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Liver Risotto

From: Mary 
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 5:43 PM
Subject: Liver Risotto

Dear Phaed,
I'm hoping you can help me find a recipe that was in a cookbook called "Cooking for The Family'
that I used to get folk -even kids! to like liver. The recipe was called Liver Risotto, & had liver, 
green peppers? & raisins in it that you served over rice. I have 'misplaced' my book and have 
had a yearning for this comfort food meal. 
Many thanks for your efforts!

Hello Mary,

You don’t say what kind of liver. I guessed that you meant beef or calf’s liver. I had no success locating a liver risotto recipe with green peppers and raisins. I found one with green pepper, but with no raisins, here: Cook It Simply

If you cannot find your cookbook, your best bet is probably to buy another copy. There are likely used copies available on the web. “Cooking for the Family” is a rather common name for cookbooks, and you did not give the author of yours. I found three different ones with that name right off by these authors: Jeroo Mehta, Good Housekeeping, Penny Pounds.


Pepperidge Farm Softbaked Cookies

From: Birey 
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 3:48 PM
Subject: Pepperidge Farm Softbakes oatmeal raisin cookie


My brother admires the softbaked oatmeal raisin cookies by "Pepperidge Farm". 
I tried some of the recipes for chewy oatmeal raisin cookies from Martha 
Stewart and David Lebovitz sites. Although they are very tasteful, they smell 
a lot of butter and not tasting exactly similar to Pepperidge Farm. 
I'd be grateful if you can help me.


Hello Birey,

What I’m finding is that there is not a recipe or copycat available for this commercial product. There is a recipe offered for the same request on recipelink, but it does not claim to taste exactly like the commercial Pepperidge Farm product and it does contain a lot of butter. See: Recipelink


Subject: 2/8/13 Pepperidge Farm softbaked oatmeal raisin cookies
From: "Virginia" 
Date: 7/2/2021, 3:53 PM

Regarding the posting referenced above, I have a cookbook called 
"The Margaret Rudkin Pepperidge Farm Cookbook," so I checked it and 
it does have an oatmeal cookie that has raisins -- no indication of 
whether it's soft or not, though.  There is some butter, but it's 
not much compared to the amount of oats and flour, so it could be 
what the commercial version was based on.


Oatmeal Cookies -  "The Margaret Rudkin Pepperidge Farm Cookbook,"
(Makes 4 dozen cookies)
Preheat oven to 325º F.

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins
3 cups unbleached white flour
1/4 cup hot water

Beat the eggs, add the other ingredients and mix. 
Drop on a buttered cookie sheet. Press flat.
Bake in a slow oven (325ºF.) for about l5 minutes.

Wheat Germ Raisin Gems

From: Susan 
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 7:59 PM
Subject: raisin gems


I’m looking for a recipe that I think I got off the bag/box of wheat germ, perhaps the Rogers Brand in the sixties.  
It was called Raisin Gems.  They were like a cross between a muffin and a scone and my British-born husband called 
them Rock Cakes.  The ingredient that gave them a distinctive flavour was wheat germ.

I requested this recipe from Rogers and they were unable to find it. If you can I’d be delighted.


Hello Susan,

I had no success finding a recipe for either raisin gems or rock cakes that mentioned Rogers Wheat Germ, nor did I find any raisin gem or rock cake recipe that contained raisins and wheat germ. There are plenty of raisin gems recipes, but they all contain raisins and flour, none that I found had any wheat germ. “Rock Cakes” is a sort of generic term based on their shape rather than on the ingredients. I found several recipes for rock cakes. They are usually made with flour and some sort of fruit such as apples, although there are recipes with raisins. However, I found none with raisins and wheat germ. Sorry.

Lots of cookie and muffins and other recipes with wheat germ here: 02/25/03.


Woman's Day Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake

From: Mary 
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:42 PM
Subject: Looking for Chocolate Cake Recipe

For years my mother has been making a chocolate cake that became a family tradition. She got the recipe from 
a Woman’s Day magazine. The theme was Make Mine Chocolate. The cake had 3 or 4  layers like a Devil’s food 
cake mix with a milk chocolate cream cheese frosting. I think that cream cheese might have been in between 
the layers. My mother, who is now 93 years old misplaced this recipe years ago. 
She still bakes and would like to have the original recipe back again.


Hello Mary,

I cannot find a chocolate cake recipe that says that it was from an article in Woman’s Day called “Make Mine Chocolate”. Woman’s Day Magazine has been published for 70 years and has printed dozens of chocolate cake recipes, but I could not find one on the web from Woman’s Day that fit your description. If you don’t have any additional information that would help track down that particular chocolate cake recipe, then your only hope is to determine specifically which issue of the magazine it was in. There is no searchable online archive of Woman’s Day magazines from past years. If you can determine exactly which issue or which year it was, then I might be able to locate it.

I researched which issues of Woman’s Day have had an article entitled “Make Mine Chocolate.” I found two: March, 1947 and January, 2010. Given your mother’s age, it might be the 1947 issue, but it would be up to her to say which issue it might be. There is a copy for sale on E-Bay at:
March, 1947 Woman's Day
I can’t guarantee that either issue is the correct issue of the magazine. If they used that theme twice, they may have used it even more. The E-Bay seller is asking $12.00 + $4.30 shipping

The January, 2010 issue, which also has an article with that title, is for sale here:
January, 2010 Woman's Day

There is a recipe on the web called “Make Mine Chocolate Cake”, but it does not fit your description at all. It’s not made with devil’s food cake mix and it does not have any cream cheese.


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