Better Than Mom’s Venison Chili

My grandparents did not hunt or fish, so I sometimes wonder how my parents came to do both.  Actually, my mother was not a hunter, but she could outlast all of us when the fish were biting. She caught the largest bullhead I have ever seen one evening when the mosquitoes had driven the rest…
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Lori’s Bean Dip

Okay, we made it through Christmas with quite a few entries on the plus side of the ledger.  We shared a Christmas Eve worship service, celebrated the holiday with friends and family, gave and received some neat gifts, enjoyed a lot of holiday music, and ate well.  But for me at least the plus side…
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Grandma Hopp’s Gingerbread Cookies

When Grandpa Hopp, my mother’s father, bought Grandma a new gas kitchen range, she was excited and happy to think of how much better it would be than the old wood stove it replaced.  In the summer especially, it would be a blessing not to have a hot stove in the kitchen on baking day.…
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Patsy’s Chicken Soup

My sister makes a wonderful chicken soup that you should include on your menu during cold weather.  It is a perfect example of how to make a soup.  When she sent me the recipe, she noted the following:  “I really just make it to taste so I have no idea of how much of anything…
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Grandma Rang’s Date Cookies

Families have different ways of celebrating Advent. When I was growing up, one way we celebrated was by getting a Christmas tree. Finding the tree was a man’s job, so each year Dad and I would head into the woods on the first or second Sunday of December. In the 1950’s, northern Wisconsin seemed to…
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