A Great American Restaurant of the Past

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If you visit Dawn Lowenstein’s Facebook page, I guarantee you will leave it smiling, hungry, and wanting to adopt a kitty!  Dawn’s bright and friendly face will greet you with mouth-watering food photos and cute kittens .  She also made me smile when this vintage cookbook ended up in my kitchen from her home in Pennsylvania.

Dawn is another one of the lovely Field Editors from Taste of Home that I mentioned in an earlier blog who generously send me such great cookbooks.  Many people may not even have heard of Stouffer’s Restaurants, but are probably familiar with Stouffer’s line of frozen foods.  Yep – same family, but I believe Stouffer’s is now owned by Nestle’s.  However, Stouffer’s has a rich culinary history in the American food industry.  In the early 1920’s, A.E. Stouffer of Cleveland, Ohio opened a stand-up dairy counter where he sold buttermilk fresh from a churn. He later added an open-grilled cheese sandwich on one-inch thick homemade bread.  When customers asked for a dessert, his wife made her famous Dutch Apple Pie.  By 1924, the first Stouffer’s Restaurant opened.  The food was a hit and well-received for its freshly made homestyle food.  The desire for Stouffer’s kind of food is what eventually led to their line of frozen foods.

The cookbook is a history of the restaurant’s recipes from appetizers and dips, soups, casseroles, hot and cold sandwiches, cakes, salads, to the ever popular Dutch Apple Pie from the original 1920’s recipe from Mrs. Stouffer.  I searched the cookbook for the recipes that had been longtime favorites.  Since it is now officially fall, and everything pumpkin is around, I stopped at the Pumpkin-Raisin Muffin recipe.  The sentence about the recipe says: “There isn’t a week that goes by that someone doesn’t ask for this recipe.”  Of course I had to try them!

The muffins are moist, flavorful, all bumpy with raisins, and go together in minutes.  We loved them!  Serve warm from the oven by themselves or with slathered with some butter.

Thanks, Dawn, for this great cookbook.  Keep that beautiful smile and posting those tempting food photos, even if I do leave hungry every time I see your page!

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Pumpkin-Raisin Muffins
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Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup dark raisins
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Stir flour, baking powder, salt, ½ cup sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a mixing bowl; set aside.
  2. In bowl of electric mixer, or by hand, beat egg slightly. Add milk and mix thoroughly. Blend in pumpkin and melted butter.
  3. Add liquid to dry ingredients and stir to moisten. Add raisins and mix just until blended. Do not beat.
  4. Spoon batter into well-greased muffin tins. (recipe says it makes 12 muffins - I found it made 11 muffins). Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon sugar evenly over each muffin.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden and testers inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm.

 

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5 Responses to A Great American Restaurant of the Past

  1. Ronna F September 28, 2017 at 6:21 am #

    My mother in law used to always serve pumpkin muffins at Thanksgiving using the Libby pumpkin recipe. I just copied this one to try. My family loves pumpkin muffins and these will be enjoyed on my Thanksgiving table this year! Thanks for the recipe Debbie!!!

    • Debbie September 28, 2017 at 8:55 am #

      You’re welcome, Ronna! Hope you like them.

  2. gretchen m September 28, 2017 at 8:37 am #

    I was a waitress at the Pittsburgh Stouffers during college breaks … first place I ever tasted real blue cheese dressing – yum!

    • Debbie September 28, 2017 at 8:52 am #

      I’m so excited you wrote, Gretchen! How fun that you used to work at a Stouffer’s! I just looked up the dressing in the cookbook and it sounds delicious! Here’s what it says above the recipe:
      “From Atlanta to New York they ask for this recipe. And this is the first time we have ever given it.” That being said, how can I not give it out here!

      Bleu Cheese Dressing- From Stouffer’s Restaurant Cookbook:
      6 ounces bleu cheese
      1/4 cup cream cheese
      1 cup salad oil
      2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
      1 teaspoon granulated sugar
      1/2 teaspoon paprika

      Combine bleu cheese and cream cheese; mix well. Add oil and vinegar alternately, beating constantly. Add sugar and paprika; beat until well-blended. Cover and store in refrigerator. Mix well before serving.

      Thanks again for writing, and I’m sure there are some people who will love to have this recipe!

  3. Kim Marsden October 2, 2017 at 7:54 am #

    I love the Fall and with it pumpkin muffins! Going to whip up some muffins right now! Thanks for sharing the recipe, along with the Blue Cheese dressing recipe. Yum! Can’t wait to try it, also.

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