Houston’s Famous Barbecue Sauce

Sam Houston

Sam Houston

Samuel “Sam” Houston was not only the man known for putting Texas on the map but evidentially a connoisseur of barbecue sauce.

This recipe is from The Early American Cookbook by Dr. Kristie Lynn & Robert W. Pelton, published by McCauley Publications.

Ingredients
3 tblspoons cooking oil
¼ cup onion, grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 cup catsup
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tblspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
¾ teaspoon salt
2 tblspoons sugar
2 teaspoons paprika
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
1 tblspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons water
Preparation
Heat the cooking oil in a large heavy cast iron skillet. Add the onion and the garlic. Sauté this lightly. Stir in the catsup, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, white vinegar, hot pepper sauce, sugar, paprika, chili powder and salt. Blend together thoroughly the dry mustard and the water until smooth. Then stir this into the sauce. Slowly bring this mixture to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Makes 2 cups. Sam used this spicy concoction both as a marinade and a basting sauce for his barbecued steaks, chops and chicken.(This recipe is from The Early American Cookbook by Dr. Kristie Lynn & Robert W. Pelton, published by McCauley Publications. This book is available in the Sam Houston Memorial Museum gift shop.)
Sam Houston's BBQ sauce

Get more details on the Homesick Texan’s website.            Photo by Lisa Fain.

 

 

 

 

 

Marjoram-Scented Corn-Tomato Salad

From the Test Kitchen at Better Homes & Gardens™

Yield: 6 Servings (2/3 c. serving size) or 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 4 fresh ears of sweet corn
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh marjoram*
  • 4 slices crisp-cooked bacon, drained and crumbled

*Use parsley or basil if marjoram is not available.

 

Directions:

  1. Remove husks and silks from corn. Brush corn with 1 Tbsp. olive oil.  Grill corn, covered, over medium-high heat 10 to 15 minutes or until browned, turning frequently to prevent over browning.  When cool enough to handle, cut kernels off the cobs.
  2. In a large bowl combine corn and the next 6 ingredients (through pepper).  Add marjoram and stir to combine.
  3. Top with crumbled bacon.

 

Paul Bunyan Day – June 28

Paul Bunyan Day is a giant  of a day. Paul Bunyan was a gigantic lumberjack of American Folklore. According to folklore, Paul Bunyan and his blue ox “Babe” lived and travelled around country. He is best known for his logging feats.

Paul Bunyan and Babe

Visit the Paul Bunyan Trail in Minnesota.

The Origin of Paul Bunyan Day:

French Canadians were believed to have originated Paul Bunyan during the Papineau rebellion of 1837.  While he may have been created in Canada, Paul Bunyan quickly became a huge American legend. Many of the tales of Paul Bunyan originated in lumberjack industry and logging communities. Like all good folklore, it was passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. Over campfires, his legend grew, and tales were created. Written tales emerged in the early 1900’s.

Some historians believe Paul Bunyan was based on a real person — a French-Canadian logger named Fabian “Joe” Fournier. Fournier, born in Quebec around 1845, moved to Michigan after the Civil War to take advantage of the high-paying logging industry.

 

Paul Bunyan is “credited” with many deeds. Among his more legendary feats:

  • He created logging in the U.S.
  • He scooped out the great lakes to water Babe, his ox.
  • He cleared the entire states of North and South Dakota for farming.
  • He trained ants to do logging work. They were, of course, Carpenter Ants.
  • Babe’s large footprints created Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.

 

Check out this Walt Disney version of the folklore legend:

According to the website Brownielocks and The 3 Bears, the actual date of Paul Bunyan Day is on February 12.
Why? It is believed by the people of Bangor, Maine that Paul Bunyan was born there on Feb. 12, 1834.

According to the site “Another version is that because “Bunyan” sounds like the French-Canadian slang word “Bonyenne” which translated into English means “Good Grief!” This exclamation would often be said if you heard something extraordinary. And, it is rumored that way back during the Papineau Rebellion of 1837 the French Canadians created Paul Bunyan (pronounced the same way as bonyenne) tales as a way to keep their spirits up and be entertained as they fought against the British colonial government. As you know, stories get spread between people, but in doing so, they don’t get retold accurately. So, as time went on, stories got more exaggerated to keep the entertainment up; or, as a way to compete amongst each other for who could be the most creative in telling a Paul Bunyan tale.

When did they get written down? The first known publications of Paul Bunyan tales were in 1910 by James MacGillivray. Years later, a man by the name of W.B. Laughhead, published these lumberjack tales in 1916 for promotional logging reasons and they grew in popularity far beyond just the lumbering trade.

Michigan claims Paul Bunyan began there because they (1) Have the first known publications about Paul Bunyan by James MacGillivray; and (2) because they are the first to actually have a Paul Bunyan observance activity in honor of him. The first known celebrations of Paul Bunyan Day date back to 1938, with the first Paul Bunyan Dance at the Saline Valley Farms, with a small group of foresters. As the popularity grew, the dance changed from square dance to waltzes, jitterbugs and so on. Although most of these dances were held in February, on November 20, 1943 at the University of Michigan they held a formal dance in the Michigan Union Ballroom, with a cider bar (no alcohol!). But, they also had a sawing contest with male and female partners as well. This event was very popular and attracted up to 100 couples. The winner received a grand prize of two U.S. War Bonds! Other Paul Bunyan dances featured square dancing and jug bands. The dances died off for a while. But, have been revised by the School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan off and on.”

 

To take a trivia quiz on Paul Bunyan, visit Brownie Locks.com.

 

Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce Recipe

by Joshua Bousel

Yield: 2-1/2 cups

Ingredients: 

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

 

Directions: 

  1. Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  2. Add ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, chili powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Transfer sauce to the jar of a blender and blend until smooth. Let cool to room temperature, transfer to a jar and store in refrigerator for up to a month.

Chorizo and Cheese Quesadillas

Recipe by Better Homes & Gardens™

Chorizo and Cheese Quesadillas

Photo by BHG.com

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces bulk chorizo or mild Italian sausage
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • Six 6-inches vegetable-flavored or plain flour tortillas
  • 1tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack and/or queso fresco (Mexican farmer cheese) (4 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro or parsley

 

Directions:

  1. For the filling, in a medium skillet cook chorizo or sausage, onion, and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Pat chorizo mixture with paper towels to remove as much additional fat as possible. Stir in jalapeno pepper; set aside.
  2. Brush one side of 3 tortillas with half of the cooking oil.  Place tortillas, oiled sides down, on a large baking sheet.  Spread the chorizo filling over tortillas on baking sheet. Combine cheese and cilantro or parsley; sprinkle over filling. Top with the remaining tortillas. Brush with the remaining oil.
  3. Place quesadillas on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes or until filling is heated through and tortillas are starting to brown, turning once halfway through grilling.
  4. To serve, cut quesadillas into wedges.

 

Nutrition Facts:

Per serving: 232 kcal,14 g fat(6 g sat. fat ,32 mg chol., 346 mg sodium,15 g carb.,1 g fiber,10 g pro.

Strawberry Parfait Recipe

Recipe by Marcela Valladolid for Better Homes & Gardens™ 

Serving Size: 3/4 cup

Yield: 8 Servings or 6 cups

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 c. water
  • 2 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 16 ounces strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 16 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 c. evaporated milk
  • 1/2 c. powered sugar
  • 1/2 c. chopped strawberries

 

Directions: 

 

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to boiling. Add gelatin; stir to dissolve. Let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, toss quartered strawberries and sugar until combined; let stand 20 minutes or until juices form.
  3. In a blender, blend the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and powered sugar until very smooth. Add strawberry mixture; blend until very smooth.
  4. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain gelatin mixture into a medium bowl. Strain cream cheese mixture to remove any lumps and add to gelatin mixture, whisking constantly. Gently stir in chopped strawberries. Pour mixture into six goblets.  Chill about 6 hours or until set. Top with additional strawberries.

 

Nutrition Facts: 

Per serving: 360 cal., 23 g. gat (13 sat. fat, 1 g. polyunsaturated fat, 6 g. monounsaturated fat), 68 mg. chol., 220 mg. sodium, 34 g. carb., 1 g. fiber, 31 g. sugar, 9 g. pro.

 

 

National Strawberry Parfait Day – June 25

National Strawberry Parfait Day is observed annually on June 25.

National Strawberry Parfait Day - June 25

Celebrate National Strawberry Parfait Day. Bon Appetit!

Parfait is French for perfect.  The traditional parfait is a dessert of ice cream or frozen custard layered in a tall glass stemmed glass with fruit and topped with whipped cream.

Today, the ice cream is often replaced with yogurt or pudding and additional layers of granola are added. Strawberries are in season during the month of June, so it is a good time for National Strawberry Parfait Day.

How to Observe?  Enjoy a Strawberry Parfait today, of course!

 

Strawberry Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 2 pkgs. (3 oz.) strawberry Jello
  • 2 c. water, boiled
  • 2 pts. strawberries, sliced
  • 2 pts. strawberry ice cream
  • 1 pkg. unflavored gelatin (dissolved in 1/2 c. water)
  • 3 drops red food coloring (opt.)

 

Directions: 

  1. Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Add gelatin already dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water. Cut in ice cream. Mix until ice cream is melted.  Add food coloring, if so deserved.
  2. Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes. Then remove from refrigerator, fold in strawberries. Pour in pie shell or dessert dishes.
  3. Celebrate and enjoy National Parfait Day!

 

This Day in History – 1st Woman in Space

Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space.

Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space.

Valentina Tereshkova of Russia was the first woman to successfully complete a space mission, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963.  The 26-year-old returned to the stratosphere three days later on June 19.  At the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, she was a carrier of the Olympic flag.The former cosmonaut is now 81 years old.

The United States did not send a woman into space until 20 years later when Sally Ride joined the STS-7(7th Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2) mission on June 18, 1983.  Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978.

Sally Ride

“Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose…you can’t be what you can’t see.” – Dr. Sally Ride

Ride was the third woman in space overall, after USSR cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova (1963) and Svetlana Savitskaya (1982).

Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32.

After flying twice on the Orbiter Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University‘s Center for International Security and Arms Control, then at the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching nonlinear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate in both.

Ride died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61 on July 23, 2012.

Svetlana Sovitskaya

In 1982 Svetlana Savitskaya became the second woman in the world to fly in space. In two years she became the first woman in the world to walk in space. She was in space for almost 4 hours. She did many experiments on the Salute 7 space station.