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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 | 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...

  • Recipe Finder | Green tomato pie
    Recipe Finder | Green tomato pie

    This dessert tastes surprisingly like a tart apple pie

  • Recipe Finder | Sweet potato pie
    Recipe Finder | Sweet potato pie

    No need to wait until Thanksgiving to make this sweet potato pie

  • Recipe Finder | Sour cream waffles
    Recipe Finder | Sour cream waffles

    Shirley Lawton of Bend, Ore., was looking for a recipe for sour cream waffles with brown sugar syrup that she said appeared in a series of cookbooks called "Cooking from A to Z" that were distributed through chain grocery stores as some sort of a promotion in the late '70s. She had these...

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