Slow cooker Italian beef is the perfect meal this time of year. It's comfort food that feeds a family with plenty left over.  Autumn in southern Illinois is when Mother Nature can't decide if she's going to be hot or cold. We go from 65 degrees to near 100 degrees over the course of just a few days. I've lived here my whole life and I'm still ...
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!

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!

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