This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Amy Thielen

Ok, if I owned a TV or paid closer attention to the Stearns History Museum's newsletter, this post might have been written last year. 
But it took till yesterday, when Larry was googling for new Hesch stuff online.  To his great surprise, he found this picture, from a book with a copyright of 2013:
Anyone in our family (as well as Larry) would recognize these seven women, right?  But here they were, "the seven Hesch sisters, Buckman, Minnesota" in a new cookbook.'s written by Adeline's granddaughter, Amy Thielen.  
Wow, huh?  If you're on facebook, click here to see pics of Amy at the Stearns History Museum, signing her books in December.  
If you'd like a glimpse of Amy's charming writing style (runs in the family ☺), or if you'd like a copy of the book, that's the Amazon page.  I'm off to try Adeline's award-winning white bread recipe as soon as I hit POST.
One small addition to that recipe: Amy mentions that Addie judged her own bread partly by the characteristic 'pulling away in a spiral' of the finished loaf, but you'd only get that effect if you roll it up when you're forming the loaves.  Maybe Adeline skipped showing Amy that step, or like every excellent family cook, she omitted something so her bread really would always be the best!
The bread turned out beautifully (last night);  Of course one MUST try the crust right away (mmmm!), but I had to wait til it cooled to show you (this morning's breakfast toast).  
 I LOVE fresh bread, and especially when it's a wonderful family recipe.  

                             THANKS to Amy, and Adeline!

1 comment:

  1. I love this. I had no idea. I have not watched her show on the Food network yet....but I will.