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Casey's Pizza

From: Howard
  Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2012 8:22 PM
  Subject: recipe search

  Sir,  I would like the recipe for Caseys pizza...I especially like their pepperoni pizza,,,,would greatly appreciate your help...

  Caseys are a chain of large service stations in Missouri.....They also sell pizza whole, or by the slice....Their add includes Caseys, 
  famous for its pizza...

  Note:Their pizza is the best I have eaten during my lifetime...81 years.....Thanks,Howard

Hello Howard,

There is also a “Casey’s Pizza” in San Francisco, and another in Pennsylvania. Neither of these is related to yours, which is “Casey’s General Store”, based in Iowa.

I had no success finding a recipe for their crust or for their pepperoni pizza. Their crust recipe is a closely-guarded secret .

I did find some “copycat” or “tastes-like” recipes for their taco pizza and their breakfast pizza. See these sites:

Creatively Domestic

I'm Just Beachy

Just Add a Slice of Love

Bonnie Dinner Table


Hutzler's Potato Cookies

From: MaryEllen 
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 6:15 PM
Subject: Potato cookies

I worked at a department store in Baltimore, MD in the 1970s.  They had their own bakery and sold potato cookies.  
The store’s name was Hutzler’s (Hutzler Brothers) and was located in downtown Baltimore at the corner of Howard 
and Saratoga Streets.  They also had other stores throughout the Baltimore Metro area that had restaurants in them.  
I am specifically looking for the main store’s bakery potato cookie recipe. They had no other name than potato cookie.  
I have tried contacting people who have written histories of Hutzler’s to no avail.  Help!!



Hello, MaryEllen,

There’s lots of reminiscing, and a smattering of recipes from Hutzler’s on the Internet, but I find no mention at all of the potato cookies. There’s a book about Hutzler’s that has a few recipes, but from what you say, you’ve probably already checked it. It’s “Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops” by Michael J. Lisicky, and it’s available on Amazon.

I’m afraid that your only hope is that a former Hutzler’s bakery employee or a Hutzler descendant has the recipe and is willing to share it. The names of some of those employees and descendants are in that book and in various articles and obituaries on the Internet. If you want to do an aggressive search for the recipe, your best bet would be to try to find contact information for them and ask them directly.

I will post this request on my site. There’s always a chance, however small, that one of those people has the recipe, will visit my site, read your request, and will send the recipe.


From: "Madison" 
Subject: Potato cookies
Date: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 10:47 AM

I was reading your column:


and thought this might be a possible option for the reader looking for the
Hutzler's Potato Cookies.

Potato Cookies

Since the person that submitted the recipe comes from a German
background as did the Hutzler family.

I am actually from Baltimore and remember Hutzlers, though the bakery and
downtown location were way before my time.

I love your site!!

Madison : )
Subject: Found: Hutzler's Dept. Store Potato Chip Cookies
From: gwen 
Date: 8/21/2019, 2:44 PM

Good afternoon,

I hope this email finds you healthy, in good spirits, free of any disastrous effects of 
climate change (e.g. the tornados we in Mass. were hit with), and generally well.

After stumbling upon the following recipes while searching for something else altogther, 
it occurred to me someone may have once sought your aid in finding this recipe. Indeed, 
someone did, here: 12-28-2012

These two recipes differ just every so slightly, and both have convincing claims of legitimacy. 
Perhaps the recipe changed over time, this would not be unheard of. Either way, they give the 
requester solid starting points to recreate their memory at home.

Hutzler's Department Store Potato Chip Cookies #1

(From The Baltimore Sun, sent in from a former Hutzler's employee who found the recipe in an 
old copy of Hutzler's monthly employee newsletter.)

Makes 2-3 dozen cookies
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup crushed potato chips
Confectioners' sugar for dusting, if desired

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and the sugar until smooth. Stir in the 
egg yolk and vanilla. Add the flour and the nuts and mix until well blended then gently 
fold in the potato chips. Drop by teaspoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes. 
Remove to wire rack to cool slightly, then dust with confectioners sugar, if desired.

Hutzler's Department Store Potato Chip Cookies #2
This recipe is from Michael Lisicky’s “Hutzler’s: Where Baltimore Shops”

1 Cup softened butter
1 Cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 Cups sifted flour
1/2 Cup chopped nuts
1/2 Cup crushed potato chips
egg white slightly beaten

Thoroughly cream butter or margarine and 2/3 cup sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. 
Fold next three ingredients into creamed mixture. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2-inches 
apart on greased baking sheet. Flatten with tines of fork in two directions. Brush with egg 
white and sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup sugar. Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 
approximately 4 1/2 dozen cookies.


Trader Vic's Oysters San Juan

From: Barbie
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 3:02 PM
Subject: Trader Vic's Oysters San Juan served at San Francisco restaurant in early 60s

Hi!  What is the chance of prying this one?  Mahalo  Barbie

Hi Barbie,

I found an old Trader Vic’s newspaper ad that described the dish: Trader Vic's Oysters San Juan -
Fresh, plum oysters, poached in water, covered with spicy deviled crab, baked, and covered with Trader Vic's Special Hollandaise Sauce.

I had no luck finding that recipe on the Internet or in our files . You might try posting a request for it on this Tiki message board:
Tiki Central

Also, there are several Trader Vic's cookbooks such as this one that are available on that might have the recipe:
“Trader Vic's Tiki Party!: Cocktails & Food to Share with Friends” (Hardcover) by Stephen Siegelman (Author), Trader Vic (Author), Maren Caruso (Photographer)

Another book that might have the recipe is this one:
“Retro Luau: Planning the Perfect Polynesian Party” (Retro Series) (Hardcover) by Richard Perry


Note: I have checked three different Trader Vic's cookbooks, and this recipe was not in any of them.

Jelly Omelet

From: Ernesto
Subject: Found recipe
Date: Friday, November 30, 2012 3:40 PM

Found this recipe, hope you like it:  

C&O Railroad Jelly Omelette - recipe from dining cars of the Chesapeake&Ohio Railroad from 1950:  

Items Needed-For each omelette: 3 eggs(just 2 eggs for a smaller omelette), 1 TBLSP Milk, 2 TBLSP jelly or jam, butter. 
Mix eggs & milk with a fork until blended. In a non-stick omellette pan,melt 1 TBLSP butter over medium-high heat,when 
butter stop foaming, pour in eggs,swirling around pan to distribute evenly. Cook lifting sides of omelette to let 
uncooked eggs flow underneath until almost set (about 1 minute)Put jelly or jam of choice over half of omelette. fold 
omelette over jelly and cook for additional 20 seconds.Serve at once.Salt and pepper to taste. 

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