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Plenty of dessert choices top off fish fry

By John Weiss

weiss@postbulletin.com

ELGIN — With the expert eye of a sweets-loving 9-year-old, Kanisha Springer scoped out the dessert tables, searching for the perfect one, the best, creme de la creme of after-dinner treats.

At last the Rochester girl made her choice: "The one in the colored pan because it has caramel and chocolate chips."

The one with pink frosting, however, was only so-so because she likes blue better than pink, said Kanisha, who was at the annual fish fry of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Potsdam with her grandmother, Charlotte Springer of Elgin. The supper was held at the Elgin American Legion.

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After looking around more, Kanisha spied one with peanut butter covered with chocolate. That wouldn’t be bad either, she said. In fact, they all seemed to have something going for them, even the pink one, she said.

The table was the last place people came after feasting on batter-fried cod, cole slaw, baked beans and cheesy potatoes. When the first people arrived a bit before 5 p.m., 18 pans of bars were ready for dessert. As the meal went on, more church members came in with bars, cookies and Bundt cakes.

Barb Meyer, who was in charge of the table, also appraised the table with the eye of one of the bakers. "I don’t think mine is the best bar," she said. "I just made bars, nothing special."

After looking over the table, she chose her favorite: "I think that one in the middle. It’s hard to cut but it’s yummy. It almost looks like a candy bar."

Once supper was in full swing, the dessert table was almost ignored.

Don’t worry, Meyer said. The people know the desserts are there. "They’re patient," she said. "They are used to doing it in a certain order. You don’t rush them. You know they’re going to get it if they want it."

Sure enough, after a while, the bars and cakes and cookies began to go, and go. One, sometimes two or three at a time.

When it was done and about 340 people were served dinner and most of the nearly two dozen pans were empty, Meyer said, "There wasn’t much left, wasn’t much left."

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