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Bain's Cafeteria or Deli Vegetable Soup

From: Len 
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 7:54 PM
Subject: Bain's Vegetable Soup

As a skinny kid with a bad appetitie in 50's-60's Philly, I feasted on Bain's cafeteria's Vegetable Soup 
(around 12th and Chestnut Street). Have tried to find or duplicate it for years. I live in L.A. now.

Any possibility of obtaining that recipe?


Hello Len,

“Bain’s Cafeteria” became a big chain of sandwich shops called “Bain’s Deli”, specializing in deli-style sandwiches. The corned beef is a favorite. There’s a history here:

I could not find any recipe, not even a mention of “Bain’s Cafeteria vegetable soup”, “Bain’s Deli vegetable soup” or "Bain's vegetable soup." Bain’s Deli still serves “Mrs. Bain’s Soups”. However, there’s no vegetable soup on their regular menu. They do have a rotating “soup of the day”, so vegetable soup may be offered as one of those.

Sorry that I could not be more help. I’ll post this on my site in the hopes that a reader can help.


Thanks Phaed.
Interesting article.
Scary that its already almost 20 years old! lol. Then again, its been over 40 years since I ate at Bain's.
My mother reminded me that the vegetable soup used to be a famously known meal in itself for many of the 
working class immigrants who frequented Bain's on Chestnut Street in the 50's and 60's.
Best regards,

Lynn Wilson Tamales

From: molly
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 11:52 PM
Subject: lynn wilson tamales


i am  looking for the recipe for lynn wilson tamales. they were made by lynn wilson foods in salt lake city, utah 
but the plant closed and reser foods bought them out. they do not make them. the web says that walmart's has them but they don't.

they were a meat filling like ground beef wrapped in a soft cornmeal  that surrounded the t filling. 
they were sealed and you had to boil them in hot water and then unwrap the paper from them. no husks involved. 
i sure would like to find a recipe for them. i have looked and nothing comes close. 
i did notice that many other people want them too.

do you think that you can help?

thank you so much


Hello Molly,

Well, Lynn Wilson Foods was bought by Reser’s Fine Foods in 2002. At the time, Reser's said they were going to continue the Lynn Wilson line of products, but apparently they later changed their minds.

However, this lady, who lives in Nevada, says that she found Lynn Wilson tamales reappearing in her grocery as recently as March 21, 2012, so they may have brought them back. See the note at: Absent-Minded Housewife

Reser’s does not show a tamale product on their website. You might want to contact Reser’s and ask about the tamales:

Reser's Fine Foods, Inc.
PO Box 8
Beaverton, OR 97075
Local: 503-643-6431
Toll-Free: 800-333-6431

The recipe for Lynn Wilson’s tamales, if it were available, would be a commercial recipe using commercial ingredients and proprietary spice mixtures. It wouldn’t be a recipe that you could use in your home kitchen. I had no success finding a recipe, a copycat recipe, or even a recipe that was said to taste like Lynn Wilson’s tamales. Sorry.


Nutty Marshmallow Spiked Milkshake

From: Abigail 
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:10 AM
Subject: Nutty Marshmallow from Cheesecake factory

This is a fairly recently lost recipe, so hopefully its easier to find. It was a spiked milkshake from cheesecake factory. 
Some of the ingredients included vodka,  Frangelico, Nutella, marshmallows, hazelnuts? Not sure on the marshmallows and hazelnuts...
would appreciate whatever you can do

Hello Abigail,

Well, I wouldn’t call it “lost” because nobody has ever had it except Cheesecake Factory, and they haven’t lost it.... I’d call it “has anybody created a copycat recipe for it?” Cheesecake Factory doesn’t give out their recipes, and their employees are sworn to secrecy, so unless someone creates a copycat, seekers of their recipes are out of luck.

I had zero success finding a copycat for the Nutty Marshmallow spiked milkshake.

The list of ingredients that I found includes the ones you mention: nutella, hazelnuts, marshmallows, frangelico, and vodka. I assume there is milk and ice cream as well. I’m afraid you’ll have to experiment until you get the right amounts. I know of no other way for you to get this.

I’ll post this on my site just in case a reader has already come up with something similar, but I’m not optimistic.


The Peppermill Potato Salad

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From: Neva 
Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2012 2:23 PM
Subject: Recipe

Do you have The Peppermill's potato salad recipe from the Las Vegas restaurant?

Thanks Neva 

Hello Neva,

Sorry, no success with a recipe or copycat.


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