Christine is one of our family's dearest friends. Not only was she one of the first people we met when we moved to town 27 years ago, she also babysat two of my daughters while I taught school. She is a warm bundle of infinite patience and love, as well as being a fantastic cook! I still remember coming into her house to pick up the girls and being treated to the most mouth watering smells coming out of her kitchen. She generously offered delicious samples and tastes, so I was thrilled when she agreed to teach me a thing or two about German cooking. Christine was 17 and living in Germany when she met Randy, who was in the U.S. army, at a church social event. They fell in love, got married, and moved to the United States. They now have two married sons, four grandsons, and are still sweethearts! When Christine first moved here, she did not have any of her own family around to teach her how to cook, but successfully taught herself how to make the German dishes she remembered from home. Her U.S. family and friends benefited from her persistence since she has always been so kind in sharing her cooking with others - like me! A few days ago we spent a laughter filled afternoon together in the kitchen and the results were just delicious.
The first dish we tackled was Rouladen which is meat rolled around a filling, browned, braised, and served with gravy made from the cooking skillet. For dessert we made both regular and chocolate creme puffs or German Windbeutels - literally "wind bags"!
Ingredients for 6 to 8 Servings:
|Page from Christine's mom's cookbook|