Vintage Recipes: 4 recipes from my grandma weisbeck

Just a quick post today. My youngest son is home from college for spring break, so I’ll be spending the week with him. Thus, this will be my one and only post for the week on both of my blogs: Purple Almond Wellness and The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen.

Grandma Weisbeck on her 100th birthday!


My maternal Grandmother’s birthday was this past week. She would have been 103. She passed away in May, 2018 at the age of 101, but her memories live on in her 10 children, and dozens of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great- great grandchildren.

Back in 2018, I published 4 of her recipes, in a series called “In loving memory“. Today, I decided to remember her once more in honor of her birthday, by reposting all 4 recipes here in one article.

Cheese Buttons (Kase Knepfela)

My Grandma came from a large German family, who farmed on the beautiful South Dakota prairie. 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 hauling 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!


  • DOUGH:
    • 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.

Summer Sausage

My absolute favorite meal was my grandmother’s fried potatoes, German sausage and her homemade dill pickles. I can still picture her in the kitchen, the smell of onions, potatoes and sausage lingering in the air. When I first posted the articles about my favorite meal, people asked about the recipe for German sausage. The recipe from the small town grocer is a secret family recipe. In the past, they would ship sausage across the country. However, sadly, they no longer make this sausage, which I consider the best I’ve ever tasted.

While researching recipes and sources for German sausage, I came across the recipe above, which is from NDSU German’s From Russia Heritage Collection. The recipe below is for my Grandmother’s personal summer sausage recipe.

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Dill Pickles

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My Grandmother was famous for her dill pickles. Of course the cucumbers and dill were always fresh from her own garden.They were amazing…of course I’m a bit biased. 🙂 My Grandma would give my mom several jars, and my friend Bobbie and I used to sneak some from my mom’s fridge. Bobbie loved these pickles…I think everyone did. Anyway, here is the recipe!

  • 16 cups water
  • 1 cup pickling salt
  • 2 cups vinegar

Bring all 3 ingredients to a boil. Wash cucumbers and pack them in jars. In each jar place the following:

  • Dill
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon pickling spice
  • Jalepeno pepper (if you like heat)

Pour boiling water over mixture in jars and seal. Put in a 200 degree oven for 1 hour.


Good morning sunshine!” This was what greeted me each morning when I stayed with my Grandparents. I would walk down the stairs of the old farmhouse, on the beautiful South Dakota prairie, and into the kitchen, the smell of cut grapefruit and freshly toasted bread in the air.

My Grandpa would be at the kitchen table, to greet me and my sister, eating cereal, grapefruit and toast with my Grandma’s homemade jam on it. These are such precious memories for me, and I’d like to share them with you in the form of two recipes: 1 jam recipe and 1 fruit butter recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have over the years.

Closing thoughts…

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little vintage recipe trip I’ve taken down memory lane. So often, we get caught up in modern times, modern conveniences and, worst of all, our modern day problems. I find it calming and comforting to take a look back at simpler times, a time of hard work, family, good times and delicious, nutritious food made from scratch. Hopefully, these four recipes from my beautiful Grandmother will inspire you let go of things that complicate life and return to that simplicity.

Until next time… Namaste my friends


15 Pioneer Recipes That Survived The Oregon Trail

Just think about riding in a covered wagon across the United States. Weeks upon weeks of travel in all sorts of terrain and weather conditions. The early settlers were a hardy and brave group of people. 

One route traveled was the Oregon Trail. This was a 2,170 mile wheeled wagon route which connected the Missouri River with Oregon. The trail crossed the current states of Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon.

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The route was first laid out by fur traders beginning in 1811. The first wagon trains filled with emigrants set out in 1836 from Independence, Missouri. 

That begs the question…what type of food or recipes did these adventurous groups of people prepare along the way? I found a wonderful article from which lists 15 recipes that survived the Oregon Trail. 

Here are a few of those recipes:

Potato Cakes

Johnny Cakes

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Molasses Stack Cake

Side Pork And Mormon Gravy

Chocolate Caramels

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 Butterless, Eggless, Milkless Cake

Swiss Apple Cherry Pie

Check these pioneer recipes handed down from generation to generation and from one continent to the other–a gifts from our forefathers!

For the complete list along with the recipes, follow this link:

15 Pioneer Recipes That Survived The Oregon Trail

Hundred-Year-Old Recipe for Apple Johnny Cake (Apple Corn Bread)

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of vintage and old style cooking. I stumbled across this wonderful blog, that publishes 100 year old recipes. They have a new fan, I can tell you. Here is a unique corn bread recipe, that includes apples! What’s not to like!

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Apple Johny CakeCan I let you in on a secret? March is one of the most difficult months to eat local seasonal foods. Winter staples like squash, onions, cabbage. . . even apples are starting to seen humdrum. And, it will be at least a few weeks until local fresh produce is available. Usually, I cheat a little and buy strawberries and asparagus at the supermarket, and justify it by saying they are March fruits and vegetables. . . somewhere.

But, when I browse through hundred-year-old magazines, I’m keenly aware that people  actually ate local foods that had been stored all winter during March back then.

I decided to that today I was going to make an authentic March food and began flipping through the March, 1916 issue of Good Housekeeping. I came across an old recipe for Apple Johnny Cake that intrigued me.

This corn bread contains no sugar and…

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20 old-fashioned cake recipes from the turn of the century (1900’s) – Click Americana

I’m ready to continue my adventure into pioneer cooking, with cakes. I’ll be sharing my latest attempt in the next edition:  a Spanish chocolate cake from my 1903 Good Housekeeping Cookbook.

Before I do that, however, I wanted to share some other cake recipes from that same era. Here is a link to 20 different recipes for cake, all from the early 20th century. These recipes include:

  • sponge cakes
  • wedding cakes
  • short cakes
  • wine cakes
  • angel food cakes
  • jelly cakes
  • chocolate cakes
  • mountain cakes

I hope you enjoy the article. Let me know if you try any of the recipes.

Until next time…God bless and Namaste!


European Sponge Cake Beat fourteen eggs and one pound of fine sugar well in a kettle, then set in a hot water bath and beat until thoroughly heated. Beat cold again, until light and firm; add one tablespoonful of water. Sometimes it may be necessary to beat […]

For the full article, follow this link: 20 old-fashioned cake recipes from the turn of the century – Click Americana

Vintage Recipes: 100 year old – Waldorf Salad Recipe From Waldorf Astoria Hotel

This week I’ve decided to continue highlighting my love of vintage cooking. Last week, I highlighted 18th century cooking. This week, I’m widening the scope, and focusing on the 19th and 20th century. Since it’s apple season, I’m going to focus on apple recipes.

Today’s recipe is from the Youtube Channel: PopSugarLiving, found HERE.  We’ve all heard of the famous Waldorf Salad, right?  Well, this video features the original, delightful apple and walnut salad, which was first created in the late 1800s at New York’s legendary Waldorf Astoria Hotel and continues to be the most requested item on the menu.


Until next time… Namaste my friends







Vintage Recipes: A 260-Year Old Recipe for Apple Turnovers


I’d like to tell you that I’m taking a blogging vacation for the next 10 days. I am currently on a break from school and would like to take the next 10 days to give my brain a break. After I complete a class, my brain has been worked quite hard and feels a bit like jello. 😊 🤣 I have no major plans, other than to relax and spend time with family. This is a necessary form of stress relief for me.

Therefore, there will be no main posts from Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 30, 2018.  There will be morning recipes and evening quotes through Friday, September 21, 2018, since they are completed and already scheduled. However, there will be no posts at all next week. I will be back with all posts on Monday October 1, 2018. My next Fit by 50 post will be on Thursday, October 4, and will combine weeks 42 through 44.

This week I’ve decided to continue highlighting my love of vintage cooking. Last week, I highlighted 18th century cooking. This week, I’m widening the scope, and focusing on the 19th and 20th century. Since it’s apple season, I’m going to focus on apple recipes.

Okay, so I slipped back to the 1700’s, but I couldn’t resist this Townsend recipe for Apple Turnovers from the 1758 cookbook “The Compleat Housewife” by Eliza Smith. They were actually called “Apple Pasties”, an “ancestral version” the modern day turnover.

If you’d like to see my posts from last week, which featured recipes from the Townsends, FOLLOW THIS LINK. You can find the Townsends channel HERE.

HERE’S TODAY’S VIDEO – Apple Turnovers from 1758


Until next time… Namaste my friends







Vintage Recipes: 1938 Apple ginger patty cakes

This week I’ve decided to continue highlighting my love of vintage cooking. Last week, I highlighted 18th century cooking. This week, I’m widening the scope, and focusing on the 19th and 20th century. Since it’s apple season, I’m going to focus on apple recipes.

This recipe video is from the “Vintage Kitchen” YouTube Channel, found HERE. These tasty little morsels are basically cupcakes, which are filled with apple and ginger. The Vintage Kitchen  indicates the recipe was initially published as “Quick Fancy Patty Cakes” in the Brisbane Worker, January 17, 1939, and was voted “best recipe of the week on December 27, 1938”.

For the batter

  • 4 teaspoons (1 Australian tablespoon) of butter or dairy free margarine
  • 3 Australian (20ml) or 4 US (15ml) tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 eggs or equivalent in egg replacer
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup self raising flour or 1 cup plain or all purpose flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder added
  • food coloring

For the filling 

  • 1 apple
  • ginger and sugar to taste. Powdered ginger was used in the original recipe but why not try glace ginger, chopped finely?  (FYI- Glace ginger is known as “crystalized ginger” in the USA)

HERE’S TODAY’S VIDEO – Apple and Ginger Patty Cakes

Until next time… Namaste my friends







Vintage Recipes: 1966 Cinnamon candy apples

This week I’ve decided to continue highlighting my love of vintage cooking. Last week, I highlighted 18th century cooking. This week, I’m widening the scope, and focusing on the 19th and 20th century. Since it’s apple season, I’m going to focus on apple recipes.

With Halloween a little more than a month away, I thought this was the perfect vintage apple recipe to share. This recipe video is from Cup of Zest. You can find her channel HERE,  which features retro and vintage recipes. She indicates that this “vintage inspired” recipe is originally from the 1966 Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies Cookbook.


  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 6 small to medium apples
  • 6 lollipop sticks or other sticks
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 2 drops maroon food coloring
  • 10-12 drops cinnamon oil
  • Optional: gold leaf, sparkles, etc.

HERE’S TODAY’S VIDEO – Cinnamon Candy Apples

Until next time… Namaste my friends







Vintage Recipes: How to make an apple hedgehog (Victorian Recipe)

This week I’ve decided to continue highlighting my love of vintage cooking. Last week, I highlighted 18th century cooking. This week, I’m widening the scope, and focusing on the 19th and 20th century. Since it’s apple season, I’m going to focus on apple recipes.


Audley End House and Gardens, Walden, Essex UK

Today’s recipe is from English Heritage. You can find their youtube channel HERE.  English Heritage is a historical society in England that cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites.

The recipe is called an APPLE HEDGEHOG, prepared by the Victorian cook at the Audley End House, for the Lord and Lady and guests. This is a delicious and unique end to a wonderful meal.


Until next time… Namaste my friends







Top 5 Online Resources for Free Vintage Cookbooks

I’m celebrating my interest in pioneer cooking and recipes this week. In addition to the 18th century recipe I’m posting each morning this week, I wanted to share some online resources I’ve discovered in my search for vintage cookbooks.

A few months ago, I began collecting vintage cookbooks, but very quickly found a slight problem, they are VERY EXPENSIVE. I turned to the internet to find online, ebook versions of these cookbooks. Many national libraries, and online search engines, such as Google Books, and Project Gutenberg have gone to great lengths to scan these treasures into an ebook format for the masses to enjoy.

Below is a list of the five best free online libraries of vintage cookbooks. These  resources typically have a range of cookbooks, from pre-1700’s, sometimes earlier to 20th century vintage or antique books. I hope you enjoy! I’ll be choosing one of the early books to cook from in the near future!



Vintage Cookbooks

This site contains a library of cookbooks from

pre-1800’s up through 1939.


Feeding America

This site is The Historic American Cookbook Project from Michigan State University. They have cookbooks from 1798 through 1922. An absolutely amazing site.

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 Library of Congress Rare Books

& Special Collections

The Library of Congress has digitized versions of dozens of antique cookbooks dating back to the 1500’s up through the 1900’s. Definitely worth a look!


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This site is phenomenal.

The earliest book they have is from 1529 and also have books through the 1960’s.



Google Books

This is probably the best resource, if you’re looking for vintage books, or any free online books. This is a link to Google Books advanced search. As long as you put in the correct search parameters, you should be able to find what you want.

Closing thoughts

There you have it. These are the sites I turn to when searching for vintage recipes and cookbooks. If you have one you’d like to add, let me know. I hope you enjoy looking through these as much as I do.

Until next time…Namaste my friends