Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Recipes to Try

Zona Lorig recently made the Cashew Pea Salad on page 150 and reports that it's delicious.

The Arizona Date Cake, page 140, submitted by Betty Rhodes, the late Congressman John Rhodes’ wife, is the same recipe that Zona’s grandmother Edith Davis made and is wonderful. Her grandmother was born in Tombstone in 1885.

Happy Customer

I learned about it (Tastes & Treasures) from the Old Ned's News, which I received I guess because I'm a member of the AZ Historical Society. I received the cookbooks and loved them so much I gave them away as gifts. I need two more! Is the free shipping still available? Shall I order just like I did before?

Naomi M.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Desert Botanical Gardens is venue for Historical League Open House

What a beautiful place to hold the annual Historical League Open House October 23. Most of the guest toured the Monarch Butterfly Exhibit prior to meeting at Webster Hall. Our guest speaker, Beth Brand, was very informative and presented the history of Webster Hall and the Botanical Gardens as well as the construction of the new entrance. Several members and guests took the opportunity to purchase our Tastes & Treasures Cookbook. We munched on lovely appetizers and desserts and enjoyed the unusual cactus centerpieces. Meeting in one of the most unique desert dwellings in the world is a wonderful experience.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Love to hear from history buffs

Celeste emailed in an order and will get free shipping (good for the month of October).

"I am giving your cookbook to each of my three children who grew up in Arizona and also using one for an Auction item in our Church Charity Ball that is a fundraiser for our St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School.

Thanks for creating such a nice cookbook as it will make a very special gift."

Celeste Crouch
Founder of our Litchfield Park Historical Society and
active in state historical ventures

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Satisfied Cookbook Customer

Michele from Oro Valley, Az sent us a nice email.

"I am a member of the Arizona Historical Society and received Old Ned's Newsletter. The write up of the cookbook was on the front page. I will use them for Christmas gifts for two wonderful ladies who collect cookbooks and love to visit me here in Arizona. I am sure they will love it!"

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Guest Speaker Author Jan Cleere at October League meeting

We thoroughly enjoyed the Powerpoint presentation from our speaker, author Jan Cleere. Jan graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University West. She writes about the unique characters, creatures and vegetation of the desert southwest. Her writings have appeared in many Southwestern periodicals. She has received many awards for her writing and belongs to many associations including The Arizona Historical Society.

Jan discussed her new book "Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers". It’s so fascinating to hear about pioneer women, what they went through and how they did it without air conditioning!

Jan autographed her books for League members after the talk and Sharron McKinney presented her with our Historical Cookbook.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Salad Featured from Cookbook

Among the salads featured at our monthly luncheon/meeting this week was Curried Chicken Salad from Tastes & Treasures, page 151. Lindy Isaakson was our salad maker and she’s standing with Pam Ryan who helps organize the luncheons.

Curried Chicken Green Salad

½ cup olive oil 10 ounces fresh spring mix
1/4 cup red wine vinegar 2 Gala apples, chopped
1/4 cup chutney 3/4 cup golden raisins
1½ teaspoons curry powder 12 fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon dry mustard 2 or 3 green onions with
½ teaspoon sugar tops, sliced
½ cup pecan halves,
toasted and chopped
½ teaspoon salt
2 whole chicken breasts, cooked
and chopped

Process the olive oil, vinegar, chutney, curry powder, dry mustard, sugar and salt in a blender until pureed. Chill, covered, in the refrigerator. Toss the chicken, spring mix, apples, raisins, mushrooms, green onions and pecans in a large salad bowl. Add the desired amount of dressing and mix well. Serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Stand Up Banner

Several people have asked, "Who did the stand up banner?" Groups at FRP Cookbook University in Nashville convention actually took photos. They loved it. Dr. Peter Welsh at the AHS Museum asked me yesterday, "Who produced it"? It is such a professional looking promotional tool. I carried it on the plane to Nashville and fellow flyers thought I was carrying pool cues or asked if I was a professional fisherman??? It's not that heavy and fits in the overhead compartment on the plane. The carry on case is very helpful with handles and shoulder strap. And so easy to set up.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

FRP Cookbook University

Recently two League members, Ruth McLeod and Kay Holcombe, attended FRP Cookbook University. They met the president of FRP and what follows is from an email he sent to Ruth, complimenting Tastes & Treasures:

Ruth and Kay,

It was certainly a pleasure to meet both of you. When I originally reviewed a copy of Tastes & Treasures as it came off press I said, "These ladies understand the meaning of a community cookbook." Most people we deal with misunderstand the relevance of associating historical information through the subject of food. Tastes & Treasures is the best example of a true "community" cookbook that I have been associated with since the inception of the current Favorite Recipes Press model.

Your book is truly wonderful and it is THE sample reference I use 100% of the time to illustrate what the content of a "community" cookbook should be.

Thank you again for sharing in our Cookbook University experience; I hope you found the investment of your time worthwhile. Please say hello to my friends Gaye and Donna and keep me posted on your numerous success stories if marketing and selling Tastes & Treasures.
Dave Kempf
FRP Books, Inc.