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Sassafras Tea Room Almond Meringue Pie

From: Sallie 
Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2012 3:27 AM
Subject: Recipe Request

Hi Phaedrus,  
Around 1993, there was a wonderful little lunch restaurant in my hometown of Macon, Georgia called Sassafrass Tea Room. 
Mari Riggins was the owner, and rumour had it that she signed a contract when she bought the place to never reveal the 
Almond Meringue Pie recipe. The "custard" part of the pie was almond flavored for a certainty, and the meringue was "mile high". 
It was 3 times as high as any lemon meringue I have ever seen! I think it was a basic Pet Ritz pie crust. The almond filling 
part is the part I can't figure out. Please help! We had it at my Bridesmaid's Luncheon almost 20 years ago. What sweet memories! 
Thank you, 

Hello Sallie,

There is no mention of this pie on the web. If Mari really signed such a contract, or even made an oral promise never to reveal the recipe, then I would not expect it to be available anywhere. There are two recipes (quiche and chocolate chip pie) from the Sassafras Tea Room here: Cindy's Favorites

There is a book called “Georgia's Historic Restaurants and Their Recipes” By Dawn O'Brien, Jean Spaugh, Jean C. Spaugh -John F. Blair, Publisher. According to the Table of Contents there are a couple of recipes from The Sassafras Tea Room in that book. However, I was unable to find out which recipes are included. Part of the book is online, but the online portion stops well short of the section that includes The Sassafras Tea Room. See:
Google Books
There are used copies of this book for sale at Amazon , E-Bay, and other used book sources on the web.

I did locate an e-mail address for Mari Riggins and I wrote to her, pleading that she share the recipe. I’ll let you know if I get a response.

I found an almond meringue pie recipe here, but it does not fit your description:

I found a chocolate almond meringue pie here: Meals Matter

There is an almond cream pie recipe below.



1 baked pie shell
2/3 c. sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. milk or cream
3 eggs
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. almond flavor
1/2 c. toasted and slivered almonds

Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in saucepan. Stir in gradually 3 cups milk. Cook over medium heat and stir constantly until mixture 
thickens and boils.  Boil 1 minute.  Remove from heat.  Gradually stir half of hot mixture into 3 egg yolks that are slightly beaten. 
Blend into hot mixture, boil 1 minute more. Stir constantly. Blend in butter, almond flavoring and 1/2 cup toasted slivered blanched 
almonds to the cooled filling.  Can use 3 egg whites for meringue or top with whipped cream. 

Western Horseman Cowboy Bars

From: Vickie 
Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2012 10:29 PM
To: phaedrus hungrybrowser 
Subject: Cowboy bars from Western Horseman magazine from 2010 to 2011

Looking for recipe for Cowboy bars from a Western Horseman Magazine from 2010 or 2011.  Healthy and good bars.

Hello Vickie,

Sorry, I had no success locating a cowboy bars recipe from Western Horseman Magazine. Western Horseman Magazine has a website, but it has very little content, and no recipes.

There are other cowboy bars recipes on the web, but without knowing more about the one you want, I have no idea whether any of them might be similar.

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Bill Knapp's Clam Chowder

From: Dennis 
Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2012 7:49 PM
Subject: Bill Knapp's Clam Chowder

Hello Phaedrus,

I’ve been trying to find the recipe for the clam chowder that used to be made and served by the Bill Knapp’s restaurant chain. 
I’ve been looking for it for 10 years.  I was told that the recipe was one that was lost forever when the business closed.  

Thank you,


Hello Dennis,

Sorry, I had no success. I’ll have to add the clam chowder to the list of “not found” recipes.

There are at least two Facebook pages devoted to Bill Knapp’s memories and recipes. A few former Bill Knapp’s employees post there. You might want to post a request there, or at least follow the sites in case someone comes up with it.

Advocates for the Return of Bill Knapp's

I Remember Bill Knapp's

I’ll post this request on my site – maybe a reader can help.


Archway Holiday Nougat cookies

From: Sheila 
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 9:01 PM
Subject: Archway holiday nougat cookies

I just discovered your wonderful website.  I have searched for the recipe for these delightful cookies - have tried most of the ones I found, 
and none seem to be correct.  They are only in the stores for a few short weeks and then they're gone.  Perhaps you would be able to help? 
Thank you.

Hi Sheila,

No success with a “real” recipe. Archway is a commercial cookie company, so their real recipe, even if it were available, would be a commercial recipe to make hundreds of cookies at a time using commercial ingredients and commercial equipment. It would not be a recipe that you could use to make cookies in your kitchen. So, that leaves copycat recipes. When someone tells me that they’ve found recipes for something like this and the recipes that they found were not correct, then it creates a dilemma for me. When I receive a request like yours, the first thing that I am going to do is search the web for a “real” recipe. If there is none available, then the next choice is copycat recipes. Doing this, how am I going to know which ones you tried that didn’t seem correct? I’ll just be sending you the same recipes that you’ve already tried. The only way that I could conceivably send you a copycat recipe that I could vouch for would be if I had eaten Archway Holiday Nougat Cookies and had also tried the copycat recipes and had found one that I thought tasted exactly like the Archway product. Even then, it would just be my opinion. The same goes for my readers. Unless they have eaten both the Archway product and the copycats, then how can they really recommend a particular copycat recipe? Also, how can we send you copycat recipes that you haven’t tried yet unless you tell us which ones you have already tried? I wish I could help, but you see the dilemma. There are a couple of recipes on the sites linked below, but, if you Googled for a copycat recipe, then you have probably already tried these.

Group Recipes


Archway has been bought out by Mother’s cookies, so the next time you look for these in the store, they will probably be sold under the “Mother’s” brand.


From: "Mark" 
Subject: Holiday Nougat Cookies 
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:05 AM

Good Morning,

I also liked the Archway nougat cookies but like Sheila, I've not been able to find them.  
Here is a recipe that I think is pretty close to the nougat cookies that Archway used to make.  
The original recipe calls for vanilla extract and I substituted orange extract and added one tablespoon of orange zest.  
I hope this recipe helps Sheila.


Walnut Balls

1/2 cup butter softened
1 1/8 cups all purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/8 teaspoon salt    
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons white sugar    
powdered sugar 

Preheat oven to 350.  
Cream the sugar and butter.  Add flour nuts, salt, orange extract and orange zest.  
Mix well and note, the batter will be very crumbly.
Shape into one inch balls and bake for 15 minutes or till very lightly browned.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for three minutes.  
Handle carefully and roll in powdered sugar and when cool, roll again.

About 2 dozen +/-. 

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