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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Nov 09 2020 :  3:55:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For those of you who have read my endless babble about cooking (lack of) skills... well you get to read more.. lol!

My mom, coming from Germany with no formal education in the English language,, not to mention had to learn to convert from metric to the American measuring system.
So, one of the many fabulous recipes mom made was what is called 'Griesssuppe'.. it sounded like she was saying Grease soup...
Fast forward, I have slowly been trying to repeat her recipes into English.. problem is,, mom's notes to me were not your ordinary notes, in fact she recorded her recipes onto a recorder..

EX: to make Spetzle, mom said, "you make a mountain of flour on the table, then make a whole with your fist into the flour,, then add 2 egg and some water, then you mix it with your hand until it is a little sticky but not to much..." (you have to add in her German accent to fully appreciate her recording)...

But I have misplaced the cassette tape and now am trying to remember all the recipes so I can write them down to share.

So,, for the ''Grease Soup".. I had pretty much an idea of what ingredients I needed,, but not sure, I contacted my Uncle (her brother), my niece and my daughter nope, they did not have the written recipe.. I contacted my cousin Karl in Munich, nope,,, and Irmgard, she barely remembers it but did not know the recipe. So I contacted Jutta in Berlin,, she didn't know it.. but OMG! she searched and found it on an obscure Swabisch recipe site and found it.. as it turns out, it is a regional recipe..
So I an thrilled I now have it, along with moms Lentil, sausage & spectzle soup...
Mom is a 'Heilbronner'... also called a 'Swabisch girl' because of the region she is from.
So tomorrow I will be making the soup..
And am happy to add 2 more recipes to my "mom's best recipe book.. and yes, I will be sharing those recipes with family...

So never give up on those special family recipes....

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  02:28:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a sweet story. Alot of work, but it all worked out. Congrats and enjoy.

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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

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Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
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Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  05:05:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great story and happy for your success. I have no family recipes. My mom was a wonderful cook---but she mostly just cooked vegetables and natural foods. She did make special dishes but Never really had any recipes. She could churn out super tasty meals though and so many people have told me how they loved her cooking.

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sherone_13
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Sherone
Evanston WY
USA
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Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  08:04:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am intrigued...Care to share the "Grease Soup" recipe?

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texdane
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Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
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Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  11:35:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi my dear friend Grace,

Oh I love this post so much!!! My grandmother was from Greece, and same thing with her recipes. I have been told I am the only one who makes her koulorakia the way she did. My mama cooks the same - you put this much in, a shake of this, etc. I find many of my own recipes are this way, too.

Anyway, loved this. Big hugs!

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Nicole
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GailMN
True Blue Farmgirl

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Gail
Hutchinson Minnesota
USA
362 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  11:48:21 AM  Show Profile  Send GailMN a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, I would love the "Grease Soup" recipe too. I am intrigued.

Gail


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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14435 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  11:53:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here ya go Sherone,,

60 grams of (old fashion, not instant) cream of wheat..
30 grams of butter
1 - liter of broth, chicken, beef or veggie
some fine chopped parsley (opt) to sprinkle on top before serving.
salt & pepper to taste.

1. brown C.O wheat in melted butter..(unsalted)
2. add broth & boil for a few min stiring. then add egg..
3. then simmer for 15 min.
4. makes '4' 1c servings,, sprinkle parsley as a garnish.

only 165 cal per serving.

My mom use to crack an egg and gently mix it up into the soup.. for extra protein..

I will have to translate the grams into American measurements.
When cooking German food, I use the grams/Liters and when sewing I often use mm/cm and meters to get a more precise measurement.
I use a food scale for the grams..
so, 1 LT is about 4 + cups
30g is about about 1 + ounce
60g is about 2+ ounces
*the + means a bit more..
if you don't have a Food/Cooks Scale you will want one.. they are so invaluable..
I have a not expensive one,, and luv it.



>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com


Edited by - katmom on Nov 10 2020 4:14:34 PM
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JeanP
True Blue Farmgirl

383 Posts

Jean
Deary ID
USA
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Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  11:59:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Awwwww, Gracie, what a neat story. And what a fun experience you are having. I did a cookbook for my m-i-l a couple of years before she passed away. The family adored it. I have no more hard copies but will see if I can send you a digital copy. In the meantime, I highly recommend "Matilda's Fantastic Cookbook Software" which you can get at www.CookbookPeople.com . . . check 'em out.
Oh yes, Grease Soup for me too, please . . .
jean

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. . . .Stephen Hawking
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14435 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
14435 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  4:07:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Whoot Whoot!
Well I made the soup... and even DH liked it....
I just made 1/2 the recipe.... add scrambled an egg into it..
It was Yummy! and brought back a flood of wonderful memories...


I am sure I can 'add' to it,, maybe some wurst/Weiss or brat,, some shredded spinash, sliced mushrooms.. what ever.. but for now, I am happy with it just the way my mutti made it.

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14435 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  4:09:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I forgot to mention,, I used unsalted butter... and I used chicken bullion cubes to make the broth.
>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com


Edited by - katmom on Nov 10 2020 4:15:18 PM
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4982 Posts

Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  4:20:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grace, this is a wonderful story of finding your Mom's special soup recipe!! It looks delicious and excited that your friend , am Deutschland, could track it down for you. I love Cream of Wheat cereal but only had it as a hot breakfast cereal. Your soup looks and sounds much more flavorful than breakfast cereal. Your Mutti would be pleased you kept digging until you found out the family favorite soup!!

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14435 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  6:03:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now if I could just find that old cassette tape,, with her sweet voice and accent on it...

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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com


Edited by - katmom on Nov 10 2020 6:03:36 PM
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Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

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April
Central Oregon
USA
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Posted - Nov 10 2020 :  6:38:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, Grace! Nothing more special than family recipes! That soup looks wonderful! I stared a family history recipe album from relatives and added notes and photos! I have moments when I pull that album out and start making what ever comfort foods that I need that particular day. Family recipes are like a huge hug when you need it most!

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AndreaPA
True Blue Farmgirl

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Andrea
Factoryville PA
USA
165 Posts

Posted - Nov 11 2020 :  2:31:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a great story! I hope you find the cassette tape. I have started putting family recipes together. My one grandmother, if you asked her for a recipe she would say I can give you the recipe but I don't follow it. Too much this or not enough of that. And it was all in her head. She didn't own a measuring cup, she always used a yellow coffee mug. I was talking to her sister-in-law a few years back and she told me my great-grandmother was the same way, she had her special coffee mug too. She would pull out a recipe and make adjustments from memory.

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
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Posted - Nov 16 2020 :  9:22:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Awesome, Gracie! And I love the memory you shared! Thank you! I really hope your tape pops up! What a treasure! I have one on it with my Dad's voice tucked away in our attic. It makes me tear up every time. I sure miss his voice. I also have a really cool 45 that my mother and godmother recorded in a booth at an amusement park when they were young teenagers... I mean... WOW! I haven't heard it in years. SO adorable... They were singing, "Dont You Just Know It" by Huey "Piano" Smith... I can still hear them singing "...Gooba Gooba Gooba Gooba.. Ah Ah Ah Ah.. Ah Ah Ah Ah... Ay Ay Ay-O.. Ay Ay Ay-O!" LOL! I wonder if she remembers? I'm going to have to get hold of a record player and record it for her... Maybe send her a copy for Christmas!! LOL!

Hugs,

Nini



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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14435 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
14435 Posts

Posted - Nov 17 2020 :  8:29:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Nini that would be such a sweet thing to do for your mom...
My dad use to have a huge Reel to Reel, and recorded some of his favorite songs... but the tapes on the reels are brittle and we are afraid to play them.. but we know they are there... and in our memories...

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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