Ahhhhhhh Lake Hamilton! one of our fave places to get away❤️. This week I chose a recipe out of the cookbook, “Hungry Like A Wolf” compiled by Lake Hamilton Bands. Lake Hamilton School District consolidated several smaller schools, one of them being the Bear community.
Bear, AR was once a boom town thanks to wild rumors of gold, silver and other precious metals being found in the Ouachita Mountains surrounding Bear. Folks flooded the area in the late 1800’s. As quickly as it grew and once the truth was found out, population declined just as fast.
At one time Bear produced two newspapers, had 35 mining companies, 5 hotels, 2 saw mills, a post office and of course their own school. Not everyone believed the hype about gold and silver being in the area. The State Legislature revived the Geological Survey of Arkansas and Theodore Comstock was sent to examine the mines surrounding Bear.
In 1888, it was reported that the survey disputed that there was anything of value in the hills surrounding Bear. Once this survey report was made known, mining company stock was made worthless and the town ultimately fell apart.
Sad day, Fam.
On to the recipe!!!
Y’all, when I saw this recipe, I just stared in amazement. How in the world have I never thought of this before? Using beef stew for BEEF POT PIE?! What?!
You’re gonna need salt.
I used jumbo biscuits but I can see how smaller biscuits would be good too.
You could also use pie crust.
Was it the best thing I ever ate? No. But for a quick dinner fix, we will for sure do it again.
This week we hop on over to the small community of Floyd, AR in White County.
Floyd was started by a man named Levi Ricker. In 1820 he received a patent for 160 acres of land for his military service in the War of 1812. Lots of stories and legends surround the house that Levi first built. That’s a whole other story though.
Early businesses in Floyd included, a horse powered Cotten gin, grist mill, market for trading and fur trading. A school was started in 1856.
From what I’ve gathered, Floyd started as a small community and remains a small close knit community. While there have always been larger towns down the road, Floyd has remained small and they like it that way❤️
This time around I’m using the cookbook, “Sharing Recipes: A Book Of Favorite Recipes Compiled By The Ladies Auxiliary of The Floyd Volunteer Fire Department Floyd, Arkansas”. I found a recipe for a pie I had never tried before and it also sounded easy. My two faves🥰
This recipe for Rocky Mountain Pie is pretty straight forward. I followed the recipe exactly and it came out perfect! It reminds me of a chocolate chip cookie…in pie form🤔. Anyway, you should totally try it! I paired it with vanilla ice cream. Yessssss!
I also have a feeling I’ll be sharing more from this cookbook soon. I just got it and it’s fabulous😍😍
This week we mosey on down to Abilene, Texas. I‘ve never been to Texas. I do believe I bought this week’s cookbook at an estate sale in Conway🤔🤔
Anywho, here are some facts about Abilene that you may not have known.
A cattle rancher by the name of Clairborne W. Merchant named Abilene, TX after Abilene, Kansas which was once a huge cattle town.
Abilene won the county seat in 1883 because the Texas and Pacific railroad had just laid track down the middle of their town.
Taco Bueno was started in Abilene in 1967 and I do believe the whole south thanks you😘😘😘
This week I chose the very tiny cookbook put out by The Vintage Tea Room that was once located in Abilene. I could not find any information about the business. I can only assume it is no longer in service.
Out of their cookbook called, “Favorite Recipes From The Vintage Tea Room”, I chose Blueberry Banana Pie to make.
Couple of things: The ingredient list for this is kinda confusing. you’ll need the following for two pies:
2 crusts 2 cups sugar 2 8oz package cream cheese 2 bananas 1 can blueberry pie filling 1 small tub cool whip
Also, it says “sugar” and I used “sugar”. I could see though that it would be better with powdered sugar. I got no complaints though. Very much a Spring or Summer pie. Enjoy!!!
I just keep going back to this cookbook. When cookbooks are worn, have stains all over or generally falling apart, you know they’re gonna be spectacular!
This time I’m sharing Black Forest Pie😍😍 Super easy!
One thing: unless you want a half of a can of cherry pie filling left over, double this recipe and make two pies. Keep one and share one. Also, I feel like there are a ton of options to switch this recipe up. One way I’m thinking of is to use banana pudding and then drizzle chocolate fudge over the top. Yaaaasssss!!!!