Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Phil Mickelson Autographed 2010 Masters Pin Flag

Professionally framed, signed 2010 Masters pin flag

Book and DVD, Phil Mickelson’s Secrets of the Short Game

Personalized message from Phil to the successful bidder

$1700 minimum bid

All proceeds will assist the Historical League, Inc. 501(c)3 non-profit organization in its support of the Arizona Historical Society Museums and children's programs.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Changing Hands Bookstore presentation

We are very excited to present Tastes & Treasures Cookbook and AZ Recollections and Reflections to Changing Hands bookstore in Tempe. Historymakers John Driggs and Bill Shover, who are featured in our books, will also talk about their roles in the city of Phoenix history.

Mr. Driggs recipe for Green Corn Tamales is on page 128 of our cookbook. Interesting story on how he obtained this recipe from Mrs. Van Zandt's restaurant on Central Ave. Mr Shover will share some stories from his 40 year career with the AZ Republic and Nina Pulliam.

These two Historymakers continue to give their time and talent for the Valley and support the Centennial celebration.

As co-editors of the Centennial book, Zona Lorig, Ruth McLeod and Joan Robinson will do the presentation.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Salty Sweet Chocolate Bars

These were served at the Historical League Open House but I did not get a taste. A few days later we had a meeting for Children's Holiday Party to be held Dec 17 at Arizona Biltmore and they were served again. YUMMMM. Tastes better a few days later.

Also love the Chocolate Peanut Treats on page 162 in Tastes & Treasures. Try them both.



8 oz unsalted butter, (2 sticks) soft

1 cup packed brown sugar

½ cup sugar

2 1/3 cups flour

1¼ t baking soda

Pinch fine sea salt, optional

2 eggs, at room temperature

2 t vanilla

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1-1½ T coarse salt; like Fleur de Sel or Kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 9x13 jelly roll pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter on medium speed with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the sugars, stopping to scrape the bowl as necessary.
  4. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until the butter and sugar are fully incorporated, about 5 more minutes.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda and sea salt, if using. Use a whisk to combine and break up any clumps. Set aside.
  6. To the butter & sugar mixture add the eggs, one at a time. Allow the egg to fully incorporate into the batter before adding the second egg. Add the vanilla.
  7. Turn the mixer down to the lowest speed. Slowly add the flour mixture, mixing only until the dry ingredients are incorporated into the wet. Scrape the bowl.
  8. With the mixer on the lowest speed add the 3 cups of chocolate chips and mix just until combined. Alternately, remove the mixing bowl from the stand and use a wooden spoon to gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  9. Spread the batter onto the prepared jelly roll pan.
  10. Sprinkle the coarse salt on top, gently pressing to help the salt adhere.
  11. Bake for about 25 minutes, until light golden brown; crunchy on top, not wobbly in the center; similar to a brownie… do not over bake.
  12. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a rack.
  13. Gently flip Blondies onto a cutting board to cut into cute little bars.

Makes about 24-48 bars

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pate a Chou Cream Puffs

League member Leslie Christiansen created the wonderful appetizer menu for the Historical League Open House. When I asked her about the "mini buns" that were served she responded, "Mini buns!! I cracked up over this one. These are little cream puffs- not buns, which can be used for savory or sweet foods.
Pate a Chou are what our good friends, the French call them. Pate is pronounced like Pat, and chou is like the word "shoe". The direct translation for chou is cabbage, and when you think about it, the cream puff looks like a little cabbage.

One very popular dessert we often see the pat a chou used for is the Profiterole, which is filled with a scoop of ice cream and then covered with some sort of yummy sauce.

I've taught this recipe many times, as it's tricky to make without demonstration, but easy once you've seen someone show you how to do it. And we usually have the ingredients in our kitchen- just flour, butter, water, eggs and a inch of salt."

Now you know why Leslie designed the menu (and not me). These Pate a Chou were filled with Curried Chicken/ Mango Chutney and were so-o-o tasty.




1 cup water

4 oz unsalted butter (1 stick)

½ t kosher salt

1 cup flour (4 oz)

4 eggs


  1. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper and preheat a convection oven to 375 F, a regular oven to 400 F.
  2. Place water, butter and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn off the heat, leaving the pot on the stove. Add the flour- all at once and stir, using a wooden spoon.
  4. Smash the dough against the sides of the pot to break up any lumps of flour. The dough will be like a thick ball. Stir over the residual heat of the stove for about 2 minutes to dry out the dough.
  5. Place dough in bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment on low speed, add the eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each additional egg, until the dough has completely come back together. Do not rush this step or the dough will not work.
  6. Transfer dough into a pastry bag (or a zip-top bag with a corner end cut off) with a large round tip. Pipe uniform sized balls onto the parchment paper about the size of a large walnut.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, until light-golden brown. Decrease oven temp to 300-325 F and bake for 10-15 minutes longer, until the inside has dried-out. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Cut in half and fill with ice cream, whipped cream or a variety of salads. The puffs freeze very well in zip-top bags.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pumpkin Bread for Thanksgiving

Simple and fast . . . the recipe for this pumpkin bread is so moist and delicious, it's a keeper for Thanksgiving. Freezes well.

Great Pumpkin Cookies on page 162 in Tastes & Treasures are another fall treat.

Check out the innovative way to make a Thanksgiving table display with mini pumpkins on top of the candlesticks. Easy and creative.

Pumpkin Bread
one 15 oz can of Pure Pumpkin (not pie mix)
one box 18 oz Spice cake mix
two egg yolks (beaten)

Directions: Mix together and pour into individual mini-bread pans (spray with non-
stick cooking spray first) or muffin cups. Bake 15-20 min at 350 degrees or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Recipe variations: Try carrot cake mix with 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup no sugar-added applesauce, 2 tablespoons milled flax seed and 1 egg.

Chopped nuts, chocolate chips, raisins, nutmeg, cinnamon and molasses are wonderful additions too.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Crostini with Cream Cheese, Prosciutto & Fig

At the Historical League Open House, President Sharron McKinney spoke of the many things the League is doing. President Elect, Pam Ryan, co-hosted the event with Leslie Christiansen. Pam presented owners of the historic Craftsman-style home, Shelly and Griff Hearn, with Tastes & Treasures

cookbook and our new Centennial book, AZ Recollections and Reflections, as a thank you for hosting the Open House. The "Before" and "After" photos of their remodeling was impressive.

Another great appetizer served was Crostini with Cream Cheese, Prosciutto and Fig.



8 oz Cream Cheese, at room temperature

4-6 dried Garland figs, finely chopped

5-6 slices prosciutto, cut in a thin ribbon, or chiffonnade

1 baguette French bread

Truffle Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Preheat oven to boil. Place oven rack near the top.
  2. Slice bread about 3/8-inch thick, cut about 24 slices. Place on a sheet pan and drizzle witholive oil.
  3. Lightly toast one side of the bread, about 3-4 minutes. Allow bread to cool.
  4. Using a butter-knife spread a thin layer of the cream cheese on the toasted side. Sprinkle with the chopped figs and prosciutto.
  5. Just before serving, drizzle with a few drops of the truffle oil.

Serves 12 as an appetizer

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cooking at Desert Botanical Gardens with Tastes & Treasures cookbook

Observe the Arizona Centennial by learning to make the official centennial entrée--piñón crusted chicken with cherry chipotle sauce at Desert Botanical Gardens Feb 5 from 2-4 pm. League member Leslie Christiansen, who will instruct the class, commented, "Toasted pine nuts give this dish a wonderful nutty aroma and texture, and the cherry chipotle sauce is smoky and full of flavor. This mouth-watering entree comes from the historic guest ranch Rancho de La Osa, as does margarita pie. A fabulous, refreshing dessert, margarita pie is the Southwest's version of key lime pie."

These delicious recipes are perfect for entertaining and can be found in the Historical League's award winning cookbook Tastes & Treasures, for sale in the Garden's bookstore as well as

Sign up for this class at and scroll down to Feb 5 class Centennial Celebration Cooking with Leslie Christiansen.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Scottsdale ArtFest features League books

We have a booth at Scottsdale ArtFest Nov 19-20 downtown by the library. The Historical League will be selling Tastes & Treasures cookbook, Arizona Recollections and Reflections, Centennial aprons, hats and visors.

Join us and enjoy all the wonderful arts and crafts booths from 10 am - 5 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Carolyn Mendoza has volunteers lined up to help her with sales - Pam Ryan, Bonnie Newhoff, Sharron McKinney, Nina Fillipi, Pat Faur, Lindy Isacksen, Margaret Pogue, Delores Tomasek and Judy Blackwell. Our volunteers are the best.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mini Raspberry Black-Bottom Cheesecake

Leslie Christiansen has so many wonderful recipes to share. For the Historical League Open House, she create ones that volunteers could make ahead and bring to the historic home. Her comments, "I wanted appetizers that could be easy to make in advance and then transported to another location.

These were delicious and made a beautiful presentation.



6 whole chocolate graham crackers

3 T butter, soft

2/3 cup sour cream, at room


¼ cup sugar

1 eight oz package cream cheese, at room temperature

2 eggs, at room temperature

2 t vanilla

¼ cup raspberry jam or apricot preserves

Vegetable spray

Foil cupcake liners

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a standard muffin pan with foil cupcake liners and lightly spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Place the metal blade inside a food processor. Break up the chocolate graham crackers as you put them inside, and pulse until crushed. Add the butter and process to form fine crumbs.
  3. Spoon the graham cracker crumbs into the prepared cupcake pan. Press with the back of a spoon or a glass to compact the crumbs. Bake for 5 minutes.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the sour cream for about 20 seconds on medium speed.
  5. Add the sugar and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape the bowl.
  6. Lower the mixer speed, add cream cheese and beat about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the eggs, one at a time; waiting to add the second egg until the first egg is fully incorporated. Scrape the bowl.
  8. Add the vanilla and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl.
  9. Pour the batter into the baking cups, filling them about ¾ full. Bake for about 15 minutes, do not overbake. The center will be slightly jiggly.
  10. Remove cheesecakes from the oven. Spoon about 1 t jam on top of each cheesecake.
  11. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill the cheesecakes until cooled, about 2 hours. Cheesecakes can be refrigerated up to 2 days.
  12. Carefully peel off the foil baking cups from the cheesecake before serving.
  13. Please bring cheesecakes to the Open House in the paper liners.

Makes 36 mini cheesecakes

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Historymaker Bil Keane 1922-2011

Going to Bil Keane's home in 2010 to talk with him and obtain photos for Arizona Recollections and Reflections An Arizona Historymakers Centennial Commemoration was a highlight for me. He was gracious, witty and full of stories about his family, fondly remembering his beloved wife, Thel.

Honored in 1992 as a Historymaker, Bil Keane was a living legend. Artist and creator of "Family Circus" many of his works are on display at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park in Historymakers Hall. He was very supportive of the museum, attending the Historical League Open House when Sandra Day O'Connor spoke.

Tastes & Treasures cookbook has a beautiful contribution from him. No . . . not a recipe but an original cartoon. Priceless.

Look closely at the Eller billboard. Bil and Thel (on ladders) are putting the final touches on it.

More photos and biography of Mr. Keane in Arizona Recollection and Reflections.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Books sell at Carefree Church Boutique

Browse the wonderful gift items at this Christmas Bazaar and help support Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, P.E.O. groups and the Historical League on Saturday, Nov 12, 9 am - 3 pm and Sunday, Nov 13, 9 am - 1 pm. Cave Creek and Pima Rd.

League members, Jeannine Moyle and Nina Fillippi, will have
Tastes & Treasures A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona and Arizona Recollections and Reflections An Arizona Historymakers Centennial Commemoration available.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It takes a Village

Historical League volunteers are the best. Thanks again to Carolyn Mendoza and Bonnie Newhoff for their enthusiasm in promoting the history of Arizona through sales of Tastes & Treasures and Arizona Recollections and Reflections Centennial book. They sold books at two events at the AHS Museum - the October Annual Photo Fair and the National History Day Teachers Workshop. Congratulations on a great job.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Membership Open House Event

More than 75 people attended the Historical League Open House at the Craftsman-style Hearn Home on Northern Ave in Phoenix. The "Before" and "After" remodeling photos told a great story.

Children's Holiday Party co-chair Kassie Walters "candy caned"
some new members to tell them about the fabulous event at the Arizona Biltmore Resort on Saturday, Dec 17.

Co-Editors of Arizona Recollections and Reflections, Joan Robinson and Zona Lorig, sat with Leslie Christiansen and guest Meg Knopf. League members are excited about the response to our new Centennial book featuring stories and photos of Historymakers and timelines of early Arizona.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Curried Chicken with Mango Chutney

CURRIED CHICKEN WITH MANGO CHUTNEY made a beautiful presentation at the Historical League Open House. A similar recipe making this into a delightful dish called Curried Chicken Green Salad is in Tastes & Treasures cookbook on page 151.

Both Historical League books, Tastes & Treasures cookbook and our new Centennial book, AZ Recollections and Reflections An Arizona Historymakers Centennial Commemoration, were displayed at the Open House at the historic Hearn Home.


1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed & shredded into bite sized pieces

1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt

½ cup regular mayonnaise

¼ cup chutney

2-3 Tablespoons mild or medium curry powder

1½ t salt

1 cup celery, diced

¼ cup green onion, chopped

½ cup golden raisins

1 cup cashews (optional)


  1. Make the dressing: Combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, chutney, curry powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl place the chicken, celery, green onion and golden raisins into a large bowl. Stir in enough dressing to moisten well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for several hours to allow the flavors to blend. Season to taste, add more dressing, salt and pepper if necessary.
  4. Add the cashews, if using, and serve.

Great inside cream puffs.