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.

Not Being Famous
Part of my whacky far...
I was an extra on "Spenser: For Hire" seasons 2, and 3. I was in the last episode of season 2 as a stunt double/ stunt driver when the show had not yet been picked up for a third season, and was back at the wardrobe building to turn in my clothes after filming a chase scene with the other stunt drivers. I did not film with the regular cast, as I was filmed with the second unit. When I got back the regular crew and cast were having a wrap party, and I was invited to join in for cake, decorated like the opening titles sequence. Everyone was saying goodbye, as it seemed the show was not going to be picked up for a third season. But it was, and I was hired a dozen or more times as an extra, but most often ended up on the cutting room floor.
I've chatted with, but not met my half sister in Beverly MA., we, my full sister, and she share the same father. She told me that "Spenser:For Hire" was her dad's favorite TV show. That means while I never knew of, or met, or saw my birthfather in person, he saw me, his son on TV without knowing it. That's friggin' awesome, but weird.
The show is now available on Amazon, I should get seasons 2, and 3, and look . My real dad had hissy fit when I brought his car to the set and was in a stunt scene that had cars zooming and crashing all around his car that he and mom took to Market Basket every week for groceries.

Changing Etiquette?
Charger Plates
The first time I heard of charger plates was when I first started in hospitality in 1974. Back then the charger plate was removed after the salad course. Recently (today) I watched an ettiquet video that left the charger plate on the table through the entree course, and removed before the dessert course. It makes sense, but it is the first time I saw it.
We have charger plates and used them last night at dinner we hosted for friends. After the salad, I grabbed John, and said,"Get those chargers off the table." As it turns out it might be perfectly correct to leave them, and place the dinner plate on the charger plate.
We are not etiquette snobs (see how I spelled it differently?), but are fascinated by the rules, and why they exist. We totally plan to give a bathing suit, and Silverware party this year. Hot dogs on silver-plate, corn on the cob in a covered sterling veggie dish etc.

This is one of our silver-plate charger plates that match John's grandmother's set that I bought online. It's Rogers Bros. Heraldic pattern first sold in 1916. It's the set, flatware, and hollowware she had, and used for formal dinners.
We've decided to treat ourselves weekly with a roast of some sort, served on/with our family's passed down service set. We're not keeping it in storage. It is one hundred years old, and bought new at Shreve's in San Francisco. Of course we use our best for our guests whenever it warrants, so does anyone in this group use charger plates?

Shaving In The Car, and Cream Of Fridge Cleaning Soup
I had 2 bunches of celery left over from goodness knows when...but still firm. Using the the reprinted version of the 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, I made Cream Of Celery in our Pyrex Flameware double boiler, circa 1953.
I was hesitant, I've never had cream of celery soup, but John had the fireplace going, the sun was going down, and it was getting chilly, and windy outside. A chicken was roasting in the 1950's Kenmore Rotisserie outside, so I had an hour, and a half to make the soup. Easy, Betty Crocker has a base for cream soup, all I had to do was make that, and cook the celery, and puree it to add later. I used an immersion blender to make the celery after it was cooked soft, and added the celery, and cooking water to the soup. Cook in a double boiler for 10 minutes, and OMG! Dusted with paprika, the soup was fabulous.

I got online one of the optional electric shavers you could order with your brand new 1957 Chevrolet. Norelco Sportsman, cigar lighter, or battery operated.(3 D cell batteries in the case that has a mirror and stand. all in a leather case lined with red flannel. And it works! We can use it while driving our 1964 Thunderbird as well as our '57 Chevy.

What A Dumpling New Year's Eve
The Dumpling across the street was our final destination after dinner here at our place.
Our New Years Eve table setting. 1960's Harmony House, "Romaic" pattern. Sold from the Sear catalogue circa 1964, it has a Greek Key pattern, paired with John's grandmother's silver-plate flatware. It's Rogers Bros. "Heraldic" pattern with matching candlesticks, and service ware, and bread dish. Anyone notice the vintage finishing touch? The salt and pepper matches the.....Flintridge China "Grecian Key" pattern circa 1959, also from John's grandmother.
Dinner was Jambalaya, corn bread with honey on the side. Odessa brought a delicious fruit salad. Brad and Joe brought fabulous champagne.

We moved our dinner party over, each holding plastic cups for bringing the last of our champagne across the street. Imagine answering your door, and the six of us holding plastic cups of champagne on your doorstep! Craziness ensued, as is usual. Here's John at the Dumplings.


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