West, Michele Ziebarth. "Renaming Kuchen." n.d.
I have a kuchen story to add and this one has a little modern twist.
When my son was in high school, the parents of his international
school, wanted to put out a cook book as a fund raiser. They asked
students to submit their favorite recipes for consideration. Each
would be tested and included, if the organizers liked it.
My son, not a cook, asked for my recipes of his two favorite dishes
submit. One of those was the kuchen recipe I learned while I was
school, and only made once every year. I had convinced my children
a special Christmas recipe. The recipe is most definitely kuchen,
Germans from Russia variety.
The recipe was accepted and is now printed for all to use in the
edition of the Robert Louis Stevenson School's "Cookbook Treasures".
recipe is on page 252 and is entitled "Weinachten Kuchen",
also known as
"German Christmas Cake".
No one questioned the title except my son, who went to visit Germany
next summer and came back to report, "Mom, 'kuchen' is just
cake they have
for sale all year long and people eat it every day. It doesn't taste
anything like what you make at Christmas!"
Anyway, we still enjoy this recipe once a year at Christmas, which
my children to really appreicate it's uniqueness! :)
Michele (Ziebarth) West
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