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Spring Garden Special

From: karen 
Sent: Monday, May 28, 2012 11:20 AM
Subject: recipe


I’m looking for a recipe called ‘spring garden special’. Both my husband and myself remember it from elementary school and loved it. 
We went to school in the San Fernando Valley-a suburb of Los Angeles-in the 1950’s. It’s ingredients include; grd beef, carrots, 
green beans and beyond those, I don’t remember. I actually found it recently on the internet, but have since misplaced it!
And I cannot find it again! If you find it, I will guard it with my life! Thank you.

Hello Karen,

This dish goes by different names in various areas of the country. I did not find a recipe specifically from your school district, but there is one recipe below and a couple on these sites:

This lady calls her version “skillet hamburger pie”, but says she adapted it from the “spring garden special” that her elementary school served:

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Spring  Garden  Special   

1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 lb. chopped onions
2 lbs. ground beef
2 qts. stewed tomatoes
2 qts. cooked green beans
12 c. julienned carrots
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. black pepper

Saute onions and ground beef until thoroughly cooked.  Add tomatoes and cook 30 minutes.  Add seasonings.  
Cook carrots in separate pot until tender but not "squishy". Add carrots and green beans to ground beef-tomato 
and cook just long enough to thoroughly heat through.  Yields 32 servings, 3/4 cup each.  


From: Dee
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2012 11:45 AM
Subject: (no subject)

Hi, do you have a recipe for old fashioned babka...........thank you

Hello Dee,

See below and these pages on my site:

Babka 1

Babka 2

Babka 3


Grandma's  Babka

4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. warm water (105 to 110
   degrees), a little sugar in water
2 1/2 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
4 eggs
1/2 c. butter
4 tbsp. sugar
Little white raisin (1/2 c. optional), soak in a little water to make soft

Sift flour.  Warm water with a little sugar; mix together.  Mix eggs, butter (room temperature) and sugar; mix thoroughly.  
Knead dough on board with flour.  
Place in a warm bowl and let raise (keep out of draft), takes about 45 minutes to raise, then punch down.  Let double in pan.  
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes in a greased Bundt pan.  Can brush top with a mixture of egg yolk and water.  
Grandma's  Babka

2 boxes of golden raisins
5 lbs. of flour
1 qt. milk
4 env. of yeast
6 eggs (use only 4 eggs and the yolks from the other 2, save whites to brush on bread)
2 tbsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. salt
1 c. sugar
2 sticks butter

In a large pot boil the milk, add butter, salt, vanilla and cup of sugar and eggs (that have been beaten).  
Let cool. Important.  Next, mix yeast with 1/4 teaspoon sugar in 1/4 cup warm water.  
Put in warm turned off oven.  The mixture will turn bubbly in 1/2 hour.  Make sure oven is not too warm.  
After yeast bubbles, add it to the milk mixture, adding flour and kneading well.  
Cover with wet towel and put in warm place to rise.  Punch down and place in greased baking tins. 
This will make 5 to 6 loaves, depending on size of tins.  Cover with wet dish towel and let stand until rises.  
Brush with butter and egg whites on top of bread.  Bake 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour.

2 c. milk
1/2 c. sugar
4 beaten eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. lemon rind
1 pkg. dry yeast
1/4 c. lukewarm water
1/4 lb. butter
8 to 9 c. flour
1/2 c. raisins
1 egg yolk, beaten
1 tbsp. water

Scald milk.  Mix in butter, sugar, and salt; cool.  Mix yeast in lukewarm water. Add to cooled milk mixture. 
Mix in 3 cups flour.  Let stand in warm place 1 hour or until dough gets bubbly.  
Beat 4 eggs until frothy.  Add vanilla.  Add remainder of flour and raisins.  Add to dough.  
Mix and knead until elastic like consistency is achieved (about 10 minutes).  Set to rise in same pan until dough doubles in bulk.  
Place in 2 well greased bread pans until each is half filled. Let rise about 1 hour in warm place to double in bulk.  
Brush with beaten egg yolk mixed with water.  Bake in oven set at 375 degrees for 45 minutes until well browned.  
Makes 2 loaves. 

Johnny's Lunch Hot Dog Sauce

From: Rich
Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2012 8:20 AM
To: Phaedrus 

Hello again my friend.

Richard here,  I would like to know if you can find the recipe for the sauce that is used at Johnny's lunch in Lakewood New York?
It is a meat sauce but not with chili flavor.  It is absolutely delicious....

Thanks ever so much for what you can do.


Hello Rich,

Sorry, I had no success locating a recipe. I’ll post the request in hopes that a reader can help.

Johnny’s Lunch has a website here:

Johnny's Lunch


Update! See: 4-30-2021

Ebinger's Bakery Recipes

From: caryn
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:48 PM

I am looking for  2 cake recipes from ebingers bakery from when I was young in the 60s and 70s I think..

Pineapple layer cake and
Vanilla bisque cake with sliced almonds on top.
My 3 favorites I used to eat all the time,
Thanks caryn w

Hi Caryn,

Sorry, no luck. Neither of these recipes appear to be available. My Ebinger’s page, with links to the recipes that I have found, and a list of those that I have searched for and have not been able to find, is here:




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