In loving memory: Grandma Weisbeck’s Cheese Buttons (Kase Knepfela)

The Purple Almond

Here is another recipe, as I celebrate the life of my Grandmother, who passed away yesterday at the age of 101.

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Here is one of my favorite meals prepared by my Grandmother.


My Grandma came from a large German family, who farmed on the beautiful South Dakota prairie. Born in 1917, she talks about the lack of running water and electricity in their farm house, when she was a girl. Part of their daily chores involved hauling buckets of water to the house each day, and reading by oil lamps in the evening.

Hard work and exercise are the key, she says. The farming and chores they did each day weren’t enough exercise. So they would take walks to the road and back, each night after dinner.

Cheese buttons, an affectionate American name for German Kase Knepfela, were a frequent food at the dinner table. I have fond memories of…

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