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One of the most popular posts on this blog is about my copy of My Great Recipes Card Collection from 1980. A number of comments asked for recipes. Today, some of those beloved, long-lost recipes resurface.
Recipe requests aren’t easy to satisfy because we (you, me, everybody) don’t necessarily remember the actual name of the recipe.
You might remember that great cake you had that was chocolate and gooey. But do you remember the actual name of the cake? Probably not. Oh, you might remember a variation of the name, or what your family called the cake, or what you thought the ingredients were. But recipe titles get pretty hazy in the mists of time…like everything else.
So I did the best I could with matching the memories to the cards. Plus, upon much closer examination, I definitely do not have the entire collection.
Oh, I’ve got a bunch of cards here – nearly 2,000 – but am missing around 200. And I’ve made the full list of recipes available to everyone in a Google Spreadsheet (see link below for the link.)
The recipes requested included:
- Cindee, looking for Almond Triangles. I couldn’t find it, but Jody suggested Almond Pastries.
- Becky was looking for buttermilk chicken and Texas Brownie recipes
- Raul was hunting for the ground beef and mushroom pie recipe.
- Joan lost her recipe for turkey tettrazzini.
- Lisa said one of her favorite recipes was no crust strawberry cheesecake using cottage cheese, not sour cream.
- Cindy was looking for the texas sheet cake.
- BeckyM was also looking for the buttermilk chicken recipe and said that you soaked chicken in buttermilk, then made biscuits with the leftover milk.
- Linda was looking for both the sour cream walnut pound cake and an open-faced shrimp salad that had green onions and mustard, and was served on toast.
- Stacie lost the creole meatloaf sauce that used to belong to her mom.
- Shelley said someone took her cutty chicken recipe.
- Joan said she loved the sloppy joes made with a canned of maple baked beans.
- Kit said someone took her recipe for mudcake.
With nearly 2,000 recipes to look through, it took me the better part of a weekend to find recipes and get the entire list typed up – plus photographing and uploading the pictures.
Here is Becky’s Buttermilk chicken. That’s card 9 in group 9 – Poultry. The title is Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Biscuits.
You sure do reserve 3/4 cup of the buttermilk to make biscuits with. Sounds delicious!
Joan’s sloppy joes made with maple baked beans are called “Bean Sloppy Joes.” They are in group 4 (Sandwiches) and are card 31. The recipe calls for a can of New England Style Beans.
Here’s the recipe.
Joan’s request for turkey tetrazzini stumped me for quite awhile. Then I found card 69 in group 18 – Pasta, Rice, and Potatoes. It’s for a noodles terazzini.
The recipe calls for 2 cups pork. But what do the notes say?
You can substitute 2 cups chicken or turkey.
Keeping with the savory theme, here’s the ground beef and mushroom pie that Raul was looking for. It’s card 15 in “Great Ways With Ground Meat.”
And it sounds like it would be a good middle of winter comfort-kind of meal.
And that creole meatloaf sauce that Stacie wanted? It’s found on the creole meatloaf card.
The sauce is made from butter, green pepper, onion, mushrooms, tomato juice, cornstarch, thyme, and water.
Let’s move on to dessert. First, that Texas brownie that both Becky and Cindy wanted. It’s actually Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake – card 31 in collection 24 – Cakes and Pastries. And it sure does look like brownies, doesn’t it?
Here’s the recipe. It is baked in a sheet pan. I wonder if you baked it in a 9×12 pan if it would be thicker and more brownie like?
Linda remembered a sour cream walnut pound cake. I couldn’t find anything that was quite like that. But then I found the Sour Cream Almond Coffee Cake.
The nuts are only used in the topping, so it would be easy to substitute in walnuts instead of almonds. And I didn’t find another cake that sounded quite right.
Finally, here are those almond triangles that Cindee requested. I couldn’t find anything in the cookie or cake section that quite matched, but reader Jody pointed out that Cindee might be referring to Almond Pastries – card 17 in group 24, cakes and pastries.
The recipe shows these have an orange-flavored almond paste filling.
Even More Recipes
Lisa asked for a “no crust strawberry cheesecake” that used cottage cheese, not cream cheese. I didn’t find anything with that exact title. However, while going through the list, I did find Coeur de Creme.
The Coeur de Creme, on the other hand, is a cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture served with strawberries and an optional raspberry sauce. I’m including the image and recipe because it sounds kind of like a no crust cheesecake.
Here is the recipe:
The other possibility might be the Strawberry-Cheese Pie – card 47 in group 25 (Pies and Tarts.) On the other hand, it does use small-curd cottage cheese and is a ‘no bake’ pie: you add a layer of cream & cottage cheese, then a layer of glaze, and finally strawberries.
And the full recipe:
This was *not* the recipe Lisa was looking for. Scroll down to see the actual recipe she wanted.
List of Recipes
I decided to type the names of all of the recipes into a big Google spreadsheet. Orginally, I thought there were somewhere around a hundred recipes. Boy was I wrong.
In fact, the spreadsheet has almost 2,000 lines!
- This is a Google Doc Sheet.
- You can look at the spreadsheet.
- You will see I am missing about 200 cards; they are marked “missing this card.”
- You can download, print, or copy the spreadsheet.
- You can’t make any changes to the spreadheet itself or to access.
Click here to view My Great Recipes Spreadsheet
Visit the original My Great Recipes Collection post.
What I Didn’t Find
I didn’t find Linda’s open-faced shrimp salad with green onions and mustard. And Shelley’s cutty chicken recipe is a mystery to me; there’s nothing in my collection that comes close.
Kit’s request for mudcake has me stumped, too. Kit thought it was in the barbeque and picnic section, but I don’t see anything that resembles mudcake.
Can anyone help with these requests? Add a comment below!
Lisa and Kit corresponded and collaborated and found both the Mud Cake and the Strawberry No Bake Cheesecake. Here are both recipes!
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- 2 cups marshmallows
- 1 cup butter
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 dash salt
I medium saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa, sugar, and eggs, beating well.
Add flour, salt, vanilla, and chopped nuts, making sure it is well beaten.
Pour into 9x13 greased pan.
Bake at 350 for 25-30minutes until cake no longer sticks to toothpick when tested.
Cover with marshmallows immediately after removing from oven.
Immediately begin frosting. In medium saucepan, melt butter, milk, and cocoa, mixing well until mixture is smooth.
Beat in sugar, vanilla, and salt until creamy.
Pour on cake while still warm. Frosting will soak into cake and some marshmallows will be visible.
(Group 20 Barbecues and Picnics, Card, 41) Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20-25 minutes Oven temperature: 350 Serves: 15
- 8 oz small-curd creamed cottage cheese
- 8 oz whipped cream cheese
- 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup butter melted and cooled
- For Strawberry Sauce
- 1 package strawberry gelatin
- 1 cup water very hot
- 1 10 oz package frozen sliced strawberries
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For cottage cheese through a sieve. With an electric mixer, beat together cottage cheese and cream cheese until fluffy. Add flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Beat until well blended.
Thoroughly beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla and lemon juice. Beat well. Fold in sour cream and butter.
Stir mixture into deep, well-buttered dish 9-inch pie pan. Bake at 325 for 50 minutes. Turn off oven. Leave cake in oven for 1 hour. (Center will sink.)
To make sauce, dissolve gelatin in hot water. Add strawberries, stirring until slices separate. Stir in cold water and lemon juice. Mix well. Chill 30 minutes or until thickened.
Cool cake to room temperature. Spread strawberry sauce over top.
Tip: This cake is also delicious without the sauce.
20 minutes preparation
50 minutes baking
Oven at 325
For 1 9-inch cake/pie