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Dragon Family Favorites

Dragon Family Favorites

Hello Dragons! Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we all have the same thing on our mind: food. 

First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Emily Lauinger and I work in the Office of Student Activities as the communications specialist for the Student Life Marketing Team. That means I’m the person behind the Student Life Instagram, Twitter, and blog. So, while you may not know me, you’ve probably seen my work around campus.

If you’re excited for the deliciousness that is coming, keep reading! To celebrate the holiday ahead, I asked a few students and staff to share their favorite meals, and I couldn’t resist adding my own.

Knoephla (Neff-lah)

If you’re from the Dakotas or parts of Minnesota, this one might be a favorite of yours too! I grew up eating my mother’s recipe, which, in my personal opinion, is the best Knoephla. 

The downfall of this recipe? It’s not the most photogenic, so maybe not worthy of the ‘gram. But 100% worth gobbling down

In case you didn’t know, it’s a soup with potatoes and dumplings. A good place to find it if you don’t want to make your own is Kroll’s Diner. But, in case you do want to make it, read the recipe below!


Step 1: Simmering

Ingredients for simmering, simmer until done: 4 potatoes (diced), 1 stalk celery (optional), 1 medium onion, 1 can chicken broth, 6 cups of water, 4 chicken bullion cubes

*Tip for simmering: add 1 dried chili pepper to broth and remove it before serving. If you prefer smaller potatoes, lightly mash them.

Step 2: Add knoephla dough

Dough ingredients: 2 cups of flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 eggs, ½ cup of water

Combine and mix together for a fairly stiff dough: roll into ½ inch rope. Cut into pieces and drop into simmering soup. When Knoephla dough is done, add 1 can of evaporated milk. Kneophla dough pieces are done when they float.

Easy Banana Cinnamon Pancakes

Melissa Sire, the Office Manager for Student Activitities, First Year Programs, and Learning Communities, finds her recipes online. She had several good finds that she shared with me, all of which are a staple in her house. Since pancakes are a personal favorite of mine, I was drawn to this banana cinnamon pancakes recipe (it helps that easy is in its title, because that’s my own level of cooking talent). If you love breakfast foods, check this one out!

Instead of listing the ingredients in our page, we’ll link to the recipe page that Melissa goes to. That way you can go down a foody rabbit hole: Easy Banana Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe.

Macy Mack’s Family Salad (Pictured Above)

Macy Mack, an RA who did a Takeover Tuesday with us a while back, shared a family favorite that might be a healthier option. She called it a “favorite part of Thanksgiving,” so be prepared to enjoy a bite of her life!

Ingredients: Baby spinach leaves, cherry craisins, mandarin oranges, thinly shredded carrots, red onion (thinly sliced), roasted garlic coated almonds, Parmesan cheese, sometimes a little feta cheese, black olives, tomatoes, sometimes sweet peppers, raspberry vinaigrette, and croutons.

Stir them together and enjoy!


Three’s the magic number, so I’ll stop there. If you try any of the recipes let us know! We look forward to trying them out ourselves. Happy Thanksgiving once again!