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Jan 5, 2009 07:31 PM

Looking for recipe in december 1994 bon appetit

Hi - my first post was for the december 1998 bon appetit magazine. I was looking for a coffee cake recipe, however some of you kindly managed to check out this magazine and it was the wrong one! Anyway, I've tracked down the cover that I remember (on eBay of all places, but they don't have any more copies of it) and it is the December 1994 issue of BA...if anyone has a copy, I would appreciate your taking a look at it and letting me know if you have the recipe for an apple coffee cake. The recipe was very simple, using apples, buttermilk, vegetable oil and it had a streusel topping.


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  1. Have you tried Don't they have a data base of Bon Appetit ( and Gourmet) recipes?


    Here's the advanced search page. Plenty of coffee cakes but none that seem to meet all your criteria.

    This one comes close

    Wrong month and year, but right mag and similar ingreadiants. Some of these mags seem to recycle photo themes...are you sure about the dayes?

    24 Replies
    1. re: Shrinkrap

      Unfortunately, not all the BA and Gourmet mag recipes are archived in the Epicurious database. Found that out after I had thrown out a lot of back issues and was looking for some favorite recipes....

      1. re: Rubee

        I saw that on the other post.....why did you have to tell me that? Now I will ruminate about what I am missing out on! I had almost 20 years worth of Gourmet and was going to cancel my subscription rather than deal with throwing them away . Then I found epicurious...Oh I found Chowhound!

        1. re: Shrinkrap

          I have them back to 1991, so, if you need anything, do ask and I'll take a look.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Hi. I'm looking for a recipe from 11/91 that was in rsvp section, so not in archives. Pork with lime cream sauce. Help!

          2. re: Shrinkrap

            I have Gourmet back to 1993, and HAVE TO GET RID OF THEM. Or at least some of them. Does anyone know if there is a particular year in which the recipes all make their way onto EPI, or is it only partial even in more recent years? I dread going through all those mags looking for old favorites before they hit the trash.

            1. re: danna

              I don't know that it's a function of a particular year, but rather some recipes make it, and some don't. I very stupidly tore out the indices to some of mine, intending to put them in a binder, but lost them instead.

              1. re: danna

                I've found that most of the ones I can't find are from RSVP (restaurant recipes) or in the entertaining section which focuses on dinner or an event at someone's home with their personal recipes.

                MMRuth, do you have Gourmet mag back to 1991? My favorite all-time cheesecake was in a back issue, if you happen to have it. It's in the 3/91 issue and is a rum raisin streusel cheesecake from a place called Stumptown Station.

                While I'm at it ; )

                If anybody has these recipes, I'd be forever indebted. I have a best-of recipe binder and just have partial notes or missing pages, but have
                the mag dates and page #s:

                Honey Pecan Fried Chicken (BA 1/86, p 8)
                Shrimp Etouffe (BA, 4/89, p. 20)
                Barnacle Bill's Spinach Cassserole (Gourmet, 10/89, p. 170)
                Green Beans with Bacon and Walnut Dressing (BA, 1/90).

                1. re: Rubee

                  Rubee, l have every issue of BA from May 1977 , if you'll give me some time to type everything up & paraphrase instructions (as I should have done below, posted then read guidelines, my bad) I will be happy to post them for you. (i don't have the Gourmet issue)

                  1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                    Oh that is so kind of you! Please don't bother if any of them are too long. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness, thanks so much!

                  2. re: Rubee

                    I'll see if I have that 3/91 one.

                    1. re: MMRuth

                      Unfortunately, it looks like I exaggerated! I only have them going back to sometime in 1994!

                    2. re: Rubee

                      rubee: the link below for the honey pecan chicken is almost the same as BA, only difference BA only uses 1/2 cup honey

                      shrimp or crawfish etouffee-6 servings

                      1 28 oz can italian plum tomatoes, drained, juices reserved
                      1/4 cup unsalted butter
                      1/2 cup finely chopped onion
                      1/4 cup each finely chopped celery, green bell pepper
                      1/4 cup all purpose four
                      1-1/2 tsps minced garlic
                      1/2 tsp each cayenne, dried thyme crumbled
                      1/4 tsp dried basil, crumbled
                      salt & pepper
                      1/2 cup dry white wine

                      veg oil
                      6 flour tortillas
                      1 lb uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined or cooked crawfish tail meat
                      grated cheddar
                      sour cream

                      dice 1/2 cup tomatoes (reserve remained for another use
                      )in large skillet over med. heat melt butter, add onion, celery, pepper and cook about 5 mins. reduce heat to low add flour and stir 5 mins. do not brown. mix in next 4 ingredients, salt & pepper to taste, stir in wine & tomatoes, bring to boil, reduce heat & simmer 8 mins. stirring occasionally, adding addl tomato juice to thin if necessary.
                      cook tortillas in oil until golden brown on both sides (approx 2 mins) add shrimp or crawfish to sauce, cook 2 mins. spoon over tortillas and top with cheddar & sour cream

                      bacon-walnut dressed green beans

                      8 bacon slices
                      1/4 cup each veg oil, peanut oil & red wine vinegar
                      1 garlic clove minced
                      salt & pepper
                      1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

                      1-1/2 lb green beans
                      1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
                      3 mushrooms sliced

                      cook bacon in skillet until crisp, remove skillet from heat. drain bacon, cool & crumble into bowl. stir oils, vinegar & garlic into drippings in skillet, season with s/p and pour over bacon. add nuts and let sit 1 hr. cook beans until crisp tender approx. 8 mins. drain and place in a serving bowl. pour dressing over and garnish with onion mushrooms.

                      1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                        Wow!! Thanks so much. You rock Beefeater ; )

                        1. re: Rubee

                          My pleasure, as the body grows sluglike on these cold rainy days the fingers remain lithe.

                      2. re: Rubee

                        Just thought I'd mention that I recently found the recipe for the Rum Raisin Streusel Cheesecake in one of my folders. It was a recipe request from a restaurant in Montana called Stumptown Station, chef Becky Saunders (Gourmet 3/91). I just made it this weekend when asked to bring dessert to a CH friend's home. I forgot how good it really is. E said it's one of the best cheesecakes he's ever had, and I agree - rich and creamy (3 lbs of cream cheese!) with a gingersnap crust and a streusel topping made with raisins soaked in rum. I'll post the recipe sometime this week.

                      3. re: danna

                        I have to say, I'm so intrigued by everyone's devotion to the BA and Gourmet recipes. I suppose if you tried a recipe and loved it, you'd want to hang onto it, and I understand the appeal of keeping the November and December issues, but I cannot imagine hanging on to 20+ years of magazines! Do you refer back to just the recipes you've tried? And how many do you try each month! Or, do you flip back and look at even the recipes you didn't try?

                        I just started subscribing to Gourmet about a year ago. I think I cooked my first recipe from the magazine just recently (and it was good!)...and I really love their 10 minute and 20 minute weeknight recipe sections, so, I fear I might get hooked! But, so far, I've just snagged the recipes and tossed the magazines. Am I making a giant mistake?


                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          I thing I mostly liked to hold on to the dream of trying the recipes. By the time I had twenty years worth, it was WAY to hard to find things. I agree, the November ones held a lot of " favorites"

                          1. re: Shrinkrap

                            I organize mine by month, and enjoy browsing through the Easter/Thanksgiving/Christmas issues at that time of year for inspiration.

                            1. re: MMRuth

                              Hmmm...maybe I'll save the Easter issue, too. I think it's too late for 2008's, alas.

                              What a great idea to organize them by month (rather than by year) so that it's easy to find recipes that are in season.

                              However, I just don't think I'm going to hang onto the other issues. I just can't afford to collect anything more!


                          2. re: The Dairy Queen

                            I'm another collector of BA and Gourmet (Victoria too, I confess!) and there's not a day that goes by that I don't reach into my magazines for something to look at and be inspired by. I am not that great about following a recipe to the letter unless it's a bread or baked item. I never tire of them, and I can't imagine not having them.

                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                              Don't do it! Don't start! The magazine collection is a cruel mistress. I've bought binders and indices from Gourmet, and magazine storage boxes from TArget, and it's still taking over my spare room. And now that the internet is at hand, unlike 1993 when I started this...who really needs them?

                              But they're so beautiful, and when i start to throw them away, I flip through one and think "WOW , I don't remember THIS article," and then I sit down and read it, and the urge passes....

                              It must be inherited. My grandmother had a ROOM full of Reader's Digests in paper grocery bags. I attribute my rather good verbal SATs to doing 20 years worth of "Word Power" quizes as a child.

                              1. re: danna

                                danna, You just brought a much needed laugh to my day. I am such an enormous packrat, so you're right to caution me before getting too sucked in. What I've been doing thus far is flipping through the mags, identifying the recipes I want, then going to gourmet or epicurious and grabbing the recipes electronically. Yes, all of the gorgeous photos are lost and all of the context is loss, but at least I have the recipes.

                                Cooking Light publishes an annual volume each year containing all the recipes in the mag that year. I suppose Gourmet and BA don't do that?


                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                  If you tear out all the ad pages that don't have editorial content on one side, they take up quite a bit less room. Now that I think of that, I may go through them and rip out all the ads in the older ones. In the meantime, the handyman is coming to install another shelf next week.

                    3. I have it:
                      Bon Appetit Dec. 1994 R.S.V.P.
                      Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake from Chanterelle's. Edmonds, WA

                      2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
                      1 cup plus 2 tbsps firmly packed golden brown sugar
                      3/4 cup sugar
                      4 tsps ground cinnamon
                      3/4 tsp salt
                      1/2 tsp ground ginger
                      3/4 cup vegetable oil
                      1tsp baking soda
                      1tsp baking powder
                      1 pound Granny Smith or other tart green apples, peeled, cored, chopped
                      1 cup buttermilk
                      1 large egg

                      Preheat oven to 325. Butter and flour 9 inch square pan. Mix flour, brown sugar, sugar, 2-1/2 tsps cinnamon, salt & ginger in large bowl. Add oil and stir until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer 3/4 cup of mixture to small bowl. Stir remaining 1-1/2 tsps of cinnamon into mixture in small bowl and reserve for topping. Mix baking soda & baking powder into flour mixture in large bowl. Add apples. Whisk buttermilk and egg in another small bowl to blend. Add to apple mixture and stir just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle reserved topping evenly over.
                      Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean. Transfer to rack and cool slightly. Serve coffee cake warm or at room temperature.

                      5 Replies
                      1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                        You're wonderful, thank you so much!!

                        1. re: pir

                          Glad you finally found it pir!

                          Looks good - I think I'll make it the weekend I have friends flying in for a visit.

                        2. re: BeefeaterRocks

                          Thanks--I just made this today and it was very good. I did substitute half the flour with whole wheat with no problems.

                          1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                            Dear Beefeater, I can't find my copy of the Victorian Christmas 1994. Any chance I can get the pumpkin soup recipe out of that issue? I would be much obliged.

                            1. re: AKLuck

                              I found the recipe in my Dec.1994 Bon Appétit but I did a google search before I typed it all out & found this link.

                          2. Ohhh this is terrific! I have been writing Bon Appetit for 2 years requesting a Conch Chowder they featured from Conchy Joes in Stuart (?) Florida. I BELIEVE the recipe was in a 1994 magazine...anything - anyone - can do to help it would mean so much to me!

                            3 Replies
                            1. re: wineos

                              Sorry, the recipe you seek is not in any 1994 issue of BA

                              1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                                Thank you for looking. It is driving me crazy not to have this recipe :(

                            2. Just noticed this thread for the first time, and since people are asking for recipes, I thought I'd give it a try. Sometime in the mid- 1990s -- I'm almost positive it would have been between '93 and '96 - BA had a recipe for a really great salad dressing made with chutney. I'm pretty sure it was in the section where readers request restaurant recipes. I lost my copy, and the recipe is not on Epicurious. Does this ring a bell with anyone?

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                              1. re: redthong

                                It's not this recipe on Epi for Turkey Salad with Worcestershire-Chutney Vinaigrette from Bon Appétit (July 1995)?