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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 | Mini cheesecake

    Recipe Finder | Mini cheesecake

    Sue Hamilton of Boise, Idaho, was looking for a recipe for making miniature cheesecakes with a berry topping. She said she had them at a wedding a while back. The little cheesecakes surrounded the wedding cake, and Hamilton thought they looked beautiful and tasted great.

  • Recipe Finder | Pizza in a tunnel

    Recipe Finder | Pizza in a tunnel

    Sue Rinker of Baltimore was looking for a recipe for something she called "pizza in a tunnel." The dish had traditional pizza ingredients inside some kind of dough or crust rather than on top. She said she made this dish for family dinners many years ago when her children were young, but it was...

  • Recipe Finder | Guacamole is all about the avocado

    Recipe Finder | Guacamole is all about the avocado

    Valerie Heegard of Bend, Ore., has been hunting for a great guacamole recipe for some time. She said her sister-in-law had a delicious one, made with sour cream and perhaps cream cheese, but she died years ago and Heegard never got her recipe.

  • Recipe Finder | Chocolate chip layer cake

    Recipe Finder | Chocolate chip layer cake

    Madeline Meushaw of Baltimore was in search of a good recipe for a chocolate chip layer cake made from scratch. She has lost her recipe for the cake and was hoping a reader would be able to help her out.

  • Recipe Finder: Carmen's Greek-style dressing

    Recipe Finder: Carmen's Greek-style dressing

    Jack Ziegler of Baltimore was searching for the recipe for the continental salad that was served at the long-closed Carmen's restaurant on 25th Street in Baltimore. He took his future wife there on their first date, and the restaurant was always one of the couple's favorites. Ziegler said they...

  • Recipe Finder: Nutritious cream of broccoli soup

    Recipe Finder: Nutritious cream of broccoli soup

    Becky Holborn of Castle Rock, Wash., was in search of the recipe for the cream of broccoli soup from the Spaghetti Works & Deli in Longview, Wash. She said the original owner, Dolores Rasmussen, was very hands-on and oversaw all the wonderful home-style cooking. The restaurant is now closed and,...

  • Recipe Finder| Chop suey

    Recipe Finder| Chop suey

    Marc Neermann of Norcross, Ga., was looking for a recipe for chop suey like his grandmother made in the 1950s or early 1960s. The main ingredients, as far as he and his mother can recall, were beef and possibly pork, bead molasses, bean sprouts, water chestnuts and soy sauce. It was served over...

  • 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.

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