My favorite Sports Night is titled "A Girl Named Pixley." I never knew anyone named "Pixley" until I ran across a copy of The Green Mountain Cook Book by Aristene Pixley. Picking a cookbook based on an obscure character in Sports Night is probably not the best way, but then television happens.
As one might have guessed, this cookbook is a collection of Vermont recipes published in 1934. It is dedicated to our most glamorous First Lady, Grace Coolidge. (Don't be fooled by all that "Jackie" hype, Grace was a knockout and she hailed from Vermont.)
There are several maple sauces and a lot of cheese featured on the pages. In the back are several purveyors of Vermont goods including maple syrup, Chicken in Glass Jars, and turnips shipped right to your door.
The recipes are short, succinct, and offer little advice on how to actually cook a recipe. It is a Vermont cookbook, so they expect you to know such things.
Now we have a soft spot in out heart or should I say on our palate for unusual sodas, weird drinks and other strange concoctions. So we just can't get this recipe out of our mind.
Flax Seed LemonadeWe were fascinated with this recipe and set out to do more research. It seems that Flax Seed Lemonade as a long history. It was featured in several 19th century cookbooks such as Mrs. Lincoln's Boston Cook Book in 1884, The Every-Day Cook-Book and Encyclopedia of Practical Recipes in 1892 and in 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by Fannie Farmer. It continued to appear in the 1930's and 1940's. Even Dr. Oz recommended a rather medicinal lemon and flax seed drink.
into one pint hot water put two teaspoons sugar and three tablespoons whole flax seed. Steep for one hour, then strain. Add the juice of one lemon and set aside until required.
In Texas, nine-year-old Mikaila Ulmer's has a thriving lemonade stand -- and a product now available at Whole Foods. Mikaila’s ninety-year-old paternal great-grandmother sent her dog-eared cookbook from the 1940's and Makaila refined the flax seed lemonade into her own brand, BeeSweet Lemonade, with mint and flax. Check out her Facebook page to see Mikaila and her great-grandmother.
We knew there was a reason to read old cookbooks.