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Sammy's Steak Sandwiches

From: Rosie 
Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2017 1:44 PM
Subject: Sammy's Steak Sandwiches

Hey Uncle, I regularly follow your site and often get cooking ideas and long lost recipes.  
I am now seeking the recipe for the sauce and cooking technique for Steak 
Sandwiches made exclusively at a Reading, PA luncheonette.  The owner was Sam Albert who is 
alive and lives in Reading.  A few years ago he sold the business but it is NOT AT ALL like 
the sandwich shop of old.  

Could you see if you can squeeze the recipe out of Sam?  I have tried with no luck.  
A big shot like yourself may be more successful.


Hello Rosie,

Contacting chefs or restaurant owners and asking them for their recipes is not something that I do. Sorry.

I found this quote on a message board at: Sammy's Steak Sandwich Itís not a recipe, but it is a description of the sandwich: ďI worked one summer in 1969 at Sammy's Steaks, a small chain (like 3 shops) in Reading. They were definitely a variant of a Philly sandwich being thin-sliced sirloin, grilled onions, tomato sauce (not pizza) and provolone.ď

I will post this for reader input. Maybe Sam Albert will see it and send me the recipe.


Black Cap Lemon Bars

From: Jayn  
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 10:30 AM
Subject: Lemon Bars

I read your site all the time and thank you for your work.

I would love to find a recipe for Lemon Bars from  Black Cap Coffee & Beer - Espresso - Sandwiches - 
Craft Beer at Stowe Vermont.  We stopped for coffee and ordered one lemon bars they were so good.

I would love this recipe.  Hope you can find it.



Hi Jayne,

Sorry, no luck. I found some rave reviews of the Black Cap, but nothing about the lemon bars.

They have a Facebook page: Black Cap Coffee

Iíll post this for reader input.


Magic Pan Bread Basket

From: Pamela 
Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2017 5:19 PM
Subject: magic pan recipe

Dear Uncle Phaedrus, 

I am thrilled to find all of the Magic Pan recipes you have provided, however, 
one still eludes me and haunts me from my memory:  blue cheese bread basket.  

I was a child when my mom took me to the Magic Pan for dinners, so I don't 
remember the exact name, but I think this is it.  It had gorgonzola cheese 
spread of some sort and large thick cut bread that was warmed to have with it. 

Please help.  I must have some before I collect my pension. 



Hi Pam,

If you havenít already seen it, my Magic Pan page is here: Magic Pan Recipes

As you can see from the list at the bottom of that page, the Bread Basket recipe is one of those that I also have been unable to find. I searched again today in response to your request, but the only mention of the bread basket that I can find is in this Washington Post article from 1984: The Magic Pan

I will post your request. Perhaps someone has the recipe and will respond.


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