January 12, 2015

Indiana

Statehood: December 11th, 1816 (19/50)

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Indiana? Is it the Indy 500 or the Colts? John Mellencamp or Axl Rose? James Dean or Lil' Sebastian? All of those certainly do come from The Crossroads of America, but on my quest to learn more about The Hoosier State, I came up with these three very unique, very cool things:

1. The 100+ foot high courthouse tower of Greensburg, IN has had trees growing out of it since 1870. It's a total mystery as to how the seeds got up there (though it was probably from a bird) or how they continue to grow. Seriously! Google "Greensburg's tower trees" to see the photos.

2. Near Amity, IN on County Road 400 there's a grave LITERALLY in the middle of the road. Years after Nancy Barnett was laid to rest in 1831, the town decided to build a road through the cemetery. While they relocated other graves, Barnett's grandson, Daniel, camped out near his grandmother's plot and threatened the workers with a shotgun if they touched her grave. Google "grave in the middle of the road" to see photos.

3. The first goldfish farm was in Martinsville, IN in 1899. What started as an experiment became a hugely lucrative business as they still produce upwards of 20,000,000 goldfish a year.

Indianians, it's time to initiate ingesting of insanely inviting pie.


State Pie: Sugar Cream/Hoosier

The sugar cream - also known as hoosier - pie was made the official state pie in 2009. The sweet treat stems from the early Amish and/or Shaker communities of the 19th century. Ready for a slice? Or how about a scoop? Sometimes it's fun to shake things up a bit, eh (especially when the previous three times you tried to make a sugar cream pie failed)?

A Scoop of Sugar Cream "Pie"
Makes: about 2 cups of ice cream

Ingredients:
1 14-oz can of full fat coconut cream
1 cup almond milk
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons corn starch
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method:
PLEASE NOTE: You will need an ice cream maker for this.

In a sauce pot on medium heat, combine all the ingredients. Bring to a slow rolling boil, about 12 to 15 minutes, whisking constantly to make sure ingredients are blended, that there are no lumps, and so the mixture doesn't thicken too much.

Pour hot mixture into a container and cool in refrigerator several hours.

When ice cream mixture has cooled tremendously, pour contents into your ice cream maker and turn on for however long your machine takes - mine takes usually 30ish minutes to combine.

Eat immediately or scoop ice cream into a new container and place in freezer immediately.



Sources:
Fun City Finder: Martinsville, Indiana 
IN.gov: State Emblems and Symbols
Neyron, Amanda. "RE: Indiana State Foods". Message to the author. 21 Nov. 2013. E-mail.