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Carolina Coffee Shop Cinnamon Rolls

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Nora 
  Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 1:34 PM
  Subject: Carolina Coffee Shop Cinnamon Rolls

  When I was in school at UNC-Chapel Hill, we stood in line on Saturday and 
Sunday mornings to get into the Carolina Coffee Shop and order a house-made 
cinnamon roll. That and a cup of coffee and life was worth living again. I 
have dozens of cinnamon roll recipes, but that's the one I want. 


Hi Nora,

Sorry, no luck.


Hi Phaedrus. 
I emailed 6 months or so ago, hoping to find a recipe for the CCS 
Cinnamon Rolls (Carolina Coffee Shop in Chapel Hill). You told me that you've 
had numerous requests but hadn't been able to find the recipe. 
I have it now from a good authority that the CCS used the same dough recipe that 
the Porthole used for its yeast rolls, then added cinnamon, nuts, etc to make a 
cinnamon roll out of it. The Porthole recipe and information about the CCS are on 
I love your always makes me want to jump up and cook something 
outrageously bad for me. Nora 

Hi Nora,

Thanks for sending the infor. These links go directly to the pertinent pages:

Carolina Coffee Shop


Tastefully Simple Dip Mix

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jill 
  Sent: Friday, September 04, 2009 7:54 PM
  Subject: A Copycat Recipe

Hello! I am searching for a copycat recipe (if available) for Tastefully Simple's 
Spinach and Herb Dip Mix. Tastefully Simple is a home-party type company, similar 
to Pampered Chef. They sell it in a 1.5 oz. plastic bottle (for $8.99!) and it is 
to be mixed with mayonnaise & sourcream for a dip. However, that being said, you 
can use it in almost anything. A woman I know told me that it tastes wonderful in 
this Baked Spaghetti recipe she gave me (in place of parsley). I know that there are 
copycat recipes for a lot of Tastefully Simple's products just from hearing things 
here and there. I have googled for this, but I am a very poor googler. Some people 
don't understand, but I'm sure you do. You have to know exactly what to type in the 
search engine to get the expected result. 

  According to Tastefully Simple's website, these are the ingredients:
  Spinach flakes
  minced green onions

Of course, they can't give away the proportioned amounts because that would be giving 
away the recipe. And that's the recipe I want! 

Please let me know if you can help me. Thank you for taking the time to read this email. 
I really do appreciate it.


Hi Jill,

Sorry, I cannot locate a copycat recipe for this. You might experiment with the dry ingredients in the below recipe, which is said to make a dip that tastes similar.


Spinach and Herb Dip

3 c sour cream
2 tsp salt
1 c chopped spinach
1/2 c chopped parsley
1/2 c chopped chives
1/4 c chopped dill
1 clove garlic, pressed

Combine all ingredients. Chill at least 3 hours. Serve with raw vegetables.

Tuthill's Bakery Date Bars

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jeanette 
  Sent: Sunday, September 06, 2009 2:24 PM
  Subject: recipe request please

My name is Jeanette and I grew up in the 1950's in Orlando, Fl.  There was 
a small, independently owned family grocery store and bakery named, Tuthill's". 
It was located on Mills Ave.( aka Hwy 17-92) in Orlando. I am trying to find 
their recipe for the date bar cookies they baked. They were very different 
from the traditional ones with oatmeal and a filling. These had neither of 
these ingredients. They were dense and somewhat stiff but the texture was 
still a little chewy. They were dark golden colored. I last visited this store 
in 1968 and I think it went out of business within a year or two. As a child, 
I spent many a summers' day collecting empty coke bottles to redeem at Tuthill's. 
There was always enough money to buy bubble gum and something from their bakery. 
I always picked a date bar. They were stored in a big glass jar with a metal lid 
on top of the bakery case. The date bars were available year round and were made 
for many years untill the store closed. The owner, Mr. Tuthill, was always a nice 
guy.  One day one of the freezers broke down and he gave away all the ice cream 
rather than see it go to waste.  That was the highlight of my summer!  I don't 
know what happens to recipes when a store closes that was not part of a big chain. 
I imagine the Tuthill family must still have them. Someone out there has to have 
those recipes.That's all I'm looking for. Any recipe that even remotely sounds 
like this would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

Hi Jeanette,

Well, I can find no mention at all of Tuthill's Bakery in Orlando. No recipes at all. There are, of course, dozens of date bars recipes on the Internet, but I can't search through them without having something specific to look for. People don't put words in recipes like "dense and somewhat stiff", "chewy texture", or "dark golden colored", so I have no way to determine which, if any, recipes might be similar. I need unique names or ingredients. Did they have nuts? What kind? Pecans? Anything else?


Thanks for the reply.  The date bars did not have any nuts or any other fruit.  I'm 
sure light brown sugar was an ingredient.  The dates must have been pureed or cooked 
prior to being added to the batter because there were not detectable pieces of dates, 
just the flavor. Honey may have also been in this recipe.  That's all I remember. 
Thanks for searching!


Hi Jeanette,

Sorry, no luck.


Good afternoon -
I was recently researching family information and stumbled across a reader submission on your website from September of 2009. 
A writer named Jeanette asked about date bars from Tuthill's grocery and bakery here in Orlando, FL. 
Ben Tuthill, the owner, was my great-grandfather, and my great-grandmother Edelweiss was the baker. 
I still meet people locally who remember some aspect of the store or a particular food item they carried or prepared. 
They were wonderful people who were loved and respected in the community, and it's always gratifying to see someone remember them fondly. 
Eventually, the rigors of running a grocery store and the impending arrival of the large chains were part of their decision 
to close the store in the early 70's. Thankfully, they went out on a high note and were financially sound. She passed away in 1982, 
and he in 1995. Both lived long and happy lives filled with family and loved ones.
Please share with Jeanette that all the thousands of family recipes from the store are intact in several large books, 
all handwritten by my great-grandmother. It is our intention to compile the absolute best for publication in the future. 
One of our challenges is that all are set up for commercial quantities!  Thankfully, my grandmother and my mother know 
them well from having worked in the store, and are accomplished bakers themselves.
Thank you for posting that note from Jeanette--it certainly made my day.  
I will see what I can do about locating the date bar recipe, and I will share it if I can find it.
Best regards,
Orlando, FL

Thanks, Aaron!

Baricev's Lobster

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Beth 
  Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 5:24 PM
  Subject: Request - Baricev's Lobster

Dear Uncle Phaedrus, 

My family made frequent visits to Biloxi, MS in the 70's and 80's when my dad had 
checkups at the VA hospital there.  The highlight of the trips were always our 
dinners at Baricev's seafood restaurant.  The place was destroyed by a couple 
of hurricanes between the 60's and 80's and rebuilt every time.  I remember the 
view of the Gulf of Mexico, the shrimp cocktail with a spicy cocktail sauce, and 
*especially* the lobster. 

Baricev's was the first place I ever ate lobster.  I even took my husband there 
in the late 80's to see if it lived up to my childhood memories - and it did! 
It was always priced extremely reasonably and the whole lobster was split down 
the center as if by a circular saw.  The tomalley and other head and thorax bits 
were cleaned out and replaced with a wonderful stuffing with minced onion and 
maybe a little Parmesan and pimento before the halves were broiled to perfection 
and served with drawn butter.  

I guess the hurricanes of the last couple of decades took their toll, because at 
some point it was gone.  The last time I was in Biloxi before Hurricane Katrina, 
there was a casino where Baricev's used to be.  I can't find information on the 
owners to try and track the recipe.  I've searched on the internet and even contacted 
the convention and visitor's bureau a few years ago, to no avail.  I would be grateful 
if you could find a recipe for their lobster, and any others from there would be a 
fantastic lagniappe!

Many thanks!


Hello Beth,

I grew up in that area, so I know of Baricev's. However, I'm sorry to say that I cannot find any recipes at all from Baricev's.


Magnolia Room Egg Salad

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sherry 
  Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2009 12:20 PM
  Subject: recipe

Hello -

My name is Sherry and I am looking for an egg salad recipe from Rich's Department Store 
formerly in Atlanta, Ga.  My husband grew up in Atlanta and his mother used to take him 
to the Magnolia Room at Rich's.  I don't know what made this egg salad so special, but 
I would like to try to make it for him.  I hope you have it or can locate it for me.

Thank you -


Hi Sherry,

Sorry, no success with this one.



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