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Claverack, New York Baker

Original Message:
From: Judy
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 21:20:21 -0400
Subject: hungry browser email

Dear Phaedrus,  

Years ago, in the tiny town of Claverack NY, was a little
German baker who lived near the stream just across a little country
bridge.  He and his wife produced the most incredibly delicious baked
goods.  Everyone in Columbia county knew his cakes were the ultimate luxury
at any function or occasion. They were delicate, and light as air, with
a creamy but not too sweet filling.  I cannot  recall his name now, but to
generations of the 50s , 60s and 70s, his “Country Kitchen” cakes,
especially at birthday parties, were considered fit for royalty and the
best of the best.

After he passed away,  we have never found a cake to compare to the one
that little German baker could create.

Maybe someone out there remembers this incredible baker, and/or knows of
his cake recepie or possibly may have been fortunate enough to have
inherited his recepie and skill.

My Grandaughter will be married in October and I would love to think her
wedding cake could be as special as the ones her mother used to have at her
own birthday parties when she was little.


Hi Judy,

Yes, I will post your request as soon as possible. However, my pages are prepared in advance and are posted in chronological order, so it will be the middle of August before it appears. I had no success finding any information about the baker on the web.


Hello again,  

I will be checking your site hoping someone remembers.  
I did eventually recall his last name, it was Mayer, or Meyer.  
Thank you for your prompt response 
Regards, Judy.

I e-mailed the Claverack Library and asked if they had any ideas, but I have not gotten any response.


Highland Park Meringue

From: Peggy 
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2012 4:33 PM
Subject: meringue for cream pies

I am trying to find the ingredients or better yet, the recipe used by Highland Park Cafeteria in Dallas, TX.


Hi Peggy,

Sorry, no success. I did a thorough search just a few weeks ago for any and all Highland Park Cafeteria recipes. The only ones that I found are here:

Highland Park Cafeteria Recipes


Karen Orr's English Trifle

From: Adele
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2012 6:05 PM
Subject: English Trifle

Good afternoon,

The Grand Rapids Press, December 1986, featured a recipe for English Trifle by Karen Orr
That would be Grand Rapids, Michigan
Do you think you could possibly find it for me?  I haven't had any luck

93 degrees here tomorrow
I hope you are staying cool



Hello Adele,

91° here today and cooler from then on.

Sorry, I cannot find any English trifle recipe that mentions either Karen Orr or the Grand Rapids Press. The Grand Rapids Press online archives only go back as far as 2000. If the recipe is online but does not mention Karen Orr or the Grand Rapids Press, then I might be able to locate it, but I would need to know unique ingredients and/or method in order to identify it.

I’ll post this on the site in case a reader can help.


B Altman's Brownies

From: Mary 
Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 3:33 PM

Do you have the recipe for B Altman’s brownies, they were frosted & had nuts?

Hello Mary,

Sorry, I had no success locating this recipe. I didn’t find any mention of B. Altman’s brownies at all.


-----Original Message----- 
From: Susan Robson
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 1:38 AM
Subject: B Altman & Co. Brownies

I found your site looking for the B Altman & Co. brownies. Someone else 
asked for them in 2012. I am asking again in hopes 5 years has surfaced the 
recipe. I have never found a better brownie and believe me I have been 
looking. We got them at the Short Hills store.

Thank you,

Hi Susan,

Sorry, still no success with this.


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