My Grandma came from a large German family, who farmed on the beautiful South Dakota prarie. Born in 1917, she talks about the lack of running water and electricity in their farm house, when she was a girl. Part of their daily chores involved halling buckets of water to the house each day, and reading by oil lamps in the evening.
Hard work and exercise are the key, she says. The farming and chores they did each day weren’t enough exercise. So they would take walks to the road and back, each night after dinner.
Cheese buttons, an affectionate American name for German Kase Knepfela, were a frequent food at the dinner table. I have fond memories of making these delightful treats, a traditional German cheese dumpling, with my Grandma, Mom and sister.
AND, I’d like to share her recipe with you now. ENJOY!
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- water (to make a soft dough)
- 2 cups DRY cottage cheese (MUST be dry!)
- 2 eggs
- salt and pepper
Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into 4 inch squares. Place a spoonful of filling on each square and seal. Drop into boiling water to which salt has been added. Boil aout 10 minutes, and drain. Fry with butter and chopped onion.
The celebrations for my Grandma’s birthday continue into the weekend, so, this will be it for me until Monday. I hope you have enjoyed my remeniscing and sharing a few of her recipes with you.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND EVERYONE! GOD BLESS! 🙂