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Tops Drive-Inn Jim Dandy Sandwich

From: Fred  
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:46 PM
Subject: Jim Dandy Sandwich Sauce

Do you know the ingredients of the special sauce used on the Top’s Restaurants Jim Dandy sandwich? 
I don’t think it was strictly thousand island, but a special mixture.  It was my absolute favorite 
sandwich back in the 60’s and I sure would like to make them at home.  


Hello Fred,

I researched Tops Drive-Inn – “Home of the Sir Loiner” – back in 2014. I did not find anything new in a search today.

There is a scan of the Tops Drive-Inn menu here: Topp's Menu

The menu describes the “Jim Dandy” sandwich like this: A tantalizing combination of luscious Hawaiian baked ham, tangy melted cheese, sliced tomato and crisp shredded lettuce and Tops secret sauce on grilled hot Grecian bread.

That menu also says that the same secret sauce was used on the “Sir Loiner.” If that is so, and if the second-hand info that I found on 6-27-2014 is to be believed, then the “secret sauce” was just Kraft thousand island dressing. Here's the quite:

The secret sauce for the Topp's Sirloiner was commercial thousand island dressing from Kraft. The breading on the onion rings was crushed saltine crackers. My good friend in high school was the son of the owner and he worked a lot in the kitchen at the Rt50 and Lee Highway locations.


Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific

From: Debbie  
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2016 10:15 PM
Subject: Shampoo

I just want to buy " gee your hair smells terrific shampoo" and how much is it please

Hello Debbie,

Sorry, I don’t sell the product. I just had a link page directing people where to find it. I had three sources there: “Vermont Country Store”, who says on their website that they no longer sell it, and “Auctiontopia”, which appears to have vanished. The only other place I had listed was a manufacturer in The Philippines named “Vibelle Manufacturing.” You’ll have to contact them directly if they are still in business. The contact information is here: Gee

There is a product being sold on Ebay with the same name, but the bottle is different, and I do not know if it is the real thing. See:


There is a Facebook page for the shampoo here: Gee ... Shampoo


Morrison's Cafeteria Strawberry Shortcake

From: Charlain 
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2016 3:39 PM
Subject: Morrison's Strawberry Shortcake


You have so many Morrison's recipes, yet I don't see my favorite dessert  - their Strawberry Shortcake.
Are any of the components for it (the cake or the sauce that was on it) in the recipe book that you have from there?

Many thanks!


Hello Charlain,

There was nothing in my copy of the Morrison’s kitchen manual, so I asked my friend James to check his more recent copy. See below.


Morrison's shortcake

Yield: 70 portions Two #200 pans yield 35 portions each.

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix (5 lbs)
Mix according to package directions. 
Strawberry topping for shortcake

Yield: 70 portions

7 pts. strawberries.
7 lbs. strawberry glaze.

Strawberry glaze is made ahead and kept in storeroom. Leave strawberries whole unless extra large berries and 
then split in half in uniform slices. 
Shortcake is served in grapefruit bowl with pie plate underneath. Small serving is served in vegetable bowl 
with pie plate underliner. Top with a generous amount of whipped cream and sprinkle crunch lightly over topping. 

Morrison's Crunch (garnish)

Yield: 21 pounds

1 lb. almonds toasted in oven
4 lbs coconut, toasted in oven
8 lbs Graham cracker crumbs - Place in mixing bowl and using cake paddle add almonds and coconut.
4 lbs sugar - add to above
4 lbs. margarine melted. Add margarine to above and mix slowly until well blended. Place in container with airtight lid. Does not need refrigeration if kept tightly covered.

Morrison's Strawberry Glaze

Yield: 29 pounds

6 qts water
3 lbs white Syrup (Karo)

Place water and syrup in steam kettle and heat to rolling boil.
While water and syrup are cooking dissolve 1 lb. Clearjel with 1 1/2 quarts cold water. Stir until milky look completely disappears.Stir into boiling water/syrup.
Add 10 pounds sugar and 7 1/2 ounces red food coloring  and cook until sugar is completely dissolved.  Add 2 ounces strawberry extract. Cool and refrigerate before using. 

NOTE There was nothing special about the cake mixes. They were all generic, but a good quality. 



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