Sunday, June 28, 2020

Summer activity for the family

Looking for a summer activity with the family? 

Arizona Historymaker™ Jim Bruner and his wife, Sandy, recommend churning your own homemade ice cream. “Simple homemade ice cream has been a part of the Bruner family for at least 70 years. We continue the tradition my parents started and serve it for every birthday and special occasion, even Christmas Eve dinner. 

For years we made it the old-fashioned way, with the wooden bucket and hand crank. Our kids always made such a fuss when we made them turn the crank, charging us with child abuse! So one year Santa Claus brought an electric ice cream machine and the kids dropped their threat to call Child Protective Services.
Sandy starts the mixture, I put in the ice and salt, and in less than one hour from start to finish, you have perfect home made ice cream. Couldn’t be any simpler! Homemade ice cream makes me recall my early childhood memories.”
This recipe is from Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, written by the Historical League. The book raises funds for the Arizona Heritage Center, promotes Arizona history and the Historymakers Recognition Program. 

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1 large fresh pasteurized egg (or 1⁄4 cup liquid eggs) 

1 cup granulated white sugar 

2 1⁄4 cups whole milk 

1 3⁄4 cups half and half 

1 1⁄2 teaspoons La Vencedor Mexican vanilla, if available 

Pinch salt 


This recipe has been reduced from the original to fit the smaller electric ice cream makers used today; please follow manufacturer’s directions on pre-freezing the center freezer container. 

In a medium bowl whisk the egg, then slowly blend in the sugar while continuing to whisk. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until smooth. Place mixture in refrigerator and chill thoroughly. Pour into the center freezer container and put into an electric ice cream maker, following the freezing directions. This recipe makes about 5 cups delicious vanilla ice cream. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

National History Day Documentaries

FOR ONE WEEK ONLY: The will showcase #NHD2020 students’ documentaries relating to #AfricanAmericanHistory and #CivilRightsandHumanRights. Visit the to watch the films featured in this year’s Documentary Showcase:

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Zoom meetings during pandemic

Zoom meetings are becoming an effective way of working together during the pandemic. This one is Historical League Finance/Operations chaired by president elect Claire Nullmeyer. Great to see enthusiastic participation.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Featured in Scottsdale Progress

Scottsdale Progress featured Tastes & Treasures II book, Historical League and Arizona Heritage Center with a lovely article in today's issue, June 7, 2020. 
Thanks to Carolyn Hartman for a great job on publicity!

Corrections: The Historical League is celebrating its 40th Anniversary NOT the Heritage Center.

The title is Tastes & Treasures NOT Taste & Treasures.
Amazon sells it for $30 NOT $35.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Historic restaurants beginning to re-open

Featured in Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, we are pleased to see Rock Springs Cafe opening up. Great pies, great food. Some delicious recipes and fascinating history from Rock Springs can be found in Tastes & Treasures.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Historical League June meeting via Zoom

Very involved, dedicated members attend the Historical League June meeting via Zoom, taking notes, getting involved. Over 30 attended our last meeting of the year but many will continue to volunteer over the summer working on events for fall.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

June 2020 Historical League virtual meeting

Another successful Historical League meeting via Zoom thanks to president Susan Dale. Looks like over 30 attended. Happy to get a report from museum director Tawn Downs stating the Arizona Heritage Center will open to members June 13 and open to public June 16. Advanced tickets online.