Knedle Plum Potato Dumplings

It’s August and Italian prune plums have appeared at my local grocery store. These small plums, around the size of a golf ball, make wonderful dumplings. Earlier this summer to prepare I posted my Knedle Peach Potato Dumpling recipe. The season for these Italian prune plums is short but sweet, and we used to hustle…

Poppyseed Roll with Sweet Butter Dough

Sometimes we get recipes from our in-laws. This is an adjusted dough recipe that I believe my grandma got from her cousin in-law. There is a special place in my heart for cousins since I am an only child. Although Grandma had many siblings in Slovakia, in Indiana her community was made of more friends…

Ham and Pineapple Flatbread with Horseradish Mustard Mayonnaise

I believe that when grandma first tried pineapple here in the United States she thought it was some kind of fancy apple. This is because throughout her recipe notes for other dishes pineapple is sometimes used where apple would make a more historically Eastern European ingredient choice. Nonetheless when she incorporated pineapple into her recipes…

Ginger Orange Oatmeal Cashew Coconut Cookie

After putting one of grandma’s first recipes out in the world, I started day dreaming about making it with flavors that spoke to my Indian heritage. Cashews, ginger and coconut came to mind. I combined these flavors and below is that recipe. Yields Approximately 32 cookies Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 1 cup shortening…

My Favorite Pizza All Grown Up

It is a very nerve racking thing for me to make a pizza. I have an Italian sister in-law and I want to do right by her. Growing up my mother wanted to experience American things and eat American food. Pizza, pancakes, round cookies, all felt American to her as a child. To please her…

Creamy Brnydza and Sour Cream Cucumber Salad

There are many different variations to this dish. After publishing my Cold Cucumber and Sour Cream Salad, I had many discussions with friends and family on the recollections of this dish. One ingredient that I have access to now is Bryndza, a creamy sheep’s milk cheese that adds a wonderful texture to the simple dressing….

Midwestern Style Creamy Potato Salad

At a family reunion earlier this summer we discussed different variations of potato salad. While I enjoy a chunky larger cut potato salad there are people in my family that prefer a creamier version with hard boiled eggs. Some of you might think of this as grocery or picnic style potato salad, I call it…

Knedle Peach Potato Dumplings

It has to be said, fruit dumplings are okay to have for dinner. I grew up with this dish. You can probably imagine that dinnertime was not really that stressful in my family, when you’re serving fruit for dinner to kids. My grandma made cooking look easy and fun, so eating and clean-up became fun…

Cold Cucumber and Sour Cream Salad

With just three ingredients this is one of the easiest recipes and one of the first recipes I was allowed to make for dinner. Happy to help when Grandma would ask, I took the preparation of this recipe very seriously. It’s a dish that taught me the value of tasting my food while preparing it…