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Old 10-20-2014, 11:57 AM   #21
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Steve, both my paternal grandmother and grandfather died before I was born, as well as my maternal grandfather. My maternal grandmother was born in 1893 and passed in 1977. She was German and the dish I remember most and asked for quite often was her sauerbraten and potato dumplings (kartoffelkloesse).
Sauerbraten was the meal I always requested for my birthday dinner. I was kind of a strange child, I guess.

My grandmother wasn't real big on potatoes for some reason. Maybe she had too many of them growing up. I don't know. She usually served spätzle with her sauerbraten, although sometimes we just had mashed rutabagas or turnips. Probably not traditional, but tasty with the sauerbraten gravy spooned over the top.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:06 PM   #22
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they sell. hot dogs in a chinese restaurant?
They also made a kick butt American Breakfast. Most people went there for the Chinese food, but they had an "American" menu and kids menu, too. Life in a small town.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:18 PM   #23
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Paternal grandmother - not badly off financially but not a good general cook. If dinner was required at 1pm everything (and I mean EVERYTHING, including the vegetables) had to be cooking by 11am.However, her pastry was very good and she made a mean chocolate cake

Maternal grandmother - Very little money (sickly husband never worked regularly from the mid 1920s until his early death) 5 children, with 3 still at home when husband died to bring up. She had been a teacher but in the 1920s and 30s in England married women were not allowed to teach but with a sick husband and 3 school-age children she probably wouldn't have been able to anyway. She was a brilliant cook. Could make a banquet out of nothing. She was a farmer's daughter which probably helped. She made a Tourtiere (a Canadian meat pie) to die for (My g/father had gone to Canada before WWI to take some horses over and probably brought the recipe home with him.) Sadly, I never thought to ask for the recipe.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:18 PM   #24
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Interesting story. With my two grandmothers it was the opposite, the one that kept kosher, was an amazing, cook, inventive, creative, she could make things nobody could. Her blintzes were absolutely the best ever. I still remember the taste when I close my eyes. The dough was paper thin and the filling was pretty large. From the same recipe I can only make half as many crepes.
On the other hand, the grandma that did not keep kosher was, how do I say it politely, well she knew how to can really yummy plums, that is about it.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:30 PM   #25
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chuck d., do you know of a dessert (that we used to call blueberry glue balls) that might be considered kosher?

my high school gf kept kosher along with her family, who incidentally owned a kosher mests company. it was abeles and heymann kosher meats.

her mom made this amazingly delicious dessert that was a sort of sticky or goey ball of something, probably some kind of dough or pastry, that was then smothered in a blueberry syrup and fresh blueberries?

i know this is like being in a foreign country and some says, " you're from america. do you know a guy named mike?" but i figured i'd take a shot.

thanks either way.

now get back to cooking for the masses.
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Old 10-20-2014, 01:52 PM   #26
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were they covered in honey?
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Old 10-20-2014, 02:02 PM   #27
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no, it was more of blueberry syrup with fresh or macerated blueberries in it.
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Old 10-20-2014, 02:16 PM   #28
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the only ball dessert I can think of is this, but it is neither pastry, nor blueberry syrup,

Teiglach - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Old 10-20-2014, 02:22 PM   #29
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hmm, that might have been what was underneath.

thanks.

btw, do you know moishe?

j/k.
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moishe, who?
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