Connie Hansen postscript: Favorite recipes from ‘another Idaho housewife’

My column about Connie Hansen’s death last week has sparked the memories of old-timers recalling her pivotal role in her husband’s success. This morning’s mail brought a lovely tri-fold brochure from one of George Hansen’s campaigns.

Printed on pale yellow paper with green type and a photo of a youthful Mrs. Hansen, it is a reminder of more simple times when campaigns were won hand-to-hand at county fairs and face-to-face at kitchen tables across Idaho, not in broadcast air wars.

Jim Harris, a former Ada County prosecuting attorney who practices law in Boise, came upon the brochure from one of Hansen’s early campaigns for Congress. The brochure could date as early 1964, when Hansen won the first of seven terms in the 2nd Congressional District, said Harris.

Harris worked on both the 1964 and 1966 campaigns. A clue on the brochure suggests 1966: a union label from a Washington, D.C., printers union, a place more likely to have been used by an incumbent.

“I knew her quite well — a great lady,” wrote Harris.

Hansen also was an excellent cook, who offered 14 recipes in the brochure with a charming introduction: “It is always a pleasure to share a recipe with a neighbor and it is my desire to become better acquainted with you, another Idaho housewife, by sharing some of my favorites. I have found much pleasure in serving them to my family and friends, and hope that you find them equally enjoyable.”

Simply titled, “Connie Hansen’s Favorite Recipes,” the collection offers recipes for light dumplings, spoon bread, pork chops and potato scallop, Chess Pie, applesauce cookies, children’s sugar cookies, Gem Cake, ham loaf, punch, scalloped potatoes, a fruit appetizer/dessert, cheese ball, hasty pudding and peanut butter cookies.

Here’s the brochure’s front side and here’s the back side.

Good eating to you and yours.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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