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A Particular Beef Wellington Recipe

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Patti 
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2011 1:13 PM
Subject: very special recipe

Dear Phaedrus,

I read all your instructions and I am aware that you would prefer we not ask 
you for magazine recipes but I promise you that I have searched the Internet, 
Googled it, searched the recipe sites and have even taken all similar ones 
off your own site but I still not have found the exact recipe I need.
It Is for "Beef Wellington" that was in a magazine called McCall's Cooking 
School Magazine.
I made it for the first time as a young wife and at my first dinner party, 
my now 35 year old daughter made it with me when she was 16. She now asked 
for the recipe to make it for her first dinner party at her new home and 
I cannot find the magazine with the recipe in it.
The ingredients were obviously the beef, Madeira wine and pate - But the 
difference as I remember were - it included vegetables like celery, carrots,
garlic and you cooked them down, chopped them in a blender , then put them 
in cheese cloth using a wooden spoon to twist the cloth down and squeeze the 
juice out, throwing away the left over vegetables. I also remember shallots-not 
onions, and it used parchment paper not frozen puff pastry.
I am sure that this seems silly to you since there are so many recipes online, 
but I have made others and they are just not the same.
Either way thank you for your time. I appreciate the effort you make for all of us.


Hi Patti,

I don't really mind looking for magazine recipes when someone provides as much detail about the lost recipe as you have provided.

However, I had no success locating a Beef Wellington recipe such as you describe, either with the name "McCall's Cooking School" attached to it or not.

This leaves three avenues of pursuit:

1) You can purchase a copy of "The McCall's Cooking School Cookbook". This book is a collection of recipes from the magazine. There are used copies available at
There is a review of it here:

The review says that there is a Beef Wellington recipe in the cookbook. However, it does not give a description of the recipe, so there is no guarantee that it is the same recipe. The drawback is that you may not get it in time for the dinner party. You can get expedited shipping and might get it in less than a week. The used copies start at around $15.00 plus shipping.

2) I have a group of helpers that, taken together, have a huge library of cookbooks and cooking magazines. I don't know that any of them specifically has the McCall's Cooking School Magazines or cookbook, but I will send out an e-mail today, requesting their assistance. If they have it, I will send it to you as soon as I receive it. If you don't hear from me, I will not have had any success.

3) If the recipe has not been found in a couple of weeks, I will post your request on my site. There is always the possibility that one of my readers will have the recipe and will send it. The drawback with this is that would be February before your request would appear on my site.


From: "Patti" 
Subject: Re: Beef Wellington
Date: Friday, January 21, 2011 6:17 PM

Dear Phaed,

First, thank-you so, so, much for getting back to me so quickly. I did not expect 
that and I am very appreciative.
I took the best 3 recipes from your site and a recipe for a 
classic french brown sauce with Madeira wine; hobbled something together for her 
from all three. She will know the difference, her guests will not as this is their 
first time eating it.
Her actual 35th birthday is at the end of Feb. She, my granddaughter, son-in-law 
are coming for a long visit as he is Air Force Medic just home from overseas.
I would love to make the correct one & surprise her.
I already took your advice about the book; plan on ordering it tonight but I 
already found out by asking seller it is impossible to find out what recipes 
are in book and I found there are 3 different volumes.
So while I order the 1st if you would ask your readers as mentioned in your #2; 3, I would be grateful. Also please keep me in mind for other answers you are looking for, I have an extensive cookbook Library that includes books, magazines, recipe cards, etc. My husband had to build special bookshelves to hold it all. I would love to try and return the favor. Thanks Again, Patti

Captain Bilbo's Oysters Bienville

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Pat 
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:52 PM
Subject: Recipe request

I would like the recipe for Oysters Bienville that were served at Captain Bilbo's 
in Memphis, Tennessee, about 15-20 years ago.  We have ordered them all over the 
country and have never gotten them as good as those were.  Thanks for any help. 

Hello Pat,

I did a thorough search yesterday for any Captain Bilbo's recipes. I had no success. The only one that is available is the Crab au Gratin that is on my site.


Captain Bilbo's Seafood Casserole

From: Patricia 
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 11:21 AM
Subject: Recipe

Do you have a recipe for: Captain Bilbo's Seafood Casserole?  It was my favorite 
dish on the menu.

I see you have the Crab Au Gratin one.


Hi Patricia,

The Crab au Gratin recipe was printed in the Memphis newspaper and a reader sent it to me - that's how I got that one. I wrote to her and she said they haven't printed the seafood casserole recipe, but she'll write to their food department. If she does get it, I'll send it on.


Woolworth's Strawberry Banana Pie

----- Original Message ----- 
From: David 
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:11 AM
Subject: F.W. Woolworths Strawberry Banana Pie

I am looking for the original recipe for Strawberry Banana pie that I had as a 
child at Woolworth's in the 1950's. Please help.
Thank You

Hello David,

Sorry, I had no success finding a recipe for this.


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