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Inge Bleier holds a stack of pizzelles bound for the Senior Citizens booth at Pepper Fest. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

Pizzelles spell dessert at every Pepper Fest

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What do persons of Polish, Swedish, German and Irish descent have in common? They all gather the Wednesday before Pepper Fest to make the centuries' old Italian dessert pizzelles.

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This year, five ladies including Maria Jensen, Carol McConaughey, Shirley Rehder and Inge Bleier made 420 pizzelles. Normally they each make a batch of batter at home and join forces in the basement of the Bethel Lutheran Church, using electric pizzelle irons to create the delicate wafers.

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