Eva H. - Published in new Inglenook Desserts Cookbook!

posted Mar 31, 2018, 4:33 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated Aug 30, 2018, 2:18 PM ]

NOTICE:  Four (4) extra copies of the Inglenook Dessert Cookbook still available. (Price of $19.30)  See Oceana G. or the church office if you would like to purchase a copy.

My mother, Eva H. has been notified that she will have a recipe in the new Inglenook Desserts Cookbook to be published later this year.

Her recipe will be for Sea Foam Frosting.

They asked for a brief story which they may or may not include.  Below is what I sent them.

I thought you might want to include a note in your next newsletter if you have room.  I believe people from your congregation will be interested in hearing she has a recipe scheduled for the new cookbook!

I must have sent that recipe in about 5 years ago before I left the Huntsdale Church of the Brethren when they were looking for recipes for the current cookbook- I sent in a bunch of them for her, me, Steve, and Sara and Loree S.  Steve was the only one that made it into that book.  They must have kept those and reviewed them for this cookbook.   Anyway at 96 – that is quite an accomplishment.                                                                       

-Jan C.


Here is the story I sent:

This recipe is for my mother who is 96 years old and lives at Messiah Village, in the Mechanicsburg, PA area. She will be 97 in August of 2018.

She and my father came to the Church of the Brethren in the 1950’s over an issue of dress.   They joined the Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren at that time by baptism, where she is still a member today, having served in many capacities as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, and a  board member. Eva Mae Hershey H. grew up in a Mennonite family in York County.  From the age of sixteen until she entered nursing school, she worked as a maid for wealthy families in York, Pa., where she refined her cooking skills.  She married my father Earl H. (who passed away in 2006) in 1944, a Mennonite man from Mechanicsburg. His mother always made a chocolate cake with sea foam frosting every weekend for their family.  When my mother and father got married, she carried on that tradition on many weekends. She always baked her chocolate cake in square layer pans and frosted it, many times decorating it with pink flowers and green leaves. Her chocolate cake with sea foam frosting became the family favorite for birthday cakes and other celebrations through the next three generations. It was a popular addition to her table for birthday socials at the church. Although she now lives in a retirement home apartment she is bright and alert and will be thrilled to hear one of her recipes will be included in this cookbook. In her younger days she had several recipes in the Mennonite Cookbook.