This blog is dedicated to my grandma, who was a purveyor of recipes.  To track the quality of her experiments in the kitchen, she marked the margins of her cookbooks and recipe cards with her trademark coding system – VVG and VG (very, very good and very good, respectively).  Only rarely have I seen recipes marked with a negative comment, as she was more likely to not say anything at all rather than say a bad word.  If anything, she would adapt those sub-par recipes (or sub-VVG as it were) to make them more palatable to our family’s tastes.  That’s my grandma – she was a wonder at making the most of every situation.

I plan to share some of my grandma’s tried and true, VVG recipes on this blog.  For sure there will be no shortage of baked goods, because as my family knows, it’s not a meal if there’s not dessert.  But, in keeping with my grandma’s spirit of trying new recipes, I’ll also report on some new additions to the collection that I think merit the VVG stamp of approval.

Thanks for reading; I hope you’ll enjoy the recipes.  Here’s to Grandma and everything in this life that is VVG!


8 responses to “About

  1. Yes the memories of Grandmas recipes. When I was younger and first married I used to LOVE to go to Grandmas and look thruogh her cookbooks, and make copies. My family has a favorite hotdish the we actually call Grandmas hotdish, after I had making for it for about a year, she told me she got it from Karen. The Rhubard pies, crisp, desserts, The family gathers of the Rueschs were never without desserts.

  2. Thanks Teresa! I think this is a good way to remember Grandma and I don’t think she’d mind us sharing her recipes, either. I’m always sad I missed the potluck where everybody brought dessert and no one brought a main dish or side. 🙂

  3. I love this idea-my grandma(s) hold such a special place in my heart and their recipes are always great.

  4. Was your grandmother Swedish? The Swedish grading system (instead A-F) is G for “god” (good), VG for “valdigt godt” (very good) and MVG for “mycket valdigt godt” (much very good). Fun blog!

    • Nope, my Grandma wasn’t Swedish. She described herself as a “Bohunk” – Bohemian to the rest of us. Thanks so much for stopping by – I’m glad you like the blog!

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  7. I so enjoyed reading the Midwest Living article about cookies with stories. I too make many of my grandma’s Christmas cookies. It takes me back to all those wonderful Christmas memories. Grandma always had tins filled with her date filled pinwheels, springerles, rolled sugar cookies in holiday shapes, and a few other German and Dutch traditional treats. I had to run to my recipe box to pull out my Grandma’s date-filled pinwheel cookie recipe, which is nearly identical to yours. My curiousity was not spurred by the cookie, but rather by your name. My Grandma was Effie Wybenga Ruesch. What a fascinating coincidence! Continue to honor your grandma and those traditions you hold near to your heart, and thank you for sharing!

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