One of the things that must have been fun for Hurd was putting together the "Cook's Corner" food column.
I came across some of those newspaper clippings in a bag filled with recipes that I picked up at a flea market in northcentral Pennsylvania last year.
In one 1984 "Cook's Corner," Hurd wrote: "Penn State football fans are in a quandry. When Paterno and Company move kick-off time to noon, what do you serve at the tailgate picnic? If you want to make it to your seat 80 rows up before the Blue Band leaves the field, it means you better have the table set up and be munching your lunch before 10:30 a.m."
That column provided recipes for Impossible Quiche, Coleslaw With Fruit, Spicy Raisin Coffeecake, Coconut Cake Doughnuts and Poppy Seed Muffins.
The "Cook's Corner" clipping pictured with today's post also mentions Joe Paterno. On October 17, 1984, Hurd wrote: "WPSX-TV recently published its second annual edition of 'Joe Paterno's TV Quarterbacks Tailgating Cookbook,'2 and since this is definitely the season for it, we have chosen some of the recipes contributed to the book by veteran Penn State tailgaters."
Here's the Tailgate Bean Soup recipe:
- 2 ounces each: large limas, small limas, yellow split peas, green split peas, kidney beans, barley, lentils, navy beans, black-eyed peas, small red beans
- 2 or 3 ham hocks or ham bone
- 1 can tomatoes (blended in a blender)
- 1 pod red pepper (optional)
- juice of one lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
1. Tyrone is a small borough in Blair County, Pennsylvania. It has a notable historic district and is the birthplace of Fred Waring -- "The Man Who Taught America How to Sing." It's not clear, by the way, whether the Tyrone Daily Herald is still in business.
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3. Maybe I'm just dim, but it would be nice to know what temperature to cook them overnight.