TBT (Throwback Thursday) : Recipes from the original faculty wives group

Here are some of the recipes that the Cal State Faculty Wives, San Bernardino California printed in College Courses II:

Spiced Walnuts – Judy Rymer
1 c sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 c. water
1 lb. walnut halves
 Mix all ingredients except for the walnuts and cook until mixture reaches 240 degrees (softball stage).
Remove from heat and stir in the walnuts, continuing to stir until the mixture is sugary Spread on waxed paper and
break apart when cool.


Marinated Mushrooms  – Phyllis Blackey
3/4 c. olive oil
1/3 c. wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. basil
6 peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic, quartered
1 1/2 lb. medium mushrooms (if large, cut in half)
Heat all ingredients except the mushrooms to boiling. Simmer at low heat, covered, for 10 min. Stir in
mushrooms and cook until tender 3-5 minutes. This should be done the day before serving. Refrigerate, covered.


Artichoke Squares – Antreen Pfau
1 14oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
3 T. Italian salad dressing
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, mashed
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. fine dry bread crumbs
1/8 tsp. each pepper, oregano, and Tabasco sauce
1/2 lb. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 T. minced parsley
Mix all the ingredients and pour into a greased 9”x9” pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until set.
Let cool in pan and then cut into squares. Serve cold or warm. Can be frozen and reheated.


Sour Cream Cookies (Snickerdoodles?) – Helen Urata
3 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 T. sugar
Sift flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together. Cream butter and sugar and and beat in eggs and vanilla, Add alternately flour mixture and sour cream. Drop to tablespoons 4 in apart on greased cookie sheet Sprinkle dough with cinnamon sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Do not overbake.

Families had come from all over the country to help create a college in San Bernardino. Ruth Petrucci remembered that so many of the faculty had moved away from their extended families, making the holidays challenging. They celebrated the holidays together, holding progressive dinners and celebrations. They built their own community, here in San Bernardino.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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