Saturday, October 31, 2015

Meg Knopf is a natural with cookbook sales

It is wonderful when Historical League members offer to help and Meg Knopf stepped right up! She is a natural, talking about Tastes & Treasures cookbook, writing up receipts and taking credit card sales. So glad to have her on our team. League President Margaret Baker is happy to get her new cookbook.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Dancing Chef caters History in the Making Exhibit

Event Chair Anne Lupica thanks Mark for the
delicious food and beautiful presentation.
The Dancing Chef Mark Vanek provided the wonderful food for the “History in the Making" event at a very affordable prices. Many of the delicious menu items were taken from the League cookbook “Tastes & Treasures.” 
The recipe for Sherried Shrimp with Capers is from La Posada Hotel in Winslow. Found on page 60 of Tastes & Treasures cookbook.
Sherried Shrimp with Capers from La Posada Hotel

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Awesome children's raffle prizes at Wizard of Oz Dec 5

Want to take home this fabulous remote controlled car? It was a big hit last year at the Family Holiday Party and a new one has been donated for this year's event Saturday, Dec 5 at Phoenix Theatre production "Wizard of Oz". The Historical League will sponsor this unique theatre production, serve delicious food and offer amazing wine baskets for the Silent Auction. To be a part of this unique event, get your tickets at by November 13 ingle/SYOS.aspx?p=6280

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Fall means pumpkins and all the recipes you can find to use this fabulous gourd. Did you know pumpkin is classified as a fruit?
We also like the many pie recipes in Tastes & Treasures cookbook.

Mini Pumpkin Pies:

2 Refrigerated ready-to-roll pie crust

1/2 Cup of Sugar

8 oz. Cream Cheese (room temperature)

1 Cup of Canned Pumpkin

1 teaspoon of Vanilla

3 eggs

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Whipped Cream


Pre-heat oven to 425.

Mix sugar, pumpkin, vanilla, eggs, cream cheese & pumpkin spice until smooth.

Roll dough. Using a bowl or 4 inch round cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles from your 2 9-inch pie crust doughs.

Place each circle into a pre-greased muffin tin. Press them in, letting the sides come up for a fun look. Score the bottom of your dough with a fork to keep the crust from bubbling up as it cooks.

Pour your filling into each muffin tin cup. Fill them to the very top.

Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Then turn your heat down to 350 and bake them for 25-30 minutes. 

Let these cool on a wire rack for a couple of hours to let the pumpkin filling set.

Add a dollop of whipped cream if desired.

Thanks to Southern Gals for the recipe.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Decor

Can you guess what is in these?
Anywhere you place them, these jars are fascinating for Halloween.
mason jars
cotton balls
plastic spiders (spider rings with the ring cut off works well)
glow stick

Saturday, October 24, 2015

History in the Making Oct 22 at the Museum

 Event Chair Anne Lupica with Andrea Evans
Check in table with Tom Lorig
Beautiful skies over the courtyard at AHS Museum set the mood for a fabulous "Unveiling of the 2014 Historymakers Exhibit."  Anne Lupica organized a memorable event with dignitaries, speeches, food and drink. We were pleased to have many 2014 Historymakers in attendance along with previous Historymakers.
A big thank you to SRP for their sponsorship.

Historymakers L to R    Calvin C. Goode, Marshall Trimble, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Jim Bruner, Lattie Coor,
Maxine Lakin, Bill Shover

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Cerreta's Candy Co. Tour

Founder Jim Cerreta discusses White Chocolate
Marshmallow tips with Delores Tomasek
The Historical League tour to Glendale to visit Cerreta's Candy Factory was indeed a sweet treat. The photos tell the story. Thanks to Julie Moore and Mary McMahon for arranging a wonderful tour.

The I Love Lucy Candy Line

Lindy Isacksen and Mary Parker walk through the candy

Halloween sprinkles added to marshmallows
Caramel ready to be poured

Tour guide explaining how to make
the popular Mint Chocolates.

President Margaret Baker in front of the factory

Sprinkles anyone?

Lots and Lots of Sugar

Tour guide was very informative and friendly.
The children loved it, especially the samples.

Lindy Isacksen, Linda Fritsch and Cathy Shumard after shopping

Mary Parker and Julie Moore. Note the Lucy Show on TV.

Sharron McKinney, Nina Fillippi ready to shop

Ready for the tour

Monday, October 19, 2015

2003 Historymaker Jack Pfister Extraordinary Life: Panel Discussion

Jack Pfister and Lattie Coor at Historymakers Gala

One of the state's foremost civic leaders, Jack Pfister 1933-2009, has a new book written about his life called "Water, Power and Persuasion: How Jack Pfister Shaped Modern Arizona." A panel discussion featuring 2014 Historymaker Lattie Coor, 2008 Historymaker Elisabeth Ruffner and lawmaker Art Hamilton along with author Kathleen Ingley will present his unique story.

Tuesday, Oct 20 from 6:30-8:00pm at Burton Barr Central Library.

The Historical League began the Historymakers Recognition Program in 1992 and has honored over 64 individuals as Historymakers. A reception at the AHS Museum at Papago Park on October 22 will feature these Historymakers in a new interactive exhibit.
RSVP. www.regonline/historyinthemaking to order copies of the book. to read his biography and oral history.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pumpkin Bread from Mariamne Moore

This moist and delicious bread was made from a Pumpkin Bread Krusteaux mix but Mariamne added her secret ingredients. 1/2 cup applesauce and 3/4 cup chopped nuts. It's always fun to experiment in the kitchen.
Thanks for bringing this yummy bread to our October meeting.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hospitality Commitee does a Great Job!

Pat Christopherson, Mary Parker, Karolee Hess
Mary McMahon
Many, many thanks to the Hospitality Committee. We have beautiful salads and desserts each month at our meetings. The table displays are outstanding. The ladies are fun and cheerful and always smiling.
Missing in these photos is their leader Sandy Loeffler!
Many of the delicious foods are made from recipes in Tastes & Treasures cookbook.
Pat Christopherson and Dianne Cobb

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tuscan Bread Salad from Lindy Isacksen

Lindy brought a delicious new salad to the October Historical League meeting. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Tuscan Bread Salad

7 slices Panne Provincia roasted garlic bread, cut 1 inch thick
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 5-ounce package baby spinach
12 ounces cooked boneless, skinless chick breasts, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 medium red onion, sliced into thin wedges
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1 cup prepared balsamic vinaigrette, divided

Cut bread slices into 1-inch cubes. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes, or until hot. Add half of the bread cubes and cook for 2-3 minutes, turning the cubes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towl lined plate. Repeat with remaining 3 tablespoons oil and bread cubes.
Arrange spinach on a large platter. Top with bread cubes, chicken, tomatoes, olives, mozzarella and onions. Toss gently. Sprinkle with parsley and basil.
Drizzle 1/2 cup vinaigrette over the salad. Serve with the remaining vinaigrette on the side. Makes 8 servings.
Note: Substitute 4 ounces of perlini (mini fresh mozzarella balls) for the cubed fresh mozzarella.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Blondies (Gluten Free) from Betsy Davis

For those watching their gluten intake, these blondies are so yummmmmmy! Thanks to Betsy Davis for bringing them to the October Historical League meeting.

For this recipe you have to make an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend, the recipe follows with my notes in parenthesis:

ALL-PURPOSE GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR BLEND - Recipe from the How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook, Volume 2
4 1/2 c plus 1/3 c white rice flour (I made rice flour by buying the rice and grinding it in my Nutrabullet with the grain blade)

1 c brown rice flour

1 c potato starch (Bob's Red Mill brand is available at Sprouts)

3/4 c tapioca starch (Bob's Red Mill brand is available at Sprouts)

3 Tbs nonfat milk powder
Makes about 9 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour.  Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 months or freeze for up to 6 months.  Bring to room temperature before using; if you don't bring the flour to room temperature before using, the recipe may not work as expected).

1 3/4 c All-Purpose gluten-free flour

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp xanthan gum  (Bob's Red Mill brand is available at Sprouts - this is what makes the blondies hold together)

7 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 c packed brown sugar, light or dark

1/2 c granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 Tbsp milk

4 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 c white chocolate chips

1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips
1) Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 325 F.
2) Make a foil sling for an 8-inch sure baking pan by folding 2 long sheets of aluminum foil so each is 8 inches wide.  Lay the sheets of foil in the pan perpendicular to each other with extra foil handing over the edges.  Push the foil into the corners and up the dies of the pan, smoothing the girl flush to the pan; spray with vegetable spray.
3) Whisk the flour blend, salt, balking powder and xanthan gum together in a bowl.
4) In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together until no lumps remain. Whisk in the eggs, milk and vanilla until very smooth.
5) Stir in the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until the flour is completely incorporated and the batter is homogeneous, about 1 minute.
6) Fold in the white and semi-sweet chocolate chips. (All of my chips sank to the bottom of the batter when they cooked.  The next time I make this I will scrape the batter into the pan and sprinkle the chips on the top and see how that does.)
7) Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
8) Bake until blondies are a deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted i the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking.
9) Let the blondies cool completely in the pan, about 2 hours.  Using the foil slip, remove the blondies from the pan.  Cut into desired size squares and serve.
Blondies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Zona Lorig's Oatmeal Cake

Moist and delicious, this vintage recipe has nutritious ingredients but also lots of sugar. Thanks to Zona Lorig for bringing it to the September Historical League meeting.

Oatmeal Cake

Ingredients for Cake:
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup quick cook oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup well-packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs

Directions for Cake:
Mix boiling water, butter and oats together and set aside for 15 minutes.
Combine flour, soda, cinnamon, brown sugar, white sugar and eggs and mix well. Add dissolved oat mixture and mix well.
Bake in 9” X 13” pan sprayed with cooking oil at 350 degrees for 35 min.

Ingredients for Topping:
6-8 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup cream or milk
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon flour
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions for Topping:
Mix butter, cream, brown sugar and flour together and heat on cook top. Add coconut, nuts and vanilla and mix well. Spread on warm cake and place under broiler until lightly brown, about two minutes. Watch carefully as it burns easily.

Recipe from Chandler Junior Woman’s Club Cookbook - 1965

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Silly Apple Bites with Googly Eyes

With Halloween coming, think about the fun making these as well as eating them! Healthy too.

2 green apples, each quartered
sunflower butter
32 sunflower seeds
2-3 strawberries, sliced
1-2 homemade googly eyes per apple bite

Cut the middles out of each quarter of the apple to create a mouth. Don't worry about perfection, you are filling this gap with sunbutter anyway so if you cut too deep, you can always just cover it up and no one will know.
Coat the inside of the cut gap with a filling of sunflower butter.
Place 4 sunflower seeds on the top of the "mouth" for the teeth.
Place 1 sliced strawberry inside the mouth for the tongue.
"Glue" each eye above the mouth with a dab of sunbutter to stick.

Homemade Googly Eyes

1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. corn syrup
2 tsp. nondairy milk
¼ tsp. almond extract (or vanilla extract)
mini chocolate chips

Whisk together the powdered sugar and cornstarch. Add the remainder ingredients except for the chocolate chips and mix until combined. It should be a thick paste at this point.
Place into either a piping bag or Ziploc baggie and pipe dots into one row onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Gently top each dot with the mini chocolate chip--you don't want to wait too long to place the chocolate chip in the middle or it will set.
Repeat until all the paste is gone.
Allow the googly eyes to set for at least 24 hours on your counter.

Thanks to for the recipe and ideas.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Finishing touches on Historymakers Exhibit

The interactive monitors have been installed and work like a charm. So nice to join the "techie age." Michael DeQuinque of Sound and Video did a fabulous job. It is so enlightening to hear each Historymaker speak about his/her life, business, family, philanthropy and connection with Arizona.
Linda Corderman is working on new signage and framing of the monitors. Soon the exhibit will be ready for the "Unveiling of Historymakers 2014" October 22 at AHS Museum at Papago Park. 5-7:00 pm.
$35. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages served.
Details at
Tickets at

Friday, October 2, 2015

New Cookbook begins

Cookbook Committee co-chairs Leslie Christiansen,
Ruth McLeod and Linda Corderman
Since almost 19,000 out of the 20,000 copies of Tastes & Treasures are gone, we are planning a new cookbook. You can call it Volume II with a similar format, great historical venues, fascinating food memories from Historymakers and delicious do-able recipes.
Glad to have the knowledge of three of the original cookbook committee members, Leslie Christiansen, Ruth McLeod and Linda Corderman working on the new version.
This new cookbook project was announced at the September Historical League meeting.