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The Collectors Newsletter #593 -- February 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #593 -- February 2008
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that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
Thanks to JerryB for comments about preserving the patina on antique silver. I had the sad experience of giving a pair of antique silver earrings I had loved for many years to a friend as a very special gift - these earrings had the most gorgeous patina, which was one reason I bought them. I thought my friend, who had lots of lovely silver jewelry, would appreciate these true antiques since all of her silver appeared to be new. Several weeks later I learned the truth, when my friend showed up with the antique silver earrings glowing (as Jerry so aptly described it) like the chrome on a new bumper. Amazing how the loss of patina changed the entire look of those earrings from something fascinating to something mundane. I hope I hid my dismay well enough - friends are more valuable than antique silver any day, and the gift was hers to do with as she pleased. But I learned a lesson that day about those who understand and value antiques, and those who don't. Now, I wonder how much of her silver jewelry was old and had been given the same treatment.
After obtaining the information of the grave site of the second United States generation of my ancestors from the McVeytown, PA Historical Society, I was disappointed to not be able to find the grave markers in the local cemetery to which I had been directed. Three graves had actually been moved from another cemetery long ago and the specific new sites were not well documented. After two and a half hours of searching the entire cemetery on a very hot, sunny, 95 degree day, I finally found a small gravestone located in the general area previously described to me. The engraving on the stone was so worn and vague that I still couldn't be sure that I had found a correct marker. I took digital pictures with every setting and from every angle imaginable but because of the stone's condition, I didn't want to take a rubbing. None of the engraving was showing up in my pictures. In my frustration, I poured the remaining contents of my precious bottle of water over the stone to see if the coloration of the stone or the markings changed. Voila! (or in my case, probably Auch du meine gute!) The engraved words appeared and I was able to take a clear picture of the deteriorating grave marker complete with name and dates. While it may not be the answer in all situations, a little natural water to the surface of the stone showed me my great-great-grandfather's final resting place. Susan
After reading the stories about people enjoying old cemeteries I thought I would add this.
Years ago we lived across the street from a cemetery that had a pioneer section in it as well a newer grave sites. One day my mother was taking my niece for a walk. My niece was only around 6 years old at the time.
They walked to the cemetery and were in the process of reading the inscriptions on some of the older headstones when my mother explained to my niece that when people die their bodies are buried in the marked sites in the cemetery.
My niece was very quiet for some time as she pondered this new information. Then stopping, she looked up at her Grandmother, ( my Mom) and said," but Grandma, where do they put the heads?"
I've enjoyed reading the letters from other "lovers of the old". As with all things that we can teach the next generation, the love for older things comes by example, not necessarily extensive knowledge of value. Our youngest child and her husband! have recently been bitten by what we call the "bug". Their favorite places to go now on a weekend afternoon include Antique stores, thrift stores, the Salvation army, a flea market and the all time favorite....yard sales!! These two in their twenties and with the freedom of still being childless, set the alarm clock just like mom and dad for an unbelievably early hour so they can stomp around in peoples wet grass and see what they might find. Like a lot of us, it isn't the value or hope of fortune that has drawn them in, but the appreciation of the beauty and rarity of the things they've see us put back into use. We've bought some books and enjoy learning what we can about our "stuff", but the true fulfillment is in finding something that catches your eye and grabs your heart. They were star struck by the Wexford pattern of glass. Even though it's not old yet, they absolutely love it and have accumulated quite a collection. My son-in-law is especially proud when he finds a piece and can surprise our daughter with his good fortune. They have learned from us to love the things "made in USA", and understand that we may not see a lot more of such things. Our greatest passion is dishes and glassware made from the depression era until now, in America. While I love my Spode and Johnson's Brothers, my dearest love is Homer Laughlin. My husband who once spent his Saturdays hunting or fishing, now spends them with me, turning over things to look on their bottom. I'm proud to say that I can usually see the pieces I want just by scanning the table. There is a look and feel to the quality of American made dishes and glass that is not being copied in China. So, our next generation of keepers will come from example. If they're going to be bitten, they will. So set your table on Easter with those rare Copeland pieces, Thanksgiving with the Yorktown and matching blue goblets. Do Christmas in Fiesta of many colors!!! Enjoy!!! Thanks for the newsletter. Brenda in Tennessee
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Many years ago when my sister was a newlywed, she would try new recipes all the time - my poor brother-in-law was close to starving to death, but eventually she got better, in spite of herself. One time she made some rolls and had us over for dinner, but they didn't turn out right. The next time she planned on making the rolls she asked me to come over and see what she was doing wrong. She was at the kitchen counter mixing the ingredients and I was sitting at the table watching. She put everything in the bowl and then started kneeling down on the floor and getting up and kneeling down and getting up, over and over again. I was flabbergasted and just stared for a minute, then I asked her what in the world she was doing! She said the recipe said she was supposed to kneel eight to ten times. I got up and looked at the recipe it said "Kneed eight to ten times." I couldn't even explain to her what the recipe really&n bsp;sa id - I was "kneeling" on the floor and laughing so hard I couldn't get up. (Before that, she would never admit she "kneeded" glasses!)
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In our last issue, Stella had asked for a Inside-out Cheeseburger” meatloaf. The following was sent in by a reader...
n Newsletter #592, Stella asked for a recipe for meatloaf with mustard in the middle. This sounds similar to the “Inside-out Cheeseburger” meatloaf. This recipe can be adjusted to individual tastes by leaving out the pickles, tomatoes or extra ketchup or by using a different cheese or adding thinly sliced onion. It can also be cooked by conventional oven method by making sure to seal the edges of the two halves together and using a loaf pan with a rack in the bottom, or lined with aluminum foil with “handles”. You can also adapt your own basic meatloaf recipe to this one, and just stuff the center with ingredients of your choice. Sandra, Midway Kentucky
Crockpot Cheeseburger Meatloaf
1 pound lean ground beef (ground round)
1/2 pound mild bulk breakfast or Italian sausage
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 package dry mushroom or onion gravy mix (1 1/4 ounce)
1 tablespoon dry minced onion, or use 2 tablespoons fresh minced sweet onion
1/2 cup oatmeal, Italian breadcrumbs, or crushed crackers
2 to 4 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 cup low fat evaporated milk
black pepper and “pinch of salt”, to taste
6 to 8 hamburger dill pickle slices
thin tomato slices, about 5 or 6 (reserve remaining slices for serving)
4 to 8 slices American cheese
First, make foil "handles." Fold a 30-inch long piece of foil in half lengthwise. Place in bottom of a slow cooker with both ends hanging over top edge of cooker. The foil strip will make it much easier to remove the meatloaf when it's done. Place crumpled foil in bottom to lift meatloaf out of the fat. Combine meatloaf ingredients, mixing gently until thoroughly mixed. Take half of the meatloaf mixture and make a ball. On a piece of aluminum foil, flatten to about 7 to 8 inches. Drizzle with mustard and ketchup to within 3/4 inch of edges. Top with dill pickle slices. Top pickle slices with halved tomato slices. Top with 4 cheese slices. Make a ball of the remaining meatloaf mixture and flatten it on a separate piece of aluminum foil to roughly the same diameter. Place it atop the first meat/stuffing round, sealing edges with fingers. Carefully lift meatloaf and place gently into the crockpot. Fold the excess length of aluminum foil over it. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low. Using the foil and both hands, remove to the serving platter.
Stella, I checked the ocregister.com website for archive recipes, but didn't find your meat loaf. You may want to get in touch with Cathy Thomas, who is the Food editor. If she can't find it, perhaps she would be willing to put the word out in her column. Her e-mail address is: email@example.com. Hope this helps. Charlotte in Temecula, CA.
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As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you
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Hi All...First let me say that I love this newsletter. It is the first email I open! Hope someone can help me with this. I am from Western KY and many years ago there was a chain of grocery stores called A & P. They sold a small rectangular cake.. it was either a spice cake or carrot cake.. and it had thick white icing on it. We didn't have much money and every now and then if mom came up with a little extra money she would buy one and what a treat that was!! For years after the A&P closed my mom and I would go shopping to other towns and stores trying to find that cake. Mom has passed now. Does anyone remember this cake and what kind it was? Perhaps someone has a recipe? Thanks for any answers! Mary from KY
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