I'm not sure if Mrs. Blenda Hanson was famous for her recipe for Swedish Potato Balls, but I think they are pretty good.  This recipe came from this cook book that was my Grandmothers.

It saw some use. :)  I love my grandmother's notes in it.

Don't want to forget that the Pickled Bullhead recipe is on page 116.

I'm not sure what a cruller cutter looks like but I googled and discovered that Crullers are similar to a twisted donut.

Looks like an interesting recipe, with the reminder to don't sift before measuring.

"Make pillow one side satin and the other side cotton.  Pillow stay put and the satin for your hair"

A recipe she heard on the radio station W.J.A.G on Nov. 23, 1957

I don't think I would like soy beans, but we grow them, maybe I should try it...

Maybe could sneak some to my kids, ha!

My excursion into the cook book was spurred because I had 5 cups of leftover mashed potatoes in my frig.  I really try hard to use all leftovers. 

So, Swedish Potato Balls it was. (See first photo for recipe)  Fried up in an electric skillet because the stove top was busy canning meat.

I used a large cookie scoop and flattened them a bit with the same scoop.

Fry both sides in really hot oil, about 400 degrees until golden.

This recipe is slightly sweet and is more of a breakfast potato pancake.  I think next time, I'll make them savory-ish by omitting the sugar and nutmeg and adding minced onion and salt and pepper.

Drain on paper towels. If the oil is really hot, they aren't that greasy.

Nice and pancake like in the center.
5 cups of potatoes was 2.5 times the recipe.  
We will be eating leftover leftovers.  
For a couple of days. 

Meanwhile, on the stove...the  pressure canner on the left was my husband's paternal grandmothers'.  The one on the right, was his maternal grandmothers'.

I've had both of the gauges checked and both are still in working condition!

"Jar Meat" has a been a tradition in my husbands family for years and years.

How different the lives of our Grandmothers were from ours.  (no internet?!, no google?!)

I enjoy these times when when I feel connected to the past.


  1. My mom used to make potato patties with leftover mashed potatoes. But she grated some onion into them and left out the sugar. The nutmeg would be a nice touch.
    Can I ask what you do with the canned meat? Is it beef?

    Glad you enjoyed the squash soup and hope you like the green beans, too. Ginger is very appealing to me lately.

  2. Wow, Jill! Those potato puffs look delicious! I can't wait until you make the pickled bullhead... mmmm...canned meat. I love it.

  3. In many ways I think technology has lessened us as well as connected us. I love that I can easily make a friend in a foreign country in minutes but regret what technology has done to families and to our knowledge of how to care for ourselves without aid from technology...A mixed bag.... <3

  4. Oh I love potato pancakes as we call them! What fun I had reading this!

  5. I prefer "potato puffs" prepared more savory, I must say. My mother-in-law makes the best-- she adds grated cheese to hers. I'm not a big fan of deep fat frying, but it was done a lot in the old days when fats were saved and reused (the war years). I've seen a cake recipe that called for bacon drippings! Old cookbooks (and their annotations!) are so fun to read. I love it when recipes, clipped from old newspapers are tucked in. Neat to read the reverse sides and see old ads and such.

    How clever of you to show your cooking photos in black and white! Just like in a vintage cookbook!

  6. Your post is so delightful in so many ways Jill ... I enjoyed it very much and now I'm hungry ;)

  7. Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole's Chatter is all about favourite foods from childhood. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

  8. Jill, thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now getting a super collection of dishes we loved as kids together. I hope you have stopped by some of the other links to check them out!

    Ps I have just signed up to follow your blog. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers

  9. So wonderful! So wonderful that you have her book.... a real treasure! And those look yummy! Great post!


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