Monday, November 30, 2015

Spaghetti Squash the easy way.

Love this vegetable but don't want to turn on the oven? Try this unique approach.
Lots of delicious recipes in Tastes & Treasures cookbook too.

Spaghetti Squash in the slow-cooker

1 spaghetti squash

Place whole squash in a slow cooker (at least 4-qt. capacity). Add 1/2 cup water.
Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours, or until squash is soft.
Slice squash in half lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds.
Use a fork to scrape out spaghetti squash strands. Place in a strainer to drain excess moisture. Thoroughly blot dry, removing as much moisture as possible.

FYI: A 4-lb. squash yields about 5 cups cooked squash... sometimes more! The number of servings this recipe makes will vary based on your individual squash's size and yield.

Thanks to HungryGirl for the helpful idea.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Chili for Fall and Football

Chili is the perfect dish for a crowd. This recipe is super easy and quick. Make it ahead and leave to simmer in the crockpot until the company arrives.

1 lb ground turkey
1 lb ground beef
1 package chili mix
1 large jar Great Northern White Beans (drained)
2 large cans diced tomatoes
1 can diced black olives (drained)
Topping Ingredients:
Sour Cream
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Chopped Avocado

Brown meat in skillet. Drain grease. Add all ingredients to crock pot and simmer for 4 hours.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pumpkin Dump Cake for Fall

Fall is here and what a great time to enjoy pumpkin in all it's wonderful ways. Lots of other pumpkin recipes in Tastes & Treasures cookbook too.
Pumpkin Dump Cake

1 15 oz can Pumpkin Puree

1 10 oz can Evaporated Milk

1 cup light brown sugar

3 eggs (slightly beaten)

3 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 box yellow cake mix

1 cup (2 sticks) butter melted

1 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers or pecans or walnuts

1/2 cup toffee bits (optional)


Preheat oven to 350

Spray a 9×13 baking pan lightly with cooking/baking spray

In a large bowl combine the pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs and pumpkin pie spice. Stir to combine.

Pour into your prepared pan.

Sprinkle your entire box of cake mix on top, followed by your nuts or graham crackers and toffee chips.

Pour your melted butter evenly on top.

Bake for 45-50 minutes until center is set and edges are lightly browned.

Note: Cover with aluminum foil near end if nuts start to get too brown.
Cake may still move slightly in the middle when done (like pumpkin pie). It sets up as it cools. Cool completely.
Cake is better if made the day before serving or at least in the morning if you plan to serve in the evening.
Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sweet Potato Casserole

Here's a wonderful Thanksgiving recipe from a yoga instructor and friend, Tianna Hill.

This casserole was shared with me over 20 years ago and has been on our Thanksgiving table ever since. is like having dessert on your plate and it is addicting! Enjoy!

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

5 medium sweet potatoes (about 3 cups) boil and mash. Add to the sweet potatoes;
6 T butter (melted)
2 eggs (beaten)
1/2 C milk (we use rice or almond)
1/2 C dark brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix until smooth. Pour mixture into a lightly buttered 11x7 dish and bake for 20 minutes.

Ingredients Topping:
1/2 C brown sugar
4 T flour
4 T butter (softened)
1 C chopped pecans
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix and crumble. Spread over the top of the baked sweet potatoes and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the topping is crispy!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Historymakers attend Unveiling of 2014 Historymakers Wall

2014 Historymakers who attended our “History in the Making” event were Jim Bruner, Lattie Coor, Maxine Lakin and Marshall Trimble. Governor Castro was represented by James Garcia.
Three Historymakers from prior years also attended the event: Sandra Day O’Connor, Calvin C. Goode and Bill Shover.
After being introduced Justice O’Connor remarked, “I love this Museum.”
L to R     Honorable Calvin C. Goode, Marshall Trimble, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Jim Bruner, Lattie Coor,
Maxine Lakin, Bill Shover

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Delicious food served at Unveiling of 2014 Historymakers Exhibit

“History in the Making" event at the Museum had a buffet table filled with fabulous food. Thanks to the Dancing Chef Mark Vanek for doing the catering. Many of the delicious menu items were taken from the League cookbook “Tastes and Treasures.”

Sunday, November 15, 2015

New Museum Name

Historymakers 2014 Exhibit
Exciting things happening with AHS. New name for the museum is Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park. The new director Tawn Downs made the official announcement at the Unveiling of 2014 Historymakers Exhibit. We are looking forward to seeing the Heritage Center grow with her vision of making it a Cultural Center, a gathering place, more open to the public with events in the courtyard and speaking engagements.

Museum Director Tawn Downs

2014 Historymaker Lattie Coor and
daughter in law Rachel Coor
Historymaker Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Renee Donnelly

Rachel Coor and Sandra Day O'Connor with Tawn Downs

Friday, November 13, 2015

Baking with the Granddaughter

Love having the children's Old Ned aprons on hand for helping in the kitchen. Children enjoy having the same apron as the grownups and it saves their clothes too.
Fits sizes 3-7 years. Washable, front pocket, adjustable strap. $10.00. Makes a great Holiday gift . . .

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wizard of Oz tickets donated to children's charity

Helping a child is a good thing. And what a wonderful Thank You note we received from the Audrey Johnson Foundation. They are excited to go this year.
"Thank you so much to the Historical League Inc for donating 42 tickets to our children to a special showing of The Wizard of Oz at Phoenix Theatre on Saturday December 5!!! We are so blessed to be the beneficiaries of these tickets for the 2nd year in a row!"

It's not too late to donate tickets and send a child to the Wizard of Oz festivities hosted by the Historical League. Call Phoenix Theatre box office 602-254-2151 and tell them you want to donate to the Historical League benefit matinee Sat, Dec 5.
Some of the 43 children and families who attended the Historical League Family Holiday Party last year.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Grilled Apple 'n Squash Sausage Kebabs

Grilled Apple and Squash Sausage Kebabs

A sweet and savory dish.

Ingredients for Glaze: 
1/4 cup low-sugar apricot preserves 

1 tbsp. reduced-sodium/lite soy sauce 

Ingredients for Kebabs: 

2 cups butternut squash cut into 1-inch cubes

2 cups apples cut into 1-inch chunks 

12 oz. (about 4 links) fully cooked chicken sausage with 8g fat or less per 3-oz. serving, sliced into 1-inch coins

If using six wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes to prevent burning.

To make the glaze, in a small bowl, combine preserves with soy sauce. Stir until uniform.

Place squash and apples in a large microwave-safe bowl with 1 tbsp. water. Cover and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir, and microwave for 2 more minutes, or until squash has slightly softened. 

Alternately thread squash, apples, and sausage coins onto six skewers, tightly packing pieces together. 

Spray a grill with nonstick spray and bring to medium-low heat. Brush all sides of the kebabs with the glaze.
Grill for 6 minutes with the grill cover down. 

Flip kebabs. With the grill cover down, grill for 6 - 8 minutes, or until squash has softened.

Thanks to Hungry Girl for the recipe.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Amazing Wine Basket Raffle for Wizard of Oz

Zona Lorig helps Mary Parker create the wine baskets.
Mary Parker did a fabulous job last year of getting wonderful wines for the Historical League Phoenix Theatre matinee. Can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve . . . or in her basket for Saturday, Dec 5 The Wizard of Oz festivities.
There is also children's toy and entertainment raffles, no-host bar, complimentary light refreshments. Lots of fun and excitement for the whole family.
Raffle tickets available from 12:30 - 2 pm performance.
Purchase your Theatre tickets by Nov 13 at

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Donate Wizard of Oz tickets to help children

One more munchkin can attend The Wizard of Oz thanks to Donna Esposito donating a ticket. The spirit of the Holidays comes out when people donate to let a child attend such a festive event . . . Something that the child would never be able to see with out the help of a friend. Something that the child will remember long after the Holidays are over.
Thanks Donna and all the others who donate tickets. Call the box office to donate and tell them it is for the Historical League benefit matinee. 602-254-2151.
The Audrey Johnson Foundation co-ordinates the donation to make sure children get a chance to see this live theatre performance and experience the Historical League "Extras" available only at this matinee.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

AHS Museum new name is Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

Tawn Downs Museum Director
The "Unveiling of 2014 Historymakers Exhibit" on October 22 brought dignitaries, supporters and Historymakers to the Museum. Tawn Downs, the new AHS Central Division Director, thanked the League for all its support and laid out her vision for a focused marketing initiative to increase the visibility of the museum in the Valley. She also announced the new name of our museum: AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park.

Entrance to Museum

2014 Historymaker Exhibit shows Jim Bruner and Marshall Trimble

Elva Coor, 2003 Historymaker Calvin C. Goode,
2014 Historymaker co chair Mary Parker

Monday, November 2, 2015

SRP supports Historymakers "History in the Making" Exhibit Opening

Peter Hayes, Associate General Manager
& Chief Public Affairs Executive for SRP
SRP generously sponsored our “History in the Making” event and was represented that evening by Peter Hayes who spoke about the critical contributions SRP has made to the history and development of Arizona. The Historical League is very grateful for the support SRP has provided over many years to our Historymaker Gala and Recognition Program.

Reception prior to Unveiling of Historymakers Exhibit

Historymakers Exhibit

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Dinner made from Tastes & Treasures recipes

We love to have feedback from Tastes & Treasures cookbook recipes. Nancy Oswald of Oregon found a Rancho de la Osa menu that pleased her Gourmet Group. She wrote the following note to her friend, Historical League member Jeannine Moyle.
Jeannine Moyle with Nancy Oswald from Gaston, Oregon