Category Archives: Desserts

Vicki’s Grandmother’s Rhubarb Cake

“You can make anything you want. Just make sure that it gets eaten,” said Jerri when I volunteered to take over most of the cooking after my retirement. Though I have been forced into surreptitious trips to the compost heap … Continue reading

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Carol’s Pumpkin Crack

The wife of one of Jerri’s nephews brought crack to the family feast we shared recently. At least, that’s what she said it was when I asked. It turned out to be a moist pudding-type cake loaded with flavor. Here … Continue reading

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Betty Stucky’s Raisin Bars

One year Jerri’s mother gave her a cookbook compiled by the Farm Bureau Women of Butler County, Kansas. Jerri grew up in Butler County, which is the largest county in Kansas and larger than the state of Rhode Island. Butler … 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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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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Esther’s Sour Cream Raisin Pie

Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States when Jerri’s grandparents emigrated from Ukraine to Kansas. Besides bringing a strong Christian faith, a commitment to non-violence and a belief that Christians had a duty to help those in need, … Continue reading

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Kathy’s Green Grape Dessert—Elegant and Refreshing

Jerri learned how to make this wonderful dessert when she was teaching at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, the school that Hillary Clinton graduated from the year before Jerri joined the faculty. Her friend Kathy, who also … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Raisin Rolls

My mother made a lot of cinnamon raisin rolls. Most of the time, she would use her ordinary white bread dough. She made a double batch of bread twice a week when I was growing up, so she would take … Continue reading

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