Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pork Tenderloin Dish Is a Family Favorite

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pork Tenderloin Dish Is a Family Favorite

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THE ANSWER to the question of what Patti Kappel of Oakville does all day is elementary. To be exact, it's Wohlwend Elementary School.

That's where her 8-year-old son, Tim, is a student. And, Kappel says, "It's where I spend almost every waking hour."

Kappel counts herself "fortunate to be a full-time homemaker and mother." Soccer mom? You betcha. Baseball mom, too. And an active volunteer in Wohlwend's Parent-Teacher Organization and Mother's Club. Being part of the latter has given Kappel many occasions to enjoy another favorite pastime: cooking. Last year, she headed the committee for the fund-raising cookbook the club put out. Members didn't test all 500-plus recipes, Kappel said, but they at least tested the ones that were part of their monthly brunch meetings. Kappel has been testing others on her family ever since. Tim - who can be counted on to help crack eggs whenever his mother is baking something - isn't the only recipe tester in the family. His brother and sister, Eric and Laury, have also done their share. Both are students at the University of Missouri at Columbia. So has their father, Bill Kappel, whose work as a research scientist gives him excellent credentials to test his wife's culinary experiments. Most of those experiments arise when she's trying a new recipe and finds herself without all the necessary ingredients. Rather than run to the supermarket, she substitutes. Kappel gets many of her recipes from her extensive collection of organization cookbooks. She has some family favorites, too, "but they never taste as good as they do when my mother makes them," she insists. Her mother, Bernice Walsh of Lemay, "spent a lot of time in the kitchen with me when I was a child," Kappel said. She added that a children's cooking series in the Post-Dispatch when she was a child also sent her scurrying to the kitchen. One of her favorite foods from her childhood - and a favorite with her family today - is pork steak, which her husband, the household's outdoor chef, often cooks on the grill. Imagine their distress when Bill Kappel's work sent the family to Pittsburgh for five years and Kappel couldn't find pork steaks anywhere. …

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