Sometimes we remember things, but not always all the details. I’m finding out when doing these interviews that eventually all the pieces of the puzzle fall in place. When one person says they remember having everlasting yeast, but can’t remember how their mother or grandmother created it in the first place, well, then we have a hole. A couple weeks later, someone sends their grandmother’s recipes and there it is.. the everlasting yeast recipe.
Everyone remembers wash day, how they collected water or heated water and how Grandma made lye soap to use. Some folks remember finding slivers of soap in their pockets when they put on their clean jeans. And, then one day, someone sends a recipe for lye soap they found in their mother’s recipe box.
It’s exciting, all the great information and photos out there. We have only scratched the surface of what could be a marvelous collection of Germans from Russia history. So you have until the end of August to get those photos scanned, those recipes copied and get them to us. We are preparing to organize and proof the first copy of what we hope to be a beautiful coffee table historic cookbook. We are using the word cookbook loosely here for as you know you must be skilled to use the hand-me-down recipes of years gone past. But even if you never use a single recipe from this book, you will learn some fascinating and heart warming things about how our ancestors settled the three county area in North Dakota of McIntosh, Emmons County and Logan County. While the main copy focuses on food, we have received some other great sayings, photos and memories that we hope to include in our publication. Don’t forget we are available to present to your organization if you are interested in becoming a donor, learning more about the project or would like to learn more about the heritage of the Germans from Russia. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 701-527-5169.