Get a Taste of 'Treasured Recipes' From Senior Suites

Gessele, Chris. "Get a Taste of 'Treasured Recipes' from Senior Suites." Hazen Star, 20 November 2008, 12.

Senior Suites of Sakakawea resident Erma Voegele contributed several recipes to "Treasured Recipes of Senior Suites at Sakakawea" that she has enjoyed making over the years.

Old-fashioned.  Traditional.  Tasty.

Whatever you call the recipes inside the cookbook “Treasured Recipes of Senior Suites at Sakakawea,” the food will be sure to please the palate come this holiday season.

“Treasured Recipes of Senior Suites at Sakakawea” is a compilation of recipes from Senior Suites of Sakakawea residents, staff and some residents’ families.  The cookbook is being sold as a fundraiser to support the Sakakawea Suites’ activity fund, according to Jolaine Bornemann, activity director at Senior Suites of Sakakawea.

“The activity account helps us provide residents things we wouldn’t get otherwise,” Jolaine said.  “It all helps.”

The cookbook fundraiser was set in motion about one year ago, Jolaine noted.  A similar cookbook fundraiser was held by Sakakawea Suites about 10 years ago and did very well.  So it’s hoped round No. 2 is also successful.  The Suites have also conducted bake sales and rummage sales for fundraisers, and plan to offer Christmas light bus tours this holiday season.

The cookbook contains an array of main dishes, desserts, dough recipes and cookies, Jolaine said – and of course, many old German recipes.

“It’s just a good, old-fashioned cookbook,” Jolaine said.

Sakakawea Suites resident Erma Voegele, 85, contributed a number of recipes to the cookbook, including a recipe for knoephla, baked rice, “and there’s probably a strudel recipe in there,” she said.  She also provided a few kuchen recipes for the cookbook.

“I shared those (recipes) I used to make all the time – the ones my kids liked,” Erma said.  “They’re real old ones.”

Originally from the Beulah area, Erma remembered baking a lot, making caramel rolls and cookies.  Baking was her foremost love in the kitchen, she said. "It must have been OK."

“My family always ate it,” Erma said, smiling.

In her free time she knits, crochets and sews – even patching torn clothing in Sakakawea Suites, always free of charge.  Right now, she is making pillows for Christmas gifts.

“I’m just thankful I can still do that,” Erma said.

She also often gets books from the library, enjoys trips to ALCO, takes part in crafts at Sakakawea Suites, helps with the residents’ garden during the growing season and is an avid Nintendo Wii bowler.  Her high game is 241.

“There’s always something to do if you want to.  I’m never bored,” she said with a smile.

You can preserve a piece of history by purchasing a cookbook for $10 at any of several Hazen businesses, the Hazen Public Library and at Senior Suites of Sakakawea, located on the east side of Sakakawea Medical Center, Hazen.

Reprinted with permission from the Hazen Star, BHG, Inc.

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