A Washington Cookbook
Mary Hauser Caditz
Wandering and Feasting features more than 200 delectable, contemporary recipes celebrating Washington’s bounty. The book offers a culinary journey through the state’s seven diverse regions. In each section, vignettes on local communities note the area’s history, and the foods found or cultivated nearby. These foods are then highlighted in a rich selection of regional recipes. This beautiful cookbook—featuring tantalizing recipes such as Seattle’s Saki Salmon; Long Beach’s Cranberry Mousse in Hazelnut Butter Crust; Walla Walla’s Sweet Onion Confit; and Winthrop’s Flank Steak with Blue Cheese, Mushroom, and Sun-dried Tomato Stuffing—doubles as a wonderful gift book.
Apple Cream Tart
SERVINGS: 6 - 8
This apple tart is easy to make, beautiful to look at, and delicious. It was created by Mrs. High, an excellent cook.
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 (8-ounce) package softened cream cheese, regular or light
1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 cups cooking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced about 3/8 inch thick
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon mace or nutmeg
4-5 tablespoons apple jelly
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. To make crust: cream softened butter with sugar in a medium bowl. Add vanilla and flour to combine. Press mixture into a springform pan covering bottom and about 1-inch up the sides.
2. To make filling: beat egg and combine well with softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, and vanilla. Pour and spread over unbaked pastry. Arrange sliced apples in concentric circles, slightly overlapping, on filling. Dust with ¼ cup remaining sugar, cinnamon, and mace or nutmeg.
3. Bake 10 minutes at 450 degrees. Reduce heat to 400 degrees and bake for 25 minutes. Remove and cool. Heat apple jelly in small saucepan over low heat to melt. Brush melted jelly on top of apples. Remove sides from pan when thoroughly cooled. Refrigerate.
Crooked River Country
Wranglers, Rogues, and Barons
Crooked River Country is a sweeping account of North Central Oregon’s thrilling history. Bordered by intimidating natural barriers, the rough country and harsh winters produced equally hardy inhabitants. Legends include Billy Chinook, Chief Paulina, Elisha Barnes, James M. Blakely, Newt Williamson, James J. Hill, Johnnie Hudspeth, and Les Schwab.
In the early 1800s, only Native Americans, fur trappers, military expeditions, and missionaries inhabited the expanse between the Cascades and the Blue Mountains. The Donation Land Claim Act of 1850 spurred a homestead boom that sparked deadly Paiute raids and range wars. Native Americans were forced onto reservations. As land became increasingly precious, “Vigilante” ranchers terrorized settlers and gained a foothold in both local and state politics. “Moonshiners” fought back. Dishonest politicians and capitalists exploited road-building laws to acquire vast timber acreage.
As new steamship and railroad lines fostered continued development, citizens erected schools and libraries, and the territory gradually became less wild. Big eastern lumber companies arrived, harvesting trees and constructing the largest pine mills in the world. Then the Great Depression, coupled with a prolonged drought, devastated the region. New Deal programs and positive repercussions from World War II eventually rekindled growth.
Today, although desolate corners and past mysteries still haunt Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Wheeler counties, Crooked River Country presents a captivating and thoroughly-researched saga of Central Oregon’s astonishing transformation.
Prineville resident David Braly is a former journalist and popular author of numerous articles about the West. He was selected as a 2005 Spur Award
Shipwreck and Survival on the Alaska Shore
Steve K. Lloyd
“A superbly readable tale, full of suspense, heroism, and survival, that once begun, is almost impossible to put down.”—Sue Henry, author of Murder on the Iditarod Trail
On a snowy morning in January 1910, the Alaska Steamship Company’s Farallon struck Black Reef in Cook Inlet. The vessel carried no wireless radio to broadcast an SOS. Thirty-eight men scrambled into lifeboats, to be cast up on the rugged shore where they huddled under make-shift tents constructed from the Farallon’s sails. Exposed to a bitter northern winter with meager equipment and clothing, a disturbing awareness sank in—rescuers may arrive too late.
In a daring attempt to find help, six men launched a lifeboat on the open sea. During two months of relentless travail, the brave mariners were all but given up for lost.
One of the stranded men created a startling record of the shipwrecked party. John E. Thwaites, an amateur photographer and the ship's mail clerk, shot dozens of haunting, stark images of the ice-shrouded derelict, the castaways’ barren camp, and frostbitten men with burlap-wrapped feet. Lloyd brings to life a riveting tale of hardy seafaring men and tough sourdoughs who survived cold and despair against difficult odds in Alaska’s stormswept wilderness.