Sometimes pulling books from the shelves at the library is dangerous work. Especially in the cookbook section! I usually pull the one I need for the pick list (the list of books being sent to other libraries) and come back with three to bring home.
Two weeks ago I found this cookbook:
I was just looking through it last night, and man, the memories that book brought to me. Almost every third recipe I’d exclaim, “Oh man! My Grandma used to make that!” (Not that she was Norwegian–she was full blooded German. But the down-home farm cooking in this book is so similar.)
It got me thinking about all the recipes Grandma used to make. When she passed away, my aunt took her recipes, and I haven’t ever seen them. I really need to talk to her about this, because there’s some things I’d love to be able to make myself. Things like:
FAT CAKES. Fat cakes are homemade donuts. They were round, like a bismark, but without the filling. Mom would heat them in the oven, and then we’d shake them in a paper bag filled with sugar. They were outstanding. Just thinking about them makes my mouth water.
CUSTARD PIE. It was never runny. The crust was always crisp. It was creamy. It was FABULOUS.
HOMEMADE NOODLES. I loved going over to Grandma’s when she made noodles. She’d dry them out on top of sheets on her bed, and I’d snitch them and eat them raw. I’d give my left arm for some more of her homemade noodles.
CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP WITH DUMPLINGS. Yum. Yum. Yum.
OVERNIGHT CAKE WITH PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING. I’ve actually made this before, but it’s a lot of work. I’d like to just be able to show up at Grandma’s house for this.
GERMAN POTATO DUMPLINGS. This is a recipe that died with Grandma, sadly. Even her daughters, my aunts, have been unable to replicate them. They were the best. She’d make the dumplings with a pork roast, and we’d put the juice over the top of them….oh my delicious. I’ve seen a couple of recipes for them, so I’m going to give them a good college try.
HOMEMADE CARAMELS AT CHRISTMAS. Creamy. Sticky. Wrapped in wax paper. My friend Kia comes close with hers.
You know what? I kind of see this list as my own personal bucket list. If I can make these recipes, I feel like I’m carrying on a family legacy. And trying makes me feel so close to Grandma- I miss her so!
I’d love to hear from you! Do you have a family recipe you’d love to learn how to cook?