Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New recipes with Tasting Party

Lee Rogers prepares Harvey House Scallion Rice
Trying new recipes for Tastes and Treasures, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona Volume II is a pleasure at our Tasting Parties. Our second party featured some delicious foods like Lasagna, Burgers and Tres Leche Cake.

Bonnie Newhoff serves Cafe Roka's Lasagna

Cowboy Poke Burgers from Sprucedale Ranch

Tres Leche Cake with Caramel Sauce from Wisdom Cafe

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Esteban Concert for holiday gift giving.

Have you started Christmas shopping? We've got the perfect gift that will have you and your family making memories with a night of Sangria, Spanish tapas and an exciting raffle! Join us for a Holiday Concert with Esteban on December 10th!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Strawberry-Banana Muffins - sugar free

Strawberries and banana in a muffin that is sugar free. YUMMMM.

3/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
2 bananas, mashed
2 Tbsps. vanilla Greek yogurt
2 tsps. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup strawberries, chopped

Preheat oven to 425°F.
In a large mixing bowl, blend together applesauce, butter, egg, bananas, Greek yogurt, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients, and mix in strawberries.
Scoop batter into lined muffin tins.
Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F, then lower to 350°F and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Bread

Think of a soft, moist, spiced, dense pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving. This is it! The cream cheese layer is like having a layer of cheesecake baked into pumpkin bread.

Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Filling
Ingredients for Bread:
1 large egg

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup liquid-state coconut oil (canola or vegetable may be substituted)

1/4 cup cup sour cream (lite is okay; or Greek yogurt may be substituted)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2  teaspoon baking powder

1/2  teaspoon baking soda

pinch salt, optional and to taste
Ingredients for Cream Cheese Filling:
1 large egg

4 ounces softened brick-style cream cheese (lite is okay)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Directions for Bread:
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one 9x5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
Bread - In a large bowl, add the the first ten ingredients, through ground nutmeg, and whisk to combine.
Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, optional salt, and fold with spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined; don't over mix; set aside.
Turn about two-thirds of the batter out into the prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary; set aside.
Directions for Cream Cheese Filling - In a large bowl, add all ingredients and whisk to combine. Alternatively, mix with a hand mixer.
Evenly pour filling mixture over the bread, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary.
Top filling with remaining pumpkin batter, smoothing the top very lightly with a spatula as to not disturb cream cheese layer and pushing batter into corners and sides as necessary. Coupons
Bake for about 48 minutes or until the top is domed, golden, and the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Note this is tricky because the cream cheese never gets totally solid so the toothpick test isn't the most accurate. Tip - Tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped over it at the 35 minute-mark if you feel the tops and sides will become too browned before center cooks through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of pumpkin, cream cheese, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock.
Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving. Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Yield: one 9x5-inch loaf, about 10 slices

Thanks to for the recipe

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

Nothing like Fall weather and an abundance of Pumpkin! Also try Great Pumpkin Cookies from Tastes & Treasures cookbook page 162.

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler
1/2 cup Pumpkin puree
1 3/16 cup All purpose flour
2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Cloves
1 1/4 cup Granulated sugar
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Butter or vegetable oil
1/4 cup Pecans
1/4 cup Milk
1 1/2 cups Water, very hot

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium sized bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and spices. Set aside.
In a smaller bowl, stir pumpkin, milk, melted butter and vanilla together to combine. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix to create a thick batter. Pour into a small 8-inch casserole dish with high sides.
In a separate bowl, stir sugar, brown sugar and pecans together. Spread over the top of the batter evenly. Pour hot water over the entire thing (without stirring a thing) and bake for 40 minutes or once the middle is set. (Be sure to place on a baking sheet in case it bubbles over.) Cool 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve with more pecans and vanilla ice cream.

Thanks to for the recipe.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Tasting Party for Tastes & Treasures Vol II recipes

Lee Rogers, Carolyn Mendoza, Delores Tomasek, Hostess Mary Parker,
Leslie Christiansen, Linda Corderman
Mary Parker's home was a perfect venue with good friends and fine wines, tasting recipes for the Historical League's new cookbook, Tastes & Treasures, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona Volume II. Tasting Parties are a wonderful way to critique the recipe for flavor, presentation, ingredients and helpful hints on how to make it. The Evaluation Sheets get filled up with suggestions and comments. The excitement for Volume II is building with these historic venues and their foods.

Jolene Beard, Cathy Shumard, Lee Rogers, Bonnie Newhoff, Linda Fritsch, Lindy Isacksen,
Julie Moore, Delores Tomasek, Carolyn Mendoza, Renee Donnelly, Mary Parker, Margaret Baker

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Historymakers meeting with Linda Whitaker

Always knowledgeable about storing information for AHS library, Archivist Linda Whitaker met with Historymakers Legacy Project members to discuss the amazing materials the Historical League has collected since the Historymakers program started in 1992. Storing these valuable documents and photographs and making them accessible to the public is an ongoing project.
Archivist Linda Whitaker, Margaret Baker, Nina Filippi and Zona Lorig and Ruth McLeod (not pictured) meet
in the AHS Library, AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park

Friday, November 18, 2016

Eating Locally and Beyond

Sunflower Sprout salad topped with Watermelon Radish
Creating a new cookbook involves so much more than recipes. Cookbook committee members Cathy Shumard, Leslie Christiansen and Ruth McLeod attended a seminar at ASU School of Nutrition and Health to learn about eating local, eating healthy and helping the environment. The Third Annual Food and Thought Event: Eating Locally & Beyond was very informative and interesting.

Lon's Chef Joe Hobson
Cathy Shumard, Leslie Christiansen
Ruth McLeod attend the demo
Chef Joe Hobson from Lon's at Hermosa Inn demonstrated two creative and appetizing salads along with squash soup for the attendees. Lon's will be featured in Tastes & Treasures Volume II.

Dr. James McWilliams, Texas State University History Professor and Author of Just Food:Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Rsponsibly gave a power point presentation filled with facts and research. We left the event wondering if we can all be vegetarian - eat less meat and still get protein? Dr. McWilliams offered some alternatives for meat . . . insects, oysters farming, lab meat, roadkill . . . and got some interesting responses from the audience.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff

The wonderful day trip to Flagstaff included an informative stop at Arizona Historical Society's Pioneer Museum.

Sharron McKinney and daughter Lexie
Lexie's son built this for his
Eagle Scout project

Published by the League for AZ Centennial

Q & A on the front porch

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Riordan Mansion on Flagstaff tour

Lobby entrance is in the original 6 car garage
Two brothers married two sisters and built a customized duplex so both families could live together in 1890's Flagstaff, AZ.  Each side had their own entrance but was a mirror image of the other side.  With 13,000 square feet, each half is about 6,000 with a 1,000-square-foot room in the middle joining them together. They hired the same architect that built El Tovar at the Grand Canyon to design this Craftsman style home using pine from the surrounding Ponderosa forest. It even had electricity accommodating 16 watt light bulbs (they owned the electric company).
Touring the Riordan Mansion on the November Historical League bus tour, we learned so many interesting facts and stories about the family, the logging business, the economy and life in that era.

Ready to begin the tour with guide Rebecca
Originally a drive-through six car garage, it was converted to lobby entrance.

League Tour organizer Cindy Tidwell-Shelton presents our guide Rebecca with Tastes & Treasures cookbook.

Tools of the robust logging trade in 1890.

Multiple brick fireplaces in the home but they were stuccoed as was the fashion at that time.

Very tall Tim and 5'1" bride Caroline Riordan

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Lunch at historic Josephine's in Flagstaff

Two tables of Historical League members ready to enjoy lunch.
Our wonderful bus tours always involve delicious food. The Monday, November 7 trip to Flagstaff was no exception with a lunch stop at Josephine's American Bistro. On the National Registry of Historic Places, this unique restaurant has so much history and such delicious food. We were also pleased to meet the owner and talented Chef Tony Cosentino.

Ruth McLeod, Karolee Hess and Cathy Shumard

Chicken and dumplings

Delicious beef, potatoes and fresh vegetables