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Purple Pie Palace

From: Chris 
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:56 PM
Subject: Purple Pie Palace

Would you be able to get any of the recipes from the Purple Pie Palace in Custer, SD?  Awesome PIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hi Chris,

The only recipe that I can find that claims to be from the Purple Pie Palace is the Bumbleberry Pie recipe below, which I found on The Joyful Servant Facebook Page. Iíll post this in case a reader has something to contribute.


Bumbleberry Pie

2.25    cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt - sea salt 
1/2 cup(s) (1 stick) butter cut into pieces
1/4 cup(s) vegetable shortening
5 Tablespoon(s) (more as needed) ice water

Berry Filling
3/4 cup(s) sugar
1/4 cup(s) cornstarch
1    large tart apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1/2 lb Rhubarb - cut into bit size piece. (sometimes I leave out the apple and add more rhubarb - NEVER leave out the rhubarb  
5    cup(s) assorted berries such as raspberries, blackberries, and sliced strawberries
1    tablespoon(s) milk or cream
2    teaspoon(s) sugar

Prepare Pastry: In large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle in ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing lightly with fork after each addition until dough is just moist enough to hold together.

Shape dough into 2 disks, 1 slightly larger than the other. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight. 
(If chilled overnight, let dough stand 30 minutes at room temperature before rolling.)

Prepare Berry Filling: In large bowl, combine sugar and cornstarch. Add rhubarb and berries; gently toss to combine.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Adjust oven rack to lowest position in bottom of oven. Line large cookie sheet with foil; 
place in oven while oven preheats.

On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll dough - 13 in. Spoon filling into crust.
Roll remaining dough into 12-inch round. Place on top - or decorate however. 

Place pie plate on hot foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake pie 20 minutes. RESET OVEN TEMP to 375 degrees F. Bake pie 1 hour and 30 minutes longer or
until filling bubbles and crust is deep golden brown. COVER pie loosely with foil after first hour of total baking time to prevent over browning. 
Cool pie on wire rack about 2 hours to serve warm, or cool completely to serve later.

ROCK ON!  Thank you very much!!!

Huntsman Cancer Institute Tomato Soup

From: Rebecca 
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:46 PM
Subject: tomato soup recipe


love your website.

the huntsman cancer center in salt lake city utah makes the best tomato soup that they serve in their lunchroom  
do you think that you might be able to get the recipe for me?



Hi Molly,

I donít know if this is the soup you mean, but the below recipe is from the Instituteís Chef Brandon Howard and was published in the Salt Lake Tribune.


Salt Lake Tribune

Tomato-basil bisque

1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
2 celery stalks, finely diced
1 yellow onion, finely diced
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
2 (16-ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
2 (16-ounce) cans tomato puree
1 (16-ounce) can beef broth*
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream**
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Grated Asiago cheese for garnish, optional

In a large 11/2-gallon stock pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add celery and onion. 
Sautť vegetables until both are transparent and soft. Sprinkle flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, 
over vegetables and butter, stirring thoroughly with a large spoon after each addition until 
a paste (roux) forms. Stir in the garlic, tomatoes and tomato puree. Slowly stir in beef stock. 
Add heavy whipping cream. The soup should be a rose color. Add bay leaf and dried basil. 
Simmer on low for about 1 hour.

Just before serving, remove bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh basil. 
Ladle into bowls and serve with Asiago cheese, if using.

*Chicken or vegetable broth can be used as a substitute.

** Non-dairy creamer can be substituted.

Servings Ľ 1 gallon

Source Ľ Chef Brandon Howard, The Point Huntsman Cancer Institute 

Cincinnati Schools Recipes

-----Original Message----- 
From: Lloyd 
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2014 2:47 AM
Subject: Cincinnati, Ohio School Recipes from 1950s and 60s

I am 63 years old and think about the wonderful sloppy joes we use to have 
in elementary school and junior high.  The sloppy joes and the baked beans 
were to die for.  Can you use your talents and reach back to find those old 
recipes for me?  Thank You


Hello Lloyd,

Finding a recipe that a specific school system used during a given time period is nearly impossible. Occasionally I find that someone, usually an alumnus, has obtained and posted such a recipe, but itís very rare. I did not have any success finding any recipes from Cincinnati Schools.

The USDA provides recipes for school cafeteria, but not all schools use them. Some schools use recipes of their own creation and some use recipes from other sources. The USDA 1988 recipes can be found on a website, and there is both a baked bean recipe and a sloppy joe recipe on that site. However, these recipes were published in 1988, and there's no guarantee that the same recipes were in use before then. You can try them and see. Note that these are cafeteria recipes for 50 or 100 servings. You'll have to cut them down for home use. See: Recipes for School Cafeterias

I have home versions of school cafeteria sloppy joes recipes on my site, but the recipes don't say which school system they're from, and there is no reason to think that they might be from Cincinnati. However, they may be similar to what your school used. See these pages:

School Sloppy Joes 2

School Sloppy Joes 1


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