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Chesapeake Corn Chowder

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cheryl" 
Sent: Sunday, October 17, 2010 7:48 PM
Subject: Chesapeake Corn Chowder from Souplantation

> Hi Uncle Phaedrus,
> My husband & I loved Chesapeake Corn Chowder from Souplantation  but 
> they no longer make it.  It almost was as good as my Grandfather's  who made 
> it better but he took the recipe to his grave unfortunately,  I know if 
> I'd asked he would have given it to me.
> But guess what I never asked I don't know why I just didn't now I  regret 
> it. Souplantation is the closet not quit but close.
> Thank You
> Cheryl 

Hi Cheryl,

Sorry, I had no success at all finding a Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes recipe for "Chesapeake Corn Chowder". They have not given out a recipe for it, and no one has created a copycat. It seems to be a fairly new offering for them.

The only recipe that I can find with the name "Chesapeake Corn Chowder" is a vegan recipe from the book "Vegan in Volume: Vegan Quantity Recipes for Every Occasion" by Nancy Berkoff. This is on a Google Books site, so if you want that recipe, you'll have to buy the book or copy the recipe manually off your computer screen. You can't copy and paste from those screens. See:
"Vegan in Volume: Vegan Quantity Recipes for Every Occasion" by Nancy Berkoff

Now, with that said, I must say that I did not find any evidence that there is a traditional recipe with the name "Chesapeake Corn Chowder." I found dozens of "corn chowder" recipe, and lots from the Chesapeake Bay area, but no "Chesapeake Corn Chowder" recipe is mentioned anywhere except the Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes dish and the vegan dish at the above link.

Did your Grandfather call his chowder "Chesapeake Corn Chowder" or just "corn chowder"?

There are lots of corn chowders from the Chesapeake area and that mention the Chesapeake area. "Chesapeake" and "Chesapeake Bay" conjure up visions of seafood, and that's what most of those chowders are - corn and crab or corn and fish or corn and other seafood. I did find a corn chowder recipe from "Chesapeake's Bounty" by Katie Moose that sounds very good and contains no seafood. It's not vegan, as it has bacon. It might be close to your grandfather's recipe. See:
Chesapake's Bounty Corn Chowder

Although the Souplantation dish appears to be a dead end, at least for now, I might be able to help you find a recipe similar to your Grandfather's chowder if you can tell me more about it. How was it unlike the "Chesapeake's Bounty" corn chowder recipe? Be specific - a description of how it looked or tasted is no help.


See also : Chesapeake Bay Corn Chowder

Sweet Tomatoes Carrot & Cream Cheese Lava Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sierra " 
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 6:03 PM
Subject: Recipe Request

>I was wondering if you might be able to help me find a recipe.
> I went to a Sweet Tomatoes restaurant and had a really good dessert. 
> It was called "Carrot & Cream Cheese Lava Cake". It was a really moist 
> carrot lava cake  covered in gooey cream cheese frosting and served warm, 
> almost hot.
> All of the lava cake recipes I have seen are for chocolate lava cakes. I 
> would love to find a recipe for a carrot lava cake like this one.
> I did try the recipe below and it was very similar, but not quite the one 
> I'm looking for. The cake didn't taste quite right and probably wasn't as 
> moist as the one I'm looking for. There was too much frosting and it was 
too sweet.
> 1 Box Carrot Cake Mix
> 1 (8 oz) Pkg Cream Cheese
> 1 Stick Butter, melted
> 1 Lb. Powdered Sugar
> Prepare cake mix as directed on box, pour batter into greased 9x13 pan. In large
> bowl, mix cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar until smooth. Place large
> globs of frosting on batter and spread over the whole top. Bake at 350 for 40-45
> minutes, or until center jiggles a little when you shake the pan.
> Thanks for any help,
> Sierra

Hi Sierra,

Sorry, no luck. There are dozens of people looking for that recipe on various message boards. The only one who seems to have it boasted of the fact on a message board and then appears to have failed to respond to any requests for the recipe. See:

back talk far north dallas

Of course, she may not really have it at all.

There is a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting recipe here:

baking cakes galore


Jack Daniels Black Forest Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Cathy 
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 4:50 PM
Subject: Black Forrest Cake

Twenty years ago I found a Black Forest Cake recipe in a Jack Daniels recipe 
book that I picked up at the store.  I have lost the book and haven't found 
the recipe anywhere else.  It is a time consuming recipe to make , but it is 
well worth the effort.  You have helped me in the past and I have run out of leads.


Hi Cathy,

Sorry, I had no success locating this recipe.


I've never heard of a black forest cake with whiskey in it.

Jeanette's Salad Dressing

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Pat
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 7:46 AM
Subject: Recipe Request for Jeanette's Salad Dressing

Hello Uncle P,

The recipe I'm searching for appeared in the Baltimore Sun or possibly the 
News-American in the late 70's or early 80's.  Yes, Baltimore actually had 
2 daily newspapers at that time.

The unique thing about this salad dressing is that it is cooked.  It must 
have included eggs and sugar, hence the cooking.  It is slightly sweet and 
holds up good on spinach salads; it's tart enough to be used on everyday 
lettuce salads.

My little newspaper clipping got lost somewhere along the way in the past 
20 years since we left Baltimore.  My late husband had been in control of 
the kitchen/cooking during that time.  Now, he's gone and so is my recipe; 
2 great losses!!

I'll never replace my husband, but the closest recipe I've found to Jeanette's 
is Del Allo's Sweet Italian Dressing.  It is sold at the Pittsburgh (PA) Farmers' 
Market, and luckily at my local farmer's market (about 200 miles away), so there 
is a very small and select distribution of their products, not yet available in 
the large super markets that I could find.   

Having both recipes or either would make me so happy.  I hope you're still doing 
this, and that I've piqued your curiosity.  Hope to hear from you soon, and thanks,


Hi Pat,

Well, the bad news is that I could not find any mention anywhere of "Jeanette's salad dressing" or "Jeanette's dressing" or "Jeanette's italian dressing" except for the recipe below, which has no eggs and is not cooked. Nor could I find a copycat recipe for the commercial product Delallo's Sweet Italian Dressing. I could not locate any recipe for "Sweet Italian Dressing" that was cooked.

The only good news is that "Delallo's Sweet Italian Dressing" is not as limited in distribution as it might seem. It's listed as available from several sites on the Internet. I recall seeing it in Kroger's last year in Mississippi. I would venture to say that Wal-Mart probably has it as well.


Jeanette's Dressing

1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. sugar
2 to 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. vinegar
1/4 c. catsup
Minced onion or garlic to taste (optional)

Mix well all ingredients.

Helms Bakery Pineapple Coffee Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: charles 
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2010 7:09 PM
Subject: HELMS bakery pineapple coffee cake

I think the subject says it all. I kinda' remember the truck and the goodies 
but I'll never forget that coffee cake from the HELMS truck. And yes that is 
my real name in my email address

Hello Charles,

Sorry, no luck. It appears that the only Helms Bakery recipes available anywhere are the three here:

Helms Bakery


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