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Big Top Shoppes Chili

From: Bob 
Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 11:36 AM
Subject: Looking for chili recipe from Big Top Shoppe

Dear Phaedrus,

I am looking for a chili recipe that was used on hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers at Big Top Shoppe on 701 State Street East in Westport, CT. 
They are out of business but were open in the 60’s and 70’s, maybe 80’s, not sure. The chili cheeseburgers were the best I have ever had. If you 
have any info on where I may find the recipe, your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


Hi Bob,

I had no success with this recipe. I found a couple of raves on message boards about how good Big Top Shoppes' burgers were and one long blog post lamenting the loss of their chili and other delicacies, but no one appears to have had any luck locating a recipe. The only other thing that I found was a corporate registration notice.

It appears that the company was founded in 1961 and was dissolved in 1977.

I’ll post this on the site.



There must be descendants of the owners and also former employees out there. It would be a good thing if one of those descendants or former employees had the chili sauce recipe and would send it to me. Sad if it is lost forever.


Crestwood Bakery in Milwaukee

From: julie 
Sent: Saturday, May 09, 2015 2:20 PM
Subject: Crestwood bakery cut out holiday sugar cookie recipe

I was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We had a fabulous bakery, Crestwood bakery, that had several locations. We went to the Glendale one. 
Every holiday they featured brightly colored, cut out cookies. Very large, about 3" or 4". Iced green Christmas trees, pink hearts, yellow 
Easter bunnies, green Shamrocks. The icing was hard. The bakery changed hands & names to Sentry. I have called, written & begged them for 
their recipe & they won't give it up. Ive been Googling for years looking for a past baker who has it or anyone else. No luck. Nothing comes 
close in the recipes Ive found. Not sure if they're butter or sugar cookie cut outs but they were delicious! Any help you have would be great!

Hello Julie,

Sorry, no success with this. I can’t find any recipes from either Crestwood Bakery or Sentry Bakery in Milwaukee. I’ll post this on the site.


From: "Sue" 
Subject: RE: request about Crestwood Bakery Cookies in Milwaukee from “Julie” on May 09, 2015
Date: Monday, January 11, 2016 8:43 PM

Dear Phaed,

I ran across the following request about Crestwood Bakery Cookies in Milwaukee from “Julie” on May 09, 2015. _

I also grew up in the Milwaukee area and love the 
same cookies. If you still have contact 
information for “Julie”, please let her know that 
the seasonal cutout cookies with the hard frosting 
were actually baked by Melody Cookies in Oak 
Creek, WI for Crestwood Bakeries at Sentry stores. 
I believe that the cookies are still available at 
the Melody Cookie outlet store. The cutout, 
frosted sugar cookies are really awesome! I have 
enclosed the Melody Cookies contact information 
and hope that you can share it with Julie. If she 
has any questions, please feel free to forward her 
my email address to her.

I hope that this helps, Sue

PS - I used to do cake decorating and I believe 
that the hard icing is called "Royal Icing".

*Royal Icing recipes:*

  Martha Stewart
  King Arthur

Melody Cookies

 Iced Seasonal Sugar Cookies:

“The Company Store” outlet store:

To order cookies, please contact us and we will be 
happy to help you!

*Melody Cookies, Inc.
7195 South 1st Street
Oak Creek, Wisconsin 53154
Phone: 414.762.2720
Fax: 414.762.0086
Email Us: 

Baked Stuffed Onions

Baked Stuffed Onions

6 	large mild onions
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
3/4 cup 	finely chopped chicken or mushrooms
3/4 cup white sauce(see below)
1	egg yolk
1/2 cup buttered cracker crumbs
Salt and Pepper

Remove skins of onions and boil in salted water, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Drain and turn upside down to cool. Remove centers of onions, leaving a 
shell thick enough to retain its shape. Chop onion centers that were removed and combine with all other ingredients except buttered cracker crumbs. 
Stuff onion shells with mixture, sprinkle with cracker crumbs, and bake in a 350°F oven 40 minutes until onions are tender. 6 servings.

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