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My wife was in marching band in high school. I’m told that, in her high school, this is what the cool kids did. As part of the fundraising for this marching band, they sold cookbooks. These cookbooks were filled with recipes that were submitted by marching band moms and other members of the community. The recipes were presumably then sent off to be printed and bound before being sold. Looking through this cookbook is like a time capsule’s peek into a traditional midwest american kitchen. And for my wife, many of these recipes conjure up memories of her dad’s cooking, as the only things that he knows how to cook come from these pages.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’ve been trying to commit a couple of key recipes to memory. Pizza dough, pasta, bread. These are all things that I feel like I should just be able to crank out without having to refer to the Internet. So I’ve been making them over and over again. Next on my list is: cookies.

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Buddy Bars

With the weather cooling, and with my wife’s pregnancy continuing, the demand for desserts in our household has increased exponentially. Growing up, I never had many baked sweets, likely because Korean moms don’t really bake. My wife’s mom, however, did bake. And she often baked dessert bars. My mom’s unfamiliarity with baking notwithstanding, I never really had bars growing up on the east coast. So I am wondering if bars are a midwest thing. Maybe they are. Maybe not. But either way, they’re delicious, particularly if you get to put your own twist on them and align the chocolate chips in neatly and meticulously aligned rows.

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Cooking Fail – Cupcakes and Chocolate Frosting

My wife had been talking about cupcakes for about three days straight. And so, I had to accomodate. After all, she is making me a baby. Unfortunately, these cupcakes didn’t quite turn out. At least they tasted good.

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Cheddar Broccoli Soup

a ton of leftover cheese

It was one of the hottest days of one of the hottest heat waves. But after my in-laws had come to visit, I had a full boatload of cheese just sitting in my fridge for some reason, and I needed to use it up. Heat, be damned. But I have no idea how to make soup. So I consulted the Western Dubuque Marching Band Cookbook.

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Made Rites

made rites

With my pregnant wife’s ground beef cravings continuing unabated, I went to the well of the Western Dubuque Marching Band Cook Book to find a recipe for Made Rites, a classic Iowa take on the sloppy joe.

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Pancakes

Western Dubuque Marching Band Cook Book

Western Dubuque Marching Band Cook Book

Last week, my wife started craving PB&J and also pancakes. So, I combined the two for lunch.

 

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Cooking Fail – Canned Ham 2: Exploding Ham

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With my wife out of town for work, I thought it was the perfect time for a second pass at a recipe from the Western Dubuque Marching Band Cook Book – canned ham. The first time, I had to modify the recipe because the ham came in a plastic tub. This time, I found I canned ham wthat was all can.

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