Sot Suppe (Norwegian Sweet Soup) for ChristmasWritten by LeAnn R.Ralph
My mother was daughter of Norwegian immigrants who homesteaded our small Wisconsin dairy farm in late 1800s. When my mother was a child, sweet soup was a traditional part of Christmas Eve, served cold with julekake, lefse, Christmas bread, or open-faced sandwiches. Sweet Soup is made with dried fruit and tapioca.
Sot Suppe 6 cups water 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (depending upon how well you like taste of cinnamon; you can also use a cinnamon stick) 2 cups dried fruit (use any kind you like: apples, apricots, peaches or a mixture of dried fruit) 1 cup raisins (dark or golden) 1 cup dried prunes 1 tablespoon lemon juice (you can also use 1 teaspoon of dried lemon rind or several slices of fresh lemon)
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, tapioca, cinnamon and water. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Stir in fruit (including lemon if youre using sliced lemon) and heat to boiling again. Cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until fruit is tender.
Easy-Cheesy CasseroleWritten by LeAnn R. Ralph
I have always loved mac-n-cheese, and this variation is one of my favorites!
1 pound of browned hamburger 1 1/2 cups of grated cheddar cheese 2 cups cooked macaroni (or egg noodles; I prefer to use egg noodles myself) Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top 1 can cream of mushroom soup