Re: [TexasCzechs] Re: Looking for Cookbooks
- I think you have the wrong person. My name is Emily.
Julie Matus <juwemat@...> wrote:
Hi Elaine -
I was reading your e-mail like you had sent it to me, then
realized it was to another Julie. And on top of that, you
mentioned the Novak Meat Market in El Campo - they were my mom's
cousins! Mom was a Korenek from Dubina. I have never been to the
meat market, need to make a trip out there one day. Where are you
originally from? I grew up in Ammannsville.
Have a good day - love the cooler weather!
Julie Herzik Matus
Julie & Wes Matus
Herzik, Korenek, Toman, Dybala,
Matus, Kubala, Grossman, Krenek
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Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2004 04:21:44 -0000
>I have a cookbook titled Memorial Book and Recipes, Czech
>Home for the Aged, Inc.. It was originally published in 1957. I
>have my mother's torn and tattered, soiled copy from that date.
>cookbook was reprinted just recently and I also have a "new"
>It was available to buy at Novak's Meat Market in El Campo, Texas
>for about $10 about a year ago. It may also be available from
>Czech Catholic Home, Route 3, El Campo, Texas 77437. You said
>you were interested in cookbooks published by church groups.
>this cookbook is unique. It has recipes that are current to the
>50's but also kolachy recipes, head sausage recipes, poppy seed
>cake, spiced tongue, goulash, liver-onion patties, dumplings, egg
>noodles, sweet chips, bunches of cookies, and houska to mention
>some of them. The contributor of each recipe is listed and reads
>a list of Czech names.
>The hints for kitchen, laundry, sewing, etc are fun to read. For
>example: a laundry hint: "Sprinkle clothes right on the line if
>you have a garden hose (turn on spray). Roll clothes as you take
>them down." It contains ads from businesses of the era from all
>over Czech Texas and the whole thing is a great reflection of the
>culture of the times. Lots of pictures of churches and people.
>few pictures are very old.
>Elaine Naiser Hicks
>--- In TexasCzechs@yahoogroups.com, "musicgoddess1981"
>> I am a graduate student of Czech heritage attending the
>> of Northern Colorado. I am orginally from Texas and am
>> in writing my thesis on Czech American cookbooks, specificly
>> from Texas. I am mostly trying to find cookbooks from the mid
>> late 19th century and early 20th century, with an emphasis on
>> published by Czech societies and church groups. If anyone has
>> cookbooks or information on cookbooks like these please contact
>> either by posing to this group or by e-mailing me at
>> bigmainka@h... Thanks for you help.
>> Julie Mainka
>> Greeley, CO
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- What a fun topic for a thesis!
I have two Texas Czech cookbooks from the 1960s. The first is "Our
Favorite Recipes." It was published by the Christian Sisters Society of
the Taylor Brethren Church in 1963. Many of the people in this
congregation came from the Vsetin region in Moravia, a stronghold of
Hussite protestants. This book contains the kolac recipe of the Taylor
Christian Sisters; for many years they baked thousands of kolace every
month and sold them to raise money. It also contains my grandmother's
astonishingly good sour cream cake and sour cream icing recipe. There
are also two Moravian molasses cookie recipes, several pickle recipes,
and--my favorite--a kapanky (egg drop dumplings) recipe. My mother made
kapanky very often; she would drop the kapanky dough (flour, egg, and
salt mixture of a runny consistency) into chicken broth that usually
also had onion, tomatoes, celery, and lots of parsley. So delicious. A
little like Chinese egg drop soup, except the Czechs always used flour
in the mixture. Most of the other recipes are American.
The second book is called "Our Favorite Recipes." It was compiled by the
Christian Sisters Organization of the Austin Brethren Church in 1966.
This one has a couple of sauerkraut salads, a recipe for potato
dumplines with prunes (sisky), poppy seed cake (this was the kind of
cake my father always wanted for his birthday; it has lots of
poppyseed), an old (19th century for sure) recipe for
"Great-Grandmother's Oatmeal Cookies," something called "Czech Apple
Strudel," and my other grandmother's Christmas cookie recipe that she
copied from a 1920 issue of "Physical Culture Magazine." It is similar
to the Moravian molasses cookie recipes in the Taylor book.
I would be happy to copy these books and send them to you if you think
they would be useful. I also have several family recipes I would be glad
to share. For example, my mother's incredible dill pickle recipe (cold
pack, flavored with garlic, dill, and mustang grape leaf), rice pudding
with prunes, my mother's rye bread recipe, my grandmother's caraway
cheese recipe (there was recent discussion of this type of cheese on
this site), my mother's heavenly chicken and dumpling recipe, and Mary
Mrazak's recipe for chocolate cake (a great Czech cook from south Texas).
This has gotten to be kind of long-winded. I love this food so much it's
hard to say only a few words. Let me know if any of this might be
helpful to you.
Oh! I forgot one of my favorites! Nelsonville Stew! My father was the
preacher at the Nelsonville Brethren Church during the 1940s and 1950s.
One of the yearly church dinners featured a poultry stew, similar to
stews served in many rural areas of America. Some places this stew would
be made with squirrel. In Nelsonville, the cooks made it with turkeys,
potatoes, lima beans, corn, and chili powder (Gebhardt's, I believe).
They made it outdoors in big vats over an open fire.
Did I mention the mutton? You see, I could go on and on. I better sign
>I am a graduate student of Czech heritage attending the University
>of Northern Colorado. I am orginally from Texas and am interested
>in writing my thesis on Czech American cookbooks, specificly those
>from Texas. I am mostly trying to find cookbooks from the mid to
>late 19th century and early 20th century, with an emphasis on those
>published by Czech societies and church groups. If anyone has
>cookbooks or information on cookbooks like these please contact me
>either by posing to this group or by e-mailing me at
>bigmainka@.... Thanks for you help.
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