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!

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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!

INGREDIENTS:

  • DOUGH:
    • 3 cups flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • water (to make a soft dough)
  • FILLING:
    • 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.

Jam

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

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Clean eating: Ultimate guide to smoothie making (with free smoothie guide)

This morning’s video is a bit longer than I would normally post, but it’s worth a watch. Instead of a smoothie recipe, Dani at Clean and Delicious has put together a wonderful smoothie guide video, complete with a smoothie guide printable. The video goes through what to keep on hand for quick smoothies, as well as her special “smoothie formula”. You’ll find the smoothie guide printable below and the video at the bottom! 

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SMOOTHIE GUIDE PDF

Clean eating: Clean eating spinach salad jars

This video demonstrates how to make a salad in a jar. It shows one recipes, but the combinations are infinite. You may have seen these before, however this one has a new twist, the dressing. Typically, in salad jars, the dressing goes on the bottom. This video demonstrates a different technique.

Watch to find out!

Clean eating: A 1-day clean eating plan

Clean eating really is very simple…just eat real, whole food. Nothing processed, nothing from a box. In today’s video, you’ll find recipes for a complete 1-day menu.

YEP! Breakfast, lunch, dinner AND 2 snacks!

Clean eating: Dr. Oz explains how to eat clean.

This week we’re talking about clean eating, but just what does that mean?

In this morning’s video, Dr. Oz gives you the 4 main rules to eating clean.

Clean eating: Snack ideas and meal prep

Now that we’re done with Halloween, it’s time to put the junk away and return to clean, wholesome eating. This week, I’m focusing on easy and delicious ways to eat clean. Here’s a video with 3 ideas for prepping in advance.

10 Delicious & Savory Ways to Use Apples

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Isn’t that what they always say? What is it about these apples, powerful enough to keep the doctor away. There are approximately 7500 different varieties of apples, but what makes them so healthy?

Health benefits of apples:

Nutritionally speaking, apples are free of fat, sodium, and cholesterol, yet rich in antioxidants, potassium, high dietary fiber, vitamin C, and some of the B vitamins (niacin and B6).

A few other important nutrients include calcium, vitamin K, iron, copper, phosphorus, and magnesium. Some of the phytonutrients and flavonoids include quercetin, epicatechin, and phloridzin.

A some of the health benefits include:

  1. Aids in digestion -Due to the high amount of fiber
  2. Helps prevent certain types of cancer, such as colon and breast cancer.
  3. Improve the microbiome – The fiber has a “prebiotic” effect, which means the apples feed our friendly bacteria
  4. Boost immune function – The high amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants and protein help bolster a weak immune system
  5. Helps control diabetes – The plant nutrients, or polyphenols, in apples help reduce the absorption of carbs in the body, which reduces blood sugar fluctuation in the blood.
  6. Boost brain health and prevent Alzheimer’s disease – The antioxidants and phytonutrients help reduce brain degeneration, which improves problem solving skills, memory and concentration.
  7. Treat asthma – the nutrients in apples have an anti-inflammatory affect, as well as strengthen the immune system.
  8. Prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol
  9. Improve bone health and vision
  10. Helps with weight loss

So, other than munching on a sweet, juicy apple, or baking a pie, how can you use this healthy fruit? Not to worry, I’ve scoured the internet and found 10 unique and SAVORY ways to eat apples!

🍏🍎AND HERE WE GO!🍎🍏


Sweet potato and apple latkes

with Tahini Lemon Drizzle

By: Science and Sprout

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INGREDIENTS: (For complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled
  • 1 apple, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • pepper to taste
  • optional: kale as garnish

Tahini Lemon Drizzle

  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey (sub maple syrup if vegan)
  • water as needed to thin sauce
  • optional: squirt of sriracha

Quinoa Apple Cheddar Soup

By: Wendy Polisi

Quinoa Apple Cheddar Soup - This gluten free soup recipe is easy to make and the perfect solution to shake up your healthy meal plan. - WendyPolisi.com
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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1 onion chopped fine
  • 1 large apple peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese or Daiya
  • 3 slices gluten free bread
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • Chopped Chives

Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

By: Well Plated

Cranberry Turkey Meatballs with Apple and Sage
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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded tart apple, such as Granny Smith, washed with peel on
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped Simply Roundy’s Fresh Sage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional for garnish

FOR THE CRANBERRY SAUCE:

  • 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons Simply Roundy’s Pure Maple Syrup
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice

Chorizo and Apple Rice Salad 

By: Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Chorizo and Apple Rice Salad - an easy, healthy, gluten-free meal ready in 45 minutes! by Lisa Lin of healthynibblesandbits.com
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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 2 cups uncooked rice (I used a wild rice and white rice blend, but any rice works)
  • 3 chorizo sausages, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 medium red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 apples, cored and chopped (Author used Granny Smith apples)
  • small handful of pecans (1/3 cup)
  • juice from 1 medium orange (about 1/2 cup juice)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Optional toppings

  • chopped chives
  • lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon

Butternut Squash and Apple Bruschetta

By: Whitney Bond

Ingredients: (For complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 2 cups diced butternut squash
  • 1 cup diced apples
  • 6 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (divided)
  • 1 tsp black pepper (divided)
  • 8 slices french bread
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 6-8 fresh sage leaves (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic glaze

Honey Crisp Apple Quesadillas

with Bacon and Cheddar

By: Home & Plate

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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, cord and thinly sliced
  • 4 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 flour tortillas

Poulet Vallée d’Auge

By: Bon Appetit

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Here is a quote from the Bon Appetit website regarding this recipe:

“Named for a region in Normandy known for its apples (and Calvados), this traditional recipe combines both in a rich, creamy sauce. Afraid to flambé? Buy a long-reach lighter at a hardware store.”

Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 5 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 firm, tart apples (such as Pink Lady or Braeburn; about 1 lb.), peeled, cored, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 3½–4-lb. chickens, quartered
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 leek, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise ¼” thick
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Calvados (apple brandy)
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ pound crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, trimmed, halved
  • ½ cup crème fraîche
  • 1 large egg yolk

Pork Loin with Apple-Cornbread Stuffing

By: Martha Stewart

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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 4 ounces bacon (about 5 strips), cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • 2 small onions, chopped (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and coarsely chopped (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 6 firm, tart apples, such as ‘Northern Spy’: 1 peeled, cored, and chopped (about 1 1/4 cups); 3 peeled, cored, and cut into 8 wedges each; 2 cored and cut into 8 wedges each
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 10 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped, plus 6 whole leaves
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 12 ounces corn bread, cut into cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 1/3 cup homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • 1 boneless pork loin (4 pounds; about 1 foot long), butterflied (3/4 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 pound Cipollini onions

Cheddar & Apple Chicken Breasts

By: Sargento

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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1-1/4 cups (5 oz.) Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese – Traditional Cut, divided
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. mango chutney, large pieces of mango chopped, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely diced apple
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 (5 to 6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves,
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs, multigrain or whole wheat*
  • Paprika or smoked paprika (optional)

Chicken and Apple Pot Pie

By: Rachel Ray

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Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, white or dark meat, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 Empire, Gala or Honey Crisp apples, peeled and chopped
  • 3-4 small ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 sheet store-bought puff pastry dough, defrosted if frozen
  • 1 egg, beaten with water

CLOSING THOUGHTS:

There you have it. Ten unique and savory ways to use apples. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with apple pie. It’s just nice to eat these healthy and delicious little gems in a different way now and then.

Until next time…Namaste my friends

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Source:

9 Incredible Health Benefits of Apples

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.

HERE’S TODAY’S VIDEO!

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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

ANNOUNCEMENT

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

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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

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