Jan 1. 1977 Three Kings’ Cake and Spring Seeds to Plant

This page is from the January 1, 1977 New York Times Magazine.

My sister sent me the photos of the clipping today as Epiphany or Three Kings Day is January 6th. This day is the traditional day families would take down their Christmas decorations when I was growing up .

One side of the magazine page is Three Kings’ Cake recipe article by Mimi Sheraton. This recipe makes two Loaves of sweet bread with yeast and lemon and orange rind, currants and mixed fruits. Almonds are hidden in the dough to be discovered by one lucky eater .

On the reverse side of the paper is an ad to order seeds for Spring planting. Park Seed is celebrating 150 years of being in the gardening business.

(This is not the same king cake of February’s Mardi Gras.)

Three Kings’ Cake by Mimi Sheraton
Park Seed- 150 years in business in South Carolina

My friend Roberta sent me an email this evening with a video from the University of Pittsburgh French Nationality Room Galette Des Rois (click the name of cake to watch) see how to make another type of Kings’ Cake with Almond paste and puff pastry. The French version.

Onion Marmalade and Homemade Fruitcake to Start the New Year

Two kinds of onions and NOT a family recipe! The onion marmalade was included in a Christmas goody box sent from Massachusetts made by Eileen. Linda was on fruitcake production. That ones a recipe held close. See the loaf wrapped in a rum soaked cloth. Homemade gifts are the best.

I had to write to ask the best way to use the onion marmalade as it was new to me. When my sister read the proposed list, she suggested The chips and dip option. I had a vat of sour cream on hand, can always count on Steve to provide the chips and couldn’t have been easier! Or tastier!

Method? Stir in. Eat. If you have leftover, it’s even better the next day.

No questions necessary to inquire how to savor the fruitcake. Thank you friends.

JELL-O, Yes or No?

My mother (from Illinois) always made a Christmas JELL-O with the juice of a fresh lemon added. I made it on Christmas Eve but forgot it on Christmas Day and it’s still in the fridge. Maybe we’ll eat some tomorrow. Her other concoction was lemon jello with crushed pineapple and shredded carrots with fresh lemon a pinch of salt. Oh and one made with the little packet of plain gelatin, fresh limes’ juice and sliced green grapes. My childhood memories of JELL-O(click for history as it all started in 1897) my sense is that it’s just not as popular anymore.

So JELL-O, yes or no?

Christmas JELL-O preparation on Christmas Eve

My sister gave me this cookbook

Perhaps your remember my Rainbow JELL-O post which was more of an art project.

Joanne Baked Her Fruitcake Cookies Today

Fruitcake Part 2

Tuesday’s post was Joanne’s Fruitcake recipe and a photo of a few ingredients. i asked people if they were fruitcake fans.

Monday night I’d texted Joanne, asked if she had a photo of her fruitcake cookies I could include in the post. She responded after I went to bed and said if I’d wait a day she bake them.

I woke up this morning, saw her response and here are her photos. Thank you, Joanne.

Joanne’s been baking this recipe since the 80’s

Eggnog Yes or No?

Eggnog, egg nog or egg-nog, historically also known as milk punch or egg milk punch, is a rich, chilled, sweetened, dairy-based beverage. It is traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks.” Wikipedia

Eggnog, yes or no?

And if yes, spiked or non-alcoholic? And if spiked, what alcohol do you add? Rum, bourbon, whiskey?

A rich and creamy adult milkshake it was called in one recipe I read. I think it’s a love it or hate it but we’ll see what response we get.

My mother made it with raw eggs when I was a kid and sprinkled nutmeg on top. She used a hand held egg beater, a rotary one, non-electric, to whip the egg whites into froth.  There was no cooking involved that I remember but there is definitely cooking in  Alton Brown’s recipe.

Here’s an article from Wired Magazine How to Use Science to Make Safe Eggnog with Raw Eggs  

There is an Eggnog Pound Cake Recipe here

You definitely do not want to make anyone sick with raw eggs. Not that anyone is entertaining and serving eggnog this holiday season.

 

The Great Pumpkin Glow Guest Blog

Laura shared her photos of the Westerville, Ohio Great Pumpkin Glow.

She and James and Charlie drove through the nighttime Halloween display.

And those dinosaurs are made out of pumpkins!

Boo!
Thanks for sharing the Pumpkin Glow photos, Laura.

Michael Photographs the Airedales

My grandson Michael (14) is the guest blogger today. Michael took some photos of Henry and Josie, their Airedale Terriers, over Memorial Day weekend.

The family visited the other grandparents in Virginia and celebrated Mark’s birthday.

Thanks for sharing your photos, Michael.

You captured the humorous duo!  Keep on photographing, too.

xxoo FF Ruthie

New steps on the back deck in Ohio. Debating whether or not to take them.

In 2013 I blogged your first Airedale, Murphy, under that very same tree in Virginia. 

Holiday Sweaters at the Grocery Store?

Saw this display at the Giant Eagle in the Waterworks. Right near the refrigerator cases of juice and milk. If you were invited to a Holiday (Ugly?) Sweater Party, I guess you could pick one up along with your food.

In the Grocery Store

Peeps.Not Just at Easter Anymore

The little yellow marshmallow chicks wrapped in cellophane showed up in 1953. They used to appear on store shelves at Easter time. Now you can get them year round in other holiday shapes. Information on the history and detailed categories such as “alleged indestructibility“ and Peeps “Recipes” at Wikipedia. There are contests and ingredients listed at that link, too. Yes, people microwave Peeps. That’s a lot of food color, isn’t it? Perhaps you ate them as a child but wouldn’t think of biting off a head of one now.

Here’s the question. Would you eat one? And if you did, would you want the Peep stale or fresh?

There are “Peeps haters” in the world-Julie Bosman wrote in a 2012 article in the New York Times. She states that Peeps are “polarizing”

Something about Peeps must intrigue me as here are two previous blog posts about them