Saturday, November 25, 2017

Clark Gable's Coconut Squares for Xmas

This rich bar cookie comes from Corinne Griffith's cookbook Eggs I Have Known. Clark had a habit of stopping by Corinne's after a night on the town for these cookies. I learn the most amazing things in old cookbooks. 

Clark Gable's Favorite Coconut Squares

1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter

Mix flour, butter and sugar together thoroughly. Press into a 9x9 square pan like a thick pie crust. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

While the above is baking mix the following:

2 eggs, beaten slightly
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box coconut (1 and 1/4 cups)
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup chopped nuts (toasted almonds are wonderful)

Spread on top of the baked mixture. Bake at for 20 minutes at 325 degrees. Please Note: a lower oven temperature to get the best results.
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Auntie Cherry's Painless History:

Clark Gable, the quintessential movie star, served his country in WWII. You can find more about Clark Gable and Corinne Griffith the Movie Stars at Wikipedia. If you go there, give some money (a fiver even) to keep this fine site up:

Treats for Doggos

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ― Will Rogers
I love my dog. She is my baby and that is her name Baby. I fuss over her because she fusses over me. I make her these treats from Sadie Dell. Baby will not eat any other kind of dog treat.

Sadie Dell's Dog Biscuits

2 and 1/4 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup powdered Milk
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Egg
6 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
8 to 10 tablespoons Water
2 small jars of strained Baby Food (beef, chicken, lamb or liver)

Mix all the ingredients together and knead for 3 minutes. Roll out 1/2 inch thick. Using a dog bone shaped cookie cutter or the baby food jar, cut biscuits and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven set at 350 degrees.for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes about 2 dozen doggie biscuits.

Vintage Treasure - CHINA & POTTERY


Louis Stetson started the Stetson Pottery Company in 1946. He used whiteware produced by the Mt. Clemens Pottery Company and added decals or hand painted patterns.

Although Stetson pottery has an American Folk feel with the color choices and patterns, designs incorporate folk with post war modern aesthetic. Stetson Pottery closed its doors in 1965.

For more information about Stetson china and marks, see Lehner's Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain and Clay by Lois Lehner (Collector Books, Paducah, KY, c1988).

We offer these and I will be adding more patterns and China companies as I wander FLEAing about - my favorite thing to do :

This pattern is Highlander Green. Service Platter. Dimensions follow. Price is $25.00 plus shipping. No chips or cracks.

This pattern is STT30 Pink. Service Platter. Dimensions follow. Price is $10.00 plus shipping. No chips or cracks.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Jasmine Liqueur and Organic Rum

We entertain more in the Winter Holiday Season and we go to more parties. I like to bring a unique hostess gift and make interesting new cocktails. So I am repeating this.

Corporate distillers use additives that ordinary folks would not use, if we made our own spirits. An excellent cookbook which has a chapter on home liqueur making is Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine. Making liqueur at home used to be common in American life as this scene from Arsenic and Old Lace attests:

Greenbar Organic Distillery makes their own Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Liqueurs and Bitters without additives, using classic distillery techniques and all organic ingredients.

A bottle of anything Greenbar makes would be a welcome hostess gift. I have nothing to gain from any transaction you make with Greenbar beyond the success of the company. Quality counts.
TRU Jasmine Martini                                 


1 1/4 oz TRU vodka
1 oz FRUITLAB jasmine liqueur
1/4 oz simple syrup

Glass Types: (Martini/Coupe)


Shake + strain into a martini glass
Garnish with an edible flower

Happy Holidays! 
Joy to the world.