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Hungry Tiger Mushroom Salad

From: Dick 
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2012 9:27 AM
Subject: Hungry Tiger mushroom salad

Just found you site.  Great!  First time I've found a recipe for livermush (one of my favorites growing up in western NC).  
While I worked in downtown LA in the mid-80's a favorite lunch was oysters on the half shell and a mushroom salad at the 
Hungry Tiger chain restaurant there.  Sadly the chain was bought out by WR Grace and disappeared shortly thereafter.  
I'd greatly appreciate it if you could find that recipe.  Thanks for a really good site.

Hello Dick,

I’m sorry to say that I had no success locating The Hungry Tiger’s mushroom salad recipe. I tried to find a mushroom salad recipe by any of the former Hungry Tiger chefs David May, Rene Robin or Marcel Frantz, but had no success there, either. I’ll post this request on my site in case a reader can help.

The Hungry Tiger Seafood Restaurant chain in the Los Angeles area had an interesting history. It had no connection with “The Hungry Tiger Too” in Portland, Oregon, nor any connection with the various “Hungry Tiger” Chinese restaurants around the country. It came into being in 1962, when Bob Prescott and Wayne Hoffman bought out an indebted Italian restaurant on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. Bob Prescott was a former Flying Tigers pilot in World War Two and founder/president of the “Flying Tigers” air freight company, of which Wayne Hoffman was chairman. The chain grew to 40 locations, but later began to have financial problems and was purchased by WR Grace. I read that it was absorbed into another chain called “Reuben’s”. Flying Tigers also operated a recording company subsidiary, Happy Tiger Records, from 1969 to 1971. Federal Express bought Flying Tigers air freight in December 1988, and in 1989 merged Flying Tigers into their own operations.


Dazey Chef's Pot

From: candy 
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2012 11:17 PM
Subject: Daisy Chef's Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

I have searched high and low for years for the Spaghetti Sauce Recipe that came with my Daisy Chef's Pot in about 1987.  
I lost the recipe in the mid 90's and I would be so happy if anybody has a copy of the recipe book or the recipe.

Hi Candy,

I had no success looking for this recipe, nor for an online copy of the Owner’s manual with the recipes. There are lots of requests for the manual on various message boards. A few copies have been sold through EBay in the past. I’ll post the request on my site.


Please, if anyone has the Dazey Chef's Pot manual, could you scan the pages, directions and recipes, (or at least the spaghetti sauce recipe) and send them to me?


From: "Melanie" 
Subject: Dazey Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 6:04 PM

Here is the recipe from the Dazey booklet:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound Italian sausage links
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1- 16 oz. can tomatoes
1- 12 oz. can tomato paste
1 4 oz. can mushroom stems and pieces
1/4 cup red wine
1/2 cup fresh parsley or 2 tbsp. dry
1 tsp. leaf oregano
1 tsp. sweet basil
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3 chicken bouillon cubes
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
3 cups water.
Brown ground beef and sauce at 300 degree setting on chef's pot. Add onion and garlic. Stir meat while cooking, to crumble meat. 
Add remaining ingredients and simmer at 200 degrees for 1 1/2- 2 hours. Stir occasionally during cooking time. 
Can be cooked with lid off or set slightly ajar on pot. Serve over hot spaghetti noodles topped with parmesan cheese. Makes 6-8 servings.
With regards, Melanie

C.S. sent me a scanned *.pdf of the Dazey Chef's Pot owner's manual, but it is just operating instructions and general tips for cooking certain types of dishes. No actual recipes. You can view it here: Dazey Chef's Pot Manual

Mediterranean Torte

From: Adele 
Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 1:04 PM
Subject: Mediterranean Torte

Hello again

Several years ago, in the Grand Rapids, MI Press, there was a recipe for MEDITERRANEAN TORTE.
Cheese was layered with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes in a round casserole lined with plastic wrap.
It was refrigerated several hours then lifted out by the plastic wrap "handles" and placed on a platter

I hope you can find this one.  It is delicious


Hello Adele,

This recipe is not in the Grand Rapids Press online food archives, but they only go back to 2008 and may not include all recipes that have appeared in the paper even since then.

I had no success finding any Mediterranean Torte recipe on the Internet that stated that it was from the Grand Rapids Press, nor did I find one that specifically said to remove the torte from the dish by lifting the plastic wrap. I did find one that is very similar to your description except for that. See:
Incredible Mediterranean Torte

Your best bet to find the recipe that appeared in the Grand Rapids Press is to post your request on their food forum. See:


ZCMI Chocolate Chip Cookies

From: Sam 
Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:51 PM
Subject: ZCMI Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am looking for the recipe of the ZCMI Bakery chocolate chip cookies.  They were perfect...any ideas on where to find that recipe?



Hello Sam,

Sorry, no luck with a recipe. Others have searched, with similar lack of success. See:

There is a Facebook page for former ZCMI employees. You might try posting a request there: Facebook ZCMI Page


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