Tuesday, June 28, 2016

T. Cooks at Royal Palms Resort

Cathy Shumard, Ruth McLeod and Linda Corderman enjoy T. Cooks
Beautiful arches at Royal Palms entry
Tough job, but someone has to do it - visit beautiful historic restaurants around Arizona and talk to them about being involved in our new cookbook, Tastes and Treasures II. Cathy Shumard, Linda Corderman and Ruth McLeod stopped in at T. Cooks at Royal Palms Resort. We munched on bowls of delicious Muhammara and hummus with grilled pita, black olives, thickly sliced cucumbers and giant black radishes. Joined by Director of Sales and Marketing, Mark Lindsey, it was exciting to hear compliments about our first edition of Tastes and Treasures and to hear the interest in participating in the second volume.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Wyoming Whopper Cookies from Janelle

Well worth making, these are delicious. Pour yourself a glass of milk and try not to eat more than one!
Thanks to Janelle Olson for sharing the recipe.

Wyoming Whopper Cookies
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cup chunky-style peanut butter
1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten
6 cup old fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
2 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup raisins
2 teaspoon baking soda

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Blend in peanut butter, sugars and eggs; mix until smooth. Add oats, chocolate chips, raisins and baking soda (dough will be sticky). Drop on greased baking sheets with ice cream scoop or large spoon. Flatten slightly.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Yield: 2 dozen

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Lon's at Hermosa Inn

A new and remodeled Hermosa Inn was a pleasant surprise when we went for Happy Hour. The new owners did a lovely job of incorporating the history of the building in the remodel and new lobby and offices.
Fabulous Lon Megargee's paintings are everywhere. Love the fact that the bar is named "Last Drop" after the picture (shown here).
Chef Jeremy Pacheco does an outstanding job with the food. Lon's was featured on pages 94-101 in Tastes and Treasures cookbook. We look forward to featuring them in the next Tastes and Treasures cookbook Volume 2.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

National History Day experiences in Wash. D.C.

Mr. Behring with Kiran Kapoor and Grant Trepanier
Meghna Pancholi with Chandler
teacher Stacey Trepanier
In competition
National History Day students have arrived in Washington D.C. The Historical League is proud we were able to help them achieve their goals.
The contest is named for Mr. Kenneth E. Behring in recognition of his support of National History Day (NHD). Mr Behring  (born June 13, 1928) is a real-estate developer, former owner of the National Football League's Seattle Seahawks, and philanthropist.
At the Berlin Wall

Meghna Pancholi made a new friend at the Natural History Museum

Friday, June 17, 2016

National History Day students in Wash. D.C.

Opening Ceremonies
An amazing group of AZ students are competing now at National History Day in Washington D.C. The Historical League supports this venture by helping with judging, finances and encouragement. They are serious about their competition but are also able to have fun visiting some of the museums in the area.
We met many of the students at the David Wright House when the Historical League hosted a fundraising Spring Event for them. They are all winners!

Wearing their Arizona shirts

Sohani explores the Natural History Museum

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

John Wayne, Legend of Monument Valley

Join us at the AZ Heritage Center on June 22 from 1:30-2:30 pm for
John Wayne, Legend of Monument Valley, a presentation by Bill J. Harrison, "Arizona's Road Scholar."

An undisputed American icon, John Wayne is recognized the world over for his signature drawl and confident swagger: the ultimate personification of American courage and honor. But it wasn't always that way. Early in his career, John Wayne starred in dozens of poorly written and amateurishly directed B-movies that were quickly relegating him to the scrap heap.  Then three things changed his life: John Ford, the famous movie director; Harry Goulding, an Indian trader and sheep farmer; and Monument Valley. This presentation will introduce the participants to a unique chapter in the legend of John Wayne.  Participants will enjoy this remarkable true story that not only launched John Wayne's career, but also introduced the world to the grandeur and mystery that is Monument Valley. Join us as Bill Harrison shows us how Harry Goulding saved John Wayne from obscurity and from fading into the background of Hollywood!
Cost: $5.00, $4.00 for AHS members. Book in advance at 480-929-0292. Does not include admission to the museum. Museum tour available following presentation for additional $8.00; book in advance.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

New sign for AZ Heritage Center

Looking good with new signage for the Arizona Historical Society Museum at 1300 N. College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Oven baked bone-in chicken breast

Oven Baked Crispy Garlic Bone-in Skin-on (Split) Chicken Breast

Tasty and easy. You get a 5 rating with less than 10 minutes of work (5 minutes if you're quick). It's got garlic. It's got spice. It's got crunch. And almost no work.

3 (scale to what you need) bone-in skin-on chicken breast (AKA split chicken breast)
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp celery salt
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp Kosher salt
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp Dual action baking powder

Preheat oven to 425 convection.
Trim the chicken of any trim-able fat and remove the rib area and discard.
Cut the chicken into chunks. The normal size ones in half and the super humungous ones into thirds.
Prepare a baking pan with aluminum foil, a baking rack and spray with PAM.
Combine spices and then sprinkle and rub on all surfaces.
Place on rack with larger pieces in the corners. And thinner edges to center.
Bake until internal temp of 165. About 35 minutes depending on your oven and thickness of the chicken.

Thanks to 101cookingfortwo.com for recipe.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Lemon Lush

Lemons are falling off the trees in Phoenix. Perfect timing for this yummy dessert.

Lemon Lush

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup finely chopped pecans
¼ cup sugar
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 (3.4-ounce) packages instant lemon pudding mix
3½ cups milk
1 (16-ounce) container whipped topping, thawed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, softened butter, pecans, and ¼ cup sugar until evenly mixed. Press into the bottom of a 9X13-inch pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool.
Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, and lemon juice until smooth. Spread on top of the cooled shortbread crust.
In a medium bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk until it thickens some, about 3 to 5 minutes. Pour on top of cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour is good.
Spread whipped topping over top. Cut into squares. Serves: 12

If you want pretty slices, you must partially freeze the lemon lush. It will defrost fairly quickly.

Thanks to spicysouthernkitchen.com for recipe.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Summer Programs for Kids at AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park

Arizona Rocks!  Natural History series
 June and July - Tuesdays and Saturdays
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Amazing Arizona Kids! Summer Program Series

We’ve packed the summer with fun (and educational) activities for
kids ages 6 –12.  Check www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org for full details.

Four different series:
June 18 Arizona Rocks!
June 25 Mining Madness!
July 9 Volcanoes!
July 16 Fossils!

More Summer Programs

Storytelling from a series of books by Albert Quihuis, followed by related hands-on activities. Snacks provided.

June 7 – Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day                 

June 14 – Search for the Lost Art of Making Tortillas                                                                        

June 21 – Isabela’s Treasure                                   

June 28 – Sofia’s Summer Adventure

Arizona Desert  

Learn about life in the desert. Related hands-on activities. Snacks provided.

July 12 – Whew, It’s Hot! Keeping Cool in the Desert

July 19 – Let’s Grow! Agriculture in the Desert

July 23 – Drip-Drop: Saving Water

Art History

Learn about the history of these arts in Phoenix, and make your own art! Snacks provided.

July 26 – Mosaics                  

July 30 – Puppets                 

July 30 – Yarn Art

No reservations needed!
All events are free. Hands-on project and snack included. No drop offs, please.

1300 N College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281