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!
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!
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.
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!