Tonight Paula cooked Theodore a treat for his birthday. She made Knepp, which was a meal that her mother made when she was growing up and that we have learned to enjoy since she started making it for our family. It is an old recipe that was passed down from her grandmother. Knepp is a Swedish recipe and was used in the Depression since it did not require many ingredients. It uses 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons shortening, and enough milk to make the dough stiff (about 1 cup). You knead the dough and then cut into 1-2 inch pieces. The dough is put into boiling water for about 15-20 minutes along with some pieces of cut-up potato. While the dough is cooking, you make a sauce by first heating some oil in a saucepan. Add some cut up pieces of bread and brown the bread for 1-2 minutes. Then add some cream (about 1 cup) and heat the cream. When the noodles are done, add the noodles to the sauce to coat and heat. We enjoyed this with another Depression era food, baked beans and some grilled chicken sausage. Everyone enjoyed the meal, especially Theodore for whom it was made.

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