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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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

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