December 20, 2016

Memories of Foods in Winter
Winter Solstice

Butterballs or Russian Tea Cakes
December 21 is the first day of winter.

I got to thinking about foods that are associated with winter and holidays.
Two favorites came to mind: Russian Tea Cakes or Butter Balls, and Potato Latkes.
  They are part of winter holiday memories for me.
My mother baked the cookies  and our neighbor fried the Latkes ( potato pancakes). Then they were passed out around  the neighborhood.  Well, what was left after we kids got hold of them.
We would gobble up the cookies at my house then 
we would head next door to the neighbors house where she was frying latkes. We shoved them into our mouths as fast as they came off the pan.
Everyone ate them with sour cream and applesauce except me. Always the rebel I wanted ketchup!
We stuffed them into our mouths as fast as each batch hit the plate!
I don't think she ever got enough done for her family!

These cookies are also called Wedding cookies which shows how many ways people use them.

Here is my mother's recipe for this cookie she made each year.

(Use walnuts or pecans for the nuts)


  1. Thank you for the wonderful, Winter atmosphere you share today, darling, precious Annie !

    May your Christmas be the Merriest and Brightest ever,

    Xx Dany

  2. Hi Annie; Love your Winter look in here. I always enjoy reading a friend's memories. Your childhood sounds like a happy one. Thank you for sharing it and your Mom's cookie recipe with us. Have a day of blessings dear friend.

  3. did you get the snow to appear??? Quite lovely my friend. Thank you for sharing your memories...memories came floating back when I opened my grandmothers letter from 2007 on how to make Povitica. Have a very Merry Christmas.

  4. I would want ketchup with my latkes too!! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Merry Christmas!

  5. I like ketchup as well my friend! Going to make your Moms recipe tonight! Thank you! MerrymChristmas to you and your family Annie!

  6. My mother loves latkes. I haven't made them in a long time. The Russian tea cakes sound delicious!I think ketchup would be very good on them. Have a blessed day.


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