Casey S. of Miami Beach asked readers for a recipe for Heavenly Hash that included graham crackers and whipped cream, a dessert her grandmother made in “the 1950s, when I was a kid and summer vacations took my family back to Minnesota.”
Mary Barbara Ivie of Miami Shores mailed “a favorite” recipe she clipped from The Miami Herald on May 26, 1970. The “homemaking editor, Virginia Heffington, wrote that “Long years ago ladies had fun making what they called icebox desserts so they could show off their brand new refrigerators.” Heavenly Hash, she said, was ‘a favorite of the era,’ the 1930s.
After reading this note from Ilene Primack I just had to pass it along to readers, who I know will appreciate the story and the recipe, which, while very different from traditional Heavenly Hash, is an absolutely stunning summer dessert:
“When I saw a request for Heavenly Hash, an immediate smile came to my face,” Primack said. “My recipe uses Ritz crackers, not graham, but does have whipped cream. Our family calls this ‘Stolen Heavenly Hash Pie’.
“One of our neighbors made this heavenly dessert but without the berries. She served it at holidays and gatherings but would not share it with any neighbors who really wanted the recipe. Well, one day this neighbor was away on vacation when another neighbor who was dog-sitting went in the house, found the recipe, then shared it with my Mom! This was in the ‘60s, and as soon as my mom added sliced strawberries on the top of the crisp meringue, then covered it with whipped cream and added beautiful whole berries with tops on, it became a family favorite.’’
Cuban Pot Roast
I recently found a recipe for a woman who was seeking a lost recipe for a Cuban pot roast from The New York Times. Several readers wrote to chide me about that recipe, saying I should have published a recipe for boliche, a Cuban dish in which an eye of round is stuffed with a chorizo sausage through the “eye.”
“Every Cuban knows that Cuban pot roast is boliche,” said R.R. “Go to any Cuban restaurant and ask for pot roast and you will get boliche.” In my defense, the reader had specified she wanted the recipe she’d cut out years ago while living in New York.
But I love hearing from readers whether they are happy or taking issue, and so am passing along a traditional boliche recipe, a favorite of mine since a reader shared it in a 1991 Cook’s Corner column.
Oreo Cheesecake Bites
Philadelphia Cream Cheese issued a list of “favorite” cheesecake recipes for National Cheesecake Day: New York, Triple Citrus, Oreo Cheesecake Bites, Peaches n Cream No Bake and Double Chocolate. I am firmly in the plain New York camp, perhaps with berries on top. But when I asked a group of friends which one they’d choose for me to bring to a potluck, it was Oreo bites all the way – you get dessert but in a less guilty portion. The other recipes are available at kraftrecipes.com