A NEW YEARS STORY

I decided that would like to write an interactive story with all of you, I will begin it and you continue it by writing a comment or sending me what you would like added. The next day I will choose from all the ideas I receive and will pick one to add to the story and I will add it to that day’s post and to the story. This will give all of us a great writing exercise. So, here it goes:

 

Start the New Year Right

A NEW YEARS STORY

Chapter 1 – New Years Eve

His name was Jake and this was his city. It was New Years Eve 1950 and there was no better place to be on New Years Eve than New York City. Hell, there was no better place to be anytime, except Brooklyn, where he was born and raised. It was 7:15 pm and he was learning against a lamppost on Park Avenue across the street from her hotel. He lit up a cigarette and inhaled deeply as he looked up to where her room was. The lamp cast a romantic, shadowy light upon Jake. He looked like a mysterious figure there, dressed all in black. “What am I doing here? I’m not even sure if I like her,”he thought to himself.

Her name was Honey LaRue. She didn’t feel like Honey LaRue. That was not the name she was born with. No, she felt more like Sarah Janowitz, a small-town girl from Batavia, New York, where she grew up, the daughter of a doctor and a school teacher. Her first agent gave her the name Honey LaRue because of the color of her hair. He said that name would take her to stardom. It did. It didn’t happen overnight though. She was brushing her famous long hair as she wondered what the night would bring. She didn’t really want to go out, let alone with this stranger. This date was a publicity stunt. She felt bad for the guy. Jake, yes, that was his name.

He was a fireman. She was an actress, a movie star. He came from a poor family. She came from an upper middle close family. He was big city. She became big city. He was 6’3” with a strongly built body. Broad shoulders, a narrow waist slim hips and long legs with the cutest tight rear end did him proud. But he had to work at maintaining his body and he did. Jake had smoldering brown eyes, brown hair cut in a crew cut, a chiseled face with a strong square jawline with a cleft chin. Honey was a sucker for cleft chins. They reminded her of her favorite actor, Kirk Douglas. “Yes,”she thought, “he is a stunning man, but he is so cocky. I’d like to knock him down a peg or two.”

Her eyes were a stunning green and she was not petite at all. No, he was just like he liked his women, tall and curvy. She was 5’8” with womanly hips, a narrow waist and he guessed a 38 D bust. His guesses were usually pretty good in that area. Honey’s blond hair was the color of amber honey and he loved that she wore it straight and natural whenever he saw her. She had the cutest heart-shaped face he had ever seen and she could break a man’s heart in two seconds flat. She was poison to all men. He looked at his watch and determined it was time to begin the night. He slowly walked across the street and entered The Waldorf Astoria. He walked over to the check-in desk and informed the desk clerk that he was there to see Miss Honey LaRue, that he was her date for the evening. “What is your name, Sir?” “Jake Mackenzie.” “I’ll let her know you are here, sir.” “Thank you.” “Miss LaRue says she will be right down. You can have a seat wherever you like while you wait.” Jake hated waiting. He sauntered over to the nearest chair and took out another cigarette, prepared to have a long wait. Five minutes later he saw her coming toward him. He was impressed. She was punctual.

Ok, now it’s your turn. Take it from here!
We should have some glamor recipes from the 1950s to go along with our story, don’t you think?
Here’s a recipe that would never be served at the Waldorf, but when I came across it, I had to include it. Do you remember John Beresford Tipton? I do. The Millionaire was my favorite TV program back then. I’d watch it faithfully with my mother.

 

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A scene from the TV series, The Millionaire, showing Michael Anthony (played by Marvin Milner), the deceased Millionaire’s go-between handing a woman a check for a million dollars.

Title: John Beresford Tipton Bars
Categories: Candies Snacks Cereals
Servings: 10

1 lb Golden Almond Bars; (5 bars)
1 c Fruit Loops Cereal
1 c Rice Krispies
1 c Miniature Marshmallows

NOTE: One pound of almond bark can be substituted for the candy bars if
they are not available.

Melt candy bars in a double boiler. Remove from heat, add cereals, mix
until coated, then add marshmallows. Mix well. Pour into a buttered pan
about 7 by 10 inches. Let cool until set. Cut into 20 to 30 small
squares.

Ok, it took some doing, but here is a fitting 1950s Fancy Restaurant Menu based on one I found online at http://www.foodtimeline.org/fooddecades.html:

 

Assorted Rolls and Butter
Chilled Melon
Lobster Newberg in Croustades
Crown Roast of Lamb
Roasted Potatoes with Parsley Butter
Peas with Mint Cream
Lindy’s Cheesecake
coffee, tea, wine, champagne

 

 

lobster newburg
Home Cookin Chapter: Fish And Seafood

Lobster Newburg
===============
By mielhollinger
Added June 29, 2001 | Recipe #9743
Photo by karenury
TOTAL TIME: 20 mins.
PREP TIME: 10 mins.
COOK TIME: 10 mins.
INGREDIENTS:

2 teaspoons butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
2 beaten egg yolks
8 ounces cubed, cooked lobsters
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1/8 teaspoon white pepper or 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 dash ground red pepper
2 English muffins, split and toasted
Snipped fresh chives (optional)

.
Directions:

1 In a medium saucepan, melt butter.

2 Stir in flour and salt.

3 Add the milk all at once.

4 Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.

5 Cook and stir 1 more minute.

6 Stir about half the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks.
7 Return all to saucepan.

8 Cook and stir until mixture is thickened and bubbly.

9 Stir in lobster, dry sherry, white or black pepper, and
ground red pepper.

10 Heat through.

11 Serve over English muffin halves.

12 If desired, garnish with snipped chives.
Nutritional Facts for Lobster Newburg

Serving Size: 1 (196 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Calories 220.9

Calories from Fat 74
33%
Total Fat 8.2 g
12%
Saturated Fat 4.3 g
21%
Cholesterol 176.4 mg
58%
Sodium 565.6 mg
23%
Total Carbohydrate 18.7 g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
4%
Sugars 1.1 g
4%
Protein 16.8 g
33%
source: http://www.food.com/recipe/lobster-newburg-9743

Servings: 4

Exported from Home Cookin 8.56 (www.mountainsoftware.com)
Home Cookin Chapter: Lamb

 

 

crown roast of lamb

 

 

 

Crown Roast Of Lamb With Fresh Herbs
====================================
Dec 20, 2012 1:02 pm
How to make a simple, impressive crown roast
By Jess Kapadia

Photo: Gabi Porter
Memorize this easy recipe for a crown roast of lamb in 8 simple
steps.

There is nothing intimidating about a crown roast except the price
tag. For a special occasion or holiday meal, he who delivers the
crown roast to the table is king. Best of all, you’re also paying
for ease of preparation. Simply rub with salt, pepper, olive oil
and a simple herb mixture and let it roast for — no, not 3 hours,
that will kill your lovely expensive roast — half an hour.
Maximum. If you like your lamb any more cooked than a scant
medium-rare, you should not be buying pricey cuts of meat or
taking king-sized credit for this regal dish.
Servings: 8 to 10
Ingredients

1 whole loin of lamb, tied into a crown shape
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon thyme leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, peeled

.
Directions:

Preheat oven to 450F.

Combine chopped rosemary and thyme with one tablespoon of the
olive oil and set aside.

Combine chopped parsley with the remaining two tablespoons of
olive oil and set aside.

Season the inside and outside of the roast with salt and pepper.
Rub the roast with the herb olive oil and stick the garlic cloves
firmly in the middle of the center cavity.

Roast for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 130
for medium-rare. Remove, coat lightly with the parsley oil and
allow to rest for 20 minutes before slicing into individual chops
and serving.

Garnish the serving platter with the rest of the parsley oil.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

source:
http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/12/20/crown-roast-lamb-fresh-herb
s-recipe

Servings: 0

Exported from Home Cookin 8.56 (www.mountainsoftware.com)

 

 

Food52
Home Cookin Chapter: Vegetables

Peas In Mint Cream
==================
By poorgirlgourmet • April 16, 2010 • Photo by Food52

Author Notes: For the last two years, I’ve made this recipe for
Easter, but cheating (well, cheating might be a harsh term, it’s
really using what’s available, as peas aren’t quite ready that
early in the year in New England) by using frozen peas. Because
the mint in my garden is also not producing by Easter, this recipe
is designed to use an entire package of supermarket mint (to avoid
waste). If you choose to double the recipe, it isn’t necessary to
double the olive oil and shallot. – poorgirlgourmet

Serves 4 to 6

1 cup light cream
2-3 sprigs fresh mint
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium shallot, finely chopped
16 ounces peas, defrosted if using frozen
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
The leaves of 2-3 sprigs fresh mint, coarsely chopped

.
At least an hour before preparing the peas, place the mint in a
small saucepan and pour the light cream over it.

Over medium-low heat, warm the cream until it is scalded (the
point when it has just starting to steam and small bubbles can be
seen around the rim of the pan), 10 to 15 minutes. Be sure to keep
an eye on this process, because you don’t want the cream to boil,
and it doesn’t take but a moment of not paying attention to go
from scald to boil.

Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mint to steep in the
cream for another 30 to 45 minutes.

You can make the mint cream a day before if you like, just
transfer the mint and cream to an airtight container and store in
the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, removing it from the
refrigerator 20 minutes or so before cooking the peas so that the
cream isn’t refrigerator cold at the point when you pour it into
the pan with the peas.

Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat, then add
the shallot and saute until the shallot is translucent, 2 to 3
minutes. While the shallot is cooking, remove the mint from
the cream and discard the cooked mint.

Add the peas to the pan, then pour in the cream. Cook until the
cream is reduced by half and the peas are warmed through, stirring
frequently, 12 to 15 minutes.

Add salt and pepper to taste, remove the peas from the heat, then
stir in the chopped mint, and serve them forth.

source: poorgirlgourmet as found at
http://food52.com/recipes/4113-peas-in-mint-cream
Servings: 0

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Home Cookin Chapter: Cheesecakes

Lindy’s Cheesecake
==================
New York deli man Arnold Reuben claimed he was the first to serve
cheesecake. But it was his
Competitor, Leo Lindemann, who hired away Reuben’s pastry chef to
re-create the dessert at his place, Lindy’s, and made it an icon.
Lindy’s is gone now, but the cheesecake recipe remains. —Arthur
Schwartz, from “Cream of New York” (November 2006)

Dessert
Cheese
American
Classic
Simple
Bake
Recipes
New York
View gallery Enlarge Credit: Andre Baranowski

SERVES 8–12
INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CRUST:

1 cup flour
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. lemon zest
¼ tsp. salt
1 egg yolk
½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped and reserved

FOR THE FILLING:

2½ lb. cream cheese, softened
1¼ cups sugar
3 tbsp. flour
1½ tsp. orange zest
1½ tsp. lemon zest
½ tsp. vanilla extract
5 whole eggs, plus 2 yolks
¼ cup heavy cream

.
INSTRUCTIONS

1. For the crust: Combine flour, butter, sugar, zest, salt, yolk,
and vanilla seeds in a bowl; rub with fingers until dough forms.
Form dough into 2 rounds; wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill for 1
hour. Press 1 dough round onto bottom of a 9″ spring-form pan; pull
off pieces from remaining dough and press around sides of pan. Set
aside.

2. For the filling: Heat oven to 500°. Beat cream cheese, sugar,
flour, zests, and vanilla in a large bowl on medium-high speed of
a hand mixer until smooth. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time,
beating after each addition, until smooth; stir in cream. Pour
filling into pan, and bake until top begins to brown, about 15
minutes. Reduce heat to 200°, and bake until just set, about 1
hour more. Transfer to a rack, and let cool completely.

Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. Remove cake
from pan and cut into slices to serve.

source: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Lindys-Cheesecake

Servings: 0

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Don’t forget to enter the contest for a $20 Gift Certificate to Amazon.com.  Look for the entry blank on the December 27, 2014 post about Kwanzaa.  Scroll past the recipes to get to the Rafflecopter Link.  Good luck!  Drawing will take place on January 2nd.  Deadline is Noon on January 2nd.

 

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE:

The Millionaire photo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Millionaire_%28TV_series%29

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4 responses

  1. Marilyn, how about this? They are going to a nice restaurant nearby when they hear the loudly sirens of five fire trucks coming to the couple’s direction…

    Excellent and thrilling beginning, my friend!

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    • Fabio, great idea! But, the idea is you need to write that part. I’ll save you a spot. I know exactly where to put it. Can you write 500-1,000 words for this part? Let me know! I love you, Fabio!!!!

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