A project to preserve the food culture of the Germans from Russia in a tri-county area of North Dakota has been awarded $5,000 from the North Dakota State Historical Society in Bismarck.

The special projects grant to the Tri-County Tourism Alliance will be used to collect oral histories, recipes, photographs and record video interviews focused on Emmons County, McIntosh County and Logan County Germans from Russia.

Language, religion and skills from this culture are slowly being lost as younger generations migrate from shrinking farms and rural communities. Funding will assist in the costs of collecting and preserving the stories of life on the plains relating to how families fed themselves. Information will include recipes, photographs and memories of topics such as cooking, making sausage, collecting eggs, gardening, food for celebrations and survival in the unpredictable North Dakota climate. Artifacts and histories will be catalogued and stored within the three counties.

Interviews have begun and will continue into August of 2012. Members of the Tri-County Tourism Alliance will be available for presentations on the topic. Preserving the German-Russian way of life in early North Dakota is just one project supported by the Tri-County Tourism Alliance, a nonprofit heritage tourism organization. The organization is also accepting donations to continue the project and create additional materials for its tourism efforts.

If you are interested in submitting recipes; stories; being interviewed or video taped; or making a donation to the project, please contact either Sue Balcom – 701-527-5169 or or Carmen Rath-Wald – 701-754-2504 or




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  1. I grew up in McIntosh County-Ashley. I now live in Cavalier, ND. I bake the traditional Black Sea Kuchen-ck my website: The recipe I use was my Grandma Haas recipe which was prob. her mothers recipe who was a Tesky from Venturia. My Mom is now 90 years old and she always stressed to me this was her first Mothers recipe. Her first Mother passed away when she was young. You are welcome to use a photo off my website or I can send you a couple of the traditional kuchen photos like the prune and cottage cheese which were popular back then. I won’t share my recipe which my Mom handed down to me as I sell it commercially, I have cked all the Germans from Russia cookbooks and all the recipes online and none match my own.
    Let me know if you need a photo or two.
    Karen Schwandt
    Karen’s Kuchens


    • dasguteessen says:

      Karen, we are seeking old black and white photos of people and kitchens and gardens and such… if you have any that would be very cool. I use my grandmother’s kuchen recipe and it is delightful. I make it often. Sue


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