An additional 7 days, one more round of legendary old West Virginia cafe recipes!
Continue to using the wave of very last week’s cottage cheese soup large, let’s change our consideration to one more extended-lost recipe from a beloved cafe of days gone by.
“Hello Steven,” reader Lloyd Jerry Nelson II wrote. “I always enjoy your column in the paper and it has affected my determination on dining several periods. I ran across a recipe and believed you might want to share it sometime.”
Go on, I’m listening …
“My grandmother worked at Rose Town Cafeteria in South Charleston for lots of a long time. She did not drive and we would choose her up on her late evening change as soon as a week. We would frequently take in there on that day, and my most loved was the meatloaf.”
Nelson said the woman who generally produced it was named Shirley and I’ve heard persons converse about it many years later on.
“I still try to remember telling her how considerably I preferred it and that when I got big, I was likely to make it,” he recalled. “She sent me this handwritten recipe in the early ’70s and I ran across it the other working day.”
Wow, what a treasure. The memory — and the recipe.
I usually hear from visitors attempting to get their fingers on their favorite prolonged-missing recipes or dishes from dining places no for a longer period in business. Below are the most recent “oldies but goodies” some of you are hunting for now.
Eggplant Parmesan, Blossom Deli
“I have a concern about the ‘old’ Blossom Deli on Quarrier Road,” reader Linda Morris mentioned. “Many many years ago, various of my get the job done buddies and I would have lunch at the Blossom, and we could not wait for the every day specific to be the eggplant Parmesan.”
She said the dish was incredibly basic — just served with a modest salad and bread — but they adored each chunk.
“Is it possible for you to in some way get that recipe and print it in the paper?” she questioned. “I would enormously appreciate anything at all you can do.”
I absolutely liked the old Blossom as nicely, but haven’t had substantially luck tracking down numerous well-liked recipes from there (which includes the often-requested egg salad) because chef/operator Monthly bill Sohovich handed absent back in 2013.
1 Blossom recipe I was ready to snag, having said that, was so very good that Bon Appetit magazine attained out to me back again in 2002 asking for my support to function it in their publication. Confident adequate, the Creamy Polenta with Gorgonzola and Spinach was singled out in that September’s “Neighborhood Restaurant” version along with the recipe, which I have also incorporated this week.
The dish did modify by the decades after this recipe was printed, that includes less gorgonzola (and in some cases a blend of blue cheeses rather) together with different herbs and seasonings, but it was normally divine in my viewpoint.
Lasagna Bolognese, Paterno’s at the Park
“My spouse loved the Lasagna Bolognese at Paterno’s at the Park, but it no for a longer time exists, and Ristorante Abruzzi’s model is not the exact,” wrote Jacob Messer. “Do you know any where that has some thing very similar or, greater yet, do you have the recipe for it? She wants to have it for a cheat working day shortly.”
Showcasing alternating layers of pasta, meat sauce and Italian cheeses, I suspect their version’s exclusive style arrived courtesy of the spike of sherry cream it showcased as well.
I really do not have the recipe myself, but would really like to rating it. Any previous Paterno’s homeowners, employees or supporters have the scoop?
Steven Keith is a food writer and cafe critic regarded as “The Foodstuff Guy” who writes a weekly column for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and has appeared in quite a few state, regional and countrywide culinary publications. Adhere to him on the internet at www.wvfoodguy.com or on Fb, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest as “WV Foods Male.” He can be attained at 304-380-6096 or at [email protected].