Ham Sandwich/”Tarry” Cake

By Amy Larson

Coralie’s Hot Ham Sandwiches


1 lb. chopped ham, diced

1 medium onion, diced

8 boiled eggs, diced

¾ c. mayonnaise

½ Tbsp. mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

Grated cheddar cheese

10 hamburger buns


  • Mix all ingredients together, except for cheese and buns.
  • Open buns and add the filling. Sprinkle with cheese, then replace the tops and wrap each sandwich in aluminum foil.
  • Bake at 350 degrees, checking under foil occasionally until done.

NOTE: Coralie and Casey Mattox are neighbors of ours. In his younger years, Casey traveled to Peru, came to love the people, and promised himself he’d marry a Peruvian someday. He didn’t know he’d already met a Peruvian, one who’d become his wife. They’d gone to the same high school in Pocatello, and had even sung in the same choir, yet didn’t know each other. Years later, they laughed over a yearbook photo of their choir, with both of them in the picture. The Mattox family now has four children, several chickens, and some very good meals.

Jared’s “Tarry” Cake


1 box yellow cake mix

1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple

1 1/3 c. sugar

1 ¾ box French vanilla instant pudding

1 ½ c. heavy cream

1 c. coconut


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13” x 9 “ pan.
  • Prepare cake mix as directed on box. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes. While cake is baking, combine pineapple and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Remove cake from oven and pierce holes in cake with a fork. Pour pineapple mixture over hot cake and allow to cool.
  • Prepare pudding according to package directions. Spread over cake and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Before serving, beat cream and remaining sugar together with an electric beater until stiff. Cover top of cake with whipped cream and sprinkle with coconut.

NOTE: My son Jared Story has been a long-time collector of recipes. He got this one from a man with the last name of “Tarry”, and henceforth the dessert’s been named “Tarry” Cake. Jared says if he were forced to choose only one cake to eat for the rest of his life, it would be this one.

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Amy Story is a food and adventure writer, artist, and art instructor. She makes her way through the state looking for good recipes and new friends, often found simultaneously.

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