Author Archives: Chuck Rang

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About Chuck Rang

Born in Ashland, Wisconsin, grew up near Hayward, lives in New Richmond, messing around in kitchens more than 60 years.

Roast Leg of Lamb in Red Wine

It was the last day of the State 4-H Fat Stock Show in Wichita, Kansas. Joyce Livingston, the popular host of “Women’s World” and “The Joyce Livingston Show” on Channel 12, was interviewing 4-H members whose market lambs were going … Continue reading

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Old-Fashioned Sponge Cake

Sundays were special when I was a kid. Sunday was the one day in the week when the whole family could spend the whole day together. When I was very young my father’s work week ended at noon on Saturday, … Continue reading

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Broccoli Pasta Salad

“What can we bring?” is the first question Jerri asks when we are invited to someone’s home for dinner. My mother asked the same question hundreds of times over the years. If your host or hostess suggests that you bring … Continue reading

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Quick and Easy Baguettes

More than anything else, seeing a bicyclist with a shopping bag hanging from the handlebars and a three foot long loaf of bread under her arm convinced me that, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I was not in … Continue reading

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Simple Scalloped Potatoes

Eight people stand in front of a car in a field with trees in the background. In the back row, the dapper man on the left with the mustache is my grandfather. He is wearing a three piece suit, tie … Continue reading

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Cool Asparagus Barley Salad

Sometimes a person is just plain lucky. That’s how I felt when I learned that hull-less barley not only tastes wonderful but is also a healthy choice for people wanting to control their cholesterol and blood glucose. I have been … Continue reading

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Mrs. Deckert’s Hawaiian Banana Bread

My mother’s recipe box has a lot of banana bread recipes in it. Since I like numbers and facts, I was going to count them today. However, I abandoned that project after looking at the third card in the box. … Continue reading

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The Turk’s Shish Kebab

If you happened to be driving U.S. Highway 63 from Rochester, Minnesota, to Ashland, Wisconsin, on April 21, 1957, you might have wondered why there were so many cars parked on the shoulder of the highway north of Hayward. Some … Continue reading

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Swiss Vegetable Medley

The recipe for Swiss Vegetable Medley in Mom’s recipe box is written in pencil on a recipe card probably given to her by a friend, since it is the only card with that particular floral decoration in the box. Later … Continue reading

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Great Grits—A Native American Treasure

Once upon a time there was a young native American wife who simply could not parch corn without burning it. She could plant corn in the spring, tend it all summer, shell the dried kernels in the fall and store … Continue reading

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