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…

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…

PEACH HONEY

By Mark Wieser My Mom’s brothers and sisters had some strange names now that I think about it. There was one brother we called “Connie”, which obviously came from his given name of Conrad. Then there was a sister whose name was Emily, but somehow acquired the name “Nutzie” (noot-sy) for reasons unknown to all….

Scalloped Potato Casserole

By Mark Wieser As much as I like to eat and have prepared a few meals, I really am not a cook. I would rather partake, and like most children I grew up having a mom who I thought was a pretty good cook. I only mention this because my interest in cooking first dawned…

Agarita Jelly

By Mark Wieser It is approaching the 1st of May so if you are among the fortunate who live in the country you might have shrubs that have leaves much like holly. If you are a rancher, you most likely wished you didn’t have them at all. These are Agaritas. Many call them algeritas or…

Milk Soup

By Mark Wieser Milk soup is one of the oldest, basic foods consumed among farmers from the around the world, however, I cannot ever recall having it. My niece, Jenny, however, remembers it well. Seems that when she or one of her siblings were feeling ill, Mrs. J. Hardin Perry always brought some over. I…