• oldsouth posted an update in the group 1940's films 1 year, 6 months ago

    Letter to Warner Brothers: A Night in Casablanca

    Groucho Marx
    Abstract: While preparing to film a movie entitled A Night in Casablanca, the Marx brothers received a letter from Warner Bros. threatening legal action if they did not change the film’s title. Warner Bros. deemed the film’s title too similar to their own Casablanca, released almost…[Read more]

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    In reply to: oldsouth posted an update in the group 1940’s Food and Drink GOOD VEGETABLES I was lucky growing up - not only was I often in my family grocery store and surrounded by the personal chefs of the rich and famous, but my mother's family were farmers.... old southern and half French. I was never one of those kids who hated eating vegetables. In fact, I loved them! When I was barely able to walk or talk, I was downing plates of broccoli, peas, beans, collard greens, turnips and all kind of pickled items, even okra and mushrooms. The reason why was simple: they tasted great! When I started school, I was surprised to learn that most of my friends hated vegetables. They ate fish sticks and chicken nuggets and lots of things I had never seen before, with ketchup being the only plant based food in their diet. As I visited their homes, I was to learn why... and it was shocking. The vegetables served to them by their parents were awful! They were often not fresh, over-cooked or undercooked and always poorly seasoned. Unfortunately, many of those kids grew up into adults who don't like vegetables and are provide bad examples for their kids. But….. everyone still raved about their grandmother’s cooking! So, why could their grandmothers cook tasty vegetables but their mothers couldn’t? Well, the grandmother’s grew up on farms or with the gardens of necessity of the Great Depression and the Victory Gardens of the 40’s. “Farm to table” wasn’t a novel fad for them. However, the grandmothers who came of age in 30’s and 40’s, had daughters who came of age in the 50’s and 60’s – the age of prosperity, urbanization and “better living through science”. Meals came ready made and frozen, vegetables came frozen or canned, margarine replaced butter, saccharine replaced sugar and only the poor or backward had gardens. Then came working mothers of the 70s, 80s and beyond and kids raised in day care and living on fast food. And, don’t forget the fad diets and so called “health foods” – cut out red meat, eggs, dairy, fat, salt, sugar, wheat gluten, eat all vegetables, go vegan, eat all protein, eat only well done meats, eat only raw foods, drink only diet sodas, drink only fruit juice, avoid high fructose corn syrup, etc…… is it any wonder that so many folks now think that mashed potatoes (one of the easiest to prepare, most satisfying dishes known to man) come from a box of powder and the newest fad is an eating disorder known as Orthorexia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthorexia_nervosa). Isn’t it time that we take back the simply prepared, really good, cooked vegetables that were the culmination of 10,000+ years of culinary history? I’m making very broad generalizations in this diatribe, and you may disagree with everything I’ve said (granted, I’m about as politically correct as Mike Hammer, chicky) – but, here is my challenge. Try the simple recipe below on either your favorite or your least favorite vegetable and see what you (may) have been missing. BASIC COOKED VEGETABLES Go get some vegetables, as fresh and close to the garden as possible – good candidates would include green beans (snap beans or any variety that you would eat the entire pod), green peas, broccoli (cut into bite size pieces, stem included but peeled if tough), asparagus, carrots, etc. You are looking for medium-firm, sweet, generally green vegetables, not starchy root vegetables or leafy greens. Just choose one variety of vegetable so that everything cooks at the same rate. Wash the vegetables and trim off anything you wouldn’t want to eat. If you chose carrots, don’t peel them, just rinse and scrub them free of dirt. For green beans, leave them whole but snap off the tough stem end. About ½ pound would be a good amount. Bring about two quarts of water to a boil on high heat. Add enough salt so that the water begins to taste like sea water. Toss in the veggies. Once the water has returned to a boil, let the veggies boil for 3 – 5 minuets (longer for tough, large vegetables, shorter for tender, smaller vegetables). Scoop the veggies out of the boiling water and plunge them into a large bowl of ice water. This stops the cooking and preserves the bright colors and flavors. This process is called “blanching”. Once cool, drain the vegetables in a colander or salad spinner. When they are fairly dry, place a medium sized skillet or other pan on the stove over medium-high heat. Toss in at least a half stick of real butter or a couple of tablespoons of real butter and an equal amount of olive oil. Toss in your veggies on to of the butter/oil. Toss or stir to coat with fat. Cook for a few minutes and taste for doneness and salt. Add salt if necessary. Cook until they are done to your taste. Add a dash or two of fresh cracked pepper… maybe a pinch of green herbs if you like. Plate and dig in! You can also blanch the vegetables in advance, drain and refrigerate and cook them in the pan at your convenience or top a salad or omelet with them, add them to soup… whatever you like. Some people like a pinch of sugar with their carrots (I don’t) or some garlic with their beans or broccoli (just don’t burn it) and maybe a squirt of lemon juice. Be sure to try the simple first and then add too as you like. View

    Don’t throw that water away! Keep the pot of water in which you blanched your vegetables covered, on a cold burner at the back of your stove or in the refrigerator. Every day or two blanch more vegetables, of any kind, in the same water. Each vegetable will absorb some of the salt and impart flavor and nutrients to the water. At the end of…[Read more]

  • oldsouth posted an update in the group 1940’s Food and Drink 1 year, 6 months ago

    GOOD VEGETABLES

    I was lucky growing up – not only was I often in my family grocery store and surrounded by the personal chefs of the rich and famous, but my mother’s family were farmers…. old southern and half French. I was never one of those kids who hated eating vegetables. In fact, I loved them! When I was barely able to walk or talk, I…[Read more]

    • Don’t throw that water away! Keep the pot of water in which you blanched your vegetables covered, on a cold burner at the back of your stove or in the refrigerator. Every day or two blanch more vegetables, of any kind, in the same water. Each vegetable will absorb some of the salt and impart flavor and nutrients to the water. At the end of…[Read more]

  • oldsouth posted an update in the group 1940’s Food and Drink 1 year, 6 months ago

    POT ROAST

    If you can only cook one dish, it should probably be pot roast. Pot roast is inexpensive, healthy and will feed one person for a week or a family for several days. All you need is a stove and an oven, a cast iron pan (roasting pan or casserole dish are optional) a good piece of meat, a few good vegetables and a little flour. Perhaps…[Read more]

  • oldsouth posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    In reply to: oldsouth posted an update in the group 1940's Food and Drink Next to beautiful women and music, my passion is food and wine (and beer, whiskey and cigars...... but I digress). I was very fortunate to grow having Mrs. Rombauer (author of the classic, Joy of Cooking) as a summertime neighbor in the little resort town in the mountains of NC where I was born. It was a remnant of another era - grand hotels, an exclusive country club, fine homes, chefs and chauffeurs.... My family ran a little grocery store and tavern, specializing in gourmet foods, hand cut meats, fresh produce from local farmers, chese and fine wines. Along with my mother and grandmother's wonderful southern cooking, growing up around great chefs and wine collectors instilled in me a love of good food, cooked from scratch, with care and pride. I thought it may be fun to share some classic recipes here.... and I invite any and all to join in! View

    Blowing Rock, originally…… lived all over since then. Cashiers is still a great town, but the old money is gone in BR and it is mainly a tourist town now – still gorgeous though, with great waterfalls and trails. If you visit, stay at the Green Park Inn for a touch of the old atmosphere and class.

  • oldsouth posted an update in the group 1940's Food and Drink 1 year, 6 months ago

    Next to beautiful women and music, my passion is food and wine (and beer, whiskey and cigars…… but I digress). I was very fortunate to grow having Mrs. Rombauer (author of the classic, Joy of Cooking) as a summertime neighbor in the little resort town in the mountains of NC where I was born. It was a remnant of another era – grand hotels,…[Read more]

    • Heya! What part of North Carolina? Many moons ago (mid 1980’s), my wife and I ran a small resort in the town of Cashiers. A wonderful time that I’m lucky to have experienced. Great people, great food.. and such a beautiful area!

      • Blowing Rock, originally…… lived all over since then. Cashiers is still a great town, but the old money is gone in BR and it is mainly a tourist town now – still gorgeous though, with great waterfalls and trails. If you visit, stay at the Green Park Inn for a touch of the old atmosphere and class.

  • oldsouth posted an update in the group 1940's Men's Fashion 1 year, 6 months ago

    Here is a great article from the website, “The Art of Manliness” … How To Shave Like Your Grandpa: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/01/04/how-to-shave-like-your-grandpa/

    I’ve tried nearly every modern razor on the market, from blade to electric shaver. Nothing beats my grandfather’s 1940′s safety razor – it gives the closest, most even…[Read more]

  • The Great Fats Waller playing his classic “Ain’t Misbehavin” from the film “Stormy Weather”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSNPpssruFY

  • oldsouth posted an update in the group Swing music – Western 1 year, 6 months ago

    The Time Jumpers live at Larry’s County Diner… top notch musicianship: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cixiEyfeJSg

  • oldsouth posted an update in the group Swing music – Western 1 year, 6 months ago

    Take Me Back To Tulsa – classic Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–_AXFcm48o

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    In reply to: oldsouth posted an update in the group Swing music - Big Band Here is an excellent documentary on 40's swing. With the exception of Billie Holiday singing "God Bless The CHild" (classic and not to be missed!), it is very high energy, happy music, with great dancing... guaranteed to brighten your day! It's a smooth and gentle ride on the A Train to Harlem. Travel back to the early days of rhythm and blues at old haunts like The Apollo, The Savoy, and The Cotton Club in this one hour musical special "Lullaby of Harlem." You'll get a thrill on Sugar Hill with the Delta Rhythm Boys, and swoon to the sultry sounds of America's number one songstress, Billie Holliday. There's a lot of Misbehavin' going on when Fats Waller hits the stage, and the Good Times Roll with Louie Jordon and the Typani 5. Swing and shimmy with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and that "Errand Boy of Rhythm," the one and only, Nat King Cole. Thelma Middleton and George Washington join Louis Armstrong for a swinging duet, and Cab Calloway leads his orchestra in "Hi-De-Ho." Travel up the lazy river with The Mills Brothers and melt into the velvety vocals of Billy Eckstine. Beep & Bop with Dizzy Gillespie and dance the night away with the immortal Count Basie. Re-experience one of the most delightful, colorful eras in America's history with "Lullaby of Harlem." FEATURING Count Basie Nat ‘King’ Cole Duke Ellington Louis Armstrong Billie Holiday Dizzy Gillespie The Delta Rhythm Boys Billy Eckstine The Mills Brothers Cab Calloway Fats Waller Louis Jordan & The Tympani 5 ] Filmed Live at the Cotton Club, the Apollo Theater, and the Savoy Ballroom in the Golden Age of Harlem. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpw4hz_lullaby-of-harlem-lullaby-of-harlem_music#.UYqDVeAaraE View

    This part was quoted from the review on Amazon – should have been in quotes:

    “It’s a smooth and gentle ride on the A Train to Harlem. Travel back to the early days of rhythm and blues at old haunts like The Apollo, The Savoy, and The Cotton Club in this one hour musical special “Lullaby of Harlem.”
    You’ll get a thrill on Sugar Hill with the…[Read more]

  • Here is an excellent documentary on 40′s swing. With the exception of Billie Holiday singing “God Bless The CHild” (classic and not to be missed!), it is very high energy, happy music, with great dancing… guaranteed to brighten your day!

    It’s a smooth and gentle ride on the A Train to Harlem. Travel back to the early days of rhythm and…[Read more]

    • This part was quoted from the review on Amazon – should have been in quotes:

      “It’s a smooth and gentle ride on the A Train to Harlem. Travel back to the early days of rhythm and blues at old haunts like The Apollo, The Savoy, and The Cotton Club in this one hour musical special “Lullaby of Harlem.”
      You’ll get a thrill on Sugar Hill with the…[Read more]

  • oldsouth posted an update in the group Swing music – Western 1 year, 6 months ago

    Sittin’ On Top of the World….. watch Bob’s eyes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sS5jSbV0Vg

  • oldsouth posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    In reply to: paul posted an update in the group 1940's Men's Fashion I'm looking for the perfect 1940's fedora.. I tell ya! View
  • oldsouth posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    In reply to: paul posted an update in the group 1940's Men's Fashion I'm looking for the perfect 1940's fedora.. I tell ya! View

    Here is a great guide to 1940’s men’s hats from Vintage Dancer, a site run by a friend (Debbie), who I am sure will be joining us soon: http://www.vintagedancer.com/1940s/1940s-mens-hats-styles/

  • oldsouth posted an update in the group 1940's films 1 year, 6 months ago

    The Fabulous Dorsey Brothers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRcsysUjNc8
    The above link will take you to the seldom seen 1947 movie starring the actual Dorsey Brothers themselves! Because the leading men weren’t actually actors, the acting isn’t great, BUT THE MUSIC SURE IS!!! Paul Whiteman and Art Tatum also perform…. amazing!

    • This is one that has managed to pass me by for some reason, and I’m usually good at digging out the obscure. I see I’m going to have to make time for this one, it looks like a real gem!

  • I’ve been listening to a lot of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey lately, both together and in their separate bands. I’m really amazed by the quality of music they performed. They could swing as hard as anyone or play as sweet as anyone. Their soloist and (of course, singers like Sinatra, Helen O’Connel, Bob Eberly, etc) were among the best. You could…[Read more]

  • oldsouth posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    In reply to: paul posted an update in the group 1940's Men's Fashion I'm looking for the perfect 1940's fedora.. I tell ya! View

    What kind of brim do you prefer? I like stingy brims and snap brims myself. Paul Frederick has a nice collection, but I still like to browse ebay and thrift stores first.

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