Fortune Cookies and Furry Friend Love

Every Christmas Eve when I was a kid, my father used to take me to E.J. Korvette's Department Store to buy my mother a Christmas present. Being a kid who enjoyed shopping, I loved Korvette's, just like I love Barnes and Noble today. That's a lot.

Korvette's had typical department store fare, with a couple of interesting twists. One being a pet department. With real animals. Critters that walked around freely on the floor. Even baby chicks. I kid you not. Now it seems odd, but when I was a kid, it was just cool. I don't remember anybody working there, just me and my dad surrounded by chicks, puppies, and kittens.

Being a kid who loved animals, Korvette's was better than a petting zoo.
The other twist? Well, in order to get to the pet department, you had to go down the escalator. And directly in front of the escalator stood a gypsy fortune-teller in a big booth. Remember Zoltar in the Tom Hanks movie Big? This baby was like Mrs. Zoltar. She had these creepy eyes that would follow you no matter where you stood. I was terrified of her-- certain that if I put my quarter in she would predict my imminent and gruesome death.

Being a kid who was a mini-hypochondriac, I kept my quarter to myself.

So is it crazy that I enjoy making and serving fortune cookies so much? They are easy to make and fun to serve. I've made them for my family, and I've made them for my students. To my knowledge, no one has ever been scared to eat one.

Being a person who doesn't like to creep kids out, I only include funny fortunes, which I can get right here...

The recipe, along with many others, is in the free Secondary Sellers' Holiday Recipe Book. It's been compiled by the lovely, Mrs. S., and I know I can't wait to dig in to some of those recipes. 

I also included Sunny T.'s favorite doggie treats in the ebook. We can't forget our furry friends during the holiday season!

You know what? Being a person who is really a chicken, I'm pretty sure that if I saw that gypsy today, I would still be scared. 

1 comment

  1. I remember going to the old fashioned department store in my hometown - Iszard's - where the elevators were run by people! I especially remember going for a treat in their tea room. Thanks for the memories and the fortune cookie recipe - we eat Chinese food every Christmas Eve, so I will be sure to try these cookies out!

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle