OH's: Save The Recipes!
I think I might have been in O.H.'s one time in my life long, long ago. I don't actually remember much of it, so maybe I didn't eat there, but I do remember the steaks on display in the cooler.
Many others have, though, and one common thing I've heard about O.H.'s is they had great onion rings. That and one other thing got me to thinking how we certainly don't want great recipes tossed into the dust bin of history.
One other guy actually had one of their recipes, given to him by O.H. himself. From the Times- Standard comments:
While my wife and I no longer live in Eureka, whenever we have the occasion to return there one of the draws was always the opportunity to have a wonderful Prime Rib dinner at O.H.s. We have never found Prime Rib as good as served there anywher else in the country. We know that the secret of course was O.H.s seasoning. Years ago when I was with the Sheriff;s Office, O. H. who was county supervisor at the time spent the day witn me and Robert Shaw on patrol on the Klamath River. At that time, I asked him for the recipe and he gave it to me and my wife. During our moving over the years, we have lost that recipe and we are wondering if Mayor Bass would be willing to share it with us again.
Jon and Dottie Williams
10147 First St.
Plainview, Arkansas 72857
jondot587 at cei.net
I'm sure Virginia will get that recipe to him right away.
I actually know the "Robert Shaw" the guy refers to. He's an old friend that worked at Humboldt Bay Power Plant with me. Wonder if he wrote down that recipe?
But what about those onion rings? How about it Virginia? Gonna tell us how they're done? We don't want such a great Humboldt creation lost for future generations.
Maybe you could sell the recipe to some other restaurant? If not, maybe you could have it published in one of the local paper's cooking sections? We don't want this lost.
They were big slices of potatoes, dipped in some kind of batter and then deep fried. Never had any others like them.
I used to be a regular at Tom's, back when I lived in Myrtletown. I got kind of friendly with the guy that worked the day shift there and tried to coax the recipe out of him. I told him I tried making them on my own but they weren't the same. He wouldn't budge, but he did say, "You might try a little buttermilk with the batter...".
I tried buttermilk and it still wasn't the same. I think what I needed to add was some eggs.
Nonetheless, when Tom's closed its doors, the recipe for the chips went the way of so many other things: relegated to memory.
There's actually a Tom's Sourdough Pizza still operating in Fortuna. All they make is pizza, though.
It seems almost criminal to let the recipe for those chips just disappear.
Let's save those recipes, Virginia!