‘Taste of History’ event looks back at treasured Routt County recipes

Friday’s “Taste of History” event, hosted by the Tread of Pioneers Museum, will feature recipes from famous cookbooks around Routt County. The event is held from noon to 1 p.m. at the museum, 800 Oak St. (File photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Ask around about family memories, and you may learn most of them revolve around home-cooked family meals. This and the traditions passed down along with them inspired the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s tasty three-part series, “A Taste of History,” now in its third year.

The first part, “Wild Berries and How to Use Them,” took place Jan. 25 and focused on a plethora of berry uses, including jams, jellies and even how to use them out of season. This week’s event focuses on “Recipes and Cookbooks Through the Ages.”

If You Go

What: “Taste of History: Recipes and Cookbooks Through the Ages”
When: Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.

Leading the event will be Nancy Mucklow, a self-proclaimed foodie, Colorado State University master food safety advisor volunteer and an editor of the “Fair Family Favorites” cookbook, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Routt County Fair. She will be joined by: Libby Christensen, sharing details on pressure cooker foods across the years; Linda Long, talking about canning and food preservation changes throughout history; and Tamara Monahan, whose volunteers will be preparing special recipes to share with event participants.

One unique recipe that will be featured at this week’s event will be Little Piggies in Blankets, and these may not be what you’re thinking of when you picture the usual snack food. Instead of Lil’ Smokies wrapped in croissants, these little piggies are oysters wrapped in bacon. Monahan discovered the unique recipe in a 1912 cookbook published by the Women’s Auxiliary of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

“In my research, I discovered that many older cookbooks, even from the early 1900s, had oyster recipes, which I thought was interesting because the ladies cooking them lived in Steamboat far from any ocean,” Monahan wrote in an email.

Other featured tastings include a brown Betty, a cobbler-type dessert, Jello salad, made from an old Jello pamphlet that was popular across the country, and ham hock bean soup, a modern recipe made in a pressure cooker.

A “Taste of History” will run from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

And don’t miss the final part of the series “Living off the Land: Food from Ranching and Hunting,” which will be hosted in partnership with the Community Agriculture Alliance in celebration of Agriculture Appreciation Week, on March 29.

To reach Mackenzie Hicks, email, call 970-871-4208 or follow her on Twitter @MackenzieShawna.

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