MIRACLE WHIP CHOCOLATE CAKE

Miracle Whip is a condiment created by Kraft Foods that was developed as a less expensive alternative to mayonnaise. To win acceptance it was bolstered by Kraft’s extensive advertising campaign, which included sponsorship of a series of two-hour radio programs. Miracle Whip soon outsold all mayonnaise brands and by 1950 Ed Herlihy’s voice of “cheer…

Chicken and Dumplings (Klösse)

I am not certain what is more American than apple pie, but I would have thought that Chicken and Dumplings would be a close second. To me, this was about as classic an American food as one could have imagined. It isn’t and wasn’t – I was in for a surprise. We, as Americans, have…

HOME MADE BREAD

One might wonder with a bakery as famous as Dietz Bakery in one’s hometown why anyone would bother to make their own bread. Well, for one reason, my father insisted upon it. Local homemakers who made their own bread had two choices in those days. One was to purchase Fleischmann’s dry yeast or pick up…

Bourbon Cranberry French Toast Casserole

Seems I have been put in charge of all the holiday recipe articles this year. When brainstorming recipe ideas, all of us agreed that we thought it a good idea to share a holiday breakfast recipe. Funny, because none of the Fischers or Wiesers have any Christmas breakfast traditions. We never had a special Christmas…

Estella’s Bread Pudding and Red Wine Sauce

Having bread pudding for dessert was once a welcomed occurrence. It is a dish with very old roots. For those who remember the days when their moms baked bread, it might have often been served and never been questioned for its frequent appearance. Bread pudding was a popular way to use every bit of bread…

Herring Salad

When my mother made this dish, it was always set next to my father’s place at the table. (We all had our assigned seats.) Obviously, Mama was showcasing that it was intended for him. When he saw what my mother had prepared, his demeanor lightened, and he appeared to become lost in the days of…

Salzfleisch – Salted Pork

Salted Pork is another of those dishes that has faded from most American kitchens – except from a few here in Fredericksburg. It was one of my favorites—probably because we did not have it all that often. It takes time to make but is worth the effort – the taste is unforgettable! Salting as a…

Innovation – Kochkäse

November is Innovation month for Fredericksburg’s 175th Anniversary and Fischer & Wieser is the sponsor, so in honor of that, I thought it would be fun this month to review some of the typical foods of the early Fredericksburg settlers or even just the old-timers like me. I am starting out with one you have…

Beef Tartare

Often one grows up not fully realizing that some of the things one ate with some regularity might be considered delicacies by others, and even served in the finest, high-dollar restaurants at ridiculously, high prices! Imagine my surprise when I found myself sitting at a sidewalk café in Paris realizing that the 25-dollar dish I…

Prunella Cake

I thought about this cake the other day and remembered how much I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t expecting the interesting history I would uncover when I looked into it. My mother loved this cake and baked it often. It must have been the rage in the mid-‘60s and perhaps through the mid-‘70s, but not…

Lemon-Pineapple Jell-O Salad

Jell-O, once the favorite congealed dessert of Americans has fallen from grace despite all its savory applications. Yet, few foods can tell us more about life in 20th-century American living than the wobbling jewel of domestic achievement: the Jell-O salad. Some gourmet experts would prefer that it be permanently assigned to the Gallery of Regrettable…

Peach Ice Cream

The first official account of ice cream in the American colonies was noted in a letter in 1744. The first advertisement for ice cream appeared in the New York Gazette in 1777. George Washington spent $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790. (That is more than $7,000 in today’s dollars!) Also, that must have been…