Program: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Paxton, Illinois, USA
During Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Grad Life and International Student and Scholar Affairs asked our amazing graduate students to share their recipes from their hometown or families. Elise is sharing her grandmother’s homemade peppermint patties. “These candies are pretty simple to make but they have a storied legacy in our family – from my grandma preparing huge batches to sell at her church’s Christmas bazar to my uncle unwittingly using the wrong type of mint flavoring when making them for his office Christmas party and causing them to taste like mouthwash. I’ve been making this recipe for my friends and family every Christmas since my mom passed down the recipe to me as a teenager, and it makes me feel connected to my family history and members of my family who are no longer with us.” Check out her video explaining how she made it here!