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

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

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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