Explore The Sooner State’s best-kept secrets with the Eat & Explore Oklahoma Cookbook.
The second volume in the Eat & Explore State Cookbook Series, this cookbook and travel guide documents the very heart of the state. You’ll discover the flavors that make Oklahoma special, all while getting to know its people, communities, and unique celebrations.
Start your trip with a stop at Bedstead Retreat in Broken Bow. You’ll enjoy the scenic beauty of southeastern Oklahoma while staying in a gorgeous redwood cabin. The retreat is situated on 40 acres of hardwood property that also features hillside views and beautiful streams. When you’ve worked up an appetite, be sure to try Bedstead Retreat’s Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip recipe.
Next, you’ll want to visit the Overholser Mansion in OKC. This landmark is the most visible legacy of Henry Overholser, the father of Oklahoma City. This late-Victorian mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic places and boasts three stories. Visitors will also enjoy the original furnishings, one-of-a-kind artworks, hand-painted canvas walls, and lavish fixtures. Afterwards, take a trip back to 1903 with Mrs. Overholser’s recipe for Lemonade.
Car shows more your speed? Make your next stop at the Heartland Cruise Car Show in Weatherford. Hosted every Father’s Day Weekend, over 250 classic cars cruise down Route 66 before being displayed the following day. In addition to early model Mustangs, you’ll also see T-Birds, Corvettes, trucks, street rods, and motorcycles. When you’re all tuckered out from your afternoon in the hot sun, try the Car Show’s recipe for Mexican Cornbread.
Finally, finish out your trip with a stop at Pops, home to a fantastic architectural structure shaped like a pop bottle. It just happens to be 66 feet tall. Additionally, the pop bottle lights up every night with LED lights that put on a dazzling light show for visitors. Behind the pop bottle, you’ll find Pops itself, serving over 600 varieties of soda, burgers, chicken-fried steak, and more. Take a trip down Route 66 and try soda from all over the world. Also, don’t forget to try Pops’ recipe for Root Beer Bread Pudding.