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"Nana" has a way around the kitchen

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Delores "Nana" Witt
Holstein's Delores Witt loves cooking, and she loves her family. The talented artist managed to combine her two passions with the publication of a cookbook, called "Nana's Way." Witt organized the many recipes she had collected through the years and published the cookbook, complete with her hand-painted chapter title pages, intending it for her grandchildren. Word spread, though, and Nana had a first printing of 50 copies on November 30, 2006, making them available to the public. She quickly sold out, and has since sold an estimated 300 copies, many at the Quascicentennial Store during Holstein's 2007 "Quasci" celebration.

Delores came to be called "Nana" by her grandchildren, and she said that many community members call her that now. "Nana's Way" is not the first book the spry 76-year-old has written. She also wrote a book, entitled simply "Nana," for her family in 2002. That book contains family history and stories, as well as Witt's paintings of her memories, such as the kitchen at her family home as she was growing up. Witt's one daughter, Maggie Johnson, is the Executive Director at Ida Services Incorporated in Battle Creek, and her children, two of Nana's beloved grandchildren, are Michael Walker, now 20 years old, and Ally Walker, 18. Ally will graduate this spring and head to Simpson College, and Nana says she will miss her. Prior to the upcoming prom, Nana will host a "pre-prom party" for Ally, her friends and their families, where everyone will take photos of the kids and parents together, as well as other photo groupings. She had 39 people at this gathering last year and expects 44 this year. Nana also has another daughter who lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with Nana's other grandson, who is now 9 years old.

"Nana's Way" contains both "simple" and "complicated" recipes of entrees, salads, appetizers, and desserts. When asked to name a couple of her favorites, Witt mentioned "Ruby Chicken" and a seafood in wine sauce. The book, which is a full-sized book, sells for $25, and may be ordered directly from the author, although she is all out of copies at this writing.

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