Thursday, August 8, 2019

Things to do in Phoenix.

Things to Do in the Phoenix area: Great write up today in AZ Republic recommending Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park.
Why not go there and visit it soon!

Lovin' the Love Kitchen

Delores Tomasek, Jan Hoeschler, Zona Lorig and Barb Ziehler raised funds for the Love Kitchen July 29 at the White Mountain Home Tour. This was done as they promoted the Historical League and sold Tastes and Treasures II at the White Mountain Country Club.

Zona Lorig
The event benefits Love Kitchen, and the Historical League is pleased to again partner with another non-profit to help others as we share stories of AZ, history, food memories and AZ Heritage Center and Historical League.

Barb Ziehler
The Love Kitchen, operating since 1986, serves a nutritious daily meal to 400-600 guests from the communities of both Navajo and Apache counties. In 2017, 80,747 meals and food boxes were distributed helping to fill the needs of the hungry as well as nourishment for the souls."

Thanks to Barb Ziehler, Tastes and Treasures II was invited to have a table at the White Mountain Home Tour, Monday, July 29.

Presenting a check to Lyn Lewis, manager of the non-profit Love Kitchen, as a follow up to the White Mountain Home Tour were Delores Tomasek, Jan Hoeschler(taking the photo), and  Barb Ziehler. 
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Jan Hoeschler, friend,  Lyn Lewis, Barb Ziehler

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Historical League aprons

Whether you are barbecuing or baking or using the crockpot, Historical League aprons are helpful. (Especially with Volume II of Tastes & Treasures: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona).
They are roomy, washable, have generous pockets and fit all sizes.
Available in blue in Junior size
Available in blue in Adult size
Available in maroon in children

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Watermelon Salad from Tastes & Treaures II

Watermelon Salad from the Wigwam Resort is a popular recipe in Tastes & Treasures II, page 137. Refreshing and easy for summertime parties and picnics, it bursts with flavor. Now that it is available in the book, we are seeing several versions at other restaurants but they don't compare to the Wigwam's  recipes!

Book available at and
The Wigwam Resort salad, on page 137, is bursting with flavors: roasted corn, cilantro, jalapeƱos, limes, red onion, and Cotija cheese. It is the perfect blend of ingredients for a SouthWest salad!!

Watermelon Salad from the Cov in Wayzata, MN. topped with pistachios and Mozzarella cheese, it is a pretty salad to serve.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Pinetop dinner party using all recipes from Tastes & Treasures II

Planning a party for over 40 people with all the food based on one Arizona cookbook - that’s what Edie Pearce of White Mountain Summer Homes did this year. Every July 1st for 16 years, she hosts a party for her friends. She cooks and her sister, Peggy, decorates.

This year the theme was Arizona foods from Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona written by volunteers of the Historical League. Edie got “excited making all these Arizona recipes.” The book highlights beloved food enterprises and buildings 50 years old or older, and shares recipes and stories from all over the state. “I hope to visit many of these restaurants,” Edie comments. 

Trio Artisan and Sweet Gem Lettuce Salad came from The Garden Cafe in Yuma where all the freshest lettuce in the USA are grown. Cowboy Chopped Salad is a feature of Rancho de Los Caballeros in Wickenburg, while Tortilla Soup is a favorite of the Harvey House Cafe at the Grand Canyon. Charlie Clark’s Grilled Chicken with Poblano Chili Sauce was also served. Edie reflects, “I love the planning and buying ingredients I had never heard of before.” Twenty-seven dishes from this award-winning book were made to feed the crowd.

Acknowledging 50 years of service, St Mary’s Food Bank Culinary Kitchen is in the book. They held a contest to determine which 4 recipes would be submitted. Edie chose Jazzy Jasmine Rice along with Arizona Sonoran Succotash for her party.

Arizona Historymakers also contributed recipes as well as biographies, photos and food memories. Edie prepared Bison Chili from Barbara McDonnell Barrett. A favorite dessert was Eddie Basha’s Chocolate Cake. Historymakers are those who have distinguished themselves with noted achievements in the arts, athletics, business, community service, education and entertainment and have maintained their ties to Arizona. The Historical League has honored 62 Historymakers since it began the program in 1992. Sandra Day O’Connor, Lattie Coor, Erma Bombeck and Elisabeth Ruffner are among those who contributed recipes.

Working for Goodyear in Philadelphia for 35 years, Edie knew she wanted to “Go West” for retirement. She is involved in her community in the White Mountains, especially her church and WM Craft Group. They are happy she chose Pinetop to continue her love for cooking and hosting parties.

Tastes & Treasures II will be sold at the July 29 White Mountain Home Tour with 20% of the sales donated to the Love Kitchen. It is also available at several shops in the Pinetop area, and

Monday, July 8, 2019

Pinewood Farmers Market and Tastes & Treasures II

Thanks to Norma Jean Coulter for co-ordinating our booth at Pinewood Farmers Market on Saturday, July 6. Patti Goss and Pat Christopherson, Dee Steen and Ruth Ann Hogan also volunteered.
We could not have done this with out the help of Susan Dale's son Brandon and grandson setting up the tent with weights and tables. 
These events are wonderful ways to share the stories of Arizona through the book, inform people of AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, encourage new members to join the Historical League and raise funds for the museum.
Sharon with Pinewood News included an article about the Historical League and the book.
Organizer Norma Jean Coulter and Patti Goss

Pat Christopherson and Norma Jean Coulter

World Chocolate Day today

Happy World Chocolate Day. Yes. This picture is cocoa beans.
Celebrate by making a recipe from Tastes & Treasures II. How about Eddie Basha's Chocolate Cake page 179 or Terrie's All-American Brownies page 170?
Book available at Zak's Chocolates in Scottsdale or or