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The Collectors Newsletter #761-- December 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #761-- December 2009
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2. Stories From our Readers
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4. Your Classifieds
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6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
The Wedgwood Society of New York
The Wedgwood Society of New York was formed in 1957 and holds regular meetings in and around New York City. It publishes the archival journal on the ceramic arts entitled Ars Ceramica. It publishes a newsletter which is read by members both the New York area as well as across the United States and around the world. In addition the WSNY holds regular auctions where we sell collections or parts of collections on consignment. If you have an interest in collecting, you are invited to:Join the Wedgwood Society of New York
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that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
Thank You! to everyone that has been sending in stories. If you've been waiting for the right time to send us your antiques & collectibles story, now is the time. Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
For what is maybe the first time in my life, I don't have a lot to tell you. However, I DO want to say that I love this newsletter and can't wait for each issue. I think you have wonderful readers and contributors, who seem to be such nice people. It is unusual these days, I'm sorry to say, where one can find such friendly and intelligent folks. Although I feel ancient--and this note sounds like it--I don't think I am. I'm 58.
My point--wait for it, it's coming--is that I wish you and all the readers a happy holiday/happy season/end of the year, and a bright and more successful new year, in whatever way that is meaningful to them. To me, it means more of my brilliant grandchildren and daughter, and more time with my sisters, and more fun with my husband. (That about covers it.) Oh, and continued fun and profit from my tiny eBay business, and that it grows, and that I finally get around to making it a business rather than a pastime; and....
Like I said, I don't have much to say today. Cheers! Lisa
When my husband and I were very young (1979-1980), and he worked for my Dad in the coin shop, he used to do extremely fine quality antique coin cut-out jewelry. He did mostly small coins like Mercury dimes or whatever another coin dealer or customer wanted done. One day a customer came in with an old gold $5 Liberty coin with a hole drilled in it and wanted to make it into a necklace. My Dad suggested having it cut out, since it already had significant damage and was no longer "collectible". The customer was pleased with this idea and my husband very painstakingly cut out all the little stars and the date, as well as the figure. This was the only gold coin he ever cut, because as a young father, he couldn't have afforded to keep anything like that. About 20 years later, on Christmas morning, I opened a small box and to my extreme surprise, there was the coin- no mistake. It was in the box with the name of my Dad's shop on it (now long gone). It turns out that a local estate sale company had brought it in to my husbands' shop to get a value. My husband recognized it and bought it for me. I like to think it came back to its' creator. One of my boys has already spoken for it when the day comes. Love your newsletter. Sherri Dempsey
One evening after attending the Christmas tree lighting ceremony with my best friend/godmother to my son, we went to the diner for something to eat. We were talking about my house being haunted (it's an 1850s farmhouse) and related subjects. The man at the table behind us, who was there with his wife and children, was listening intently to everything I was saying and commenting to his wife about it, saying such things as "Are you listening to that" and nodding in my direction and "Get a load of her", etc. I was getting very annoyed at their blatant eavesdropping as I was talking quite low. When the waitress was busy with them, I told my friend not to turn around, and not to make a scene (she is well known to make scenes in situations like that), but that the man behind us was openly and rudely listening to every word we were saying and making snide comments to his wife. I said I was going to make a quick trip to the ladies room and when I came back we were going to change the subject. A few minutes later when I came out of the restroom, I saw the man and his family RUNNING out of the diner with their entire dinner sitting on their table! When I got back to my table, before I could say a word to my friend, she told me that as soon as I left, the man poked her arm and said "Is she for real?" nodding his head to my empty seat. My friend then gripped the table, stared at him and said "YOU CAN SEE HER?"!!! Vivienne Erk, West Milford, NJ
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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.
The funny story in a recent issue of the newsletter about mispronouncing "debris" reminded me of many years ago when I started a new job. The director had told me about the former director, who apparently was very intelligent in many areas, but not so much in others. One day she asked how to spell "dupree". They asked her what she meant & she said you know, like in the road. Nobody had an idea what she meant so they asked her to use it in a sentence. When she did, they realized she meant "debris". But since that day, we have always called it "dupree" instead of "debris".
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Jan requested recipe for “red velvet cake” we had several replies...
Red Velvet Cake - not just a southern favorite -
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
2 oz. red food coloring
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans
or three 8-inch round cake pans.
2. Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl;
set aside. In a small bowl, mix food coloring and cocoa powder to form a
thin paste without lumps; set aside.
3. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat butter and sugar
together until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Beat in eggs, one at
a time, then beat in vanilla and the red cocoa paste, scraping down the bowl
with a spatula as you go. Add one third of the flour mixture to the butter
mixture, beat well, then beat in half of the buttermilk. Beat in another
third of flour mixture, then second half of buttermilk. End with the last
third of the flour mixture, beat until well combined, making sure to scrape
down the bowl with a spatula.
4. Make sure you have cake pans buttered, floured, and nearby. In a small
bowl, mix vinegar and baking soda. Yes, it will fizz! Add it to the cake
batter and stir well to combine. Working quickly, divide batter evenly
between the cake pans and place them in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake
for 25-30 minutes. Check early, cake is done when a toothpick inserted in
the center comes out clean.
5. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. To remove the
cakes from the pan, place a wire rack on top of the cake pan and invert,
then gently lift the pan. Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting.
Frost with buttercream or cream cheese icing (recipe below).
Recipe Notes: *Sift cake flour once before measuring, then sift again with
the other dry ingredients per recipe instructions. Wear an apron and be
careful with the red food coloring–no matter how hard I try, I always end up
staining something! As you’re mixing the cake batter, use a spatula to
scrape down the bowl frequently throughout the entire process.
Cream Cheese Frosting
16 oz. cream cheese (2 packages), softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter (one stick), softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
pinch of salt
With an electric mixer, blend together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
Turn mixer to low speed and blend in powdered sugar, salt and vanilla
extract. Turn mixer on high and beat until light and fluffy. Use
immediately or refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. If refrigerated,
the frosting will need to be brought to room temperature before using (after
frosting softens up, beat with mixer until smooth).
Kay was one of my best friends for 21 years where I worked. We're both retired now and we've lost touch with one another but her recipe is by far the best I've ever eaten. This recipe was handed down to her, so its been around for awhile. Enjoy....Patty in Kentucky
Kay’s RED VELVET CAKE
* 1/2 cup butter (not margarine)
* 1 1/2 cups sugar
* 2 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 1/2 cups cake flour
* 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup buttermilk
* 1 teaspoon baking soda sprinkled (set aside)
* 1 Tbsp. white vinegar (set aside)
* 3 oz. red food coloring
Heat oven to 350°
Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. You can also use two 8-inch round cake pans and split each layer with thread to make four layers.
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Sift flour, cocoa and salt together. Add alternately with buttermilk. Beat after each addition. Over the batter bowl, stir together baking soda and vinegar mixture, in a separate dish. Stir this mixture into the batter; do not beat. Lastly stir in the food coloring. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cakes bounce back when lightly touched with a finger.
Her recipe for the frosting:
* 3 tablespoons flour
* 1 cup milk
* 1 cup granulated sugar
* 1 cup butter
* 1 tsp vanilla
Mix flour in a little of the cold milk and then add rest of milk stirring until well blended. Cook over medium heat until very thick stirring constantly. Set aside to cool. Cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla to the cooled cream sauce and beat together with the butter/sugar mixture until icing becomes stiff.
Sometimes I make my own Cream Cheese frosting since that is what my family likes best.
Original Red Velvet Cake
Many think that Red Velvet Cake is a chocolate or devil's food cake that has been "dyed" red. Actually, authentic Red Velvet Cake is a red cake; the cocoa powder called for in the recipe is to darken the red, make it a deeper shade. It's not meant to have a strong chocolate flavor. If you just want a chocolate cake that's intensely red, either bake your favorite "scratch" chocolate cake and add a 2-oz. bottle of red food coloring or buy a devil's food cake mix and add the red food coloring.
Yield: 12 servings
½ c. solid vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1½ c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
4 Tbsp. red food coloring
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 c. buttermilk, room temperature
2½ c. sifted cake flour*
1½ tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
5 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. milk
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
*NOTE: If you *must* substitute all-purpose flour, reduce the quantity by 5 tablespoons (that is, 2½ cups, minus 5 tablespoons).
Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly oil and flour three 9-inch-round cake pans. And yes, it is important to sift the flour before measuring. Do not substitute self-rising flour.
In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter with sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix food coloring with cocoa and add to mixture.
Cream together shortening and 1½ cups sugar thoroughly. Add eggs and beat well.
Make a paste of cocoa and red food coloring. Add to creamed mixture. Mix salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla and buttermilk together. Add alternately the flour with the milk mixture to the creamed mixture. Mix baking soda and vinegar and gently FOLD into cake batter. DO NOT BEAT OR STIR NOW.
Divide batter evenly among the prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until cake starts to pull away from sides of pan and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. (Start checking at about 20-22 minutes if you are not absolutely certain your oven is correctly calibrated.)
Icing: Cook 5 Tablespoons flour and 1 cup milk over low heat till thick, whisking or stirring constantly. (Just like making a roux for a white sauce.) LET THE MIXTURE COOL COMPLETELY! While the milk-and-flour mixture is cooling, cream together 1 cup sugar, butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat well until light and fluffy. Add to cooled flour mixture and beat until of a good spreading consistency, about 10 minutes. DON'T ICE CAKE UNTIL IT HAS COOLED TO ROOM TEMPERATURE.
Things that are important to know about this recipe:
1) The vinegar-baking soda mixture is what makes the cake rise. This is a delicate leavening method because it does not last long. Get the vinegar mixture into the batter quickly and gently and get it in the oven FAST, or you will have a heavy cake.
2) Cakes from scratch have to be timed carefully in the oven because they're not "foolproof" like boxed mixes. Start checking it with a toothpick 10 minutes before the recommended baking time has elapsed and after that every 3 to 5 minutes until the toothpick comes out mostly clean.
3) The flour paste for the frosting must be cooked until it forms a mound that stays in the middle of the pan, and it must be cooled to room temperature, but never chilled.
4) The butter and sugar must be beaten for at least 10 minutes before adding the flour paste, to avoid sugar grit.
5) You must frost a COMPLETELY cool cake; beating warm frosting or frosting a warm cake will produce a runny, oily frosting.
Follow these instructions and the recipe *will* turn out properly. It is a good recipe without errors.
Linda in Maine
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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
submit a request, please include the geographical region where you had this recipe.
I'm looking for a recipe that makes big, fat, fluffy, thick, pancakes. Many years ago there was a diner that I ate at that made these wonderful huge fluffy pancakes. just one of them covered an entire plate and 2 was more than a meal. they were big, but they were also super light. Do any of your readers have a recipe? Ben
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