Favorite Recipe of President George Albert Smith

The following recipe for oyster stew was a favorite of President George Albert Smith, whose picture appears on this month’s inside back cover. The recipe was contributed by President Smith’s daughter, Sister Edith Smith Elliott.

1 quart oysters

2 cups liquid from oysters

2 cups rich milk

4 tablespoons butter

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup diced celery, partially cooked

Strain oyster liquid, thoroughly wash oysters and add to liquid. Place over heat and cook for five minutes. Add milk and heat thoroughly but do not allow to boil. Add butter, salt, pepper, and celery. Thicken with a little flour and water, if desired.

Quilt Art: More Than Bedspreads

During the past few years there has been increased interest in the art of quiltmaking. Unfortunately, most people, including Latter-day Saints, have been slow to fully recognize and appreciate the skill, industry, and beauty that quilt-art expresses.

Quiltmaking is an ancient art, said to have originated in China. Patchwork quilts, however, are an American innovation. Patchwork quilts can be some of the most creative, colorful, and striking examples of decorative art in this country.

Quiltmaking is a vital part of our Mormon pioneer heritage and many of us have a quilt or quilts made by skilled ancestors. Others of us have been taught and have mastered quilt-art ourselves. But whether we have heirloom quilts, or whether we make them ourselves, we could use them more effectively to enhance the decor of our homes.

Whether your quilt be intricate (I have one with nearly 10,000 one-inch pieces!) or elegant (velvet pieces with elaborate embroidery) or of primitive simplicity (blocks of cotton scraps), they adapt beautifully to contemporary as well as historical settings.

The obvious use for a quilt is as a bedcover or spread. A small quilt (older or antique quilts are usually small for today’s beds) can adorn the top of a larger bed if a dust ruffle is used around the sides. If your precious heirloom won’t cover a bed, display it folded at the foot of the bed as a throw.

Quilts make marvelous table covers. Patterns like the Lone Star look charming on a round table. Geometric designs like the Log Cabin, Sunshine and Shadow, or Barn Raising adapt nicely to square or rectangular tables. We keep a floor-length muslin underskirt on our round table in order to have a neutral background for the various quilts we like to enjoy.

For special parties we have delighted guests by sitting down to dinner around a Triple Irish Chain quilt with an array of thumbnail-size pieces. Quilted patchwork placemats can be ‘salvage-art’ from an older quilt only partially worn.

A quilt can be a brilliant, graphic wall-hanging. Quilts like the Mariner’s Compass or the Broken Star can be visual masterpieces and are best used full-out in an art gallery setting. The best parts of a worn but treasured antique quilt could be framed or stretched and tacked on a wood frame like a canvas for a wall piece. A free-hanging quilt could be an unusual room divider or a quilt might be used to upholster a piece of furniture.

Why not an array of patchwork pillows or shams made from scratch or from good-condition sections of an old quilt? Older quilts usually have more intricate needlework, and even after years of wear and washings they have a subtle appealing quality.

‘Patch-up’ your bathroom with a patchwork quilt shower curtain. With a separate plastic liner it will function wonderfully and add lively decor.

Recently in the smartest boutiques we have seen handsome vests, jackets, skirts, jumpers, etc., fashioned from old patchwork quilts. Surprisingly, those made from the most faded, used, and laundered coverlets make the most charming clothing items.

Old or new, most quilts have a timeless quality. I think the ones we enjoy most are those garnered from our own family’s clothing. We had quilts in our home when I was growing up that almost told the story of our lives.

Regardless of motif, quilts are meant to be used and enjoyed. Their potential for bringing decoration and delight into our homes is endless. Janet Beck Clark, Provo, Utah

Vegetable Bouquet

Looking for something a little different to do with those fresh garden vegetables? Turn them into a delicious and attractive vegetable bouquet. It takes no longer than if you were making plain carrot sticks—but what a surprise treat for your family!

1 cucumber

1 large carrot

12 to 15 red radishes

1 head of leaf lettuce (cabbage or cauliflower may be substituted)


Optional: turnips, celery, green onions, tomatoes

Notch grooves lengthwise down the sides of the cucumber and carrot with a sharp paring knife. Then slice the cucumber into 3/8-inch slices and the carrot into 1/4-inch slices. (A daisy cookie cutter may also be used to cut “flowers” from the slices.) Set aside. Cut radishes into “roses” or other flower forms by making cuts into the radish. With a toothpick spear a cucumber slice and then a sliver of the leftover carrot or radish to make the center of the “flower.” Stick into lettuce. Do the same thing to the carrots and radishes and arrange all the “flowers” on the lettuce. Save all scraps and refrigerate for later use in a tossed salad. Nancy Harris Judd, Tsaile, Arizona

Don’t Throw That Away

My husband has become well-known at the Chelsea Naval Hospital in Massachusetts where he works as a lab technician.

“Don’t throw that away, Johansen will want it” is the way his name is getting around.

“Don’t throw that away … ,” and he brought home discarded five-gallon plastic containers that were used to hold saline compound. They now decorate our closets, hallway, and the top of the refrigerator, while holding our precious water supply.

“Don’t throw that away …” and we became proud owners of a room full of foam rubber—packing that was delivered with a large, expensive piece of lab equipment. We used that in wonderful ways: stuffing for animals to give to an orphans’ home at Christmas, and stuffing dolls for our own two little girls. We left several pieces whole, covered them, and they now adorn our living room as throw pillows. The benches at the dining table boast covered pieces of foam rubber. We even have saved several large pieces to use in the station wagon as a mattress during trips.

“Don’t throw that …” This time the prize was a pile of Styrofoam squares. What would we do with these? Another lab technician shared his idea—draw cartoon characters on them, paint them (crayons, we discovered, work just fine and are cheaper), cut them out, and hang them. Where? In the hallway, showing a Winnie-the-Pooh scene, in the Church nursery, in a child’s bedroom. We even made a sad penny and a happy penny to use in the Primary Penny Parade!

“Don’t throw that away. …” The car was loaded down with pieces of thin leather that we turned into so many things. Very large irregular pieces of white, drawn on and painted with felt-tip pens, made beautiful wall hangings. These we sent to our mothers and several other friends for Christmas presents. Little circles of the white were colored in and cut out in shapes of Christmas bells, candy canes, packages, and doves, then were hung on the tree, the wall, Christmas packages, and around our necks on leather strings. Lots of white leather circles were glued together to make belts that tied with leather strings. Out of the black were made a pair of leather trousers for Dan with matching backpack to use when he rides his motorcycle, a nice purse to give to the orphans’ home, and a pair of house slippers for mom.

“Don’t throw that away” has become a familiar phrase with our children, too, as they drag home a never-ending stream of “finds” with endless schemes on what to do with them.

“Don’t throw that away,” they say, and they laugh sometimes.

“Keep laughing,” I tell them, “but DON’T THROW THAT AWAY!” Mary Johansen, Chelsea, Massachusetts

Collar Cleaners

Dirt stains on the inside of shirt collars can be removed without scrubbing. Rub white chalk onto the stain and toss the shirt into the clothes hamper. By the time you’re ready to wash the shirt, the chalk will have absorbed the grease and the stain will simply float away in the wash. An impossibly dirty collar will come clean if you spread shampoo directly on the stained area before washing. Shampoo is made to dissolve body oils. Cynthia McMullen, Tustin, California.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Pat M. Hoggan