From: Mae Belle
Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 11:17 AM
Subject: Cucumber Salad Dressing
In the 1990's, I lived in Dallas, Texas and we often ate at a restaurant on Lovers Lane called Celebration.
They had the most delicious homemade house cucumber dressing. I have been trying to replicate that dressing
for years and can't come close. Can you help?
Hello Mae Belle,
I found a lot of raves about this salad dressing. Celebration has a website at : Celebration Restaurant.
You can, of course buy the dressing at the restaurant itself. I didn’t see any mention that they would ship it.
I did not find any recipes or copycats for this dressing. It would be highly unlikely to find the actual recipe
that Celebration uses. I did find a “tastes – like” recipe that several people said was very close to the
Celebration Restaurant Dressing here: Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing
That recipe is below.
I’ll post this for reader input.
Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing
1 cup cucumber, seeded and minced
1 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
1 tablespoon scallions, minced
1 cup plain yogurt
Combine the cucumber, mayonnaise, garlic, parsley, and scallions. Fold in yogurt.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill well before serving.
Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 4:53 PM
Subject: hot dog chili
Hi, I see you have had a lot of luck finding recipes, maybe you can help me.I am looking for hot dog chili
recipe,from a place in Petersburg VA. called Fortys or maybe Forties can't remember the spelling ,but that
name.Their chili was very finely ground,and very dark looking.It may have been canned chili,but it seems I
have tried them all.Please help.
It appears to be “Forty’s”, according an old ad from the Petersburg, Virginia Progress-Index newspaper from 1959-1960.
Are you the “Steve” posting in this thread about Forty’s on Topix? - Topix
I had no success finding a recipe or a copycat or even a tastes-like. However, there appears to be a store in
Petersburg called “Olger's Store”. In that store is a small museum operated by Jimmy Olger. Mr. Olger has
Forty’s old hot dog machine and appears to have the chili recipe. He served up Forty’s hot dogs with it at
the Civil War Festival on Dec 30, 2012. Mr. Olger also writes a column for "The Progress-Index" newspaper.
In an article here - Progress-Index -
Mr. Olger says that after Forty Davis passed away, his son-in-law Tony Russo operated Forty’s Hot Dogs.
Mr. Russo, too, is now deceased. If you cannot get the recipe from Mr. Olger, then the only possibility
that I know would be for you to try to locate descendants of these folks.
I’ll post this for reader input.
Thanks for helping me. Yes that is me on Topix, and I have talked to Jimmy Olgers,he said they took it to the grave with him.
Hmm... Then I wonder what kind of chili Mr. Olger used on the hot dogs he served at the Civil War Festival on Dec 30, 2012?
He told me Tony Russo's wife or someone kin, had the recipe and made it for the festival, and she died.
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 9:00 AM
Subject: memorable French toast
I went to college in Key West in the 70’s and made weekly visits to Shorty’s Diner on Duvall St. with $3.95
in hand for the most dreamlike and still memorable French toast. It was a fluffy texture and had complex
flavors, almost like a bread pudding. It appeared to be white bread dipped in batter and then cooked on the
huge flattop grill by Shorty, the only cook there- a tall ex-navy cook from Texas. My roommate and I have
tried to replicate it, no luck. We believe vanilla and cardamom, maybe ginger are in the mix. I ‘ve tried
dipping bread in seasoned pancake batter but the texture isn’t close. This dish was so unique and amazing
I rarely added maple syrup, just smeared the pat of soft butter that came on top. It was a whitish beige
with confectionary sugar on top.
A possible lead- Playboy magazine had rated it best French toast in America, years ago of course.
Thanks and good luck,
Sorry, I had no success with this. All I can find are a few mentions on message boards.
I’ll post this. Perhaps a reader can help.