Let’s eat! Enbridge’s Homegrown Recipes cookbook profiles (Part 8)

Love, laughter and the culinary secrets of Saskatchewan’s Dornstauder family

Retirement means the start of the good life.

And for Dianne Dornstauder, that involves spending time with her grandchildren—and creating sweet masterpieces in the kitchen.

The hours fly by in the Dornstauder farmhouse near Vibank, Saskatchewan, as Dianne bakes with her grandchildren. Apple strudel definitely tops the list of creations.

“I love getting together with the grandkids to stretch the dough and put this all together carefully,” says Dianne.

“I remember my mom teaching me how to make strudel years ago. You stretch the dough out on the table and you have to peel tons of apples,” she says. “You have to really work the dough so there are no lumps or grains in it. My mom hasn’t made it for years, but my sister and I make it quite often.”

The Dornstauders are one of several families across Canada being profiled in Enbridge’s newly produced Homegrown Recipes cookbook, which is being distributed to neighbors along our rights-of-way.

The Homegrown Recipes collection includes more than 110 tantalizing kitchen creations—breakfasts, breads, soups, salads, sides, entrees and desserts—submitted by our neighbors near Enbridge’s network of pipelines and facilities.

Because just as land is passed down through the generations, so too are some of the most treasured recipes that connect us to family, friends and communities—including Dianne’s apple strudel, included in our Homegrown Recipes collection.

While Dianne and her grandkids love each other’s company, Dianne is also passing on family culinary wisdom—and imparting the secrets to making a great strudel.

“It has to be warm and it has to be rested. These days we cheat and put it in the bread maker to really work it,” says Dianne. “Then we put it in the oven with the light on to let it rest.”

Check out previous instalments of the Homegrown Recipes cookbook profiles:

Part 1: Pint-sized entrepreneurs tend to their pumpkin patch in southwestern Manitoba

Part 2: Southern Ontario's Turner family helping to cultivate the local food movement

Part 3: In Saskatchewan, the Lees family is hooked on Herefords

Part 4: Beekeeping enterprise, community duties keep the Fisher family buzzing in Manitoba

Part 5: In Alberta, Petersen family’s conservation efforts are bringing wildlife back

Part 6: Positive energy, hard work drive success for southern Ontario vegetable farm

Part 7: Life is full of sweet rewards for the Desjardins family of Mirabel, Quebec

(Are your taste buds sufficiently stimulated? Click on this link to download portions of Enbridge’s Homegrown Recipes cookbook . . . and this link for Dianne’s apple strudel.)