I love to cook - and think it is important that my kids eat healthy meals.  I am striving to include less processed foods into our diet and more of what we grow and raise on our "7 acres."

Apple Fritters - A New Year's Day Tradition!

New Year's Cookies, or Portselkje, are a German Mennonite tradition to help ring in the New Year.  The traditional version includes raisins and are either rolled in sugar or glazed.  Never a fan of raisins, my recipe is without.

In Mennonite Foods and Folkways from South Russia by Norma Jost Voth, tradition states Mennonites gave their Russian neighbors Portselkie when they came and sang for them on New Year's Day.  Not really cookies, the dough puffs up when dropped in hot oil and tumbles over, which is where they get their High German name.

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