Category Archives: Desserts

Mom’s Drop Doughnuts

When I found my mother’s recipe for drop doughnuts in her recipe box, I was tempted to publish it on “Courage In The Kitchen” exactly as Mom wrote it down. I thought that readers might enjoy seeing how good cooks … Continue reading

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Grandma Weingarten’s Icebox Cookies

When I was a little kid growing up in Hayward before we moved out of town, we lived just a couple of blocks from Grandma and Grandpa Weingarten. Until I was grown up I didn’t know that their names were … Continue reading

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Strawberry Shortcake

When I was ten or eleven years old, my mother made one of the very best strawberry shortcakes I have ever tasted. My two sisters, Barb and Betty, helped me pick nearly a quart of wild strawberries we found growing … Continue reading

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Nellie’s Rhubarb Raisin Pie

Here is another recipe from Nellie, my brother-in-law’s stepmother. Her rhubarb raisin pie is the basis of Patsy’s strawberry rhubarb pie, and both use crackers as part of the thickening and flavoring agents. Both pies are delicious and are worth … Continue reading

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Patsy’s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

My brother-in-law Patrick is a pretty darned good cook. Besides teaching Boy Scouts how to bake cakes in the wilds of northern Wisconsin, he turns out some great soups and roasts and bakes a mean strawberry rhubarb pie. When I … 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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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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Grandma Hopp’s Never Fail Doughnuts

Many years ago we used to drive from Murray, Kentucky to Hayward, Wisconsin in one day. Eight hundred miles may not seem so far today, but in the 1970’s three hundred of those miles were on two-lane highways that went … Continue reading

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Pammy’s Peanut Butter Roundup Cookies

When my youngest sister, Pammy, was born, the doctors at the Hayward Memorial Hospital discovered that she had a heart defect. I was fourteen years old, and I remember being told that my new sister had a hole and a … Continue reading

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Aunt Dorothy’s Ginger Snaps

The last time we visited my Aunt Dorothy at her home east of Hayward, she poured us cups of coffee and set out a plate of Christmas cookies. Prominent among them were soft ginger snaps. Many people like cookies that … Continue reading

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