Posted by: sweeneyblog | August 2, 2011

Jack (and Cindy) Louws win Democratic Dessert Contest?!

     Last Sunday, the Whatcom Democratics held their annual summer picnic. I have to admit, this is one of my favorite events of the political cycle. A group of active men and women associated with the Women’s Democratic Club bake up some potato salads and classic Barbeque; it is the quintessential example of old school politics. No twitter feeds or facebook friends, just politicians showing up to try and shake everyone’s hands while they politely smile and try to eat in peace. Gene Knutzen did a wonderful job MC-ing the event, and the Women’s Democratic Club made the whole thing run very smoothly. Candidates were given an opportunity to speak and this year’s picnic drew quite a few surprises.
There was a whole slate of Democratic candidates; David Stalheim and Tom Anderson for County Executive, Alan Black for County Council, Kelli Linville for mayor (Dan Pike showed up later and wasn’t able to speak), Barry Buchanan for City Council, and J. Lynne Walker for County Auditor.
There also were a few extra non-Democrats there. Bill Elfo and Steve Harris for County Sheriff both showed up and worked the crowd. Barbara Brenner came with her husband and gave the most jaw-dropping comment of the afternoon, “Everything I am wearing right now, well except for my underwear, is recycled!”  Cue awkward laughter. Debbie Adelstein (the only candidate to read from a written stump speech while presenting) spoke for her candidacy for County Auditor.
But conservative candidate Jack (and his wife Cindy) Louws stole the night with their entry to the dessert contest. Each year, there is a dessert contest among the candidates, and this year the judges (myself, Roni Lenore and the honorable Fmr Sen. Harriet Spanel) picked Jack Louws Flag Berry Dessert (pictured below)

It reminds me of an exchange I had with Luanne Van Werven once, “Recipes are ALWAYS non-partisan!” Cindy Louws was kind enough to share the recipe with me, which I have reprinted below.

Recipe from Linda Enfield of Enfield Farms (published in the Lynden Tribune)

Flag Berry Dessert

Crust:  1 cup flour, 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Filling and Sauce:  8 oz. cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, 6-8 oz whipped topping, fresh berries in season.

Glaze:  1 cup crushed berries, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup water, splash lemon juice

Mix crust ingredients together to form a ball.  Spread in a 12″ pizza pan.  Bake 10 minutes at 300; let cool.  Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar together.  Stir in cool whip.  Spread over cooled crust.  Arrange fresh fruit on top of pizza.  Mix glaze ingredients together, cook until thick, then cool the glaze.  Top fruit on pizza with the cooled glaze.



  1. I made 25 pounds of potato salad and work every day. The women’s club organized the event, but it is the Whatcom County Democratic Party
    ‘s annual Picnic.

    • You are absolutely right. I didn’t mean to trivialize everyone who put it on. Thank you for all that you do.

  2. […] a conservative and former Mayor of Lynden. You might remember him from my previous post where he won the dessert contestat the Dem’s Picnic, ironically enough. As friend of this blog, Shane Roth said, “My […]

    • I object to the use of the language of “retired ladies,” Firstly, use of the word “ladies,” is sexist and a reflection of trivializing women’s work and second many of us as Hue said work as I do about 50-60 hours per week in addition to volunteering in the community. For those who do not yet get it this in the Whatcom County Democrats Annual Picnic. Those of you who don’t think we need a gathering to meet the candidates; it is about coming together in the summer to celebrate all the work we do throughout the year to help get democrats elected and continue the work of spreading our democratic values.As Riley stated the act of coming together to talk and express ideas is what this is all about. Please watch your language as it is important, especially as a woman I don’t want to be referred to as not a “lady.”

      • Thank you for this, Catherine, you are very right. It was a thoughtless statement. I’m going to edit it now.

  3. […] opportunity to examine the Republican side of this equation with the County Executive race between Jack Louws and Doug Ericksen. Ericksen was endorsed by the Whatcom GOP and supported by the traditional […]

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