Thalia Landers of Ocean Shores needs your help. She’s hoping someone will step forward with the recipe for the whipped butter topping that the old Chieftain restaurant used to put on its baked potatoes. Thalia says she’s tried replicating it at home, but hasn’t quite nailed it.
I crossed paths with Thalia and husband Jim during my recent vacation to the Washington coast. The former Wenatchee residents retired to Ocean Shores several years ago after Jim retired from the Chelan County PUD. Jim is a professional kite flier — yes, a professional. He invited me, my wife and our two young daughters to the beach, where he showed us his tricks. He was kind enough to teach my wife and I some basic kite-flying maneuvers. My wife proved much better at it than me.
We met Thalia and Jim at the coffee hour that followed Sunday Mass at St. Jerome Church. Once Thalia heard we were visiting from Wenatchee, it took her all of 5 seconds to ask me how long we’ve lived in the Apple Capital. My answer: “About 15 years.” It took her another 2 seconds to ask if I remembered the Chieftain Restaurant. “Yes,” I told her. “I liked their prime rib.” She quickly followed up with the question that I’m convinced she’s asked every longtime Wenatchee resident: “Do you happen to know the recipe for the whipped butter topping the Chieftain used to serve with its baked potatoes?”
The gleam in Thalia’s eyes faded a bit when I told her I didn’t, but it sparked again when I told her I was the features editor at The Wenatchee World and that I would be glad to ask our readers if they might know it.
So if you know the recipe or know someone who does, please drop me an email at email@example.com or call me at 664-7149.