DEER CREEK — Do you have a handwritten family recipe that’s at least 50 years old and a story that goes along with it?

Then make an appointment to participate in the “Historic Recipe Road Show” on Aug. 11 at the Chillicothe Public Library or Deer Creek District Library.

Fifteen-minute appointments are available from 10 a.m.-noon in Chillicothe and 2-4 p.m. in Deer Creek. Bring the recipe to the appointment along with a completed form that is available at each library and

Call the Chillicothe library at 274-2719 or Deer Creek library at 447-6724 to make an appointment.

Members of the not-for-profit Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois group will share insights about each recipe and record the recipe and story for the group’s “Cookery Manuscript Project” of digitized recipes and accompanying comments that was launched in April 2017.

The group’s mission is to seek to understand social and cultural history through the study and celebration of food and drink. It also hosts events, workshops and educational seminars.

Mary Eschelbach, 77, of Deer Creek, has already set up her appointment in her hometown library. But not for one of her recipes.

It’s for Hannah Moser Siebenthal’s recipe for Penuche Chews.
Siebenthal was born Nov. 21, 1896, and was married in 1920, so her recipe probably dates to the early 20th century.

The Mosers lived in Tremont. Siebenthal and her husband lived in Wyoming, Ill., after they were married and moved to Deer Creek in 1945.

Their daughter, Verla Siebenthal Frietsch, 94, of Deer Creek, was friends with Eschelbach’s mother.

Eschelbach said she’s been cooking and baking for a long time, so she made the chews from Hannah Siebenthal’s recipe.

“Verla tried them and said, ‘That’s it,’ ” Eschelbach said.

The women in Eschelbach’s Thursday coffee group also loved the chews. So did friends from church.

“The recipe is pretty easy. The chews taste like pecan pie without the crust,” Eschelbach said. "They're a perfect holiday treat."

Three recipes are allowed per participant in the road show.

The Deer Creek library is at 203 E. First Avenue. The Chillicothe library is at 430 N. Bradley Ave.

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