tomatoes. Set aside.
Melt fat over medium heat in saucepan. Add ginger and onion. Saute until soft, but not brown, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add pureed tomatoes, with juice, consomme, sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil. Add whipping cream. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
Lightly beat egg yolks in small bowl. Gradually stir in about 1 cup hot soup to warm egg yolks. Return to remaining soup in saucepan. Cook, stirring, over medium heat without boiling, until soup thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Add more cream for thinner soup, if necessary. Makes 4 cups.
Dear SOS: On a recent trip to Hawaii I tasted a most delicious Macadamia Nut Cream Pie that has a million calories but, ooh, is it good. Do you think you could obtain a recipe?
Dear A.H.: Here is a standard version of this marvelous pie.
MACADAMIA NUT CREAM PIE
1 1/3 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
Chopped toasted macadamia nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs, separated
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 (8-inch) baked pastry shell
Combine 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup nuts, salt and vanilla in top of double boiler. Place over boiling water and scald.
Combine remaining 1/3 cup milk, egg yolks and cornstarch and add to hot milk mixture. Cook, stirring, until thickened. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Beat egg whites with remaining 1/2 cup sugar until stiff. Carefully fold into milk mixture and turn into pastry shell. When cool, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with additional chopped nuts, if desired. Makes 6 servings.
Dear SOS: Years ago I clipped a recipe for chicken pacifica from The Times' Food Section. I have lost the recipe. Would you print it again?
Dear Lorane: Chicken Wings Pacifica is one of our readers' most popular appetizers, judging from requests over the years. The recipe was also printed in our cookbook, "Los Angeles Times California Cookbook" (Abrams: $25 hardcover; New American Library: $9.95 paperback).
CHICKEN WINGS PACIFICA
12 to 15 chicken wings
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon dry mustard
3/4 cup water
Disjoint chicken wings, discarding bony tips. Arrange meatier wing parts in shallow baking pan. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, butter, mustard and water and heat until sugar and butter dissolve.
Cool and pour over wings. Marinate in refrigerator 2 hours, turning occasionally. Bake in marinade at 350 degrees 45 minutes, turning once and spooning marinade over chicken occasionally. Drain on paper towels and serve hot or cold. Makes 24 to 30 wings.
Dear SOS: I have searched all through my many cookbooks and cannot locate a recipe for Cobb Salad. Do you per chance have a recipe?
Dear Lois: The Cobb Salad was a creation of the Original Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, so it is not a common recipe. It's a delightful main dish for warm weather.
1/2 head iceberg lettuce
1/2 bunch watercress
1 small bunch curly endive
1/2 head romaine
2 tablespoons minced chives
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
1 whole chicken breast, cooked, boned, skinned and diced
6 strips bacon, cooked and diced
1 avocado, peeled and diced
3 hard-cooked eggs, diced
1/2 cup Roquefort cheese, crumbled
Special French Dressing
Chop lettuce, watercress, endive and romaine in very fine pieces using knife or food processor. Mix together in large, wide bowl or individual wide, shallow bowls. Add chives. Arrange tomatoes, chicken, bacon, avocado and eggs in narrow strips or wedges across top of greens. Sprinkle with cheese. Chill. At serving time, toss with 1/2 cup Special French Dressing. Pass remaining dressing. Makes 6 servings.
Special French Dressing
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup vegetable oil
Combine water, vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, Worcestershire, mustard, garlic and oils. Chill. Shake well before using. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.