Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 8:32 PM
Subject: something I was reminded of today
When I read your exchange with the reader inquiring about a "Squire Ma"
cake, it reminded me of a science fiction novel I read a long time ago.
The plot was an "after civilization collapsed" story and it was about a
religion developing from a grocery list. Is this enough to jog your
memory or could it possibly give you something to research? The novel
was popular and was reprinted several times but that is absolutely all I
can remember. Now that I've thought of it I can't get it out of my
mind. Seems like the title had two words only and one of the words was
Sounds like "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Walter M. Miller
"...acclaimed SF classic 'A Canticle for Leibowitz' opens with the accidental
excavation of a holy artifact: a creased, brittle memo scrawled by the hand
of the blessed Saint Leibowitz, that reads: 'Pound pastrami, can kraut,
six bagels--bring home for Emma.'"
You're right!! Boy you're good. And I was way off.
Thanks very much.
Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2012 1:37 PM
Subject: ranch burgers
My mom had a recipe for ranch burgers but has lost it. It was a hamburger mixter of hamburger, chili beans, cheese whiz, and a few
jalapenos and this was placed in a homemade roll, then baked. I'm not sure if all ingredients are here and have no idea of measurements.
See below for the closest that I could find. The difference is that this has chili powder rather than jalapenos.
You could add those if you wish.
2 lb. ground chuck
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 (8 oz.) jar Cheez Whiz
2 (15 oz.) cans chili beans
2 pkg. yeast
2/3 c. milk
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. shortening
4 to 4 1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. butter
Dissolve yeast in warm water in large mixer bowl. Add milk, sugar, salt, shortening, egg, and 1 1/2 cup flour.
Blend 1/2 minute on low speed. Beat 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough of the
remaining flour to make dough easy to handle. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic,
about 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Brown hamburger and onion, seasoning with salt and pepper. Drain hamburger. Sprinkle chili powder on meat and mix well.
Add cheese spread. Stir in chili beans and simmer for 15 minutes. When dough is ready, set oven on 400 degrees.
Divide dough into fourths. Roll each fourth to approximately 10 x 14 x 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 6 squares.
Place 1/4 to 1/3 cup of filling on each square. Pull up opposite corners and pinch together at center top.
Place pinched side down on baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Brush with butter. Makes 20-24 buns.
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2012 11:57 AM
Subject: Lost recipie request
Steak & Ale Thousand Island dressing.
I've searched the internet to no avail.
I even emailed the company that bought the remains of the chain, but no
Thanks for all your hard work, and your site!!!
Well, it looks as though you've already covered all the bases. I had no
success locating a copycat recipe. There are requests for this dressing on
several message boards, and no one has had any success. All I can add are
some bits that I found on various message boards, posted by former Steak &
The dressings were proprietary. They were not made at the local restaurants, but
were made at either a central commissary or by a vendor who made them expressly
for Steak & Ale. If made by a vendor, the vendor would have had a contract
that required them never to give out the "recipe" for the dressing. Steak & Ale
corporate would also be the only ones to only have the recipe if it was made at
a central commissary. Either way, it would have been a commercial recipe for making
gallons of it at a time from commercial ingredients, not a usable home recipe.
The outside vendor that made it, according to a message board post from a former
employee, was "Brother's Produce" I believe this company is in Houston or Dallas.
Their website is: Brothers Produce
"Before Steak & Ale went out of business, they got their dressing from Brothers Produce Distribution "
Another message board post says:
"The dressings were propriety items so no one actually knew what was in them
but Marzettis dressing that you find in the Produce sections of most grocery
stores was an approved vendor if you ever ran out."
In other words, Kevin, if one of the local Steak & Ale Restaurants ran out
of the company-supplied dressing, then Marzettis dressing was an approved substitute.
This sounds like something to try...
Marzetti's Salad Dressing
There is a message board with a lot of discussion and posts from former Steak & Ale employees here:
A few weeks ago, someone wrote to me regarding a recipe for deviled crab from Highland Park Cafeteria in Dallas, TX.
I had no success locating that particular recipe , but I thought that I would post the recipes from Highland Park that I did find.
Highland Park Cafeteria Coconut Icebox Pie
2 cup milk
2 oz cornstarch
1 cup sugar
2 tb butter
3 beaten eggs,separated
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp coconut extract
1 tsp gelatin
6 tb sugar
1 cup shreaded coconut
9" baked pie shell
In a double boiler scald milk. Combine cornstarch with sugar and add to milk. Cook and when thickened add butter.
Add egg yolk and lower heat and cook till very thick. Remove and add vanilla and coconut extracts. In a separate
bowl combine gelatin with cold water to dissolve and pour into custard. Whip the egg whites with sugar and salt
and fold into custard. Pour pie into shell and cool. Top with whipped cream and toasted coconut.
Highland Park Cafeteria- Dallas Tx
Chopped Spinach Salad with Horseradish
1 lb spinach, very thoroughly washed and completely dry
2 T mayonnaise (approximately)
1 t lemon juice
4 T grated horseradish
2 hard boiled eggs
Lettuce leaves for serving
Chop the spinach extremely fine. Add lemon juice then just enough mayonnaise to allow the spinach to be molded
into a genteel mound for presentation (see picture); divide into 4 serving portions and place a spinach mound
on top of a lettuce leaf, using a large spoon for shaping. Duplicate the shape of the spinach with a 1 T mound
of horseradish on the side. Grate or finely chop hard boiled eggs and distribute evenly on top of the salads.
Squash Casserole a la Highland Park Cafeteria
2 lbs yellow summer squash, coarsely chopped (about 4 c)
1/2 c onion, finely chopped
4 T melted butter
2 t sugar
1 t Kosher salt
1/2 t pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 c cracker crumbs, coarsely crumbled (made from saltines)
Method: Boil water sufficient to cover the squash in a large saucepan. Dump them in and cook till just tender,
about 10 minutes. Drain and cool. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix beaten eggs, salt, sugar and onion and pour over squash; add melted butter and salt and pepper to taste,
then 1 c cracker crumbs. Mix gently to combine, then turn into a lightly greased 3 qt casserole. Cover with
additional 1/2 c cracker crumbs. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned on top.