The Flat Possum Gazette  

Test Kitchen

Courtesy of the Road-Kill Press

"A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand."

The following is a collection of recipes, hints, tips and secrets that my father has passed along via e-mail to me and his friends. As some of you know or may never have known the Flat Possum Gazette was an extraordinarily fine publication that was put together by Frank Potter. He mailed it (This was BEFORE the internet!) to selected friends and enemies so that they too could avail themselves of Frank's wit, charm, opinions (wanted or not!) and best of all recipes fresh from the Flat Possum Test Kitchen. Such favorites as "Turkey with Lemons up it's butt" and the proper care and maintenance of cheese - otherwise known as "Cultivating that green and grey lump in the lower drawer of the fridge." I guess you can see why we all looked forward to our latest copy of this magnificent publication.

But Seriously, Dad (Frank) had put a lot of time and effort into honing his culinary skills. And he even built an addition onto the house to house all the new kitchen paraphernalia (Pictured above) he picked up and collected after each cooking school he visited and took classes at.  And of course he had to have a REAL commercial stove - not one of those wimpy residential jobs! He had learned a lot and loved to pass along his experiments, whether we wanted him to or not!. So, I am posting the "collection" of e-mails here in memory of an extraordinary man, My father. 

This section of the website was revived from our old website from way back in 1999.    Historical data was found on some backup drives and we decided to share a bit of my father's wisdom here...

Tips from the Test Kitchen - a MUST read! Interesting tidbits of info you didn't know you needed!

Main Dishes

Beef Chicken Pork Fish & Seafood
Classic Meatloaf, Cornish Hens with Raspberry Sauce Threadgills Smothered Pork Chops Seafood Scampi
Mexican Brisket Chicken Enchiladas Smothered Pork Chops Gaido's Shrimp
Muleshoe Meat Pie Lemon Turkey/Chicken Pork Fried Rice Catfish Filet Piquant
  Chicken Livers with Fried Celery Sweet and Sour Pork with Peppers and Pineapple  
  Braised Chicken - A Mexican Variation Pork Stroganoff  
    Pork Spareribs  

Side Dishes

Tex-Mex Rice Luby's Green Beans Ceasar Salad Paragould Potato Salad
Paragould Chess Pie Cauliflower Soup Asparagus with Breadcrumbs and Parmesan Cheese Exotique Salade a la Poularde
French "Fat Chicken" Salad)
Cole Slaw   Sour Cream Biscuits  


Stir Fried Eggs & Sausage French Toast Holiday Breakfast  

Sauces and Dressings

Sauce Remoulade Jezabel Sauce Fog City Tomato Chutney Blue Cheese Dressing
  Veggie Sauce Chinese Style Peanut Butter  

Spicy Sauces and Dressings

Italian-Mexican Spaghetti Sauce Possum-Mexican Salsa Salsa II Chile Con Queso
  Creole Sauce    


  Batarde Bread  

Desserts and Treats

Buttermilk Poundcake Deep Fried Peanuts Grand Marnier Chocolate Mousse,
Chocolate Souffle Key Lime Cheese Cake Smoked Pecans
  Phyllo Napoleon with Jasmine Rice Pudding and Tropical Fruit  

Libations and spirits

Martini Research Biltmore Martini Supreme Ethnic Martini

Restaurant and Grocery/Deli source Reviews

Paletta's Central Market Hot Dogs - a Taste Test

Books and Media Reviews

Fart Proudly Impressions of Italy Dictionary Wanderings The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said


  How to give a cat a pill  


Cool Web Links:

CopyKat Creations - Find the "not-so-secret" recipes from many famous restaurants. - Interesting Biographical info on losts of people. - another book site for those who are addicted to buying books.

Jerry Baker - America's Master Gardener. This guy takes his home gardening seriously!

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