In search of sherry wine cake

12/24/2008 9:25 AM

10/20/2014 11:53 AM

I am looking for a recipe called Madeira wine or sherry wine cake. It calls for a box of yellow cake mix, extra eggs, oil and nutmeg. It was popular in the early 1970s and was baked in a Bundt pan. It comes out like a pound cake. It was excellent. Thank you.

— Rosalie Rashid, Sacramento

Missing Ettore's grilled polenta: I moved from Sacramento to Honolulu about five years ago, but I never miss an issue of Food & Wine. I'm dying to make an entree that Ettore's European Bakery & Restaurant made often when I lived there. It was a grilled polenta topped with a wonderful tomato ragu. It was delicious. I've tried making it at home, but it's not the same. Does anyone have this recipe or one similar? Thanks.

Your faithful reader,

— Lennie Nickels-Carlson, Honolulu

William Glen's salad: I lived in Rocklin and worked in the Sacramento area for approximately 20 years. I moved back to my home state of Washington in 2002. While living in the Sacramento area, I frequently had lunch at the William Glen deli. I ordered their delicious celery root salad whenever it was available. I have tried to duplicate it and have even tried the Barefoot Contessa's recipe on the Food Network, but it didn't come close. Does anyone have this recipe or one close?

— Candice Mestrovich, Tacoma, Wash.

Also requesting the same recipe: The Bee recently ran a story on the uses of celery root. My first experience with celery root was a pleasant surprise in the form of a cold celery root salad served at the cafe in William Glen in Town & Country Village. I'd love the recipe or one similar. Thanks.

— Renee Hussar, Natomas Park

Watson is a Sacramento home economist who has been a nutrition consultant and cooking instructor for nearly 20 years. She is a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Science. Write: Teri Watson, Taste, The Sacramento Bee, P.O. Box 15779, Sacramento 95852. Fax: 916-556-5625. E-mail: Include your full name, phone number and city.

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