Dumplings for Women

Jeeta Kant and I both did research on Hutterites – as did several others at SDSU.  In her Hutterite Community Cookbook, one of the recipes was “Dumplings for Women.”  I had meant to ask her the significance of a specific recipe for women’s food – there is also a recipe titled “Waffles for Women.”  It looks like I won’t get the chance to ask the question, or get an answer from her – and I doubt if the ingredients will provide an answer – but if you can figure out why these are women’s dumplings, hit the comments and answer the mystery.

Dumplings for Women

Makes 4-6 servings

¼ cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 ½ cups sifted flour
1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
1 quart meat broth

  1.  Cream together butter and egg
  2. Stir in flour and baking powder
  3. Drop into 1 quart boiling broth, cover and boil for 20 minutes.  Do not lift lid during cooking.

RIP Jeeta. 

Community, Recipes

Pancakes with Onion

Another recipe from Jeeta’s  Hutterite Community Cookbook is for Potato Pancakes, which takes an unexpected twist.  Remember, these recipes are sized for a colony, not a household.

5 pounds grated potatoes                    5 pounds flour
¾ cup grated onions                            ½ tsp pepper
5 eggs slightly beaten                         salad oil for frying

Grate potatoes and onions.  Drain well.  Combine potatoes, onions, eggs, flour, salt and pepper.  In a large skillet, heat oil ⅛ inch deep until hot but not smoking.  For each pancake drop 3 Tbsp of dough at a time into the hot fat.  Flatten with spatula.  Fry for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.  Drain well on paper before serving.

Recipe from The Hutterite Community Cookbook, by Joanita Kant.  Published by Good Books, Intercourse, Pennsylvania.  It’s not out of line to call Jeeta “Doctor” since she did her Ph.D. in the civil engineering department.


Sardine Burgers

One of the more interesting recipes we brought back from South Dakota is from Jeeta Kant’s cookbook.  Jeeta’s BS was in Sociology, her Master’s in Geography, and her Ph.D program was in Civil Engineering – with her dissertation on edible wild plants used on the Pine Ridge. She has a rather eclectic academic transcript.

Jeeta’s recipe is reduced to six sandwiches instead of serving an entire Hutterite colony with a burger based on canned sardines. 

  • 1 can mustard sardines
  • 1 can catsup sardines
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 and 2/3 cups cooked ground chicken meat
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 and 1/3 cups bread crumbs
  • 12 slices of bread, buttered on 1 side

Mix all the filling ingredients together.

Spread 6 slices of bread with mixture.  Top with the remaining 6 slices and cook slowly on grill, buttered side down, until the filling is done and the bread toasted.

More of Jeeta’s recipes are available in the Hutterite Community Cookbook, by Joanita Kant.  The ISBN is 0-934672-56-3 if you want to get a copy of your own.