Monday, April 29, 2013

Winner of Al Merito Award in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Congratulations to Joe Abodeely from the Arizona Military Museum. He was awarded the Al Merito Award at the Joint Arizona/New Mexico History Convention in Las Cruces on April 19. Historical League members are wishing him well. AHS Executive Director Anne Woosley, Norma Jean Coulter, Zona Lorig, Jeannine Moyle and Mary Parker.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Focacia Bread

Thanks to Judy Blackwell for treating the Historical League April meeting to delicious homemade Focacia bread. Rumor spread that this bread was homemade that morning and it was gobbled up!

Tastes & Treasures cookbook has a Rosemary Raisin Bread recipe on page 149. Try them both and enjoy!

Bread Machine Focaccia Bread 
Makes two 9-inch rounds

One 1/4-ounce envelope active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp.)
3 cups bread flour   
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup plus 3 T. lukewarm water (105-115 degrees F)
3 T. extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt for tops
Leaves from 2 fresh rosemary sprigs

1. In the order recommended by your bread machine manufacturer, combine the yeast, flour, sugar, salt, and lukewarm water in the container of your machine.  Set the machine on the dough cycle.  Close the cover and let the machine do its job.
2. When the dough is ready and the machine signals the end of the cycle, transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and divide it in half.  Shape each half into a rounded disk and transfer the disks to 1 large or 2 small baking sheets.  Cover with greased or sprayed plastic wrap (so it doesn't stick to the dough) and set aside to rise until doubled in bulk, usually 45 minutes to 1 hour.  (Don't worry if it takes as long as 2 hours.)
3. Punch down the disks and spread out each one into an 8- to 9-inch round about 1/2 inch thick.  Use your knuckles or the end of a wooden spoon to dimple the top of the dough.  Cover and set aside until risen and puffy, about 45 minutes; again, it may take up to 2 hours.
4. Preheat the oven to 425.  Just before baking, use your knuckles or the wooden spoon to dimple the surface of each focaccia again.  Drizzle the olive oil over the rounds and spread it into the dimples with the back of a spoon.  Sprinkle the focaccia with kosher salt and scatter the rosemary leaves on top.
5. Bake the focaccia in the top third of the oven for about 18 minutes, or until the tops are golden and the bottoms are lightly browned and crisp.  Transfer to a wire rack.  Cut into wedges and serve at once, or let cool and wrap for later.

Judy found the recipe in Sunset magazine.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Chocolate Lasagna

Decadent and Delicious. Love Chocolate recipes from Tastes & Treasures cookbook too.

Chocolate Lasagna

1 package regular Oreo cookies (Not Double Stuff) - about 36 cookies
6 Tablespoon butter, melted
1- 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cold milk
1- 12 ounce tub Cool Whip, divided
2 - 3.9 ounce packages Chocolate Instant Pudding.
3 1/4 cups cold milk
1 and 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

Begin by crushing 36 Oreo cookies. I used my food processor for this, but you could also place them in a large ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin. When the Oreos have turned into fine crumbs, you are done.
Transfer the Oreo crumbs to a large bowl. Stir in 6 tablespoons melted butter and use a fork to incorporate the butter into the cookie crumbs. When the butter is distributed, transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the refrigerator while you work on the additional layers.
Mix the cream cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add in 2 Tablespoons of milk, and sugar, and mix well. Stir in 1 and 1/4 cups Cool Whip. Spread this mixture over the crust.
In a bowl, combine chocolate instant pudding with 3 and 1/4 cups cold milk. Whisk for several minutes until the pudding starts to thicken. Use a spatula to spread the mixture over the previous cream cheese layer. Allow the dessert to rest for about 5 minutes so that the pudding can firm up further.
Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips evenly over the top. Place in the freezer for 1 hour, or the refrigerator for 4 hours before serving.

Thanks to

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Baked Dijon Salmon

This is a delicious way to prepare Salmon. Another great salmon recipe is in Tastes & Treasures cookbook on page 114 - Salmon Roulade.

Baked Dijon Salmon
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
4 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
4 (4 ounce) fillets salmon
salt and pepper to taste
1 lemon, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
In a small bowl, stir together butter, mustard, and honey. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together bread crumbs, pecans, and parsley.
Brush each salmon fillet lightly with honey mustard mixture, and sprinkle the tops of the fillets with the bread crumb mixture.
Bake salmon 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until it flakes easily with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with a wedge of lemon.
Makes 4 servings.

HG Grab and Go Breakfast cookies

Breakfast on the Run Cookies

Delicious and easy to transport. For a fast breakfast in the morning . . . try this

1/2 cup regular oats (not instant)
6 tbsp. whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup Fiber One bran cereal (original), ground to a breadcrumb-like consistency in a blender or food processor
1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1/3 cup Gerber Peaches (or another brand of pureed peaches, found in the baby food aisle)
1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1 tbsp. golden raisins
1 tbsp. Ocean Spray Craisins (original)
2 tbsp. brown sugar, not packed
2 tsp. Coffee-mate Sugar Free French Vanilla powdered creamer
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Chop raisins and Craisins into small pieces. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, flour, Fiber One crumbs, Splenda, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, dissolve Coffee-mate into 2 tbsp. hot water. Add all other wet ingredients (pureed peaches, pumpkin, and egg substitute), and mix well.

Add liquid mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir until completely blended. Slowly sprinkle chopped raisins and Craisins into the batter, making sure they don't all stick together.

Spray a large baking pan with nonstick spray, and spoon batter into 4 evenly spaced circles. Spread batter out a bit with the back of a spoon. Place pan in the oven for 12 - 14 minutes (until tops of the treats are just slightly crispy). Remove pan from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Then grab 'n go!

Makes 4 servings
Thanks to Hungry Girl for recipe.

PER SERVING (1 cookie): 154 calories, 1.5g fat, 166mg sodium, 32.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 10.5g sugars, 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4* 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Roosevelt School District to received donated books

Arizona Recollections and Reflections: An Arizona Centennial Historymakers Commemoration has been well received by teachers and librarians across the state.

This book strengthens Arizona's culture by sharing biographies and rare photographs of 58 Historymakers. Their stories reflect the fabric, growth and diversity of our state. It also features the important histories of the book's fourteen sponsors.

This book is a great resource for social study teachers working with the state standards from fourth through twelfth grades. Arizona Historymakers are individuals who bring 20th and early 21st century concepts alive through their pictures and stories that include successes as well as hurdles.

The Historical League has a program to donate this book to all school and public libraries in Arizona. Thanks to Seth Lansky of Follett Resources, Roosevelt, Alhambra and Phoenix #1 School District will get their donated books. Seth has been instrumental in helping to get these books into schools. The Historical League is very grateful for his help.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

AZ Recollections and Reflections in Globe Museum

The Historical League continues to promote our Historymakers with Arizona Recollections and Reflections book. Governor Rose Mofford was honored as a Historymaker in 1999.

League member Mary Parker tells us, "Look what I found when I went to Miami for a Museum board meeting. This display case containing our Centennial book, Arizona Recollections and Reflections, is in the Rose Mofford section at the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum in Miami. The League had a tour of Miami/Globe quite a few years ago and the Miami people have put a lot of work into restoring and opening the southern section of this old school building. Years ago, only the northern section of the building was opened. Now, they have restored the floor and the room where we had the board meeting, along with re-doing a hallway where more specimens are on display. The hallway leads to Governor Mofford's section. The rest of her artifacts are in Florence."

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Chess Bars

Delicious and easy - my kind of dessert.  I have made the Chess Bars several times and everyone always enjoys them. This recipe is super easy and yummy!

Chess Bars
Ingredients for bars:
1 (2-layer) package yellow cake mix
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 egg

Ingredients for topping:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 (1-pound) package confectioners’ sugar
3 eggs

Combine the cake mix, butter and one egg in a bowl and mix well. Press over the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan.

Combine the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and three eggs in a bowl and mix well. Pour over the cake mix mixture. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Cut into squares.
Option: Sprinkle with confestioners' sugar.

Makes 2 dozen.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Broccoli, Grape, Turkey Bacon Salad

We always like make-ahead salads. This one is nutritious and delicious.

You might want to try Pasta Salad with Brie on page 169 in Tastes & Treasures cookbook. It's delicious too.

Broccoli, Grape, Turkey Bacon Salad
1/2 (16 oz) box whole wheat farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
1 lb. fresh broccoli
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp. salt
2 cups seedless red grapes
6 cooked turkey bacon slices, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan for about 6 minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.  Then prepare pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems and separate into small pieces using a paring knife.  In a large bowl, whisk together mayo, yogurt, sugar, red onion, vinegar and salt and toss with broccoli, hot cooked pasta and grapes.  Stir to coat.  Cover and chill for up to 3 hours.  Stir in bacon and toasted pecans just before serving, enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Southern Living

Friday, April 12, 2013

Unique bread

Love the look of this unique bread from Breadworks, Petosky, Michigan. And the aroma coming from the oven when it was warmed up was heavenly . . .

Now to find a luscious spread for it. . .Browsing through Tastes & Treasures cookbook for ideas and I found hot crab dip on page 165.  Yummmmm.

Hot Crab Dip 

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
6 ounces crab meat, shells and cartilage removed
2 or 3 green onions, sliced
Dash of Tabasco Sauce
Sliced Almonds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the cream cheese, crab meat, green onions and Tabasco sauce in a bowl and mix until combined. Spoon the crab mixture into a small baking dish and bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with the almonds and bake for 10 minutes longer. Serve with chips and/or assorted party crackers. You may prepare up to 4 hours in advance and store, covered, in the refrigerator. Bake just before serving as directed above.

Makes 1 1/2 cups

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Del Mar Salad Shrimp/salsa

Refreshing and delicious, filled with crab and shrimp. Yummm.
Del Mar Salad
Shredded iceberg lettuce
sliced black olives,
sliced avocado
diced fresh tomatoes
chopped onion
finely chopped red and yellow sweet peppers
chopped jicama
cooked shrimp, chilled
cooked crab, chilled

Combine tomato, onion, sweet peppers and cilantro. Layer lettuce on plate. Add shrimp, crab, tomato salsa, olives, cilantro. Drizzle with Viniagrette. Top with avocado and cilantro sprig.

We also like Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Basil from Tastes & Treasures cookbook, page 175

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cookbooks to Tucson Distributor

Treasure Chest, located in Tucson, supplies books to stores all over the state. Every year they order 100 or more copies of Tastes & Treasures cookbook.  I am loading the car as it is time to ship to them again. . .

Saturday, April 6, 2013

How did Phoenix grow?

Guest speakers and authors Jim McPherson and Suad Mahmuljin gave us terrific insight to what has been happening with historic buildings, transportation and the growth of the city. Together they have written Downtown Phoenix Images of America filled with photos of days gone by.

Phoenix started growing in 1860 with water from Hohocam canals.  Jack Swilling started his Ditch Company creating canals that were lush and green. You could drive from Phoenix to Tempe in the shade of cottonwood trees. Then came roads and rails.

By 1880's the city streets were full of bicycles, pedestrians, horse and carriages and streetcars. Most building had awnings and trees to shield the sun. Central north of McDowell was open space and a toll road but bicycles were free.

In 1890 and 1891 Phoenix had 2 major floods and the prominent residents moved north of the city from the low-lying areas. Many elegant Victorian homes were never rebuilt in south Phoenix.

The Fleming Building 1896

Pam Ryan presents the authors with Arizona Recollections and Reflections

1929 brought the automobile, traffic jams and service stations.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Norma Jean Coulter help distribute books

Norma Jean has worked on writing and editing Arizona Recollections and Reflections and now she is helping distribute the donated books to school libraries. At the request of Judy Jones, President of Alumni Association in Tucson Unified School District, Norma Jean delivered a book to her for the Tucson Badger Foundation.

We are pleased to see the demand for our Commemorative book and know that students will learn about Arizona history and the contributions of our Historymakers for years to come.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Louise McCall supports AZ Recollections and Reflections

Historymaker Robert McCall had incredible artistic talent. His wife, Louise, has her own amazing art and will be featured at the Phoenix Art Museum exhibit April 4-7.

We appreciate the continued support Louise gives to the Historical League with donations to the our program to provide Arizona Recollections and Reflections Centennial book to all libraries in the state.