The Recipe Finder Files: A collection of obscure, lost and beloved recipes
If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request, email email@example.com, or write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.
If you send in more than one recipe, please put each on a separate piece of paper and be sure to include your name, address and daytime phone number.
Important: Name and hometown must accompany recipes in order to be published. Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letter and recipes may be edited for clarity.
5:48 PM EST, December 10, 2013
Gene Green from Baltimore requested a recipe for making homemade eggnog.
1:08 PM EST, November 19, 2013
Roseanne Glick from Mount Washington was looking for the recipe for a delicious appetizer that someone brought to a potluck cocktail party recently. She said it was a water chestnut wrapped in bacon and coated with some type of a barbecue sauce. She, along with many other guests at the party, found the single-bite morsels surprisingly irresistible.
6:32 PM EST, November 12, 2013
Jan Griffin from Cary, N.C., was looking for a recipe for the spice cake that used to be made and sold at A&P stores across the country many years ago.
1:04 PM EST, November 6, 2013
Mary Mossman of Baltimore was looking for a recipe for making Polish pumpkin soup with dumplings.
4:29 PM EDT, July 23, 2011
Rebecca Burris of Owings Mills said she has "recently fallen in love with Starbucks' Very Berry Coffee Cake," and she was looking for a similar recipe so that she could make the cake at home.
3:23 PM EDT, September 24, 2013
Alisia Verdoorn from Cupertino, Calif., was looking for a recipe for a coffee cake that is made with raisin bran as the main ingredient. She said her grandmother had given her the recipe and she has lost it and she would like to be able to make it again. She said she remembers that the cake was very moist and was made with buttermilk and orange juice in addition to the raisin bran and that it had a nutty crumble topping.
4:00 PM EDT, September 24, 2013
Kathy Blair from Somerset, Ky., was looking for a recipe she had clipped from a magazine years ago and has since lost for an unusual meatloaf. She said this meatloaf mixture was rolled out flat; mashed potatoes and chopped celery leaves were spread over the mixture and then it was rolled up jellyroll-style. It was then baked and when cooled slightly it could be sliced and the slices resembled pinwheels.
10:06 AM EDT, October 2, 2013
Barbara Daniel of Cross Lanes, W.Va., was looking for a "good old" recipe for making pickled green beans. She said that her grandmother always made them, but most of her recipes are long gone.
4:44 PM EDT, October 8, 2013
Claire Green from Parkton was looking for a recipe for a noodle kugel like the one she remembers her grandmother making for the Jewish holidays when she was growing up.
5:34 PM EDT, October 18, 2013
Joann Levin of Baltimore was looking for the recipe for the chopped salad that was served at the now-closed Maison Marconi restaurant in downtown Baltimore. Marconi's, which opened in 1920, was an institution in Baltimore famous for its Old World charm. It was favorite dining spot of such notables as H.L. Mencken.
4:29 PM EDT, October 29, 2013
MC Savage from Baltimore said she is trying to find ways to get more nutrient-packed beans in her diet and was hoping for a recipe for a three-bean salad that was a little bit different from the classic versions that most commonly have a dressing made with vinegar, oil and sugar.
3:17 PM EDT, September 10, 2013
Cindy Mosier from Dowagiac, Mich., was searching for a recipe for making a cinnamon loaf similar to the one she enjoyed growing up that she said was made by a bakery in her hometown in the 1950s and '60s. She said it was baked in a loaf pan and was moist yet firm. When it was turned upside down after baking, it had a wonderful gooey caramel topping and swirls of cinnamon throughout the loaf. She said she has searched for a similar recipe but has not had any luck finding a really good one.
1:06 PM EDT, September 3, 2013
Sherri Trilling from North Chicago, Ill., was looking for the recipe for the cranberry chicken dish that was served at the Indian Trail restaurant in Winnetka, Ill. She said the restaurant is no longer open but that it was quite famous back in the day and had a very loyal following.
11:22 AM EST, March 6, 2013
Marlene Millard from Longview, Wash., said that back in the 1960s she had a recipe for making a delicious sour cream cake that used a boxed white cake mix as the base. She said it was one of those cravings she had during pregnancy that she thought she would never get back, so she threw away the recipe. Now she finds herself craving the cake some 50 years later and would like to be able to recreate the taste.
2:33 PM EDT, March 19, 2013
Linda Settles from Havre de Grace was looking for a recipe for brown sugar pie that duplicated the one her grandmother used to make. She said her grandmother had five daughters but none of them remember how she made the pie.
12:40 PM EDT, May 1, 2013
Stanley Levy from Baltimore was in search of the recipe for the cheesy potato casserole that he enjoyed at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Pennsylvania. He said it reminded him of macaroni and cheese but instead of pasta it was made with potatoes.
9:20 AM EDT, March 13, 2013
Kira Eying from Baltimore was seeking a recipe for oyster pie. She said her husband's grandmother used to make it but no one in the family can find her recipe. She said was it was similar to an oyster stew, with potatoes, carrots and other vegetables but baked in a deep-dish pie plate with a flaky crust.
7:41 AM EDT, March 27, 2013
Brenda Cox from Raleigh, N.C., was looking for a recipe for making a baked spaghetti casserole like the one her mother used to make back in the 1950s. She remembers that her mother used tomato soup in her recipe. She has tried over the years to recreate the dish without success.
8:09 AM EDT, April 3, 2013
Val DeSantis from Utica, N.Y., was looking for a recipe for a Scandinavian-style almond cake like the one she purchased some years ago at a fundraiser. She thought it was made with almond paste as well as almond extract, and she said that it's "an almond lover's dream cake".
5:50 PM EDT, April 9, 2013
Jeffrey Clayton from Baltimore was hoping someone would have the recipe for the sticky buns that were served in the cafeterias at Garrison Junior High and Forest Park High school back in the 1950s when he and his wife were students there.
1:57 PM EDT, April 16, 2013
Holly Renew from Baltimore was looking for a recipe for a mushroom loaf that was served at the now-closed restaurant in Canton called the Wild Mushroom. She said it was a featured item on the menu and similar to a meatloaf in consistency but contained no meat.
12:05 PM EDT, April 12, 2013
Rose Dodds from Bel Air was searching for a recipe for a cake similar to one that she enjoyed at a party. She said the texture was similar to poundcake and the almond flavor reminded her of Italian amaretti cookies.
9:54 PM EDT, May 7, 2013
Steve Frazer from Reisterstown was looking for the recipe for the chocolate chip cake that used to be sold at Miller's Delicatessen in Northwest Baltimore in the 1970s. He remembers that it was a very dense cake and most likely made with sour cream with an abundance of tiny chocolate chips and a sugary crunchy topping.
6:40 PM EDT, April 23, 2013
Viola Brown from La Pointe, Ind., was looking for a good and easy recipe for making tomato basil soup. She said she is 82 years old and has a hard time finding things she still likes to eat. It's not surprising that she would be in search of a recipe for homemade tomato soup, as it's a classic comfort food no matter what the season.
5:58 PM EDT, May 14, 2013
Pat Arata from Mishawaka, Ind., was looking for a recipe she had lost for making crispy fried salmon patties that she thought was once printed on a can of Crisco. She said the patty puffed up a little when fried, which made her think the recipe likely contained baking powder or soda.
2:35 PM EDT, July 9, 2013
Mary Sloan Roby of Baltimore was looking for the recipe for the crab casserole from the old Robertson's Cafeteria in Charleston, S.C. She said it was very creamy and had cheddar cheese melted on the top.
7:23 PM EDT, June 4, 2013
Mary Quinn from Baltimore was looking for the recipe for the Louisiana Ring Cake that was made by the long-ago closed Rice's Bakery. She said the tube cake had a crunchy outer crust and the cake itself had a slightly orange flavor. The bakery cake clearly was one that was enjoyed and remembered by many in the area, and over the years the Sun has published the recipes for it several times dating as far back as the 1960s.
2:59 PM EDT, May 21, 2013
Liz Williams from Newton, N.C., wanted help finding a recipe for making baked lasagna that she had lost. She said the recipe came from a box of pasta she was using probably around 20 years ago, and it was the best lasagna ever.
10:45 AM EDT, June 19, 2013
Mary Geis from Baltimore was looking for a recipe for a dessert that her mother made many years ago that was a kind of buttery shortcake topped with plum halves. She said it was not too sweet and instead was rather tart.
3:38 PM EDT, June 11, 2013
Anne Kilmurray from Pottsville, Pa., was looking for a recipe for tomato jelly or tomato preserves. She used to have an old recipe of her mother's but she has misplaced it and the farmers' market in her area used to sell a good one but no longer does. She said all she can remember about her mother's recipe is that it contained lemon peel.
10:46 AM EDT, July 2, 2013
Jim Reichenberg of Rockville wrote for help locating a recipe that he said ran many years ago in The Baltimore Sun for cioppino, a seafood stew that was developed in the late 1800s by Portuguese and Italian fishermen who settled in San Francisco.
2:37 PM EDT, May 7, 2012
Karen Russell from Bryan, Texas, was looking for a recipe for cream of crab soup similar to the one she had at a restaurant in Chestertown when visiting the area a few years ago.
2:53 PM EDT, April 16, 2012
Aylene Gard from Columbia was looking for the recipe that she misplaced for her husband's favorite rhubarb custard pie. Jerry Fore from Towson sent in a pie recipe he says is guaranteed to please rhubarb lovers. The recipe came from his mother and is a family favorite. He says the filling can be covered with a lattice, extra pieces of pie dough, or just left plain as his mother usually did.
1:55 PM EDT, June 12, 2012
Alice Teel from Perry Hall is looking for a recipe for a puff pancake that she had lost. She remembered that a cast-iron skillet was put in the oven with butter to melt and then the batter was poured into the hot skillet and baked.
8:43 AM EDT, August 28, 2013
Kathy Stumer from Tuscarora, Pa., was looking for a recipe that her husband's grandmother used to make and called cheese dough. She described it as pillow-like dough squares filled with cottage cheese and topped with breadcrumbs and sour cream.
12:27 AM EST, November 13, 2011
Ellen Delson from West Palm Beach, Fla., was looking for a recipe she had many years ago but lost for making scalloped potatoes on the grill. She doesn't remember the exact ingredients or method, but she recalls that thinly sliced potatoes, onions and mayonnaise, in addition to some other ingredients, were combined, wrapped in aluminum foil and cooked on the grill.
9:13 AM EDT, August 21, 2013
Diane Ball from Baltimore was looking for a recipe for a seafood boil that once ran in the Taste section in an article about tailgating parties. She thought the recipe might have won some kind of a tailgating cooking contest at the time.
11:14 AM EDT, August 7, 2013
A while back I had a request from Steve Frazer of Reisterstown who was seeking the recipe for the chocolate chip coffee cake that used to be sold at Miller's Delicatessen in Northwest Baltimore in the 1970s. At the time I ran his query I received an email from Leslie Miller-Scherr, whose family was the original owner of the deli.
3:25 PM EDT, July 30, 2013
Mary Kilby from Timonium was in search of the recipe for the delicious banana cream pie that used to be served at Toddle House restaurants in the 1950s. Toddle House was a national quick-service restaurant chain with locations throughout the United States. It specialized in breakfast but was open 24/7. Even though the chain has been closed for years it still has quite a devoted fan base, including its own Facebook page. While there are copycat recipes for some of the chain's other famous dishes, unfortunately, I had no luck finding any recipes for their banana cream pie.
2:41 PM EDT, July 23, 2013
Brenda Stup from Ellicott City was looking for the recipe for a blue cheese pate or terrine that was served many years ago at the Kings Contrivance Restaurant in Columbia. It was served as an appetizer on a bed of greens. She said it was absolutely delicious and she used to order it every time she ate there, but it is no longer on the menu.
4:15 PM EDT, July 17, 2013
Betty Bensel from Columbia was looking for a recipe for a butter kuchen like the one made by the Heitzman Bakery in Louisville, Ky.
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