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Which Courier-News reporter first was published in her church cookbook?

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Thumbnail image for emily.jpgQ: Which Courier-News reporter first was published in her church cookbook?

A: That was me -- Readers' Reporter Emily McFarlan. At age 7. In "Home Cooking," a cookbook published by St. James Lutheran Church in Western Springs.

As I remember it, my mom had pulled out the ol' typewriter (Yes, typewriter. I promise I'm not that old. My parents just aren't that hip to technology. Which is why I took it on as a personal calling.) and hacked out recipes for lemon squares and applesauce and yogurt pancakes and taffy apple salad and a cottage cheese JELL-O mold. Nothing unusual -- my parents had met working at a newspaper, and my mom was a typesetter. I have lots of little "newspapers" I typed up on that typewriter, including comic strips I'd drawn and other articles I'd clipped and glued to the paper.

So I decided to type up a recipe, too. All in lowercase letters. With questionable punctuation and subject-verb agreement. For something called "ham roll-ups." I kid you not.

Here it is: My first published work. Feel free to steal that this evening for an after-work snack. Yum.


medium thick ham slices cream cheese spread cheese on ham slices. youhave a hamroll up's.

Missing from this recipe is the key step where you roll up the piece of ham with the cream cheese inside. Because, you know, "ham roll-ups" is not just a clever name. But you gotta love that little flourish at the end: "You have a ham roll-up(s)." Taa-daa!

What about you? What was your first foray into your chosen field? And does embarrassing evidence exist to this very day?

-- Emily McFarlan, Readers' Reporter

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Emily McFarlan

Emily McFarlan is your Readers' Reporter at The Courier-News in Elgin. She wants to share your stories in the newspaper, and, with the help of The Courier-News team, share the stories between the bylines here.