On 25 Nov 2005 at 14:59, Christine wrote:
> Hi Phaed
> I was wondering...in the Blues Brothers movie, Jake and Ellwood
> destroy a shopping mall in their car. This looks like a real mall,
> with real stores. Was this an actual mall which was set to be torn
> down? They crashed into store windows and smashed up everything in
> the store. Thanks for all your help, Christine
It was a real mall, the Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois. It's
been abandoned for over 25 years. It was constructed for $8 million
in 1965 and opened in 1966. In the 1970's, more and more stores
began moving out. The last three stores, Penney's, Walgreen, and
Jewel Food Store, moved out in 1979. Soon after the last store
(Penney's) left, Director John Landis rented the mall for eight
weeks to film the chase scene from "The Blues Brothers" there. It
was dressed up to look as though it was still open. As you know
from the movie, police cars were driven through the mall for the
chase scene. The movie filming left the mall in rather bad shape,
but the wall that's crashed through at the beginning of the chase
was a fake wall.
On 12 Dec 2005 at 13:13, Marie wrote:
> Dear Uncle Phaedrus,
> I am hoping you can help me find the words to the song, Washington
> Square, by the Village Stompers. The song was an instumental that
> played on radio stations in the 60's. I have fond memories as a
> teenager sitting at my friend's player piano, playing Washington
> Square and singing the words from the piano roll, yet I can find no
> reference to any lyrics written for it. I have never had problems
> finding the words to any other songs I have ever tried to look up on
> the internet, even very obscure songs. Unfortunately, finding the
> lyrics to Washington Square has eluded me. I remember quite a bit
> of the song, so I know that I am not just dreaming that Washington
> Square had lyrics. Here are some of the ones I remember:
> "And so I got my banjo out, just settin' catchin' dust. And painted
> right across the case, Greenwich Village or bust. My folks were sad
> to see me go, but I got no meanin' there, so I said goodbye to Kansas,
> Mo, and hello to Washington Square."
> "In New Orleans we met a girl, a walkin' with no shoes. And from her
> throat there came a growl, she sure was singin' the blues. She sang
> for all the world to hear..................................? So come
> on to Washington Square."
> The rest of it eludes me. I would greatly appreciate an help you
> can give me in finding the lyrics to this song.
by Bob Goldstein
From Cape Cod Light to the Mississip, to San Francisco Bay,
They're talking about this famous place, down Greenwich Village way.
They hootenanny all the time with folks from everywhere,
Come Sunday morning, rain or shine, right in Washington Square.
And so I got my banjo out, just sittin' and collectin' dust,
And painted right across the face "Greenwich Village or Bust."
My folks were sad to see me go, but I got no meanin' there.
I said "Goodbye, Kansas, Mo, and hello, Washington Square!"
Near Tennessee, I met a guy who played 12-string guitar.
He also had a mighty voice, not to mention a car.
Each time he hit those bluegrass chords, you sure smelled mountain air.
I said, "Don't waste it on the wind. Come on to Washington Square."
In New Orleans, we saw a gal a-walkin' with no shoes,
And from her throat there comes a growl. She sure was singin' the blues.
She sang for all humanity, this gal with the raven hair.
I said, "It's for the world to hear. C'mon to Washington Square."
We cannonballed into New York on good old US 1,
Till up ahead we saw the arch, a-gleamin' bright in the sun.
As far as all the eye could see, ten thousand folks was there,
And singin' in sweet harmony right in Washington Square.
So how's about a freedom song, or the old Rock Island Line?
Or how's about the dust-bowl crop, or men who work in a mine?
The songs and legends of our land is gold we all can share,
So come and join us folks who stand and sing in Washington Square.
On 23 Dec 2005 at 11:03, theresa wrote:
> I need to know how to make mint extract and and mint oil out of real
> mint plants. thank you Theresa
There is a general recipe for some simple extracts below. The strength
of a peppermint extract made this way is going to be dependent on the
strength of flavor in the peppermint leaves used. Steeping longer
extracts more flavor. Don't expect the strength and quality that you
get from commercial peppermint extract and oil.
Extracting oils is much more difficult. The oil is extracted with
a solvent, usually ethanol. This may be done several times with
the same batch of leaves to get all of the oil. Then the solvent
is removed, leaving pure oil. The oil is then purified and
Better alcohol extracts are made similarly. The difference is that
the flavor/oil is left in the alcohol solution. Then this alcohol
extract itself is purified and concentrated.
It's not impossible to make decent quality homemade extracts and oils,
but it's a bit beyond e-mail instructions. There are herb books that
explain how to do it. Once upon a time you could buy a small device
for extracting and concentrating plant oils at home. I don't know if
it's still available. I can't recall the name of it. It may have been
taken off the market because users of illicit drugs used it to
concentrate plant drugs.
Homemade Extracts Recipes
2 vanilla beans, cut in half lengthwise and then chopped
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup water
1/2 navel orange
1/4 cup vodka
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup fresh chopped peppermint leaves
1/2 cup vodka
To make an extract, combine the ingredients in a 1/2-pint Mason jar
and set aside to steep. Each recipe can be stored anywhere and should
keep for up to a year.
Using a sharp kitchen knife, cut a lengthwise slit down the middle
of each vanilla bean. Cut vanilla beans into 1/2 - 3/4-inch pieces.
Pour vodka into your container. Add vanilla beans to container and
shake. Wait and shake. It will take 30 days for the vanilla extract.
Once each day, vigorously shake the container for 30 seconds. Once
the 30 days has finished, strain the liquid through coffee filter
or layers of cheesecloth.
Lemon Extract :
Thinly peel 1 lemon with a vegetable peeler taking care not to
include any pith. Dice the peel (about 2 Tbsp) and combine it with
vodka and water. Set aside to steep for at least 3 days. More is
Thinly peel 1/2 navel orange with a vegetable peeler taking care
not to include any pith and cut the peel into chunks (about 1 1/2
Tbsp). Combine with vodka and water. Set aside to steep for at
least 3 days. More is better.
Fill container 1/2 full with vodka, add 1/2 cup fresh chopped
peppermint. Fill rest of way with water and let stand for 3 weeks.
Pour through strainer, cheesecloth, or coffee filter to remove solids.
On 25 Dec 2005 at 10:20, Lonnie wrote:
> I am hoping you can supply a recipe for "invert sugar" that I can use
> in cooking and making homemade wine. I'd prefer to make it instead of
> buy it - to avoid any unnecessary additives. Also because white sugar
> is inexpensive but "invert sugar" is not. Your site describes what
> "invert sugar" is but not a recipe to make it. I know it uses water,
> white sugar and lemon juice - but not the proportions of each. Can you
See below. I found this on a message board.
Invert sugar is made by mixing two parts sugar to one part water,
adding two teaspoons lemon juice per pound of sugar. This is brought
almost to a boil and held there for 30 minutes (do NOT allow to boil).
This is poured into a sealable jar, sealed and cooled in refrigerator.
This process hydrolizes sucrose into glucose and fructose and speeds
fermentation. Invert sugar should NOT be used to sweeten finished wine
as it will encourage refermentation.
For 1 pound invert sugar:
• 2 cups finely granulated sugar
• 1 cup water
• 2 tsp lemon juice
Expand the recipe above to make the amount required by a particular
recipe. For example, to make 2-1/2 pounds of invert sugar, use 5 cups
sugar, 2-1/2 cups water and 5 tsp lemon juice. Make the invert sugar
at least 2 hours ahead of time (to give it sufficient time to cool).
On 24 Dec 2005 at 23:53, Mikki wrote:
> Good tidings to you dear, Phaedrus!
> I am looking for the recipe from the Trawler's Warf , located in
> Charleston SC. It is called crap dip. It was served as an appetizer.
> It did NOT have artichokes in it. It was mayonnaise based, with
> shredded cheddar cheese with a "bite" to it. I'm unsure of the other
> ingredients, but it is oh so good with crackers. Can you help Me?
> Thanks so much for an interesting site. I can't seem to surf away from
> your archives. I adore research....If only I could come up with a good
> use for it as you have done. Mikki
Glad you like the site.
I could not find a recipe that stated specifically that it was
from Trawler's Wharf. However, the first recipe below is from
Charleston, SC, and it's called "Trawler Crab Dip". The second
recipe is also from Charleston. Hope one of them is right.
Trawler Crab Dip
1 1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 cup crabmeat
4 tablespoons French dressing
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated fine
Mix all of the above ingredients and serve with crackers. If you
prefer a little extra tang, add more horseradish to suit your
tastes. Serve with crisp crackers.
Charleston, SC Crab Dip
Two cans of crab meat, drained well
1/4 cup of grated sharp or extra sharp cheddar
Prepared horse radish
Salt and pepper
To the drained crab meat, add enough mayonnaise to make it moist.
Mix in the cheese and add more mayonnaise if it's needed. Add one
to three teaspoons of horseradish, depending on how spicy you want
it to be. It will taste stronger after it chills for a while.
The amount of mayonnaise depends on how "wet" you want your dip to
be, so it's a matter of personal taste. Add salt and pepper to taste,
mix well and chill for several hours. Serve with crackers.