As soon as the recipe request came in for the Blue Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies that used to be sold at Pier 39, I knew exactly what Vera Fuentenebro of Redwood City was talking about. Apparently, several of you did, too.

Whether it was Sandy Dawyot pointing me to the recipe via a Google search, Lisa Ciccone of Pleasant Hill suggesting I try www.smittenkitchen.com, or Shirley Gebhart of El Sobrante sending in a recipe, all signs pointed to the "The Great Book of Chocolate," by David Lebovitz. The former Chez Panisse pastry chef writes that he got the "supersecret" recipe from local baker John Carroll, "who stowed away a copy of the recipe, written on the bakery's original letterhead."

Even if the recipe wasn't the real deal, I can vouch that these are incredibly delicious cookies that are easy to make, and definitely as addictive as the Blue Chip cookies I used to buy all the time when I lived in San Francisco. Now if I could just find the recipe for their White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies "...

New requests

n Concord resident Julie Sager is looking for the recipe for Lori's Torte, an orange-chocolate dessert she used to order at the long-closed Gertie's Chesapeake Bay Cafe in Berkeley. She says it was about an inch thick and had a chocolate-cracker crust filled with orange curd, topped with chocolate ganache. If anyone has this recipe, please let me know.

  • Joan Yates of San Pablo lost her Lemon Pie recipe and hopes someone has it. She recalls that it starts with washing two lemons well, cutting them into fine slices, and removing the seeds. She says the pie is open-faced with the lemon slices on top. Sound familiar?

    Send your recipe requests to Second Helpings, 2640 Shadelands Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 or e-mail Jodie@chase-ink.com. Please include your name, daytime phone number and city of residence.