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The Collectors Newsletter #605 -- April 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #605 -- April 2008
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Cracker Jack Collectors Association
A nonprofit association dedicated to the collector of Cracker Jack and related memorabilia; share knowledge and correspondence; membership includes newsletter and membership card; holds annual convention.
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2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to email@example.com and we may publish it here . We want to hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
Editors note --Lots of tips for collectors keep coming in. Please keep on sending them, but don't stop sending your stories, we always want to get those as well. :-)
I collect both regular and elegant Depression glass. I clean my glass with a little lemon ammonia, then rinse in tepid water. Learned this tip from a dealer, and what a sparkle you’ll get. I also had a pink glass vase that had a rust ring. I sprinkled “Barkeeper’s Friend” and added water, soaked it overnight and the rust disappeared. Ro, from Connecticut.
To Ali K, Mesa AZ re: Grecian ewer -- Oh, horrors!! Those of us in the restoration business shuddered when we saw the words "super glue". But not nearly so terrible as seeing the words "silicone adhesive" would have been. It would probably be an expensive undertaking, but your ewer could have been, and still can be, professionally restored. Think of us if you suffer another such tragedy. Thank you, Karen B. for Venerable Classics
I have an interesting story about an old wooden kitchen cupboard. The cupboard was owned by my grandparents. It was taken from from the Ohio River flood of 1884 by my great grandparents and given to my grandmother when she was married in 1885. When Mom and Dad were married they lived with my grandparents. My parents lived in the house until they built a new one in the '70's. The doors of the cupboard were warped from being in the water and the glass was gone from the doors. They substituted the glass with a thin board and the bottom pie safe was closed off with boards, probably to keep the mice out.
Last summer I took it from the old house and refinished it with another coat of paint and put plexiglass in the top doors [since they were warped, I was afraid glass would break] and punched tin in the bottom doors and the holes on the side of the pie safe. Since this cupboard had a history, I had to fix it up. Today I keep my collection of Cornflower Corning Ware in it. I look forward to the newsletter each month. Dorothy/Ohio
oh my....i read, with interest, about a dealer selling something in their booth that they bought from another vendor within the same mall. i was in a mall for quite some time. it was against the rules. if you were
caught doing that you were asked to leave or promise NEVER to do it again. i think it is a good rule too. IMHO.....cynthia
To remove "permanent" ink or ink jet ink/toner, use rubbing alcohol--hard surfaces lightly scrub w/alcohol-soaked soft cloth or plastic scrubby; soft surfaces (clothing, rugs, etc.) drench & blot (also suck up w/steam cleaner, minus liquid solution/steam, only suction). To remove stickers from hard surfaces, blow dry very warm and peel slowly, then veggie oil or WD-40 to get remaining residue-steam also works well. :-D /Taylor in Ca.
I'm not sure if anyone mentioned this or if it is too simple to think about. I put single socks in with my cleaning supplies. I use them for polishing, cleaning, washing the car. I store a couple in my car emergency pack for feet or hands and also make them into instant mittens for when I don't want to find my gloves for a quick trip outside. I can then throw them in the wash or in the garbage depending on what their use was. Nancy
I am writing in reference to the letter about the importance of writing information on the back of pictures. I always had a memory of walking down a wooden sidewalk to the ocean I live in Oklahoma and therefore there are no oceans. I always thought it might have been from a book that I had read. In 2002 my mother died and I was given all of her photos. I looked at one picture which showed a small girl walking down a wooden sidewalk to the ocean. I turned it over to discover that my mother had written on the back that it was a picture of me, age 3, walking towards the ocean in Florida (where my aunt had lived.) My mother always wrote on the back of pictures and it means so much to me that she did! Carol
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6) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family stories and comments that are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Kat's story about having to explain 45's to her son had me chuckling and remembering the time my son, when in the 4th grade and now 15, came home from school all excited telling me about what he had learned in music class that day. They were introduced to many types of music, and also learned of the different ways people have listened through the years. When he got to albums and 45's he asked me "did you know you could actually turn them over and play them on the other side"?! I sure did! Imagine his absolute joy when I led him to the attic and dug out my box of albums! He oohed and ahhed and turned them over and over again in amazement the whole rest of the evening! Patty in Akron, OH
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue, Trudy requested a recipe for " Tamale Pie”. we had several response
1940's Tamale Pie
Category: Ground Beef Tamale Pie
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup cold water
3 1/2 cups boiling water or chicken stock
2 teaspoons salt
8 tablespoons butter
4 cups cooked cornmeal mush
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper
1/3 cup chili powder or to taste
3 tablespoons butter or oil
4 cups cooked ground beef
2 pimientos, chopped
1 1/2 cup black pitted olives (or less), roughly chopped
salt and pepper to taste
To cook cornmeal mush: stir 1 cup of cornmeal into 1/2 cup cold water to moisten it, in the top of a double boiler. Then add 3 1/2 cups boiling water or chicken stock and 2 tsps salt; mix well. Set the top over the bottom of the boiler, filled with 1 to 2 inches of boiling water, put a lid on the top and steam the cornmeal for 30 to 45 minutes until the water is all absorbed.
For tamale pie: Beat butter into hot cooked cornmeal; set aside. Fry onion, garlic and bell pepper with chili powder in 3 Tbsp butter or oil until vegetables are just slightly softened, 2 or 3 minutes. Add cooked meat, pimientos, olives and season to taste. Put a layer of cornmeal mush in a baking dish, add the layer of meat filling and cover with another layer of mush. Bake in preheated 350F oven until the mush is crusty on top, about 30 minutes. ...Janet
I have been a fan of tamale pie since my aunt started making a version of it when I was a mere child. I never had her recipe but came up with one of my own that evolved from something that was called "Fiesta Tamale Pie" in an old Betty Crocker cookbook. I no longer have that cookbook, and I make my tamale pie from memory. I have tweaked it over the years and I am very much a visual cook (as in "that looks about the right amount!!!!) so I hope I can put this into terms and measures that make sense.......
-1 medium onion, chopped
-minced garlic to taste (I find this is a really individual thing!!!!)
-EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) - enough to coat the onion and garlic
-3/4 lb. ground beef
-1/4 lb. Italian sausage (not in casings!!!)
-1 #10 can tomatoes, diced or crushed, not drained
-1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
-1 small can mushrooms (drained) (can leave these out if prefer)
-Chili powder to taste
-salt and pepper to taste
-16 whole pitted black olives (or more if you are a big fan)
-1 cup cornmeal
-1 cup milk
-2 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese (or enough to cover top of 13x9 inch pan)
1. sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until onions are translucent
2. add the ground beef and It. sausage and brown all thoroughly
3. while meat is browning, combine in large saucepan the tomatoes, corn,
mushrooms and spices and simmer (stirring occasionally) for about 15 minutes
4. combine meat mixture (drained) and tomato mixture in a 13x9 inch baking pan and mix
5. press the olives into the mixture at even intervals
6. beat two eggs; mix in milk; mix in corn meal
7. ladle cornmeal mixture evenly over top of meat and tomato mixture (corn meal will settle so stir it up with each ladle-full)
8. cover top with layer of shredded cheese
9. bake at 350 for 1 hour
Let it rest about 10 minutes before cutting.
If anyone has questions they are welcome to e-mail me -- Karen email@example.com
This sounds like the recipe you are looking for.
Santa Fe Tamale Pie
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In skillet cook 1 lb.
ground beef with 1 cup chopped onion until meat loses it's pink color. Drain off excess fat if necessary. Add 2 cup chopped green pepper or 2 T. bell pepper flakes. 1 can ( 1 lb.) tomatoes, 2 can ( 8 3/4 oz.) corn, drained, 1/2 cup chili sauce or catsup. 3 tsp. chili powder. and 3/4 tsp. salt. Bring to boiling, reduce heat and simmer uncovered 25 min.
Make mush. Stir 2 cup cornmeal & 1 tsp. salt into 1 cup cold water. Gradually pour into 3 cups boiling water stirring constantly. Cook until thick and bubbly stirring frequently. Spread about 2/3 of the mush in the bottom of an ungreased casserole. Pour beef filling over it. Spoon remaining mush around edges of casserole. Bake 20 min. Serves 6
Tamale Pie Recipe
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 (14-ounce) canned stewed tomatoes
2 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 cups grated pepper Jack cheese, divided
1 1/2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
3 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups yellow cornmeal
2 cups cold water
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
3 tablespoons heavy or light cream
1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained
Sour cream (optional)
1 (6-ounce) can pitted black olives (optional)
1. To prepare beef filling, combine onion, ground beef, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt and chili powder in a large skillet; sauté until beef is browned.
2. Add tomatoes and corn and heat through. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.
3. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 13-by-9-inch casserole dish.
4. To prepare cornmeal batter, combine chicken broth and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Whisk together cornmeal and cold water until smooth. While broth is boiling, add cornmeal mixture all at once, whisking constantly. Stir over medium heat until thick and boiling. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until the consistency of mashed potatoes. Stir in yogurt and cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring often.
5. Spread about two-thirds of the cornmeal batter in casserole. Add beef filling. Top with 1 cup pepper Jack and 1 cup Cheddar cheese. Spoon on remaining cornmeal batter and smooth with a spatula.
6. To make the toppings, stir yogurt and cream together in a small bowl. Spoon lines of yogurt mixture and, Sprinkle remaining cheeses over top.Arrange tomato slices atop cornmeal, pressing gently. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
7. Place casserole dish on top of a large baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes; cover with foil and bake 30 minutes longer. Let stand 20 minutes before serving. Serve with sour cream and black olives. Serves 10.
Carol Thomas from Cullman,AL
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10) A vintage recipe request from a reader
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
submit a request, please include the geographical region where you had this recipe.
Hello, My name is Erica Williams,
I am looking for a recipe for: Pierogi 's(Polish Dumplings) from the cooks of western Pennsylvania. My mother grew up in Kittanning, Pa. and My husband and I lived in Butler county "Sarver" My husband was from Arnold, Pa. and I worked in Cheswick, Pa. Some of the older area cook's would get together periodically and sell these by the dozens, from the local churches. They were the best I have ever had and would love to find a recipe for these. They had Potato, Potato & cheese, Sour Kraut, and I think it was like a sweet cottage or ricotta cheese. All served with melted Butter and onions......I would be grateful for any responses.
Sincerely, Erica Williams
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