Remember Fern Bars? Bare Brick Walls, Hanging Ferns, and Spider Plants
Veal Zurichoise, yep, I cooked veal. It's the first time I tried this recipe, but a dish I've had many, many times.
My mom used to serve veal patties that came frozen, oval shaped, and run through a meat tenderizer. The brand was Vermont Maid, and mom would usually pile green peppers, tomato sauce, and cheese on top of the veal and bake them. We loved them.
Back in the mid to late 1970's I got my first job as a waiter, and later on bartender at the Lyceum Restaurant in Salem MA. The dining room was the trendy bare brick walls, and pots of ferns hanging from the ceiling. On the menu was Veal Zurichoise, and I loved it, and it was one of the pricier items. It's sautéed veal, with a sautéed shallot/ mushrooms wine cream sauce. The Lyceum used dry Vermouth, so that's what I used. OMG, served over Uncle Ben's 90 second microwave Rice Pilaf. I got a rush of taste memory on the first bite. John loved it.
The veal scallopini meat was on sale at Ralph's for around 5 bucks a package. I got 2, as each weighed a half pound, as the recipe I found asked for a full pound, we got leftovers.

Playing With Our Cars
After dinner I told John I was going to go play in the garage. Frustrated that after blowing a fuse in the 57 Chevy, replacing it, and the lights still not working, I grabbed my copy of the factory assembly manual. Looking at the page showing the junction box, I realized I might have gotten the wiring wrong, as I had pulled all the wiring plugs to get to the fuse. Yikes! Thank goodness there are only 7 color coded wires on our car.
Sure enough, I got under the dashboard and noticed one green wire hanging. But where does it plug in? I found it in the manual, and we have dash lights again, and the glove box light works again. Yay!
This week I'm going to schedule the car for some work, and get it running, it's been in the garage, and not in the driveway for far too long.

Working On Our Cars
I'm back to working on cars, sort of. The Thunderbird is in the shop getting much needed front end work, so that inspired me to work on our 57 Chevy. It's been sitting far too long in the garage.
Yesterday we got a new correct size battery for the Chevy at O'Reilly's here in Palm Springs. Last week we got a new correct size battery for the Thunderbird. The batteries in both cars died the same week, and would no longer take a charge from our battery charger. Now both cars have a fully charged brand new battery.
The Chevy needs some professional help, meaning that while I could do the work myself, I no longer want to. But, there are the little things that I still want to do, tinkering around. So the battery is in, and the glove compartment door won't stay closed. Fixed it. The glove compartment light bulb was missing, found the bulb, and installed it. It's blown out, so in the process of removing the light switch, I blew a fuse.
I look up the correct size fuse, and go to my tool box, and luckily find that I have a replacement. Now it gets fun.
The fuse box is behind the driver side kick panel. It's cardboard, and fragile. It won't come out. I ripped up the carpeting to make it easier, I can always glue down the carpet again later. I finally get the kick panel off to reveal the fuse box, and old memories came flooding back. I've replaced fuses in this car before, but forgot that the fuse box is not right there, it's way, way up there, in the most inaccessible place it could be. And nothing is labeled. At the very top I could see the blown fuse, but it won't come out. I finally get it out, and the new one won't go in. I get it in and VOILA, no lights.

Mid Century Modern Cooking Circa 1956
Hot dogs in the rotisserie.
We broiled our weenies in the Sears Kenmore Rotisserie, and toasted the buttered hot dog rolls on the top grill pan. Tasty, and served with salad, along with vastly overcooked asparagus that was on sale at Albertson's. My fault.
While the hot dogs were great, the salad was even better. I had made a French Russian Salad dressing from our copy of the 1956 Pillsbury family Cookbook. It's a sweet dressing, and tastes very much like a Catalina Dressing, but also like the orange colored French dressing from a bottle.
French Russian Dressing
1/4 C white vinegar
1/4 C sugar
1/3 C chili sauce
1 garlic clove crushed ( I used 2)
2 tbls grated onion ( I used 1 tbls dehydrated minced onion)
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt ( I used Kosher, and a bit less)
1 C salad oil (I used corn oil)
Combine all ingredients except salad oil, and let stand 10 minutes. Gradually add salad oil, blending well. ( I used my vintage Sunbeam Mixmaster juicer attachment with the optional oil dripper rod. It fits in the spout of the juicer bowl. One adds the oil to the upper juicer bowl, and the rod controls how much oil is dripped into the mixing bowl beneath that is being mixed by the beaters. This method is also used to make mayo.) Store in covered container in refrigerator.
It's best when let standing in fridge one day before using.
We are loving this recipe so much, that I'm making a second batch next week, and doubling it.

Fun With The Ex Next Doors
Look at who I ran into at the neighborhood Super Bowl party, Zoe, and Mia (aka Zobo and Meester), my fave girls in town. I think they are future cheerleaders. Look at Zoe's upswept hair, and long sleeve half jacket, um fabulous!

I got the Jay Lenos's Garage car care kit. I'm loving it, the car now has that wet look.
I used the wax, and detailing spray on Mr. K, or Mr Kirkpatrick as we named our 1964 Thunderbird. Mr. Charles C. Kirkpatrick was the first owner of our car, and opted to have his name on a nameplate on the dashboard. That was an extra cost option. His name is also in the original glovebox manual, with his address in 1964. Being a sleuth (sounds better than nosy ) I found Google maps of the house, and driveway that our car first stayed at in Boise Idaho. Creepy, or cool? I do genealogy as a hobby, I got ways of finding things.
Anyway, I also got the switch to the passenger door working to turn on the interior courtesy lights. That entailed sticking my pinky finger into the little hole in the door jamb, fishing for the wires that had been disconnected from the light switch. The bare metal cut into my finger, and I was too focused to notice I was smearing blood all over the door jamb. No worries, I got a bunch of shots for lock jaw etc. when that dog bit me at an open house not long ago.
I got the wires out, and plugged them in, and now the lights go on when I open the passenger door! And then I used Jay Leno's Garage Detailing Spray to clean off the blood.

Vintage Rotisserie Roasted 5 Pound Boston Butt
The other half of the Boston Butt we got 50% off at Ralph's weeks ago got thawed out, and I deboned it. Then I trussed it up, and slathered it with all the leftover mustard from my fridge, French's Yellow, Country Style, and regular Dijon. I then skewered it onto the spit rod, and placed it in our vintage Sears Kenmore rotisserie. 2 hours on medium heat, and it was done. It's so easy, I just left it to roast, and as I had 2 hours to kill, I did some work on our Thunderbird.
It came out crisp on the outside, tender and very moist/ juicy on the inside. It sliced up very nicely. I'm gonna do this for company sometime.

Science Oven Beef Stroganoff
My fave recipe for Beef Stroganoff is a microwave recipe my mom used all the time. It comes from a 1970's Sharp Carousel Microwave Cookbook. My Amana Radar Range is twice as powerful as the zappers sold in the 1970's, so I had to adjust the cooking time using a chart I found online.
For example, in this recipe the mushrooms, onion, garlic, and butter get nuked for 5 minutes on high, in my science oven which is more powerful, the veggies get heated for only 3:55 on high.
The original recipe called for finish cooking for 20-30 minutes in the 1970's Sharp Microwave on 70% power, and my Amana finished it in 13 minutes on 70% power.
Of course I served it over Uncle Ben's 90 second rice.
I'm looking for ideas on ways to cook for this summer. I will still use the vintage stuff, frypan, bbq, and rotisserie. However I've got a few cookbooks on chafing dish cooking, fondue, and convection oven cooking.

It's A Regular Weekday In Our Lives

So how did I spend my day yesterday? May I do some name dropping?
We were invited to an event at the Camelot Theatre here in Palm Springs. John couldn't make it as he was showing homes in the Movie Colony (puff puff), so I went alone. I was wearing my leather fringe western jacket that I bought 20 years ago at a store on Route 114 in Middleton MA. during my Two stepping Country Western days.
The bartender at the Camelot Theatre stopped me, and handed me a glass of champagne, saying that anyone who wears such a fabulous leather jacket deserves free champagne... ok. While I explained how, when , where I had the jacket made, a guy in his own leather jacket commented on mine while getting himself a glass of bubbly. While I didn't recognize him at first, he later was on stage. It was Stanley Livingston, who played Chip on "My Three Sons".
I went into the theatre to find our neighbors, and friends Odessa Christiana, and James Hume who live at the end of our street, and gifted us the tickets to this event. (We later met up for dinner at Billy Reed's to gossip.)
Kathy Carver who played Cissy on Family Affair was the main attraction, along with Stanley Livingston, and a woman who wrote most of the Family Affair scripts. OMG she was funny, and in her 90's. She spewed one liners, and complete set ups for jokes off the top of her head on stage! She went on to produce and write "Facts Of Life" and other well known TV comedies.
Our good friend, and co hort, Dirk Yates was pulled in as a doppelgänger for Mr. French, from Family Affair. His partner Andrew found an exact fabric to make the cardigan that Sebastion Cabot wore on the show.

Also in the audience was Trini Lopez, and Ruta Lee.

Playing Records
I decided to turn on the old Silverstone record player we have. It doesn't really work, but thought if I left it on a while....well. It started playing my 45's I had stacked on it. Then I put on a long playing album by Annette, "Hawaiiannette". At first she sounded like Count Basie, and sang the song really slow. I left it alone. Before long she was singing "Pineapple Princess" up to tempo. The sound was fantastic, ya gotta love those vacuum tube amplifiers.


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