Monday, May 11, 2015

A German Delight: Sausage, Sauerkraut, and Dumplings.

This recipe is a family tradition. I certainly never liked it as a kid, but as I tried it more and more I began to really enjoy it, and especially the sauerkraut!

You'll Need:

about a pound and a half of venison sausage (or polishes from a local meat shop)
about 2 cups of flour
1 tsp of salt

Get your ingredients together!

Add water to a pot, put it the sausage, and begin to boil. You should let it boil for 30ish minutes if it's frozen, and about 20 if thawed.

In a medium bowl, add flour and salt, and mix together. Keep adding water, about 1/4 a cup at a time. Mix and add water until the dough is a sticky texture, but is firm enough that you could form a ball in your hands with it only sticking moderately.

In a deep pan add about a cup of water or more and as much sauerkraut as you want, start boiling and a medium heat.

Start adding the dumplings. With two spoons, fill one half way and use the other to gently slide it into the water and sauerkraut.

Keep adding until pan is full (you can keep the extra dough to make more dumplings later) and let cook for 3-4 minutes.

Take sausage out of warm water after boiling, and serve with dumplings. After letting the dumplings sit for a while drain some of the water and add more sauerkraut, if you want!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cindy's Toffee Bars

This recipe is one I've been eating since I was a child, and it's definitely one of my favorites! So here's a little back story to it. Every Thanksgiving we have a combined dinner with my aunt's husband's side of the family, and as usual everyone brings something  to contribute to the feast. My uncle's mom ALWAYS brings toffee bars, and it's always a fight to the death for who gets the last one. So finally I asked for the recipe and I realized how simple/easy but also extremely delicious!

You'll Need:

2 cups butter
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups brown sugar
2 egg yolks
3 cups flour
about 6 full sized Hershey bars

Get your ingredients together and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, cream together the first four ingredients.

Add the flour, you can do this in fourths to make it easier to mix, or all at once like I did.

Spread the mixture in an any sized pan and put in the oven for 15 minutes. While it's in the oven unwrap all the Hershey bars and put them on a plate to the side.

Lay out the Hershey bars evenly and stick it back in the oven for a minute to melt the chocolate faster.

Once melted, spread evenly with the back of a spoon. Put it in the freezer until chocolate is set. Cut with a knife in squares to serve!