A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from October 12, 2006
Windsor Stew

Windsor stew was never a popular Texas stew, but the following citation is worth recording.
Tales From The Manchaca Hills
The unvarnished memoirs of a Texas Gentlewoman, Mrs. Edna Turley Carpenter
as edited and recorded by Jane and Bill Hogan
New Orleans: The Hauser Press
Pg. 178:
In the area of adult interaction between the races, a male Negro cook furnished the initial idea for a locally celebrated stew perfected by my husband during thirty years of hunting trips. By the mid-1930’s this concoction contained, in addition to water, thirty-two ingredients: salt, pepper, Pet milk, bacon, potatoes, onions, sugar, corn, quail, beef, apples, tomatoes, venison, flour, lard, bread crumbs, catchup, A-1 sauce, Lea & Perrins sauce, vienna sausages, wine, eggs, ginger snaps, beans, butter, turkey breasts, chili powder, rice, Brer Rabbit syrup, spinach, whiskey, and mustard. My eldest son, a member of one of his father’s parties hunting in Webb County, recalls that Tommie gave the mixture its final name, Windsor Stew, because he was supervising its preparation the night he heard Edward VIII broadcast his abdication message from (Pg. 179—ed.) Windsor Castle. Buck also remembers, “When you finished a snack of this, you could really mend all the fences with a rambunctious, special skill.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Thursday, October 12, 2006 • Permalink

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