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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Whoopie! It's My Birthday!

Do you think it rather odd O D D that someone, of my age and caliber, would so eagerly announce their birthday to the world? Well, it isn't really once you realize that the Whoopie in today's title doesn't totally apply to me. You see dear visitors today is Maine Whoopie Pie Day!

The celebration of Maine’s Official State Treat, the Whoopie Pie, takes place on Saturday, June 22, 2013. {always the fourth Saturday in June} In its 4th year the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival has become a state-wide celebration of the iconic Maine treat – the Whoopie Pie. This year, the festival will feature dozens of bakers and literally tens of thousands of whoopie pies along with other vendors and crafters, artists, activities, lots of fun for kids and families and live music all day long...(Maine Today)

That's right. Now only does the state of Maine claim fame to Maine Blueberry Pie, which also happens to be its state dessert, Maine has also managed to get The Whoopie Pie designated its state "treat." But wait, there's more. What happened was, a group of people, I think it was the Maine Whoopie Pie association, wanted to originally have the Whoopie Pie designated the state dessert. However, the folks at, I believe, the Maine Blueberry Association, wouldn't hear of it because that they noted, may take the limelight away from their so utterly delicious Maine Blueberries. I'm guessing a few years back, it's my birthday so memory may be foggier than normal:) So, I'm guessing the two associations came to some kind of truce. However, there are a few people who are a hop, skip, and a jump away from the state of Maine who disagree to the whole flying saucer mess. They would be the people of Pennsylvania, yes where I now reside. In fact, to narrow it down even further, in particular those people would be, the Amish. Whew!

I think I've wet your whistle enough about this Whoopie Pie Round-About don't you? I would like to revisit the conversation one day when I'm not typing up this post the evening before my son is going to surprise me with a birthday outing. "Bright and Early" he said. He usually means it too. He gets his early rising genes from me I suppose:)

So, what I'm going to do, is, stash my Whoopie Pie notes for another day, rummage through a previous post for those "retro" Fluffernutter recipe books I shared with you a while back, and drop off a couple of recipes. Then, off to bed I go:)

The reason for the fluffernutter books is because during my venture out into the world of Whoopie Pies, the Durkee-Mower folks (creators of Fluffernutter) were mentioned more than once. Oddly enough, their company was then based out of Lynn, Massachusetts. Apparently, Whoopie Pies took a leap once a recipe for a similar concoction was mentioned in one of their recipe books. Truth be told, I'll be darned if I can find a Whoopie Pie recipe in either. I know some of you may have seen these books before but really, does one ever tire of seeing such charm?

Yummy Books
The New Yummy BookThe New Yummy Book | Recipes Made with Fluff | Fluffernutter
Both these Yummy books are undated. If I had to guess, I'd say they are from the 1930s.

I suppose it's only right to include a Whoopie Pie recipe from someone who actually lives/lived in Maine. So, here's a simple Whoopie Pie recipe from Maine Cookery; Then and Now published by the Maine Courier Gazette and compiled by Loana Shibles and Annie Rogers in 1972. I should note, the first chapter which is devoted to the THEN recipes does not include a recipe for Whoopie Pies. Down East Enchiladas, yes. Old Time Hogshead Cheese, yes. Whoopie Pies or anything to the liking, no. (I'll make sure though before we discuss this again:)

Whoopie Pie Recipe

It just wouldn't seem "proper" to do all this fluffernutter whoopie pie talk with out including a recipe for, Fluffernutter Whoopie Pies, of course! This recipe comes from the Marshmallow Fluff site itself!

Fluffernutter Whoopie Pies
 • 1 egg
 • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
 • 1 cup sugar
 • 2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
 • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
 • 1 tsp. baking soda
 • 1/4 tsp. salt
 • 3/4 cup milk
 • 1 tsp. vanilla •
Filling (recipe follows)
Heat oven to 350 F. Grease two large cookie sheets and set aside. In a large bowl with mixer at medium speed beat egg and vegetable oil. Gradually beat in sugar and continue beating until pale yellow in color. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In a measuring cup combine milk and vanilla. Add flour and milk mixtures alternately to eggs and sugar, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Let sit 10 minutes. Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet. These will spread a lot, so make 6 cakes per sheet at a time. Bake about 5 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched with finger. Remove to wire racks to cool. When cool, use filling and two cakes to make sandwiches. Makes 15.

Filling:
• 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
• 1/4 cup butter or margarine (1/2 stick) 
• 2 cups confectioners' sugar
• 1 Jar (7.5oz) Marshmallow Fluff
• 2 tbsp. milk
Bring butter to room temperature. In a medium bowl with mixer at low speed, beat butter and remaining ingredients until light and fluffy.

Mirian's Cookbook by Carrie Bender

In all fairness, and just in case The Whoopie Pie actually was first enjoyed in the commonwealth, here's another Whoopie Pie recipe from Mirian's Cookbook by Carrie Bender. Notice the ingredients difference?

Whoopie Pies Recipe

And just in case these recipes aren't enough to hold you over until we dig into the depths of the true Whoopie Mystery, I've managed to gather a few recipes on my Whoopie Pie Day Pinterest board. Yes, it does exist.

Whoopie Pie Day

Picnic Game Update

I just can't leave you without letting you know how the picnic game is progressing. In one word, FANTABULOUS! I've already received glimpses into the baskets of goodies. One post is already up but I'm not telling which one because I haven't sent it along to the other picnickers yet. We have new guests this year which I'm thrilled about! I told them how much fun the Picnic Game is and what gracious hosts you all are and they decided to join in on the fun. I know you all will be as excited to meet them. Some of them you may even already know.

As for the letters, well, there are, are you ready? There are eight letters left! I must admit, I was getting a wee bit nervous about the amount of empty picnic baskets until I looked back on picnic games from yore. To my delight or chagrin, some people wait until the last minute to choose their letter. That's okay though because if I remember correctly, we've gotten some tasty last minute goodies at our picnic in prior years. However, just in case they over sleep (which is probably what I should be doing about now:) I'll figure out a way to fill those eight baskets. We've done it before, in our first year, and we'll do it again in our fifth! Here are the letters for you sleepy heads:)

X and Z

Oh I know, you may think these letters are heavier to tote but think of it this way. Jell-O, Knudgel, Udon Noodles and Vine Ripened Tomato Salad are all easy peasy. It's the XY and Z that are the heaviest. Are you up to the challenge? Just take a look at XY and Zee from last year's picnic in the sidebar. Our baskets were brimming that year! So get those creative thinking caps on and let's play The Picnic Game!!! (follow that link for the "rules") The Gang's Awaitin'

Before I go, I would like to send birthday wishes along to John at Kitchen Riffs and Nee from Nee's Place. John will be visiting us for the Picnic Game Round-up and Nee, well Nee is our newest picnicker. I think it extraordinary that they both share their birthdays on the same day as me; Today! (we won't talk about years:)

I'll be sending out the letters that I already have beginning on Sunday. So if you're almost done or entirely done, send your basket along. Please put Picnic Game in your subject line. It just makes it easier for me to pick through my stream of email:) Have a wonderful rest of the weekend everyone and I'll "see" you on Wednesday, National Chocolate Pudding Day! (chocolate pudding filled whoopies? now there's a thought:)

Resources
1. Celebrating National Fluffernutter Day
2. A Day of Marshmallow Fluff