Sweet and Spicy Corn Chowder


If you were at my house today, I would have treated you to a bowl of Sweet and Spicy Corn Chowder. Although, I hesitate to call it a chowder, because, by definition chowder has bacon in it and this soup does not. Today I made the most simple version of this soup. Simple is good….
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The Making of Soup

Grandma Kradel was a fan of soup. It’s a great way to feed a large family like ours, a big one pot meal. Fall and winter are considered to be soup season – it’s something that can be left on the stove and eaten throughout the day to keep warm. Now that we’ve “discovered” our…
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New Year’s Day Tradition


The New Year’s Day feast is the last of the seasonal feasting traditions where food plays a main role in the celebrations. My family tradition? Sauerkraut and Pork. Although since I’ve been off on my own all of these years, I’ve dropped the pork out of the recipe – even though it is supposedly the…
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Scalloped Oysters for Christmas Eve

The Kradel’s Christmas Eve table was laden with food made by Grandma K as well as the other women in the family. While Grandma K always had an Oyster Sunday where she made Oyster Stew for the family, after awhile, she started to make Scalloped Oysters for Christmas Eve dinner. Scalloped Oysters Preheat the oven…
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Grandma Kradel always had a nice selection of homemade Christmas Cookies for the Christmas Eve table. She would spend weeks baking cookies for the family. She would make classics like Chocolate Chip, Pizzelles, Thumbprints, Peanut Butter Kisses, Date Bars – my favorite! – and cookies that she called Pfeffernüsse, also a family favorite. Sometimes we…
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