Archer Teacher Fish & Chips, plus Onion Rings option

Archer Teacher Fish & Chips, plus Onion Rings option

By Gloria Pitzer, first published in The Secret Restaurant Recipes Book (National Homemaker’s Newsletter, Pearl Beach, MI; Jan. 1977, p. 1)

Arthur Treacher was once Merv Griffin’s right-hand-man. A dignified and accomplished actor that we best remember from the 1930s & 1940s.

Ingredients:

3 cups boxed pancake mix

3-4 cups club soda

0.4-oz. pkg. ranch dressing mix powder

2-3 lbs. fish fillets (any good frying-type)

Instructions:

With wire whisk, combine the pancake mix and enough of the club soda so that the batter is the consistency of buttermilk – pourable! Whisk in the ranch dressing mix.

Dip the fillets into just enough plain, all-purpose flour to coat them lightly but evenly. Let coated fillets dry a few minutes on wax paper. Dip coated fillets into wet batter to coat lightly but evenly, letting excess batter drip back into bowl.

Using a heavy sauce pan or electric fryer, fry a few pieces at a time in 3-inch deep oil heated to 385F degrees. Turn the pieces once to brown each side (at about 2-3 minutes per side).

Remove from hot oil, using the tip of a sharp knife. Do NOT use tongs as it may cause coating to break and fall off. Keep pieces warm on a cookie sheet or in a roasting pan in a warm oven until all pieces have been fried. Serves 4-6.

ONION RINGS OPTION: (what to do with extra, left-over batter, as it does not keep well…)

Cut 3 firm white onions, each about the size of an orange., into 1/4-inch thick slices and separate into rings. Run these under cold tap water in a colander and let excess water drain off.

As with the fish (above), dip the rings into just enough plain, all-purpose flour to coat them lightly but evenly and let them dry for a few minutes on wax paper. One at a time, dip coated rings into the wet fish batter (above) to coat lightly but evenly, letting excess batter drip back into bowl. Then, drop each ring into 2-inch deep oil heated to 385F degrees. Turn the pieces once to brown each side (at about 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown and crispy).

Remove from hot oil, using the tip of a sharp knife. Do NOT use tongs as it may cause the coating to break and fall off. Drain rings on paper towels and keep warm on a cookie sheet in the oven, on low, until all rings have been fried. Serves 4 nicely.

Applebee’s-Style Oriental Dressing

Applebee’s-Style Oriental Dressing

By Gloria Pitzer, from her “Oriental Chicken Salad, Like Applebee’s” recipe found in her self-published cookbook, The Great Imitator’s Cookbook (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI; Oct. 1999, p. 3)

Ingredients:

8-oz bottle Paul Newman’s Vinegar & Oil Dressing

14-oz can Eagle Brand Milk

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup white vinegar

Instructions:

Put all ingredients through blender until smooth. Makes 1 quart.

2018 – Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – Best of the Recipe Detective

2018 Jan – Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – The Best of the Recipe Detective

2018 – Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – Best of the Recipe Detective is a re-write of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook by her daughter, Laura Emerich (published by Balboa Press, Jan. 2018). This cookbook has 318 pages filled with over 500 of Gloria’s best recipes, Food-for-Thought, inspirational stories, household and cooking tips and tricks, witty jokes, illustrations and historical information on some of the companies whose dishes and products she mimicked at home!

*SPECIAL NOTE: This cookbook was Gloria’s personal favorite of all the ones she’s written. It was recently re-written by Gloria and her daughter, Laura (Pitzer) Emerich. It is currently (as of Jan 2018) published by Balboa Press and available for sale at $20.99 each (also, available as an eBook for $3.99 each)…see: https://www.balboapress.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-001062252

Fun Facts:

Comments (as seen on Amazon):

5 out of 5 stars from the Secret Recipe Detective – Lynne – July 20, 2018 – Format: Paperback

“Gloria Pitzer was famous for her copycat recipes and their clever sound-alike names. She experimented in her kitchen to recreate popular foods. The first was McDonald’s secret sauce, way back in 1968. At that time, it was an 80-mile round trip from her home to the nearest McDonald’s. Any of her cookbooks is worth owning. They can be hard to find, so buy them when you see them.

Gloria Pitzer died earlier this year. The best tribute I can include is her version of Open Pit BBQ sauce — which will give you the flavour (yep, pun intended) of her style and creativity. She called it (what else?) Open Pitzer BBQ Sauce – Combine 1 cup bottled apple butter, 1 cup ketchup, and 1 cup Catalina Dressing. Mix well. Store in covered container in the refrigerator.”

1995 – Gloria Pitzer Presents The Mostly 4-Ingredient Cook Book of Secret Recipes

1995 Nov – Gloria Pitzer Presents The Mostly 4-Ingredient Cook Book of Secret Recipes

1995 – Gloria Pitzer Presents The Mostly 4-Ingredient Cook Book of Secret Recipes is an updated reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Mostly 4-Ingredient Recipes (Dec 1986, 2nd Printing) written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook has an 8.5” x 11” format with 60 pages, using the same 120 pages of the smaller, Dec 1986 format and laid out horizontally with 2 old pages per each new page. The new style boasted about 470 recipes in its index, covering dishes that Gloria developed and tested to perfection. This cookbook includes all of her favorite shortcuts to success that have been requested by her radio-listeners around the world, during her visits with over 150 radio stations.

Fun Facts:

  • Sub-Titles: “A Potpourri of Recipes” and “An Updated Reprint”
  • Printings: 1
  • Years: Nov 1995
  • Recipes: 470 listed
  • Pages: 60
  • Size 8.5” x 11”
  • Price: $7.50
  • Used copies on eBay: not found
  • Used copies on Amazon: $35
  • ISBN: unknown
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT

1986 – Gloria Pitzer’s Mostly 4 Ingredient Recipes

1986 Apr – Gloria Pitzer’s Mostly 4-Ingredient Recipes

1986 – Gloria Pitzer’s Mostly 4 Ingredient Recipes – was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – this cookbook has a 120-page, 5.5″ x 8.5″ format, boasting about 470 recipe listings in its index of her radio-listeners’ favorite dishes – ones that Gloria developed and tested to perfection. This cookbook includes all of her favorite shortcuts to success that have been popularly requested by her radio-listeners, during her visits with over 150 radio stations around the world.

After Paul and Gloria became “empty-nesters”, this book came in handy for cooking just for two again! This book would also suit those singles who want to impress their dates with “home cooked” meals, but don’t want to deal with complicated recipes. College students will also like the simple 1-2 serving recipes in this book. You can also customize the recipes to your needs by doubling, tripling or quadrupling ingredients for more servings.

*Special note: There are still a few hundred copies (new/unused) of the 3rd printing of this cookbook; available to purchase for $10 each (includes shipping). For details, contact: TheRecipeDetective@outlook.com

Fun Facts:

  • Sub-Titles: “The Radio Recipe Detective Rides the Range Again!”
  • Printings: 3
  • Years: Apr 1986, Dec 1986 & June 2002
  • Recipes: 470 listed
  • Pages: 120
  • Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Price: 1st printing was $6; in Fall ’90, it was $7; then, $7.50 in Spring ’95. Since 2002, it has sold for $10*
  • Used copies on eBay: none found
  • Used copies on Amazon: none found
  • ISBN: 886138-21-4 (for 3rd printing)
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT – but, a few hundred, “new/unused”, 3rd printing copies are still available for purchase at $10 each (*includes 1st class postage) contact: TheRecipeDetective@outlook.com)

1983 – Reliable Recipes for Reluctant Cooks by Gloria Pitzer

1983 Oct – Gloria Pitzer’s Reliable Recipes for Reluctant Cooks

1983 – Reliable Recipes for Reluctant Cooks was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – having a 45-page, 5.5″ x 8.5″ format, this limited edition Cookbooklet, as Gloria called it, is filled with a collection of 3, 4 and 5 ingredient recipes (with options) that are totally reliable – sufficient to satisfy even the most reluctant cook; along with Gloria’s trademark humor, inspirational stories and “Food-for-Thought”. The recipes are quite basic, but the options are endless for expanding them into fancier dishes or different flavorings than for which the original recipes call. Plus, other popular favorites as well!

 

Fun Facts

  • Sub-Titles: “3, 4, 5 Ingredient Recipes with Options, and Other Favorites”
  • Printings: (1) Limited Edition
  • Years: October 1983
  • Recipes: 134 Listed
  • Pages: 45
  • Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Price: $3.00
  • Used copies on eBay: none found
  • Used copies on Amazon: none found
  • ISBN: unknown
  • NO LONGER IN PRINT