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German Hot Potato Salad

One of the things I love about small town Midwest is that whenever there is a need, whether it be a wedding, funeral, or just a significant event in the community, people come out in the droves with food. Small town America shows love in food, and especially small town North Dakota.  There are certain dishes you’ll always find in the lineup during any community potluck. I’ve shared the recipe for my favorite Potluck Taco Salad and one of the…

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Main Courses Recipes

Halupsi (Cabbage Rolls)

If you love my Lazy Halupsi recipe, you’re going to love this one as well! Over on that recipe, I share the story about when I first moved to the Iron Curtain in North Dakota, I was told we were having “halupsi, you know…pigs in a blanket!” I pleasantly thought, OHHH yes, sausages wrapped in pancakes. Awesome!  Much to my surprised, I was served what looked like ground beef and rice rolled in cabbage. Still delicious, but totally not what…

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Family Main Courses Recipes

Homemade Strudels

I will never forget the first time I had my mother-in-law’s strudels… My husband was beside himself excited and much like when I was told we were having pigs in a blanket (halupsi), I had imagined strudels to be some filled pastry, as that was the only thing I’ve heard called strudels. Turns out Germans from Russia have their own variation of strudels and it isn’t anything like a filled pastry. Studels in Germans from Russia country are much like…

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Family Recipes Soups & Stews

Knoephla Soup: A Germans From Russia Tradition

While many parts of the world have traditions based on things like grits or rice, this part of North Dakota – the Iron Curtain as we like to call it – was raised on dough. You could feed a family well on flour, water, salt, and a little leavening and the Germans from Russia recipes prove it. Dough and bread were an all purpose food that was used in soups, casseroles, breakfasts, desserts, made into noodles. You ask any good German…

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Main Courses Recipes

Lazy Halupsi (Cabbage Rolls)

So when I first moved to the Iron Curtain in North Dakota, I can’t remember who it was that said we were having “halupsi” for a meal. I am fairly certain I looked at them like they were crazy or that they had spoken another language. The individual than described to me “you know, pigs in a blanket!” I pleasantly thought, OHHH yes, sausages wrapped in pancakes. Awesome!  Much to my surprised, I was served what looked like ground beef…

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Faith North Dakota

Johannestal Church: Never Say No to God

If there is one thing I love about our small town in North Dakota, it is the heritage they hold onto here. The recipes, the stories, the memories of the struggles that the people here on these prairies experienced to settle here and form families of generations. Holding onto those traditions and sharing those stories before they are lost to a new generation is something that this area in North Dakota does well.  Two weeks ago, I had one of those experiences.…

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North Dakota Recipes Sides

Lazy Cheese Buttons

I have a confession to make… I have an addiction. An addiction with old cookbooks. Whenever I come across a used book store or book section in an antique store, cookbooks are the first thing I look for. I have found some awesome treasures throughout my searching. There’s honestly nothing better than a cookbook that begins with explaining my duties as a wife during the 1950’s. 😉  It is no secret that we don’t cook like we used to. And…

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Breads Breakfast Desserts Family Recipes

Dakota Kuchen

If you think back to when you used to visit grandma’s house as a child, I am sure grandma always had some special kind of dessert for you. Whether it be some sort of cookie, brownie, or cake. For children who grew up in Germans from Russia households, that special treat is kuchen, pronounced “ku-gen”, which is the German word for cake. Kuchen is a rich custard dessert with fruit poured into a sweet dough for the crust.  Kuchen is…

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