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!
- 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.