Friday, August 29, 2014

1910 Soda Fountain Cookbook

Happy Labor Day Weekend to each of you!  In the spirit of Anerican workers and small businesses, I'm sharing a book from 1910 produced and distributed by a company in  Chicago, Illinois.

The first half of their book is an introduction to the carbonation of soda water, it's benefits and a business plan that includes possible profit margin!  The second half of the book is full of recipes for almost every old soda fountain drink you've ever heard of!

For me, this old cookbook brings back memories of one of my favorite musicals, "The Music Man"!  I love the cover of this book and the recipes are simply  a stroll through a gentler time in American history.  Enjoy the photos!

Friday, August 22, 2014

BBQ Sauce Made with Coca-Cola

Around this house, Coke is our drink of 
choice (second only to iced tea)!  Hubby and I love our Coke Zero.  The three sons live a healthier lifestyle overall than we do, but when they have a treat, it's usually Coke in the red can (the,"real thing").
  As far as food goes, the whole family loves BBQ!  We like smoked brisket (which we discovered while living in Oklahoma), smoked chicken (which has been perfected by a family that's a vendor at Oktoberfest in Southlake, Texas every year) and almost any smoked meat at Dickey's or Dink's BBQ here in Arkansas!  But, if you're going to have smoked meat, a good sauce to dip it in is essential!  It's a must!
  Years ago, when talking about our love of BBQ with my friend, Earline, she offered that she had an old recipe for sauce that she believed might have come from a restaurant in Lawton, Oklahoma.  And the best part about this BBQ sauce was it included Coca-Cola!  It would be a win-win for our crew!  (The eatery, that no longer exists, was called, Underwood's BBQ Restaurant.)
   Well, time passed after that conversation.  We both went on with our busy lives and I moved-twice!  Fast forward to this week when I received an email from my Oklahoma buddy, Earline!  She had found the recipe for BBQ sauce mentioned briefly after church long ago!  I was excited to hear from her and impressed that she had found the recipe.  She is more organized and has a better memory than I do...clearly!

Thanks for the BBQ sauce recipe, Earline!  I can't wait to try it!

BBQ Sauce
16 oz. tomato  sauce
1 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
6 oz. Coca-Cola, regular or diet
1/2 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 tsp black pepper
I/4-1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix all ingredients together and serve.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Treasured Red Velvet Cake Recipe

We recently took a road trip...a long  one that started in Illinois with our sons, Blake and Ben, and encompassed Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana, and  then, back to Illinois before we headed home!  It was sooo worth the road time to see family and friends (says the co-pilot who didn't drive all those miles-haha).  Hubby, the road warrior, would agree that seeing those we love was worth the traffic nuisance.  We had lots of catching up to do-there was a new baby on each side of the family!  Hugging your parents when you haven't been able to for a long while is just, well,  beyond special!  It was a vacation full of hugging, swimming, kickball, eating, shooting, music, fire pits, baby giggles and shopping with my mom!  Fun times all around!

Enough bragging about my fun trip, now on to cooking chat.  While I was at the Davis reunion in Ohio, I discovered, while chatting with my nieces, that nobody had or could find MawMaw"s (Louise Davis') red velvet cake recipe.  She always made this cake for the girls' birthdays, so there was much glee when they realized that I had copied it down years ago.  Kim pleaded,"please put it on the blog!"  So, as I am a,"great aunt", I will fill that request.  Here you go, girls!

Red Velvet Cake
1/4 C butter
2 tsp cocoa
1 1/2 C sugar
2 eggs
1 C buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vinegar
2 tsp 2 oz. red food coloring
2 1/2 C flour
Cream butter, sugar and eggs.  Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring;  add this to creamed mixture.  Mix buttermilk, salt and vanilla;  add to creamed mixture alternately with flour.
Add baking soda to vinegar to baking soda and fold in at the very end.  (Do Not use a mixer!)
Pour into 2 or 3 greased and floured round cake pans.  Bake until done.

5 TBSP flour
1 C milk
Mix milk and flour in a double broiler and cook until thickened.  Refrigerate until very cold (at least 1 hour)
Then:  cream Crisco, sugar and vanilla.
1 C Crisco
1 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Add Crisco mixture to the milk/flour mixture;  beat at least 5 minutes with a mixer.

Refrigerate any leftovers of this cake.  (Leftovers?? Really??!)