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Help save their July 4 feasting


© St. Petersburg Times, published June 30, 2001

With Independence Day almost upon us, let's see if we can add flavor to two readers' Fourth of July cookouts. Let's start with Bill, who asks a plaintive question: Does anyone know where a transplanted Bostonian can purchase New England-style hot dog rolls without special ordering?

He adds that, if you've ever had a Joe and Nemo hot dog, you'll know what he means. (That clue, unfortunately, just left our staff scratching their heads, convinced that they need to get out more.)

The rolls in the large grocery stores around here just don't pass the old Bean Town test. In some restaurants, Bill sees the kind of roll he is seeking used as a clam roll; unfortunately, the restaurants doing so are also in Bill's fix: The delicacies must be imported from the Massachusetts Source.

If you know of a local bakery that can supply these rolls without involving interstate commerce, Bill is hoping to hear from you by e-mail at

If the holiday should turn showery around the time Malian Gilbert plans to cook her barbecue, she will be undismayed and prepare the food inside on her Dazey Indoor Bar-B-Grill, a smokeless indoor electric broiler, that is, if she can find a replacement cord. The cord has a self-contained temperature control marked "keep warm," "medium" and "high."

Rival, the manufacturer of Dazey, no longer produces these cords, but possibly a reader may have one that outlived the Dazey Grill. Malian describes her grill as oval and almond-colored to refresh the recall of former Dazey owners, and she would love to take that cord off your hands if you still have it. She may be reached at

Quite a few years back, Jackie Snyder of Spring Hill was reading either a Family Circle or Woman's Day magazine when she saw a pattern she really liked. It was a crocheted shell pattern two-piece skirt and top, and the skirt flared. If you remember this pattern and have stashed it away somewhere, please call Jackie at (352) 684-2964.

Audrey Mitchell of Seminole has a couple of requests. First, a friend of hers is trying to locate a piece of club aluminum with the picture of Harold Selling on the bottom. Second, Audrey herself asks if you know anything about the song Say Goodbye to My Town, which was sung Nov. 8, 1999, in a repeat broadcast of a Northern Exposure episode. She hopes she can find that tape or a recording of the song or information about where a copy may be found. Audrey's phone number is (727) 392-5990.

Eileen Driscoll of New Port Richey needs the direction sheet for Simplicity Pattern 7482. She needs guidance on a blouse's shawl collar, so, if you have this sheet, Eileen would love the opportunity to copy it. Her phone number is (727) 372-1817; her e-mail address is

Louise Janis has been looking for a metal cutting blade for her Cuisinart food processor. The machine, model CFP 5A, was manufactured around 1978 in France by Robot-Coupe. Apparently, units made in France use a slightly different blade than units created here. Should you have a machine with a blade, and you no longer use it, Louise is hoping to hear from you. Please contact her at (727) 391-8538.

Ann Whisher of Oldsmar is trying to locate for her mother a book titled Bible Therapy, How the Bible Solves Your Problems, by E.C. Wittman and C.R. Bollman. Give Ann a call at (727) 785-3550 if you can help her out.

If somebody has the lyrics to the Irish folk song Mary, Are Ya There?, Guy Chaney of Clearwater would love to have them. Please call (727) 536-8897.

Thank-you note

Better late than never, especially with a thank you. Last year, Anthony Colontonio of New Port Richey requested tapes of the TV miniseries A.D. A couple in Seminole supplied his need, but Anthony lost their name and address before he could properly thank them. So, folks, if you are reading this, Anthony wants to say that the tapes were great and thanks a lot.

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