Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 18, 1967 · Page 33
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 33

Carroll, Iowa
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Saturday, November 18, 1967
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- "If more It's Time to Make Plum Pudding Dish Yes, plum puddings are a lot easier to concoct nowadays than they were once. Listen to what a Vermont cook has to say about long-ago steamed suet puddings: 'In Vermont's early days, Great-grandmother often used venison suet in her plum pud- on WsTe'slT ding; nowadays we use veal kidney suet. She was likely to sweeten the pudding with maple sugar; now we often use brown sugar. Elderberry preserves probably went in; now we may add any heavy red fruit preserve — cherry, strawberry or plum. She often used dried wild plums instead of raisins, dried blueberries instead of currants. Pumpkin cooked in maple syrup substituted for citron; nowadays we're likely to add mixed glace fruits.' Even though plum puddings call for a long list of ingredients, don't let that keep you from making this traditional holiday dessert for your family. The ingredients are all available at our wondrous supermarkets — shopping centers that we wager Great-grandmother (whether she lived in Vermont or California) would have appreciated. Our tasters liked the plum pudding made from the following recipe because although the texture and flavor is good, it is not overly rich. This pudding cuts well, too — a fact any holiday hostess will appreciate. Old-time cooks always made their plum puddings long before Christmas and kept them in "a cool place/" Nowadays we, too, like to make plum pudding ahead and keep it in the refrigerator. PLUM PUDDING 2 eggs J /4 cup brandy % cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 2 cups soft breadcrumbs 1 cup finely ground veal-kidney • suet, lightly packed Vz cup fine dry breadcrumbs % teaspoon each baking powder, baking soda and salt 1 teaspoon allspice */4 teaspoon cinnamon V& teaspoon nutmeg % cup each raisins and currants, soaked in hot water (about 10 m i n ut e s ) and drained ] /a cup each diced pitted dates and mixed glace fruits Vs cup chopped pecans 2 tablespoons granulated sugar Confectioners sugar Marzipan Fruit for garnish, if desired Brandy Hard Sauce In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs slightly; add brandy and beat to combine. Stir in the brown sugar, soft breadcrumbs and suet; reserve. In a medium mixing bowl, thoroughly stir together the dry breadcrumbs, baking powder, baking soda, salt, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the raisins, currants, dates, glace fruits and pecans; toss until all fruit pieces are coated. Add to the suet mixture and mix well. Thorouthly grease a 1-quart pudding mold and sprinkle with the granulated sugar. Spoon pudding mixture into mold; cover tightly. Steam for 3 hours or until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Place pudding in mold on a wire rack; uncover and let stand for 10 minutes. Loosen sides of pudding with a small spatula; turn out. (If pudding is made ahead, cool completely, then cover tightly and refrigerate; to heat, replace pudding mold and steam about 1 hour.) To serve, sift a little confectioners sugar over top; garnish with Marzipan Fruit, if used; offer with Brandy Hard Sauce. Makes 8 servings. How to steam: Place pudding in tightly covered mold on a rack in the bottom of a deep kettle. Add boiling water to half the depth of mold. Cover kettle tightly; adjust heat so water is at a steady low boil during steaming period; replenish water about halfway through steaming period if necessary, A Carol for a Christmas Gift By ROBERT WELLS (The Milwaukee Journal) Ebenezer Scrooge IV was.not a man who did much reading or watched, television often, so he had never heard of a story by Charles Dickens called "A Christmas Carol" until his public relations adviser tossed it "Imagewise, this could hurt, Eb," the press agent said. "Christmas seasonwise, it does us no good." Scrooge was president of » company that made hammock grommets and a busy man, but he sat right down and read the book. He was immediately struck by the similarity of names —not only his name but the name of one of his clerks. He considered suing this Dickens fellow, whoever he was, but he thought better of it. Times Herald, Carol!, la. Saturday, Nov. 18, 1967 I sue, it only gives us bad publicity," ' he told Miss Flang, his secretary. "Get me Bob Cratchit." "But it's only 9:15, chief. He never gets here before 10." "Everybody goes on a coffee break at 10." "I might line you up with an appointment about 11:15 as long as it won't take too long — the washup period for lunch starts at 11:28." "Well see what you can do, Miss Flang. And could I ask you a personal question? Am I a mean old hardhearted skinflint who would go around saying 'bah, humbug'?" "Oh, you're not so old," Miss Flang said and swept out of the office. Cratchit didn't show up that morning, but along toward quitting time he came into'Scrooge's office. Ebenezer told him to sit down, handed him a cigar and lit it for him. "Or else what, oh ghost?" Scrooge cried out in his dream. "Or else what?" "Or else it'll do you no good, imagewise, Eb, baby," the ghost said, and vanished. Scrooge leaped out of bed, trembling. He threw open the window, breathing deep of the crisp December air. Then he ran to the telephone and dailed Bob Cratchit's number. "What is the idea waking me up at this hour on Christmas morning, Scrooge?" the clerk demanded. "Merry Christmas," Ebenezer shouted, rolling the r's. "Mer- r-r-ry Christmas." "You been drinking, Scrooge? You know it's only half past 6 in the a.m.?" "But I'm full of the Christmas spirit, boy." "I'll just bet you are." "And I wanted you to know I'm doubling your salary. And don't you worry about Christmas dinner or Tiny Tim's leg. Ebenezer Scrooge has seen the light." "Well, turn it off and go back to sleep," Cratchit told him, and hung up. Scrooge hurried to the window again and threw a shilling to a passing urchin, ordering him to run down to the corner and buy a Christmas goose, three plum puddings, plenty of brussels sprouts and keep the change for himself. The urchin dropped the hub caps from Scrooge's convertible and threw the shilling back. now, got back from "None of that funny buddy. Throw me a money, double what I "Just lunch," Cratchit said. "I cut it a little short when I heard you wanted me. What's on your mind?" "Do you have a family, Bob? A son, perhaps?" "You mean Tiny Tim?" Scrooge shuddered. He had the the feeling that he was becoming trapped in the plot of an old Lionel Barrymore movie. "What's the matter, chief?" Cratchit asked. "You don't look so good. You're as pale as the ghost of Christmas past." "This son of yours — I don't suppose Tim limps, does he?" "Now how did you know that?" Cratchit asked, surprised. "And sits in the chimney corner making little offhand remarks that tug at your heartstrings?" "Yes, the boy does bug me sometimes, chief. But he's rhy burden. I'm not one to bother another man with my troubles." "Cratchit," Scrooge said, leaning forward anxiously, "I suppose you're planning a real feast on Christmas day?" "In my house? I guess it'll be TV dinners as usual. Well, I got to go, chief. I want to beat the rush hour traffic." Scrooge watched him leave. He wished he had never heard of Dickens or Cratchit or the holiday season itself. "Christmas," he said. "Bah, humbug." That night he had no sooner dropped off to sleep than he began to dream. A dim figure came clanking its chains into his room and claiming to be his dead partner. This was strange, Scrooge thought. He's inherited the grommet business from his father and had never had a partner. sawbuck and I'll see can do." Scrooge emptied his wallet out of the window. The urchin picked up the bills and was never seen in the neighborhood again. After a while, Ebenezer called up a catering firm and ordered a Christmas feast delivered to his home. When it arrived about noon, he took it to Cratchit's modest 10 room cottage in one of the better suburbs. The family was just sitting down to dinner. Scrooge came bursting in, his arms loaded with food and presents, and swept the family's TV dinners from the table. He thrust the fine, fat Christmas goose into Mrs. Cratchit's arms. "Here, madame," he cried. "A fine, fat Christmas goose straight out of Dickens." "And just full of cholesterol no doubt," Mrs. Cratchit said, throwing the bird back to him. "If you think I'm going to slave over a hot stove cooking a monster like that, you're crazy. Pick up those TV dinners I went to all the trouble to defrost. Tiny Tim." Scrooge pivoted on his heel to get a good look at lim, who limped forward to do his mother's bidding. The lad weighed 250 pounds and was 6 feet 4. "I was expecting someone smaller," Scrooge said. "Still, I'm willing to send him to Johns Hopkins to fix that limp." BRANDY HARD SAUCE % cup soft butter 1 cup confectioners sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 tablespoons brandy In a small mixing bowl with an electric beater or a wooden spoon thoroughly beat together the butter and confectioners sugar. Beat in the vanilla, then gradually the brandy. Cover and chill. Makes 1 cup. "Send Tiny Hopkins," the Tim to Johns ghost advised him, groaning now and then for emphasis. "Give Bob Cratchit a raise. And stop going around saying humbug all the time, you mean old hardhearted skinflint, or else —" "John Hopkins? said. "They don't Cratchit even have a football team. Tiny plays guard for Notre Dame — that's how he got his Charley horse." Scrooge left, but only after Cratchit had agreed to take his raise in salary even though it put him in a higher tax bracket. Outside the house Ebenezer ran into the president of the clerks' union. "The grommet works is on strike, Scrooge," the president said. "You can't go around doubling one man's salary without giving the other boys the same increase. Labor relations-wise, you've really raised the dickens." "Dickens," Ebenezer said, bitterly. "Bah humbug." And then he stomped off to his office and became a mean old hardhearted skinflint and everybody treated him with more respect. Life Busy for Grower of Yule Trees BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - It happens every year. Street corners and gas stations become small-scale tree farms, and pine and spruce scent the air. Making their selections, buyers debate whether this one is full enough or that one will lose its needles and whether either will fit in the corner of the living room. According to B. H. Brockley, 65, a Maryland producer, "it's really no problem to sell the trees ... the difficulty is to grow good ones." For several years, on his 180-acre farm, he has been perfecting the technique. Brockley got interested in the Christmas tree business after he had given up a variety store he operated in Hatboro, Pa., and was looking for a way to keep occupied during retirement. He started with about 50 trees of several varieties and found that he was luckiest, in both growth and sales, with Scotch pine and Norway spruce. Now he has 100 acres of trees, mostly Scotch pines. What started as a part-time occupation has turned into a full- scale business. Brockley's son- in-law, Robert Farrow, 35, gave up electronics to grow Christmas trees full-time, and Mrs. Brockley helps. Most of the harvested trees are 7 years old. It takes that long for a seedling to grow into a 6-foot Scotch pine. (A few Christmas trees take less time; but the Douglas fir, up to twice as long.) And a lot of work is involved before the trees are ready to harvest. Brockley plants about 25,000 seedlings (which he gets from Maine and as far west as Ohio) around the middle of March. He uses a machine drawn behind a tractor if the field is open, and plants by hand if there are trees already in it. After the crucial first few years of growth, the trees are pruned annually in mid-summer. Pruning retards upward growth and lets the body of the tree fill out. In early fall the trees are sprayed with a substance which helps them retain their green color, for Scotch pines begin to turn yellow with the approach of cold weather. Shortly after the spraying is completed, wholesale buyers begin to go through the fields and tag the trees they want. In mid-November the cutting begins. The trees are cut with a small handsaw, baled with a special plastic netting that holds in the branches and makes them easier to ship, and stacked in piles to await the big trucks of the wholesalers who are Brockley's main customers. After the wholesale customers are taken care of usually by December 10, Brockley puts ads in some of the Eastern Shore papers and local residents come out to tag and, if they wish, chop their own trees, at cut rates. Mini, Mod Invade 1967 Doll Market This Christmas the world of dolls is crammed full o f delightful surprises. New designs range from baby doll prototypes, more nearly human than ever, to mod and mini confections that echo the most adventurous adult fashions. A boy doll making a strong bid for popularity this season is presented as an agile "scrambling quarterback." The vogue for the fantastic flourishes along with the realer than - real trend, and, sure to delight traditionalists, there is a stronger contingent of literary prototypes such as Raggedy Ann, Mary Poppins and Pooh. Typifying the new mini-mod mood is Go Go Mouse who sports a mini shift in checkerboard pattern executec in psychedelic color schemes. A feather boa trim adds to the "way out" fashion concept. Pip. Squeaks are another exponent of the mini concept in dolls. They are talented, too When you squeeze their arm gently, they give out with ; groovy sound. Mini Dancers, five inches tall are another talent team tha echoes the teeny bopper world. Baby Dolls still dominate thi market. This year they are more human than ever in thei behavior. Names like Sleepy an< Thirsty Walker emphasize th dolls' special abilities. Cheerfu Tearful has a smile that turns t a wince when her stomach i squeezed. Rubsy splashes when New Electric Refrigerator-Freezers . . . are "two appliances in one." The freezer section handles freezing and storage of home-cooked and commercial foods; the refrigerator section keeps flavor in fresh foods. put in her tub. Baby Hungry moves lips, chin and cheek — and rolls her eyes as she chews. Barbie, the teen-age favorite, sports high impact flirtatious eyelashes. Boy and girl brat dolls slick out their tongues when squeezed. A boon to junior hand puppeteers is an almost full figure of soft vinyl with the skirt behind. This feature gives youngsters much greater manipulative opportunities. A new development in a perennial classic is, the debut of Raggedy Ann and Andy with bodies that bend. The Gingerbread boy and girl will be featured in dark brown plushy versions. Most unusual in the growing boy doll category is Scrambling Quarterback, a five inch football doll that scrambles in search of a receiver when the key in his back is wound. Female football fans can have asimiliarlyactivated cheerleader. Both dolls are available in authentic team colors and insignia of the 26 professional teams in the American and National Football Leagues enabling fans to have an animated souvenir of their favorite team. Refrigerators Offer More Convenience Remember when the refrigerator "freezing compartment" was designed to hold just a couple of ice trays? In those old models, you could store one —maybe two packages of frozen food, provided you removed the ice, and set the control at its highest point. Home freezing of fresh or cooked foods was unthinkable — except in a separate home food freezer! Happily, today, the combination "refrigerator-freezer" has opened up a whole new world of convenience for the homemaker, along with new adventures in good eating for the entire family! These combination units have a true zero-degree freezer and refrigerated fresh- food storage space in a single unit! Freezer-space occupies about one-third of the total area most models. It may be lo- rn cated across the top — across the b o 11 o m — or vertically, alongside the fresh-food section. In these modern freezer sections, it's possible to keep a wide variety of frozen foods at your fingertips. Prepare double quantities of family favorites-?half to be frozen for serving later. Make party foods ahead, and freeze until needed. : Of course an electric refrigerator is standard in a Gold Medallion Home. Save this issue of the Daily Times Herald for future reference when you Christmas shop. W H AT AN f /A 2 ' f ,.-, , , for pi Jim) ii ANY SIZI BELOWI S3 per_tir« E*c*0T«*;,£' sales tax, and ;$ 2 trade-in 'jfir**' of same size' :-> off your car.; •*•' V ENGLISH TREE A member of Queen Caroline's court gave a children's party in 1821 and used a Christmas tree. This is the first recorded Christmas tree in England. Brockley plants 1,700 trees an acre and considers a harvest of 1,000 an acre a good one. Deer sometimes eat the young trees, and field mice, by girdling the bark at the base, can kill trees up to 15 feet tall. Insects also are menaces. Besides natural threats there are competitors. Some growers are concerned about the increasing use of artificial trees, but Brockley says his biggest competition is from farmers who see hard cash changing hands at Christmas time, decide that trees are a pretty good crop, and go into business by planting a few seedlings on an unused comer of their land. Seedlings cost about 2% cents each. The finished trees are worth about $1.75 wholesale. It all looks good on paper, which is what attracted Brockley in the first place, but markets take as long to develop as the trees themselves and he says that, with no return at all, "That first five years is pretty rough." WINTER TREADS RETREADS ON SOUND TIRE BODIES OR ON YOUR OWN TIRES Built with the same tread design and same high quality tread rubber as new Firestone Town & Country tires! Yes! You Can Buy These with ICE GRIP STUDS! When icy roads are the problem, Firestone Town & Country New Treads with ice grip studs really get you going . . . keep you straight . . . and let you stop safely. ANY SIZE LISTED WHITEWALLS or BLACKWALLS for 7.75-14 7.50-14 7.35-14 7.00-14 6,95-14 6.50-14 6.70-15 7.75-15 7.35-15 6.50-15 6.40-15 7.00-13 6.50-13 6.00-13 PLUS 37c to 57e per tire Fed. Excice Tax, sales tax, and 2 trade-in tires of same size off your car. NO MONEY DOWN, Take Months to Payl - v _ SHOW SCRAPER TIRE and SERVICE At The West Edge of Carroll on Hwy. 30

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