Dear Sun Spots: When I was a kid growing up my grandparents used to use a condiment called Old Style Sauce on sandwiches and have it with ham. I believe at one point it was also called Shed’s sauce. My family and I loved it, and we have been unable to find it for a long time. Can you tell me if they discontinued it? And if not, where can we find it? Thank you! – Kerrie, Turner.

Answer: The old style sauce you are referring to was produced by Seneca Foods under the name Aunt Nellie’s and Shedd’s. It’s been described as having a mayonnaise-horseradish-mustard flavor. It was used as a condiment and in recipes such as potato salad and deviled eggs as the “secret” ingredient. Unfortunately, a consumer affairs representative for Seneca Foods said the sauce was discontinued June 1, 2007. Their warehouses do not have any left and the recipe cannot be handed out.

Sun Spots did locate a “copycat” recipe for Shedd’s Sauce that we thought you’d be interested in trying, from “Uncle Phaedrus, Consulting Detective and Finder of Lost Recipes.”

Ingredients: 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons horseradish sauce, 2 teaspoons ketchup, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano, dash black pepper, dash cayenne pepper. Combine all of the ingredients and refrigerate.

Be sure to let Sun Spots know if the flavor matches the old style sauce you remember.

Dear Sun Spots: Lewiston High School girls varsity ice hockey team will be hosting their annual alumni game at Ingersoll Ice Arena in Auburn on Sunday, January 4 at 1:15 p.m. Any alumni interested in participating should contact Carrie Lacasse at 783-9539. Thank you. – Carrie, Lewiston.


Dear Sun Spots: I had a chance to watch a movie on TV on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. It said it was “Deck the Halls” and was on Life channel. I was able to watch about one hour of it. It was a wonderful movie of a woman with a young boy (her son). The mother did not believe in Santa Claus and I believe her husband was deceased. They lived in what looked like a condo.

A man moved in the area and was always making noise so she couldn’t sleep. When he moved he had a sleigh and other Christmas items. He was always working on Christmas things. The young boy enjoyed spending time with this man. His mother didn’t like it. In my opinion he was like Santa.

In your flyer, it was on Life channel listed as “Deck the Halls” 2005 NR (CC). I had my husband pick up “Deck the Halls” DVD but it was not the movie. This one he got was a comedy. I went back and they said it could be an old one on a VCR. I have tried every way to find this tape. I would like to watch the whole story as it was such a nice story (what I saw of it as I had to leave) so I would like to see the end. If there is anyone out there who has this VCR/DVD movie I would like a copy. It would mean so much to me. I am old and enjoy these stories. Please, anyone who can help me call Edith at 784-0656 and leave your phone number so I can call you back. The man had a beard and reminded me of Cyrus. – Edith, Lewiston.

Answer:
“Deck the Halls,” which aired on Lifetime and the Lifetime Movie Network stars Gabrielle Carteris. It is the story of Holly, who returns to her hometown with her eight-year old son, Ben, after she loses her husband. Soon after they return, Ben watches a man, Nicholas, move in next door with a sleigh, red suit and lots of Christmas goodies. Ben begins to believe that their new neighbor is Santa Claus, and devises a plan to set up his mom with Santa Claus.

Unfortunately, since the majority of the movies shown on Lifetime Television are purchased to air exclusively on the network they don’t have the authority to sell copies of the movies. Some of the Lifetime Original movies are available, but this particular title is not available to purchase on DVD or VHS. Perhaps a reader has recorded it or will be willing to tape it for you next time it is scheduled to air. Check local listings or visit www.mylifetime.com.

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