We arrived early and did our grocery shopping...but it wasn't long before the students began to arrive. They all like a front row seat!
With Marg as my trusty assistant, I shared Aunt Agatha's zwieback recipe. Every family had their own way of making these rich little double-decker buns...but this is the recipe that will be in the new cookbook (on it's way to a bookshelf near you as we speak.) Since many out there do not have mixers, we demonstrated the old-fashioned way of kneading dough. It's not so hard. The point is...anyone can make zwieback in their own kitchen. (One just has to stay home for a few hours in a row!)
Bev cooked up a pot of hearty green bean soup...with it's secret ingredient, summer savory.
And Lovella...paska, of course! She really should have her own cooking show. She is a fabulous presenter!
Ellen drove north from Seattle yesterday to join us and shared her family secret recipe...a cheese spread for paska. New to me...but, oh...so delicious!
I should mention that these classes are about more than just listening and watching. They are about participation. Yes...everyone gets to sample everything! And yesterday...we invited anyone who wanted to get their hands dirty, to try their hand and shaping zwieback.
They were eager to give it a try!
Grandma watched her granddaughter's attempt at shaping the buns for awhile...and finally could not restrain herself any longer. She came up and showed us all how it was done in her kitchen. And I'm so glad she did. There are no right or wrong ways. Use your family recipe and make it your own. And then...pass it along. Aunt Agatha is long gone...but her zwiebacks are enjoying a new popularity. I think she would be pleased!
How fun to have the generations come together over food! Pictured above are Charlotte Lepp (on the right) with her mom and daughter. Charlotte, thanks for inviting us to take part in your cooking classes at Lepp Farm Market. And thanks for donating all the proceeds from last night to Matthew's House and The Good Shepherd Shelter.
Food...it can be a very good thing!
Have a wonderful weekend...