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September 3, 2000
Frodo's Birthday (September
In my last article, I outlined how my husband and I met, and
how it related to Tolkien. I briefly described a party that I had on September 22nd to
celebrate Frodo and Bilbo's Birthday.
Ever since the uproar over these movies started, I have been going through all sorts of
memorabilia in boxes tucked away in dark corners. It's kind of like going through a second
childhood. My daughter is getting a big kick out of all of the picture books and story
tapes that I'm uncovering.
I remember the party well, even though it was over 20 years ago (heck, in hobbit years, 20
is nothing). If you are interested in holding a similar party, here are a couple of ideas
you may enjoy.
1. Write your invitations in Elvish. There are currently several programs out there that
will translate everyday language into beautiful Tengwar. For those of the uninitiated, you
can include an English translation.
2. Have everyone that you invite bring a "mathom" with them. Something from
around the house that is seldom used, and may have also forgotten what it's used for.
3. You can have a screening of the already available LOTR movies, or play music from
4. You can have the infamous "Mushroom Race", rolling mushrooms across a room or
yard with your nose (note: make sure that there are no SURPRISES in the yard BEFORE the
5. Serve food that you know to be good Hobbit fare (fruit, cheese, beer and MUSHROOMS)
In order to supply you with some good mushroom recipes, I have combed through some of my
old records. This is the first of what I have come up with.
BAKED MUSHROOMS IN CHEESE SAUCE
8 Large mushrooms
2 Thick slices of salt pork, diced
1 recipe White Sauce
3 tbs butter
3 tbs flour
2 cups milk
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
(white sauce ingredients added slowly and simmered until thick)
1 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup finely minced green onions
1 1/2 cups fine bread crumbs
(I sometimes use crushed chicken dressing mix)
Remove stems from Mushrooms; chop coarsely.
Fry salt pork in saucepan over low heat until all fat is rendered. remove pork from pan.
Add chopped mushroom stems, cook over medium heat until all fat is absorbed. Set aside.
Combine white sauce and 1/4 cup cheese; stir until cheese is melted. Stir in onions and
Arrange mushroom caps, round side down, in 9 1/2 inch shallow baking dish; pour cheese
sauce over. Sprinkle crumbs over sauce. sprinkle remaining cheese over the crumbs. Bake in
preheated 350 deg oven for about 20 minutes, until topping is browned.
This yields 4 servings, so I'm sure you will need to make more according to your hobbitish
If you like the idea, and want more recipes, please let me know.
May the hairs on your toes never fall out.