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NYC Schools Pizza Rolls

From: Ben 
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:40 PM
Subject: NYC School Lunch Pizza Rolls

I Attended School in Queens NYC and ate these on numberless occasions from 4th grade 
on up (1980’s to 1995). The weren’t just a roll with a big blob of pizza cheese and 
sauce in the middle, but were deleciously layered like an egg roll and were crispy 
like one too.  I have searched and searched and I have had no luck. I found your 
website and I’m hoping you can help.

Please let me know if you have any luck!



Hello Ben,

Sorry, I had no success locating a recipe for the pizza rolls from NYC schools. I could only find two mentions on message boards:

One person described them as an egg roll wrapper stuffed with pizza ingredients. Another said they were called “pizza eggrolls” at their school rather than “pizza rolls.” It is possible that NYC schools bought these frozen from an outside vendor and just finished them in the cafeteria.

I’ll post this for reader input. A former NYC schools cafeteria employee might be able to shed some light.

This page has photos of “Pizza Egg Rolls”, and each photo is linked to a recipe. You might want to try some of those: Pizza Eggrolls


Joe Muer Coconut Cake

-----Original Message----- 
From: Peter 
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 8:04 PM
Subject: Joe Muer Coconut Cake Recipe

Dear Phaedrus,

Thank you for continuing your great website. You have answered a few 
questions for me in the past, and I was hoping for your help again. I am 
looking for the Joe Muer Coconut Cake recipe. His son Chuck took over his 
restaurant, and unfortunately was lost at sea with his wife. Before that 
tragedy, he published a cook book and you featured some of his recipes in 
2010. Do you have access to his cookbook? Can you find the recipe? I have 
seen references to it online, but I haven’t been able to find the Coconut 
Cake. Thanks,

Hello Peter,

I had no success locating Joe Muer's coconut cake recipe. There are several mentions of the cake on the web, but none of them leads to a recipe. According to Amazon, I purchased Chuck Muer's "Simply Great Recipes" in 2015, but darned if I can find it. You can purchase used copies of Chuck's two cookbooks on Amazon. See: Amazon
I have no idea if the coconut cake recipe is in either one.

Joe himself published two cookbooks. See this article: Joe Muer cookbooks No idea if the coconut cake is in either of those. You'd have to contact "The Oakland Press" or "Somerset Collection" about purchasing those.

I'll post this for reader input.


Massachusetts Recipes

From: "Peter" 
Subject: Re: Joe Muer Coconut Cake Recipe
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 3:36 PM

Thank you for looking for the Joe Muer Coconut Cake Recipe. 

I have two recipes I would like to share with you. Both are from establishments in 
Massachusetts that are no longer in business.

Milton Hill House Restaurant -House Dressing
1/4 C cider vinegar
1/4 C vegetable oil (I use olive oil)
1/4 C Ketchup
1 Tbl Sugar

Blend in blender and refrigerate.

The following recipe was put out with crackers before your meal at the Raynham Dog 
Track Dining Room instead of bread and butter. It was famous in its day.

Raynham Dog Track Dining Room  Cheddar Cheese Spread

8oz Sharp Cold Process Cheddar Cheese (Wispride container)
1/4 C cottage cheese
1 tbl dry white wine
1 sm clove garlic minced fresh
Tabasco Sauce 1 shake

Whip in a mixer until fluffy. Better made one day ahead. Serve with Melba toasts, club 
crackers, or such. 

*note, this was broken down from the original recipe which made about 3 pounds at a time. 
If you want that, I can forward it as well. This amount tastes just like the original and 
makes enough for one dinner party.

Thanks again Phaedrus for your website!

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