Were off to Big Bear tomorrow for the last Oktoberfest weekend there.
Fall brings visions of pumpkins and apples, frost and cooking and baking in the kitchen. Pumpkins are cheap now, but sometimes I wonder ..what can I do with all that pumpkin.... Making a pumpkin pie is too much work and we eat less sweets now.
My pocketbook is often light and so I think about my grandma and relatives that made due with what they had, and always took advantage of using what was available and not wasting.
Pumpkin is picking up a little more steam in the Culinary world Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin ravioli to pumpkin cheese cake. Our Germans from Russia friends talk about a favorite that grandma use to make called Plachenda. It is a pumpkin turnover and so I included it in this issue, along with Pumpkin Soup, German Mac and Cheese, Baked Ham in Pastry, and a German Sweet Potato Casserole. Some video's of a Pumpkin Festival in Germany, German Kürbisregatta (racing pumpkin motorboats!) and music by Gitti and Erika
Brenda Iswhoiham asked about this dish she had in a restaurant recently. At the same time Leah Knockturnal Smith wrote that she made a German Mac and Cheese
only she cut up Weisswurst in it, and that made it a full meal. Even better the next day.
The savory aroma of this dish must be in the air!
Leah suggests to make it really authentic, use Bavarian Swiss Cheese called Emmentaller, and Gruyere both nice flavored white cheeses.
Another great topping is caramelized onions and chopped parsley.
This is like a pumpkin turnover, and is from a Germans from Russia,cookbook. The Germans from Russia are a group of Germans that went to Russia when Catherine the Great (the Empress of Russia with German Decent) offered them land, around different parts of Russia. IN 1871 when Alexander II took over in Russia he repealed this rule and many of the Germans from Russia immigrated to the United States. They have their own style of German cooking, often the dishes are the same but with a different name.
is another recipe from the Germans from Russia.
You simply boil equal amounts of pumpkin and potatoes and then
Mash them like you would for mashed potatoes.
They would top this with caramelized onions or take 1 tablespoon bacon fat
or butter, melt in a pan and add 2 tablespoons flour. brown it and then add 3/4 cup of water.
This makes a nice little gravy for the Pumpkin Stumbis.