Saturday, November 22, 2008

Season for Cooking And Searching for Lost Recipes

The fall is the busy season for lost recipe requests and for visits to our Heritage Recipe website. It's also been a very busy time for me with lots of travel so I am way behind in looking and finding these lost recipes. Can you help? Let me know if you have any of these recipes!

Toffee Bar from Ralston
Please help; there was in the late 60s a recipe on a box of Ralston wheat cereal for a Toffee Bar. They are the best cookies I had growing up and my dear sister lost the recipe. I would so love to find them again after 40 years, I have searched forever on the net and cannot find. Help make an old man young again, PLEASE! Robert

Chocolate Cake Frosting
I am looking for a recipe for cake frosting. My mother said it was her favorite as a child, and I would like to make it for her on her birthday. All I know about it is that it was chocolate and it hardened. Like that stuff they put on ice-cream now. If anyone has this recipe I would greatly appreciate it! Thank You, Billie

Banana Pudding
I was looking for a recipe - Banana Pudding that is made with buttermilk. I have very little computer knowledge and could not figure out the Blog thing. If you can post or if you have it that would be great. I had this 20 years ago and have not forgotten the best Banana pudding ever. Thanks, Susan

What is Krogo?
I have an old recipe that come from my grandma's recipe book, there’s a word I haven’t been able to figure out. When it calls for 1/2 Cup Krogo is that speaking of 1/2 Cup of Shortening or Lard? Thanks for any help you can give, Amanda

Uncle Ben’s Rice Pudding
I moved a year ago, and lost my entire file on old recipes that I had collected from 1960. Including the wonderful Rice Pudding recipe printed on the Uncle Ben’s rice box. I have researched the site for Uncle Ben’s Rice, but they have resorted to instant rice and instant pudding. The original recipe required that you cook the rice, then simmer it in milk, and add eggs, vanilla sugar, raisins etc. It was a wonderful recipe that required time and effort. It was worth every minute. I am hoping that you can help me. Thank You,

Turkey Stuffing
I’ve been searching for a recipe for turkey stuffing that I got from a friend years ago. Sadly, I’ve lost touch with my friend and the recipe, but I often think of both around the holidays. I seem to recall that she got the recipe from an old cookbook that was either from the Pacific Northwest (Oregon I think) or had Pacific Northwest in the title. Some of the ingredients that I can remember are bread cubes, onions, ground sausage, hazelnuts (the original recipe might have called for chestnuts which weren’t easy to find so hazelnuts were substituted), Madeira (or maybe it was marsala), herbs and seasoning. I also seem to recall there being cream or sour cream in the recipe as well, but I’m not as certain on that ingredient. This is absolutely the best stuffing I have ever had. It’s great with turkey dinner and amazing on turkey sandwiches the next day. If you can find the recipe I would be grateful and I’m sure your readers would love it as much as I do. Thanks, Kathy

Editor's Note: I found a stuffing recipe that may be the one -- in a very old Gourmet and it's on their website - here. Heard back from Kathy who says this recipe is it.

Different Vinegar Pie
When I was a child my grandmother used to make a pie she called vinegar pie, but it was not like the lemon pie in a pie shell. I remember she made something like cinnamon rolls and placed them in a pan. Then she made a syrup by cooking vinegar, sugar, and I don't know what else. She would pour the syrup mixture over the cinnamon rolls and baked. It was so good. After she passed away, I looked everywhere for that recipe, but I guess it was only in her head. I would love to have that recipe and be able to share some of my heritage with my children and now my own grandchildren. I am praying that you can help me. I've looked on line and can't find anything like it. Please, Please help if you can. I would really appreciate what ever you could do.
Thanks, Lahoma

Editor's Note: I found a recipe for Old Fashioned Vinegar Rolls at It sounds a lot like the one Lahoma is looking for.

Domco Delight Cake
I have a recipe for the domco delight cake my mom left me when she passed. I have searched and searched and no one else seems to have heard of this recipe. Please if you have or you know of one that would be very much appreciated. Cathy

Osterizer Drink
Hi, When I was a child going to the old country fairs, the Osterizer was just starting to appear. The demonstrator would put together the most awful list of vegetables, including cabbage, beets, carrots, and all of that kind of stuff and this AMAZINGLY GREAT pink frothy mix would come forth that I would love to reproduce and have to drink. It has to be one of the healthiest drinks in the world. The most amazing thing was that the mixture was SWEET with no identifiable vegetable flavors....Have you ever found this or heard of this??? Thanks and I hope you can help!! Dallas

Sweet Potato Orange Pudding
Can you help me my grandmother made this pudding from grated sweet potato and oranges I think, when it was done it was kind of sticky, dark brown and sweet. I hope you can help as we lost the recipe. Veronica

Editor's Note: Found this Sweet Potato Pone recipe that has all the requirements Veronia is looking for, so I hope it is the one. Take a look at Sweet Potato Pone at Bellaonline.

Cake Frosting Recipe Trouble
Hi … I’m trying to make sense of an heirloom recipe in the family. This was a prized cake frosting recipe that my husband's grandmother used to put on yellow cake. No one in the family can get the recipe to come out like the family remembers her cooking it ... and, the recipe doesn’t make sense to me in regards to their description.

They said it had the texture of 7 minute frosting.... crunchy on the top and softer underneath ... and that she cooked it in a cast iron skillet.
1 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs beaten
add 1 1/3 cup coconut
1 cup pecans/walnuts
1t. vanilla

No idea how to combine/cook. The problem is that it is a caramel recipe with the eggs and milk ... so I don't know how you would crunch that up on top. The coconut & walnuts make it more of a frosting like for German-chocolate cake, but that isn't crunchy on top either. Any ideas?

Rocky Mount Cake
Am trying to find a recipe for a Rocky Mount cake. My husband's family is from NC / VA area and he remembers this cake as a child. All of his older family members are deceased and we cannot find a recipe. We know the filling has nuts at least two kinds and coconut. It was apparently baked during the holidays. I would love to be able to bake one for him this year. We live in AL now and I have not been able to locate a recipe. Thank you!

Editor's Note: Follow this link Rocky Mount Cake -- it may be the lost recipe.

Tuna Casserole Favorite
Many years ago my family loved this recipe and now I cannot either find it nor remember it. Can you help? It was tuna, canned soup and potato chips all layered in a pan and then baked. But cannot remember the good details.
Sincerely, Carol

Currant Muffins
My great-grandmother lived to 96--I was truly blessed. Her husband was a blind traveling minister who traveled throughout Nebraska and the Midwest. My grandmother, one of great grams 8 children remembers having to play in the wagon because of the many rattlesnakes. Unfortunately they have passed and the recipes with them. My great used to make a very simple free formed pie/tart we kids used to love but I can't find it anywhere. She used to call it "Currant Muffins". It was made with soaked dark raisins, pie crust and sugar--I'm not sure if anything else or what kind of crust was actually made. The dough was rolled and the raisins put on and sprinkled with sugar then the dough then sealed and baked. Have you ever seen anything like this? My great grandmother was born sometime in the 1870's. Thanks in advance for your help.

Pumpkin Dessert
Hi. I hope you can help me. Around 2000, I made a recipe for a pumpkin dessert that was baked in a springform pan. It had pureed pumpkin from a can, peanut butter and chocolate (in layers) on a cookie crust. It was incredible. I can't remember if it was from an ad (like Libby's) or an article, but I think it was from Good Housekeeping or Better Homes and Gardens or a magazine like that. I'm pretty sure it was from 2000, give or take a year. If someone knows what I'm talking about, the karma you will get for helping supply it to me will be astounding. Thank you in advance.

Bread with Cream of Wheat
I once had a bread recipe that used cold, leftover cream of wheat. It was moist and delicious! If anyone has a similar recipe, I would appreciate a contact. Cyndi

Rosebud Ketchup
I was wondering if you could help me find a recipe. My great-grandma used to make ketchup out of rosebuds - have you ever heard of this? Thank you! - Melissa

Fill ‘er Up Loaf
Many years ago (late 50's early 60's) my mother used to make a dish called "Fill 'er Up Loaf" - not entirely sure of the spelling. It was a casserole type dish with hamburger, macaroni, and cheese. etc baked in a loaf pan. My mother has been gone for years, but my dad would love to find a recipe so he could make this dish. Any assistance anyone has would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Pat

Polish Peach Cheesecake
I am Polish, and I know of a Polish peach cheesecake, which my grandparents rave about. I was wondering if you could find one. Katie

Pickle Lilly
Some type pickle relish; not chopped but sliced or julienne slices - for a friend whose grandmother used to make it in northern states. Sorry I don't have more information. Can you help?

3 Milk Ice Cream
Hello, Firstly I want to say how much I enjoy your site! Keep up the good work. Looking for a 3 milk ice cream recipe also using gelatin. One of the milks was Ideal (evaporated). The other two were of the following, powdered, fresh or condensed. Would appreciate any help. Thanks

Warm Sandplum Soup
My wife has picked and made sandplum jelly for several years now. I told her that as a young child, my grandmother used to pick sand plums and make what was called sandplum soup. It might have been sandplum pudding. I have looked many times on the internet to try to locate anything that might be similar. My mother remembers my grandmother making sandplum soup, but has no idea how it was done. Do you have any information, or any leads on such a recipe?
(Editor’s Note – found chilled Sand Plum Soup Recipes, but not a warm one.)

Peanut Candy
About 60 years ago my Dad at Christmas would bring home for Christmas a peanut candy made of sugar and peanuts. I tried the peanut candy with sorghum but that is not it. The candy came in sheets that were cut into squares. That was in Winston-Salem, N.C. I don't know if it was from the Moravians. Thanks for your help. Jack

Shredded Wheat Health Bar
Hi, Back in the 80's maybe early 90's there was yellow boxes of Shredded Wheat cereal. These were fairly good size large biscuits at the time not bite size. On the box was a recipe for a somewhat healthy bar. It involved breaking up the biscuits, adding nuts, honey and cant remember what else. You then pressed the mixture into a 13 x 9 baking dish and baked it for a short time. I loved these and would like the recipe again. I sent Nabisco or Post I can’t remember which a note a year or so ago and they sent back some recipe that was not it. Again this was on the box and I remember it being yellow and an odd shape due to the large biscuits. Thanks for any help, Kevin