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Old 11-19-2011, 01:38 PM
 
Location: In the Buckeye State
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Does anyone know how to go about finding the recipes to foods that were prepared and served in the Cincinnati Public Schools in the 60's and 70's? I have searched many web sites with no luck. Ideally, finding someone who worked in the cafeteria back then would be able to help. A couple of my favorites were from Lyon Jr. High in Madisonville... Chess Pie and a Chocolate Brownie-like Pie with a Whipped Cream topping. I've never found any recipes that came close. Ahhh...the good ol' days.
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Does anyone know how to go about finding the recipes to foods that were prepared and served in the Cincinnati Public Schools in the 60's and 70's? I have searched many web sites with no luck. Ideally, finding someone who worked in the cafeteria back then would be able to help. A couple of my favorites were from Lyon Jr. High in Madisonville... Chess Pie and a Chocolate Brownie-like Pie with a Whipped Cream topping. I've never found any recipes that came close. Ahhh...the good ol' days.
Is there some specific reason you want to know? Back in that era, actually about 10 years earlier, my school got a lot of government subsidized foods many of the students would not touch. I remember specifically dried apricots and peaches. Our school got barrels of them. I would go to the back door of the cafeteria and the supervisor of food service would let me come in and just stuff my pockets full of dried apricots and peaches. I would sit in class all afternoon and just chow down.
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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Does anyone know how to go about finding the recipes to foods that were prepared and served in the Cincinnati Public Schools in the 60's and 70's? I have searched many web sites with no luck. Ideally, finding someone who worked in the cafeteria back then would be able to help. A couple of my favorites were from Lyon Jr. High in Madisonville... Chess Pie and a Chocolate Brownie-like Pie with a Whipped Cream topping. I've never found any recipes that came close. Ahhh...the good ol' days.
This is a really fun idea for a thread. I remember going through the lunch line in Mt. Healthy in the late 1950s and seeing the ladies fish out floating "grilled" cheese sandwiches that were swimming in a tray filled with melted margerine. It sounds kind of sickening now, but at the time I thought they were delicious. Never could exactly replicate the "pizzaburgers," either. Very finely ground hamburger in some kind of flavored tomato sauce, on an English muffin.
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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I remember our cafeteria supervisor at Madeira back then effectively had both the middle school and the high school under her control. During HS I really tried to be friends with her. Many of the girls in my class had the weight conscious approach. I would volunteer and request anything they did not want to eat. Sometimes I would go through the line and have a dozen desserts or mac&cheese waiting for me. Likely the reason I was 6'4" and 270 lbs when I graduated from HS. I just remember I thought the food service was great, especially the dried fruits they got through a government subsidy. The apricots, peaches, and oh yes the pears, were absolutely delicious.

As I stated before, they would let me come to the back door and just stuff my pockets full of dried fruit. I would just munch down on it during class all afternoon, and my mother would wonder why I was not all that hungry in the evening.

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Old 11-19-2011, 05:02 PM
 
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I have no recipes from CPS, but I do have the recipe for Chess Pie. This is the real deal. but, you have to make it a couple of times to calibrate for your oven. It can look at little soft in the middle when you take it out of the oven but it has to be cooked just long enough for the whole pie to be solid when cool. No cornstarch not matter what. That is a sacrilege. Don't even think about it.

room temperature
Pillsbury pie crust bottom
9" Pie Pan
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs xl
3 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons milk
2 tsp vanilla
beat to batter
425 15 min.
350 about 30 min.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:55 AM
 
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The secret to the CPS chesse pie is vanilla tapioca ... but that is all I can tell you. The recipe is under lock and key.

There have been talks about publishing the cookbook of all the old recipes, especially the desserts, but there wasn't much interest.
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:06 PM
 
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Well I would be interested and I know of many, many others who would also be interested in a cookbook. Who would we have to talk to?

What do you know about the brownie pie that many of us have asked about?

Maybe this is a dumb question but it seems to me that our tax dollars and our parent's tax dollars would have paid for the "secrets" that are under lack and key?
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:08 PM
 
Location: In the Buckeye State
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No specific reason. Many of us from that generation were thinking back to the "old days" and remembered enjoying certain cafeteria items. They are fond memories and they made us ask the question "I wonder what happened to ....."
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