Sunday, March 29, 2020

Help Historical League with amazonsmile

With so much online shopping these days, you can help the Historical League by using AmazonSmile.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Fight the spread of COVID-19 by trying new recipes at home

Now that we need to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19, why not try some new recipes? Pepper Steak is a great family recipe from Cathy Shumard, page 171 in Tastes & Treasures II. The story and photo that go with it are true family treasures. Order this award-winning storytelling book at
Pepper Steak
1 pound flank steak
¼ cup soy sauce, divided use
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 green bell peppers, cut into 2-3 inch strips
1 clove garlic, minced
4 tomatoes, cut in eighths, or 1 pound of cherry tomatoes, halved 
Remove the steak from its package and place on a small cutting board. Chill steak in the freezer 1 hour before starting, which will make it easier to slice. Combine 2 tablespoons soy sauce and the sugar in a bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. After chilling, use a very sharp knife to slice the flank steak against the grain into thin, 2-inch strips. Combine the strips with the marinade, using a fork to stir, until each piece has been coated. Let stand about 30 minutes.
Place the oil in a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add green peppers and sauté about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute. Add the beef and sauté, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes, until the strips are browned and thoroughly cooked. Reduce the heat to low and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and the tomatoes, cooking only about 2 minutes longer. If overcooked, the tomatoes will lose their shape. Serve immediately. Mom served this dish with steamed rice. 
Serves 4 to 6

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Interesting customers at Special Events

Ruth McLeod with Sara Homan
Working at shows, we meet a lot of lovely people. While in our booth on March 8 at the Litchfield Park Fine Art and Food Festival, Sara Homan from Litchfield Park Historical Society stopped in to visit. Her booth was right next to ours. She was born and raised in Arizona so at age 86, she has lots of memories.

While browsing through Volume II, she saw Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s story and recipe. She remembered chatting with Sandra Day O'Connor at the neighborhood park when they were both young mothers, pushing their children on the swings.

Judy Fulton from Litchfield Park Historical Society commented she “had to have this book since it has Fattigman “Poor Man’s Cookies" that her grandmother used to make!! She was so excited to finally get the recipe! Thanks to Linda Corderman for sharing this recipe and the story of her family traditions.
with Judy Fulton

It is important to remember that you never know who you met, who you talked with, who may contact us down the road to buy books, visit the museum, join the Historical League, contribute to National History Day or more. 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Litchfield Fine Art and Food Festival March 7-8

We have a booth at Litchfield Fine Art and Food Festival Sat-Sun, March 7-8 from 9am-5pm. Join us to share stories of AZ history, Tastes & Treasures: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, food memories, historic places and people of AZ. Our booth is on Old Litchfield Rd, just south of Wigwam Blvd. It is next to Litchfield Park Historical Society. 
Chris, Lynn, Pat, Judy, Margaret and Ruth will be there!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

March meeting guest speaker, Roger Naylor

We have wonderful guest speakers at our monthly Historical League meetings. March 2 speaker was Roger Naylor talking about his book, The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon. He certainly kept our interest with his stories, photos, hiking trips and knowledge of the Grand Canyon.