Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Prost! A German Program!

I am proud of my German heritage
I have always been proud of my German heritage
Grandfather Meinsen immigrated to the United States in 1885
My Grandmother Lydia's father immigrated to the United States 40 years earlier.

I was flattered to be asked to give a program on German food
at a great museum in the county just south of us:

We've loaned some of our German things for the exhibit.
After doing prep yesterday, I loaded the car
and headed south to do my program.

The 14 people who signed up by Thursday swelled to sixty on Sunday.

There were a few seats vacant but not many!

Oh, and to help,

Donna and Rita (Cookbook Book Club Members)
joined me to do the "hard work"

plating the food to make sure that each attendee got a plate . . . 

I talked about and demonstrated

(plain, Johnsonville, boiled first in bill before sautéing or grilling)
(beer brand doesn't really matter)
(No fancy beer brats or cheese brats for us -- just the original plain brats)

Grandmother's Coleslaw
A recipe I've made hundreds of times
A recipe that has been at most of our family celebrations 
A recipe that mother made a lot for Sunday Dinner when I was a child

Grandmother's Hot German Potato Salad
Traditional hot potato salad which I've updated --
using small red potatoes and not peeling them
Using packaged real bacon bits instead of bacon
making the recipe less fat.

And no "meal" is complete without dessert

So I made a German Apple Cake
In mini muffin pans because they're easier to serve.

I so appreciated Donna and Rita coming with me
I could not have done it without them
They plated the food while I visited with those who attended.

It was a fun program from my point of view.
I always love to share food

I want to thank Jason and the Board of Directors at The Miner's Hall Museum
for inviting me to do this program.

I will be back in December (December 18, actually) to talk about German holiday traditions.
And I cannot wait.
And even though it is holiday traditions, part of the traditions are cookies!
I'll be bringing a nice assortment to share!
German ones, of course!

It was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

The recipes:


4 medium round red or white potatoes (about 1 1/3 pound)
3 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 c. chopped onion (white or yellow)
1 T. flour
1 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. celery seed
dash pepper
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. cider vinegar

Place potatoes in saucepan; add enough water just to cover potatoes.     Cover; heat to boiling.   Reduce heat and cook until potatoes are tender; drain.     Let stand until cool enough to handle.    Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch slices (do not peel!)

In skillet cook bacon over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp.   Remove from skillet.    Cook onion  in bacon fat until tender.    Stir in flour, sugar, salt, celery seed and pepper.     Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is bubbly; remove from heat.

Stir water and vinegar into onion mixture.    Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.    Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat.    Stir in potatoes and bacon.    Heat over medium heat, stirring gently to coat potato slices, until hot and bubbly.    Serve warm.


1 head cabbage, shredded
1 onion, sliced thinly

Boil together:
2/3 c. sugar
1 t. salt
1 c. vinegar
1/2 t. celery seed
1 t. mustard

Then add 1 cup salad oil and boil again.    Pour over cabbage and onion mixture.


Angelina at Petite Haus said...

How exciting! I love German potato salad; I prefer it to the American versions... I think because the German versions don't use mayo! Thanks for sharing your grandmas German recipes with us all! I'll have to make sure not to miss your post about German Christmas! I brought an empty suitcase to Germany last month to fill with Christmas goodies!

Angela McRae said...

Oh, I would have enjoyed your program! I've always had a taste for the vinegary flavors of a lot of German food. I also have researched so many of the German immigrants who were department store founders in this country, it gave me a great love and respect for the many, many contributions of Germans in America!

Summer said...

I love your mini muffin apple cakes ♥