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Hungarian Bean Soup
From Mike C.
Recently I took a trip to Hungary where, in all of the most unlikely places, I found myself in a bowling alley that boasted “great food”. Having my doubts I ordered a bowl of “Bean Soup”. The waitress set down a 0.5-liter bowl of the most wonderful aromatic liquid along with a loaf of freshly baked bread. It was the most delicious soup I’ve ever had. There was some type of black beans (huge beans, bigger than I’ve ever seen), white beans, red beans, onions, carrots, celery, and some sort of sausage. All of this surrounded by a dark brown broth that was better than the German beer I had at the beginning of my trip. Is it possible that you might have a recipe for this liquid gold? If so, where can I find it? How can I get it? Please don’t tell me I have to go all the way back to Europe!
Baked Orange-Ginger Chicken
From Becky Sorenson, Concord, Mass.
Back in the early 1980s, I used to shop at Goodies to Go, a gourmet food shop in Lexington, Massachusetts, that sold prepared foods and bakery items. My favorite thing was the orange-ginger chicken. An employee told me that the chicken was marinated for a couple of days in a puree of fresh oranges, brown sugar, soy sauce, and fresh ginger. The chicken was fall-off-the-bone tender. If anyone else remembers this chicken and has a recipe, please share.
From Gilles Marchand, Halifax, Nova Scotia
I’d love to learn how to make a treat popular in Western Canada called matrimonial cake. It’s actually a date-and-oat bar (not sure why it’s called “cake” or what the matrimonial part is). Anyway, the bars are great for an afternoon snack with coffee. Does anyone have a good recipe?
From Ronnie Fishman, New York, N.Y.
A college roommate of mine from California used to make a wonderful pie out of avocado and sweetened condensed milk. It was rich, creamy, and just sweet enough. We all thought it was weird back then, but it really is an ingenious way to eat a healthy dessert. I’m hoping a fellow reader will have a recipe.
Pineapple Cream Pie
From Toni Marino, Minneapolis, Minn.
When I was younger, my mom would take us to the Woolworth store in downtown Minneapolis, where we’d have lunch in the cafeteria. I always ordered the pineapple cream pie. It was so good and so refreshing. I haven’t seen or heard of it since. Thank you in advance for anything you can find out for me about this pie.
Curried Fruit Bake
From Andrea Mooney, Quincy, Mass.
Back in the 1950s, my mom used to make a delicious dish she called curried fruit bake. It had canned peaches, pineapple, and maraschino cherries and was baked with brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, and curry powder. It was considered quite exotic at the time. She always served it with ham steaks. Does anyone have a recipe?