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Edna Shaffer: Grandma's Kitchen

December 21, 2008

Grandma's Kitchen: Shared holiday recipes

It's stormy outside but cozy and cheery inside. The smell of turkey soup is spreading through the house. I'll be ready for a bowl when I finish here. I'm carrying on the Christmas spirit with a Mannheim Steamroller CD going. This is not something I would have chosen but my niece gave it to me last year and I really like it. My favorite piece is "Catching Snowflakes on your Tongue." The album a compilation of sacred and secular music and adds a little variety to what I've listened to for years.

Since this is the last column of our "Christmas Caper," I really want to say a big thank you to all who took the time to share their favorite recipes. It has been fun for me, and I hope for you. I've enjoyed all of your mail and phone calls. I think we need to get together someday for a potluck.

Since your time and my space are limited, I'll get right to the recipes you sent. Each one is a tradition in your homes and it's our privilege to share them.

The first one is from the Rev. Marvin Rosa and his wife Annette who do the wonderful hymn sings all over the area. This is on their dessert table every Christmas. Annette learned to love it at her Grandmother Ruth Hartman's home, so now it's a Rosa tradition.

Steamed Christmas Pudding

1 c. ground suet (can be bought at Oleson's; lard or Crisco can be substituted)

1 c. ground raisins

1 c. Karo syrup

1 c. buttermilk (with 1 t. soda dissolved)

Add about 3 cups of flour, just enough to make a stiff dough. Steam 2 hours in a double boiler. Serve with cinnamon sauce.

Cinnamon Sauce:

1&1/2 c. sugar

3 T. cornstarch

1&1/2 t. cinnamon

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