The Old Lady From Ohio Pumpkin Cake Recipe Bell Street Press, Contribution, Cookbooks, Recipes 3 Comments

Pumpkin Cake

Today we received our first recipe from Cyndi Fox.  It is exciting because we can add it to “New Recipes” and we can also share Cyndi’s story about how she got the the recipe.  We will share her story here and let you go up to the Menu to look at the recipe.  Here is how Cyndi got her award winning recipe.

The “Lady from Ohio” Pumpkin Cake Story by Cyndi Fox

“In October of 1981, I was married in Pittsburgh, PA, and one of our wedding gifts was a Cuisinart food processor. Back then food processors were very new and very expensive so I figured I really should learn how to use it. In November of that year, I attended a demonstration at a little cooking supply shop near where I lived (think mini Williams-Sonoma). What sparked my interest was the title of the demo How to make everything but your Thanksgiving turkey in the Cuisinart! Perfect, I thought! The demonstrator was a lovely older woman (I was 31 at the time so “older” was probably late 50s or early 60s to me) who worked for Cuisinart and, besides showing us how to make stuffing, cranberry sauce and mash potatoes in the Cuisinart (NOT all at once, of course), she also demonstrated this pumpkin cake recipe. I made it as my contribution to the Thanksgiving dinner at my folk’s place that year and everyone raved about how great it was! That’s a nice little story, I can hear you thinking, but so what? Well, six months after we got married, my husband and I moved to Los Angeles and that November we would be celebrating our first Thanksgiving by ourselves. I very much wanted to make the scrumptious pumpkin cake but I couldn’t find the recipe! Bummer!!! A couple of Saturdays before Thanksgiving, I called the little shop in Pittsburgh where the demo had been held and begged them to contact the “lady from Ohio” who had done the Cuisinart demo and ask her to call me collect so I could get the recipe again. Wonder of wonders, they said she was there giving the very same demonstration and if I would hold on, they would ask her to come to the phone. Kind soul that she was, she stopped the demonstration and dictated the recipe to me long-distance so I was able to make it for our first Thanksgiving together. But I completely forgot to ask her name so I have had no way to credit her as the creator of this mouthwatering dessert which is too bad because it has won a first prize ribbon at the Monterey County Fair and been passed on to dozens of people over the years who have tasted it and decided that they MUST have the recipe. So here’s to the generous and talented “Lady from Ohio” who created this treat – whoever and wherever she is!!!”

We thank Cyndi for her contribution to our website and encourage all of you to do the same.  Everyone has a favorite recipe!  We will make sure to post your recipe and post your story about it.

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