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An oilcloth-covered booklet of recipes collected by her mother Virginia Griffey and other members of the Kinnickinnic Homemakers Club prompted Jan DeCraene to begin the process that led to the publication of two books about the town of Kinnickinnic -- one a cookbook and the other a collection of historical data and memories.

Cookbook editors: Town history deserves own volume

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When she found the small book, handmade and titled "Kinnickinnic Kook Book," among her deceased mother's things, Jan DeCraene knew she'd stumbled across something worth preserving.


The little collection of 100 mimeographed recipes -- covered with red gingham-check oilcloth trimmed with pinking shears -- was assembled long ago by the Kinnickinnic Homemakers Club and tucked in little tips for happy marriages.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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