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American Cheese Pie with Cream Cheese

From: Barbara 
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:50 AM
Subject: Lost recipe American cheese Pie

Dear Phaedrus
When I was  a young girl, my mom would make an Easter dessert titled American cheese Pie. She is almost 94 and 
a stack stroke took her memory.
It was a sweet pie crust that you mixed right inn the aluminum pie plate. There was cream cheese and sugar and butter.
It was sprinkled with cinnamon and baked in the oven until set.
We lived in Philadelphia, but I recall it was handwritten on an index card not a clipping from a magazine 
I'd love to make it for everyone this Easter.
Appreciate your help.

Hi Barb,

I can’t find anything that fits your description. I found a couple of “American cheese pie” recipes, but they have American cheese (like the Kraft slices) or cheddar cheese, not cream cheese.

I did not find anything by searching for “American cream cheese pie” recipes. I did not find anything under either name in our recipe books of old American or regional recipes.

I’ll post this for reader input.


I think the lady looking for the cheese pie recipe is referring to a classic cream cheese pie or, as some called it, 
country cheese pie. The crust was probably a graham cracker crust, since it is formed in the pan and is usually 
associated with this pie. A pastry pie crust could not be formed in the pan. Kellogs had a crust variation using 
Rice Krispies. The filling is simple and is really a short-cut variation of a cheese cake. The toppings, as with 
cheese cake varied from cherry, cinnamon, pineapple, or whatever. 

Mom's Cream Cheese Pie


Thank you so much.

Although the crust and the sour cream are different- what’s in the pie itself seems spot on.

I’m excited to try it out. As we don’t have the official Easter Dinner til after tax time (as my brother is an accountant)
I’ll still be able to make it for “Easter”.

Again, many thanks


One-Pot Spaghetti with Zucchini & Allspice

From: Cynthia 
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:21 PM
Subject: Looking for spaghetti recipe

I am looking for a recipe that I had from the San Diego Evening Tribune (now San Diego Union) paper.  
It was in the “food section” of the paper in the 1980’s.  It was a one-pot spaghetti recipe.  It used 
canned tomato products; not jarred spaghetti sauce.  The main difference was that it contained fresh 
zucchini, and some allspice.  I tried going to their archives, but to no avail.  
I would really appreciate it if you can locate it.

Thank you, 


Hello Cyndy,

Sorry, I had no success locating this. I’ll post the request on my site for reader input.


Prune Cake with Coffee

From: karley 
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 4:40 AM
Subject: Looking for an old fashioned cake

Hi  Phaedrus.

My name is Karley.
I came across your website and am hoping very much that you can help me. I have lost my recipe and 
have looked all over the web for it without success. 
A few years ago I baked a prune cake. The recipe had obviously prunes as well as walnuts a few other 
kind of nuts, coffee differing spices such as nutmeg and buttermilk.
It was a crumbly cake consistency and quite possibly of Amish origin as it was a large cake and at 
that time I was experimenting heavily with old fashioned cooking. 
If you could assist in any way I would ve very grateful. 

Hi Karley,

I had no success with this. There are multiple recipes for prune cake with walnuts, buttermilk, and nutmeg, but I cannot find even one with coffee as an ingredient. Not on the Internet or in any of our dozens of cookbooks.

Are you sure about the coffee being an ingredient? Where did you get the recipe originally?

I’ll post this for reader input.


From: Karley 
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 8:11 AM
To: Phaedrus 
Subject: Re: prune cake with coffee?

I remember getting the recipe from the Internet. Unusual for the coffee to be in there. I am only 50% certain it was an ingredient. 
It is the consistency of the cake that I am most wanting. I have tried and failed to recreate it to no avail.
Thank you for your help
It is appreciated 

Hi Karley,

Well, I can’t search by consistency. I did not find any prune cake recipes with coffee, and I did not find more than a couple of prune cake recipes that claimed any Amish connection. On the off chance that the recipe was not named “prune cake”, but had prunes and the other ingredients, I did some searching for any cake with prunes, walnuts, buttermilk, coffee, and nutmeg, but I had no success with that as well. If you want some recipes with those ingredients except for the coffee, try these links. Only way to really tell about the consistency is to make the recipe.

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Old Fashioned Prune Cake


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