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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: Chocolate mayonnaise cake is easy and delicious

    Recipe Finder: Chocolate mayonnaise cake is easy and delicious

    Mary Kelly of Chase was in search of a recipe she had many years ago for a chocolate cake made using Hellmann's mayonnaise. She said the recipe used to be on the back of the mayonnaise jar and it made a terrifically moist and delicious chocolate cake. She was hoping someone might still have the...

  • Recipe Finder: Fried hard crabs, courtesy of 1960 Evening Sun

    Recipe Finder: Fried hard crabs, courtesy of 1960 Evening Sun

    Mary Garwood of Glen Burnie was looking for a copy of a little cookbook called "Fun with Seafood" that she said was published sometime in the 1960s by The Evening Sun. In particular, she wanted the recipe for fried hard crabs. Several readers sent me the crab recipe from the booklet but none were...

  • Recipe Finder: Doebereiner's chocolate cake

    Recipe Finder: Doebereiner's chocolate cake

    A few years ago, Janet Plum of Kingsville wrote wanting help locating the recipe for a favorite chocolate cake from her childhood; it was made by a German bakery in downtown Baltimore called Doebereiner's in the 1940s and 50s. At the time of her original request, in September 2014, I never heard...

  • Recipe Finder: Classic Baltimore rainbow cake

    Recipe Finder: Classic Baltimore rainbow cake

    Mary Sayler of Tewksbury, N.J., was in search of the recipe for the rainbow cake that was made by Silbers bakery in Baltimore many years ago. She and her family have fond memories of that cake, and she was hoping to be able to make it at home. Sadly, Silbers has been closed for many years, and...

  • Recipe Finder: Petit Louis Bistro's mini madeleines

    Recipe Finder: Petit Louis Bistro's mini madeleines

    Abbie Hoffman of Lutherville was hoping to get the recipe for the wonderful little butter cookies/cakes that are frequently served with along with cappuccino at Petit Louis Bistro in Roland Park. She said they provide just the right amount of sweetness at the end of a rich meal, and was hoping...

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