Every Auntie deserves a niece like my "Lexi Girl". She'll probably shriek at my choice of her Facebook Profile pictures, but I like this shot. I love her eyes. The camera loves her. She's first cousin to my Only Child. Alexis is three months older than my 21 year old son, and she's also an Only Child. While she inherited her parent's good looks (her dad, being my brother), "Lexi" inherited my love of food. That girl will eat just about anything she is offered! Now that she's all grown up, I don't get to see her often enough, though she lives 1/2 hour away from me. She's having a hard day, today, since her beloved kitty just passed away.
Alexis loves her Oma's German food as much as the rest of us do. Anytime she's headed to my home for a family dinner, she always requests Cherve Cream Cheese Spread. I'm happy to oblige her, because she's my "surrogate daughter". We're two peas in a pod, when it comes to enjoying good food.
She's sad, which made me think of comfort food...which reminded me of one of her favorite dishes. I made this a while ago, and forgot to post it. So, Alexis, this is for you!
Alexis and my son, Brian, spent a lot of time at Oma's when they were little. Mutti would made the best "Booster Noodles", the grand kids would always say. I could not quite figure out what they meant by that, until Alexis recently solved the mystery. These were the familiar cheesy noodles my mother made her own kids (Your Truly and her two older brothers) , when we were little. Oma insisted that Alexis learn how to cook, just like she did with me. In order to reach Oma's stove, Alexis had to stand on a booster chair-- hence "Booster Noodles" were created. This dish is my "go to" when I want a fast dinner. It remains a favorite dish for my own family-- husband and son:
Staples in my new refrigerator are always a variety of cheeses and Canadian Style Bacon. I love the Four-Cheese from Trader Joe's. Any kind of cheese will do!
There's no recipe-- just ingredients... sliced ham, cooked elbow macaroni, diced onion and cheese.
I love you, Alexis! I wish I could bring you a bowl of this, and give you a "Bussi", like Oma used to.
I really need to start scanning baby pictures. These kids were born before digital cameras-- in the late 80's. It's amazing how fast they grow up-- the grand kids don't need a "Booster Chair" any longer! It's time for you two grown up kids to make this yourselves--now that I've shown you and my blogger friends how.
Love-- from Auntie