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Marlboro Country Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sandra 
  Sent: Friday, March 20, 2009 10:48 AM
  Subject: Marlboro Cook Book Recipe

Good morning, Uncle.  In the mid 80's, Marlboro printed a cookbook - chuck wagon recipes.  There 
was a chocolate cake recipe that was kinda strange, vinegar in it - put the ingredients into the 
baking pan, made a well in the middle and added the oil, vinegar etc.  I've lost the cookbook in 
the course of several moods and would love to have this recipe again.  Think you could put your 
fingers on it or something like it?  A friend said it was a "depression" cake.

Thanks for any help.


Hello Sandra,

There were at least two Marlboro Country Cookbooks, maybe more:

"Morning Fires, Evening Lights: The Marlboro Country Cookbook "

"Towns, Trails and Special Times: The Marlboro Country Cookbook"

You can find these for sale on Amazon and E-Bay.

The only chocolate cake recipe with wells and vinegar that I can find that claims to be from a Marlboro Country Cookbook is the first one below. However, that type of recipe is quite common, as you can see from the recipes below it.


  One Pan Cake

  2 1/2 cups flour
  1 1/2 cups plus 1/3 cup sugar
  1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  2 teaspoons baking soda
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  2/3 cup vegetable oil
  2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  1 tablespoon vanilla
  2 cups cold coffee or water
  1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  Stir together flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, cocoa, soda, and salt in an ungreased 12x8 inch baking pan. 
Make 3 wells in the mixture; pour oil in one, vinegar in one, and vanilla in one. Pour in coffee and 
stir all with a fork until well mixed. Spread into an even layer. 

  Combine the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle half over batter. 

  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. 

  Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar over hot cake. Cool for 15-20 minutes before cutting.

  Servings: 8
  Source: Marlboro Country Cookbook 
  Chocolate  Vinegar  Cake

  2 1/2 c. flour
  1 1/2 c. sugar
  4 tbsp. cocoa (generous)
  1 1/2 tsp. soda
  3/4 tsp. salt
  9 tbsp. oil
  1 1/2 tbsp. vinegar
  1 tsp. vanilla
  1 1/2 to 2 c. water

Sift dry ingredients.  Then, in 3 wells add liquids.  Mix and pour in lightly greased 9 x 13 inch 
cake pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Serves 15-20.  Great for children just 
learning to cook.  Can be easily mixed up by hand without electric mixer.  
  Instant  Chocolate  Cake  -  1945

  1 1/2 c. flour
  2 tbsp. cocoa
  1/2 tsp. salt
  1 tbsp. vinegar
  1 c. cold water
  1 c. sugar
  1 tsp. soda
  1/3 c. oil
  1 tsp. vanilla

Mix dry ingredients, make 3 wells, 1 each for, oil, vinegar, vanilla.  Pour cold water over all. 
Mix well.  Bake at 350 degrees for 3 minutes.   


  1/2 c. cocoa
  1 1/2 c. sugar
  1/2 c. Pet milk
  1/2 stick oleo
  1 tsp. vanilla
  Chopped cherries and pecans

Cook until fairly thick, pour over hot cake. 
  Chocolate  Crazy  Cake

   3 c. flour
  2 c. sugar
  2 tsp. baking soda
  1/3 c. cocoa
  1 tsp. salt
  3/4 c. oil
  2 tsp. vinegar
  1 tsp. vanilla
  2 c. cold water

Mix all ingredients in a 9 x 13 inch (ungreased) cake pan.  Make 3 wells.  Pour water over 
the top and mix well with a fork.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. 
  Crazy  Chocolate  Cake  And  Penuche  Frosting

  3 c. flour, sifted
  2 c. sugar
  2 tsp. baking soda
  1 tsp. salt
  6 tbsp. cocoa (baking cocoa)
  2/3 c. salad oil (Wesson)
  2 tbsp. vinegar, white
  2 tsp. vanilla
  2 c. milk

  1/2 c. butter
  1 c. brown sugar, packed
  1/4 c. milk
  2 c. confectioners sugar, sifted

Cake:  Sift dry ingredients into an ungreased 13 x 9 inch pan.  Make three little wells 
in the dry ingredients.  Pour oil into the first, vinegar into second, and vanilla into 
third.  Add milk and stir with a fork until well blended.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 
minutes.  Can also be made as a round double layer cake.  Cool before frosting. 
Frosting:  Melt butter in saucepan.  Stir in brown sugar.  Heat to boiling, stirring 
constantly.  Boil and stir over low heat for 2 minutes.  Stir in milk. Heat to boiling. 
Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.  Gradually stir in confectioners sugar.

Brenda sent this recipe from Marlboro:

From: "Brenda" 
Subject: Marlboro chocolate vinegar cake recipe
Date: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 10:02 AM

Phaedrus:  Just sent another copy from the 1981 Marlboro "Chuckwagon Cooking from 
Marlboro Country" recipes.  This wasn't a regular cookbook, just maybe a 10 page 
handout. The attached chocolate vinegar cake recipe is in response to a request 
you received on 3-20-09.  

Just found your site and love it!  Thanks for all you do.


Stir Crazy Cake

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa 
2 teaspoons soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cooking oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups cold coffee (or cold water)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Put flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, cocoa, soda, and salt into an ungreased 13x9x2 
inch metal baking pan. Stir with a fork to mix; form 3 wells in flour mixture. 
Pour oil into one well, vinegar in one, and vanilla in one. Pour cold coffee 
over all ingredients and stir with fork until well mixed. Do not beat. Combine 
the remaining sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Bake in a 350 degree 
oven for 35-40 minutes. 

Source: 1981 Marlboro "Chuckwagon Cooking from Marlboro Country"

John Wayne Casserole

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: LINDA 
  To: Uncle Phaedrus 
  Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2009 9:41 PM
  Subject: John Wayne's Favorite Eggs

Hi!  My name is Linda, and sometime in the mid to late 70's, TV Guide ran an article on 
stars favorite recipes.  One of the recipes was from John Wayne, and was an egg recipe. 
It called for layering bread, ( or toast, I can't remember which,) eggs, cheese, and 
green chilis, and baking for awhile.  It was simple, filling, and delicious.  But I have 
lost it!!!  Could you please find it for me?  Thank you so much!  Linda 

Hello Linda,

Below, from the SF Chronicle, is the recipe for "The Dukes Favorite Cheese Casserole", also known as "John Wayne's Favorite Casserole" and as "John Wayne's Favorite Breakfast Souffle" . This recipe was popular in the 1970's, and was published several times, including in the L.A. Times. There's no bread or toast in it, but it has eggs, cheese, green chilis, and is baked. This is the only "John Wayne's favorite" recipe that I can find.


  The Duke's Favorite Cheese Casserole 

  1 pound coarsely grated Jack cheese 
  1 pound coarsely grated cheddar cheese 
  2 (4-ounce) cans diced green chiles 
  4 eggs, separated 
  2/3 cup evaporated milk 
  1 tablespoon flour 
  1/2 teaspoon salt 
  1/8 teaspoon pepper 
  2 tomatoes, sliced 

  Preheat oven to 325į. 
  Combine cheeses and chiles and spoon into a well-greased 11-by-9-inch or similar-size baking dish. 
  Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. In another bowl combine egg yolks, milk, flour, salt and 
pepper and mix until well blended. Fold beaten egg whites into yolk mixture. Pour egg mixture over 
cheese in casserole. Using a fork, swirl egg mixture through cheese. 
  Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and decorate with sliced tomatoes. Bake 30 minutes longer 
or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  Let stand a few minutes to set; serve. 

  Serves 6-8 

  Per Serving: 525 calories, 34 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 40 g fat (25 g saturated), 
223 mg cholesterol, 880 mg sodium, 1 g fiber. 

Mochi Ice Cream

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: margaret 
  To: Phaedrus 
  Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 10:31 PM
  Subject: Mochi

  Hi Phaedrus 
  Do you happen to know how those little Japanese ice cream desserts called "mochi" are made? 
They appear to be just ice cream covered with a sweetened rice flour dough, but they're expensive 
and unfortunately, I'm somewhat addicted.  They're served a lot in sushi restaurants but I can 
also find them at the local gourmet grocery store, at $8 for six little plops.  Definitely too 
expensive for my budget.

Hi Margaret,

There's a recipe here:

mochi ice cream


I tried these recently. It's a doughball with an ice cream center. I was not impressed.

Catfish King Relish

From: "margaret " 
To: "Phaedrus" 
Subject: catfish king recipe
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 10:11 PM

Hi Phaedrus,
There is a little chain of catfish restaurants in Texas called David Beard's Catfish King 
(although the Beard name seems to be missing now, so he probably sold them). They have 
very good green tomato relish and here's a copycat recipe for it.  Note:  the tomatoes 
are cut in chunks, not diced, but the onions are diced.  Now if anyone has their hushpuppy 
recipe, I'd really like to have it:

  a.. 2 gallons (or) 16 cups green tomatoes, cut in pieces 
  b.. 1 qt. (or) 4 cups Onions, peeled and chopped 
  c.. 2 cups jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped 
  d.. 1/2 gallon (or) 4 cups white vinegar 
  e.. 6 cups sugar 
  f.. 1 cup salt 
Mix all together. Bring to a boil in a large pot. Fill canning jars, seal. Put into a water bath. 
Do not overcook. 


Hi Margaret,

Thanks for sending that. Sorry to say, I had no success finding their hushpuppy recipe.


Note: You can buy a frozen version of David Beard's Catfish King hush puppies at Sam's Club

Great American Cookies

Great American Cookie Co. Chewy Chocolate Supreme (copycat recipe)

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs

3 cup mix-ins (any total 3 cup combination of):
chocolate chips
chopped dried fruit or dates
coated chocolate candies (like M&Ms)
peanut butter chips

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl with a whisk.
3. Mix butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in mixer bowl until creamy.
4. Add eggs and mix.
5. Gradually stir in flour mixture.
6. Add 3 cups mix-ins; stir with wooden spoon to combine.
7. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls, two inches apart, onto UNGREASED cookie sheets.
8. Bake 10 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.
Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies 

1 cup shortening 
1 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup white sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 large eggs 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
3 cups cake flour 

1 bag Nestleís chocolate chunks 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2. Combine shortening, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla. Cream at high speed for 2 minutes. 
Speed 6 for 1-1/2 Minutes on KitchenAid stand mixers. 
3. Add both eggs and beat for 2 minutes. 
Speed 6 for 1-1/2 Minutes on KitchenAid stand mixers. 
4. Add baking soda, salt, and cake flour. Stir slowly to avoid flour bomb, making sure after you stir, 
you scrape sides of bowl. Then beat for 2 minutes. Speed 6, 1-1/2 minutes on KitchenAid stand mixers. 
5. Fold in chocolate chunks. 
6. Place cookies by teaspoon onto a cookie sheet lined with SILPAT or parchment paper. 
7. Bake for about 5 minutes; remove; let stand for 5 minutes; place on a wire rack to cool. 
8. Place in bowl, adding a piece of broken up bread to keep soft. 
This recipe was made using a KitchenAid Stand mixer, professional bake ware, and a Professional 
KitchenAid Convection oven. Individual recipes made with a different oven and mixer will no doubt 
come out differently. KitchenAid mixers take less time, mix accurately and convection ovens cook 
quicker and more thoroughly. 
Chocolate Chewy Cookies

2 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
1/3 cup all purpose flour, sifted
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 egg whites
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Stir together the confectioner's sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Add the egg whites 
one at a time. Beat well, then stir in the pecans. The batter will be very thin. Drop by 
tablespoonfuls on the tablespoonfuls prepared baking sheets. 

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the cookies have begun to brown on the bottom and appear "set". 
Allow to sit for about 2 minutes undisturbed, then remove the cookies to wire racks to cool 
completely. Store in airtight containers.

Makes 18 big cookies

I have also used mini M&M's in these.
From: Jennifer 
Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2015 11:10 PM
Subject: easily confused!!

hi uncle, 

I just found this site by searching for a copycat recipe for the Great American Cookie Company chewy chocolate cookie. 
While I did find a recipe for this cookie ( yes this is the correct name ) the recipe calls for no chocolate?? So how 
the heck does it become a chocolate cookie. I thought what the heck I would try it anyway, went to the store to gather 
the ingredients for it & one of the ingredients are chocolate chips, I bought toll house and guess what??? the same 
exact recipe is on the back so I know that cannot be the copy cat one for GACC. I continued searching & stumbled across 
your site. On the same page is a " chewy chocolate cookie " recipe that calls for very little flour and notes batter 
will be thin. Is this the same recipe that I am looking for. Thanks in advance!!

Louisville, KY 

Hi Jennifer,

Sorry, that first recipe was posted on a message board in response to a request for the GACC recipe. See: Answers
The other two were posted in various places as being similar to the GACC cookie.

I donít make these recipes, I just search for recipes that claim to be what has been requested, so I canít be of any help to you regarding them. I searched again today and I found that the actual GACC chewy chocolate cookie recipe is still not available. There is a recipe posted here as being similar that you might try:




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