Everybody has one— a recipe that you grew up eating, either at home or at one of the first restaurants that really made an impact on you. But the years pass and you wonder, what was the secret behind Canasta Cake or Jimmy Wong’s Walnut Chicken? Chicago-based writer Monica Kass Rogers tackled a few of these recipes with a column called Lost Recipes Found a few years ago in the Tribune— and it blossomed into a site of the same name with over 1000 requests, many of which have been solved on the site with the help of old cookbooks or fellow readers, in such categories as Gone But Not Forgotten (for long-shuttered restaurants) and State Fair Fun. On Saturday, Rogers will talk about people’s old favorites and the process of tracking them down at Chicago Foodways Roundtable at Kendall College at 900 N. Branch Street; the talk is at 10 am, admission is $3, and to reserve your spot, email email@example.com.
Canasta cake. Photo: courtesy Lost Recipes Found