Lillian Percy of Watertown, N.Y., asked for help replacing a lost recipe for a sweet bread with pineapple filling. Mary Bettinger of Mannsville, N.Y., and Evelyn Bugg of Forsyth, Ga., both found the recipe here in a booklet from 1962 titled The Fleischmann Treasury of Yeast Baking
. It is a plain but delicious coffee cake that could accommodate many fillings. Thanks also to Marlene Hahn and Martha Perry of Elyria, Ohio, for contributing. Q. In the 1980s in Wilmington, N.C., there was a cafeteria called Sadie’s. They served a yellow rice that was very good. I remembered it had onion, peppers and I found a bay leaf at one time. Could you help me with a recipe?Alice M. Murray, Wallace, N.C.
I don’t have Sadie’s recipe (though of course I’d be happy to publish it if one of our readers can help), but a delicious yellow rice really isn’t all that hard. I have been known to use a packaged mix from time to time — Vigo and Zatarain are two widely distributed brands — adding my own touches. But be aware that the mixes tend to be flavored with annatto or turmeric rather than pricey saffron.
Saffron produces a more delicate flavor and a paler color. Putting 10 threads into a rice dish is a luxury, but if making a paella or pilau, it’s a must.
Since I doubt a cafeteria would have splurged on saffron, the recipe here is for an everyday yellow rice. You can add your own touches: Substitute diced bacon for the olive oil, for example, or throw in cooked chicken or ham. Add chopped celery, tomatoes or okra. Or punch it up with sliced jalapeños.Summer coolers
Betty Crocker is offering 12 easy-to-make frozen pop recipes like the fruit and yogurt cups here. There’s one for the Fourth of July — Red, White and Blueberry Lemonade Pops — and some definitely adult options such as Watermelon Mojito ’Sicles. For more recipes go to bettycrocker.com
The Wisconsin Cheese Board has a lot of new summer recipes at eatwisconsincheese.com
. The liquid tiramisu here is suggested for breakfast but I found it delicious as an afternoon pick-me-up.