Monday, October 26, 2009

New Lost Recipes Requests

Bean Pie
Mei is looking for "an authentic and reliable Bean Pie recipe that someone has used for years."

Caraway Cookie/Cake
Ellen is searching for "a recipe for these bakery treats. Last time we recall tasting them was in the 1950s in the Brooklyn, Queens area of New York. These “cakes” were really hard, flat cookie bars (very crunchy) that contained caraway seeds. They weren’t very sweet but were a delicious accompaniment to coffee. Can you help me find a source to buy them or a recipe to make them? I would love to surprise my family with these for the holidays this year!"

Please let me know if you have either of these recipes and post them in the comments section for this blog.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Recipes That Mom Use to Make...

Please get your family members to write down the recipes you love while they still remember them! This is the main way to perserve your own personal family culinary history. And meanwhile please help the following folks find recipes that have been lost.

Good German Brown Bread
"I am looking for an authentic recipe for "Good German Brown Bread" as it is described by elderly Germans who lived through the 1930's and 1940's in Germany. My own research has turned up very little. Apparently, It was well known and widely available throughout Germany during this period. Even if you can only help me identify the specific type of bread being referred to it would be a great help. I have no doubt that there are people alive in Germany today who would know what I am looking for but I can neither read nor speak German. I would appreciate anything you turn up. Thank you, Hraefn"

Peanut Pudding
"My grandmother used to make a peanut pudding. She use almost a clear, light colored custard and roasted peanuts with the skins on. She ground the peanuts in a meat grinder. Once the nuts were mixed with the custard, she then put a meringue on top. My father really enjoyed this dessert and this in one of those that was not written down. Any ideas on getting this recipe? Thanks, Elizabeth"

Cape Cod Turkey
"I am looking for a recipe my mom used to make when I was a child. She passed away in 2002 and everyone on her side of the family that would know the recipe have also passed so I don't know where to find it. She called it Cape Cod Turkey I know it consisted of mashed potatoes, fried salt pork, and cod fish but no idea how she cooked the cod fish any help would be appreciated. Carol"

Stanley Plum/Prune Filling
"My grandma made a prune pie filling from fresh stanley plums. She would then use this through the year to make may different polish desserts. No one can seem to find this recipe at all. My parents stopped canning anything about 25 years ago, and my mom says she doesn't know whatever happened to her recipes. I don't know much about it at all, but if anyone has a recipe please let me know. I will test them all if I have to. Todd"

Italian Country Chicken
"Several years ago a recipe appeared in Woman's Day magazine. The woman in the article stated it was her grandmother Ameneia's (sp) recipe for Italian country chicken. It was done on the stove top with red potatoes , rosemary and calamata olives. I'll be darned if I can find it. This is one of those recipes that has people drooling for Sunday dinner at just the thought of it. I would love to find a copy of this if anyone has it. Thanks Bonnie"

Hard Cake Icing
"I remember as a little girl coming up in Natchez Ms in the early 60’s, at Christmas everything was homemade, even the icings for the cakes. I remember the icing being soft when they put it on the cake, but it got hard. When you would cut the cake, the icing would kind of crumble. Does anyone out there have any idea how it is made. Any help will be greatly appreciated. MANY THANKS, IN ADVANCE Patrice "

If you have any of these recipes, please post them in the comment section. Thanks for your help!