Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Welcome to Toot-torial Tuesday!

Please join the linky party for some project fun - projects of all kinds welcome - quilting, embroidery, clothing, painting, drawing, crafts, games, recipes - what have you been planning for October?

I have been planning a HUGE Oktoberfest celebration - a German-American heritage celebration, if you will - with my students in German Club and in my classes at the local high school.  At parent/teacher conferences last night, I had loads of parents volunteer to cook wonderful local dishes like halupsie, fleischkuechle, knoephlas, knoephla soup,  kuchen, etc. - it'll be a feast!

A large pan of halupsie, also known as pigs in a blanket

Fleischkuechle are meat patties surrounded by fresh dough and fried to perfection.

A large, boiling pot of fresh, home-made dough noodles called knoephlas.
Fried in butter with onions, these are heavenly!

Knoephla soup is served daily at our local diner "Kroll's"

Custard "kuchen"
recipe HERE

Wedding kuchens
recipe HERE

If you are interested in creating these dishes, there are DVDs of our local Germans from Russia dishes that document local ladies whipping up their specialties:  http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/tapes/foodpantry.html  This includes a recipe for "red eye", which of course can't be served to students, but is a great wedding tradition here!

The Germans from Russia Heritage Society is a good place to start if you are looking for information about the Heimat.

And, last but not least, the German-American Heritage Museum of Washington, DC information for you:  http://www.ugac.org/gahm/gahm.html 

Please link up and let us know what you're doing this month!


  1. Although there is a very strong German heritage here (my sister in law's grandmother came here from Germany and still has family there),I don't have a lot of recipes from her. Her favorite cookie is an Anise cookie that her grandmother used to make for her. She doesn't have the recipe! There are many German restaurants in the hill country just northwest of us and there is a large Polish settlement around us here in Pleasanton.
    I linked to a Mexican recipe that I had modified very slightly to make a little healthier. It is more typical of southern Mexico than around the border towns.
    My heritage is Scottish, but I don't have any recipes from there either except for shortbread!

  2. Everything looked so good. The photo's made me hungry!

  3. Oh yum! When is this Oktoberfest feast going to me? I don't want to miss it...


  4. That is my heritage, Russian Germans. I loved Grandma's yummy food.

  5. Hi there! Yum..your food looks delicious! I am actually writing to you to find out what you think of your Accuquilt, and Accuquilt Baby. I saw on a different blog (the name escapes me at the moment) where you were listed as owning both. I want to buy myself one, but am not sure which one to get, the big one or the Baby one. I would really appreciate it, if you would spare a moment to give me your opinion please. Thanks.. my email is: suzieq941@hotmail.com
    Hugs n Blessings from Sue in Oz xx


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