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Aunt Ida's Anderson Family Traditions

This is a page for reminisicences named for our Aunt Ida my grandfather Johann's sister. The most remarkable thing about Aunt Ida was her laugh - there was no mistaking it - and her ability to cook and crochet. In a certain sense, she was the most traditional of the Anderson's - for she never gave up her swedish language. It was Aunt Ida who taught my Aunt Henrietta how to make the Swedish Spritz cookies.

When we went to Aunt Hennie's house at Christmas time we headed for the kitchen and her Swedish spritz cookies. The secret is in the almond extract, a good cookie press, and not allowing the cookies to brown hard.

My grandmother had the patience of a saint. I remember her sitting in her wheelchair before a bowl of chopped meat with a small teaspoon, carefully shaping each one and asking her why she didn't make larger meatballs - "You will finish faster." Grandmother Frida reminded me the task was to be "Done right, not faster." The secret of her meatballs is in the allspice.

Home made yoghurt is a delight to the palate, and easy.(That's for me)! The secret is in the temperature of the milk when you add the culture, -- too hot and the culture dies, too cold and it doesn't grow.

Aunt Ida
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