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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Really Quick Vegetable Soup

Homemade soup in less than an hour.  It may sound impossible, but if you’re willing to cheat just a little bit, you can do it. You probably appreciate a soup simmered lovingly for hours, the kind that makes you think of those cold days when you came home after school to a house filled with…
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Corn Meal Griddle Cakes

One bright summer morning a few years ago our seven-year-old grandson ate eight corn meal griddle cakes with butter and warm maple syrup.  Where they went, we still do not know.  There were no noticeable bulges as he headed down to the brook to continue the hydraulic engineering project begun the day before.  Maybe they…
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