’50s Frosted Sandwich Loaf

Earning of pride-of-place on many a '40s and '50s shower table, the frosted sandwich loaf was a tower of cream-cheese ...
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Ancho-Braised Lamb Shanks

This is one of those “low & slow” cooked dishes that’s perfect to start in the morning on a chilly ...
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Ann Sather’s Carrot Bread

In 1945, Ann Sather plunked down savings earned at a meat-packing plant to buy an already-existing Swedish diner. Although of ...
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Apple Cake (Gina’s Hubba Hubba Apple Cake)

Gina DePalma thinks her mom got the recipe for this gorgeous, not-too-sweet apple cake from a ’50s women’s magazine. When ...
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Ballymaloe House Lamb Stew

Cherished recipes are like ripples, each one an echo of the original wave-making stone that broke the surface. This Ballymaloe ...
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Banoffee (Banana Toffee Coffee) Tarts

This recipe story moves from Chicago to England to California and back again : ) It started back when I ...
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Beef Bourguignon

On blustery Midwestern days, my thoughts turn to the warm comforts of stews cooked with wine. More specifically? Beef Bourguignon ...
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Beef Mushroom Barley Soup

Enhanced with curry, dried mushrooms and bacon, this beef-barley soup from long-gone Helen’s Olde Lantern in Blue Island, IL, was ...
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Biscuits with Country Ham

Pull these soft little clouds of biscuit hot from the oven, slit them and fill them with salty country ham, ...
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Borscht (Beet & Beef Soup)

I have a friend who calls beets "essence of dirt clod" : ) But I have always loved their earthy ...
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Boston Baked Beans & Brown Bread

Despite the unfortunate Phaseolus vulgaris moniker—the American Common Bean category includes bunches of beloved, native-to-the-Americas beans: navy, red kidney, pinto, ...
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Brooklyn Blackout Cake

From the time it opened in its first unit in 1898 until the last Ebinger's Bakery turned out its lights ...
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Brown Derby Cobb Salad

From Hollywood’s Brown Derby restaurant and named for its owner, Robert Howard Cobb, the Cobb Salad is the original chopped ...
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Buttermilk Fried Shrimp with Chipotle-Lime

A bunch of Chicagoans wrote to tell us they missed this spicy-good signature shrimp appetizer from long closed Joe’s Be-Bop ...
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Can o’ Hershey’s Brownies with Chocolate Frosting

Nevadan Elizabeth Castle says she got this recipe from her 93-year-old aunt, Myrnie Dawson, of Princeton, IL. Elizabeth got so ...
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Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns

In a typical day, Shelby McCreedy might deal with, oh, money laundering, public indecency, intoxication, and some kind of theft ...
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Cheesecake Like Little Jack’s

From the time it opened in 1905, until it closed in 1962, Little Jack’s restaurant was a force in the ...
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Chicago Chili Mac

Ask about the origins of this belly-filling, budget-stretching American favorite and you’ll get different answers. Some point to Cincinnati’s habit ...
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Chicken Consomme with Marrow Dumplings

While the chicken soup I grew up with was a hearty rustic version, friends of mine have sung the praises ...
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Chicken Liver & Bacon Pate

After my brother got mononucleosis as a kindergartner (how does that happen to a five-year-old?) Mom launched a relentless iron-rich ...
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Coffee & Molasses Dream Bars

Richly flavored with molasses, strong coffee and a generous portion of ground cloves, these bars are one of my favorite ...
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Como Inn Whitefish with Basil, Tomato & Oregano

I get a lot of requests for old recipes from the Como Inn, a long-gone Chicago restaurant favorite which operated ...
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Concord Grape Tart & Pie

My lovely friend Kathleen S. grew up 15 miles from Silver Creek, NY, where they still host a Festival of ...
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Coney Island Chili Dogs

In Southeastern Michigan, “Coney Island” refers to 24-hour diners, and, the specific kind of chili-topped, grilled hot-dogs those diners serve ...
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Corn Dogs

Here's a little-known fact: Early corn-dog purveyor Ed Waldmire, Jr., wanted to call his corn-dog stand “The Crusty Cur”….his wife ...
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Country Captain

Even though Georgia’s “official” state food is grits, there was a time when this simple tomato-and-pepper chicken curry was identified ...
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Crawfish Boil & Crawfish Monica

Alfredo Nogueira can't remember the first time he ate crawfish. "But I'm sure I was really little," says the chef, ...
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Creamy Nectarine-y Cheesecake

Creamy cool and sunny as the summer nectarines it includes, this light, fruit-flecked cheesecake was requested by reader Marge. Marge ...
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Date Nut Bread Baked in a Can

Because the result is so moist, baking and/or steaming bread in cans is an old-fashioned tradition people still ask about ...
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Dressel’s Chocolate Fudge Whipped Cream Cake

This beautiful cake is our family-birthday must. After I researched this story about it and developed the recipe, with input ...
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Duck & Andouille Gumbo

There are nearly as many recipes for gumbo as there are Cajuns. A lot of ‘em are made with okra, ...
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Empanadas Picadillo

This recipe search started with a request from a reader looking for a meat filling that included raisins, spices and ...
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Evan Moses’ 1940’s-Recipe Chocolate Malted “Frosty” Ice Cream

If you ever get to Benkelman, Nebraska, stop in at the Dundy County History Museum and tell them Lost Recipes ...
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Fig Preserves & Fig Cake

It probably wasn’t an apple. Apricot, pear or pomegranate…maybe. But mythologists suggest that the eye-opening, original-sin-ushering fruit Eve plucked from ...
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Franklin Park BBQ Day Sloppy Joes

PTA School Barbecue Day has been a beloved tradition at Franklin Park, IL, District 84 schools since the 1950s. Featuring ...
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Fritzel’s Griddle Cakes with Cherry Berry Sauce

There are a lot of vintage cheesecake recipes out there that ask you to “sieve” cottage cheese. Basically, that means ...
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Fritzel’s Pepper Steak

I first launched Lost Recipes Found as a column in the Chicago Tribune, which has a lovely archive of vintage ...
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German Chocolate Cake (Marshall Field’s)

It’s tall. It’s magnificent. It’s the quintessential German Chocolate Cake: Four layers with classic coconut pecan filling. This cake’s tender ...
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Giant Cinnamon Rolls

This goes back to when I first launched Lost Recipes Found for the Chicago Tribune, in answer to a reader ...
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Gingerbread Cookies

My boys love gingerbread–the dark rich flavor of the cookie, and, the poses they can bend and flex the classic-cookie-guys ...
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Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

America's love affair with cinnamon rolls is alive and well. Cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, coffee cakes...I've featured recipes for all ...
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Grandma Bertha’s Apricot Delights

Although there’s not much razzle dazzle on the outside, beauty–delicate, buttery, apricot-tender, cinnamon-sugared perfection–lies within. Susan Levin of Long Grove, ...
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Grandma’s Sunday Supper (Chicken Fricassee with Vegetables & Light Slaw)

When I grew up in 1970s Chicago, Sundays were family days. We’d drive to Grandma’s little brick bungalow on the ...
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Green Goddess Dip

Anchovies, chives, parsley, wine vinegar, sour cream…the original Green Goddess dressing was created by Chef Phillip Roemer of San Francisco’s ...
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Homemade Fig Bars

There are lots of new takes on “newtons” out there. Our vintage version riffs on Ann Pillsbury’s classic ’50s recipe ...
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Hoosier Mama’s Frito-Chili Pie

Born and schooled in Texas, I ate traditional Frito-Chili Pie with the best of them (aka bag-o-corn-chips with chili ladled ...
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Jalapeno Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach–Texas style! Sans canned-creamed-soup and minus the processed cheese, this is a gourmet side dish worthy of birthday dinners ...
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Jam Tart (or, Best Basic Bar Cookies)

The bar cookie brings with it the promise of plenty, the memory of family gatherings where people talked long and ...
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Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins

I first ran this recipe story four years ago, when the Chicago Tribune gave me permission to take the Lost ...
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Kentucky Derby Chocolate Pecan Pie

Was Derby pie named for the hat or the horse race? The horse race. But a hat does figure in ...
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Key Lime Pie

The story of Key lime pie is delightfully odd, including Cuban sponge "hookers", mystery aunts, canned milk and curing. The ...
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Kirk Douglas’ Favorite Meatloaf

Loved chatting with Monica Eng about finding vintage recipes for her podcast with Louisa Chu--listen to the segment here (the ...
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Lime-Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

Serendipity! Two or three people who don’t know each other, and live hundreds of miles apart in separate States, ask ...
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Lutz’s Raspberry Nut Bars

One of Chicago’s most famous pastry chefs until his death in 2011, Lutz Olkiewicz was sweets master at the Drake ...
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Madison Guerrilla Cookie (….or comes close!)

I just had a great conversation with Monica Eng of WBEZ about how people's recollections of recipes they loved, but ...
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Marshall Field’s Chinese Chews

I would never have thought to put dates with chocolate. But wow! So good! The result, as exemplified in this ...
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Meaty Baked Beans (North Carolina Cassoulet)

Born and raised in London and cooking by the time he was 14, chef Tom Condron of The Liberty in ...
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Melting Apple Cake

Baking recipes usually frown on softer apples, specifying instead that you use granny smith. That means you end up making ...
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Mile-High Strawberry Pie

Max Hess, Jr. was the P.T. Barnum of the department store world, a master at selling with flamboyance and showmanship ...
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New Orleans Okra Giardiniera

When Liz Williams, director of New Orleans’ Southern Food & Beverage Museum was little, her mama couldn't stand okra. "So, ...
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Old-fashioned Butter Cookies

When I was growing up, our sometime babysitter Shirley loved baking. I can still see her, arms crossed behind her ...
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Orange Dips

In 1961, these light, fresh-orange-and-sugar-glazed, tea cookies won Scott the first-ever bake-off at Fairbanks, Alaska’s Tanana Valley State Fair, making ...
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Persimmon Spice Cake with Caramel Frosting

For anybody unfamiliar, persimmons are native to America, highly-nutritious and once prized by American Indians and early settlers. They also ...
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Pimiento Cheese Cherry Bombs

My mom loved pimiento cheese. She had an old box grater and used to make me shred mounds of cheddar ...
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Potato Turbate

Since I ran the recipe for this Pinellas County, FL school cafeteria lunchroom favorite, I've heard from more than a ...
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Preserved Meyer Lemons

Preserving lemons in salt is an ancient practice with delicious results. I am crazed for these, eating them sliced and ...
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Sauerkraut Soup

We've had requesters looking for what to do with the leftover sauerkraut, so this one's for you! Rich with butter, ...
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Sausage & Sage Stuffing

The scent of toasting bread cubes, sausage in the skillet and fresh snipped sage just make Thanksgiving morning what it ...
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Scotch Eggs

So a little history…Go to the website for British gourmet food retailer Fortnum & Mason and you’ll find the claim ...
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Senator Russell’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Calling down to Georgia’s State Capitol offices and the Culinary History Society of Georgia, nobody could comment on the gustatorial ...
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Serviceberry Pie (Yes, you can eat them!)

The berry world has its less-than-romantic nomenclature. I mean, “straw” or “rasp” don’t scream, “Eat me!” But those berries eclipsed ...
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Shaker Lemon Pie

Except for the no-sex and separation-from-the-world rules (pretty hard to overlook), I admire most everything I’ve read about Shakers. Progressive ...
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Sherried Crimini & Walnut Loaf

I once lived in a big, ugly green co-op house in South Evanston, where vegetarian was how you cooked, if ...
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Short Rib Stroganoff

There was a time when company coming meant Rob Hurrie's mom whipped up the 2-cans-of-condensed-soup-ground-beef-bacon-&sour-cream stroganoff. Chef Rob Hurrie’s deeply-flavorful ...
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Spiced Butternut Squash Pie & Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Ever since a food blogger published an article early this fall talking about her shock and horror at discovering that ...
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Strawberries & Cream Fridge Cake

Dreamy, chilled desserts full of cream, marshmallow, or mousse were very popular with housewives of the forties and fifties when ...
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Strawberries in a Cloud (Blitz Torte)

I am a strawberry girl. I eat strawberries out of hand, make pies & jams with them, macerate them, even ...
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Summer Girl Soda

Still hot? Me too! How about this vintage soda fountain creation? Raspberry, orange and vanilla in frothy foam…with all those ...
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Summer! Sister Mary’s Corn Relish

This is the corn relish recipe that has won self-professed “ribbon slut” Barb Schaller eight blue ribbons at the Minnesota ...
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Sunchokes Two Ways: Soup & Smashed Potato

Earthy, sexy, silky, sunchokes beguile. To me, they’re like truffles in their scent and ability to make you crave just ...
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Swedish Beet, Potato & Lettuce Salad with Mustard Cream

Really simple, really good, really pretty: just chilled red potatoes, beets, crisp lettuce and a creamy, sweet & tangy mustard ...
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Sweetcorn & Bacon Pie

The waitress at Ernie Risser’s family restaurant in Womelsdorf, PA, watches me looking dubiously at the gravy she just plunked ...
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Texas Chili Con Carne

Pennie F. wrote in search of an old recipe for “beanless” chili that was her family's Sunday staple 20 years ...
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The Original Chocolate Fudge Brownie (Palmer House)

The Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 was a chocolate-lovers dream: Boston-based chocolatier Walter M. Lowney brought the first American ...
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Tonga Toast (Banana-Stuffed French Toast with Strawberries)

Since debuting in 1971 at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Tonga Toast–a cinnamon-sugared chunk of deep-fried, banana-stuffed breakfast bliss–has always been a ...
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Veal Stroganoff

When Count Pavel Alexandrovich Stroganov wasn’t busy commanding the Russian infantry in Napoleonic Wars, he feasted. Historians suggest that an ...
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Very Airy No-Bake Cheesecake

Cheesecakes come in dozens of flavors and textures. Contrasting with the dense, baked cheesecakes many know, this vintage 1959 no-bake ...
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Whitehall Club Creamed Spinach

Established as a private-dining club in Chicago’s boutique Whitehall Hotel in 1956, The Whitehall Club was a fine-dining fixture for ...
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Wine-Poached Pear & Rosemary Tart

I so love the flavor of our wine-poached pears with a little cheese, it made me imagine them in this ...
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Wine-Poached Pears

As far back as the 15th century, English cooks discovered that wine-poaching hard pears made them both tender and palatable ...
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Zucchini Relish

Like bread & butter pickles? Then you’ll like the taste of this relish. I’ve received requests for what to do ...
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Zwiebelfleisch (Red Star Inn)

The road to recreating lost recipes can be winding–not always leading where you expected it to go. The search for ...
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