Soup’s On!

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Once upon a time in the pre-digital age people bought things called cookbooks. Then and now, the best cookbooks reflect local tastes, trends, and available food resources. Almost twenty years ago the Ephraim Historical Foundation published such a cookbook during its sesquicentennial year in 2003.

Feeling nostalgic for big hairdos and jelly shoes? Try Laa Laa’s 7 Layer Salad, an eighties classic submitted by Barbara Bentley, spouse of R.D. Bentley who provided cookbook artwork. Hankering for a nautical dish? Turn to Salmon Steaks in Orange-Honey Marinade, offered by Judy Carroll. Looking to rock your Ephraim roots? Turn to Norwegian Meatballs (this Scandinavian recipe calls for allspice and nutmeg) suggested by Joyce Gerdman, on behalf of the Evergreen Beach Resort. And then there are recipes that only a cook who lived through certain decades can appreciate, like Mamie Eisenhower’s Tomato Pudding! 

A cuisine powerhouse, Amazing Grazing‘s spiral-bound pages pack about 650 recipes. A few dozen copies of Amazing Grazing are perched on the EHF merchandise shelf, waiting for a cook like you. Purchase one in February and March ($20) and receive a complimentary art poster (28 x 22 inches) by Ephraim Artist Franne Dickinson, while supplies last. Although art posters cannot be mailed, they can be picked up at the EHF office when you are in Door County in 2021. The poster features Franne’s vibrant painting “Tea for Two”, a painting that adorned her 2014 memoir  Stay at the Party Long … at play in the ARTS. Fran’s gallery, Toe Path Studio, was just west of the EHF offices on Anderson Lane.

Never Underestimate the Power of Soup!

Soup is cuisine’s kindest course. It breathes reassurance; it steams consolation; after a weary day it promotes sociability, as the five o’clock cup of tea or the cocktail hour.     Louis Pullig De Gouy

If the plethora of recipe choices in Amazing Grazing overwhelms you, there’s always soup. Amazing Grazing includes a dozen soup recipes. “Skater’s Soup (Hockey and Figure)” submitted by Polly M. Davis is sure to warm your bones. Do you recognize Polly’s last name? She married Warren T. Davis, Jr., son of EHF Founder Warren Davis.

Photo Right: Skaters, circa 1950s. Starting second from left Paul Wilson, Paul Kodanko, Pudge Logerquist, Mike Lapp. If you can identify the boys on each end, respond in “Leave a Comment” at the end of this blog.

Skater’s Soup (Hockey and Figure)

2 lb. ground beef                  1 onion, chopped

1 c. celery, cut up small      2 c. shredded carrots

1 large V-8 juice

1 can concentrated cream of celery soup

salt and pepper

Brown beef; add onion and celery. Place above ingredients in large saucepan. Add carrots and large can of V-8 juice. Add concentrated celery soup. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Deilig!

Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.     Marge Kennedy

Submitted by Kathleen Harris, EHF Educator


2 thoughts on “Soup’s On!”

  1. Windsor McCutcheon

    I have this cookbook, as do so many EHF members. I remember well when it became available. Your article brought back memories, Kathleen. We enjoy homemade soup at least once a week in the winter. 😊

  2. The Amazing Grazing Cookbook was the brainchild of Susan Volkmann while she was President of the EHF in 2003-05. It was published in 2004 and those that helped to compile the recipes and edit the book are listed therein.

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