From Lithuania to Sylvania, Kim's Hanukkah Cookies
with the Sylvania Spotlight on 1914
The following is an excerpt from
After All These Years, Ohio's Still Cooking
Celebrating 200 Years of Ohio's Friendly, Fun, and Flavorful History
-Sylvania 2020 Edition-
When Northview graduate Kim Phillips told her mom that she was making a family cookbook, Diane Phillips thought that it was just, well, a cookbook.
Eighteen months later, the result is a treasure that the Phillips’ relatives all over the country are excited about.
“She said she was going to make a cookbook,” says Diane Phillips. “I never thought it would be this beautiful, this professional, and encompass so much of our family life. It’s like a history of our family. What better way to honor our family memories than with recipes that can be passed down to future generations?”
For a year and a half Kim Phillips, now a practicing attorney in Columbus, continuously gathered photos and recipes from family members. She worked with the bookmaking tools on Blurb.com to create more than 150 glossy pages of photos, anecdotes, sentimental inside jokes, and, of course, the recipes that her family has been delighting in since before they arrived in America one hundred years ago.
Diane Phillips’ mother, Anna Kline Stauber, was born in 1911 in Kaunas Lithuania, and came to the U.S. with mother Bessie Kline when she was just an infant. Bessie Kline had been born in Pyneemoonie, Lithuania in 1887. Bessie Kline went on to open Kline’s Department store with her husband Reuben at the corner of Adams and 11th in Toledo around 1914.
Anna Kline Stauber graduated from OSU with a degree in journalism, and wrote for “Variety.” Kline's Department Store continued and was a Toledo landmark for many decades, with Anna's younger brother Maurice at the helm for many years. The department store closed in 1980. The Phillips’ family operated the hugely popular Toledo restaurant "The Surf Club" from 1958-1999.
Diane Phillips and her husband Jerome Phillips grew up in Toledo, graduating from Start and Devilbiss. They married and moved to Sylvania in 1971.
“I’m an interior designer, my mom was a journalist, my mother-in-law and husband are great cooks,” explains Mrs. Phillips. “Kim is creative, with a little bit of all of us. You can see that in the cookbook.”
Each cookbook page tells a story, and the story is of a wonderful, loving family that will remain close no matter how manner miles apart the individuals are. A detailed family tree is also included in the back of the book. Dozens and dozens of relatives around the country have gone on to the Blurb.com website to order the cookbook for themselves.
“She’s a wonderful daughter, and a wonderful mother.” says Mrs. Phillips. “I’m blessed. I’m so proud of my kids.”
Diane Phillips finds something new every time she opens up the cookbook made by her daughter.
Sylvania Spotlight Year: 1914
In 1914 Diane Phillips’ grandmother opened Kline's Department Store in Toledo. Also occurring that year in Sylvania, in Ohio, and around the world:
Charles Chaplin makes his film debut.
In Lima, Ohio, more than 5,000 people participate in a two-mile long parade to advocate the statewide adoptions of prohibition and women’s suffrage.
In six months, 754 boys and 57 girls are found in Toledo saloons and sent home to their parents by juvenile court officers.
In the heaviest voting Lucas county has seen so far, both prohibition and votes for women are defeated in Toledo and statewide.
Tiedke’s has Thanksgiving cranberries for 7 cents a quart, potatoes are 9 cents per peck, and special Parkwood Thanksgiving coffee is 30 cents per pound. Lion Store has a 3 dollar percolator on sale for 1.69.
President Woodrow Wilson signs a Mother's Day proclamation.
Babe Ruth makes his major league debut with the Red Sox.
World War I begins: Austria declares war on Serbia, Germany on Russia and France, and Britain on Germany.
The Panama Canal is officially opened after 10 years of construction.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs is published.
Unemployment is 7.9 percent. A stamp costs 2 cents.
Ambrose Bierce disappears while traveling with Pancho Villa and is never seen again.
Suffragette Mary Richardson attacks Velázquez' painting Rokeby Venus in London's National Gallery with a meat chopper.
On December 24, British and German soldiers interrupt World War I to celebrate Christmas, beginning the Christmas truce.
William Stafford, Jersey Joe Walcott, Alec Guinness, Frances Langford, Howard K. Smith, Jack Lalanne, Joe DiMaggio, Paul Rand, Ward Kimball and Bert Parks are born.
Adlai E. Stevenson, George Westinghouse, Richard Warren Sears, and John Muir die.
From the Sylvania Newspaper archives, other newsworthy items & ads of 1914
Kim’s Hanukkah Cookies
1 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp vanilla 1
tsp baking powder
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
4 tbsp milk
2 tbsp vanilla
Stir and add food coloring
Cream butter and sugar in mixer. Slowly add other ingredients. Put in fridge for 2 hours. Roll out on floured surface. Cut out. Keep extra dough in fridge. Cook on parchment covered cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 6-10 minutes.
Jerome’s Lemon Squares
Combine and mix well by hand:
2 cups sifted flour
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sifted xxx sugar
Bake flour mixture (well-packed) into 9 x 13 pan, 20 minutes at 350 degrees
Combine and mix well:
whisk 4 eggs
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pour liquid ingredients over cookie layer as it comes out of the oven. Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Sift xxx over lemon squares as they come out of the oven.