If you haven’t read chapters 1 and/or 2, here are the links:


Chapter 1

Chapter 2


A NEW YEAR’S STORY – Chapter 3


New Years Eve Noise Maker


“I am sorry, Honey. I shoudn’t have done that.” “I’m sorry that the photographers caught us, Jake.” “Not a problem, Honey. I can handle it. Kissing one of America’s most beautiful women will only help my reputation,” Jake laughed. “I hope it does, for your sake, Jake.” “Want to dance, Honey?” “Of course, I do. I love to dance.” “What woman doesn’t?” Jake joked.  They danced the next three numbers and then rejoined their tablemates. Joe asked Honey for a dance, Jake asked Marilyn. Honey watched them dance as she and Joe whirled by. “He’s holding her too close,” she thought. “Wait, am I jealous? What’s going on here?” she wondered. She smiled at Joe, aware that he had said something to her, but she hadn’t heard.

As the night wore on, partners were exchanged and everyone was enjoying themselves.

11:45 p.m. Waiters appeared with hats and noise makers. They gave them out to everyone in the room in anticipation of midnight. Then they placed bottles of champagne on each table along with champagne flutes. The excitement of being alive for another year was growing. Another year and the wonder of the unknown. Honey wondered what roles she would play and hoped she would win an Academy Award for something. She wondered what travels she would take. She wondered if she would find love. She was lonely. Jake wondered what time it was. He looked at his watch. He asked Honey for another dance. She gladly accepted.

11:50 pm The dance ended and Jake escorted Honey back to the table. The tension in the room mounted. People were wondering about the midnight kiss. Will he or won’t he? Will she or won’t she? Should I? “Married people have it so easy,” Jake thought. “They will automatically kiss.” Now, where the hell did that thought come from? Jake was a confirmed bachelor. He had steady relationships but when they got too serious, he bolted. He didn’t feel firefighters should get married.

11:55 pm “Hello again,” Guy Lombardo spoke from the microphone. “The band and I hope that you are all having a good evening and are enjoying our music. It is five minutes away from midnight and a New Year. We hope that it is a very good one for everyone here. Thank you for being with us to usher in 1950.” Guy walked back to take his place and spoke to the band to set up the last number for the year 1949. He decided that they would play “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The dance floor filled up with couples who wanted to dance out the old year. The dance ended. People were asked to take their seats.

Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians at the Roosevelt Hotel

Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians at the Roosevelt Hotel

MIDNIGHT Guy and his band began playing their traditional “Auld Lang Syne.” Jake kissed Honey. This time there were no photographs, luckily. Champagne bottles popped open and everyone was wishing everyone else a Happy New Year. People were laughing and noise makers were doing their jobs properly. The noise was almost deafening. Then it quieted down as the music began to play once more.

12:05 “Oh no!  Sorry everyone, but please excuse me, I have a phone call to make.” Honey looked at Jake wondering who he had to call. He left to look for a pay phone.  He was late calling Kathy.

“Hello, Kathy! Happy New Year!” Jake said to the woman at the other end. “Sorry I’m late, Sweetheart.” “Oh, Jake. I miss you. I hate that you’re not here.” replied Kathy. “I will see you tomorrow, Baby. I miss you too. I love you.” “I love you too, Jake.” Kathy was Jake’s steady girlfriend. They had been together for over a year now. She was a sweetheart. She would make someone a very good wife and would be a great mother. But, Jake knew that her husband the the father of her children would not be him. He wasn’t the marrying kind.” “Kathy, I am staying in the City tonight and possibly the next night. Want to meet me and we’ll go out on the town?” “That would be great, Jake. Call me when you get up and we’ll make plans, ok?” “That’s fine, Babe. Sweet dreams. Good Night.” All of a sudden Jake, heard sirens. He ran outside to see what was going on. A car fire was blazing right in front of the hotel. It looked like a black limo, like the one he came in with Honey.  Like most other limos.  When the fire engines arrived, Jake ran over to offer assistance, informing the chief that he was a firefighter from Brooklyn. His assistance was gladly accepted as a second car caught on fire. Everyone scrambled to get the fire contained and out. Word started spreading and people were crowding the scene. The chief went inside the hotel to speak with the manager and requested that they let no one out of the hotel until further notice. The police and ambulence showed up. Everyone was doing their job. “What a way to begin the New Year,” Jake thought.

The police entered the hotel and they made an announcement in the grill. “There has been a terrible fire outside the hotel. The firefighters are working to contain it and ask that everyone stay put until the fire is completely out and the sidewalk and street are safe. We ask that everyone stay put as we need to question you all. Please know we will try to get everything done as quickly as possible. We are sorry for this inconvenience. We will let your waiter know when we wish to speak to you and they will inform you where to go. Thank you for your cooperation.” The chief left to get his people in place and everything set up for questioning. It was going to be a long night. He then asked the manager to inform all hotel guests that they would be questioned and that no one was to leave the hotel. The manager nodded and got busy coordinating his staff.

“It’s been 20 minutes. I wonder where Jake is,” Honey said to the others. “I’m beginning to worry.” “Maybe he’s helping fight the fire,” Henry said. “I hope he’s ok. I’m going out to the lobby to see if anyone has seen him.” “Honey, I think you had better stay in this room. I doubt if the police will even let you go outside of this room.” “I need to try, Henry. I’ll be back as soon as I can.” Honey rose from her seat and excused herself. She walked quickly to the room’s exit. She was stopped. “Ma’am, no one can leave this room. I’m sorry. But you have to stay here until you are questioned and if you have an escort, until they are questioned.” “But, officer, my escort is missing at the moment. I need to find out where he is. Please, officer. I’m worried.” “What’s his name, Ma’am?” “Jake Mackenzie.” “I will speak with the chief and see what we can do. Meanwhile, please go back to your table and as soon as I have word, I will come to you.” “Oh, thank you, officer!” Honey returned to the table.

It’s your turn to write the next chapter!  Here’s some flaming recipes for you to try your hand at.  Be careful!!!



Shish Kabob Flambe
Ready in 1 hour
1/2 ts Coriander
1 tb Lemon juice
1/2 ts Oregano
2 ts Salt
2 1/4 lb Lamb; (cut in 1 1/2″ cubes)
1/2 ts Basil
1/3 c Brandy
1/4 ts Turmeric
1/3 c olive oil
1/2 ts Cumin
2 ts Garlic powder
1 pn Ginger
1 c Sherry


Blend all seasonings with sherry, oil & juice in mixing bowl. Add
meat cubes. Marinate overnight or at least 8 hours. Place meat on
skewers. Leave small gaps between each piece. Broil 3 minutes on
each side. Place skewers on platter when cooked. Pour brandy over.
Ignite carefully. Serve while flaming.

SOURCE: http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/shish-kabob-flambe/53766
Servings: 0

Exported from Home Cookin 8.59 (www.mountainsoftware.com)


saganaki flaming cheese


Home Cookin Chapter: * GREEK 2014

Saganaki: Flaming Cheese
By rosie316
Added July 12, 2013 | Recipe #503921
Saganaki: Flaming Cheese
Photo by Tisme

Categories: Spreads Cheese Eggs/dairy

Saganaki: Flaming Cheese

Total Time: 2 hrs. 5 mins.
Prep Time: 2 hrs.
Cook Time: 5 mins.

Rosie316’s Note: This is so very simple, very impressive and fun
to make! “Opa”… (Prep time includes marinade time) …

1 lb kasseri cheese (sliced 1/2-inch thick, brick or wheel)
2 tablespoons olive oil (more if needed)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup ouzo or 1/2 cup brandy
2 fresh lemons, cut into wedges
4 pita bread, warmed and cut into triangles for serving


1 Slice the cheese into 1/2″ thick triangles or 3-4” squares
(depending on the style you buy).

2 Place brandy into a zip-lock baggie and add cheese portions,
seal and let marinate for 2 hours).

3 Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over a med/high heat. Remove
cheese portions from marinade, reserving marinade for later use.

4 Dredge cheese thru the flour, shaking off excess.

5 Fry the cheese slices approx 2 minutes, flip with spatula and
fry an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat when nicely seared
on each side and gooey.

6 Now here is where you need to heed a caution — Carefully carry
the cast iron skillet to the dinner table. Pour 1 ounce of the
ouzo marinade over the top of the fried cheese, and immediately
set ablaze with a lighter. (Be sure to yell “Opa”.)

Immediately squeeze a lemon slice over the top to dowse the

7 Serve with warmed pita slices and additional lemon wedges.

source:  http://www.food.com/recipe/saganaki-flaming-cheese-503921
Servings: 0

Exported from Home Cookin 8.59 (www.mountainsoftware.com)

MSS NOTE:  I have had this appetizer at Greek Restaurants in the past.  Paul and I love it!  I can’t wait to try this recipe out!!!


Don’t forget about the Baked Alaska recipe that I posted previously.  You can find it in the Archives.  Enjoy!








Noise Maker photo – http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Clowns-All-Around-Tin-Lithograph-Holiday-Bell-w-Clapper-NOISE-MAKER-/390642984038?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5af422e466

Photo of Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians – http://blog.silive.com/memories_column/2014/12/new_years_eve_brings_back_memories_of_the_big_band_era.html

Idea for the fire scene in today’s storyline – Fabio DeLima


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