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Warburton's Cornish Pasties

From: Arthur 
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 6:04 PM
Subject: Warburton's Cornish Pasties Recipe


Just wondering if you know the recipe for Warburton’s Cornish Pasties.  I can still remember how they looked and tasted.  
I’ve seen various recipes for Cornish Pasties, but not for the Warburton ones specifically.

Just like the Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins this is another one of my favorite long lost Boston foods from my youth.  
I’m just glad I was around to enjoy these and other local (maybe even considered historic) foods.

Thanks for taking my request,


Hello Arthur,

Sorry to say that I had no success with the Warburton’s recipe. I only found two unique mentions of Warburton’s Café in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. One is an external photograph:


The other is an article lamenting the loss of Warburton’s Cornish pasties and touting chicken empanadas as evoking similar gustatory delight:
The author gives a recipe link and his own modifications.

Cornish pasties originated among coal-miners in Cornwall, England, and they are a highly favored dish in Britain, so some British recipes might be similar to Warburton’s. See these recipes:

English Food

British Food

A “Swede”, by the way, is a turnip or rutabaga.

Here’s a slightly more Americanized recipe:
Taste of Home


Hot French Dressing

From: Kit 
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2012 1:50 PM
Subject: looking for recipe for Hot French Dressing

I got this recipe when my Girl Scout Troop took cooking lessons at the Southern California Edison company in the early sixties. 
Hot French Dressing was a vinaigrette with cayenne pepper in it. 
My family loved it and, of course, I've lost it. A Bing search didn't turn it up so I decided I'd go to an expert.


Hello Kit,

I cannot find a “Hot French dressing” recipe that mentions any connection with the Girl Scouts or with Southern California Edison. What is called “French Dressing” these days is catsup based. It’s not what I would call a vinaigrette because of that, even though recipes for it often do have oil and vinegar. However, in years past, “vinaigrettes” were called “French dressings” because of their French origin.

Actually, I can only find one recipe at all that is called "Hot French Dressing”, and it contains catsup. It doesn’t contain cayenne, but has Tabasco sauce and chili powder for the heat. It’s on this site:
Hot French Dressing

I also found a recipe or two called “Spicy French Dressing”. Both contain catsup. One is below and one is on this site:
Spicy French Dressing

I looked at “hot vinaigrette” recipes, but all that I looked at contained mustard or horseradish or Tabasco. I can search some more, but I need more known ingredients to narrow the search. Did it contain catsup? Mustard? Tabasco? Garlic? The Girls Scout connection probably isn’t going to help unless this recipe came out of an official Girl Scouts cookbook. If we knew that the people at Southern California Edison got the recipe from a particular cookbook and we knew the name of the cookbook, that might help.



1/4 c. sugar
1 c. chopped onions
1/4 c. ketchup
1/4 c. canola oil
1/2 c. vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Put in blender, depending on size of blender, may need to mix in bowl and pour half in blender at a time. 

Bean and Cheese Soup

From: Desirae 
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2012 1:09 AM
Subject: Bean and cheese soup

Hi, I'm looking for an old recipe that my mom used to make. It actually called for ketchup packets! 
It had beans..kidney beans I believe, not sure if it was cheddar or velveeta cheese. I'm not sure if it had ground beef or not. 
I wish I could help out more, but thats all I remember. I have googled it, but only came up with cheeseburger soup recipes. 
HELP. PLease :)

Hello Desirae,

Sorry, I had no success. I had no success with any soup recipe calling for ketchup packets or catsup packets. Of course, someone may have changed the recipe to call for tablespoons of ketchup or catsup instead, since having the packets on hand might be chancy. However, I did not find a bean and cheese soup recipe at all that called for ketchup or catsup. I tried “bean soup” as well, with similar lack of success in finding anything with those ingredients. I’ll post the request in case one of my readers has the recipe.


Phil's Beef Chubbies

-----Original Message----- 
From: Ron 
Sent: Monday, May 28, 2012 12:01 PM
Subject: Phil's

Howdy Phaedrus, When I lived in Canada, we frequented Phil's for
breakfast. They have an item there called "Beef Chubbies"
They are soooo good! I was hoping you could help find a possible clone
recipe for these beauties. 
Regards, Ron in Bellingham,WA.

Hi Ron,

There are photos of them here:

Eat and Be Merry

Sorry, I had no success locating a recipe or copycat. The only thing that I could find about them is that they come in pork, beef and chicken and that they are some sort of small round slices of sausage.

Phil's is a popular breakfast spot, and "chubbies and eggs" is a popular breakfast. Not much way to find something similar without knowing what kind of sausage they are.

I'll post this on my site in the hopes that a reader can help.


Wow! thanks for the quick reply. I've made some that are very close
using ground round (for the beef) and ground shoulder (for the pork), am
hoping a former employee (or current) could shed some light. I'm guessing
the chain has a commissary or vendor that provides them. Thanks for the
help!! You Rock!! Ron 

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