Organizers of the Dakota Memories Oral History Project, in cooperation with Prairie Public Broadcasting, will air a new radio program titled "German-Russian Food Traditions."
The program will air April 13 at 3 and 7 p.m. During their oral histories, narrators share vibrant memories of traditional German-Russian food practices. This program features stories about canning, butchering, traditional German-Russian dishes and much more. The narrators grew up on the Northern Plains in the regions of South Dakota, North Dakota and Saskatchewan. Merrill Piepkorn, host of "Hear It Now" on Prairie Public Radio, will provide context for these fascinating anecdotes.
Listeners will learn about memories such as John Gross' detailed recollection of making "schwartenmagen" out of the hog's stomach. It is commonly known as head cheese, but he feels this not an accurate name and gives the "wrong idea."
Submitted Photo - - This photo is from the Valentine F. Brossart Collection with the Dakota Memories Oral History Project.
Leona (Kuhn) Hoff recalls her mother making some type of noodles at every meal during the 1930s. She said, "we were poor, but we didn't know we were poor." She added that her mother was a wonderful cook and could prepare a meal from almost anything.
Orion Arlyn Rudolph remembers how they kept perishables like milk and butter from spoiling.
"Everybody had a habit of having a pail with a long rope that was let down into the well where it was kept cool," he said.
The Dakota Memories Oral History Project is a privately funded project sponsored by the NDSU Libraries' Germans from Russia Heritage Collection. For more information, contact the NDSU Libraries' Germans from Russia Heritage Collection at 231-6596 or visit (www.ndsu.edu/grhc/dakotamemories).