Monday, January 14, 2008

The braided bread

I rarely bake but when I do it gives me a sense of connection to the women in my family that came before me. I am not saying, by any means, that baking was the only thing they did well. The women in my family are noteworthy for obtaining educations and striving to make this world a better place. It just so happens that they also baked well.

I found this recipe on one of my favorite blogger's pages. She mentions that her grandmother would make it every year for Christmas. It looked so homey and delicious I knew I had to make it. Indeed one would think given my recent abandon of the grilled cheese I wouldn't try something so daring but I just felt like baking.

I got out my very favorite new kitchen tool - my upright Kitchen Aid mixer and got to work. I shocked myself with a perfect result. I even had to let the thing rise! Those in my family will remember the yeast rolls/grandma buns that I let rise so long the yeast fermented and one could likely get drunk off of those things. It was a Thanksgiving I will never live down.

Whipping this pretty thing up (notice it was SO good I didn't wait to eat a slice) made me think about our family recipes. I have put together a list and would love additions from you. So far, this is mostly from my Heller side with a few things thrown in for good measure. I am thinking about printing it for next Christmas. What do you think?

Here's the preliminary list:

  1. Stew
  2. Hot punch
  3. Egg strada
  4. Malts
  5. Spinach casserole
  6. Marie's mac-'n-cheese
  7. Grandma buns
  8. Migas (from Adriana)
  9. Winnie Cake
  10. Apple Pie
  11. Cherry Pie
  12. Cranberry Relish
  13. Apple Sauce (Bette's recipe)
  14. Sweet Potato/Yam fries (my own specialty)
  15. Coffee Cake (John made it for Christmas one year)
  16. Taco Casserole
  17. Moravian Cookies
  18. Linda's Chopped Salad
  19. Shish Kabob marinate
  20. Buttermilk biscuits (from PA)
  21. That weird bologna sandwich mix
  22. Luce's Tuna Salad
  23. French Onion Soup
  24. Marie's Six can Chili
  25. Spanish Rice

What am I missing?


jenny k said...

Grandma Luce's most wonderful Snickerdoodles (don't know where her recipe is from)

Beer biscuits

Sarah M said...

good ones