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Thankful, We Are

It’s the season to celebrate the harvest and give thanks for what comes to us.  Eagle County, largely agricultural until the past few decades, has always known how to throw a good dinner.  The Home Demonstration Club of Brush Creek put together the Eagle County Cook Book in the late 1930s with some fascinating recipes contributed by women with very familiar names in Eagle County.  As we enjoy our celebrations this week, let’s remember some of these women.

Lillian Eaton and Gladys Hall, a friend from Denver, at McCoy Creek Ranch circa 1918.  Fowl is on the menu. Lillian Eaton and Gladys Hall, a friend from Denver, at McCoy Creek Ranch circa 1918. Fowl is on the menu.

 

Scrapple:  “This is intended especially for farmers’ wives at butchering time and is a delightful change from head cheese. Soak hog’s head over nite in slightly salted water. In the morning clean thoroughly and cook until done. Pick all the meat off the bones and put the liquid aside to cool. Return the shredded meat, free from bones and fat, to the liquid previously skimmed of fat, season with salt and pepper, heat to boiling point and stir white cornmeal into it until it is the consistency of mush for frying. Let it cook slowly one hour, stirring occasionally to prevent burning; put in pans and when cold slice and fry as you would mush.” – Birdie Hockett, Gypsum

Birdie Crawford married Addison Hocket on November 22, 1898.  Ad settled on Brush Creek [Hockett Gulch] in 1882 and the couple lived in Gypsum after their marriage. Birdie Crawford married Addison Hocket on November 22, 1898. Ad settled on Brush Creek [Hockett Gulch] in 1882 and the couple lived in Gypsum after their marriage.

 

Delicious Sandwich Filling:  Grind 1 lb. cold boiled tongue, 1 pimento and 1 T. capers together and add sufficient mayonnaise to blend. – Helen Allen, Eagle

Helen Hart Allen, from Red Cliff, taught school at McCoy for one term.  She married Joseph D. Allen in 1922 and they lived in Eagle. Helen Hart Allen, from Red Cliff, taught school at McCoy for one term. She married Joseph D. Allen in 1922 and they lived in Eagle.

 

Peanut Butter Drop Cookies: ¼ C. butter; 2 eggs, beaten; 1/3 C. sweet milk; ½ C peanut butter; 1½ C flour; ½ C sugar; 1 tsp. baking powder.  Drop 1 tsp mixture, one or more inches apart. Moderate oven. – Ethel Bayer, Minturn

Ethel Boies and Howard Bayer on their wedding day June 20, 1918.  Howard was an engineer and carpenter; Ethel taught at Minturn High School. Ethel Boies and Howard Bayer on their wedding day June 20, 1918. Howard was an engineer and carpenter; Ethel taught at Minturn High School.

 

Strawberry Meringue:  1 C sugar; 1 C strawberries, 1 egg white.  Put sugar into a bowl; then the egg white; then berries atop and beat 20 to 30 minutes.  --  Edna Norgaard, Edwards

Edna Mae Baldauf [Norgaard] is center front in the class of 1912, Eagle County High School.  She married Carl Norgaard, a member of the first graduating class [1910] of Eagle County High School. Edna Mae Baldauf [Norgaard] is center front in the class of 1912, Eagle County High School. She married Carl Norgaard, a member of the first graduating class [1910] of Eagle County High School.

 

Six Layer Dinner:  1 inch layer sliced potatoes; ¼ C raw rice; 1 lb. ground steak; onions to cover meat; green tomatoes; 1 can tomatoes.  Season each layer, cover pan and bake two hours. – Mrs. Louis Nesthouse [Mary Isabel Macaulay Nesthouse]

Isabel and Louis Nesthouse standing at Brush Creek.  Isabel was born in Red Cliff in 1907 and graduated from Eagle High School. She graduated from Greeley Teachers’ College and taught school in Aspen and Eagle. She married Louis Nesthouse of Gilman in 1936. Isabel and Louis Nesthouse standing at Brush Creek. Isabel was born in Red Cliff in 1907 and graduated from Eagle High School. She graduated from Greeley Teachers’ College and taught school in Aspen and Eagle. She married Louis Nesthouse of Gilman in 1936.

 

  Happy eating and Happy Thanksgiving!                

Comments

Interesting, as always..... and I love the recipes! thank YOU, Jaci!

Shopping for hogs' heads...!

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