Curried Lamb Pot Pie

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Pie Revival

By on January 15, 2016

I think you'll like this comforting, savory pie. Ground lamb with potato and curry is an awesome flavor combination--with the turnips to go along on… more >

Chicago Chili Mac

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Classic Casseroles

By on January 3, 2016

In the Midwest, Chili Mac lovers expect to find elbow macaroni in the dish---plus chili made with plenty of cumin, chili powder and green peppers.… more >

Scotch Eggs

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Snack Time

By on January 2, 2016

Dating back to the 1700's, Scotch eggs are a hearty, handy, simple snack. To make them, wrap boiled eggs in seasoned sausage and breadcrumbs and… more >

Hoosier Mama’s Frito-Chili Pie

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Cookbook Connection

By on January 2, 2016

Born and schooled in Texas, I had my share of traditional Frito-Chili Pie (aka bag-o-corn-chips with meaty chili ladled in.) In comparison? This Frito-Chili Pie… more >

The Original Chocolate Fudge Brownie (Palmer House)

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Then & Now

By on December 8, 2015

The Palmer House hotel kitchens invented the brownie in response to Bertha Palmer's request for a portable dessert that ladies could enjoy in boxed lunches… more >

Best-of-the-Midwest Chili (with Oneida White Corn or Hominy)

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Meaty Mainstays

By on December 6, 2015

Oneida white corn, or in a pinch--hominy-- is a nice mix-in to my favorite Midwestern-style chili made with a rich meaty-bone stock, ground beef, onion,… more >

Marvelous Mashed Potatoes

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On the Sideboard

By on November 15, 2015

To help you avoid mashed mishaps this year, we reached out to two top Chicago chefs--Matthias Merges and Mike Sheerin-- for favorite methods and how-tos… more >

Liquid Gold Gravy

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Vintage Holiday

By on November 15, 2015

Made with roasted bones from a turkey carcass, onion, garlic, white wine, thyme and lots of mushrooms, Chef Mike Sheerin’s rich gravy is worth the… more >

Spiced Butternut Squash Pie

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Vintage Holiday

By on November 14, 2015

What's the difference between pumpkin, butternut squash, garnet yam and sweet potato pies? Not much! But in our tests? Butternut squash had the best flavor,… more >

Savory Sage & Sausage Stuffing

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Vintage Holiday

By on November 11, 2015

Savory sausage dressing, filled with nubbins of onion and celery and plenty of sage, will ever be the stuff of my poultry-pairing dreams. more >

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This is the place to look for a lost recipe–help somebody else find theirs!

Monica’s Most Wanted

Hi! Please do drop in at Swap Shop to see if you have any of the recipes people are looking for, or, to post a recipe request of your own. We just put up better controls to keep unwelcome spam out of the site. Looking forward to learning of your lost recipes. See you there soon!–Monica Kass Rogers

Lost Recipes Found Media center

Remember the Dressel’s Chocolate Fudge Whipped Cream Cake? Here’s our very own mini-documentary on the cake, plus info LRF used to recreate a recipe for the cake with the Dressel’s family as tasting panel. Added bonus: Check out our two-part cooking demo with Chef Heidi Hedeker of Kendall College.  Video editing by Sue McCosky, McCosky Film & Video.


From the Ground Up, by James Villas Sugar, Sugar: Every Recipe has a Story, by Kimberly "Momma" Reiner and Jenna Sanz-Agero Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a time, Martha Bayne Cake Ladies, Celebrating a Southern Tradition, Jodi Rhoden