"Schmeckfest Review." Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter 8, no. 46, 17 November 2003.
If the words Fiegele, Pfeffernuesse Brot, Fleischkuchle, or Kaeseknoepfla
mean anything to you, I suspect you will enjoy the Prairie Public
Television Web site and video. "Schmeckfest" is the name
for "Food Traditions of Germans from Russia."
Starting in 1784 in the southern Germanic provinces, many families
moved overland and by water into Eastern Europe and on to the steppes
of Russia. Even though they lived in Russia, most continued to speak
German. Many families lived there peacefully for a century or so,
until political upheaval forced many of them to leave. Many decided
to try the New World. Most took train routes to German ports, then
crossed the Atlantic to the United States.
The Germans from Russia settled in several states, especially in North
and South Dakota. They brought their language, their traditions, and
their recipes. The documentary "Schmeckfest: Food Traditions
of the Germans from Russia" is a co-production of Prairie Public
Television and the North Dakota State University Libraries. Additional
funding for Schmeckfest was provided by North Dakota Humanities Council.
The "Schmeckfest: Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia"
Web site shows examples of many foods, including Fiegele (Little Birds
bread treat), Pfeffernuesse Brot (Pepper Spiced Bread), Fleischkuchle
(Black Sea-style Meat Turnovers), Fleischkuchla (Volga-style Meat
Turnovers), Grebbel (Fried pastry) and Knoepfla Supp (Dumpling Soup).
You can see these and more at: http://www.prairiepublic.org/features/schmeckfest/gallery.htm
WARNING: Do not view this site on an empty stomach!
to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested
by contacting Michael