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SOONERS' Cookin'


T is story and other tales of cowboys, outlaws, and Indians are narrated in the award-winning Cafe Oklahoma cookbook. Originally compiled as a fundraiser by the Junior Service League of Midwest City, Okla., the hardcover book features more than 400 recipes and has sold more than 20,000 copies to date.


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“It’s good, basic Oklahoma cooking,” said Diane Joy-Sizemore, the cookbook’s editor and publisher and Red River Valley Rural Electric Association member, who now owns the rights to the book. “It’s not gourmet – the recipes aren’t hard, they’re family friendly and they’re made with ingredients you probably have at your house.” Each chapter of recipes begins with a story from Oklahoma’s past, such as an account from the Land Run of 1889 or a 1947 road trip


ou can sure work up an appetite witnessing history.” T at’s according to the account of the marriage of the Twin Territories to form the state of Oklahoma in 1907.


across Oklahoma via Route 66. Some of the recipes come with personal memories, provided by the recipe’s contributor.


“Part of the book’s charm is found in the stories about Oklahoma that bring history to life,” Joy-Sizemore said. “And they’re not necessarily the ones you read about in history books.” T ough all of the recipes are intended to fi t the casual Sooner life- style, the “Oklahoma Specialties” chapter features 58 recipes that are uniquely Oklahoman. Among them are Prairie Pancakes – that might be the best you’ve ever tasted; spicy Red Dirt Chili, perfect for tailgating –plus Sweet Cornbread to go with it; and for dessert, a rich Oklahoma Crude Cake, with Oklahoma pecans, of course. T ey’re guaranteed to grow your appetite!


For more information about the Cafe Oklahoma cookbook visit www.cafeoklahoma.com or call 405-737-2233.


- Laura Araujo Recipes adapted from Cafe Oklahoma cookbook


Prairie Pancakes


Yields 12 small pancakes 6 T . . . . . . . . . . . . vegetable oil 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . large egg 1 ¼ cups. . . . . . . . milk 1 ¼ cups . . . . . . . fl our ¼ cup . . . . . . . . . . wheat germ ½ cup . . . . . . . . . . sugar 1 T . . . . . . . . . . . . baking powder ¼ t . . . . . . . . . . . . salt


Grease and preheat a griddle. In a large bowl whisk together the oil, egg and milk. In a me- dium bowl combine the fl our, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the fl our mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well. Pour ¼ cup of batter onto the hot griddle. Cook until the top of the pancake is bubbly and the edges are lightly browned. Flip the pan- cake and cook the other side until it’s slightly browned.


Prairie Pancakes 30 OKLAHOMA LIVING To view Laura’s recipes visit: http://mannaandquail.wordpress.com


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