Tuesday, November 6, 2012

From the readers: November Rain Edition, Part 2

Here is the second half of this batch of reader comments. And, no, I don't have any idea why I called this the "November Rain Edition." I was either punchy or not paying attention when I wrote the headline for yesterday's Part 1.

Update: This royal dog was a Welsh corgi named Sugar: Jayne B. Lyons writes: "Thanks for posting this lovely photo! We own a male Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Jonesie. He can be quite bossy with our children and with Biscuit, our Shetland Sheepdog. Yet he is a loyal companion, who loves car rides with 'Mommy!'"

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Found recipes: Peanut butter pie: Readers liked different things about this card.

Justin Mann of Justin's Brew Review writes: "Hmm, we just might have to put this one to the test. PB pie rocks!"

And Wendyvee of Wendyvee's RoadsideWonders.net writes: "Holy Cow ... just look at the fabulously retro art on the recipe card!"

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Found recipes: Peanut butter date cookies: This peanut-butter recipe, however, led to this little back-and-forth in the comments section:

J: Alternatively, try this super-easy-to-remember set of ingredients: 1, 1, and 1. That is, 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 egg. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Yields about a dozen. Thank you, Mrs. Schott, for this middle school home ec recipe. The cookies rock. We make them every year. Now I'm hungry.

A: Mrs. Schott should be fired from home ec. Peanut butter, sugar and egg would make a sloppy mess without flour.

J: I wholeheartedly disagree with the "sloppy mess" part of your comment. I make these cookies at least once every year, and flour is *not* needed. In fact, I contend that using flour is messier because flour tends to go everywhere with just a little "poof" of air. The "1, 1, and 1" PB cookies are extremely easy to work with, and the PB acts as the "glue" that holds everything together. I suggest that you consider trying the recipe before writing it off so soundly. Also, and most importantly, they taste GREAT!

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Full images of the "puzzlers" from earlier this week: Wendyvee writes: "Mr. Roadside reminded me that he has cartons of Dragon magazine in storage. I should dig some up and see what I can find."

And I responded: "Very cool! Dragon magazines from the late 1970s and early 1980s are one of my absolute favorite guilty pleasures. I keep meaning to go hog wild and post a full gallery of Dragon advertisements from that era."

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Found recipes: Fudge pudding: PostMuse, who is Zmrzlina (and Postmuse) on the Postcrossing blog, writes: "How can this be a beloved recipe? There isn't a drop of chocolate on it! Only a cruel cook could have such a clean recipe card ... one who didn't let anyone lick the spoon then get sticky fingerprints on the card. Or else, the cook was rushed to the hospital with third-degree burns after standing too close as s/he dropped balls of sugar into a boiling mixture, and the recipe card was filed away with things not to do again."

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Horrifying ephemeral images that will haunt you this Halloween: Wendyvee writes: "Ahhhhh, this is why Joan wouldn't go for the Doll Head tissue boxes ... she's been secretly making a 'Cynthia Centipede' for you."

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1964 Halloween-themed Sunday News TV Week (plus some ads): Justin Mann writes: "It is weird to think that printed media in general could become a thing of the past. Not even just printed media, but physical media like CDs, for example. These times they are a changin'."

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