Thursday, May 12, 2011

Guest Speaker Dr. Heidi Osselaer

Our May speaker was Dr. Heidi Osselaer, a women's studies professor at ASU, who has written a book, Winning Their Place: Arizona Women in Politics, 1883-1950. (Read review at

Dr. Osselaer is shown on the left standing next to League member, Linda Cathey.

In AZ, women have always had a voice and a vote. Dr. Osselaer's stories sure peaked my interest in reading more about these remarkable women who were married, had families as well as being effective legislators.

Edamame & Hominy Salad

Margaret Baker brought the best salad to our May meeting on Monday and graciously shared it.


10 oz. fresh or frozen shelled edamame beans (soybeans)

1 15 oz. can yellow hominy, drained (I prefer Bush brand)

1 15 oz. can white hominy, drained (I prefer Bush brand)

I small red bell pepper, diced

1 small onion, diced (I prefer green onions; milder)

1 fresh jalapeno pepper, diced (or to taste)

¼ cup cilantro, chopped


½ cup seasoned rice wine vinegar

¼ cup fresh lime juice

¼ cup vegetable oil

½ tsp. Pico de Gallo seasoning (or chile powder)

½ tsp. cumin

2 tsp. chipotle salsa (most grocery stores have this)

Salt and pepper to taste (may not need salt)

Mix salad ingredients together. In a separate bowl thoroughly combine dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over salad and mix thoroughly. Chill at least 4 hours. Serves 6 to 8.

Notes: This is very different, spicy, and keeps exceptionally well for days, in the refrigerator.

From Melissa’s shelled edamame (soybean) package, February 2006.