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…

Grandma’s Slightly Sweet, Perfect Nut-Roll Recipe

This is one of the recipes Grandma Anna was known for all over Gary, Indiana. Which I know doesn’t sound like much, but that was her community and it mattered to her. Because of that she kept it close to the apron. If pressed, grandma might have given up some loose notes for the dough…

Halušky Potato Dumpling Breakfast Casserole

This past month I’ve been doing a lot of work with potatoes testing out my halušky (potato dumpling) recipe. This left my refrigerator and pantry packed with ingredients. Which is ironic since grandma Anna’s stories of halušky were of a simple dish meant to sustain during lean times of scarcity. Now standing in my kitchen…

Simple Summer Potato Salad

Growing up, potato salad would make its first appearance in early spring over Easter and stay with us until early autumn. This recipe’s beauty lies in its simplicity and is a good foundation for experimentation. Originally Grandma used peeled Russet potatoes and yellow onions. Over the years I have modified it to include skin-on red…

Orange Oatmeal Raisin Nut Cookies

My mother made a huge batch of this recipe as a child in the 1940’s. My grandmother came home to her daughter baking dozens of cookies. Having grown up with these tasty soft and chewy cookies, I understand my mother’s grandiose cookie plan, she had 2 siblings for goodness sake. Grandma said when they finished…

Halušky: Slovak Potato Dumplings

When my Grandma Anna made Halušky, Slovak Potato Dumplings the whole house got excited. A family favorite food memory that symbolized everyday comfort. Not too fancy to eat on a Tuesday night for dinner. Noted in this recipe are preparation modifications in italics that save time, making the recipe easier. Serves Approximately 4 1 Pound…

Starting from scratch…

My family recipes are as much a part of my history as they are a part of my future. The recipes my grandma Anna made are weaved throughout my childhood. Grandma Anna cooked Slovak, Hungarian, Austrian and American dishes, all the while telling me stories of her life.  My father’s Indian heritage taught me a…