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June 24, 2013

Culinary Conversation: Help wanted — reader seeks recipe

NEW CASTLE — On one occasion or another, we’ve all had this experience — a beloved product is no longer on the store shelves.

Or the grocery store that sold the item is no longer in business and you can’t find it anywhere else.

That’s the case with Nancy Martin. She loved the sandwich spread that was sold at the former Latsko’s Market on the North Hill.

On the phone, Nancy told me, “I’ve tried dozens of places but none are like the one at Latsko’s.”

Nancy even tried to make it herself and someone told her the secret ingredient was raspberry Jell-O.

Whatever it consists of, Nancy wants the recipe.

Can you help?

And what are some of your favorites that you just can’t find anymore, or a recipe so specific that none can compare to the original?

I’ve had lots of those moments. I loved the lamb patties sold at the former Ralph’s Market but can’t find any as good where we shop. Thanks to co-worker Nancy Lowry, I was able to obtain a recipe for a dessert I had  in Canada called San Honoré, although it isn’t exactly like the original.

And I was grateful when friends from Thorold, Canada — on a recent visit — came with my favorite cookies from a bakery in that area. They are called Empire biscuits and are a delicious, tender sandwich cookie filled with jam. I’ve stashed what remained in the freezer for future indulgence.

Culinary Conversation is all about sharing.

Help Nancy. And if there’s something you’re searching for, just ask. We’ll try to get the answer, and the recipe.

As for today’s selections, I’m still feeling peachy so there are several of those to try. Take advantage of this luscious — and my favorite fruit — while it is in season.

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