Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Episode 43 - Whimsy and Wisdom

Adventures for Beth at Chataqua Institution, whimsy and wisdom. Leslie's adventures in swimming.

A Little Sweet...

Black tri Australian Shepherd stitch markers

"I Like Big Balls"

AC/DC song

Inca Trail by Svenlana Gordon

A Little Tart...

A discussion of salesman samples inspired by Reynolds Homestead Tidbits of History. Many types, including book samples and caskets, that were available into the 1970s.

A Little Unexpected...

Grandma Flanagan's Taylor Cakes / Molasses Cookies

1 cup boiling water
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup Crisco
1 cup molasses
5 cups sifted flour
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 pinch of cloves
2 beaten eggs

Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add brown sugar, Crisco, molasses, flour, cinnamon, salt and cloves to baking soda-water, and mix thoroughly. Add beaten eggs last and gently blend. Drop by spoonfuls (they do not spread) onto a greased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes. Yield: several dozen little cakes, depending on spoon size.

Frosting: Mix browned butter, a little cream and vanilla to flavor with enough confectioners sugar to spread well. Frost cooled cakes. Do not stack cakes, frosted or unfrosted.

This is a recipe from the 1800s, and makes soft, delicious molasses cookies. Mary Lois Barnes Flanagan was a 1910 graduate of the Lucy Webb Hayes Deaconess School in Washington, D. C.


A Contest! A Contest! A Contest!

What's the most unusual meal anyone ever asked you to make for their birthday dinner? Send us an email, make a comment on our Facebook page or on this web site, or mail us a postcard (we love them) to the address in the right column of the web site, with a description of the most unusual meal or dessert that anyone ever asked your for as a birthday request. We'll put together an impartial panel and the best entry will win a prize of handmade, antique and scrumptious things from Meadows of Dan. It has to be a REAL request and we hope to have a lot of fun with this on the podcast. We WILL mention your names. Deadline August 31, 2018.

Music attributions

Reverie (small theme)
by _ghost
featuring Pitx

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