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Wed
24
May

The Inspired Cook

May is National Salad Month, and there’s no denying I love salads. With a plethora of dressings from which to choose, an ordinary green salad can be transformed in numerous ways merely by changing the type of dressing that you drizzle on it.

Curious about the history of salad, I discovered it dates back to ancient times.  Here are some interesting facts I found online at www.dressings-sauces.org/history-salad-dressings.

Tue
23
May

The Inspired Cook

Loafing around my kitchen a while back, I created a dish inspired by a recipe from my favorite church cookbook and a now-yellowed, handwritten recipe card, which has to be more than 30 years old. I don’t remember where I obtained the recipe—probably some magazine I read at a doctor’s office from which I scribbled it down onto the back of a banking deposit slip or some other scrap piece of paper I had in my purse at the time.

I have several boxes of handwritten recipes along with actual pages torn from magazines spanning more than 40 years, not to mention a large collection of cooking magazines and cookbooks. Can you relate?

Hot Tamale Loaf

 

Tue
23
May

This Week in Canton History

Canton Herald May 25, 1961

Grand Saline Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Parker will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary Sunday, May 28, at the Anderson Care Home from 2:30 to 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Rev. Parker is a retired Baptist minister and well known throughout the area and Louisiana. At present he is a member of the Main Street Baptist Church. They are the parents of six children Mrs. Ora Misilvitts and Mrs. Marie West of Wills Point, Mrs. Elta Mae Edwards, Alexandria, Louisiana, Henry and Tommy Parker of Wills Point and Cleborn Parker of Fort Worth.

To read the full article, subscribe to the Canton Herald or pick up a copy from one of our vendors.

Fri
19
May

This Week in Canton History

Canton Herald, May 18, 1961

Wed
10
May

Ready, set, dream

Kids nowadays don't have a chance to daydream.  They always have an iPhone or a smartphone or some other electronic device attached to their hands. 

Free-floating ideas don't have a chance.  And free thought is where great ideas come from.  Do you think Copernicus would be a household word if he'd had a laptop?  Or that Einstein would have made a dent in our collective consciousness if he had had access to an Android?  Or that Edison would have brought light into our lives if he knew about texting?

Wed
03
May

The Inspired Cook

Do you remember Bisquick’s impossible pie recipes of the 1970s? These pies were so easy to make because they didn’t have a crust.  This crustless-pie concept inspired me to create a pie recipe incorporating all the flavors of a traditional banana split, except I didn’t use strawberry sauce because I didn’t have any on hand. Despite that, it was totally yummy!

Impossible Banana-Split Pie

Pie Ingredients:

Thu
27
Apr

This Week in Canton History

Canton Herald, April 27, 1961: 

Acting County Judge Truett Mayo attorney of Van, was named permanent County Judge Wednesday morning at a called meeting of Van Zandt County’s commissioners court.

Judge Mayo was named to fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge G. D. Staton.

The Van attorney has been serving as County Judge the past two months.

Wed
26
Apr

This Week in Canton History

Canton Herald, April 20, 1961-PROCLAMATION:

WHERAS, the Honorable County Judge of Van Zandt County has proclaimed April 23-29 as County-Wide Cleanup Weekend and

WHERAS, the City of Canton wishes to comply and give full support to such proclamation:

Mon
24
Apr

Faught to speak at Gen. meeting

There are some very good programs coming up at the Van Zandt County Library that are about people who lived through trying events of the past. The Van Zandt County Genealogical Society will host performer LaJuanna Faught during its monthly meeting at 2 p.m., April 22, in the Buchanan Room.  Faught will present “Susanna Dickinson, Only Woman Survivor of the Alamo.”  Faught is a native Texan and has been a performing member of the Texana Living History Association for more than 10 years.

She is a wonderfully animated storyteller who brings a sense of humor to her portrayals that make them a real joy for both young and older audiences.

Sat
22
Apr

Bee fit with Bob

Map reading 101

To find out where you are going, you must know where you are now. To know where you are now, you better be sure where you have been. Sometimes, this requires a little help mapping out your plan.

On June 12, 2006, I used what I learned about map reading to go on the trip of a lifetime and I am still on the road.

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