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Oct. 19, 2011 8:50 am 
Updated: Oct. 26, 2011 12:58 pm
Remember when I ask for German recipes about a month ago?  I received many really great suggestions.  The time has come to start using them as our “Oktobereformania” is Friday, October 21.
[What, you ask, is that?]  The party is a celebration of fall, food, fellowship and the history of the Reformation, which is a pretty big deal in the Lutheran church.

Here are the four entrees we decided on and we’ll make these Thursday morning in my kitchen:

Two cooks will be making each of these first three recipes, then those who can stay longer will put together the Reuben rollups:

 http://allrecipes.com/customrecipe/62936755/< reuben-roll-ups/detail.aspx  The dough will be changed to flatbread and they will be served cold.

The remaining dishes will be made at people’s homes.  The side dishes are red cabbage salad, sour cream cucumbers, onion pie and German potato salad.

For desserts, we are serving Black Forest Cream Cheese cupcakes, German Apple Cake, Apple Streudel and a fat-free Black Forest Pudding.

I’ll let you know how the group cooking goes; I think my cooking classes With Chef Dolores will be a great help in getting it all set up tonight and ready to cook tomorrow. 
I forgot to mention that we are expecting 50 people.  The foods will be served bite-size, appetizer-style.  We have invited the Hispanic congregation and they are a little leery about the German foods!  I do hope they love our choices.
UPDATE:  Thursday - 9:30 a.m.  The cooking crew arrives and the preparation begins.  The three stations were set up and all ingredients were laid out for each recipe.  Two gals on each food helped the process along, but we still worked three hours on the main dishes.  With a break for pizza at noon, the last gal left around 3:00 after the roll-ups were assembled in 30 minutesor less.  The gals were great with clean up:  my stove hasn't looked this good for weeks! 
Friday morning - Time to make the strudels, caggage salad, onion pie and sour cream cucumbers.  I had not used puff pastry before, so the first 2 strudels looked like they had been hit by a semi out on I-10!  The last four were pretty decent looking.  Puff pastry is much more forgiving than phyllo dough, IMHO. 
Friday afternoon - We loaded the car with the food, tables and chairs and set out for the party site.  The hayride was a huge success; Al played his banjo on the trip, and everyone sang along.  The Hispanics were really brave in trying all the foods - even their kids were good about trying most everything.  The Anglo kids - not so brave!  They stuck to the hotdogs and chips.
After the meal, we had a sing-a-long and it was wonderful singing one verse in Spanish and the next verse in English...We tried one German song, but no one could sing it right!  After the benediction, we said the Lord's Prayer together in English and Spanish and amazingly we ended at the same time.
The party's over...and it was a rousing success.  All the foods were really popular except for the sauerbraten meatballs(too sour) and the red-cabbage salad (also too sour).  The wienerschnitzel, the runza and the roll-ups were a hit.  The onion pie was popular but the apple strudel, the black forest cheese cakes and the apple cake were the best liked of all the foods!!

Station #1 - ready to make wienerschnitzel
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The wienerschnitzel makers
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Station #2 - The German Bierocks (Runza)
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The happy little runza makers
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Station #3 - Sauerbraten Meatballs
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Fry those meatballs, ladies!
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Oct. 19, 2011 8:53 am
Oh, that sounds like fun. I love being in the kitchen with a large group of cooks. Have a great time.
Oct. 19, 2011 8:54 am
Thanks, Marie - I sure hope it works out well!
Oct. 19, 2011 9:04 am
Why did I have to read this right before lunch time? Be still tummy. What time do you want me there? I'm packing my toothbrush! Sounds super delish!
Oct. 19, 2011 9:14 am
Wow swchef! This all sounds like a huge endeavor, but it also sounds super delish!! Good luck! If anyone can pull it off you can, my friend!
Oct. 19, 2011 9:35 am
Swchef, the menu sounds wonderful! I'm sure you will all have a great time in the kitchen together. Best of luck, I know it will be perfect!!
Oct. 19, 2011 11:10 am
Good food and good fellowship, sounds like a recipe for a wonderful event.
Oct. 19, 2011 11:25 am
that sounds so good, I did not know you wanted German dishes. sounds like a blast, here we have Octoberest. Lots of oom-pa- pa music, shorts, suspenders, and dark beer.
Oct. 19, 2011 11:25 am
BTW, the beer helps the guys dance in shorts, even in our cold Octobers:)
Oct. 19, 2011 11:44 am
Did I mention the Hayride starts at 5:30??? None of the natives know what a hayride is.
Oct. 19, 2011 11:45 am
...and being good Germans, ve vill have lots of beer and vine - a good Reisling cools in my fridge as we speak.
Oct. 19, 2011 11:54 am
Wow - too bad you live so far from Michigan! You are going to have a great time and produce some wonderful meals - this was huge to organize. Congrats!!!
Oct. 19, 2011 11:55 am
hayride? seriously? the cart must have wheels then? We have old timers who offer hay rides, some years we get it with wheels, others with skis/runners. There is nothing better then sitting on itchy straw bales with an old blanket around your knees, sipping on coffee crisps hot from the thermos
Oct. 19, 2011 1:11 pm
You got that right. And, yes, it's wheeled - not runnered!
Oct. 19, 2011 1:13 pm
Sounds like a great time! I saved that reuben roll-up recipe - sounds great. You gals will have a great time cookin' in the kitchen together!
Oct. 19, 2011 1:18 pm
I think it will be a super good time. I have all the ingredients measured out and placed at the various cooking stations. Good thing we have a large counter in our laundry room.
Oct. 19, 2011 2:09 pm
Ah memories of the Munich beer fest wayyy back in my pre-family commitment years!! Zum Wohl!!
Oct. 19, 2011 6:50 pm
It will be interesting to know the Hispanics reaction. German fare couldn't be any further removed from their typical diet!
Oct. 21, 2011 12:01 pm
Right, Mike! One of their good friends is Hispanic and they said they would watch what HE eats and then "maybe" follow suit.
Oct. 21, 2011 12:01 pm
One of their good friends in our congregation...is Hispanic.
Oct. 21, 2011 12:03 pm
Yesterday's cooking session went well. We were all exhausted. We cooked for 4 hours and ended up with more than enough food for 50-60 guests. I think the one dish the Hispanics won't like is the Sauerbraten Meatballs.
Oct. 21, 2011 12:09 pm
Today we (DH and I) made red cabbage salad and the sour cream cucumbers; then 6 apple strudels, and now we're getting ready to make the onion pies. He's just good hel-p and only a week after he had his kidney stone blasted!! I'll probably write a new blog and post pics tomorrow. ;-)
Oct. 23, 2011 9:58 am
Sounds great. Let us know how it turns out.
Oct. 23, 2011 10:43 am
Oh, SWChef, what a great meeting of gals, food, different ethnicities enjoying food and fun from another country, hayrides, sing alongs! What could be better! Looks like ir was a renound success! Thanks for sharing the outcome!!
Oct. 23, 2011 10:47 am
It was great! See updates above.
Oct. 23, 2011 11:05 am
Wow, swchef! No wonder you were tired!! Glad to hear it was a wonderful success!!
Oct. 23, 2011 11:16 am
It will take us until December and the Tamale party to recuperate!
Oct. 23, 2011 1:35 pm
What a great Lutheran celebration! My family was invited to the US by William Penn during the 50 year war in Germany. ;) The Lutheran's, at that time were considered the equivalent of convicts and were invited through the Port of Philadelphia with the promise of Freedom of Religion in the US. The Port of Boston was not allowing in anyone that could not speak English. I have lots more information but it can get boring...LOL Here are a few of names my family is from you may recognize a couple of them ;), Yuengling, Musselman, Lingenfelter, Klar, Hummel to name a few.
Oct. 23, 2011 3:07 pm
Our Germans are Scheiderer, Wuertz, Dellinger, Rausch, etc. Family histories are interesting.
Oct. 23, 2011 5:50 pm
Love this! On a side note...when we were remodeling our home there were many latino workers sent to us by our contractors. We would ask them where the best mexican restaurants were. Without fail, they named a few different chinese buffets :) I guess the best mexican restaurant is at their homes!
Oct. 23, 2011 6:13 pm
That's a cute story. Good to know we all like others ethnic foods.
Oct. 24, 2011 5:11 am
What a wonderful team effort and great gatherings! Now that you all have proven you can do it, maybe more events are in the wind!!!
Oct. 24, 2011 5:36 am
Tamales at Christmas (a Mexican tradition which we did last year), "For the Love of Italy" in February, "Fiesta, Fiesta" in late spring and our annual "Celebrate the 4th" in July. Plus all our Advent and Lenten meals - we are definitely a cooking group!
Oct. 24, 2011 7:14 am
looks like you had a blast
Oct. 24, 2011 4:09 pm
does anyone have a recipe for making sauerkraut from iceberg lettuce? my mom is on blood thinners and shouldn't have cabbage but loves the 'kraut with her dog!
Oct. 24, 2011 6:21 pm
Lettuce wouldn't work, but some other greens might: Kale or turnip greens. Is it the roughage she can't have?
Oct. 25, 2011 6:01 am
pegie - here's a lilnk for some other suggestions: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe-Exchange/Recipe-Request.aspx?ms=1&amp;prop25=70110099&amp;prop26=RequestAnswered&amp;prop27=2011-10-25&amp;prop28=RequestAnswered&amp;prop29=Request&amp;me=1&amp;requestId=254747&amp;msg=cs
Oct. 25, 2011 7:13 am
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe-Exchange/Recipe-Request.aspx?requestID=254747&amp;msg=cs___ Post #254747
Oct. 25, 2011 7:35 pm
Wow what fun that looks like!
Oct. 26, 2011 9:14 am
I just love things like this. You're amazing! I wish I could have been there to enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Great blog... thank you for letting us see it!
Oct. 26, 2011 9:15 am
BTW, I'd like to know if you can mnake saurekraut out of lettuce too.
Oct. 26, 2011 12:58 pm
Don't think lettuce would work at all. Thanks for your kind comments!
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