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Clams Casino Soup

From: John  
Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2012 11:38 AM
Subject: recipe for Clams Casino soup

A couple of years ago I went into a restaurant/club (name Orioles) in Falling Waters West Virginia. On the menu they had 
a soup called Clams Casino soup. It was wonderful. I’ve been looking for this recipe ever since and have had no luck. 
Any help would be appreciated.


Hello John,

John, there are things about your request that make it problematic:

I cannot find any mention of an Orioles Restaurant or club in Falling Waters, West Virginia.

I found requests on several Internet message boards like this: “John **** of Salisbury, N.C., would like to find a recipe for Clams Casino Soup. He had it at a club called ‘Orioles’ in Martinsburg, W.Va.”

That would appear to be you or someone with the same name from the same state and asking for the same recipe as you. So where was the “Oriole’s” at which you ate the soup? Falling Waters or Martinsburg?

I also found these listings in West Virginia under restaurants, which further confuse the issue:

Fraternal Order Orioles in Keyser WV, and the Orioles Club in Shinnston, WV.

Also, although there are dozens of clubs and restaurants in the Baltimore, Maryland area called “Orioles”, I can’t find a restaurant chain called that.

I did find that, in West Virginia, there is a men’s club called “The Fraternal Order of the Orioles”. It appears to be similar to other fraternal orders, such as The Elks Club, and it might be somehow connected with the Masons. The Fraternal Order of Orioles, Nest 296, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, operates a club called The Ladder House Bar & Grill at 2209 Charles Town Rd between Martinsburg, WV and Kearneysville, WV. That’s on WV Rte. 9 East / Next to Baker Heights VFD. Perhaps that’s what you mean? It’s called The Ladder House, not “Orioles”, although, from a photo that I saw, it has a big sign out front saying "Fraternal Order Orioles Nest 296", so that can be confusing. The Ladder House menu is online at: The Ladder House Menu. Although The Ladder House is operated by and for the Fraternal Order of Orioles, it is also open to the public at certain times, such as for lunch, when the Orioles aren't having a meeting. However, there is no “clams casino soup” on their current online menu. It may have been a "special" that was only on the menu for a short time.

If that’s the place, then your best bet is to call or write to them and ask them for the recipe or the name of the cook that made it. Their phone number and an e-mail address is on their website at: The Ladder House

They also have a Facebook page at: The Ladder House on Facebook. You could post a request there for the soup recipe.

I did try to find another recipe for clams casino soup. I found the soup mentioned in a few restaurant reviews, but I did not find a single recipe online for clams casino soup. I found plenty of clams casino recipes, but none for clams casino soup. I’ll post this on my site in case a reader can help.



In response to your 11/19/12 blog about Clams Casino Soup:

The Hartford CT Courant newspaper published a recipe for  "Bobette's Connecticut Clams Casino Chowder". Here's the recipe and link.

Bobette's Connecticut Clams Casino Chowder

1/4 pound butter
1-1/2 pounds green peppers, chopped fine
1/2 pound onions, chopped fine
1 pound red potatoes, diced
1 quart water
1/4 jar clam base
1 17- to 20 ounce-can chopped clams
1 cup bacon bits
1 jar roasted red peppers

Boil potatoes until done. In a soup pot, add butter, onions and green peppers. Sauté until tender. Add 1 quart of water, the cooked potatoes, 
clam base, bacon bits and roasted reds. Bring to 165 degrees, and add clams. Cook for at least 3 minutes. Makes 10 to 12 (12-ounce) bowls.

Source: The Hartford CT Courant newspaper



Triple Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

From: Susie 
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 10:53 AM
Subject: Triple Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

I just found this site and I really hope you can help me.  Back in the mid 90's I watched a segment of a morning lifestyle/DIY show on either TLC or Discovery.  
A guest chef made a wonderful looking cheesecake that we had to try.  It was amazing!  I know that it was a channel owned by Discovery b/c until about 4 yrs ago 
I could print it out from the main Discovery website.  At the time you could link to their other channels from their main website.  A few years ago the recipes 
for that and some other things just vanished.  

I have been searching for 4 yrs for it.  My children managed to dump a large drink into the recipe box and it destroyed a LOT of our favorite recipes.  
This cheesecake is very rich and dense and wonderful.It is also unusual in some ways.

The crust is made by greasing the bottom and 1' - 1 1/2' up the side of a 9" springform or round pan with deep sides. Cocoa powder (unsweetened) is used 
to dust the bottom and sides and the extra cocoa is left in the pan.  That is the whole crust and even though the cocoa is unsweetened it is wonderful 
with the very rich filling.

The batter is fairly typical, and contains both melted unsweetened chocolate and your choice of mini chocolate chips or chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate.  
There isn't any sour cream in the recipe to the best of my memory.  The orange comes from orange liqueur.

This cheesecake is tall..  It is baked in a low oven for 4-6 hrs or even overnight!  I think the oven is at 200 or 250 degrees.

The tv show had 2 female hosts, one who did more DIY handyman stuff and one who did the cooking and craft projects.  

I have googled, checked all sorts of recipe sites, even emailed Discovery but I cannot even figure out the name of the show or the hosts, 
so they cannot help w/o that info.

Thanks for any help you can share!


Hello Susie,

I can find only one recipe on the web with the name “ Triple Chocolate Orange Cheesecake”, and it does not fit your description. It’s here: Triple Chocolate Orange Cheesecake I see nothing in your e-mail that would be helpful to me in finding the name of the show. I don’t recall ever seeing a program like that, and without the name of the program or the name of at least one of the hosts, I see no way for me to proceed. You might try Googling “tv cooking shows” and/or “tv do it yourself shows” and similar things and checking all of the hits you get. You might hit upon the name of the program that way. You could also add the terms “discovery channel” or “learning channel”, etc. to them as search terms to narrow down the hits a bit. The only thing that I can do is post your request on my site in the hopes that one of my readers will recognize the show and/or the recipe.

One other thing that you might try is posting your description of the program on this message board: Chowhound - TV Cooking Shows


Hello Susie,

A reader (Thanks, Reuben!)suggested that the below recipe might be the one that you mean. It certainly sounds like your description of the cake. It was on a Discovery Network program called “Home Matters” in 2000. However, that show didn’t have two female hosts, it had a female - Susan Powell and a male - Chris McWatt as hosts. The cake was called "Chocolate Orange Chocolate Chip Cheesecake," not “Triple Chocolate Orange Cheesecake.” It was demonstrated by a guest named Andrew Schloss, author of “One Pot Chocolate Desserts.”


Sent by Reuben:

Chocolate Orange Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
Makes 16 to 20 servings.
1 c. cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-processed
2 lbs. cream cheese (regular or reduced fat), at room temperature
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 tbs. vanilla extract
2 tsp. orange extract
1/4 c. orange liqueur
5 eggs
12 oz. mini-chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the interior of a 2-quart soufflé dish or 9-inch cheesecake pan with 
spray shortening and dust with 1/4 cup of the cocoa. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese and the sugar until smooth and soft, scraping the side of the bowl and spoon 
as necessary. Mix in the remaining 3/4 cup of cocoa, vanilla and orange extracts, liqueur and eggs until the batter 
is well blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Pour and scrape the batter into the prepared pan and place in the oven. Bake for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. 
Cool on a rack to room temperature. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper and an inverted plate. Invert. 
Remove the pan and refrigerate cake upside sown for at least 1 hour. (If you need to leave the house, the cake can 
stay refrigerated all day.) Invert a serving plate over the cheesecake and invert the cake. Remove the top plate and 
the paper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cut with a long, sharp knife dipped in warm water to prevent sticking.

Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ Coleslaw

-----Original Message----- 
From: Kaye 
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 2:26 PM
Subject: Coleslaw

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

I recently ate at Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ in Kansas City.  They make the most outstanding coleslaw ever.  
I've tried several recipes that I've found online but none even come close to theirs.  Has anybody else 
ever requested or volunteered this item?  I'd love any recipe that even comes close.



Hi Kaye,

Sorry, I had no success locating a recipe or copycat for Jack Stack's coleslaw. I'll post this on my site in case a reader can help.

Although I didn't find the coleslaw recipe, I did find two other Jack Stack recipes, the beans and the "cheesy corn bake" See:

Jack Stack Barbecue Beans

Cheesy Corn Bake


Greek BBQ

I saw from the Search Engine Report that someone was looking for Greek barbecue recipes. I don't know exactly what they were looking for, but here are some ideas:

Greek BBQ Sauce
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Greek BBQ Lamb
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