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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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A reboot of classic creamed onions

Creamed onions are a holiday classic. Rich, creamy and mild, they complement every dish on the table – from light and dark turkey meat to savory stuffing and bright and crisp cranberries.

Henderson offers new dip duo

The Spokane family behind Henderson Dip is rolling out two new flavors of their favorite condiment. Spicy Chipotle and Creamy Caesar debuted Tuesday at a reception at the Spokane Club.

Brighten gray days with Dorothy Dean’s Frosted Orange Drops

Advertising in the newspaper for latest release of vintage Dorothy Dean recipe leaflets left Marilyn Ottinger hungry for a long lost recipe. Ottinger, who now lives in Bothell, Wash., remembered a recipe for frosted orange cookies that she loved. We found it in the “Cookies Galore” leaflet from 1974.

Homemakers service offered tips, leaflets, even a hotline

Homemaker extraordinaire Dorothy Dean was never one to rest on her laurels. The women who worked for the Dorothy Dean homemakers service not only published the leaflets that many still use, they also maintained a hotline for homemakers who needed help with recipes or other kitchen problems. The women in the department also produced a long-lived “Ask Dorothy Dean” column in the newspaper, hosted demonstrations, tested and updated recipes and held an annual recipe contest.

Sons and daughters of Dorothy Dean

Many of the people who called, wrote or e-mailed about Dorothy Dean said she seemed like a trusted friend, mother or grandmother. The recipe leaflets and phone line gave them a much-needed connection for confidence in the kitchen. We also heard from the children of some of the real women who served as the head of the Dorothy Dean department. Here’s what they said:

Dorothy Dean influence 75 years ‘strong’

Trouble trussing a  turkey? Laundry dingy? Desperate for a holiday menu and decorating ideas? For 45 years the women of the Inland Northwest knew where to turn for advice on everything from recipe failures to party games – Dorothy Dean.

Reader memories: Nobody compares to Dorothy Dean

Here’s what some longtime fans have to say: ‘My cookbook is well worn with multiple spills and dog-eared pages – evidence of many years of use and good eating.” – Charlene Janson, Spokane

Dorothy Dean dareworthy recipes

Time has not been kind to every recipe in the Dorothy Dean collection. We came across some that are dated, dangerous and, well, disgusting by today's standards.

Memories of Dorothy Dean to be shared next week

Thank you, thank you and thank you. Lovers of Dorothy Dean’s Homemaker’s Service flooded my e-mail, voice mail and mailbox with notes, photos and favorite recipes after an item in last week’s Fresh Sheet asking readers to share their recollections. It was wonderful to hear stories about how many of those cookbooks are still in use and the family memories that have been made along with the recipes inside.

Fresh Sheet: Share your stories of Dorothy Dean

This month marks the 75th anniversary of The Spokesman-Review’s beloved Dorothy Dean Homemakers Service. The newspaper launched its home economics department in 1935 with a test kitchen and cooking school for homemakers. Home economists also sent out recipe leaflets and hosted a phone line to answer questions before closing in 1983.

Original or revised, recipe produces brilliant brittle

After the Dorothy Dean recipe for peanut butter brittle appeared in last Wednesday’s Food section, I immediately got a phone call. Reader Norma Lunden wanted us to know that the recipe we’d been printing since 1964 was wrong. She’d made it years ago and was disappointed with the results.