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.

Butch’s Kraut-Stuffed Hamburgers

Butch Wardenga was a year behind me in high school, but he ended up a few years ahead of me in cooking and sharing his recipes. While I left Hayward and ended up working for a company in the Twin … Continue reading

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Nellie’s Rhubarb Cake

When I asked if they had any rhubarb this year, my brother-in-law Patrick reported that it was doing great. He added that his eleven-year old granddaughter had helped him make his favorite rhubarb cake the day before. If only all … Continue reading

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Rich’s Rhubarb Crisp

Perhaps it’s enough to say, “It’s rhubarb season.” Those huge green leaves, velvety when you touch them, capture sunlight and use the energy to provide the raw material for some great desserts. We have only one rhubarb plant, but the … Continue reading

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Jean’s Rhubarb Bars

Every farm I remember from my childhood had at least a couple of big rhubarb plants in the backyard. Rhubarb used to be called “pie plant” because it makes delicious pies, but it also makes other great desserts from upside … Continue reading

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Smoke Stack’s Cheesy Corn Bake

When gasoline was twenty-five cents a gallon and our family Plymouth got over twenty miles per gallon, summer drives were an inexpensive way to make weekends special. Sometimes we drove to a lake with Dad’s canoe on top of the … Continue reading

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Pineapple Pie—Always in Season

Not long ago our friend Rich was lamenting the fact that he could no longer find pineapple pie in bakeries. For several years he had been able to buy them from a supermarket in Brainerd when he and his wife … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Biscuits

Susie, one of our nieces, mailed me a cookbook that she thought I would like. She was right. Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine by Norma Jean and Carole Darden is filled with family recipes, reminiscences and stories of a remarkable African-American … Continue reading

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Jerri’s Hamburger Pie

In spite of the fact that we have been using our Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook at least once a week for over forty years, it is in pretty good shape. The title page and page two, a note … Continue reading

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Mennonite Dinner Rolls

Mennonite housewives understood both their Bible and human nature. When they read that “Man shall not live by bread alone,” they respected the need to honor their God, but they also knew that people needed something besides bread on their … Continue reading

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Mrs. Hagberg’s Potato and Hamburger Hot Dish

When we moved north of Hayward, Wisconsin, our home was a quarter mile from the Namekagon River. Until I was fourteen or fifteen, the bald eagles that nested along the river used to cruise by at treetop level looking for … Continue reading

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