Nicole bakes, but husband cooks

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By Sandy Bond

“I really don’t like to cook as much as I do bake,” Nicole Schneider said.
As business office manager at the Mobridge Regional Hospital and Mobridge Medical Clinic, vice president of the Mobridge Chamber of Commerce, and as a new mom of a baby girl, Payton, 1, she really has little time to cook, she said.
“Besides, I’m lucky enough to have a husband, Steve, who does a lot of the cooking,” she said. “He is absolutely great at it!”
The daughter of Anita and Robert Neppl, Nicole and her brother Jeremy, 31, were born and grew up in Grand Forks. N.D.
Her maternal grandmother, Jeannie Dickman of Grand Forks was her mentor in the kitchen.
“I remember helping her bake when I was very young,” she said.
She attended Central Elementary in Grand Forks. After graduating from Red River High School in 1998, Nicole pursued her dream to enter the business world. She attended the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, and received her bachelor’s degree in business from Minnesota State University at Moorhead. Her first job was at BNC Bank in Bismarck. She has a background, she said, in restaurant management as well as banking.  While there she was a member of the Downtown Business Association.
“I really enjoyed being involved in the planning and helping to put on activities we did for the downtown area,” she said.
There she would meet Steve. A graduate of the University of Mary at Bismarck, Steve was employed by BNC Bank as well. The son of Theresa and Steve Schneider, Sr., they are owners of Mobridge Gas.
After their marriage they relocated to Mobridge in August 2010, when Steve joined the family business.
“I enjoy living in Mobridge,” she said. “We spend a lot of time outdoor and fishing from our pontoon boat and taking long walks on the walking trail. Although very busy, she always finds time for family and friends.

NICOLE SCHNEIDER’S RECIPES

Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup shortening or margarine
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pkg. chocolate chips
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes

Banana Bread
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter
2 eggs
3 bananas (mashed)
3 Tbsp.  sour milk
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
pinch of salt
Mix together. Line baking pan with wax paper, and pour mixture in pan that has been greased and floured.  Bake for 1 hour.

Chocolate Chip Bars
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips
2 1/4 cups unsifted flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Cream the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, and beat well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Beat well. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter in greased jellyroll pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen bars.

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