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  • Martha Klemenz of Elgin wrote a cookbook called They Think I Can Cook. It contains more than just recipes for novice chefs.

      Martha Klemenz of Elgin wrote a cookbook called They Think I Can Cook. It contains more than just recipes for novice chefs.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Martha Klemenz of Elgin with her muffins.

      Martha Klemenz of Elgin with her muffins.
    photos by John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
By Abby Scalf

In 50 years of cooking for her husband and family, Elgin's Martha Klemenz has learned a thing or two. She has culled her kitchen experience into a cookbook she hopes will help younger folks get comfortable in the kitchen. "I knew nothing about cooking, was faced with a husband who thought that I could cook and I struggled mightily to succeed in the kitchen with the help of mediocre and ineffective cookbooks," said Martha.

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