A Cook's Tour of Iowa by Susan Puckett

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The Farmer's Wife's Snickerdoodles 1 cup soft shortening 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 eggs 2 3/4 cups flour 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons granulated sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons cinnamon Finely chopped pecans or large pecan halves (optional) In a mixing bowl, cream shortening, sugar, and eggs. Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt and add to creamed mixture. Chill dough for 1 hour (this is important because the dough handles much better when chilled).

Stiffly beat the egg whites. Drizzle boiling hot syrup onto the egg whites while you continue to beat at a medium high speed. Flavor with vanilla or your favorite flavoring (I prefer vanilla and almond). For a lovely color, substitute maraschino cherry juice for water. Page 28 Italian Coal Miners When Mary Batteni Sertich was growing up in southern Iowa, having overnight guests rarely meant a visit from an out-of-town relative or friend of the family's. Rather, it meant she, her parents, and five siblings would have to squeeze into their squat four-room house a little tighter to make room for complete strangers, as many as four at a time.

Soon she was back on KMA. By then the effects of a long siege of crippling arthritis had eroded her ability to play her beloved violin. Mr. May, who tried to solve as many problems of his faithful staff as he could, suggested that a place be made for Bernice in the women's department. . She started her 1948 program, `A Visit with Bernice,' with the words, `I've reared a family and managed a home for forty years. Now I would like to share my experiences with you listeners so you can learn easily what it took me years to find out .

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