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Town Steakhouse Nesselrode Pie


From: Zena 
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 7:13 PM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com 
Subject: Search for a Recipe

Good evening Phaedrus!  Would you be able to locate a recipe for a pie which I indulged in back in the early 1960s?  
It was called “Nesselrode Pie” and was made and served at the Town Steakhouse #2 in the Thruway Shopping Center on 
Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC.  The pie had layers: (1) a “white” layer of something similar to cannoli filling 
with perhaps Nesselro filling; (2) chocolate mousse; (3) tiny blueberries drained of their syrup; and (4) whipped cream.  
It was about 3” high when served!!  It had a regular thin pastry crust on bottom and side.  What I currently know is 
that the restaurant has been closed since the 1970s; the chef moved to the Carriage House Restaurant, and the chef does 
not have the recipe anymore and doesn’t seem to be able to recall the ingredients, although he recalls the name!!  
Thank you for any efforts you make in finding this recipe.  And I’ll totally, but sadly, understand if you don’t have 
any luck.   

Zena, Winston-Salem, NC

Hi Zena,

Nesselrode pie is a familiar topic to me, as you will see. It is a historic dish and is called “Nesselrode pudding” if it is not put into a pie crust. Count Nesselrode was a 19th-century Russian diplomat who lived and dined quite lavishly. As a result, he had a number of rich dishes dedicated to him by chefs. The most famous is Nesselrode pudding, developed by his head chef Mouy. It consists of cream-enriched custard mixed with chestnut puree, candied fruits, currants, raisins and maraschino liqueur. This elegant mixture is often frozen, or made into a pie or dessert sauce.

I could not find anything at all about the version served at the Town Steakhouse. I tried to find a menu from Town Steakhouse, but was not successful.

The fruit used is traditionally raisins and/or currants, with candied fruits such as are used in fruitcake being the second option. One made with blueberries would be highly unusual. Chestnuts are traditionally a major ingredient, although when candied fruit is used, the chestnuts are sometimes omitted. It is traditionally garnished with chocolate shavings. The chocolate mousse would be another departure. I was not able to find any Nesselrode pudding or pie recipe that called for blueberries and chocolate mousse. The pie that Town Steakhouse served was apparently a creation of that restaurant and would bear little resemblance to traditional Nesselrode Pie.

See these pages for recipes and more information:

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I will, of course, post this for reader input.

Phaed


Thank you so much, Phaedrus, for your efforts in unearthing this mystery!  I believe your final sentence said it all, with words 
“creation of that restaurant” and, best of all!, “would bear little resemblance to…”!!  In other words, that particular chef was 
a genius and will take the secrets of that recipe with him to the hereafter!  So, I will have to concoct something, myself.  
Again, many thanks for your sleuthing!  Zena, Winston-Salem, NC

Leonie's Blue Cheese Spread

From: Mary 
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2015 9:05 AM
To: Phaedrus 
Subject: Re: Looking for blue cheese spread recipe

I am looking for a blue cheese spread recipe served in the Leonie's restaurant located on University Blvd. 
next to the Standard Drug store in Hyattsville, Maryland.  When I was dating my husband in the 1960's we 
ate there about twice a month.  I think the restaurant closed in the late 1970's.  It was a family run 
restaurant and the best Italian Restaurant in the area. 

Mary

Hi Mary,

I found only a couple of mentions of Leonie’s, on the “Topix” message board. No mention of the blue cheese spread. I’ll post this on the site for reader input.

Phaed


Particular Apple Crisp

From: Mayme 
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 11:18 PM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com 
Subject: apple crisp

back in the 1960’s  when Keebler cinnamon crisp grahams had a recipe on the box for apple crisp 
I lost the recipe I have written Keebler can you help the recipe did not have oats in it and 
it was crispy can you help   Mayme

Hello Mayme,

I cannot find a recipe that mentions Keebler by name. However, I did find recipes with no oats and with cinnamon graham crackers. See:

Pursued Food

A Peek into My Paradise

All the Cooks

My Fitness Pal

Phaed


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