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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Middle Age Pathway Recipes: 8 Healthy Holiday Recipes – The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen

Looking for healthy recipes for your holiday dinner table? Check out the latest post from my recipe blog: The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen. Each recipe has a video and printable recipe.


Ahh, the holidays season is here! During this time of year, full of sugary treats and fattening snacks, it’s good to have a few healthy recipes in your box. Have no fear! I’ve got you covered…

Source: Middle Age Pathway Recipes: 8 Healthy Holiday Recipes – The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen

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 homesteading.com 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

14 Healthy Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Holiday Season

My quest for healthy recipes, led me to this article at cookstory.com with healthy holiday recipes for kids. There’s a little of everything, 14 recipes in total:

Balsamic Chicken & Stuffing Muffins

Creamed Spinach & Mushrooms

Fruity Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pear-Stuffed Baked Apples

Pork Chops & Cinnamon Apples

Raspberry Chicken

Slow Cooker Ham & Pineapple

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole

Apple Pumpkin French Toast Muffins

Citrus & Sage Roasted Turkey

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Holiday Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie

Nutty Apple Pancakes


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For the main article, follow this link:

 Healthy Holiday Recipes for Kids and Grown Ups Too

Got leftovers? Turkey Jambalaya

I don’t know about you, but I still have some turkey left from Thanksgiving. This week, I’m going to focus on recipes to use up that turkey!

This recipe will really jazz up your leftover turkey! Using leftover turkey in jambalaya is a wonderful idea, by giving your leftover turkey a whole new twist.

 

Enjoy!

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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Got leftovers? MAKE PHO!

I don’t know about you, but I still have some turkey left from Thanksgiving. This week, I’m going to focus on recipes to use up that turkey!

I absolutely LOVE pho! If you’ve never had it, pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, with a beautiful and tasty clear broth, jam packed with flavor. It’s DELICIOUS!

Enjoy!

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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Got leftovers? Leftover Turkey Pan-Fried Soy Sauce Noodles

I don’t know about you, but I still have some turkey left from Thanksgiving. This week, I’m going to focus on recipes to use up that turkey!

This delightful recipe would also work with Asian style rice noodles.

 

Enjoy!

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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Got leftovers? Ree’s Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini.

I don’t know about you, but I still have some turkey left from Thanksgiving. This week, I’m going to focus on recipes to use up that turkey!

Ree,  The Pioneer Woman from The Food Network brings us an AMAZING turkey tetrazzini recipe!

 

Enjoy!

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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Got leftovers? 5 ways to upgrade your leftover turkey.

I don’t know about you, but I still have some turkey left from Thanksgiving. This week, I’m going to focus on recipes to use up that turkey!

From Tasty.com, we have 5 delightful recipes for your turkey!

 

Enjoy!

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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Halloween Treats ~ Using Leftover Candy: Dulce De Leche Candy Bar Terrine

No videos this week. I thought I’d just share some recipes and creative ways to use leftover Halloween candy…other than eating it! These recipes can be found in an article from REAL SIMPLE. To see the article FOLLOW THIS LINK.


Dulce De Leche Candy Bar Terrine

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Ingredients

  • 14 Snickers Fun Size Bars, cut into thirds (17 grams each, about 1 1/2 cups total)
  • 2 pints dulce de leche ice cream, softened

To see the entire recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.