100 days of summer

Fresh fruits and vegetables abound in the summertime. The oven gets traded in for the grill or the smoker. Salads of all types grace the table. Breakfasts are light and simple, and lunch time brings the whole family together for a quick mid-day break. Summer also means outings and a few adventures! Join me this summer as I, and a few friends, share our Midwestern lives – and table – with you! Click on the recipes below to get a peek at what we’re up to!

Niki Davis Rooted in Foods

My friends call me Nik!

I’m a Midwestern “meat and potatoes” kind of girl. I love food, I consider family my first priority, and I’m a sucker for American heritage. All of those loves have been mixed into this site with a large splash of genealogy to top it off. Welcome to my Midwestern life!

Egg salad is not fancy or aristocratic. It's not sexy nor is it particularly attractive. Egg Salad is yellow and served on white bread. And it is my all-time favorite comfort food in sandwich form. It also has a few roots in working-class America.  Egg salad sandwiches were a staple at my grandma's house and something that often graced the lunch ...
My family loves breakfast! On the weekends, I tend to cook a big farm breakfast. In the summer, however, I don't want to eat that much food, let alone stand in front of a hot stove cooking it.   This breakfast frittata is a perfect compromise and uses up leftovers from the week.  I make mine with six eggs because it gives each of us two ...
Every time I go to the bookstore, I pick up a cookbook or two from the bargain bin section. This is why I have more cookbooks than I need ... and why Noodle tells me I don't need anymore! I recently discovered Southern Living's 5 Ingredient Weeknight Meals and grabbed it up! We've loved everything that I've cooked from it so far, even though I rarely ...
Jake and Anna Mueller Wedding

Getting back to my roots was my initial goal for this site… and not just from a genealogical perspective. It’s important for us to put down that mobile device and reconnect with family and friends, to cook Sunday dinner like Grandma did, and to remember and retell the stories we’ve heard growing up so, in another century, our great-great grandchildren can continue telling the story of Southern Illinois … the story of us.

homemade sauerkraut

I only remember my mom making sauerkraut a few times when I was growing up. Mom used to talk about the “old German women” on her street when she was a kid. There were three: one on each end and one right in the middle. They all canned their sauerkraut on the same summer weekend. This was a summertime ritual in German communities. Tag along on my journey learning to make sauerkraut!