If you knew me growing up, you’d understand that I was not a culinary wizard. In fact, my specialty by the time I married Leanne was microwaved hot dogs and Kraft macaroni and cheese. I’d like to think that I’ve come along way since then – but you can ask my wife.

Last night, I cooked an old family recipe – Swedish Pancakes. They’re really not that hard to make, but nobody makes them like my Grandma Stolpe. Her recipe will be at the bottom of the post. My side of the family has often talked about putting together a recipe book or web page or something to document all the family recipes – especially the Swedish Christmas tradition recipes like Swedish meatballs, korv (poor man’s sausage), raspberry creme, and rice pudding. The flavors of each of these dishes reminds us all of the great times together – times as kids surrounding Grandma and Grandpa Stolpe’s kitchen table at their Carol Stream, IL house, times as parents introducing our own children to these traditions, times we will never forget.

What foods spark these kinds of memories for you and your family?

So here’s the recipe from Grandma Stolpe:

6 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups milk
3/4 cup butter or margarine melted
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat eggs and 1 cup milk. Add sugar and flour and beat smooth. Beat in melted butter or margarine and salt and rest of the milk. Bake in a hot fry pan until golden brown, turning once.

Until the next post….