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photo courtesy of thelastjar.com

A Friday Recipe on Friday?! I know, I can't believe it either. I'm slowly getting back into the groove of things, working out the kinks on the new self-hosted site. It all takes time.

But I do have a terrific recipe to share with you today. I've talked a lot lately about the #STARTexperiment I participated in the past few months.  You can learn more about #START here.  In the midst of #STARTexperiment I've met some wonderful new friends, some also culinary-minded, and naturally we've started swapping recipes.

One of my new foodie-friends is a gal named Becky who writes over at The Last Jar.  Becky posted some info on pickling (take a look at her canning recipes!) and it just so happened that I was canning dill pickles for the first time that weekend.  The rest is history.  I picked her brain on the subject of canning, we started getting more involved in the #STARTfood group, sharing food stories, etc.

If you've been around my site for any length of time you know that I love to link my food to my family's past.  Most of the recipes I know come from my mom, grandmothers and even great-grandmothers.  Most of Becky's recipes have the same nostalgic sensibility  with much respect to the good-'ole days. I love their simplicity but also the memories they conjure.

One of Becky's highlight recipes is this recipe for crullers.  Do you know, I wasn't quite sure what a cruller was! I've heard of them and heard them mentioned in movies but you don't see crullers much on menus in Northern California.  So I did what I always do, I looked it up.  It turns out that crullers (or krullers) are heavily rooted in German cuisine and are more common on the east coast than the west, although there are certain spot in CA where they are popular.  Also, don't get these mixed up with French Crullers, those are a completely different animal.

A cruller is similar to a doughnut, sans hole and a little more dense.  They can come in various shapes & sizes but often are covered in powdered sugar & cinnamon or a sugar glaze. Becky describes them as "a biscuit-like fried dough, a cross between a biscuit and a doughnut." What's not to love about that?!

They are quick to make, are made of simple ingredients you already have in your pantry, and after a little mixing & 3 minutes of frying you will have a little taste of Americana.

I think these crullers sound like a necessary addition to my morning coffee or Sunday brunch. Or a Tuesday.

I think you should jump over to The Last Jar, read Becky's charming story about crullers and then fry yourself up a delicious treat!

Happy Friday everyone, I hope your weekend is full of delicious blessings.

Here are a few "crumbs" from my week:

  • This weekend, I spent an hour or two going through my great-grandparent's photo albums.  The above photo is of my Polish Great- Grandmother, Annette.  I believe that is some sort of swim dress she is wearing.  She was an excellent cook and I had many wonderful years with her.  The holidays always make me miss her and the others who have gone on. 
  • I love this idea of using old fashioned book covers and converting them to  journal covers or a spot to save your holiday cards.  I'm definitely going to try that one soon.
  • Have you seen these Air Swimmers?  My brother-in-law showed me this new product and it's so clever!!
  • This year I have done something I have never done before: I have been watching all those corny Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies.  Some of them have been painful, bad writing and even worse acting.  But I really enjoyed one from ABC called "12 Dates of Christmas."  It's cute romantic comedy but not over-the-top saccharin.  Or maybe I've watched so many that I'm totally desensitized.
  • We drew names for Christmas Eve and as a result I had to buy this movie as a gift.  Definitely drew a guy's name.  Definitely.
  • I am IN LOVE with these recipe cards from 1canoe2.  They are the perfect mix of whimsy and function.  I first spotted them in a little shop in Nevada City-CA, not far from where I live.  Now I'm regretting that I didn't buy them....
  • It took us a few weeks but we finally got LeiLani from Hello Glam to join mine and Bree's Twitter party.  Don't forget to drop by tomorrow and see what #careyandbree are up to!  The answer is no good, we are always up to no good.

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