My rhubarb flourishes at the end of my clothesline, right next to a patch of hollyhocks that sway in the summer breezes. Right now there are some little birds (I can't make them out with my spotting scope) snatching up pine needles and flitting about busily. Anyway, this recipe comes from the June '09 issue of *Country Living*. I do live in the country, and have an abundance of rhubarb. It's easy to freeze the cut-up pieces, and if you toss the pieces with sugar (right in the zipper bag), you can pop it in the freezer and use them later. The extra sugar will be fine in the recipe!
This one screams old-timey, German, "down-home," and "comfort food" all at once! Sandwiches can be assembled ahead of time, covered & chilled. At meal-time, bake as directed. Thanks to *Midwest Living* for this awesome recipe and the excellent alternatives featuring midwest-region crops.
My DH was in Germany when he was in the army and he loves German food. This recipe comes from a very well known restaurant in Portland, Oregon called the Rheinlander. I have substituted chicken for veal.
Did you need a choice? Turn this into a smoothie at serving time by running it in the blender again OR scrape up spoonfuls into pretty serving dishes and drizzle with more WINE or gingerale. Either way--this is sure to capture your Valentine's heart! Just watch out for those brain-freeze headaches!!! COOKING TIME = CHILLING TIME.
When our church decided to host a "German Reformation Night" dinner, I went hunting for authentic German recipes. Here is one that fits the bill. There are two ways to make the dumplings (explained below). Serving ideas suggested below too. Gushundheit--!
I love to make this chicken and then I use the leftover cooked chicken for another meal. It is so moist and juicy!!! I do use Paula Deen's House Seasoning, which I will include a 1/4 of the recipe of it in the directions section.
Elegant, rich, and BEYOND description--don't let the long list of ingredients or directions put you off--this is WELL worth the effort!!!--my family looks forward to our annual FIRST raspberry picking of the year--because THIS is the first thing I make, and we gobble it up! The authentic old-time kind of pound cake--makes three loaf-pans. Use one for this recipe, freeze the other two for future use (you'll want to make this more than once!). Trifle makes enough for ONE large serving bowl. Cooking time is "chilling time"
Here's another one my mom made frequently during the winter for Sunday lunches; she'd get it ready before we left for church and then it would be ready to pop in the oven as soon as we arrived home afterwards.
A few years ago in an on-line fabric swap, one of the gals from Germany shared with me that THIS is the kind of potato salad served in the Bavarian part of Germany today. Quite different from what we Americans call "German" potato salad. As my dad would say: puts hair on your chest!
Gather the children when you pull these out of the oven--lots of oohs & aahs at the puffy cakes! My mother-in-law featured these on her restaurant breakfast menu, and usually makes them at least once when we're visiting. Serve with Honey Butter (below) or some warm fruit compote.
Light, flakey dough surrounds the brown sugar-cinnamon-butter filling (with optional raisins or nuts); two perfect pans of exquisite breakfast fare. Serve with some pork links, glass of juice or milk, and you've got a down-home breakfast. My German gramma made these EVERY time our family visited...and she cooked 'em in her wood-burning cook-stove, too. Our 4-H club makes these for a concession stand fund-raiser and we sell-out EVERY year! Don't be put-off by the LENGTHY set of directions---they're written for the uninitiated (non-bread-makers) among us. I really WANT you to have fun making these, so I told you EVERYTHING you'll EVER want to know in how-to-make sweet rolls.
Thanks to Jeff Smith (Frugal Gourmet) for including this in his Christmas book AND my family favorites for Christmas dinner. Tangy and sweet at the same time. EXCELLENT color for a holiday meal--jazzes up the table.
Here's something to warm 'em up after a shift in the deer stand waiting for the big buck OR those charming Christmas carolers on a frosty night OR for a tail-gating menu before a big football game on an autumn afternoon.