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Readers’ Clearing House
(From. Miss V. S„ Chevy Chase.)
To Mrs. M. W., who asked about
keeping clipped recipes. I am a
Collector of recipes, old and new.
and have found the following meth
od very successful to keep them. I
have a sturdy backed loose-leaf
notebook (such as school children
use) and am using the three-ringed
type as it gives more support. Using
Scotch tape I affix my clipped reci
pes to loose note paper putting like
recipe with like. My notebook I
have divided into sections marked
with tabs “soups, salads, vegetables,
meats, desserts, etc.” and of course,
; a miscellaneous section. In the
back there is a section headed "sug
gestions” containing many hints on
cooking, etc., clipped from RCH and
other places.
When I wish to use a certain reci
pie I merely remove the page in
stead of having to cope with the
whole book. Several recipes can
be put on;one page, depending on
their size. I suggest you put recipes
of one type on one page, that is,
pies on one page, cakes on another,
puddings on another.
In the front of each section I put
an index page, and at a glance can
tell where to find w'hat I w'ant.
The same could be done for clip
pings on any other subject, I think.
Many thanks for the grand con
tributions RCH has made to my
I am making plans for my August
vacation and plan to go to the city
of Quebec. Can any one give me
any help as to the best place to
stay, what to be sure not to miss,
hints on clothes for that time of
the year in Canada, etc., as I know
no one in Canada who could an
swer my questions. Many thanks
for any help received. I'm on a
budget so must plan carefully so
as to enjo£ it with no worries.
(From Mrs. TV. R. S., Alexandria.)
In answer to that query about
elothing for Bermuda, perhaps I
can help you, as I am acquainted
with the island.
The temperature range is from
60 to JBO degrees throughout the
year, therefore spring and summer
clothing are all that are needed.
Bummer cottons are always accept
able even In the evening. However,
a light weight jacket or sweater is
advisable, as there Is a perpetual
breeze. Often a sweater is neces
sary in the daytime when you are
not in the direct sunlight.
Much of the transportation is via
bicycle, so take clothing for such
activity. Shorts and halters, how
ever, are frowned upon and are
illegal in Hamilton. Nor is a bare
midriff accepted from those other
than the American tourist. Even
swimming attire should be quite
modest unless you have a private
Be sure to take a pair of dark
glasses and plenty of sunburn pre
ventive. Armed with these, I'm
certain you'll have an enjoyable
»tay in Bermuda.
* * * *
(From Mrs. M. A. B., Washington.!
How can I clean the inside of a
china teapot if the opening is too
small to get my hand in? It has a
tea stain that is too stubborn for
hot soapy water.
Does any one know how to make
crepes suzette for two? My husband
is very fond of them and I should
like to surprise him with this des
sert some evening soon.
Also can any one give me a good
recipe for French dressing using
cider vinegar, not the wine variety?
* * * *
(From Mrs. J. A.. Silver Spring.)
Before too long I'm going to con
tribute to this wonderful column. I
feel obligated because of the endless
suggestions, remedies and benefits,
in numerous w-ays, that I have
en.ioyed. But right now, I'm send
ing out an SOS. and beg our
readers to help me.
I have a daughter almost two
years old to whom I have spoken
nothing but French since her birth.
She understands everything I tel)
Contributions and requests
must be accompanied by the
sender’s full name and address.
We will withhold both and use
only initials. Please address
mail to the Readers' Clearing
House, Woman's Page, The
Evening Star, Washington 4.
Views expressed in the Clear
ing House are not necessarily
those of The Star, and, as it
is obviously impossible for us
to test all recipes submitted, we
cannot assume responsibility
for them. Betsy Caswell
her but says everything in English.
One hour around children and she
has several new English words
although she knows the French1
ones for the same thing. She is
talking quite early and is at the
stage where she is repeating things
she hears a great deal. My hus
band doesn’t speak French so she
hears nothing but English at home,;
with friends and neighbors, over the;
telephone and with children. I am
desperately trying to find a nursery
school which takes French children
or one which teaches French part
of the day. I have heard of them
but han’t locate any. I feel now is
the time since she is trying so hard1
to talk and express herself. If any;
readers know of such nurseries will
you please call mo at Sligo 3308? I
shall welcome all calls but please,
spare me the advisability of my
actions. That has been gone into
very thoroughly with language
schools, our pediatrician and sev
eral psychiatrists. Needless to say
I have had to “battle it out” with
well-meaning friends. I spoke
nothing but French and had never
heard any English spoken until Ii
was 8 years old. English will come,
perfectly natural along with the
French, I am sure.
Do I hear my phone ringing?.
* * * *
(From Mrs. H. S.. Bethesda.)
I want to buy a youth bed for
my son. I would like to know if
it Would be advisable to get am ln
nerspring mattress or a felt mat
* * * *
(From Mrs. P. H. R., Washington.)
To A. K. S., Washington. I be
lieve the name of your missionary
book is the same as one I read some
20 years ago in China. It is en
titled “The White Queen of
Okoyong,” by William P. Liv
ingston. published by Doran in
1917. The Public Library tells me
they do not have 'the book but
possibly the Library of Congress
would have it.
* * * *
(From. D. Y. E., Washington.)
Two cups sugar, 1 cup hot milk,
i4 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon butter.
Thoroughly mix and cook until soft
ball stage. Take off stove and add|
1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup peanut!
butter and if desired '2 cup broken
peanuts. Beat until cool and stiff. >
then pour on greased pan and cut.:
(From M. L. G., Washington.)
Use any recipe for apple pie.1
adding raisins. I put my washed)
raisins in a bowl and cover them
with pineapple or orange juice.
(About 1 cup raisins). Let them
stand. Peel apples, slice in bowl
with raisins, add sugar and spices
(as liked). Mix together, drain out
the juice and use that to mix with
pastry flour, instead of water. Roll
out the crust, put bottom layer in
pan, put in the apples and raisils,
put on top crust, Brush over, -when
nearly done, with milk. Add icing
after baking if desired.
* * * *
(From Mrs. R. E. S-. Washington.)
I am planning to buy a small size
(or baby size) ■washing machine, but
first would like to hear what others
who have used them think about
them. I thought the small size,
washing machine best for me be-;
cause of my particular needs, which
I will explain.
I send sheets, towels and my hus
band's shirts to commercial laun
dry. and expect to continue to do so,
With Needle and Thread
By Peggy Roberts
This braided rug—lovely but prac
tical. and accented with gay applique
flowers—is just the thing to brighten
that drab spot in your home. Start
saving scraps of material now; by
autumn you will have finished this
beautiful addition to your home!
Pattern envelope No R2460 con
tains instructions, color schemes.
• actual size applique charts and
finishing directions.
Our new 60-page multicolored
“Book of Needle Arts" containing
five free patterns, and many other
suggestions for dressing up your
home and yourself; is a homemaker's
treasure. Send your request for this
book to the address listed below, in
closing 20 cents in coin to cover the
cost and mailing charges.
To obtain this pattern, send 15
cents in coins, giving pattern num-|
ber, your name, address and zone I
number, to Peggy Roberts, The;
Washington Star. Post Office Box!
100, Station G, New York, 19, N. Y.i
By Barbara Bell
This casual, well tailored shirt
waist dress buttons from neck to
hem and boasts cool, raglan sleeves
that capture every breeze. It takes
handsomely to almost any fabric, is
kind to every figure.
Barbara Bell Pattern No. 1507 is
designed for sizes 12, 14, 16. 18. 20;
40 and 42. Size 14 requires 31* yards
of 39-inch material.
For this pattern, send 25 cents, in
coins, your name, address, pattern
number and sipe wanted to Barbara
Bell. The Washington Star, Post
Office Box 99, Station G, New York
19. N. Y.
Specially designed fashions, ways
to beautify the home, free pattern
printed in the book—all are included
in the summer Fashion. 25 cents.
even If I had a large-size washing
I expect to use the washing ma
chine to wash children’s clothes, my
house dresses and underclothes. I
have to wash every day because my
children use so many clothes that
I haven’t enough clothes to last a
week or even half a week. Besides.
I prefer to wash every day and
thought that a small washer would
be more economical to use every
My kitchen is not large enough to
have space for a larger washer with
out causing a great deal of incon
Since we are not permanently
settled, it seemed best to wait until
we are permanently settled before
buying a regular automatic home
However, if a small washing ma
chine would not be satisfactory I’d
rather find out before I buy it than
afterward and so would appreciate
it very much if those who have used
the small sized machines would
write their experiences.
(From Mrs. W. P., Washington.)
Can any one tell me how I
might be able to locate a book
called "Going Up" by Harry Styles
Thompson, which I believe is now
out of print?
* * * *
(From C. P. B., Falls Church.)
Some time ago one of your read
ers requested information concern
ing the 8% -pound lawn mower. I
purchased one about the same time
the inquiry was made, and have been
using it regularly ever since.
It is everything the advertisements
say about it, and more, but the di
rections must be followed explicitly.
There is definitely a knack to it that
must be learned before it will be
entirely satisfactory, and it was only
after about the fifth mowing that I
began to acquire it.
Our lawn is about 200 by 75 feet
and exhibits samples of every pos
sible terrain, I’m sure—it is swampy
in one place, dry, hard and rocky
in another, sandy near the garden,
has a terrace, is rough here, smooth
there, has dense shade and full sun,
but the mower operates beautifully
in all places equally well.
The grass has been Infinitely im
proved. While our neighbor’s yard
is full of crabgrass and weeds, we
have almost none, though our own
yard was full of both last summer.
It takes me about half as long to
do the lawn now as it took me with
the old-type mower, and it is no
longer an exhausting task.
One thing I have noticed about- it
is that it must be oiled frequently,
even while cutting the grass once,
and another thing is that of the
many interested spectators who have
stopped to try my mower, shorter
people, and particularly women,
seem to have more success with it
than do the others.
I simply cannot praise the mower
enough now, but I must confess I
was certainly ready to send it back
after the first two or three times
I tried it.
(From Mrs. M. A., Colmar Manor.)
For a long time I have tried to
obtain the words to an old hymn
without success and I would be
very grateful if you can help me.
Title, “Two Robes.” Some of the
words are as follows—
Two Robes were before me
An old and a new
And I could have either
So what must I do?
There are several verses.
sk sk * ★
(From Mrs. E. W. S., Washington.)
Having rented a furnished house
here for two years, I thought I was
familiar with every insect or house
pest (including cockroaches my
husband said w-ere so vicious they
pulled the bedclothes off him at
night!) but I do not recognize the
“thousand legged worms.”
I suggest you phone the Depart
ment of Agriculture, and through
their information operator locate
the section which handles house
hold insect pests (they publish a
pamphlet by that title) and have
one of the “worms” in front of you
when you talk to the scientist or
technician, so you can describe it
to him, exactly.
They are only too glad to give
you any information about the
destruction of any household pest.
As the best over-all destroyer of
household pests, buy sodium
fluoride at any drugstore, a pound
will do. The formula for this was
developed by the Department of
Agriculture, the section above
described. This formula belongs to
the people of the United States,
and is not the property of any
commercial group. This is a white
powder. Shake it in the runs or
paths of the pest. It sticks to their
legs. They go back to their holes
where it is picked up on the legs
of their friends and relatives. It
irritates them, so they lick it off,
so they get poisoned. Let it lie
there for 24 hours, then sweep it
up, and resprinkle, as it loses
strength in the air. After a few
applications of this, you will never
see a cockroach, etc., again. It is
simply deadly for ants.
Regarding your stiff towels. This
is because soap is left in. Rinse
your washing in warm water, and
then again in water in which a
detergent has been sprinkled. Fol
low' directions on the box. This
softens the water, the soap comes
out, and you have soft towels.
Spinach Salad
That master of cuisine, George
Mardikian, in his book, “Dinner at.
Omar Khayyam’s,” gives a recipe
for raw spinach salad and a special
dressing that has become a favorite
with us. See if you don’t enjoy it,
Take all stems from raw spinach
and pick out the best, tenderest
leaves. Wash these very well in
cold water. Mr. Mardikian suggests
adding a teaspoon of baking soda to
the water to help remove all dirt
and grit, Drain the spinach well
and cut in strips—about one inch
wide. Season with a little olive oil
and lemon juice and set to chill.
When ready to serve, add chopped
hard-cooked eggs and garnish with
tomatoes and asparagus. Serve with
this dressing:
Mix 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1
teaspoon salt, 14 teaspoon paprika,
]2 teaspoon dry mustard, 1 teaspoon
Worcestershire sauce and 14 cup cat
sup in a bowl that has been rubbed
with garlic. Work to a smooth paste.
Then add, a little at a time, 1 pint
olive oil, alternating with >4 cup
vinegar. Beat in an electric mixer
to a thick dressing, adding cup
warm water slowly. Keep in a cool
place until ready to use.
I MMtm* - m s -
In a world of her own—Mrs. Guy Arnold wears a blouse she decorated and displays
a slip, tablecloth, plastic earring rack, ceramic earrings and oil painting in the back
ground, all of them her work. —star staff Photo.
; ' ' - ' ' --— ———— —
Food Editor’s Tour Ends
The Presidio in San Francisco,
where we held our meeting, is one
of the oldest military reservations
in the United States. It is beauti
fully located, commanding a mag
nificent view of the bay area; the
Golden Gate Bridge on one side,
i the Bay Bridge on the other, with
Alcatraz and Treasure Island in
Five flags have flown over the
Presidio since its founding in 1776;
first the flag of imperial Spain, then
that of the short-lived Mexican Em
pire. followed by the standard of the
Republic of Mexico. For 25 days
the Presidio was a possession of the
''Bear" Republic of California be
fore it was annexed to the United
States. The present Officers’ Club
at the post is the oldest building in
the City of San Francisco. It’s
:an adobe building Spanish in char
acter and full of charm and at
mosphere. After our meeting we
jwent on a tour of the Presidio; the
i flowers were simply lovely, a riot of
; color wherever you looked. In fact,
it was the first time I had ever seen
flowers growing in sucn ranK pro
fusions over stable walls. The horse
corral had those beautiful splashy
geraniums falling over the fences
and gates wherever there was a
spot for them to grow.
We saw Gen. Mark W. Clark’s new
headquarters—and what a spot for
a home! The house is low and
sprawling; set on a high, sloping
; terrace with two (or maybe it’s
■ three) big scenic windows across the
front to let in all the beauty of San
Francisco Bay with its ever-chang
ing panorama.
The tour included old Fort Point,
built in 1861, on the site of the orig
inal Castillo de San Joaquin. I was
completely fascinated wth the old
fort, in its day it was considered a
formidable coastal fortress, but as
old-fashioned and out-moded today
as a model T Ford. We climbed up
on the battlements and found our
selves standing directly beneath the
Golden Gate Bridge. It really gave
you an idea just how immense the
bridge actually is. The officer con
ducting the tour told us an amusing
story about the old fort. It seems
in the early days a British man-of
war came sailing up the bay and
the commanding officer of the fort
wanted to fire a salute. However,
By Violet Faulkner
he discovered there wasn't enough
ammunition in the fort to fire the
guns, so he sent out a small sloop
to meet the vessel, borrow the neces
sary ammunition, return and set off
the salute!
When the time came for us to
leave San Francisco some friends
drove us down the coast to Monterey
and over to Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Carmel is one of the loveliest places
you can imagine. It reminded me
of a picture post card. It's like a
little jewel in a perfect setting.
Just outside Carmel is the old
mission, San Carlos de Borromeo
(popularly known as Carmel Mis
sion) built in 1770. It was the head
quarters of the missions and the
place where Father Serra, founder
of civilization in California, was in
wnen we reacnen oouuiern Cali
fornia the atmosphere and scenic
attractions were quite different in
character. The jacaranda trees with
their lovely purple blossoms were in
complete contrast to the bizarre
looking Royal palms. In Los An
geles we held our sessions out in
Hollywood at one of the studios
since there is no Army installation
nearby. Mary Pickford and Mrs.
Edward G. Robiifcon were among
the delegates who attended our
meeting that day.
While in Los Angeles we dined
one night at the Cocoanut Grove,
had a Chinese dinner another eve
ning out at Santa Monica not far
from Malibu Beach, and one eve
ning at a place in Long beach where
they served, among other things,
huge baked potatoes. With the po
tatoes they passed a bowl of what
looked and tasted like a fluffy may- j
onnaise with lots of cheese added,'
then came a generous sprinkling of
coarsely chopped celery and chives
to top the dressing. It was wonder-1
ful. They wouldn’t divulge the se
cret, though, so in some spare mo
ment I hope to ferret out their
And so—back home via air over,
the desert of lower California, the
plains of Texas, high in the clouds
over Arkansas and Tennessee to
Anally see the Potomac winding its
way beneath us.
This is the fifth and last article
in a series.
Blueberry Turnovers
Blueberries are coming thick and
fast. Let's make full use of them
while they are here. Besides the
blueberry muffins we suggested some
days ago, blueberry turnovers are
good and a little different.
Make a regular biscuit dough from
your favorite recipe or ready-mix.
Roll it out 1/4-inch thick, brush It
with melted butter and cut it in
3-inch squares.
Mix a cup of blueberries with 2
tablespoons sugar, a tablespoon of
flour and a tablespoon of lemon
juice. Put a good spoonful in the
middle of each square of dough.
Fold the dough over, making a
triangle. Stick together by press
nig with the tines of a fork. Prick
once or twice on top and bake turn
overs in a hot oven on a greased
sheet for about 25 minutes. Serve
them with plain cream.
For Art’s Sake
By Betty Miles \
Art ana Mrs. uuy Amoia nave
more than a nodding acquaintance.
"My husband,” she declares, "says
I'm like a grasshopper, leaping from
one hobby to another.” The oil
paintings, ceramic pieces and deco
rated textiles in the Arnolds' at
tractive apartment in Fairlington
indicate that the lady is accom
plished as well as versatile.
Her family claims her interest in
art became evident when she first,
started painting figures on her
fingernails in grade school.
Textile decorating first caught her
eye when she saw it demonstrated
six years ago in her native Texas.
Inspired, she bought a set of paints,
put them on a shelf and promptly
forgot them for a year. A sport
shirt that needed decorating moved
her to action and her collection of
sprightly pieces was born.
That’s a blue horse you see rearing
on the pink blouse Mrs. Arnold is
wearing. Ballet dancers in blue
skirts whirl across a white slip. The
horse motif is also used in black on
a green slip cover. A rooster, emu
lating Ferdinand, smells the pretty
flowers on a dish towel. And an
angel with yellow hair graces a blue
linen handkerchief.
A stencil set is used in decorating
the textiles. A design is cut out of
oiled stencil paper, the paper is laid
over the textile and paint is applied
with a stiff brush. When it dries..
Mrs. Arnold presses me cjom wun a
hot iron to guarantee long life to the
design. Repeated washings have not
dimmed the color of the designs.
Recently, Mrs. Arnold became in
terested in plastic work. For her
raw material, she buys pieces from a
scrap pile at a local hobby shop. As
she hands over her money, of course,
she sees not discarded pieces of
plastic, but the picture ffames, ear
ring racks and Christmas tree orn- .
aments they will later become. Spe
cial plastic glue is used In putting
them together. To make the ma
terial soft enough for twisting taffy
fashion, heat is applied. Her imagi
nation supplies the directions in this
Using ceramics as a medium, airs.
Arnold has made wall brackets for
plants and a set of dishes. Book
ends shaped like an airplane are
also part of her ceramic collection.
These were inspired by her air- .
minded husband, who brought back
tales of museums, galleries and the
Mona Lisa when traveling abroad
for an airline.
Brushes and kilns do not com
pletely sum up Mrs. Arnold's hobby
story. Right now, she's busy weav
ing place mats of brown linen and
beige raffia on her loom.
What's YOUR hoboy? Call
Betty Miles, National 5000. ex
tension 396—she’d, like to hear
from you!
Dorothy Dix Says—
Dear Miss Dix: I am a married
woman with grown children. My
husband and I are both in our 40s.
I am a home-staying woman and my
husband likes to go to dances and
parties. He wants me to go with
him, but when I do I am bored to
tears as no one ever pays me any at
tention. He gets a kick out of danc
ing with the young girls and they,
seem to enjoy dancing with him.
I am certainly not jealous, but I
don’t enjoy this state of affairs.
What shall I do? MRS. PAT M.
Answer—Go with him unless you
want to lose him. He has come to
the restless age when home and do
mesticity suddenly pail upon a man.
w'hen he has an irresistible longing
ior amusement ana adventure, it is
the most dangerous time In a man's
whole life, and It is a time when a
wife needs wisdom and gentleness
in dealing with her husband.
So, no matter how much you are
bored, go along with your husband
to the dances, and thank heaven he
is willing to take you Instead of
leaving you parked at home. Go!
cheerfully and willingly and make
your husband feel that you enter
into his pleasure. In this way you
will keep him feeling that you are
a pal instead of a jailer and a spoil
The situation probably gets upon
your nerves because it forces you tn
face one of the bitterest truths that
w'omen have to swallow, and that is
that a man in his 40s is still young
and attractive to young W’omen,
while a woman of the same age is
middle-aged and has no allure for
H -
Just have patience with your hus
band. Realize that this is just a
passing mood and is soonest cured
by being humored. Cio with him
and help him to enjoy himself and
all will be well. But if you make
yourself a killjoy so that he has
to slip away from home to avoid
scenes, and lie to you and deceive
you to have his good times, then
disaster is certain to follow.
Nature Puts the Flavor In
. .. DEWCO Brings It Out
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