Sunday, November 21, 2010

Busy Week For HeritageRecipes.Com

The week of Thanksgiving is a time when people reach back into their childhood memories and this leads them on search for family recipes that have gone missing.  My HeritageRecipes' website will have many, many visitors this week.  So if you have any old family recipes you would like to share, please email them to 

Lost Recipes Requests (in their own words)

Douglas Bakery Fruitcake And Carnation Milk Meat Loaf
Hi, I am searching for two recipes. As a child in West Virginia in the 1960's, we had a bakery delivery truck that brought an amazing fruit cake. The bakery was Douglas Bakery of Charleston, WV. If anyone has that recipe, my dad will be a happy, happy man! Also, in the late 1970's, Carnation Milk had a meat loaf recipe on the label. Being the girl I was, I thought I'd never forget. Need I say more? I remember the topping had pickle relish in it and that's as far as I can go. I deeply appreciate any help you can provide! Sincerely, Beverly

Chicken Soup with Elbow Macaroni
I lived with my great grandmother in Double Springs Alabama until I was 13. I was placed with another relative because she developed Alzheimer’s. She would make me a chicken soup with noodles that were very large elbow macaroni and had a creamy sauce, not clear. I know she started by boiling a whole chicken and then removing the skin and bones. I have looked through hundreds of recipes and can’t find anything except recipes using cream of chicken soup. She made hers entirely from scratch. I never got a chance to get the recipe, as a child I honestly never dreamed there would be none left to ask. If you have any ideas I would greatly appreciate it. Athena

Kidney Bean Pie
I am looking for a bean pie recipe that my great grandmother used to make. I have been searching for this recipe ever since my grandmother told me about it. My great grandmother was a very traditional southern woman and I guess she used to make this all the time. The only thing my grandma remembers her putting in it was kidney beans. Have you heard of a recipe like this? Since my grandma is not a cook or a baker she has been begging me to try and make this recipe. If you could find this recipe that would be great!! Thank you, Tristan

Chocolate Lush Cake
I have been hunting for Chocolate Lush Cake recipe for 30 years. It is a chocolate cake cooked in an iron skillet. When you turn it out it is covered in its own chocolate sauce. I have made it before and it was soooo good. Thank you for any help you can give me on this. Birdhouse

Christmas Cake
Does anyone have a recipe for a Christmas cake which included whole hazelnuts, chocolate buttons, large raisins and was then baked in a ring tin in the oven and when cool had icing drizzled over it. I think the recipe came from a Family Circle or similar magazine in the 1980s. My kids loved it and I want to try it on the grandchildren but have lost the recipe. Mandy

Date Bars
There is a recipe for date nut bars that was on the box of a date bread mix. My mom used to fix it every Christmas during the 60's. It had lemon glaze on top and was delicious. I don't think it was written out because she just purchased the mix whenever she wanted to bake it. I would love to find the recipe from someone who was prudent enough to save it. I have not found it on the back of any current mixes seen in the store.

Three Layer Cake
My Aunt said the her mom had made this cake from scratch 3 layer cake one layer was spice and 2 were white and she believes that it had a egg white frosting with a lemon filling between the layers the spice layer was in between the white layers and she believes that it was a lemon filling between the layers but not for sure .. My aunt is 75 now and it was a cake that her mom made and we are wondering if you could fine that recipe.. Thank You ..Wendy

Garden Delight Relish
I am looking for a relish recipe that my Aunt used to make. I think it was called "Garden Delight" It was the best relish I've ever had and I would love to be able to make it.!

Pineapple Cake
I am looking for a pineapple cake, very simple, with a cream cheese frosting. Just 1 can pineapple, 1 c sugar, balance unknown. Can you find a recipe for me? Thank you in advance,  Bernice

Potato Candy
Back in the 1940's my mother made candy that I think was called potato candy. it would have a layer of potato or whatever the white was and a stripe of peanut butter. I would love to find the recipe. Thanks..Mary

Fried Tomatoes
I may be looking for a recipe that was one of my Dad's creation, but I hope not. We haven't raised tomatoes for many years, but I planted (too many of course, lol) and it looks like I will have a bumper crop. Dad used to take tomatoes that were turned or turning and start off by cooking them like a traditional fried tomato. He dredged them in four and meal and fried them in a big cast iron skillet. Then when they were fried, he took a spatula to kinda stir them together and give them a casserole-type consistency. Then he would put them in the oven to finish them off. Dad is 85 now, and has dementia, and doesn't remember how to cook them. I think I could wing it, except for the oven part. I am not sure how hot to have the oven or how long to cook them. It has been decades since I had these, and I can still remember the great taste. I am hoping that he got this recipe from someone and that someone else out there has it. Thank you for your help, Phyllis

Found Recipes:

Green Goddess Salad Dressing
by Mrs. Clay Richmond from the River Road Recipes, Junior League of Baton Rouge, LA and submitted to this blog
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 Tablespoons chopped anchovies
3 Tablespoons chopped green onion
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
3 Tablespoons tarragon wine vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup chopped parsley
salt and coarse black pepper
The anchovies are optional. Mix in the order given and chill. Makes 1 pint. Serves 8-12.

Sweet Potato Fool
Hello, I'm looking for a "Sweet Potato Fool" recipe. Jacquelyn
Follow this link: Sweet Potato Fool

Wishing everyone a totally terrific Thanksgiving Holiday!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Lookin' For Lost Recipes

I've had lots of lost recipe requests over the past few months.  Many of them I have been able to answer quickly through Google searches.  Here are the ones that I haven't been able to answer.  Any help is always appreciated.  Below I have posted the actual requests...

"My mom has been searching for a recipe from her childhood. It's called 'Ribsticker'. Its flour and milk, steamed, then served with a sauce of sweetened milk and vanilla. Have you heard of such a thing? Thanks, Christie"

Lost Frosting Recipe
"When I was young (50 years ago) my aunt made a white cake with a lemon and orange zest icing/glaze. It (the frosting) was tart, colorful and was more like a thick glaze. She died many years ago and there is no one to ask about it in the family."  FOUND: Click here to see Orange Lemon Icing recipe.

Banana Cream Pie with a Peanut Butter/Cornflake Crust
"In the 1960's my mother cut out a recipe for a banana cream pie with a peanut butter/cornflake crust. It was very delicious and rich. I think she cut it from a magazine and she thinks it was from a box of corn flakes. My whole family would love to have this recipe. Does anyone have it?"

"Just found your site, and wow! My mother use to make cookies that she called Kilfin. It may be of Viennanese background. Basically, they contained blanched finely ground almonds, butter and very little flour. They were rolled into a log, refrigerated, and sliced and hand shaped into elongated ovals; she told me they were supposed to be in a crescent shape but that the tips broke off too easily. After they were baked, cooled slightly but still warm, they were very carefully rolled in a powdered sugar/cinnamon mixture. They were exceedingly delicate, melt-in-your mouth cookies that were stored in an air tight container. Any help finding this recipe would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. Nancy"  Found. Click here to see recipe.

Italian Rum Cake
"When I was a child, my family always celebrated birthdays with a rum cake from an Italian bakery near my house. It was unlike any "rum cake" I have never encountered since. It had several layers, each one different - chocolate cream, red fruit jam, custard cream, rum-soaked yellow cake. I think there were seven layers in all. The icing was a sweet cream icing, and the sides were coated in something slightly crunchy and sweet; I remember it tasting like almonds. I don't know if this is a classic Italian recipe or if it was created at that bakery, but it was a truly heavenly cake! If anyone has ever seen or read a recipe like this, I would be very grateful to have it. I've missed those cakes like you wouldn't believe, as the place closed around thirty years ago."  This recipe may be the one: Rum Cake Italian Style

Cherry Roll Cake
"I am looking for an old recipe my husband says was called Cherry Roll, that his mom made when he was young. He said it was off the Bisquick box back in the 50's. It was not a roll, but a cake with the consistency between cake and cheesecake and the cherries were in the batter. No icing or topping. He says it was VERY moist. I've never seen nor had it, so I'm going on his memory. Thanks."

Needs Help with Lefse
"My sister and I and spouses are trying to resurrect our mom’s Lefse recipe. Unfortunately, she is no longer with us to help. We have numerous questions in our effort to fine-tune (what type potatoes, type cream, volume of flour etc. I was hoping your website would have a forum for this type discussion, but apparently not. Do you have any suggestions on where we can get help like that? Gary"

Chocolate Fudge Recipe
"I am looking for the receipt for chocolate fudge that was on the back of the Hershey chocolate can. Thanks, Norma"        FOUND:  Click Here to See Angel Fudge Recipe

Sausage and Grits Baked and Fried

"When I was growing up my father was in the Army. He said that he worked in the kitchen and they boiled the grits then in another pan they cooked ground pork then they mixed them together put them in the oven till they were done, then they cooled them, then they cut them in to slices and fried them they were good. But I can't find the recipe any where -- it must have been in the 40s or 50s. Please help me find it -- my father died when I was young."

Martini Salad
"A couple of months ago I came across a "martini salad" in a magazine which I have since misplaced. I don't remember which magazine it was nor the date of the publication. As best I can remember the ingredients were shrimp, avocado, seeded cucumber, onion (I think), grape tomatoes and either shredded lettuce or field greens and it was served in a martini glass. I don't remember the exact dressing ingredients, but it was not a creamy dressing. I would be so appreciative if someone can help me find this recipe!"

Potato Walnut Bundt Pan Cake
"I'm looking for a recipe I got from a long lost friend about 40 years ago. I lost it about 20 years ago. It was a cake and the main ingredients were riced or mashed white potato and (?black) walnuts (ground very fine). It was baked in a Bundt pan. It did not contain chocolate, sweet potato, or fruit (e.g. banana or cranberry). It was not a spice cake. It did not use any pre-packaged cake mix as a base. I have a vague memory that the "frosting" was powdered sugar but it might have been nothing at all. Are you able to help? Thanks! Stephanie"

"Every Christmas my father would make a hash he would call Knopp. He would boil a pork shoulder and grind up the meat. Then would add barley, allspice, salt and pepper. I'm not sure if these are the only ingredients and have no idea of the amount of these ingredients. He would pack it into a container and refrigerate. Then we would brown it in a pan and serve with fried eggs on top and maple syrup. It was so good. I would like to make it for my son who never had the chance to have Grandpa make it for him. Appreciate any help. Kathy"

Chicken Cacciatore, Salmon In a Blanket and Mac and Cheese
"Looking for a recipe for Chicken Cacciatore, published in Cosmopolitan Mag in the 70's,
Salmon In a Blanket with Bisquick (I think it was on the box), and a mac and cheese by my German grandma with egg noodles, eggs, cheddar cheese, milk, butter, cooked on the stove top in a cast iron pan till crusty on bottom. And (I think ) Kraft green goddess dressing . Thanks, Laura"

If you have the recipes or comments about any of these searches, please post them in the Blog comment section.

Cheery Chowder Answer from Deborah
"Regarding Cheery Chowder. I have the actual magazine clipping and Colleen has the ingredients almost exactly as written. The exceptions are as follows:

Colleen’s recipe uses 1 lb low-fat sharp Cheddar, grated. The clipping is written using- 1 pound extra sharp cheddar, grated. Also, Colleen’s recipe does not list broccoli, but the clipping is written using- 1 cup broccoli flowerets, cooked until tender.

My clipping is pretty tattered and most of the directions are missing from the abuse of my stuffing other clippings into my recipe book. This is definitely a motivation for me to organize my recipes. Thank you for providing the venue."

Seafoam Frosting Answer from Lanelle
"I was just online looking at recipes and found the posting on your site about Boiled Frosting. In my family we often made the Boiled Frosting but another variation we used was Seafoam frosting. Our version of Seafoam frosting substituted brown sugar for the sugar in the recipe and left out the corn syrup because of the molasses in the brown sugar. The procedure is basically the same, we boiled it in a double boiler for 7 minutes over simmering water. The tell tale sign of it being ready is that it loses some of its shine when perfect to spread. I remember my mother making this every year for my birthday and putting it on a devil's food cake. The recipes she used were from a Swan's Down recipe booklet that was often included in the flour sack or box up until the 50's. I am in my 40's now and I make the cakes for her. We still love the recipes and recall my grandmother who started us both on this path so many years ago."