Alma’s Favorite Recipes: Cooking and Memories from a German-Russian Farm Kitchen is a new cookbook from the North Dakota State University Libraries’ Germans from Russia Heritage Collection. Schott died Oct. 7, 2012, and the cookbook’s debut coincided that fall with what would have been her 90th birthday.
Schott pleased the palates of her family and friends with her fabulous cooking for decades. Her baking was well-known in south central North Dakota. She's often baked the wedding cakes for two generations of local residents. The cookbook includes many of Alma's favorite German-Russian recipes and other recipes she had prepared.
Growing up on a German-Russian farm between Fredonia and Gackle, N.D., Schott helped out where ever she was needed. She learned to bake and cook when she was only eight or nine years old and it became an important part of her life. She credited her mother to being her home economics teacher. Most of her helpful hints that Alma’s mother gave her have been used for approximately 75 to 80 years.
Alma liked to be creative in her work. As the years went by and her children were older, she started baking for others and also took on baking and decorating wedding cakes. She did most people’s wedding cakes in the local area; many times both the parents and children’s cakes.
258 pages softcover