My Grandmother’s Perogies

Perogies - Beth the BakerAnd here, my lovelies, is my convoluted perogy* post…. Scroll to the end to avoid rambling and just get at ‘er, however the rambling does contain hints….

When I was a kid, important celebrations involved perogies.

I can remember on my birthdays, my grandmother would make for me (and the family), perogies and doughnuts (that will be a different post..).  Perogies were generally only for “special occasions” as they involved a lot of work for my grandmother.  But when it’s your birthday, you get to choose the meal.  And I would always choose perogies.

I’ve seen some people claim that they are not hard – specifically with modern technology and food processors -but they do require a certain amount of expertise.  Back in the day it was all done by hand and took hours to make perogies for the family. Continue reading

Crusty Artisan Bread

Crusty Artisan Bread - Beth the BakerI got this recipe last week from the lovely, talented and very culinary Lorraine Wentz and tried it out!

Lorraine has now made it a couple of times – the second time she baked it with rosemary and oregano olive oil, and Gruyere and cheddar cheese on top and said it was amazing! Continue reading

Grandmother’s Cheese Dumplings

Cheese Dumplings - Beth the Baker

Looking through my Grandmother’s recipes, I came across one for “Cheese Dumplings”.  I don’t recall my Grandmother ever making these, but it’s likely I ate them at some point… I’ll have to ask my father if he remembers them… regardless…

One of the ingredients for the recipe is “Farmer’s Cheese”.  I wasn’t quite sure what that is, exactly, so I looked it up.  It’s a dry ricotta-ish type cheese that I don’t recall ever seeing at the grocery store.  I mean, I’ve HEARD of it.. just haven’t ever had it to my recollection. Continue reading

Homemade Farmer’s Cheese

Homemade Farmer's CheeseI researched how to make Farmer’s Cheese for my Grandmother’s Cheese Dumpling Recipe. Super simple to make and delicious.  Great for baking or just eating with crackers! TOTALLY making this to use in my next lasagna! It’s slightly different than ricotta, which has cream as well as milk and isn’t quite as dry.. I’ll post that recipe later… Continue reading

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - Beth Warren the BakerSo I have been trying to adjust various recipes to suit various tastes, medical conditions, food preferences etc. for family et al.

Marc Thomas was diagnosed as diabetic last year and so I’ve tried to do some low or non sugar stuff. My sister is a vegan and my niece a vegetarian so I take that into consideration at times.  And my daughter is lactose intolerant (which means she TRIES not to eat it as it’s not great for her but still sometimes does….)  ANYWAY, I’ve been making these cookies for years and they are scrumptious.  Needless to say, the full fat omnivore version is the tastiest (IN MY OPINION) however, they are very good with substitutions… Continue reading

Apple Toffee Cookies

Apple Toffee Cookies - Beth Warren the BakerI have not made these cookies in YEARS…  I used to make them when Katy was young.  Don’t even remember where I got the recipe.  Out of the paper, I think, but then changed it to suit our tastes.

I remember putting it aside as it originally had butterscotch chips in it and my husband at the time (that makes it sound like I’ve had a bunch, doesn’t it?  All Liz Taylor like and stuff.  Hmm I doubt she baked much…)  ANYWAY, he loves butterscotch.  Can’t remember if he liked these cookies though… Continue reading

Double Baked White Chocolate Cheesecake

White Chocolate Cheesecake with chocolate sauceA few years ago, the boyfriend and I stopped by a local restaurant for a cocktail and to have me try what he called “the best dessert ever”.

He ordered a piece of a white chocolate cheesecake wrapped in phyllo, double baked and served with a berry sauce.  And yes, it was very good.  He asked me if I could replicate it.  I responded that I could do better than that….  Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache (but it doesn’t have to be vegan if you don’t want it to be)

Vegan Chocolate Cake - Beth the BakerI know you’re thinking that this can’t possibly be delicious, but it is… I’ve included this as part of my “posting things chocolate for Valentine’s Day”.  This cake works for vegans and non-vegans alike…

Here’s what happens in my family for birthday celebrations, etc..

I have two younger sisters and we’re all  good cooks.  So when we have a family dinner, we split the duties – my sisters, my mom and myself all contribute toward the meal (except Mother’s Day where we don’t have to do stuff… or at least not as much…).  Continue reading

Brona’s Banana Cake

Banana Cake - Beth the BakerAbout 15 years ago (maybe less, like I can remember that far back…) my Aunt Laura came to visit and brought a binder for each of us – me, each of my sisters, and my mother and father.  In each binder was some family history.. stories of how my grandparents met (by mail – story later…) some history of our family members along with some copies of old photos (some a little fuzzy..) And my Grandmother’s recipes.  The ones my Aunt had, any way.  When my Grandmother (Bernice in English, Bronislava or Brona in Lithuanian and Polish) had lived in California, my Aunt wrote down as many recipes as she could.

As I’ve said, I’ve decided to recreate my Grandmother’s recipes.  Except the headcheese.  Nobody wants that….

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