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The Recipe Finder Files: A collection of obscure, lost and beloved recipes

Recipe Finder is your ticket to locating an old recipe you misplaced, figuring out the secret ingredient to that dish you just ordered at a local restaurant, and recreating classic meals from some of Baltimore's favorite gone-but-not-forgotten dining landmarks. 


  • Recipe Finder | Hess sugar cookies
    Recipe Finder | Hess sugar cookies

    Sharon Birnie of Finksburg was in search of the recipe for the sugar cookies that were sold at the now-closed Hess Country Store in Reisterstown. She said the cookies were rolled and dusted with sugar and that they were very crunchy and light in color.

  • Recipe Finder | Eggplant Parmesan
    Recipe Finder | Eggplant Parmesan

    Omer Mir of Baltimore was looking for a recipe for eggplant Parmesan that was published some years ago in The Baltimore Sun. He thought it was a particularly good recipe and was hoping we might be able to track it down for him.

  • Recipe Finder | Osso buco not as intimidating as you may think
    Recipe Finder | Osso buco not as intimidating as you may think

    Dorothy Griffith of Sparks was looking for an osso buco recipe. She enjoyed the dish while on vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and was not been able to find it once she got home.

  • Recipe Finder | Hot lettuce salad is an old world treat
    Recipe Finder | Hot lettuce salad is an old world treat

    Greg Moore of Pueblo, Colo., was looking for a recipe for a hot lettuce salad with bacon and egg like the one he fondly remembers his mom and aunt making some 40 years ago when he was growing up in Hamilton. He has had no luck duplicating their dish and was hoping a reader might be able to...

  • Recipe Finder | Mayonnaise cake
    Recipe Finder | Mayonnaise cake

    Billie McElroy of Redmond, Ore., was looking for the recipe for the "original" mayonnaise cake. I'm not sure what he meant by "original," but several readers shared recipes for cakes that contained mayonnaise. All the recipes I received were variations on rich chocolate cakes. The only real...

  • Recipe Finder | Molasses sugar cookies
    Recipe Finder | Molasses sugar cookies

    Nancy Corrigan of Baltimore was looking for the recipe for molasses sugar cookies that was on the Brer Rabbit Molasses jar. She had it for many years but lost it in a move, and she wants to make the cookies again.

  • Recipe Finder | One-pot spaghetti
    Recipe Finder | One-pot spaghetti

    Vivian Hyatt of Bel Air was looking for a recipe for spaghetti and sauce that is made in just one pot. She said that when she was in junior high school in the late 1960s, this was one of the dishes students learned how to prepare in her home economics class. Sadly, her mother disposed of all...

  • Recipe Finder | Hutzler's cheese bread
    Recipe Finder | Hutzler's cheese bread

    Jack Ziegler of Baltimore was looking for the recipe for the cheese bread that was served at the now-closed Hutzler's department stores in and around Baltimore. He said that he used to enjoy the shrimp salad that was served on the cheese toast at the Westminster store. Ziegler and his wife have...

  • Recipe Finder | Tomato jam
    Recipe Finder | Tomato jam

    Helen Wallace of Hurley, N.Y., was looking for a recipe for tomato jam or preserves made with honey. Her mother made it in the 1950s, and Wallace doesn't know how she did it.

  • Recipe Finder | Peanut butter cake
    Recipe Finder | Peanut butter cake

    Gina Karwacki of Baltimore said that many years ago, her good friend's husband worked in the kitchen at Karson's Inn on Holabird Avenue in Dundalk. One of his favorite cakes was the peanut butter cake that was made there. Karwacki and her friend have been looking online for a recipe for this...

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