Harley and Davidson Family Recipes

Harley and Davidson Family Recipes
Celebrating 100 Years of Home Cooking
by Margo Manning and Carol Lange
Ten Speed Press, 2002

While best friends Bill Harley and Art Davidson were building "motorized bicycles" in a backyard shed over 100 years ago, their mothers -- also good friends -- were cooking their meals. The two families were inseparable, sharing road trips and picnics and hunting parties together, and now two granddaughters of the famous mechanics, Margo Manning and Carol Lange, have collaborated on a cookbook celebrating those joint ventures.

The Harleys from England and the Davidsons from Scotland came together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the motorcyle legend was born at the turn of the century. Their recipes reflect their combined Bavarian, English, Scots and Wisconsin heritage with Bleichsellerie Mit Roquefortkase (Celery with Roquefort Cheese), Wild Duck, and Great-Grandma Mary Smith Harley's Old Country Irish Soda Bread.

As much a family history and photograph album as it is a cookbook, this spiral-bound volume mixes stories with recipes to produce a tasteful piece of real Americana. Separate chapters include recipes for appetizers, soup and sales, main courses, holiday entrees, desserts and specialty drinks.

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Harley and Davidson Family Recipes

The Sidecar

The sidecar cocktail was invented at the legendary Harry's New York Bar in Paris during World War I. The bar was founded in 1911 and became a favorite watering hole of the rich and famous, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Toscanini, Charlie Chaplin, Truman Capote, Orson Welles, Aristotle Onassis, Peggy Guggenheim, and Woody Allen.

As the story goes, the cocktail was named after an eccentric army captain who insisted on beingf chauffeur-drievn to the bar in a motorcycle sidebar. The sidecar remains one of the most prominent drinks of the twentieth century.

Lemon slices
Bar sugar or simple syrup (to frost the glasses)
2/3 part cognac
1/3 part Cointreau
Juice of 1 lemon
Lemon twists

First, rub a lemon slice around the edge of a martini glass, then dip the glass in a saucer of bar sugar. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the liquid ingredients. Pour into the glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Reprinted with permission from "Harley and Davidson Family Recipes" by Margo Manning and Carol Lange. Copyright © 2004. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA.
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