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Re: Cornbread
From: Bonnie 
Date: 9/27/2023, 11:54 AM
To: Phaedrus 

On 9/26/2023 10:10 PM, Bonnie wrote:

Hi, just a thank you. I don't think I wrote to you before but if I did 
it's going to say the same thing. You gave us the cornbread recipe from 
the Horn  and Hardart restaurant. It was phenomenal! I gave the recipe 
to a coworker who loves to cook. Anybody who makes 35 pounds of mashed 
potatoes from scratch for a family gathering is what I call somebody 
who likes to cook. Anyway,  I gave him the recipe and he said everyone 
just sat  around the table and devoured the whole cake before the meal. 
He was eternally grateful and that's now being served at every gathering. 

I do have a question but I know how Coney Island recipes are heavily 
guarded and all the ones that I read are basically what we call Sloppy 
Joe's or "barbecue" in Reading, Pennsylvania: ground beef with onions 
and ketchup and mustard and vinegar and a bit of sugar, cook down and 
served in buns. Even the book called Road Food by Jane and Michael 
Stern ( think that's what the name was) used it as an authentic Coney 
recipe but it wasn't. I make that myself and instead of using hamburger 
buns I use hot dog buns because in all the stuff doesn't fall out of 
the bottom.  

Anyway, we had a Coney Island restaurant called the Crystal Palace that 
closed in the 70's and to this day I can't find the recipe. The last 
time I looked you had 600 recipes and some of them were similar and I 
tried all different combinations but I just can't replace that taste. 
The owner used to line up hot dog rolls on his arm and slather the 
stuff on the hotdogs. That was one of the attractions and it worked. 
He also put it on hamburgers. Anyway if you ever find one that doesn't 
have tomato, let me know.

By the way, I had told so many people about your site. I am sure that 
you have made so many people happy by providing a favorite recipe from 
their past. Have a great day!

Warm regards, 

Hi Bonnie,

Sorry, I had no success looking for a recipe for the Crystal Palace coney Island sauce or hot dog chili. If I happen across one with no tomato, I'll send it to you.

Bonnie, I can't find my copy of that Horn & Hardart cornbread recipe. Can you send that recipe back to me?


Thank you for looking! I knew it was a longshot but you never know. 
Here's the recipe.

Two boxes of Jiffy Cornbread mix. Follow the directions on the boxes. 
One box Duncan Hines SuperMoist yellow cake mix. Follow the directions 
on the box.
Pour both mixtures into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. 
Do not beat. 
Pour into a greased 13 x 9" pan and bake at 350° until done.
By the way, you should make this. It's fabulous! ??

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