Family Photos | Grandpa Sailing, 1930

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 9 comments

I've been wearing a pea-coatish thing with a stocking cap lately and someone told me I look just like Serpico. I do.  Here's grandpa, looking a bit more Benjamin Button than Pacino in 1930.
Veggie Fleurs

Saturday, November 27, 2010 10 comments

My favorite neighborhood florist and garden shop, Sprout Home, recently opened a little shop especially for cut flowers next door. Today I cobbled together cabbage flowers, rose hips, thistle, artichokes, rosemary and other pod-like things. It's incredible what a great scent punch that rosemary packs. It's filling the entire room with goodness.
Gobble Gobble (Part II) | Dinner with the Boys

Friday, November 26, 2010 7 comments

Our friend Tom Shepherd (the blonde) came in from L.A. and our neighbor Peter Pracilio popped over from down the hall with his two pups.  We went with blue, white and orange for the table.


The pancetta sage bird turned out nicely. Tom, giving it his delicate touch.


Porter, prepping the bird.


Peter, attending to the important things.


Chef Gordon and my slipps.


The grub.


Me, attending to the important things.

(Hope you all had an amazing day. I woke up extremely thankful that Porter had done all the dishes -- and always thankful that you all come back and read my chicken scratches (and send over such ridiculously cool and helpful tips and hints).  It's gonna be quite a fun holiday season, I predict!). 
Gobble Gobble (Part I) | Pancetta Butter

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 2 comments

Everything tastes better with bacon (except a batch of infused vodka I tried to whip up a few months ago for a bloody mary party).  It's usually enough to wrap said porky bits around an object, but Bon App├ętit has advised us to take that to the next level: pulverize pancetta and smear it all over and under the skin of the ole bird like butter.  Of course, the fat from the meat isn't enough, so you have to add actual butter (portion NOT to scale!!! - didn't want to mess with that label), olive oil, cheese and spices to the mix, too.  In the end, this should lead to a very delicious Italian Sage and Pancetta Turkey - and a quadruple bypass. Updates to follow tomorrow.

Safe travels to everyone! Happy Turkey Day!

Photo by Porter Hovey
On (Needle)Point

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 5 comments
My dad - Porter Lamson Hovey - had these puppies needlepointed and constructed in the '70s. Looks like the moths have been snacking, but they're still so great. Am now on a quest to find a pattern for the toe part so I can make my own versions.  If I start now, the whole family could get their own pairs by next Christmas!
Auctions | Boats! Soldiers! Boats!!!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010 2 comments

Let's hope Santa has a New York bureau because Sotheby's will be auctioning off the rest of Malcolm Forbes' toy collection on December 17 -- and each is enough to make you scream and cry on Christmas Day (or any of the other 364 days of the year). 

These don't even touch on the sick collection of toy soldiers (whole armies and wars! - but not photographed properly to fit into the chart).

No 1. - (Lot 216) Alexander the Great, Circa 1930s-1950s, Est. $2,000-$3,000

No. 2 - (Lot 120) Fleischmann Clockwork Gunboat, Germany, Circa 1930s, Est. $3,500 to $5,500

No. 3 - (Lot 22) Bing Clockwork Racing Scull, Germany, Circa 1912, Est. $2,500-$4,500

No. 4 - (Lot 36) A Collection of Submarines from Five of Germany's Finest Toymakers, Germany, 1900-1936, Est. $2,500,$2,300

No. 5 - (Lot 16) Clockwork Musical Dancing Sailors Picture Automation, 1890, Est. $2,500-$3,500
Happy 11-11!

Thursday, November 11, 2010 3 comments

My great grandpa, Willard Porter Hovey, Sr. (in front of the right hand door in the top row), and the rest of the U.S. School of Military Aeronautics 1918 graduating class, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
My Dad - A War Bond Baby

Tuesday, November 09, 2010 6 comments

Perhaps the cutest piece of war propaganda ever, this photo of my grandma and dad appeared in The Seattle Times in May 1945.  It reads:

"WAIT TILL MY DADDY, Capt. Willard Porter Hovey, Jr., over in the Philippines, hears that you've bought a double share of bonds in this 7th War Loan Drive to speed his return...he hasn't seen me yet (my name is Porter Lamson Hovey) but I'm only 2 1/2 months old...Mother, whose name was Armene Lamson, and I, are staying with grandpa and grandma, Dr. and Mrs. Otis Floyd Lamson, counting the time till Dad has a first look at me."
HHH Holiday Shopping Guide Vol. I

Monday, November 08, 2010 8 comments

No. 1 - Mercedez-Benz "Legend of Silver Arrow" by Schuco, Modell-Paradies, €69.95

This studio model depicts the legendary paint stripping story, considered the "birth" of the Silver Arrow in 1934.

No. 2 - Ford Trimotor Model Airplane by Authentic Models, Magellan Models, $499.99

No. 3 - 1930s Typhoon Speedboat by Authentic Models, Nautical Home, $270

This double-ender was, at the time, the fanciest prewar runabout ever built. A highly detailed GM engine comes under the hatch, along with leather seats, mahogany strips meticulously applied to a wooden frame, chrome fittings and a chrome metal stand.

No. 4 - Tipp Kick World Cup Classics - 1970 Brazil Team, Tipp Kick, €24.50

While American kids played foosball, European kids apparently have been Tipp Kicking since the early ‘20s. This little German-made, two player soccer game uses metal miniatures. Players each have one field player and one goalie, and use a 14-sided black and white "ball" that determines the possession.

No. 5 - Lionel Trains GG1 Electric Locomotive, Pennsylvania Railroad, Lionel, $899.99
Grandpa - On the Road

Sunday, November 07, 2010 10 comments

My grandpa's passport, stamped wildly during his European travels after college.



How great are the USA hole punches?  (Also interesting to see how little things have changed on the international relations front).


The scariest and most historically relevant of the pages by far
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Friday, November 05, 2010 1 comment


Oh, the wonderful Wanda Jackson. Can't wait to hear The Party Ain't Over, her new Jack White-produced album which drops January 25 (they released a single - a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” - on 45 rpm vinyl a couple months back). No one needed to work wonders with Loretta Lynn, but Jack did. This is gonna be great. (Porter saw her perform over the summer and said it was the best concert she'd ever seen). 

The Party Ain’t Over was recorded in Nashville at White’s studio, where he brought together Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather/Raconteurs), Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Patrick Keeler (Raconteurs), Ashley Monroe, Jackson Smith, and Karen Elson, to name a few, and hand picked the songs—11 tracks dating in origin from the early 1900s to 2007.

The Party Ain’t Over Tracklist
1. Shakin All Over
2. Rip It Up
3. Busted
4. Rum and Coca-Cola
5. Thunder on the Mountain
6. You Know I’m No Good
7. Like a Baby
8. Nervous Breakdown
9. Dust on the Bible
10. Teach Me Tonight
11. Blue Yodle #6
Auctions | Sail Sale

Tuesday, November 02, 2010 2 comments
For those interested in passive, yet expensive war games, Christies's is auctioning off this late 18th century French POW ship model of The 74-Gun HMS Ajax. It's got deck details, a fully articulated hull (made of bone) and bow with figural masthead and is decked cannons on the port and starboard ends and two lifeboats.  It also comes in a pretty nice case.  Est. $4,000 to $6,000.

500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe, Including Oriental Carpets
23 November 2010
New York, Rockefeller Plaza