In the early 1990’s we lived downtown near Will and Wendy St. Laurent, who owned Snowy Butte Meat. Will and my husband Dan spent weeks corning our own beef brisket. Perfecting the St. Patrick celebration recipes over the years, our gatherings grew to become an annual tradition of epic St. Paddy’s Day parties with our “Irish” friends.
In 1949, society page editor, Sally Kent, broke the news that “makers of Crown Flour have chosen Grace Colvin-Wells of Klamath Falls as their ‘Cook-of-the-month.’ In their advertising they include Mrs. Wells’ recipe for ‘Klamath Sunshine and Snow Cake’ and it sounds delicious!”
Thanking a deity for a beneficial year by setting aside a special day has been going on since antiquity. In our country, it all started in the Plymouth Colony in the autumn of 1621. William Bradford issued a proclamation declaring a Thanksgiving Day for the bountiful harvest. He appointed a committee to come up with an acceptable menu for the various banquets.
Sharing a meal is a time-honored approach to deepening friendships. Maybe that’s why community cookbooks, filled with recipes from family and friends, are so prized. And since few other seasonal ingredients evoke memories of cozy kitchens or family feasts like the pumpkin, we offer a “community cookbook” that celebrates fall’s favorite vegetable.
Sharing fresh produce is one of the joys of having a backyard garden. Lettuce, one of the first plants ready to harvest, readily lends itself to a Salad Party. This is a fun and healthy way to eat veggies and spend time with friends and neighbors. Fill a very large bowl with as many different kinds of lettuce as you can grow.