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I am 4th generation German & Norwegian born in America and learned to cook and bake from my father's mother. Grandma learned from her mother who came to Chicago in 1910. I am the only one in our entire family who can make Apple Strudel traditionally, not by rolling the dough out but by pulling it.   Current Project - I started out moving to Wisconsin with the "Harrison-Wallace Memorial Cookbook Collection" as my husband called it, which consisted of 830 different cookbooks/recipe card collections. I cut it down to 30 over the years. Some are from as long ago as 1910 and as new as 2005. My master plan is to transfer the recipes I like into BigOven (only those already not posted and posting them as I go) and then pass the books. My husband was diagnosed as having Type II Diabetes from Agent Orange exposure while in Viet Nam (since I do the genealogy I have it documented that there is no family history for his side of Diabetes anywhere). He also has High Cholesterol and Heart Disease so I cook for his health. I adapt recipes and love BigOven since it shows me the nutritional values making it much easier for me to know where adjustments have to be made! My favorite foods are: steamed or broiled lobster dipped in drawn butter with lemon, pizza, my Grandma's Cheesecake (only Eli's comes close but it's no cookie), Plum Dumplings, steak, Chicken Maria (I posted this one on BigOven), Scallops Sauted in Garlic, homemade bread, Grandma Severson's Cinnamon Rolls, goat milk (no Togenburg milk however - I prefer Nubian milk which makes THE best ice cream), French Onion Soup, Steak Diane, Potato Soup, Pancit, German Filled Pancakes, Frozen Fruit Salad, Cajun Bean Soup - I like a wide variety of foods actually. I can cook and bake which according to my hubby makes him "the luckiest man in Wisconsin if not the World". LOL   I'm addicted to what my husband calls "Geek Juice" - Mountain Dew Code Red although I also love regular Mountain Dew. I am a huge fan of tea - all kinds of teas. Some of my favorite teas are Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Green and English Breakfast. I also love latte but it has to be fresh ground coffee beans not that sickening sweet stuff you find in gas stations! Hubby will drink that but I can't stomach it any more - give me the good stuff!

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Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies

Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies

2 cookies is 1 carb and 4 are 2 carb exchanges [I posted this recipe.] — LadyJay 10/31/2006
Harvest Veges Italiano

Harvest Veges Italiano

[I posted this recipe.] — LadyJay 9/10/2006
Ziploc Omelets

Ziploc Omelets

These were fun and easy to make. The teenage kids loved it and I was thinking 2 eggs weren't enought, but guess what - they are plenty! I plan on freezing eggs (add 1 tsp salt per cup of scrambled eggs to stabilize yolks then 4 tbsps = 1 egg) in ziploc bags for the kids to make omlettes any time they want! — hanan@home 8/27/2006
Crockpot Apples with Zucchini

Crockpot Apples with Zucchini

Substitute Splenda Brown Sugar for a diabetic friendly treat. [I posted this recipe.] — LadyJay 8/26/2006
German Filled Pancakes

German Filled Pancakes

[I posted this recipe.] — LadyJay 8/19/2006
Cream Cheese Filling for Filled Pancakes

Cream Cheese Filling for Filled Pancakes

[I posted this recipe.] — LadyJay 8/19/2006
Italian Chicken Stew

Italian Chicken Stew

I made this in the crockpot much like a traditional stew (I had to work). I cannot eat peppers so I put in carrots and I had some boneless turkey breast chunks that I used and I didn't have garbanzos so I used pintos. This cooked up wonderfully and my family raved and raved how great it was! — micheleheil 8/19/2006
Sauted Chicken Breast in White Wine

Sauted Chicken Breast in White Wine

You can be creative by adding herbs like savory, a touch of oregano, thyme or marjoram. We like spices and herbs so I vary what I use. My meatloaf is never the same twice - the kids and hubby love that. [I posted this recipe.] — LadyJay 8/14/2006
Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

You will need a table you can walk all the way around with plenty of room to move your arms and a clean linen (cotton) tablecloth. It is VERY important to literally beat the hell out of the dough to make it elastic and it is very time consuming and hard to properly pull the dough paper thin. Get plenty of rest before you start this project. Also - do not think rolling the dough out with a rolling pin will be sufficient - it is not. You cannot roll it thin enough to make authentic strudel. [I posted this recipe.] — LadyJay 7/21/2006
Snow Peas with Shrimp

Snow Peas with Shrimp

[I posted this recipe.] — LadyJay 6/26/2006
Mock Pineapple

Mock Pineapple

Pineapple extract is available at baking supply shops or Watkins distributors or http://www.watkinsonline.com where you can locate a distributor or order online. [I posted this recipe.] — LadyJay 6/26/2006
Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt

Really good with preserves added like Strawberry jam - yummy! — promfh 6/16/2006
Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt

I made this last night and my husband and I both love the smooth flavor that does not have the bite of plain yogurt purchased in ths supermarkets. Since he is diabetic this is excellent for his diet and he frequently snacks on yogurt with just a little Splenda in it. Not as difficult to make as it sounds expecially if you prepare it just before everyone in the house goes to bed! — promfh 6/16/2006
French Cream Frosting

French Cream Frosting

I do not remember for sure if Grandma doubled this or not for layered cakes. She used to make sheet cakes most of the time too as my Uncle's family was larger than ours (3 kids). [I posted this recipe.] — LadyJay 6/15/2006
French Chocolate Cake

French Chocolate Cake

You can use just about any pan - 13x9 for a sheet cake (which is what I usually do), 2 - 8 in square pans, 1 - 8 or 9 in round cake pans. If making a layered cake use a different frosting as the Shiny frosting won't be enough - it just puts a very thing layer on a sheet cake. I'll post the other frosting recipe shortly for layered cakes Grandma always used. — LadyJay 6/15/2006
French Chocolate Cake

French Chocolate Cake

sorry, sugar was listed on the recipe in my recipe box in BigOven, don't know what happened there - added the Splenda bit. Thanks for pointing that out! — LadyJay 6/15/2006
French Chocolate Cake

French Chocolate Cake

[I made edits to this recipe.] — LadyJay 6/15/2006
French Chocolate Cake

French Chocolate Cake

[I posted this recipe.] — LadyJay 6/13/2006
Shiny Chocolate Frosting

Shiny Chocolate Frosting

[I posted this recipe.] — LadyJay 6/13/2006
Broiled Tilapia

Broiled Tilapia

Quick and easy. Good flavor. A great in a hurry dish. 5/12/2006

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That is a great idea for the German Pancakes. We usually used fresh fruit or preserves. They really are so yummy!

4 years ago    LadyJay

My mom's family makes the German pacakes too. We heat a container of frozen strawberries in a pan then thicken with a little cornstarch. Spoon a little down the middle then roll up and pour a little bit more on top. Just seeing the picture brought back some really happy memories.

4 years ago    MicheleT

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