Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia
One-hour videotape documentary produced by Prairie Public Television,
and North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, ND, copyright
here for a video preview
Traditional foods, savory recipes and folk memories are important
in the history and culture of the Germans from Russia community.
Prairie Public Television has produced this second videotape documentary
focusing on foods as folk survivals. The award winning documentary,
The Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the
Prairie, featured Amanda Fetzer and her daughter Lorraine Fetzer
Ketterling at Wishek, ND, making Strudels.
Visit the kitchens of and reminiscing with Theresa Kuntz Bachmeier,
Rugby, ND, making Cheese Buttons (Kaseknoepfla); Annie Roesch Larson,
Aberdeen, SD, making Easter Bread (Kranz); Sam Brungardt, St. Paul,
MN, making Spiced Watermelon Syrup Bread (Pfeffernuesse Brot); Edna
Goebel Johnson, Horace, ND, making Knoepfla Soup; Maria Wohn Applehans,
Wheatridge, CO, making Grebbel and Schnitzel Soup; Judy Eman Teske
& Carol Just Halverson, St. Louis Park, MN, making Wedding Schnapps;
Vi Kruckenberg Schielke, Beulah, ND, making Fleischkuechle; Jackie
Dohn Maas, Plymouth, MN, making Watermelon Pickles; and the Lipp
family of Aberdeen, SD, making Wedding Kuchen.
Share the festivities of making fresh churned butter, an authentic
wedding with folk customs and dress, husking corn, and serving custard
and fruit Kuchen at the Schmeckfest at Eureka, SD, and the 74th
Annual Sauerkraut Day at Wishek, ND. Preparation of wedding Kuchen
at Aberdeen, SD, the Schachlika Crimean foods in Richardton, ND,
making of the famous Knöpfla Soup at Kroll's Kitchen in Fargo, and
an old-fashioned Harvest Fest at Richfield, MN, are additional vignettes
of culinary memories which feed the soul and warm the heart.
This limited-edition videotape is available to those who order
their request from the GRHC website. The videotape will contain
special footage not seen in the 60-minute documentary including
wonderful segments of sharing memories about growing up German-Russian.
|Theresa Kuntz Bachmeier, Rugby,
ND, making cheese buttons (Käse Knöpfla).
||Edna Goebel Johnson, Horace, ND (left),
and her sister, Martha Goebel Jenner, Phoenix, AZ, making Strudla
|James Harr and Cora Lee Teske, Aberdeen,
SD, are married at the Pioneer Chapel during the Schmeckfest
at Eureka, SD, in September, 1999. Cora is wearing historic
clothing of her grandmother. Traditional wedding banquet foods
are displayed on a white lace table.
||Evelyn Ziegler Tonra, St. Louis
Park, MN, native of Beulah, ND, makes German dumplings or Knoepfla
and cooked apples. Evelyn's ancestral German villages is Selz,
Kutschurgan District, near Odessa, Ukraine.
For more information about the Germans from Russia videotape documentaries, consult the following websites:
Prairie Public Broadcasting, Inc., Fargo, North Dakota
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University
Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota at the Media section "Video Documentary
and Other Projects"
review by Barbara Selig
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