Burr Fischer sent me a picture of a meal they just made that was a tradition in the Pennsylvania Dutch area where he grew up.
In the old days before freezers and supermarkets often you went all winter without a fresh green vegetable. When Spring came one of the first plants to sprout would be dandelion greens. Now when I was growing up they were always a pest in the lawn.
I can imagine though when you are hungering for a salad, and your body needs Vitamin A and C that these would be a welcome sight!
Here is Burr Fischer's "Spring Tonic" Meal
Fresh dandelion greens on top of a smashed potato
and topped with hot bacon dressing with hard boiled eggs. Go here for the Recipe
I don't have dandelion greens available where I live
So I used another tender green like Turnip Greens or Mustard Greens.
Since custom dictates that the plants can only be picked and eaten before the flower buds appear, there is about a two week period when it seems as if every rural church and volunteer fire company is having a ham and dandelion fund raising dinner at the same time.
Ruth Ann's, grandfather used to make dandelion wine. He'd pay us kids a nickel for a big bag of blossoms when he was going to make it. It had oranges, lemons and raisins in it too but the liquid from the flowers was the most prominent ingredient
How to make Dandelion Wine
In many towns in North America and Europe there are even festivals with dandelions, making things not only from the leaves but from the flowers you can make Jam and wine and from the roots, where they can roast and grind to make a coffee like beverage.
The 12th Annual Tomball German Heritage Festival will be March 30, 31, & April 1
located on the Old Downtown Streets of Tomball Texas near 201 S. Elm Street, Main Street (FM 2920), and Market Street. It is a Music/Street festival celebrating German and ethnic heritage with 4 stages of live music entertainment "happy music for happy people", ethnic and festival food, beer, wine, 150 street vendors, all kinds of German souvenirs and clothing, arts crafts, antiques, Heritage Center, German church service, fireworks, carnival, pony ride, petting zoo, strolling music makers, street performers, and much more. Like Oktoberfest in March! Huge fun for the whole family! You do not have to be German to enjoy this festival. It is fun for everyone, and there is no admission or parking fees.
From Germany imported soft Pretzels are baked in the old Pretzel tradition with a top quality recipe. They are then frozen to lock in flavor and moisture. Thaw and enjoy or bake frozen in preheated oven for 2-4 minutes for a fresh baked taste.
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I loved it when I got mine. I was amazed that a loaf of bread can be made thousands
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