The Havens Family

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Mom's Recipes

Mom's Recipes

Mom's love for her kitchen was second only to her love for her family. She was an excellent all-around cook, with baked goods as her unchallenged specialty. When I was a boy in the early 1940s, the scent of rising dough and bakery items filled the house with their delightful aromas, especially on Saturday mornings.

Cakes, pies and cookies of all descriptions, Parker House rolls, cinnamon buns, and all sorts of other treats came from her oven to delight family and friends. Her Swedish coffee cakes were in high demand, so much so that she began selling them to make a few extra dollars. Mom would bake all Saturday morning, and then I would load the precious coffee cakes, all carefully wrapped and bagged, into my wagon and happily deliver them to her list of customers up and down the street where we lived. I can almost taste them as I write this remembrance.

Recipes weren't shared casually in those days. They were like state secrets, bargaining chips, only passed along to trusted persons, if at all. Unfortunately, after Mom passed away, most of those old recipes were somehow lost during the process of clearing out her condo. However, a lot more went into those recipes than measured ingredients anyway. Anyone could follow the details of the recipe and still not come out with the same result as Mom. She had a high degree of thoughtful and precise care that went into each item, not to mention that inimitable skill of a good cook.

I did manage to get a few of her recipes over the years, however, and you'll find them in the column on the right.

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Recipe Cards

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Christmas Stollen

Christmas Stollen

Lemon Pie

Lemon Pie

Date-Nut Pinwheel Cookies

Date-Nut Pinwheel Cookies

Cherry & Walnut Cookies

Cherry & Walnut Cookies