From Publishers Weekly
In this copious collection of homemade favorites, Wisconsin moms Louise and Koopmann make good on their belief that "a good meal deserves a good dessert." Organized by month, the duo offer more than 250 ideas that take advantage of seasonal ingredients: lemon squares in August, stuffed baked apples in October, and five ideas for rhubarb (pie, cake, torte, cobbler and mousse) to get families through May. Those with little confidence or experience will get the most out of the book; many recipes call for canned fillings and boxed mixes (Cakes in a Jar" calls for just two ingredients, cake mix and canning jars). Still, those interested in making their own cannolli shells or pate choux for eclairs (here called Puff Pastry for Cream Puffs) will find faithful recipes. The focus is on family favorites that can be whipped up on a whim or a weekend; comfort food desserts like Swedish Cardamom Cookies, a simple no-bake cheesecake, and Neil's Popcorn Balls (incorporating M&Ms, peanuts, popcorn, melted marshmallows and butter) aren't likely to win any culinary prizes, but they will certainly make for warm family memories-a fine prize for any chef.
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About the Author
Born and raised in Wisconsin, MaryAnn Koopmann has lived with her husband Glenn in the Milwaukee area for many years and is currently anticipating a move to her favorite place in northern Wisconsin. When not in her kitchen cooking up a favorite recipe, she enjoys crafting, beading, and visiting with her grandchildren. A true Wisconsinite, she can be found on Sunday afternoons watching the latest Green Bay Packers football game.
A Wisconsin resident, Wendy Louise currently lives near her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. When she is not busy pursuing life-long interests in the fine arts, quilting, crafting, and gardening, she turns her interest to cooking and sharing in the family dinner hour. She believes that enjoying good food is one of the finer pleasures in life and that eating well is an important element toward attaining family comfort and well-being.