When a society loses its memory, it descends inevitably into dementia. Mark Steyn
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January 12, 2013

Rex Trailer, RIP

Back when there were only three channels we New England kids watched Rex Trailer's Boomtown every Saturday and Sunday morning. 

How much has the world changed in fifty years? This much:





You had to be there. Read Rex Trailer's obituary here.

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January 1, 2013

Music break: You Won't See Me

Paul Brady's great take on this Beatles classic:



Rubber Soul is probably my favorite Beatles album but I can't listen much to the songs of my childhood. The grooves they burned into my brain are deep and permanent, so a little listening goes a long way. But I can enjoy Brady's excellent cover and will try not to wear it out with my usual all-or-nothing approach to music  (and everything else).

(By the way, another terrific Beatles cover is Suzy Bogguss and Chet Atkins' All My Loving. Alas, no MP3 is available, but you can hear frustrating snippets of it here.)

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Recipe: Hot fudge sauce

Happy 2013! It's our little tradition to make sundaes on New Year's Eve, but they're just as good on New Year's Day. Here's the easy recipe we use for Real Hot Fudge Sauce. (Sure, you could open a jar, or worse, just squirt Hershey's syrup on ice cream and call that a sundae, but you're better than that, aren't you?)

Hot Fudge Sauce

2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate
2 T butter
2/3 C sugar
1/2 C evaporated milk
1/2 t vanilla

Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan. Stir in the sugar, then the milk. Stir constantly over medium heat, taking care not to let sauce burn on the bottom, until it comes to small but definite boil. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. The HFS will thicken as it cools. Serve warm.

(To make with cocoa powder instead of squares of chocolate, substitute 6 T of cocoa powder and use 4 T butter.)

(My diet begins tomorrow with the bleak, gray dawning of January 2nd.)

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