Thursday, November 16, 2017

AFTER Turkey Day!

Yes, we're all gearing up for Thanksgiving next week. Did you buy your bird yet? We are lucky to celebrate the day with our family by eating OUT. I don't think I've ever cooked Thanksgiving dinner for a crowd. This is good and bad. Good, because I don't have to rush around before the big day. Bad, because we never have leftovers. This post is all about leftovers. I will probably cook a turkey breast and a drumstick or two the day AFTER T-giving so I can cook some of these recipes.

What to do with the remains of the turkey?  Shove turkey bits into every conceivable type of recipe you can imagine, that's what!  
I like turkey leftovers even more than I like the original dinner.  Turkey soup, turkey sandwiches, turkey chili, turkey tetrazzini, turkey salad....the list is endless.  By the end of the week you are really glad to see that turkey over and done with!  Time for a nice, juicy steak.
Here are some links to a few of my fave turkey leftover recipes:
The turkey sandwich is the easiest.  Just smash some white meat, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mayo and lettuce into a soft roll or two slices of nice, fresh French bread and chow down.
Turkey Tetrazzini.  Substitute wide egg noodles for the spaghetti. 
Turkey Salad.  I like to add some green grapes or diced apples to this recipe.
Turkey Soup.  I also add a handful of Kasha (oat groats) to my soup for that haimishe or homey flavor.
Turkey Chili.  Just remember to add más comino (cumin) to this dish for authentic flavor!
Don't forget to wear your "Turkey in Pilgrim Hat" the entire week!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Saturday WeHo SnB

The Original Farmers Market (a few decades ago)

Once a month, on the second Saturday, the West Hollywood Stitch 'n Bitch has a special get-together. We also meet EVERY Thursday night at the Original Farmers Market. I've been missing the Saturday meet-ups because I have Ukulele Workshop on Saturdays at the same time! I needed to see my Saturday yarny people last week, so I skipped Ukulele!
It was a great Saturday morning. Everyone brought the projects they were working on, including knitting, crochet AND embroidery!
We meet in the upstairs dining area, above Kip's Toyland. This is a perfect spot for larger groups without the hustle-bustle of the downstairs Market.
Upstairs Dining Area at the Original Farmers Market
Suzette is working on the cutest CHICKEN!
Meri is knitting a beautiful, lightweight sweater
Vickie is crocheting a cowl
Stephanie is embroidering a hand-towel

Stephanie brought this vintage embroidery instruction booklet
Amy is almost done with the red, white and turquoise afghan. She will be working on a hat or cowl with the purple yarn
Molly is also embroidering...a lovely set of cocktail towels for her daughter
I brought a new project to work on. Instrument print project bag by Brenda C.
We always have fun on Saturdays! Lots of laughs, some yummy food and we even get a few stitches done! Why don't you join us on the second Saturday of the month, 10am to noon?

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

My Little Corner of the World

1964 - Pico Boulevard, looking east toward Roxbury Drive, L.A.
photo from Mid-Century Modern & Historical Los Angeles of the 60's, 70's and 80's on FaceBook

My little corner of the world has changed a bit since 1964. I grew up about a block north of this intersection on South Bedford Drive, just inside the border of Beverly Hills.
Click on the photo above to enlarge. You can see the Super Drugs was on the N/W corner of Pico and Roxbury; the Standard Gas Station on the N/E corner., next to Owens Market. Crocker Bank was on the S/W corner and Westwood Nursery & Plants was on the S/E corner, next to Reiss-Davis Center. The grass parkway and a bit of the lawn is visible of the apartment complex on the right side of the photo. As a newlywed, my first husband and I lived in this 4-block apartment campus during the mid-70's. Just west of Super Drugs were a few more small buildings and the Ranch Hotel was to the west a bit. It had a western theme with this big wagon wheel in the front. The logo looked like this: rancHotel in 50's script. We always used to call it the rank hotel!
This was a great area to grow up. We lived a block from Roxbury Park, close to school. We could hop on a bus to Overland Avenue. BEFORE the Westside Pavillion was built, the blocks between Kelton Ave. and Overland Ave. were filled with mini-mall-type stores, the Picwood Theater and the Pic-Wood Bowling Alley. I spent many Saturday afternoons at the movies, then later at the bowling alley with my friends. I remember when the current Macy's (former May Co.) was built at the corner of Overland and Pico. It was so much more modern than our usual May Co. at Wilshire and Fairfax. The mini mall just west of the May Co. housed stores such as See's Candy, The Little Folk Shop, J.J. Newberry's and Eileen Feather Reducing Salon and a small Von's. There are plans now to re-develop the Westside Pavillion into a mixed-use area with apartments, condos, shops and restaurants. Nothing lasts in Los Angeles forever!

If we walked east on Pico a bit, toward Robertson Blvd., we could catch the kid movies at the Stadium Theater during the summer and visit the Beverly Wood Bakery for a treat!
Stadium Theater, 1930. USC Digital Archives. The Theater is now a Synagogue
The Beverlywood Bakery has been here since 1946. Many of the adjacent shops and 
buildings are the same!

Below is a current picture from Google Maps of Pico and Roxbury. The Super Drugs is in a new building that also houses some UCLA Medical offices; the gas station is still there, but it's a 76 station now. Crocker Bank is now Chase Bank; Westwood Nursery is long gone. That corner and the Reiss-Davis Center are now part of the giant Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Ranch Hotel became a large office complex, housing a gym, restaurant, post office and more. Owens Market has been replaced by a Yummy.Com market. In the distance on the north side of the street, you can also see the towering Beverly-Hillcrest Hotel, now called Mr. C Hotel. 
2017 - Pico Boulevard looking east toward Roxbury Drive, L.A.
photo from Google Maps
Take photographs often of your neighborhood. While we're busy, driving around and living, we don't notice the little changes. Little changes turn into BIG changes!

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Monday, November 06, 2017

Classic Dining

On Saturday night we ventured over to Los Feliz for dinner with our friends, Brenda and Jacques. We dined at The Dresden. This restaurant has been here since 1954! That's a long time for a Los Angeles restaurant. The food is fine at The Dresden, but it's the style of the place that knocks us out. The dining room is very mid-century. The booths and upholstered chairs are creamy white. 
Interior, The Dresden Dining Room
Close-up, chair upholstered with Dresden logo. Photo by John Reneaud

There are wooden poles reaching to the very high ceiling throughout the room, along with impressive modern chandeliers. It's all very elegant.

Naturally, we started with cocktails. The Dresden is known for it's swingin' drink menu. We all ordered classic dinners. The men had steak. Brenda and I had veal. I love that Brenda ordered the Iceberg Wedge Salad with tomato, bacon and bleu cheese dressing. At one time, this salad was the height of fine cuisine in L.A. continental style restaurants!
Iceberg Wedge Salad
Veal Picatta with Zucchini and Mushrooms
Jacques, Brenda and Ellen. Photo by Larry

The bar at The Dresden is always packed, especially on a Saturday night. Marty and Elayne have been entertaining in the Lounge 5 nights a week since 1982. They are very talented and can play almost any request. If you really want to hear the duo, the best thing is to go early, book a table in the Lounge and stay for dinner. Marty and Elayne start around 9-ish.
Elayne and Marty in the Lounge at The Dresden
The Dresden really is a time capsule of mid-century Los Angeles. It's always fun to visit!
Obligatory Wall o' Photos at The Dresden, waiting area

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Friday, November 03, 2017

Belle Époque - Fini

I finished crocheting and blocking my afore-mentioned Belle Époque Shawl. Even though I used worsted weight yarn when I should have used sock-weight, I still like it. A lovely pattern. I look forward to making it again with the suggested yarn!

Thanks, once again, to my in-office model, Nicole!

Project details can be found HERE

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Anatomy of a Sweater

I did a lot of things in the 1970s and 1980s that I don't do quite as often now. I sewed. I painted. I cooked. I went to loud rock 'n roll shows in seedy clubs. I knit. I crocheted. I flirted with lots of guys. I actually drank alcohol. I ratted and dyed my hair. I played golf. I played tennis. I went sailing. My current friends would be amazed at the breadth of my youthful activities.

Simple Sweater Pattern

In the 1980s I knit and crocheted SO MANY sweaters! My basic self-designed slipover was two rectangles sewn together for the back and front, add two smaller rectangles for sleeves. The look was blouson, so I usually knitted a ribbing at the bottom of the sweater and at each cuff edge so that the body of the sweater and sleeves would puff out. It was the style. Then I would crochet a simple edge around the neckline. Done! Add some shoulder pads and I was ready to rock. I could make a slipover in less than a week, especially if I used large needles and chunky yarn!
Here I am below, with my friend Marilyn. This was a sweater that I made in two or three types of burgundy yarn. The yoke consisted of small cable stitches on a garter stitch background in basic 4-ply knitted worsted. The body of the sweater was some sort of a mohair. These pieces were usually knit on size 10 needles. The sleeves were two different yarns held together, knit on super huge needles, usually 15s or 17s. The ribbing for the body of the sweater and the cuffs was knitting worsted on size 7s or 8s.
Click on photo to see notations. Ellen and Marilyn, December 1982.
Detail of Sweater

I do believe I sewed a pair of "velour" slacks to match! 
I was a constant visitor to many branches of the Super Yarn Mart back in the day. This chain store used to carry yarn from around the world as well as making their own. You could buy huge skeins of sturdy acrylic yarn to stretch your yarn budget as well as exotic imports. The sweater above is a combination of different types of yarn purchased at the Super Yarn Mart. I really miss that store!
Check out all of those branch stores listed on the shopping bag!
I happen to have some lovely burgundy heather colorway Cascade 220 in my stash. I may just have to re-create this divine slipover, minus the blouson and shoulder pads!

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

L.A. Eyeworks Sale 2017

The anticipation was killin' me!

Last Friday night Larry and I drove over to L.A. Eyeworks on Smelrose for their annual eyeglass frame sale. Hi, my name is Ellen and I'm a frame-a-holic. Yes, it's true. Colorful and wacky eyeglass frames are a fashion accessory for me. I'll do anything to camouflage my old eyes from the world!
Friday night at dinnertime, during the World Series! A perfect time to shop!

I own so many different frames in various colors. No, this is NOT my frame collection below. These are just some of the frames that were available to buy last weekend!
This year I zeroed in on the silver and light eyeglass frames. I feel that this non-color blends in with my silver hair and gives me a less choppy look. There were many frames in this category to choose from!
LOTS of silver and white choices!
We always see people that we know at the sale. The store is so full of friendly 4-eyed people, that we often make new friends too!
My glasses twin, Ruth!
Ruth and I tend to buy similar eyeglass frames. We've known each other for years. Ruth has excellent taste! Click Here to see us a few years ago, modeling our lovely frames, circa 2013. I must say, that was my favorite frame year. I'm still wearing that pair.
How much more can I blur this photo? We look so ethereal 
I ended up buying ONE pair of frames, top left in the collage above. I shall have the prescription filled soon! Larry also bought one pair...just like all of his other pairs!

Really! Follow L.A. Eyeworks on Facebook so you'll know about their upcoming sales. You will be amazed and delighted!

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