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Junior's Health Salad

From: Louise 
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015 3:32 PM
Subject: Recipe from Junior's in Brooklyn

Years ago my mom would take me to Junior's for lunch and there was a slaw on every table with a 
clear, sweet brine they called Health Salad. (You thought I was going to ask for cheesecake, right?) 
I would love to have that slaw recipe because a) I'm not a big fan of mayonnaise-y slaws and 2) 
it's a wonderful memory of mother. 

Thanks for your efforts and happy hunting!
Gainesville, FL  

Hello Louise,

I was not able to find Junior’s Health Salad recipe. I do not have either of them, but there are two books of general recipes from Junior’s available from Amazon:

“Junior's Home Cooking: Over 100 Recipes for Classic Comfort Food”: This one has a recipe for “Roumanian Health Slaw.”

“Welcome to Junior's! Remembering Brooklyn With Recipes and Memories from Its Favorite Restaurant“: I don’t know what recipes are in this one.

“Health salad” is a common dish served in Jewish delis. While these recipes are not from Junior’s, they are typical health salad recipes:

Health Salad #1

Health Slaw

Romanian Health Salad


Watkins Nutmeg Cookies

From: Doug 
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2015 3:30 AM
Subject: Nutmeg Cookies

I've written to you twice from the States with good results and now living in the Philippines. 
I'm looking for a recipe that my mother used to make that she called Nutmeg cookies. They were 
almost like a biscuit and when done they  were grayish brown. They had a lot of nutmeg in them, 
flour, water, brown sugar. salt, not a lot of ingredient's in them. You rolled them out and cut 
then with a biscuit cutter. I think see said she got them out of a old Watkins spices cookbook. 
If you could help me again I would appreciate , Thank You!!!!!  Doug 

Hello Doug,

I could not locate a nutmeg cookies recipe that quite fit your description. The only nutmeg cookies recipe that I can find that mentions Watkins is below, but it calls for granulated sugar rather than brown sugar. It is from a 1948 cook book published by Watkins Spices.

There are some other nutmeg cookies recipes that call for brown sugar on these sites:

Nutmeg Print Cookies

Sour Cream Nutmeg Cookies

Nutmeg Cookies


Nutmeg Cookies

4 cups cake flour (sifted)
1/4 tsp Watkins Nutmeg
3/4 cup butter
2 tsp Watkins Baking Powder
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup milk
1 lemon, grated rind of
1 1/2 tsp Watkins Vanilla

Mix and sift 3 cups of the flour and Watkins Nutmeg. Cream the shortening with a wooden spoon, 
gradually beat in the sugar, then the eggs and grated rind. Stir in the flour alternately with the
milk, then gradually add just enough remaining sifted flour to make a dough stiff enough to roll. 
Chill the dough thoroughly, place on lightly-floured board, roll 1/8 inch thick and cut with floured 
cutter in desired shapes. Place on greased baking sheet and bake in moderately hot oven ( 350° to 375°) 
about 12 minutes. Will make 4 dozen cookies.

From: Watkins Cookbook 1948  

Thank you very much for all of your help. I think the recipe is the correct one. Doug

From: Steve & Andrea
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 2:00 PM
Subject: Watkins NUTMEG Cookies 1936 not 1948

You wrote the following back to Doug in 2015. You had found a recipe in a 1948 Watkins Cookbook. I have a copy of the 1936 Watkins Cookbook 
and on page 134 there is a recipe for “Cookies”. Nutmeg is not in the name but is in the recipe.

You may want to forward this to “Doug” in the Philippines. 

1936 Watkins Cookbook (p. 134)


1 heaping cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter dissolved over hot water after measuring
1 egg well beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 2/3 cup flour
1/2 level teaspoon soda dissolved in little milk
1 rounding teaspoon Watkins Cinnamon
1 level teaspoon Watkins Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Watkins Cloves
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup citron
1 teaspoon Watkins Extract (your choice – Vanilla, Lemon or Almond)

Drop Batter from spoon. Dust pan with little flour. Have oven fairly hot, then drop temperature as cookies bake, taking about 10 minutes. 
Increase heat before placing another tin of cookies in oven. 

Verdugo Hills High School Coffee Cake

-----Original Message----- 
From: Linda 
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2015 2:03 AM
Subject: Coffee Cake

I attended Verdugo Hills High School, 1974-1977.  I am hoping you have the 
coffee cake recipe served during this time.
Thank you,

Hi Linda,

Sorry, I cannot find any recipe at all that is specifically attributed to Verdugo Hills High School. I do have three coffee cake recipes from Los Angeles Unified School District, so it might be one of them. They are: "crumb coffee cake", "sour cream coffee cake", and "cowboy coffee cake." See these pages of my site:





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