We had a small party on Saturday to celebrate my birthday (a little belated) and the end of the torturous election season. I'd been saving up some of the American foods people sent or brought me for just such an occasion. The notice was a little late for all the social butterflies in my life, but the party was still big enough to devour almost everything! And, it was the perfect size party to revive an old high school favorite, the card game Spoons (now with alcohol!) - and to revive an old Boston love of mine, Dance Dance Revolution!
The recipes are very everyday Midwest:
Corn Stuff (aka Scalloped Corn...but it doesn't seem to fit)
1 can corn (sent by my mother-in-law - you can probably find it in Germany though)
1 can creamed corn (sent by my mother-in-law)
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix (brought by my sister)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream (used the saure Sahne - could have gone with creme fraiche, which in some ways is more like American sour cream)
1/2 cup butter, cut up in pieces
4 tbsp. chopped onion
Mix all the ingredients together and pour in a 2 quart casserole dish or 9x12" pan. (My sister sent a 9x12" to me, but there is a German size that is just a little bit larger that could work.) Bake at 350'F (175'C) for 45 minutes or until done. It takes a little longer if you use a deeper 2-qt dish.
Fudge Recipe from the Fluff Company
For this one, my sister had sent me Fluff, but I heard through the grapevine that you can find it at Karstadt in Viernheim. I got the evaporated milk at the Piccadilly English Shop, but you can also usually get it at the Asian market. A college friend brought me American vanilla extract, but I would have subbed in the vanilla stuff they sell in a bottle here if she hadn't, even though it isn't the same. Another college friend stocked me up on chocolate chips when she visited. I do need more of those though, they are almost always involved when I decide to make something for a party!
Jello Pudding Pie
I woke up one day a little while back with an intense craving for a graham cracker crust, and that same day my sister was looking for ideas of stuff to send over. So, she sent a graham cracker crust (it survived the mail surprisingly well) and two boxes of chocolate Jello pudding mix. I just followed the instructions on the box for pie and got some Schlagsahne for the top! (No, it wasn't as delicious as the totally bad-for-you non-dairy stuff you can get in the US.)
We also had mixes for spinach dip and garlic spread from my Dad's wife and we made both of those. The dip called for mayo and sour cream. This time I subbed in creme fraiche for the sour cream, and I got mayo from the English shop again, because I didn't want to risk the potential disaster of subbing in German mayo again! I got crackers for the spread at the English store - a party mix - but I wasn't that impressed with them. There weren't very many and a lot were broken. Some of them were cookies instead of crackers, even though the box said they were to have with cheese. I miss my Pepperidge Farm party variety mix!
All in all, totally unhealthy midwestern food that your average healthy Bostonian would be loathe to even touch, but it always goes over really well here and everyone thinks it's exotic! :)