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The Collectors Newsletter #683 -- February 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #683 -- February 2009
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1) 1) Featured Collectors Club
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2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Same TOPIC for the next few issue ---Tell us about the very first thing you ever acquired for a collection. This can be as a child or an adult. It can be about a collection that started by accident, or one that was carefully planned. Just tell us about that first item and why you picked it or rather why it picked you :-) . Email your story to email@example.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
My first collections were collecting Barbie Dolls and music—45’s more specifically. I can’t remember which of the two I actually bought first because I must have been eight yrs; old at the time. I actually want to talk about my music collection mostly though. My father was a big music fan. He used to make all four of us kids sit and watch all the classic musicals on television (e.g. West Side Story and Porky and Bess…). We saw them all. I thought it was boring and stupid due to me being in grade school at the time. As the poem goes…the older I got the smarter my Dad seemed to me. Him making us all do that developed a life long love of music. He not only made us watch it, he sat down and explained and discussed the music with us. So I used to do chores around the house or babysit and my money went to Barbie’s or 45’s and later albums. I still have them all and I must have nearly 3000 45’s. albums, cassettes, and CD’s total. I also have a couple hundred dolls of all sorts. I’m 47 now and I have a closet dedicated to housing this music collection. I have two huge curio cabinets to house the dolls. I cherish them both but if I get the blues I can pull out a favorite song and it lifts my spirit. Dad passed away in 2001 but his influence lives on through all us kids. As a matter of fact, when he passed we split up his extensive album and CD collection. Thanks for teaching us the love of music Dad! Wendy from Ohio
I collect little miniature shoes, and it got started in an unusual way. When I was growing up we (my parents, brother and I) used to travel a lot. One time (this was in 1949) we had stopped to have lunch in a little town in New Mexico. Off in the next room was a gift shop. After my brother and I had eaten we went into the gift shop to look around while mom & dad finished eating. I saw this darling little miniature shoe. When dad came in to get us so we could leave I asked dad if I could have it. He said no. I told him that I really did want it. He said I didn't need it and to go on out to the car with mom and my brother while he went to the rest room. He came out with a little bag and handed it to me. Inside was this little shoe. That's how my collection got started. I have bought one on just about every trip. I have well over 100 now and most of them have been given to me by family members and friends. I have them proudly displayed in a special case with mirrors and glass on the front. Bev in Arizona
In 1967, my now husband, and I had just begun dating. My sister Dorothy, who had the gift of hospitality, invited us to supper one evening. She had a beautiful Moss Rose tea pot that I commented on and how much I liked it. She jokingly said, "When you and Everett get married, I will give it to you." We all laughed and that was the last I thought of it. We were married in July, 1967. I don't recall how long after we were wed, Dorothy brought me the teapot and said she told me she would give it to me when Everett and I were married. I tried to talk her out of it since I felt she was just kidding when she said she would give it to us. However, she would have it no other way, but for me to have it. Thus began my collection of everything Moss Rose. I only display a few pieces of my Moss Rose, but that teapot has been on display for almost 40 years now. I may someday part with all other pieces, but that Moss Rose teapot will always be one of my most precious possessions. Dorothy passed away in 2006 and every time I see a piece of Moss Rose I am lovingly reminded of her and what a very special person she was, not just to me, but to everyone with whom she came in contact. She was indeed a true Southern lady. From Kay, in Tennessee
The first item I ever bought for a collection was from our next door neighbors’ garage sale. I was 8 years old in 1974 and just acquiring a taste for collecting and my neighbors were retired and selling everything including their house so they could start traveling in a streamliner. I bought a silver dustpan for 10 cents and even though it was dented, it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. My dad pounded it out straight so it was functional and when not in use, it sat on a shelf in my room where it soon received company as I found other silver treasures like salt and pepper shakers and an ashtray and a pencil cup. I don’t have that silver collection anymore but that dustpan is certainly memorable. Robin W.
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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One Sunday my pastor, who has quite a sense of humor, related an incident that happened during one of his services a few years earlier. He was preaching at a very large church in Washington, D.C. when, right down front, he, and everyone else, began to notice a little boy about 5yrs old who was misbehaving. His parents (regular members) repeatedly tried to quiet him but he insisted on making noise and was distracting everyone's attention from the sermon. Finally fed up with the child's behavior, the father picked him up, placed him firmly over his right shoulder and began walking up the aisle toward the back door. The little boy was facing the congregation; quite aware that everyone was looking at him. Just as they started out the door he loudly yelled out, "Y'all PRAY!!"
Of course that was all it took - the entire congregation just lost it - everyone was laughing hysterically. The pastor knew he would never regain control of the service - so they just closed with some enthusiastic hymn singing!!!! (and maybe a few prayers on behalf of the little boy who was getting them out of church early that Sunday!!) judy fl
Here in Pennsylvania, February 2nd is a big deal. Even a movie was made about it. Back 35 years ago when my daughter Laura was in kindergarten she came home from class that day very excited. She ran up to me and said: "Daddy, Daddy, do you know what today is". I said no and she said "Daddy it is "Beaver Day". I replied, "Laura, you mean " Groundhog Day". She thought a second and said: "I knew it was one of them brown furry animals". And we all laughed then and now when ever I tell that story. Larry S. of Reading, PA
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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In our last issue Marilyn requested a recipe for "macaroni and cheese in a white sauce" We received the following....
In Newsletter #682, Marilyn requested a recipe for Horn & Hardart's macaroni and cheese.
Horn & Hardart was a Philadelphia and New York restaurant chain that also had stores specializing in take-out. With the TV and radio advertising motto "Less work for mother," they actually pioneered the concept of prepared foods to eat at home. The restaurants were called Automats because, in addition to a cafeteria line, they featured food behind tiny glass windows that was accessed by putting a few nickels in the slots. The last Automat -- on Third Ave. and 42nd St. -- closed only about 10 years ago. It's now a GAP. But New Yorkers and Philadelphians old enough to have experienced Horn & Hardart have deep nostalgia for many of its specialties. The mac and cheese is probably prime among them.
Horn & Hardart's Baked Macaroni and Cheese 01
I have seen (and tried) more than one version of the supposedly authentic recipe for this dish. This one seems, to me, to taste most like the "real deal." The number of servings depends on whether you are serving this as an entrée or a side dish. This version is saucier/creamier. If you prefer yours a bit less "saucy", increase the ziti rigati to 16 ounces.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
12 oz. uncooked ziti rigati
6 Tbsp. butter
6 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
6 c. milk
4 Tbsp. light cream
3 c. grated sharp Cheddar cheese
1 c. crushed tomatoes
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. red pepper (cayenne)
1/8 tsp. white pepper
Boil ziti until barely cooked. Drain and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat; blend in flour and cook 2 minutes.
Beat in the milk, then the cream and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
Stir in the cheese until melted; then add the tomatoes, salt, sugar and two peppers.
Add cheese mixture to the ziti. Pour into a baking pan and bake in a preheated 400° F. oven until top browns and bubbles.
**To Freeze: Pour into aluminum pans, seal and place in freezer. DO NOT BAKE BEFORE FREEZING.
**To Bake Frozen Macaroni and Cheese: Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator before baking. Uncover and place in preheated 400° F. oven and bake until top is brown and bubbling.
Horn & Hardart's Baked Macaroni and Cheese 02
This recipe also claims to be the authentic version. It's tasty, but does not seem quite like the one I believe to be the recipe used by Horn & Hardart. Try both and go with the one you like best.
Yield: 2 to 3 servings (Can be doubled or tripled to suit your needs.)
1 c. uncooked elbow macaroni
1½ c. whole milk
2 Tbsp. light cream
1½ Tbsp. butter
1½ Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1½ c. (packed) sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt, to taste
White pepper, to taste
¼ c. crushed canned tomatoes, finely chopped (I use Red Pack or Pomi; you can use any canned product.)
½ tsp. granulated sugar
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce, optional (not part of the original recipe)
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Bring a pot of water to boil and cook the macaroni to al dente according to package directions.
Combine milk and cream in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over moderate heat.
While the milk warms, heat the butter in another saucepan over low heat for 1 minute until foaming. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.
Pour the hot milk into the butter/flour mixture and cook, stirring with a wire whisk or wooden spoon for a few minutes, until thickened.
Add the cheese to the white sauce, about ¼ cup at a time, stirring until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth. Add the cayenne, salt and white pepper to taste. Stir the tomatoes, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce (if using) into the cheese sauce.
Combine the cooked macaroni with the sauce, and pour into a buttered 8-inch-square or 1½-quart baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the sauce is bubbly and the top is nicely browned.
--Linda in Maine & Beckie
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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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In the 80's I used to frequent a restaurant in west Texas and would always order dish that they called Eggs Eleganté. It was a mixture of hard boiled eggs, scallions, along with other things I can't remember and it seemed like it was bound together with some sort of condensed soup (Cream of Mushroom?). It was served warm on a toasted English Muffin half. A waitress once said that the recipe came off the package of English Muffins. I have searched every English Muffin company site with no luck. I am hoping that there is a TIAS reader who has that recipe. - James in Texas
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