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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Recipes From The Moon

Well, sorta:)


A Day in the Moon by the Abbé Th. Moreux ©1913
”…I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish…” President John F. Kennedy (1961)

The crew of Apollo 11: Commander Neil A. Armstrong, Command Module pilot Michael Collins, Lunar Module pilot Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.

When President Kennedy announced, We will go to the moon in this decade,” it was the beginning of the The Apollo Space program and the journey to put the first man on the moon. An estimated 600 million people from all corners of the world watched the first manned mission to land on the Moon on July 20, 1969. I can remember it like it was yesterday. The countdown, the blast off, the cheers. Hold your breath The "Eagle" has landed. (The Lunar Module was nicknamed the "Eagle") Neil Armstrong, stepped off the Eagle's ladder, placed one foot upon the surface and proclaimed: ”That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”.

The first meal eaten on the moon by Armstrong and Aldrin before their moonwalk was, 4 bacon squares, 3 sugar cookies, peaches, pineapple grapefruit drink and coffee.” Famous Firsts by Dennis Sanders.

As many of you may know, I grew up on Long Island in the state of New York. Thousands of Long Islanders worked to build the lunar command module "Columbia" that carried Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin to their moon landing. (Michael Collins remained in space.) Six of the 13 lunar modules were built by Grumman. In the mid-1960's, it seemed everyone had a parent, relative or friend who worked at Grumman.

Today, on this historic anniversary, I would like to share a few recipes from a book titled the Horn of The Moon Cookbook by grassroots activist Ginny Callan former owner of The Horn of the Moon Cafe in Montpelier, Vermont

The Horn of the Moon Cafe is no longer in existence. Vermont’s oldest vegetarian restaurant served its last meal on November 12, 2000.

…Ginny Callan hasn't served up a plate of tofu cutlets with mushroom sauce since 1990, at least not in a restaurant. She sold her legendary Horn of the Moon Café in Montpelier, where those cutlets were a big seller and the business eventually passed into history. But the restaurant and its founder/chef/owner lives on in the memories, taste buds and home libraries of thousands for whom it was the first experience of "natural" or vegetarian food. Callan had a 13-year run and locals of a certain age remember her restaurant fondly…Times Argus Online

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to appreciate the recipes and “chatter” in this book. I have many vegetarian cookbooks in my collection but my very best two favorites are the Horn of The Moon Cookbook and The Moosewood Cookbook, which we will have to talk about at another time:) I like The Horn of the Moon Cookbook for its sheer simplicity in the layout of the recipes, the commentary the author shares in each recipe but more importantly to me how the book does not intimidate me because I am not a vegetarian. I would prefer to enjoy the recipes for what they are; be they vegetarian or not.

Normally, it wouldn’t be easy for me to choose a recipe from such a delicious assortment but since we are celebrating Moon Day, I thought I would get you in the mood with some “moon” recipes:) How about some Luna Pie to begin?

They say “it’s all in the presentation” well, for these Moon Burritos, it was all in the name. (or maybe a little of both:)

Don’t forget the Salsa! (dip and dance:)

These are my favorite Moon Cookies! I love them filled with Strawberry Jam!

The Horn of the Moon Cafe was sold to Gary Beardsworth and his wife Rhonda in July of 1990. It wasn’t long before Mr. Beardsworth authored Recipes From the Moon.

Recipes From the Moon doesn’t have the same “feel” as Ms. Callan’s book but, it does offer this recipe for Dairy Free Pie Crust that my friend Amy “swears by.”

I, however, can attest to these egg free Blueberry Muffins, especially when it’s Blueberry Month and I have another batch of homemade yogurt “brewing” on the counter:)

Thank you for spending Moon Day with me. I had planned on delving deeper into “real” moon food but it seems the day has once again slipped away from me. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a Picnic in Orbit, then we all could go! Follow this link to discover what Astronauts Eat in Orbit, you’re in for quite a few surprises! As you’re munching on that, contemplate this first picture of the moon drawn by Galileo in 1610, which I found in A Day In the Moon published in 1913 and available free online for fascinating reading at the Open Library. Enjoy, Louise

Resources
1.Horn of the Moon Cafe Closes its Doors
2.Space Food

47 comments:

  1. Lovely post once again.. I loved the moon cookies and the blueberry muffins.. Will try it someday..

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    1. Thanks Gloria...I'm delighted you enjoyed this post. The Blueberry Muffins are really yummy:)

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  2. Dear Louise - I am over the moon about this post! What a great convergence of celestial events, from the first walk on the Moon to the lovely food served at the Horn of the Moon Cafe. I wish it were still around - I would visit. Now I'm wondering if I can locate a copy of the cookbook. I really love the description that comes with the Luna Pie recipe - it really captures the magic between the Earth and the Moon! Happy Moon Day - can't believe its been 45 years!

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    1. Hi T.W!
      Planning this post was a bit challenging because I wanted to ease into the recipes without overshadowing Moon Day. I was quite pleased when I hit publish in the wee hours of the morning but, I forgot one important detail. According to an article in The New York Times (1988)
      The cafe is named after a nearby settlement where, according to legend, a Native American found his lost wife under the horn of the moon." Thanks for visiting, T.W. Enjoy that North Fork Blueberry Jam you made and save some for me!!!

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  3. Sounds like a great cafe and a great cookbook - I really love how they named the moon burritos and they sold well - we don't seem to have such a way with names these days but the old names always amuse me (though a friend once named a slice mock turtle after alice in wonderland and then later found there was this strange American slice called a turtle one). And I can't wait for you to write about the moosewood cookbook - that is one of my first cookbooks and still special to me.

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    1. Hi Joahnna,
      I was actually thinking about you when I was preparing this post. If you like the Moosewood Cookbook, I'm pretty sure you would like the Horn of the Moon Cookbook too.

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  4. I just love your posts, Louise. How you segue from celebrating moon exploration to vegetarian recipes is priceless. Really great recipes today (as always).

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    1. Thanks Debra, your words are so encouraging, and I truly appreciate them:)

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  5. Hi Louise,
    This is the second try at commenting, and the other day my posts also disappeared. I love your MoonDay on Sunday posts and it's clear the moon has great recipes! Thanks.

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    1. Uh oh, Mae. Is it from my end or yours? Your comment went through just fine this time. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. It was such fun to share:)

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  6. Hi Louise, what a really great post, that was such a big, big day, I remember how we all sat around the TV. The Horn of the Moon Cafe is new to me, wish it was still around, lovely recipes. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Cheri and welcome back:)
      I'm delighted to know you enjoyed this post. I remember sitting around the TV on the big day too. Even as children it was exciting! When I was a young mother, I had every intention of one day visiting it, too bad we both missed it!

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  7. I love seeing vegetarian cookbooks, and I look forward to seeing a Moosewood post someday. The Moosewood cookbook was the first vegetarian cookbook I remember using.

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    1. Me too Poppy. I'll proably be doing a post about it sometime in the Fall. Thanks for dropping by...

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  8. What fun post Louise. I love it! I remember I was really little for this moon thing:)
    But was amazing!! Is amazing how many years lol!

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    1. It's hard to believe it was 45 years ago, Gloria. You must have been a teeny baby at the time, lol...

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  9. Dear Louise, You have me "Over The Moon" with this post and your choice of recipes. You always have such interesting posts. I remember that day, July 20th, 1969 watching TV with my family and being in such amazement that these men really touched down on the moon. I will never forget how that day changed the world, I was 15 at the time. We were all glued to the Black & White TV set! I had forgotten that today was the anniversary. These cookbooks are sure part of history, even though I am not familiar with them. I tend to eat more veggies, but I would't say I am a total Vegetarian. These recipes sound wonderful to try...I especially like the Salsa and the Moon cookies. Thanks for sharing your collection of recipes on this special day...Blessings Dottie :)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post, Dottie. Our family was glued to the black and white TV too. It was about the size of an Ipad, lol...Thanks for visiting:)

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  10. Good evening Louise ,
    You did it again . What a wonderful post and lots of information and a joy to read . If you think about it , we all like the same foods , especially in the summer , the salads , salsas etc. , I will try the recipes they sound delicious , my kids will love the 'Moon Burritos' what am I saying , my kinds will eat most vegetables that don't eat them first (giggling ) .
    Louise , I will let my kids read this post , I know they will enjoy it because it's about space and they do so love space . Thanks for sharing and (((HUGS))) to you and Marion .

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    1. You are so fortunate that your chicldren love veggies, Nee. I think they deserve some Moon Cookies!!! Marion is doing just fine. Shereally should stop "bugging" me about baking another Chiffon Cake though, lol...I hope the kids enjoyed this post as much as I liked sharing it...

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  11. The moon landing occurred the summer between my 3rd and 4th grades, when I was 8-and-a-half. (Funny how we remember that time frame in half years, as we counted it then.) It was hotter than July and that was the only day I was inside; even on rainy days I'd sit outside on the sun porch and read. It was marvelous; it was amazing; a man was walking on the moon - the moon! A place with no air and no water! And we had flown him there! My heart still soars with the pride that only an 8 year old can feel when I see those pictures. (My dearly beloved, who was 21 at the time, has considerably less rosy memories. Silly man.)

    Great post, as always. Now I'm going off to find that open source book.

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    1. Wow! Marjie, I thought I remembered that day like yesterday. You remember every detail. I guess that's what happens when you're still young, lol...

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  12. What a great post! Sorry I missed the picnic game this year.

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    1. Hi Yummy!!! Wow! It is so very nice to "see" you:) We did miss you at the Picnic Game. I do hope you will be able to join us again next year. It was fantabulous!!!

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  13. Hi Louise, wow, I am over the moon with this especially your Moon Cookies and the Blueberry Muffins. They sound exceptionally special and delicious. You have a great day and warmest regards :)

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    1. Aren't they fun recipes, Ivy. I especially like the Blueberry Muffins. I was planning on baking some but I am having the darndest time finding blueberries. It seems everyone is plum sold out! I will though, I'm on a mission to freeze as many as I can get my little hands on, lol...

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  14. Love the Moon Burritos! Not to mention the lunar pie. Going to the moon was such a big deal -- I remember it well. Exciting times. Fun post -- thanks.

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    1. They were exciting times John. It seems like moons ago. Heck, it was, lol...thanks for visiting:)

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  15. Hi Louise,

    I love all the space food research that you did. Using tofu to substitute eggs...yucks! Yogurt is definitely a better choice. All these space recipes look like vegan recipes!!! I know that The vegans use vinegar to curd soy milk to substitute buttermilk. Sadly, I think that this substitution is not as ideal as using the real buttermilk :p

    Just realise that one of sesame seed dressing is a vegan recipe with no eggs and milk product... and I must say this recipe is our fav recipe now :D

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe,
      The recipes in both books are all vegan Zoe. But, aren't they such fun! I have to agree, buttermilk is wonderful but for those watching calories and cholesterol, yogurt seems to be a pretty good substittue most times:) Yes, the favorite sesame seed dressing you like is the same one I like. I didn't even realize it was vegan!!! Thanks for visiting, Zoe...

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  16. I was expecting to see some mooncakes when I read the title lol! Oh well, you will definitely see them flooding the blogs soon lol! The blueberry muffins sounds like a real treat!

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    1. I came {{{this close}}} to posting a moon pie recipe, Jeannie but, when I remembered all the wonderful recipes in the Horn of the Moon Cookbook, I just couldn't resisit sharing:)

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  17. a very interesting post...and feel we could be nuts over that luna pie...anything mushrooms and onions inside a crisped dough can only make us hungry....thanks :-)

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    1. I totally agree, Kumar. I'm looking forward to your next delicious post too:) Thank you so much for dropping by...

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  18. Oh my! Space cakes and biscuits! Love these, very original indeed. I love this post Louise :-)) You are always very original in all your posts!!

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    1. Hi Alida!
      Yes! Space Cakes and Biscuits, lol...who could resist. lol...So glad you enjoyed your visit. It was a fun post to share!!!

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  19. Spectacular, Louise. Truly a fantastic post...so happy to be celebrating Moon Day with you. It was truly a remarkable event...these recipes you have shared all sound lovely. I would love to try them all.

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3
    xoxoxoxo

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  20. The moon cookies sound wonderful:)

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  21. i just can't tolerate tofu, but the moon cookies sound wonderful! maybe i've just never had tofu prepared properly...

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  22. Another delightful post! I want to try almost all of the recipes, but first, I have to go plop a cake in the oven so I can frost it in the morning for my co-worker's last day at work before his wife gives birth on his own birthday eve. (Got it? Baby Boy's c-section is Wednesday, friend's b-day is Thursday, and no, the blanket isn't done yet either.)

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  23. Nice post, Louise! I remember when I first learnt about Neil Armstrong, while in school.
    And very interesting recipes! The blueberry muffins sounds good.
    The Luna Pie, with tofu in the ingredients, sounds very interesting! I have never had tofu in a pie before!
    Thanks for sharing another interesting post!

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  24. This was such a great post -lots of fun facts I didn't know before.

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  25. Oh wow, love your header! I'm sure it has captured lots of attention. I would love to fly to the moon, anytime.......

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  26. Moon day--now that's a new one! I always think of Tang when I think of space travel food. I sure drank a lot of that growing up!

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  27. The recipes that you chose sound really good Louise; as I am sure they are. I like some vegetarian cookbooks too. There always seems to be a new and interesting twist to a classic.
    I hope your summer is going well and you and Marion are enjoying. Blessings, Catherine xo

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  28. Great post, Louise! Love that Luna Pie! And the rest too... I definitely remember staying up to watch the landing on TV way back then. Too bad the Prez cut way back on the space program!!!

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  29. I thought there would be mooncake in your post :D I don't know about the Luna pie but the salsa and the egg-free muffins sounds really good !

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